O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!
From the Fathers of the Church …
Irenaeus of Lyon
He healed others by a word…. But the Lord bestowed sight on the one who was blind from birth—not by a word, but by an outward action. He did this neither casually nor simply because this was how it happened. He did it this way in order to show it was the same hand of God here that had also formed man at the beginning. And therefore when his disciples asked him why he had been born blind, whether by his own fault or his parents’, Jesus said, “Neither this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God might be manifested in him.” The work of God is, after all, the forming of man. He did this by an outward action, as Scripture says, “And the Lord took clay from earth, and formed man.” Notice here too how the Lord spit on the earth, and made clay and smeared it on his eyes, showing how the ancient creation was made. He was making clear to those who can understand, that this was the [same] hand of God through which man was formed from clay. For what the creating Word had neglected to form in the womb, this he supplied openly. He did this so that the works of God might be evident in him, and so that we would now seek for no other hand than that through which humanity was formed. Nor should we seek another Father, knowing that the hand of God which formed us in the beginning, and forms in the womb, has in the last times sought us lost ones out. He is gaining his own lost sheep and putting it on his shoulders and joyfully restoring it to the fold of life.
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, as the situation with corona pandemic continues, the guidelines by the bishops have ended this past week. We are now asked to create our own guidelines that will comply with the local government policies. Our weekday liturgies have low attendance, when you come, please follow social distancing (6 ft) protocol, and proper hygiene. All individuals who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home. For Sunday liturgy, we will continue the procedures we have practiced during this pandemic, in accordance with the public safety instructions. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues, you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly for an appointment.
- Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $; gift shop $; Easter donation $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
- Construction on our church building will begin this week. On Wednesday, demolition of the church roof will begin, and new roof installation. If things go well, the whole process will last two weeks. Say a prayer for good weather.
- Fifth All Souls Saturday, May 30. This is the last all souls Saturday in our liturgical year. For any updates to the diptycha (list of your departed family members), send a note to the parish office.
- Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
|May 18th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|May 21st||5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.||Ascension of the Lord. Solemn Feast.|
|May 24th||9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea .|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.
Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.