Bulletin for June 10 and 17, 2018

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. Augustine of Hippo

We know that all our works are pure and pleasing in the sight of God if they are performed with a single heart. This means that they are performed out of charity and with an intention that is fixed on heaven. For “love is the fulfillment of the law.” Therefore in this passage we ought to understand the eye as the intention with which we perform all our actions. If this intention is pure and upright and directing its gaze where it ought to be directed, then unfailingly all our works are good works, because they are performed in accordance with that intention. And by the expression “whole body,” Christ designated all those works that he reproves and that he commands us to put to death. For the apostle also designates certain works as our “members.” “Therefore,” Paul writes, “mortify your members which are on earth: fornication, uncleanness, covetousness,”” and all other such things…
… At first he makes it abundantly clear that these things are not to be sought as if they were for us the kind of blessings for the sake of which we ought to make all our actions good actions but that they are necessities nevertheless. Then Jesus says, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” In this sentence he clearly shows the difference between a good that ought to be sought as an end and a value that ought to be seen as a means. Our final good is therefore the kingdom of God and his justice. We ought to seek this good and fix our aim upon it. Let us perform all our actions for the sake of it. Yet, since we are waging war in this life in order to be able to reach that kingdom and since this life cannot be maintained unless those necessities are supplied, he says, “These things shall be given you besides, but seek you first the kingdom of God and his justice.”

St. John Chrysostom

Note the acceleration of images: just when the lilies are decked out, he no longer calls them lilies but “grass of the field.” He then points further to their vulnerable condition by saying “which are here today.” Then he does not merely say “and not tomorrow” but rather more callously “cast into the oven.” These creatures are not merely “clothed” but “so clothed” in this way as to be later brought to nothing. Do you see how Jesus everywhere abounds in amplifications and intensifications? And he does so in order to press his points home. So then he adds, “Will he not much more clothe you?” The force of the emphasis is on “you” to indicate covertly how great is the value set upon your personal existence and the concern God shows for you in particular. It is as though he were saying, “You, to whom he gave a soul, for whom he fashioned a body, for whose sake he made everything in creation, for whose sake he sent prophets, and gave the law, and wrought those innumerable good works, and for whose sake he gave up his only begotten Son.”

Announcements

Last Sunday, 57 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $,  summer book sale $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

Prayer requests. Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

Hospitality signup sheet: Jun 17 – Amy, Marion & Molly, Jun 24 – Baker family, Jun 30 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Fireworks booth. We will have fireworks stand at our parish again this year, trying to raise funds for our property insurance bill. Please consider volunteering your time during our fireworks sale. The schedule will be posted in the parish hall soon.

Catholic Communications Collection. Thank you for your contributions to the cause of proclaiming the Gospel message through the modern media. We have collected $ so far. If you would still like to send your donation, you can mail it to the parish office this week. This particular collection supports the USCCB efforts to promote the Catholic teachings in the world of media. You can find out more about how your donation will help this year at http://www.usccb.org/ccc.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Thank you for your participation in this year’s Appeal. When we receive the final update from the Eparchy, I will publish our overall contribution. May God reward you with heavenly blessings for your generosity. God bless you.

Liturgical schedule

Sun
Jun 17th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
4th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3. Cantor: Gene Ford.

Thu
Jun 21st
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sun
Jun 24th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
5th Sunday after Pentecost. Nativity of John the Baptist. Tone 4. Cantor:  Tim Del Castillo & Amy Seyfried

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. During the Apostles’ Fast, we observe at least Wednesdays and Fridays as meatless days. The Apostles Fast concludes on June 28th. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for June 3, 2018

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. Gregory the Great
The kingdom of heaven has no price tag on it: It is worth as much as you have. For Zacchaeus it was worth half of what he owned, because the other half that he had unjustly pocketed he promised to restore fourfold. For Peter and Andrew it was worth the nets and vessel they had left behind; for the widow it was worth two copper coins; for another it was worth a cup of cold water. So, as we said, the kingdom of heaven is worth as much as you have.

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

Last Sunday, 59 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, special collection $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

Prayer requests. Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

Hospitality signup sheet: Jun 10 – Agayoff family, Jun 17 – Amy, Marion and Molly, Jun 24 – Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Aguillar family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

St. Philip’s Teen Summer Trip. Leaving tomorrow, please pray for us.

Our parish will host the Akathist to the Holy Mother of God on June 8, at 5:30 AM, followed by Divine Liturgy and breakfast. The prayer is offered as our participation in the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. All are welcome. For more information, see the bulletin insert, or visit http://www.worldpriest.com/annual-global-rosary-relay/

Catholic Communications Collection is taken today, if you missed it, you can mail your donation to the parish office this week. This particular collection supports the USCCB efforts to promote the catholic teachings in the world of media. You can find out more about how your donation will help this year at http://www.usccb.org/ccc. Thank you for your generosity.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Appeal is coming to a close. We are very close to reaching our goal this year. I would like to encourage you to make yourself known through this Appeal, by sending at least a symbolic donation. Thank you for your generosity. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, or you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy).

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jun 4th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Fri
Jun 8th
5:30 AM Global Rosary Relay for Priests – Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Breakfast hospitality.

Sun
Jun 10th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2. Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. During the Apostles’ Fast, we observe at least Wednesdays and Fridays as meatless days. The Apostles Fast concludes on June 28th. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for May 27, 2018 – 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 to Him forever!

