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…
St. John Chrysostom
Note this man’s lack of sense in another instance: in full view of the crowd he pleads to Jesus against his disciples, saying, “I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.” But Jesus dismissed these complaints before the people and blamed him the more, saying, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you?” He is not addressing this person alone, so as not to upset him, but he is addressing all the Jews. For it is likely that many had been offended and thought ill of the disciples.
But when he says, “How long am I to be with you?” he shows how welcome death is to him and his desire of passing on from here. He longs for his departure. It is being with them, and not so much the crucifixion, that is grievous.
He did not put up with their complaints, but what does he say? “Bring him here to me.” And he himself further asks him, “How long has this been this way?” He is thereby both defending the disciples and leading the man to a better hope, that he should believe that there will be an end to his troubles. And Jesus lets him be convulsed, not for display (for when the crowd gathered he rebuked the demon) but for the father’s sake, that when he saw the demon being put to flight at Christ’s mere call, so at least, if in no other way, he might be led to believe the coming miracle.
- Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Building Fund $, Eparchial Appeal $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, 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, Doug, Dan.
- Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Del Castillo family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Aug 1 – Prescott family; Aug 8 – Bardin family; Aug 15 – Cardona family; Aug 22 – Amelia Baker; Aug 29 – Osanna family.
- Dormition Fast begins today. One of the four fasting seasons in our church calendar, this fast ends on the Eve of Dormition. No fasting guidelines have been issued by our bishop, let us observe at minimum meatless Wednesdays and Fridays as we prepare for the great feast of Dormition.
- Transfiguration blessing of fruit. Please bring a little bit of fruit to be blessed on this day (grapes and other fruit you consume at home), in thanksgiving for God’s bounties bestowed on us and as celebration of the first harvest.
- Eparchial Appeal 2021. We have now reached our goal, thank you for your participation and for your generosity with your church. The Appeal is still open, if you have not participated, you can still do so – submit your pledge/donation using the form in the back of the church or online at www.ephx.org/eparchial-appeal. To this day, 17 (plus 2 anonymous) households from our parish have participated in the Appeal.
- JOIN US FOR A FREE WEBINAR ON THE LIGHT OF THE EAST! Sunday August 1 – 4 pm California Time. Are you a Western Christian (Catholic or Protestant) who has never attended a Byzantine Divine Liturgy or has only recently started attending? Are you a Byzantine Christian who wants to learn more about your own rich tradition? Join us for a Free 90-Minute Webinar on How to Attend a Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy where you will learn about the spirit and structure of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, as well as some tips on etiquette when attending! Join our presenters who will share their own thoughts and insights: Fr. Dcn. Anthony Dragani, PhD (Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Theology Professor, Author, Blog: east2west.org) Robert Klesko, MA (Byzantine Catholic, EWTN Theology Advisor, Deacon Candidate) Fr. Daniel Dozier, MA, MATS (Byzantine Catholic, author of 20 Answers on Eastern Catholicism) REGISTER HERE! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/vineyardofthelordcatholicministries/553300 Please note: A Zoom link will be sent to you a day prior to the event.
- From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Nothing will be impossible for you!” Jesus taught his disciples to pray and to fast with faith. In that faith, nothing would be impossible for them. This same truth is still true today as we begin this Dormition Fast. To see this more clearly, we need men and women of faith to serve the Church as priests, deacons, subdeacons, monks and nuns. If God may be calling you to this life, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:email@example.com
- THE BYZANTINE CATHOLIC EPARCHY OF PHOENIX subscribes to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. The Eparchy, within all its parishes, institutions and programs, is committed to assuring a safe environment in ministry for its children and young people that conforms to the Charter requirements. For information regarding the Eparchial Safe Environment Program, please contact: Dcn. Michael Hanafin (Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Cell: (480) 387-5182; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Sbdcn. Paul F. Kilroy (Asst. Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Office: (602) 861-9778; Cell: (702) 498-5972; Email: email@example.com; Dr. Caroline Bonham (Victim Assistance Coordinator) Cell: (505) 314-3943; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Thu||Aug 5th||5:30 PM Great Vespers.|
|Fri||Aug 6th||5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Fruit.||Transfiguration of Our Lord|
|Aug 8th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|11th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Victor Pacheco.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.
Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe the abstinence for meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.