Bulletin for 7 Nov 2021 – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday we read two miracles in the account of the Gospel. The first miracle as it were is interrupted by a second miracle – the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage. Both of the miracles display great faith.

The first is that of a pagan Centurion, a Roman Occupier, who without the structure of the Law, is still through his natural good sense and good faith, able to see that Christ is a messenger of God. The Centurion confides in him and asks for the cure of his only daughter. What a wonderful love we see between a father and his daughter in a time when all signs of paternity are taken as if they were evil. It is striking that the kind hearted gentile evangelist takes the time to mention this cure and the faith of an upright pagan. The message being that God works outside of his chosen people.

This message is hammered home in the Epistle where we read that through Christ we are made one New People, we are the New Israel where there is no distinction between Greek and Jew.

St Paul in his Epistle will highlight not just the unity but the elevation given to us. In a historic time when slavery was quite a normal part of civilization all are made equal in Christ, all share the same dignity. Indeed, among the Saints there are no class distinctions as we are all member of each other and we work for the common good that in all things Christ may be reign and be glorified.

HemmorrhissaIn the second miracle of the poor woman cured of her hemorrhage we admire her faith. St Luke points out her dire state having spent so much of her money on fake cures. Christ marvels at her and says that he felt the power leave him. On the face of it this is crazy as dozens of others were pushing him at the same moment. Yet the God-Man read her heart. At first, almost with shame having been discovered for what she did, this woman of faith comes forward only to be rewarded for her intrepid faith.

We ourselves touch Christ. We receive him at Holy Communion, we are touched by the mysteries (sacraments) we receive where Christ infallibly touches us and enters our lives.

Do we see the continuation of this touch over time and space through Christ and his Church and the great gifts that are given to us? Do we share that same eagerness and faith of the centurion and the sickly woman to have our lives changed by the encounter.

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  • Fr Christopher: Since the cottage was not quite ready there was no moving of furniture. However a large moving truck has been made available for free and the move is postponed. Many thanks to those who volunteered and who will help in the near future.
  • Dr. Bill Carnazzo: Last Sunday at about 7.30 pm Dr. Bill Carnazzo rendered his beautiful soul to his Lord. Dr Carnazzo was a generous benefactor to St Anne’s in San Luis Obispo and also personally to me over the years that I had labored in California. As a sign of respect Fr Milan Kasperek (Las Vegas) and Fr James Lane (Fontana) will travel to his funeral. Along with Fr Michael Bezrucha (San Luis Obispo) there will also be the two Frs, Sebastian and Hezekiah Carnazzo (both Melkites.) I will travel down on Wednesday after the 6.30am Divine Liturgy and return for Friday’s 5.30 Akathist. Kindly keep the ever faithful and cheerful Bill and his family in your prayers.
  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $, hospitality $, candles $ and miscellaneous $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.
  • Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. If you wish to help out please put your name to the signup sheet.
  • 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 Environment’ there will be another adult present.
  • Youth Group: After having spoken at the bi-weekly youth group with parishioners from 4 parishes and 4 Rites, I will continue to host a talk followed by ‘fun and games.’ There were about 20 or so youth. The meetings are mentored by Abouna Hezekiah (Melkite) and now by me. For details contact me or Tim Del Castillo. Ages range from early to late teens.
  • Next Sunday November 14th: A milestone. We will celebrate in a modest way the Golden Jubilee of the Parish. More official celebrations will take place in May. Join us in thanksgiving for the many blessings and graces bestowed upon us as a parish as we look forward to the next 50 blessed years bringing about the kingdom in ourselves and around us, as beacon of light and hope, that seeing our good works other may glorify their heavenly Father!

Liturgical schedule

Wed Nov 10 – 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy.

Fri    Nov 12  – 5.30 p.m. – Moleben of the Holy Cross

Sun  Nov 14 –  8:30 a.m. Confessions. 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

        Tone 8 – Cantor: Tim DelCastillo  – 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.

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