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. Caesarius of Arles
What does this mean, “take up a cross”? It means he will bear with whatever is troublesome, and in this very act he will be following me. When he has begun to follow me according to my teaching and precepts, he will find many people contradicting him and standing in his way, many who not only deride but even persecute him. Moreover, this is true, not only of pagans who are outside the church, but also of those who seem to be in it visibly, but are outside of it because of the perversity of their deeds. Although these glory in merely the title of Christian, they continually persecute faithful Christians. Such belong to the members of the church in the same way that bad blood is in the body. Therefore, if you wish to follow Christ, do not delay in carrying his cross; tolerate sinners, but do not yield to them. Do not let the false happiness of the wicked corrupt you. You do well to despise all things for the sake of Christ, in order that you may be fit for his companionship.
St. Augustine of Hippo
Turn, rather, to these teachings, my very dear friend: take up your cross and follow the Lord. For, when I noticed that you were being slowed down in your divine purpose by your preoccupation with domestic cares, I felt that you were being carried and dragged along by your cross rather than that you were carrying it. What else does the cross mean than the mortality of this flesh? This is our very own cross which the Lord commands us to carry that we may be as well armed as possible in following him. We suffer momentarily until death is swallowed up in victory. Then this cross itself will be crucified. The cross will be nailed to the fear of God, We would hardly be able to carry it now if it forever resisted us with free and unfettered limbs. There is no other way for you to follow the Lord except by carrying it, for how can you follow him if you are not his?
- Last Sunday, 44 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, Wine Tasting Fundraiser $. 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. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Ted, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Alex, Stefan, Leroy, David.
- Hospitality signup sheet: Mar 24 – Darlene Janson, Mar 31 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Pacheco family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
- Pirohy Party is on Saturday, March 30, at 9:30 AM, following the All Souls Divine Liturgy. All are welcome, please let Fr. Francis know if you plan to help. Our pirohy makers have ambitious goal to make enough pirohy to feed our fish fry crowd. Don’t miss this opportunity to help our parish. Thank you.
- Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner is on Saturday, April 13. Invite family, friends, neighbors.
- Eparchial Appeal 2019 began in January. Few weeks ago, you received the pledge form and information for the appeal, either by mail or in the Sunday bulletin. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, make checks payable to the Eparchy of Phoenix, write “Eparchial Appeal 2019” in the memo. Our parish goal is set for $ per household. Please support the Appeal to the best of your financial ability. But please, support it!
- Upcoming: *March 30 – Fourth All Souls Saturday
*April 13 – St. Philip’s Fish Fry and Pirohy Dinner.
|Mar 25th||5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.||Annunciation to the Theotokos. Solemn Feast.|
|Mar 30th||8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Panachida.||Fourth All Souls Saturday.|
|Sun||Mar 31st||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rdHour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
|Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 4. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Del Castillo.|
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. At minimum, on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.