Bulletin for 25 Apr 2021 – Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic

O Holy Apostle Philip,  

Intercede with the merciful God  

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.   

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!   

From the Saints of the Church …  

St. Augustine of Hippo  

Christ Heals the ParalyticThat pool and that water, in my opinion, signified the people of the Jews. For the Apocalypse of John clearly indicates to us that peoples are suggested by the name of waters. When many waters were shown to him and he asked what they were, he received the answer that they were peoples. Therefore that water, that is, that people was shut in by the five books of Moses as by five porticoes. But those books brought forth sick people they did not heal. For the law convicted sinners; it did not absolve them… What happened, then, that they, who could not be healed in the porticoes, were healed in that agitated water? For, suddenly, the water was seen to be agitated, but he by whom it was agitated was not seen. You may believe that this used to happen by an angel’s power but still not without some significant symbolic meaning. After the agitation of the water, the one who was able to thrust himself in, and he alone, was healed. Whoever thrust himself in after him did so without effect. What, then, does this mean, except that Christ came to the Jewish people, and by doing great things, by teaching useful things, he agitated sinners, agitating the water by his presence and stirring it up in preparation for his passion? But he agitated while being hidden. “For if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.” Therefore to descend into the agitated water is to believe humbly in the Lord’s passion.

St. Ambrose of Milan  

No one was healed before the angel had descended. Because of those who did not believe, the water was troubled as a sign that the angel had descended. They had a sign, you have faith; for them an angel descended, for you the Holy Spirit; for them the creation was troubled, for you Christ himself, the Lord of creation, worked. Then, one was healed, now all are made whole…. For that pool was as a type so that you might believe that the power of God descends upon this font.

St. Ambrose of Milan  

What did the angel declare in this type but the descent of the Holy Spirit, which was to come to pass in our day and should consecrate the waters when invoked by the prayers of the priest? That angel, then, was a herald of the Holy Spirit, inasmuch as by means of the grace of the Spirit medicine was to be applied to our infirmities of soul and mind. The Spirit, then, has the same ministers as God the Father and Christ, He fills all things, possesses all things, works all and in all in the same manner as God the Father and the Son work.

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Church in Holy Land $, Eparchial Appeal $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. David, 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, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda.
  • God With Us Online is hosting a free Webinar I Believe: a study of the Creed of the Church, on Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm April 14 – June 16. Register online. Flyers are on the bulletin board.
  • The Catholic Home Missions special collection will be taken today. The collection is organized by USCCB and is used to fund a wide range of pastoral services, including evangelization, religious education, and the maintenance of mission parishes, the training of seminarians and lay ministers, and ministry with ethnic groups. Our Eparchy of Phoenix has been a long term beneficiary of this fund. Thank you for your generosity.
  • “Hot meals for homeless people.” There is a homeless camp off Business Loop 80 at the Marconi Ave. Auburn Blvd. exit. If you would like to help provide 1 hot meal each day for everybody at the camp (there are usually between 7 and 15 people there), you can contact Martin at (916) 546-8093?,or at bakerdgz@gmail.com
  • Eparchial Appeal 2021. The goal for our parish is $ this year. Please submit your pledge, you can pick up pledge form in the back of the church. Please prayerfully consider what you can donate in support of our church. Let our parish goal be that we all participate in the Appeal this year. To this day, 10 households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Take up your mat and walk.” Our Lord can make us well, and it is always His will that we are able to walk, spiritually speaking. When we unite ourselves to that will we can bring healing to this world. Is He calling you to do so by a vocation to the consecrated monastic life, the diaconate in Christ or the priesthood? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:vocations@ephx.org
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place.  
Wed Apr 28th 5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Mid-Pentecost.
Fri Apr 30th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sun  

 

May 2nd  8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Victor Pacheco.  
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance. We observe simple fast – abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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