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!
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The importance of the Cross in our lives is yet shown to us in the final ‘triptych’ of today’s celebration of the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Last Tuesday’s Gospel reading took many snippets from the Passion account of St John. It was as if we were pausing to really take in the image, the icon, of what was going on as Our Lord spoke his final words as he sacrificed Himself for us.
Today’s Gospel helps us to look forward a little, we look forward because now we must apply to our own lives what we have learnt from the Throne of the Cross. “If any man will come after me let him take up his cross and follow me.” The Cross is part of life and a sanctifying part. It is the wonderful instrument wherewith we too may please the Father and bring about the Kingdom as we die to ourselves and live for Christ. Thus the words of the Epistle ring true: “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” This is the royal road of the Cross and this is where we gain our true freedom living like the Master in order to share in his Glory.
• Fr Francis: On Wednesday after graciously celebrating his last Divine Liturgy for us on, Fr Francis flew to Slovakia. He of course leaves with our prayers and gratitude for all the good he has accomplished here at St Philip’s.
• Fr Christopher: This past week : I have moved into an RV as I await the final move to a cottage around November 1st. I am grateful to all who helped unload the Uhaul truck I drove up from San Luis Obispo. On Friday I was received by Bishop James Soto who extended his welcome to me and offered his help in any way he can to help me settle in. As a suggestion he also invited me to priestly events which will permit me to connect with the local clergy and fellow brother priests.
Next week: I will return to San Luis Obispo, where I will pick up my repaired car. On Monday September 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.
• Mystery of First Confession: If you have a child ready to make his or her first confession please see me and I will start by instructing those who need it. This shouldn’t take too long, about 5 weeks and after that I hope that we will be able to relaunch Catechism for the children after Sunday Liturgies. Parents are invited to sit in on the classes, so as to be able to help their children with the homework. Also as part of ‘Safe Environement’ there will be another adult present.
• 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.
• Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $, 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.
• Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Baker family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Sep 19 – open, Sep 26 – open, Oct 3, open, Oct 10 open.
• From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the work of the Lord, and a marvel in our eyes.” The unfaithful servants had the kingdom of God taken 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: email@example.com
• House visits: if you would like a visit then please contact me as it is important to connect with all the Faithful. Slowly but surely I will get around to visiting you all. I can be reached via cell phone and email as per my contact details on the newsletter mast head.
5.30 PM Divine Liturgy.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after the Holy Cross. Tone 1. Cantor: Oliver Bardin. Reader: Victor Pacheco.
For Confession, please call Fr. Christopher for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services. If you desire Spiritual Direction then please see Fr Andrews for an appointment during the week so as to allow everyone an opportunity on Sundays for Confessions. Please consider those traveling from long distances.
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.