Bulletin for Dec. 2, 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. Seraphim of Sarov

Prayer, fasting, vigils and all other Christian acts, however good they may be in themselves, certainly do not constitute the aim of our Christian life; they are but the indispensable means of attaining that aim. For the true aim of the Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. As for fasts, vigils prayer and almsgiving, and other good works done in the name of Jesus, they are only the means of acquiring the Holy Spirit of God. Prayer is always possible for everyone, rich and poor, righteous and sinful, noble and simple, strong and weak, healthy and suffering. Great is the power of prayer; most of all it brings the Spirit of God and easiest of all is it to exercise.

Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $205, donations $140, candles $2, Bake sale $115. 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, Alex, Stefan.

Hospitality signup sheet: Dec 2 – potluck, Dec 9 – Prescott family, Dec 16 – open, Dec 23 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to the good souls who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

Our bathrooms are free of mold, the post-treatment analysis showed no pollutants in the air. Now we need to repair the ceiling and repaint, but the bathrooms are open for use now.

Next Sunday, we will take a special collection for The Retired Religious USCCB Fund. This annual collection helps support communities of our retired priests and religious. May God richly bless you for your generosity.

To our parishioners, 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/classes .  You are also invited to come sing with the cantors.

Upcoming: St. Philip’s Fast is from November 15 to December 24
Dec 24 (Monday) – Christmas Vigil – day of strict fast and abstinence

imageLiturgical schedule
Dec 3rd
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Dec 6th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Our Holy Bishop Nicholas the Wonderworker.

Dec 8th
9 AM Divine Liturgy.
Maternity of Holy Anna. Solemn Feast.

Dec 9th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
29th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Belke.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. We are in the season of St. Philip’s Fast, the minimum fasting discipline is abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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