Bulletin for May 31, 2020 – 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 to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!  

From the Fathers of the Church …

St. John of the Ladder

If the Holy Spirit is peace of soul, as He is said to be, and as He is in reality, and if anger is disturbance of heart, as it actually is and as it is said to be, then nothing so prevents His presence in us as anger.

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St.Cyril of Jerusalem

‘And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:3-4). They partook of fire, not of burning but of saving fire; of fire which consumes the thorns of sins, but gives luster to the soul. This is now coming upon you also, and that to strip away and consume your sins which are like thorns, and to brighten yet more that precious possession of your souls, and to give you grace; for He gave it then to the Apostles. And He sat upon them in the form of fiery tongues, that they might crown themselves with new and spiritual diadems by fiery tongues upon their heads. A fiery sword barred of old the gates of Paradise; a fiery tongue which brought salvation restored the gift.

St. Gregory the Great

‘And my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ My friends, consider the greatness of this solemn feast that commemorates God’s coming as a guest into our hearts! If some rich and influential friend were to come to your home, you would promptly put it all in order for fear something there might offend your friend’s eyes when he came in. Let all of us then who are preparing our inner homes for God cleanse them of anything our wrongdoing has brought into them.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the document that follows the bulletin below. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues (you can follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook), you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly and make an appointment.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $, Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. George, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Construction update. The asbestos removal phase is now completed, our final bill is $. It will be financed from building fund donation received from the Walter Gerlach bequest. New roof installation is underway. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 concludes this week. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 7 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Mon

 

Jun 1st 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Pentecost Monday.
Wed

 

Jun 3rd 5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.  
Sun

 

Jun 7th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of All Saints.
       

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

This Friday is a fast-free day, in celebration of Pentecost. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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In Sacramento, May 30, 2020.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Below you can find the guidelines for our church services during the time of Covid-19 quarantine. Our main reference is the Policy Statement issued on May 14 by the Eparchy of Phoenix, and current Sacramento County guidelines regarding resuming church activities.

  • Sunday obligation remains dispensed until further notice.
  • All parish activities outside of liturgical celebrations are suspended until further notice.
  • Individuals who come in contact with sick persons, or are in high risk of contracting the virus, or who show any symptoms of sickness* should stay home and join the parish service via Facebook live streaming.
  • Upon arrival for the church service, you may find the church filled to the allowed capacity which at this time is 65 persons.** Please notify the cantor or usher that you will pray in the parish hall or in your car and follow the service via Facebook on your phone and they will ask father to bring you Holy Communion.
  • The faithful are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks or gloves.
  • Doors will be propped open so that contact with the doors is not required. Limit icon veneration to a bow with the sign of the cross, avoid touching surfaces or kissing icons.
  • The faithful are encouraged to wipe surfaces in their seating area prior to the prayer service, disinfectant wipes are in the entry way to the church.
  • Individuals or households must maintain at least 6ft distance at all times, please keep your children with your family at all times.
  • Holy Communion is given with a spoon, please practice the proper way of receiving Holy Communion (open your mouth wide, slightly recline your head and wait until priest places Holy Communion in your mouth, you do not say ‘Amen’) Families should approach for Holy Communion together, preferably large families at the end.***
  • Pew books are located in the entry way, they have been wiped with disinfectant, take one if you plan to use it, leave it in the pew after the service, all books will be disinfected between services.
  • To the extent possible we will utilize 100% outdoor air.

    Fr. Francis Murin, Pastor

    *Individuals are encouraged to scan for symptoms before leaving home – especially elevated body temperature, possible breathin difficulties and cough.

    **County guidelines allow for 25% of the building occupancy attendance, up to the maximum of 100 persons.

    ***All sacred vessels are cleansed and sanitized for every liturgical service. Priest washes/sanitizes his hands at the time of preparation of the gifts and preparation of the gifts for Holy Communion to avoid any suspicion of contamination. In case of accidental contact with the spoon during Holy Communion, the spoon is replaced for a clean one.

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Bulletin for May 24, 2020 – Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

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 to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!  

From the Fathers of the Church …

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St. Leo the Great

Dearly beloved, through all this time between the resurrection of the Lord and his ascension, the providence of God thought of this, taught this and penetrated their eyes and heart. He wanted them to recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as truly risen, who was truly born, truly suffered and truly died. The manifest truth strengthened the blessed apostles and all the disciples who were frightened by his death on the cross and were doubtful of his resurrection. The result was they were not only afflicted with sadness but also were filled with “great joy” when the Lord went into the heights of heaven.

