Bulletin for 12 Sep 2021 – Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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!

83E42BF4-001B-427B-9E78-8003647C8997Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Byzantine Liturgy really brings before us the importance of the Holy Cross making a triptych, surrounding the feast with commemorations on the Sundays before and after the Feast. As Christians we should be mindful of the Master’s words: “If anyone would follow Me, let him pick up his cross and come after me.” Indeed, the Cross is part of the Christian Life, so that sharing in Christ’s Passion and bearing our own crosses we may share in His glory. The Cross is a noble part of our lives and we see it so often in beautiful Byzantine art. Christ reigns from the Throne of His Cross with arms outstretched to embrace all. Adam our first father, was deceived by the wood of the tree and in a poetic way God deceived the Devil when the Wood of the Cross became the altar of Christ’s sacrifice. Indeed, the horror and shame of the Cross is now the trophy of Christ. Being exalted upon His Cross, Christ reigns gloriously having achieved the ‘Work’ His Father gave Him to do.


Fr Francis: Fr Francis will leave us on Wednesday flying home to Slovakia. He will be making preparations for when Pani Kimberly and their daughters join him in a few weeks’ time. Moves are always stressful, so please keep Fr Francis and his family (and goods and belongings sailing across the Atlantic) in your prayers. Finally, Fr Francis has graciously asked permission to celebrate a final Divine Liturgy which will be on Tuesday, September 14, at 6:30 a.m. for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Fr Christopher: Some progress has been made. Fr Christopher will move into a cottage near Presentation Parish around the first of November. Meanwhile a couple from Modesto have most generously lent him their RV. Father will hook up beside a friend he has known for 14 years. Slowly and surely things are coming together. This last week he drove to San Luis Obispo where he was donated furniture from a deceased friend’s estate. Kindly keep Mary Gleason (+) in your prayers.

     This coming week we will have a lighter liturgical schedule as I prepare to move in to the RV. Wednesday and Thursday I will visit families. So sign up and make yourselves known to me. Finally, please pray for my meeting with Bishop Jaime Soto on Friday as this represents a chance to pay my respects to the local Roman Catholic Bishop.

     The following week (Sep 20-24) I will return to San Luis Obispo, where I will pick up my repaired car. On Monday Sep 20 I plan to sit the written driver’s test for a California license, since there are less people in San Luis Obispo than in Sacramento. I will return for a Liturgy on Friday night and hope to visit some of the faithful in Modesto, as I return.

     FINALLY TODAY (Sunday, Sep. 12) volunteers needed (dress accordingly) after Sunday Liturgy to store belongings….

Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Darlene, 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, Dan, Doug, Molly.

Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, hospitality $, candles $. Thank you for your generosity; may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.

Golden Jubilee Preparations:  Please stay after brunch that we may begin planning for our golden Jubilee in November.

Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to all the families for providing hospitality potluck for us last Sunday at the Murin Fare Well. Hospitality signup: Sep 5 – Baker family, Sep 12 – open, Sep 19 – open, Sep 26 – open.

From the Eparchial Vocations Office:  “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Tis is the work of the Lord, and a marvel in our eyes.”  The unfaithful servants had the kingdom of God taken away from them. Today our Church needs faithful servants who would answer His calling to marriage, holy orders, and the monastic life to bring the kingdom of God to all. Are you being called to discern a religious vocation as a faithful servant? If so, contact the Vocations Office at (206) 329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org

Liturgical schedule


Sep 13

5:30 PM Vesperal Divine Liturgy


Sep 14

6:30 AM Divine Liturgy

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


Sep 17

5:30 PM Divine Liturgy


Sep 19

8:30 AM Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Tone 8. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader:  Tim Del Castillo

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

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

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