Bulletin for 26 Jun 2022 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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

My Dear Friends,

This week’s readings put before us the teachings of St Paul in his Epistle to the Romans Chapter 5, verses 1-10. Here we have put before us the great mystery of grace and of God’s Goodness that he has saved us and through his saving grace has made us his Sons and Heirs putting the seeds of Faith, Hope and Charity within us. We are especially reminded of the virtue of Hope. For while we were yet enemies God freely saved us through Christ with the hope of sharing in life eternal if we practice the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. God has saved us, God has chosen us and so we should hope in his Goodness for the graces that we need to be faithful to Him.

The Gospel is taken from St Matthew chapter 6 verses 22-34. This periscope is situated inside the Sermon on the Mount wherein Christ declares as the New Moses as He goes up this mountain His new Law. Indeed, the Sermon on the Mount makes for us a Magna Carta of Christian living. It is also noteworthy that just before today’s selection of this sermon Christ taught us the greatest prayer ever to fall from human lips: the Our Father. Specifically, today we are told to trust in God, seeking His Kingdom and his righteousness and then all the other things necessary will be given us in superabundance. That notion of hope we heard in the Epistle is explained by Christ himself in words that still ring true for us today.

Golden Jubilee: Last week we celebrated our belated Golden Jubilee and we had much for which to be thankful. It was a pleasant evening and a chance to look back and sit back and enjoy ourselves on this stepping stone in the life of the parish. Fr. Francis was gracious enough to celebrate the Vespers and I was grateful as this left me free for last minute details which included getting the food on the tables. We were blessed by the efforts of our caterer who had suffered an arson which burnt her business to the ground on the previous Saturday. She was grateful for the work and although the menu was slightly modified, our business was greatly appreciated. May the Good Lord bless her efforts as she gets through this crisis! My thanks goes out to all who prepared for this event. Every little detail is appreciated. We had a lot of work done cleaning the grounds and additionally preparing the hall. I want especially to acknowledge the very kind words of Fr Dennis who although unable to attend from Ohio where he is in retirement, he still took the time to text me and assure me of his closeness to us in prayers of Thanksgiving. His text was received moments before we celebrated Vespers. Timing is everything! May the Good Lord reward him his charity to us and his service to us here at St Philip’s!

Other news of the parish:

Today this Sunday I will not be celebrating Divine Liturgy. Fr Francis will cover for me as I have headed down to San Luis Obispo. I flew down on Friday with Basil my cat. I am afraid that I have not been sleeping well. As much as the cat is affectionate he wants attention at all hours; and he gets to sleep throughout the rest of the day! Beyond that, I hope to honor a commitment I made to preach a retreat in Maryland at my Fr. Abbot’s request, prior to that I will stop in at the Abbey for my yearly visit. Thus I will likely be absent for almost two weeks in July and friends in San Luis Obispo will baby sit the cat. I don’t want him all alone seeing the landlady feeding him for 5 minutes once a day. As it stands, my ticket to San Luis Obispo is cheap, and in fact it costs more for the cat to fly in a box under the seat in front of me!

I am due to see the oncologist on Thursday when the results from the latest biopsy will be in. Having everything before him he will lay out the options. It could be that I will start chemotherapy in August (or sooner), or we may wait a few months for the nonaggressive cancer to get bigger. If I do start in August it will be good to have a treatment without the cat and his hair and germs all over me, as I will see how I handle it all. Stay tuned…

Also my Father Abbot will be at a Liturgical Conference at Menlo Park on Thursday. I will drive there on Thursday to pay him my respects and put before him the treatment options I will have after consulting with the oncologist at noon. I will return to Sacramento on Friday.

Meanwhile in my absence Fr James has agreed to celebrate Divine Liturgy on Sunday July 17th .

Also please note that Fr Francis is still in California. I am not too sure what Liturgies he may wish to celebrate. He will announce those Liturgies on Sunday. So please see these as a supplement to those scheduled this coming week.

  • Last Sunday’s collection amounted to $.
  • Sunday Hospitality: please sign up and cover hospitality.
  • Prayer requests. Please pray for peace in the world. Many Ukrainian friends have reached out and asked for prayers.  Fr. Brian Escobedo (recently deceased), 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. Murin family, Aisha, Faustyna, John, Maia, Najwa, Nadia, Fabin, Nazmin, Deacon Dave, Gene Ford, Barbara, Trish, Fr. Christopher.
  • Liturgical schedule 

Jun 26 Sunday

8:30 a.m. Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

3rd Sunday after Pentecost. St David of Thessalonica

Tone 2 Cantor Amy Reader Richard

Jun 27 Mon

Samson, Venerable; Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky & others, Martyrs

Jun 28 Tues

Transl. of Relics of SS Cyrus & John, Unmercenaries

Jun 29 Weds

5:30 pm Divine Liturgy

Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Apostles

Jun 30 Thurs

6:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy   

Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

Jul 1 Friday

SS Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenaries

Jul 2 Sat

                    

Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos

July 3 Sunday

8:30 a.m. Confessions

9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

4th Sunday after Pentecost      St Hyacinth

Tone 3 Cantor Oliver Bardin  Reader Richard Agayoff

 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.

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