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 Desert Fathers …
Abba Elias said, ‘An old man was living in a temple and the demons came to say to him, “Leave this place which belongs to us,” and the old man said, “No place belongs to you.” Then they began to scatter his palm leaves about, one by one, and the old man went on gathering them together with perseverance. A little later the devil took his hand and pulled him to the door. When the old man reached the door, he seized the lintel with the other hand crying out, “Jesus, save me.” Immediately the devil fled away. Then the old man began to weep. Then the Lord said to him, “Why are you weeping?” and the old man said, “Because, the devils have dared to seize a man and treat him like this.’ The Lord said to him, “You had been careless. As soon as you turned to me again, you see I was beside you.” I say this, because it is necessary to take great pains, and anyone who does not do so, cannot come to his God. For He himself was crucified for our sake.
Abba John Colobos said, “If a king wishes to capture a city of the enemy, he first takes control of water and food, and thus the enemy submits to him, reduced by famine. So too with the passions of the flesh: if a person lives in fasting and hunger, the enemy withers away from his soul.”
- 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. 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, 26+34 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in: tithes $; donations $, teen group donation $, 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, 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, Kurt.
- 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.
- Fireworks Sale. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to sign up on our volunteer schedule emailed to you, if not, contact Elizabeth Baker (916-915-3161) for an easy signup. Please let your family, friends and neighbors know we are selling fireworks. Thank you for your support and sacrifices in order to make this fundraiser happen.
- Ice Cream Sandwich Sale. Thank you for supporting our youth activities. You can pick up your order on July 1 at St. Philip’s between 1 – 4 pm, or expect your home delivery during the day.
- Our children’s Atrium is in need of volunteers and students. Hopefully, we can resume classes after the summer. For more information, ask Fr. Francis.
- 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. We have reached our monetary goal, to this date 8 households participated in the Appeal. Please join with a small donation so with can reach our goal of 100% participation. Ask Fr. Francis about the form, for an easy way to donate online, go to: http://ephx.org/giving/.
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.
|Jun 29th||5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.||Prime Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul. Solemn Holy Day of Obligation.|
|Jul 4th||5:30 PM Vigil Divine Liturgy.|
|Jun 5th||8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.||5th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.
Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.