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 the Ladder
If the Holy Spirit is peace of soul, as He is said to be, and as He is in reality, and if anger is disturbance of heart, as it actually is and as it is said to be, then nothing so prevents His presence in us as anger.
St.Cyril of Jerusalem
‘And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:3-4). They partook of fire, not of burning but of saving fire; of fire which consumes the thorns of sins, but gives luster to the soul. This is now coming upon you also, and that to strip away and consume your sins which are like thorns, and to brighten yet more that precious possession of your souls, and to give you grace; for He gave it then to the Apostles. And He sat upon them in the form of fiery tongues, that they might crown themselves with new and spiritual diadems by fiery tongues upon their heads. A fiery sword barred of old the gates of Paradise; a fiery tongue which brought salvation restored the gift.
St. Gregory the Great
‘And my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ My friends, consider the greatness of this solemn feast that commemorates God’s coming as a guest into our hearts! If some rich and influential friend were to come to your home, you would promptly put it all in order for fear something there might offend your friend’s eyes when he came in. Let all of us then who are preparing our inner homes for God cleanse them of anything our wrongdoing has brought into them.
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the document that follows the bulletin below. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues (you can follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook), you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly and make an appointment.
- Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $, Building Fund $. 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. George, 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, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
- Construction update. The asbestos removal phase is now completed, our final bill is $. It will be financed from building fund donation received from the Walter Gerlach bequest. New roof installation is underway. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.
- Eparchial Appeal 2020 concludes this week. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 7 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.
- Liturgical schedule 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.
|Jun 1st||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Pentecost Monday.|
|Jun 3rd||5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.|
|Jun 7th||9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Sunday of All Saints.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.
This Friday is a fast-free day, in celebration of Pentecost. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.
In Sacramento, May 30, 2020.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Below you can find the guidelines for our church services during the time of Covid-19 quarantine. Our main reference is the Policy Statement issued on May 14 by the Eparchy of Phoenix, and current Sacramento County guidelines regarding resuming church activities.
- Sunday obligation remains dispensed until further notice.
- All parish activities outside of liturgical celebrations are suspended until further notice.
- Individuals who come in contact with sick persons, or are in high risk of contracting the virus, or who show any symptoms of sickness* should stay home and join the parish service via Facebook live streaming.
- Upon arrival for the church service, you may find the church filled to the allowed capacity which at this time is 65 persons.** Please notify the cantor or usher that you will pray in the parish hall or in your car and follow the service via Facebook on your phone and they will ask father to bring you Holy Communion.
- The faithful are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks or gloves.
- Doors will be propped open so that contact with the doors is not required. Limit icon veneration to a bow with the sign of the cross, avoid touching surfaces or kissing icons.
- The faithful are encouraged to wipe surfaces in their seating area prior to the prayer service, disinfectant wipes are in the entry way to the church.
- Individuals or households must maintain at least 6ft distance at all times, please keep your children with your family at all times.
- Holy Communion is given with a spoon, please practice the proper way of receiving Holy Communion (open your mouth wide, slightly recline your head and wait until priest places Holy Communion in your mouth, you do not say ‘Amen’) Families should approach for Holy Communion together, preferably large families at the end.***
- Pew books are located in the entry way, they have been wiped with disinfectant, take one if you plan to use it, leave it in the pew after the service, all books will be disinfected between services.
- To the extent possible we will utilize 100% outdoor air.
Fr. Francis Murin, Pastor
*Individuals are encouraged to scan for symptoms before leaving home – especially elevated body temperature, possible breathin difficulties and cough.
**County guidelines allow for 25% of the building occupancy attendance, up to the maximum of 100 persons.
***All sacred vessels are cleansed and sanitized for every liturgical service. Priest washes/sanitizes his hands at the time of preparation of the gifts and preparation of the gifts for Holy Communion to avoid any suspicion of contamination. In case of accidental contact with the spoon during Holy Communion, the spoon is replaced for a clean one.