It was certainly a great and indescribable source of joy when, in the sight of the heavenly multitudes, the nature of our human race ascended over the dignity of all heavenly creatures. It passed the angelic orders and was raised beyond the heights of archangels. In its ascension, our human race did not stop at any other height until this same nature was received at the seat of the eternal Father. Our human nature, united with the divinity of the Son, was on the throne of his glory.

The ascension of Christ is our elevation. Hope for the body is also invited where the glory of the Head preceded us. Let us exult, dearly beloved, with worthy joy and be glad with a holy thanksgiving. Today we not only are established as possessors of paradise, but we have even penetrated the heights of the heavens in Christ. The indescribable grace of Christ, which we lost through the “ill will of the devil,” prepared us more fully for that glory. Incorporated within himself, the Son of God placed those whom the violent enemy threw down from the happiness of our first dwelling at the right hand of the Father. The Son of God lives and reigns with God the Father almighty and with the Holy Spirit forever and ever, Amen.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. When visiting the church, please wash/disinfect your hands, maintain 6 ft distance. All individuals who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues, you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly for an appointment.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $.  Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. George, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Construction update. Our roof is gone. The new roof installation will begin on Tuesday, the estimated time of completion is Wednesday, June 3. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.
  • Fifth All Souls Saturday, May 30. This is the last all souls Saturday in our liturgical year. For any updates to the diptycha (list of your departed family members), send a note to the parish office.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Mon

 

May 25th 8:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Memorial Day.
Sat

 

May 30th 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Fifth All Souls Saturday.
Sun

 

May 31st 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of Pentecost.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting; we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for May 17, 2020

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!  

From the Fathers of the Church …

Irenaeus of Lyon

608FF11D-4C0F-41C0-BA29-3CD40550B5A1He healed others by a word…. But the Lord bestowed sight on the one who was blind from birth—not by a word, but by an outward action. He did this neither casually nor simply because this was how it happened. He did it this way in order to show it was the same hand of God here that had also formed man at the beginning. And therefore when his disciples asked him why he had been born blind, whether by his own fault or his parents’, Jesus said, “Neither this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God might be manifested in him.” The work of God is, after all, the forming of man. He did this by an outward action, as Scripture says, “And the Lord took clay from earth, and formed man.” Notice here too how the Lord spit on the earth, and made clay and smeared it on his eyes, showing how the ancient creation was made. He was making clear to those who can understand, that this was the [same] hand of God through which man was formed from clay. For what the creating Word had neglected to form in the womb, this he supplied openly. He did this so that the works of God might be evident in him, and so that we would now seek for no other hand than that through which humanity was formed. Nor should we seek another Father, knowing that the hand of God which formed us in the beginning, and forms in the womb, has in the last times sought us lost ones out. He is gaining his own lost sheep and putting it on his shoulders and joyfully restoring it to the fold of life.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, as the situation with corona pandemic continues, the guidelines by the bishops have ended this past week. We are now asked to create our own guidelines that will comply with the local government policies. Our weekday liturgies have low attendance, when you come, please follow social distancing (6 ft) protocol, and proper hygiene. All individuals who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home. For Sunday liturgy, we will continue the procedures we have practiced during this pandemic, in accordance with the public safety instructions. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues, you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly for an appointment.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $; gift shop $; Easter donation $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Construction on our church building will begin this week. On Wednesday, demolition of the church roof will begin, and new roof installation. If things go well, the whole process will last two weeks. Say a prayer for good weather.
  • Fifth All Souls Saturday, May 30. This is the last all souls Saturday in our liturgical year. For any updates to the diptycha (list of your departed family members), send a note to the parish office.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.

    Liturgical schedule

    Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.

       
Mon

 

May 18th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  
Thu

 

May 21st 5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Ascension of the Lord. Solemn Feast.
Sun

 

May 24th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea .
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for May 10, 2020 – Samaritan Woman at the Well

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!  

From the Fathers of the Church …

8AF6EA6F-3C5E-41C5-9E17-52DA885CAE2CWhen the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, “Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction?” … A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him. He heard the angel saying to him, “Do this and you will be saved.” At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage.

