Bulletin for Dec. 13, 2020 – Sunday of the Forefathers

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 Fathers of the Church …  

St. Clement of Alexandria  

The holy agape is the sublime and saving creation of the Lord…. An agape is in reality heavenly food, a banquet of the Word. The agape, or love, “bears all things, endures all things, hopes all things. Love never fails. “Blessed is he who eats bread in the kingdom of God.” The most unlikely of all downfalls is charity that does not fail to be thrown down from heaven to earth among all these dainty seasonings. Do you still imagine that I refer to a meal that will be destroyed? “If I distribute my goods to the poor and do not have love,” Scripture says, “I am nothing.” The whole law and the word depend on this love. If you love the Lord your God and your neighbor, there will be a heavenly feast in heaven. The earthly feast, as we have proved from Scripture, is called a supper. It is permeated with love yet is not identified with it but is an expression of mutual and generous good will.


  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, during our gatherings, 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. Dispensation from Sunday attendance given by Bishop John for the faithful of our Eparchy is in effect at this time. 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.
  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, We received donations in tithes $; donations $, candles $, Gift Shop $, 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. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Sandra, Katie.
  • Christmas rolls “to go” are available for purchase after liturgies on Sunday. We have apricot rolls, walnut rolls and a few other kinds might be remaining. They are $17 and the proceeds support St Philip’s.  The table is set up in the hall downstairs, for service call on Amy or Darlene. Be sure and keep 6 feet apart from others and wear a mask when you pick up. Cash or check preferred.
  • Cleaning time at St. Philip’s. Father is looking for volunteers to help with cleaning and decorating for Christmas. We need to vacuum the church, set up a tree, dust a little and collect leaves in the yard and parking lot. If you are willing to help, send a quick note to frmurin@ephx.org and let father know what days and times would work for you. The idea is to get maybe two groups who come at different times and help.
  • Retired Religious Collection will be taken on December 13. This annual collection is organized by USCCB and it aims to support retired religious around the country. With your donation you honor those who dedicated their lives to the service of the church. Thank you for your generosity.  
  • Adult Religious Formation: SEVEN AGES OF THE KINGDOM A Study of Salvation History Rev. Daniel Dozier, on Mondays, December 7 & 14 @ 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. California Time. All courses are offered as live webinars, free of charge. Live participation is highly encouraged for a full experience, including opportunities for discussion with fellow students and instructors. Register at: www.EasternCatholic.org/Events 
  • 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. 

    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 Dec 16th 3 PM Emmanuel Moleben.
Fri Dec 18th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.


Dec 20th  8 AM Divine Liturgy.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday of the Ancestors (29) Tone 4.  

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

During St. Philip’s Fast, we are invited to take on additional penances and pray, fast and give alms, in preparation for Christmas. 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.

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