Bulletin for 6 Jun 2021 – Second Sunday After Pentecost

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 …  

Chromatius  

Oh, blessed are those fishermen whom the Lord chose from among so many doctors of the law and scribes, from among so many sages of the world, for the task of divine preaching and the grace of the apostolate! Worthy of our Lord, indeed, and appropriate for his preaching was that choice, so that in the preaching of his name all the greater might be the wonder of praise as the humble and lowly of the age preached his word—not that they might capture the world through the wisdom of the word but that they might liberate the human race from the error of death through the simple preaching of the faith, as the apostle says: “That your faith may not be in human wisdom but in the power of God.” And in another place: “But the foolish things of the world has God chosen to put to shame the wise, and the weak things of the world has God chosen to put to shame the strong, and the base things of the world and the despised has God chosen, and the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.” Therefore he has not chosen the noble of the world or the rich, lest their preaching be suspect; not the wise of the world, lest people believe that they persuaded the human race with their wisdom; but he chose illiterate, unskilled and untutored fishermen, so that the Savior’s grace might be open.  

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.  
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, 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.  
  • Remember the clergy of our Eparchy who gather this week for the annual Clergy Conference in Phoenix.  
  • Global Rosary Relay for Priests is this Friday. We will join the relay with our Akathist to the Holy Mother of God at 5:45 am. For more info, see the flier or visit www.worldpriest.com  
  • Apostles’ Fast, May 31 – June 28. One of the four fasting seasons in our liturgical year (it’s also called “Peter’s Fast” or “Petrivka”), this fast concludes on the Eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. We do not have specific guidelines from our bishop, we each pray and fast and give alms as we decide. It is wise to pray and decide upon our fasting discipline …thus we avoid temptation to delay our fasting, and are more aware of opportunities to show our love for God and neighbor. One of the reasons for this fast is our imitation of the Apostles, who after Pentecost prepared for the mission of announcing the Gospel to the whole world.  
  • Myrrhbearers’ Retreat. Please register, this year a virtual retreat, the Myrrhberares’ is an opportunity for women of our Eparchy to come together for prayer and fellowship. More information is on the attached flier.  
  • God With Us Online is hosting a free Webinar I Believe: a study of the Creed of the Church, on Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm April 14 – June 16. Register online. Flyers are on the bulletin board.  
  • “Hot meals for homeless people.” There is a homeless camp off Business Loop 80 at the Marconi Ave. Auburn Blvd. exit. If you would like to help provide 1 hot meal each day for everybody at the camp (there are usually between 7 and 15 people there), you can contact Martin at (916) 546-8093?,or atbakerdgz@gmail.com  
  • 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, 13 (plus 2 anonymous) households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.  
  • Two MCI Online classesIntroduction to Liturgy and Introduction to Church Singing, can be taken FREE by any member of our church (this includes singing feedback as part of the Introduction to Church Singing class).  These classes are the prerequisites for a complete course on the fundamentals of church music, starting in July and running through December: 1. Reading in Church  (July); 2. Introduction to the Divine Liturgy (September); 3. Introduction to the Eight Tones  (November). If you or anyone in your parish is considering taking advantage of these classes, now would be a GREAT time to take the two introductory courses and see how they “work.” For more information:  http://mci.archpitt.org/classes 
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Hearing the call, Peter, Andrew, James and John left one calling to become fishers of men. The life of prayer and devotion in monasticism and holy orders is a special way to live this calling. Is Christ calling you to follow him? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org  

    Liturgical schedule  
    
Fri   Jun 11th  5:45 AM Akathist (in union with the Global Rosary Relay for Priests)  6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.   
Sun  Jun 13th 8:30 AM Confessions.  9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Richard Agayoff. 

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.  

We are in season of the Apostles’ Fast (May 31-June 28). The minimum fasting observance is the usual abstinence for meat foods on Friday. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.  

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Bulletin for 30 May 2021 – Sunday of All Saints

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!   

Sunday of All SaintsFrom the Fathers of the Church …   Continue reading

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Bulletin for 23 May 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

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!   

3CD6AA53-03A6-4BB7-8C7F-CBC3095253B4From the Fathers of the Church …  

St. Cyril of Jerusalem  

The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of living water, welling up into eternal life [John 4:14]. This is a new kind of water, a living, leaping water, welling up for those who are worthy. But why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water? Because all things are dependent on water; plants and animals have their origin in water. Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it.

In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and indivisible, apportions grace to each man as he wills. Like a dry tree which puts forth shoots when watered, the soul bears the fruit of holiness when repentance has made it worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit. Although the Spirit never changes, the effects of his action, by the will of God and in the name of Christ, are both many and marvelous. The Spirit makes one man a teacher of divine truth, inspires another to prophesy, gives another the power of casting out devils, enables another to interpret holy Scripture. The Spirit strengthens one man’s self-control, shows another how to help the poor, teaches another to fast and lead a life of asceticism, makes another oblivious to the needs of the body, trains another for martyrdom. His action is different in different people, but the Spirit himself is always the same.

In each person, Scripture says, the Spirit reveals his presence in a particular way for the common good. The Spirit comes gently and makes himself known by his fragrance. He is not felt as a burden, for he is light, very light. Rays of light and knowledge stream before him as he approaches. The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console. The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who receives him, and then, through him, the minds of others as well. As light strikes the eyes of a man who comes out of darkness into the sunshine and enables him to see clearly things he could not discern before, so light floods the soul of the man counted worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit and enables him to see things beyond the range of human vision, thing hitherto undreamed of.

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Building Fund $, Home Missions $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, 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.
  • God With Us Online is hosting a free Webinar I Believe: a study of the Creed of the Church, on Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm April 14 – June 16. Register online. Flyers are on the bulletin board.
  • “Hot meals for homeless people.” There is a homeless camp off Business Loop 80 at the Marconi Ave. Auburn Blvd. exit. If you would like to help provide 1 hot meal each day for everybody at the camp (there are usually between 7 and 15 people there), you can contact Martin at (916) 546-8093?,or atbakerdgz@gmail.com
  • Fast-Free week. The week of the Pentecost is free of fasting, no meatless day is observed.
  • 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, 11 households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.
  • Two MCI Online classesIntroduction to Liturgy and Introduction to Church Singing, can be taken FREE by any member of our church (this includes singing feedback as part of the Introduction to Church Singing class).  These classes are the prerequisites for a complete course on the fundamentals of church music, starting in July and running through December: 1. Reading in Church  (July); 2. Introduction to the Divine Liturgy (September); 3. Introduction to the Eight Tones  (November). If you or anyone in your parish is considering taking advantage of these classes, now would be a GREAT time to take the two introductory courses and see how they “work.” For more information:  http://mci.archpitt.org/classes
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Whoever follows me will not walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” The Holy Spirit is our light of life. The Church is strengthened by those servants filled with the Spirit, whose life of prayer and service brings light and life to the world. Is the Holy Spirit guiding you to this life as a priest, deacon, monk or nun? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org

    Liturgical schedule  

Mon May 24th 5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Pentecost Monday. Simple Feast.
Wed May 26th 5:30 PM Akathist.
Fri May 28th 7 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sun  

 

May 30th  8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  

Sunday of All Saints. Tone 8. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Richard Agayoff 
       

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.

This week is fast-free, enjoy the feast. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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