Evagrius of Pontus

It you wish to pray, you have need of God, “who gives prayer to him who prays.” Invoke him, then, saying, “Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come”—that is, the Holy Spirit and your only begotten Son. For this is what he taught us, saying, “Worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” He who prays in spirit and in truth is no longer dependent on created things when honoring the Creator but praises him for and in himself. If you are a theologian, you will pray truly. And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, as the situation with corona pandemic continues, the guidelines by the bishops have ended this past week. We are now asked to create our own guidelines that will comply with the local government policies. Our weekday liturgies have low attendance, when you come, please follow social distancing (6 ft) protocol, and proper hygiene. All individuals who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home. For Sunday liturgy, we will continue the procedures as we have practiced during this pandemic, in accordance with the public safety instructions.Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues. I will remember all of you and your intentions when I pray Divine Liturgy. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly for an appointment.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $; Easter donation $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Happy Mothers’ Day, we pray God’s blessing upon all our mothers, godmothers, grandmothers. Happy feast day!
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Mon May 11th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessed Bishop and Confessor Basil Hopko.
Wed May 13th 5:30 PM Akathistos to the Holy Mother of God. For the end of this pandemic.
Sun

 

May 17th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of the Man Born Blind.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for May 3, 2020 – Sunday of the Paralytic

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!  

From the Desert Fathers…

6185883B-FBE7-41CC-991C-5BC52EBAB209St. Chromatius of Aquileia

That water [at the pool of Bethesda] was moved once a year; this water of the church’s baptism is always ready to be moved. That water was moved only in one place; this water is moved throughout the entire world. Then an angel descended; now it is the Holy Spirit. Then it was the grace of the angel; now it is the mystery of the Trinity, That water cured only once in a year; this water saves people every day. That water healed the body; this water heals both body and soul. That wafer healed a person’s health; this heals from sin. There, the body was only healed of its infirmities; here, body and soul are freed from sin. There, many who were weary lay sick at that water because it only cured one person a year. No one will be left lying sick here where the waters of baptism are, if they resolve to come and be healed.

St. Cyril of Alexandria

There is clear evidence of the great goodness of Christ in that he does not wait for entreaties from the sick but anticipates their request with his own loving kindness. See how he runs to the one who is lying down and how compassionate he is to one who was sick with no one to comfort him. But the inquiry as to whether he would like to be relieved from his infirmity was not that of one asking out of ignorance what was obvious, but of one stir-ring up an increased desire and diligent entreaty. The question as to whether he wanted to obtain what he longed for is huge. It has the kind of force and expression that conveys that Jesus has the power to give and is now ready to do so, only waiting for the request of the one who will receive this grace.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, as the situation with corona pandemic continues, the guidelines by the bishops have ended this past week. We are now asked to create our own guidelines that will comply with the local government policies. Our weekday liturgies have low attendance, when you come, please follow social distancing (6 ft) protocol, and proper hygiene. Stay tuned for Sunday liturgies guideline later this week. All individual who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home, dispensation from Sundayand holy days attendance continues. I will remember all of you and your intentions when I pray Divine Liturgy. If you have any need or are available to help others in some way, please let me know. Stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, take walks.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $; building fund $. We also received $ into our building fund from Walter Gerlach’s trust. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Today is vocations awareness Sunday. Pray for priestly and religious vocations for our church, pray for your own vocation in life, encourage individuals to discern God’s call in their life. May our Lord and God send new workers to his abundant harvest.
  • Next Sunday is Mothers’ Day, we pray God’s blessing upon all our mothers, godmothers, grandmothers. Happy feast day!
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Wed May 6th

 

3 PM Divine Liturgy. Mid-Pentecost.
Sun

 

May 10th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Mothers’ Day.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for April 26, 2020 – Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!  

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From the Desert Fathers…

It once passed through the mind of Anthony to wonder what measure of holiness he had attained. God, however, who wished to humble his mind, showed him in a dream one night that a certain cobbler, who had a shop on one of the out-of-the-way streets of Alexandria, was better than he.

As soon as day broke, the Saint took his staff and set out for the city. He wanted to meet this renowned cobbler himself and to see his virtues. With great difficulty, he found his shop, went inside, sat down beside him on his bench, and began to ask about his life.

The simple man, who could not figure out who this old monk who came so suddenly to interrogate him was, answered him ever so slowly and calmly, without taking his eyes from the shoe that he was mending.

