Bulletin for Aug. 23, 2020

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 …  

St. John Chrysostom  

Note how prepared the young man is to obey the commandments. For he says, “What must I do to have eternal life?” He seems ready to do what he would be told. If his purpose had been to put Jesus to a test, the Evangelist would have given some indication of this as he does in other cases, for instance, in the case of the lawyer. If the young man had remained silent or been deceptive, Jesus would have easily exposed that and brought it into the open. If the young man had come to test him, he would not have retreated downcast at what he heard. This never happened to any of the Pharisees. When refuted they were all the more angry. This man was not angry. He went away in sorrow, which is no little signal that he did not come to him with evil intent. But he did come with too weak a will. Truly he did desire life but was held in the grip of a serious moral infirmity. When therefore Christ said, “If you would enter life, keep the commandments,” he said “Which?” not putting him to the test—far from it—but because he thought that there were some other ones beside those in the law which could bring him life. So he seems to be quite earnest.    


  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, due to the poor air quality, we gather at St. Philip’s today. 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, 46 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in tithes $; donations $, Dormition collection $, Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.  
  • How is your tithing? Since the start of the pandemic, our monthly tithing fell to about half of what we were giving before. We have moneys in the building fund, and recently we had a successful fireworks fundraiser. However, our operating account balance is shrinking. Even though we can’t gather at St. Philip’s at this time, we need to upkeep the church and pay bills. Please remember your church. Thank you for your generosity.  
  • 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. 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, Judy.  
  • What is “Atrium?” Also called “Catechesis of Good Shepherd,” Atrium uses Maria Montessori age appropriate hands-on approach to catechizing children. At. St. Philip’s, we have a classroom set up for the little ones to touch, see and explore what they see and hear at church. If you would like to join us with your little student or to help with other little students, ask Fr. Francis for more information. Classes will resume when the quarantine ends. 
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020. We have reached our monetary goal (to date $ – thank you for your generosity). To this date, 10 households participated in the Appeal. 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.  

Sat  Aug 29th  8 AM Divine Liturgy.  Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Simple Feast.  Fasting day.  
Sun  Aug 30th  8:30 AM Confessions  9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. (at Belke residence)13th 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. This week, we also observe a day of strict fast in memory of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.  

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