O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Isaac of Nineveh
When a man overcomes justice by mercy, he is crowned, though not with crowns awarded under the law to the righteous, but with the crowns of the mature who are under the gospel. The ancient law also dictates that a man must give to the poor from his own means, and clothe the naked, and love his neighbor as himself. It forbids injustice and lying. But the perfection of the gospels dispensation commands the following: “Give to every man that asks of you, and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.” And further, a man must not merely with joy suffer injustice as regards his possessions and the rest of the external things that come upon him, but he must also lay down his life for his brother. This is the merciful man.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
“An eye for an eye” is the perfection of justice. “Whoever strikes you on the cheek, turn the other to him” is the consummation of grace. While both continually have their criteria, he proposed them to us through the two successive Testaments. The first Testament had the killing of animals for compensation, because justice did not permit that one should die in place of another. The second Testament was established through the blood of a man, who through his grace gave himself on behalf of all. One therefore was the beginning, and the other the completion. He in whom are both the end and the beginning is perfect. In the case of those who do not understand, the beginning and end are estranged one from the other. In the study of them, however, they are one. Therefore this principle of a blow for a blow has indeed been transformed. If you strive for perfection, whoever strikes you, turn to him the other [cheek].
Last Sunday, 45 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, candles $, altar server vestments $, jam sale $, Bishop’s Appeal rebate $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.
Prayer requests. Fr. Basil, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Juraj, Joan, Stefan.
Hospitality signup sheet: Oct 7 – Murin family, Oct 14 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Agayoff family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
Priests’ Medical Insurance Collection. On Sunday, October 14th, our Eparchy will once again take a special collection to help subsidize the medical insurance premiums of our priests. Your outstanding generosity in previous collections has been extremely helpful. Bishop John, thankful as always, asks each eparchial household to pray and consider what it can contribute this year. Medical insurance premiums, as you undoubtedly know, are very expensive and still on the rise. Our Eparchy has been burdened financially with these increased premiums. Each month is a new struggle to make ends meet, even with practical efforts to curb expenses. The goal this year is $100.00 per household, please be as generous as your financial situation allows. God bless you for your continued support and generosity.
Our pre-Christmas events are fast approaching. As in years past, our parish will participate in Christmas around the world festival held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento (on November 10). We will have baking days in October (on Saturday mornings), to prepare for the event. If you are willing to chair the event for our parish, please contact Fr. Francis. Likewise, if you are interested in helping us bake, contact Fr. Francis.
Altar Server Vestments. Our altar server vestments are due for replacement. We are in need of 4-6 vestments of bright color at this time. The cost of one vestment is around $200, depending on size. Beginning this first Sunday of September and for two following Sundays, we’ll take the second collection for this purpose. You can also send your donation to parish office, please mark your donation “server vestments.” Thank you in advance for your support.
November 2 – 4th: “Come and See” Men between the ages of 18 and 35 who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood in the Byzantine Catholic Church are invited to attend this weekend of discernment at the Metropolitan Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. There is no charge for the weekend (travel expenses are the responsibility of the individual). For further information or registration contact the Seminary at http://www.bcs.edu. Deadline for registration is October 10th.
*October 1st – Feast of the Protection of Mary – Patronage of our Eparchy.
*October 14th – Special collection “Priests’ Medical Insurance.”
* November 10th – Christmas around the World Festival (at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento).
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Holy Protection of the Theotokos – Solemn Feast, Patronage of our Eparchy.
5:30 PM Akathistos to the Mother of God.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:00 AM Baptism
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
20th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Del Castillo.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.