Bulletin for Oct. 21, 2018

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. John Chrysostom

imageI was pleased yesterday to see your right feeling when I entered upon the subject of Lazarus, inasmuch as you approved of the patience of the poor man, and shrank from the cruelty and inhumanity of the rich man. These are no small tokens of a noble mind. For if, though not possessing virtue, we yet praise it, then we may be at all events more able to attain it. In like manner if, though we do not flee from sin, we still blame sin, then we may at all events be able to escape from it…

Or rather, to speak the truth, he is not rich who is surrounded by many possessions, but he who does not need many possessions; and he is not poor who possesses nothing, but he who requires many things. We ought to consider this to be the distinction between poverty and wealth. When, therefore, you see any one longing for many things, esteem him of all men the poorest, even though he possess all manner of wealth; again, when you see one who does not wish for many things, judge him to be of all men most affluent, even if he possess nothing. For by the condition of our mind, not by the quantity of our material wealth, should it be our custom to distinguish between poverty and affluence. As also in the case of a man who is always thirsty, we do not say that he is in health, even should he enjoy abundance – even should he lie beside rivers and streams; for what is the use of this abundance of water while his thirst is unquenched?

Thus also we conclude in the case of the rich; we can never think those wealthy who are perpetually desiring and thirsting for other people’s possessions, not even if they enjoy a certain kind of abundance. For he who cannot restrain his desires, even if he should be surrounded by every kind of possessions, how can he ever be rich? Those, indeed, who are satisfied with their own property, enjoying what they have, and not casting a covetous eye on the substance of others, even if they be, as to means, of all men the most limited, ought to be regarded as the most affluent. For he who does not desire other people’s possessions, but is willing to be satisfied with his own, is the wealthiest of all.

Announcements

Last Sunday, 52 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, Priests’ Medical Insurance $, bake sale goods (pirohy) $. 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, Stefan.

Hospitality signup sheet: Oct 28 – open, Nov 5 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Priests’ Medical Insurance Collection, Last week, we collected $. If you would like to donate towards this cause, you can do so today or before next Sunday. Please mark your donation “Priests’ Medical.” The goal this year is $ per household, please be as generous as your financial situation allows. God bless you for your continued support and generosity.

Please help with the goods for Christmas around the World Festival held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento (on November 10). For more detail, please contact Amy or Darlene. There is also a signup sheet for volunteer responsibilities on the day of festival.

Thank you to our baking crew. This week, we received more rolls for the festival sale, thank you to our generous baker. Our young bakers’ crew will contribute some baked goods this week. Thank you. May God bless you for your hard work.

Our Future Cantors, if you wish to learn liturgical singing, all Metropolitan Cantor Institute (MCI) Online classes are enabled for guest access for free. If you want to do the coursework and receive personalized feedback and assistance with your singing, you can register for the classes and they are inexpensive. The link is: http://mci.archpitt.org/classesYou are also invited to approach one of our serving cantors and ask to become their helper.

Please pray for our bishops, priests and deacons who are gathering this week for their annual eparchial retreat.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Oct 22nd
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
+Joan (Prescott family)

Sun
Oct 28th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
23rd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 6. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Richard Agayoff.

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.

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