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
Christ’s conception was the work of the Holy Spirit, but do not think this divine economy has nothing to do with you [Joseph]. For although it is true that you had no part in the generation of Christ, and that the Virgin remained inviolate, nevertheless, what pertains to a father (not injuring the honor of virginity) that do I give you— the naming of the child. For ‘you shall call his name’. Although you have not generated him, you will act as a father to him. Hence it is that, beginning with giving him his name, I associate you intimately with the one who is to be born.
- 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 $, Building Fund $, Bake Sale $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- 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.
- Christmas rolls “to go” are available for purchase after liturgies on Sunday. We have apricot rolls, walnut rolls, a few poppy seed and a couple of chocolate walnut rolls. And a prune lekvar (jam) roll. They are $17 and the proceeds support St Philip’s. The table 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. Thank you so much for your help yesterday. We accomplished a lot in a very short time. On Monday (we’ll pray 9-9:30 am, then we work) we focus on decorating the church for Christmas. Poinsettia donations need to be made before we decorate. If you plan to come, please send a quick email to Fr. Francis firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Retired Religious Collection. Thank you for your generosity. We have collected $ last week. If you would like to contribute, you can do so today, mark your donation as “Retired Religious.” 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.
- Christmas Eve (Dec 24) is a day of strict fast. We break the fast for Holy Supper which is served after Vesper Liturgy at the appearance of the first star. Holy Super is a rich feast, many courses of traditional “sweet and sour” dishes are served. It is still a meatless feast, but fish, milk, oil and wine are consumed. Gather as a family, light a candle as reminder that Christ Light of the world is born, sing the festal troparion and kontakion, and enjoy each other’s company. Liturgical schedule (revised Dec.23)
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.
Mon Dec 21st 9 AM Emmanuel Moleben.
11 AM Confessions.
Thu Dec 24th 6:30 AM Royal Hours.
3 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.
9:30 PM Great Compline.
Fri Dec 25th 8:30 Am Confessions.
9 AM Canon of Matins.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Nativity of Our Lord. Holy Day of Obligation. Sat Dec 26th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Gathering to the Mother of God. Solemn Feast. Sun Dec 27th 8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Nativity – David, Joseph and James. St. Stephen the First-Martyr. (30) Tone 5.
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.