Bulletin for June 21, 2020

O Holy Apostle Philip, 

Intercede with the merciful God 

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!

+ Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!  

From the Fathers of the Church

St. Augustine of Hippo 

We know that all our works are pure and pleasing in the sight of God if they are performed with a single heart. This means that they are performed out of charity and with an intention that is fixed on heaven. For “love is the fulfillment of the law.” Therefore in this passage we ought to understand the eye as the intention with which we perform all our actions. If this intention is pure and upright and directing its gaze where it ought to be directed, then unfailingly all our works are good works, because they are performed in accordance with that intention. And by the expression “whole body,” Christ designated all those works that he reproves and that he commands us to put to death. For the apostle also designates certain works as our “members.” “Therefore,” Paul writes, “mortify your members which are on earth: fornication, uncleanness, covetousness,”” and all other such things.

Announcements 

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the document sent to you on May 31. Bishop Thomas has now ended the dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance, which means we are encouraged to fully resume public prayer and sacramental life in our parish. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook or LiveLiturgy. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. Please know that 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 Sunday, 78 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in: tithes $; donations $, Building Fund $, gift shop $. 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, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth. 
  • Happy Fathers’ Day! May God grant our fathers, grandfathers and godfathers many happy years, in joy, health and His abundant blessing.
  • Fireworks Sale. We plan to open our stand on June 30, if you are able to help, please contact Fr. Francis, each day we need to cover 4 three-hour shifts with at least three people. Let your family and friends know they can get their fireworks at St. Philip’s. Thank you for your sacrifices in making this fundraiser happen.
  • Save the date. On July 19, 2020, Most Reverend Bishop John Pazak of the Eparchy of Phoenix will lay hands on Subdeacon Tim Belke and ordain him a deacon for St. Philip’s church. May your prayers and sacrifices support the upcoming ministry in our parish.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Sale. Organized by our youth group “Fellowship of the lake,”this fundraiser is to benefit our annual retreat trip at the lake. Since our lodging is costly this year, we are in need of sponsors and fundraising. Please consider stocking your freezer with good quality homemade treats – original cookie recipe and Leatherby’s vanilla/choc mint/cookies ‘n cream ice cream. You can order by filling out the form (on the attached flier) and giving it to Fr. Francis (parish office/collection basket) or simply put your order into an email and send to frmurin@ephx.org. You must order by June 25, pickup or deliveries on July 1.
  • Apostles’ Fast, also known as Peter’s Fast, began on June 8 (it concludes on the Eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28). This is one of the four fasting seasons in our liturgical year. No special fasting rule has been issued by our bishop, the faithful can at minimum observe abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Construction update. Our construction is still on hold. The final cost of the new roof will be published in a future bulletin. If you would like to contribute to this project, simply mark your donation “new roof” and we’ll use it to pay the bill. Thank you for your generosity. 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 concluded on May 31. We have reached our monetary goal, but have fallen short of 100% participation. If you have it in your heart to contribute a symbolic amount to this year’s Appeal, you can do so, use the pledge card that was mailed to your home, or ask Fr. Francis for one. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix. To donate online, go to: http://ephx.org/giving/

    Liturgical schedule 

    Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. When at St. Philip’s follow the guidelines issued on May 31.
    
Wed  Jun 24th5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Nativity of John the Baptist. Solemn Feast.
Sun Jun 28th8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. 
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. 
4th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3
    

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.

Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. During the time of Apostles’ fast, we are encouraged to take on a stricter fasting discipline. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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