Bulletin for 25 July 2021 – Dormition of Anna

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 for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!   

From the Fathers of the Church…  

St. John Chrysostom  

“When the disciples,” it is said, “saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit! And they cried out for fear.” This is the way he constantly deals with our fears. He does not hesitate to bring on worse things, even more alarming than those before. They were troubled here not only by the storm but also by the distance from the land. Note that he did not too easily remove the darkness. He did not come quickly to their rescue. He was training them, as I said, by the continuance of these fears and instructing them to be ready to endure.  

Accordingly, neither did he present himself to them at once. For it is written that “in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.” He was instructing them not too hastily to seek for deliverance from their pressing dangers but to bear all challenges courageously. In any case, just when they looked to be delivered, their fear was again heightened.  

St. Augustine of Hippo  

While human praise does not tempt the Lord, people are often ruffled and nearly entranced by human praise and honors in the church. Peter was afraid on the sea, terrified by the great force of the storm. Indeed, who does not fear that voice: “Those who say you are happy place you in error and disturb the path of your feet”? And since the soul struggles against the desire for human praise, it is good for it to turn to prayer and petition amid such danger, lest one who is charmed by praise be overcome by criticism and reproach. Let Peter, about to sink in the waves, cry out and say, “Lord, save me!” The Lord reached out his hand. He chided Peter, saying, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”—that is, why did you not, gazing straight at the Lord as you approached, pride yourself only in him? Nevertheless he snatched Peter from the waves and did not allow him who was declaring his weakness and asking the Lord for help to perish.  

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Hospitality donations $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.  
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, 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.  
  • Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Jul 25 – Del Castillo family; Aug 1 – Prescott family; Aug 8 – Bardin family; Aug 15 – Cardona family; Aug 22 – Amelia Baker; Aug 29 – Osanna family.  
  • 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, 15 (plus 2 anonymous) households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.  
  • JOIN US FOR A FREE WEBINAR ON THE LIGHT OF THE EAST! Sunday August 1 – 4 pm California Time. Are you a Western Christian (Catholic or Protestant) who has never attended a Byzantine Divine Liturgy or has only recently started attending? Are you a Byzantine Christian who wants to learn more about your own rich tradition? Join us for a Free 90-Minute Webinar on How to Attend a Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy where you will learn about the spirit and structure of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, as well as some tips on etiquette when attending! Join our presenters who will share their own thoughts and insights: Fr. Dcn. Anthony Dragani, PhD (Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Theology Professor, Author, Blog: east2west.org) Robert Klesko, MA (Byzantine Catholic, EWTN Theology Advisor, Deacon Candidate) Fr. Daniel Dozier, MA, MATS (Byzantine Catholic, author of 20 Answers on Eastern Catholicism) REGISTER HERE! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/vineyardofthelordcatholicministries/553300 Please note: A Zoom link will be sent to you a day prior to the event. 
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Take heart! It is I! Do not be afraid.”  Our Lord came to his disciples walking on water, and he called Peter to do the same. In fear and faith, he answered Jesus’ call. Is he calling you to follow him as a priest, deacon, monk, or nun? Answering with your own fear and faith may be a blessing to you and to our Church. Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219or email: vocations@ephx.org  
  • THE BYZANTINE CATHOLIC EPARCHY OF PHOENIX subscribes to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.  The Eparchy, within all its parishes, institutions and programs, is committed to assuring a safe environment in ministry for its children and young people that conforms to the Charter requirements.  For information regarding the Eparchial Safe Environment Program, please contact: Dcn. Michael Hanafin (Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Cell: (480) 387-5182; Email: dcnhanafin@ephx.org; Sbdcn. Paul F. Kilroy (Asst. Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Office: (602) 861-9778; Cell: (702) 498-5972; Email: sbdcnkilroy@ephx.org; Dr. Caroline Bonham (Victim Assistance Coordinator) Cell: (505) 314-3943; Email: victimassistanceofphoenix@gmail.com.  

    Liturgical schedule  
    
Wed   Jul 28th  5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.   
Fri   Jul 30th  6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.   
Sun  Aug 1st  8:30 AM Confessions.  Short Blessing of Water.  9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  10th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Del Castillo. 

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.  

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe the abstinence for meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.  

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