Bulletin for August 2, 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. John Chrysostom  

For what purpose does he go up into the hills on the mountain? To teach us that solitude and seclusion are good, when we are to pray to God. With this in view, you see, we find him continually withdrawing into the wilderness. There he often spends the whole night in prayer. This teaches us earnestly to seek such quietness in our prayers as the time and place may afford. For the wilderness is the mother of silence; it is a calm and a harbor, delivering us from all turmoils. …

… The disciples are tossed on the waves again. They are in a storm, fully as bad as the previous one. Gently and by degrees he excites and urges the disciples on toward greater responsiveness, even to the point of bearing all things nobly. Whereas in the previous storm they had him with them in the ship, now they were alone by themselves. Even when he was asleep in the boat in the previous situation, he was ready to give them relief from danger. But then he was present to them. Now he is leading them into a greater degree of challenge. Now he is not even present to them. He has departed. In mid-sea he permits a storm to arise. This was all for their training, that they might not look for some easy hope of preservation from any earthly source. He then allows them to be tossed by the storm all night! This had the purpose of awakening their stony hearts in a most complete way. This is how Jesus dealt with the nature of their fear, which the rough weather and the timing had produced. He cast them directly into a situation in which they would have a greater longing for him and a continual remembrance of him.


  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, as we gather outdoors for our Sunday Divine Liturgy, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. Use the space to allow distance between households, follow proper way of receiving Holy Communion. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy online, or pray the Typika. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. During this time, Bishop John granted dispensation to the faithful from attending Sunday services. 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, 50+ souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in tithes $; donations $, Building Fund $. 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, Dcn. David, 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.
  • Blessing of First Fruits on Transfiguration, August 6. On this day we do not fast. The faithful bring first fruits of their garden and grapes (or any fruits they eat at home) and they are blessed at the end of the service. The blessing is that of thanksgiving to God for the abundance of His gifts and sustenance we receive from Him through the work of our hands. Bring various fruits you eat at home, bring enough to signify the abundance, but not too much so you are able to consume before it’s spoiled (plan to consume on the feast or the next day), since nothing blessed should be thrown away.  
  • Our children’s Atrium is in need of volunteers and students. Hopefully, we can resume classes after the summer. If you would like to help and for more information, call Fr. Francis.  
  • 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. For our Sunday liturgies, we will gather outdoors.  



Aug 5th 5:30 PM Great Vespers – Blessing of First Fruits.  


Aug 6th   6 PM Divine Liturgy. (at an outdoor location) Blessing of First Fruits.   Transfiguration of the Lord. Solemn Feast.  


Aug 9th  


8:30 AM Confessions  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. (at an outdoor location)  

10th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1.  

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

Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. We are in the midst of Dormition Fast – traditional fasting season observed August 1-14. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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