O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church …
Abba Poemen said that Abba John said that the saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same Spirit that works in all of them.
St. Gregory the Great
Holy Scripture is presented to the mind’s eye like a mirror in which the appearance of our inner being can be seen. In this mirror we can see both the ugliness and the beauty of our soul. We can tell what progress we are making or whether we are making any progress at all. Holy Scripture recounts the good deeds of the saints and encourages the hearts of the weak to imitate them. In recording the prowess of the saints, Scripture also underlines our weakness in the face of the onslaught of the vices. But its words ensure that the more the soul sees of the triumphs of so many heroes of the faith, the less it is alarmed in the midst of its own battle. Sometimes, however, Holy Scripture does not only record the victories of the saints but also mentions their defeats, so that we may see from their failures what we ought to be afraid of, besides learning from their triumphs what we ought to aim at. For example, Job is described in the Bible as being exalted by temptation, whereas David is represented as humiliated by it. By this means, our hopes may be nourished by the valor of people in the past, while because of their weakness we may gird on the protection of humility. The victories of the saints give our spirits wings through the joy they cause; their failures give us pause through fear. From Scripture the soul of the reader learns the confidence of hope and the humility of fear. Thanks to the weight of the fear, it does not have the temerity to be proud; but this fear does not cast it into utter despair, because the soul is fortified in the strength of hope by the examples of valor.
- Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Building Fund $, gift shop $. 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, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda.
- Apostles’ Fast begins tomorrow, May 31. One of the four fasting seasons in our liturgical year (it’s also called “Peter’s Fast” or “Petrivka”), this fast concludes on the Eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. We do not have specific guidelines from our bishop, we each pray and fast and give alms as we decide. It is wise to pray and decide upon our fasting discipline before tomorrow, thus we avoid temptation to delay our fasting, and are more aware of opportunities to show our love for God and neighbor. One of the reasons for this fast is our imitation of the Apostles, who after Pentecost prepared for the mission of announcing the Gospel to the whole world.
- 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.
- “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 email@example.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, 13 (plus 2 anonymous) households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.
- Two MCI Online classes, Introduction to Liturgy and Introduction to Church Singing, can be taken FREE by any member of our church (this includes singing feedback as part of the Introduction to Church Singing class). These classes are the prerequisites for a complete course on the fundamentals of church music, starting in July and running through December: 1. Reading in Church (July); 2. Introduction to the Divine Liturgy (September); 3. Introduction to the Eight Tones (November). If you or anyone in your parish is considering taking advantage of these classes, now would be a GREAT time to take the two introductory courses and see how they “work.” For more information: http://mci.archpitt.org/classes
- From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “The one who saves his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will obtain it.” The saints show us the meaning of Christ’s words, when they obtained life by giving their lives for the sake of Christ. Serving as a monk, nun, priest, deacon or in minor orders is one way to lose one’s life. This may be your calling to grow in Christ. Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wed||Jun 2nd||5:30 PM Akathist.|
|Fri||Jun 4th||7 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Jun 6th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Victor Pacheco|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.
We are in season of the Apostles’ Fast (May 31-June 28). The minimum fasting observance is the usual abstinence for meat foods on Friday. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.