“I do not know, Abba, if I have ever done any good. Every morning I get up and do my prayers and then I begin my work. However, I first say to myself that all the people in this city, from the very least to the very greatest, will be saved, and only I will be condemned for my many sins. And in the evening when I lie down, again I think about the same thing.”

The Saint stood up in wonderment, embraced the cobbler, kissed him, and said to him with emotion: “You, my brother, like a good merchant, have easily gained the precious pearl. I have grown old in the desert, toiling and sweating, but I have not attained to your humility.”

The brothers asked Abba Agathon: ‘Among all good works, which is the virtue that requires the greatest effort?’ He answered: ‘Forgive me, but I think that there is no greater labor than that of prayer to God. For every time a person wants to pray, one’s enemies, the demons, want to prevent one from praying, for they know that it is only by turning one away from prayer that they can hinder one’s journey. Whatever good works a person undertakes, if one perseveres in them, one will attain rest. But prayer is warfare to the last breath.’

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, the situation with corona pandemic continues, we are not able to pray together at St. Philip’s, the current guidelines are extended by our bishops to last until April 30. I will remember all of you and your intentions when I pray Divine Liturgy. If you have any need or are available to help others in some way, please let me know. Stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, take walks.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $; building find $. We also received $ into our building fund from Walter Gerlach’s trust. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Consecration to the Holy Mother of God. Joining the USCCB invitation, Bishop John would like every cleric and parish to consecrate themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 1 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and he is inviting all of the Eparchy to join him in prayer on May 1 at 12 p.m. PDT, or 3 p.m. We will pray Akathistos to the Holy Mother of God at St. Philip’s and take part in the consecration.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule
  • Until further notice, all public services at St. Philip’s are cancelled. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Wed Apr 29th

 

6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Fri

 

May 1st 3 PM Akathistos to the Mother of God.
Sun

 

May 3rd 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of the Paralyzed Man.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for Apr. 19, 2020 – Thomas Sunday

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!  

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From the Fathers of the Church…

Didache

Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life…. On the Lord’s Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure.

St. Athanasius of Alexandria

Just as a man is enlightened by the Holy Spirit when he is baptized by a priest, so he who confesses his sins with a repentant heart obtains their remission from the priest.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Let this be in the heart of the penitent: when you hear a man confessing his sins, he has already come to life again; when you hear a man lay bare his conscience in confessing, he has already come forth from the sepulchre; but he is not yet unbound. When is he unbound? By whom is he unbound? “Whatever you loose on earth,” He says, “shall be loosed also in heaven” [Mt 16:19; 18:18; Jn 20:23]. Rightly is the loosing of sins able to be given by the Church…

St. John Chrysostom

Priests have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels. It was said to them: “Whatsoever you shall bind upon earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose, shall be loosed” [Matt 18:18]. Temporal rulers have indeed the power of binding; but they can bind only the body. Priests, however, can bind with a bond which pertains to the soul itself, and transcends the very heavens…Whatever priests do here on earth, God will confirm in heaven, just as the master ratifies the decision of his servants. Did He not give them all the powers of heaven? “Whose sins you shall forgive,” He says, “they are forgiven them: whose sins you shall retain, they are retained” [John 20:23].

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, the situation with corona pandemic continues, we are not able to pray together at St. Philip’s, the current guidelines are extended by our bishops to last until April 30. I will remember all of you and your intentions when I pray Divine Liturgy. If you have any need or are available to help others in some way, please let Fr. Francis know. Stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, take walks.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: donations $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Arthos is a sweet bread that is traditionally blessed on Pascha, and then consumed by the faithful on Thomas’ Sunday, which is a Sunday of breaking of the Arthos. This year, we will keep our Arthos frozen and break it once the quarantine is over and we can all meet at church again.
  • Our Bishop John phoned our parish this week, he sends his Paschal greetings to all parishioners of St. Philip’s and his blessing.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Roofers needed. If you can recommend a roofer to replace our church roof, please contact Fr. Francis as soon as possible. We are in the process of gathering estimates for possible roof replacement.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, all public services at St. Philip’s are cancelled. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Wed Apr 22nd 3 PM Great Vespers.
Thu Apr 23rd 3 PM Divine Liturgy. Holy and Great Martyr George.
Sun

 

Apr 26th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Myrrh-Bearers’ Sunday.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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