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. John Chrysostom
Priests have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels. It was said to them: ‘Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose, shall be loosed.’ Temporal rulers have indeed the power of binding; but they can only bind the body. Priests, in contrast, can bind with a bond which pertains to the soul itself and transcends the very heavens. Did [God] not give them all the powers of heaven? ‘Whose sins you shall forgive,’ he says, ‘they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.’ What greater power is there than this? The Father has given all judgment to the Son. And now I see the Son placing all this power in the hands of men [Matt. 10:40; John 20:21–23]. They are raised to this dignity as if they were already gathered up to heaven.
[Regarding confession, some] flee from this work as being an exposure of themselves, or they put it off from day to day. I presume they are more mindful of modesty than of salvation, like those who contract a disease in the more shameful parts of the body and shun making themselves known to the physicians; and thus they perish along with their own bashfulness.
Letter of Barnabas
You shall judge righteously. You shall not make a schism, but you shall pacify those that contend by bringing them together. You shall confess your sins. You shall not go to prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of light.
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities (latest guideline released on July 2). 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 if available, or find a service via the link below. When in doubt, consult 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, 13+65 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in tithes $; donations $, teen group donation $, candles $, gift shop $; Bishop’s Appeal $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- If you cannot come to church for safety, health or other reasons, sanctify your Sunday at home. Join live streaming services (http://liveliturgy.com/) or pray the Typika service. 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, Kirk.
- Diaconate Ordination will take place at St. Philip’s on Sunday, 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. Due to government Covid-19 restrictions, we may not be able to accommodate all who wish to attend the liturgy, please plan accordingly. We will have an evening vigil liturgy on Saturday.
- 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. The roof is finished! Altogether, the project consisted of the old roof removal and new roof construction. The project was fully financed from our parish Building Fund. Thank you for your prayers and for your support.
- Eparchial Appeal 2020. We have reached our monetary goal, To this date, 9 households participated in the Appeal, which is about half of our parish. Please join with a small donation so we 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/. 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.
|Jul 13th||7 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Jul 18th||5:30 PM Vigil Divine Liturgy.|
|Jul 19th||9:30 AM Divine Liturgy – ordination to the Diaconate of Timothy Belke.||7th Sunday of the Fathers of the Six Ecumenical Councils. (7th) Tone 6.|
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.