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 of Damascus
“How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God!” When all the saints heard this command, they thought they should withdraw from this hardness of riches. They parted with all their goods. By this distribution of their riches to the poor, they laid up for themselves eternal riches. They took up the cross and followed Christ. Some followed, being made perfect by martyrdom, even as I have already told you, while others by the practice of self-denial did not fall short of them in the life of the true philosophy. Know that this is a command of Christ our King and God that leads us from corruptible things and makes us partakers of everlasting things.
St. Basil the Great
He does not tell us to sell our goods, because they are by nature evil, for then they would not be God’s creatures; He therefore does not bid us cast them away as if they were bad, but distribute them; nor is any one condemned for possessing them, but for abusing them. And thus it is, that to lay out our goods according to God’s command both blots out sins, and bestows the kingdom.
St. Augustine of Hippo
The name of “rich” he here gives to one who covets temporal things, and boasts himself in them. To such rich men are opposed the poor in spirit, of whom is the kingdom of heaven. Now mystically it is easier for Christ to suffer for the lovers of this world, than for the lovers of this world to be converted to Christ. For by the name of a camel He would represent Himself: for He voluntarily humbled Himself to bear the burdens of our infirmity. By the needle He signifies sharp piercings, and thereby the pangs received in His Passion, but by the form of the needle He describes the straitening of the Passion.
Last Sunday, 40 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, gift shop $, coffee jar $. 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: Jan 20 – open, Jan 27 – Darlene Janson, Feb 3 – Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Teresa and Victor Pacheco for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
Advisory Board will meet next Sunday, January 27, following hospitality. If you have any calendar items, such as events or activities (new or the ones we had in the past) you would like our parish to have in 2019, please let Fr. Francis know, or discuss them with any advisory board member before next Sunday. We would like to create a tentative calendar of events for 2019.
Walk for Life West Coast on Jan 26. Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 15th annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan 26, 2019. There will be Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. Last year’s Walk drew 50,000+ people. For complete information about the Walk, visit http://www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.
Walk for Life West Coast | A new tradition. A new voice.
Join us as we Walk for God, for Family, for Love and for LIFE…January 26, 2019! At The 15 th Annual Walk for Life West Coast!. Join tens of thousands of your fellow pro-lifers of all ages, races, religions, and of no religion at all, as we Walk together in loving but uncompromising solidarity with the littlest and most defenseless among us!
*January 26 – Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco
*Feb 2 – Solemn Feast of the Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon, blessing of candles
*March 4 – Great Fast begins
Tue Jan 22nd
5:30 PM Vespers.
Sun Jan 27th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
36th Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 3. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Tim Belke.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, we observe simple abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.