+ Slava Isusu Christu!

Slava i vo viki!  

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We have seen the true Light, we have received the Heavenly Spirit, we have found the true faith, and we worship the undivided Trinity, for the Trinity has saved us

(From the Vespers on Pentecost)

 

 

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 110 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, all-souls $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

· Prayer requests.Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

·  Hospitality signup sheet: Jun 3 – open, Jun 10 – open, Jun 17 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Del Castillo family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

· St. Philip’s Teen Summer Trip. Please pray for our young parishioners, the teens, who will be traveling for a short trip on June 4-7, a time filled with rest, prayer, and fun. Teens, please remember to submit your registration to the parish office. We leave from St. Philip’s after Divine Liturgy on Monday morning, we return on June 7, in the afternoon.

· Our parish will host the Akathist to the Holy Mother of God on June 8, at 5:30 AM, followed by Divine Liturgy and a simple breakfast. The prayer is offered as our participation in the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. All are welcome. For more information, see the bulletin insert, or visit http://www.worldpriest.com/annual-global-rosary-relay/

· Catholic Communications Collection. Another Eparchial collection will be taken next Sunday. This particular collection supports the USCCB efforts to promote the catholic teachings in the world of media. You can find out more about how your donation will help this year at http://www.usccb.org/ccc. Thank you for your generosity.

· Apostles’ Fast begins tomorrow, May 28. This traditional fasting season begins on Monday after All Saints Day, and lasts till June 28, the Eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Prime Apostles, hence its name (it’s also called “Petrivka” – Peter’s Fast). The minimum fasting rule for the faithful of our Eparchy is simple abstinence (from meat foods) on Wednesdays and Fridays.

· Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Appeal is coming to a close. We are very close to reaching our goal this year. I would like to encourage you to make yourself known through this Appeal, by sending at least a symbolic donation. Thank you for your generosity. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16thStreet, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, or you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy).

·  PILGRIM VOCATION ICON concludes its journey today. Thank you all for participating in this chain of prayer for vocations, may they bring a lot of fruit in near future. Please continue praying for vocations. If you would like to bring the vocation icon home, informally, for a few weeks, let Fr. Francis know.

· ALIVE IN CHRIST Eparchial “ascetical boot camp” retreat is to take place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 at Palomar Christian Conference Center, CA. Deadline has been extended throughout this week. For details, feel free to contact Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, Eparchial Vocations Director, at 720-254- 9219, or at michaelpauloloughlin@gmail.com. You may also contact Fr. Michael Mandelas, Assistant Vocations Director, at 206-329-9219 or at mjmandelas@gmail.com.

· MYRRH-BEARERS’ RETREAT for girls and women will take place on June 22nd-24th, 2018; at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5820 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Deadline has been extended throughout this week. For more information and to register, see Fr. Francis, or visit https://myrrh-bearers.com/

Liturgical schedule

Mon
May 28th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Panachyda.
Memorial Day.

Thu
May 31st
5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.

Sun
Jun 3rd
8:30 Confessions.  9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. For “Petrivka” – Peter’s Fast, the minimum fasting rule for the faithful of our Eparchy is simple abstinence (from meat foods) on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for May 13, 2018

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. Ambose of Milan
‘Jesus was obedient to his parents.’ [Luke 2:51] Master of virtue though he was, he still obeyed the duties of family love. Why do you marvel that, in addition to showing obedience to the Father, he also obeyed his mother? In this submission is revealed not weakness, but love. Take some useful teaching from his example. Learn how much you owe to your parents. You cost your mother the perils of pregnancy, a long period of weariness and pain. Your birth, the fruit that she longed for so much, freed her from the pains of childbirth but not from anxieties on your account. And what shall we say about the worries of fathers? They work hard to provide the necessities of life for their children. They are like a farmer who sows seed for future generations to reap. This in itself is enough to command at least respect in return. Why, for an evil person, does his father’s life seem too long or the time to enjoy his inheritance too short, while Christ does not disdain to have us as his co-heirs?

Announcements

· Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, fish-fry sales $, candles $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

· Prayer requests. Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

· Hospitality signup sheet: May 20 – Del Castillo, May 27 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Baker family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Home Missions Collection. If you would still like to contribute to this collection, mail it to the parish office this week. This annual collection supports the missionary work of the Catholic Church in the United States, for the past several years our Eparchy benefitted from this collection. Thank you for your generosity.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. To this date, 13 households participated in the Appeal, giving $ (our goal is $). Thank you for your generosity. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy), or credit card. If you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter.

· PILGRIM VOCATION ICON As we pray for the Lord to have mercy on our church and send us good and holy shepherds, remember especially the children and youth of our parish, for the grace to desire God’s will for their lives, and to discern and follow their vocation. Vocation icon schedule: May 13 – Janson family, May 20 – Belke family.

ALIVE IN CHRIST Eparchial “ascetical boot camp” retreat is to take place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 at Palomar Christian Conference Center, CA. Application and tuition are due May 18. For details, feel free to contact Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, Eparchial Vocations Director, at 720-254- 9219, or at michaelpauloloughlin@gmail.com. You may also contact Fr. Michael Mandelas, Assistant Vocations Director, at 206-329-9219 or at mjmandelas@gmail.com.

MYRRH-BEARERS’ RETREAT for girls and women twill take place on June 22nd-24th, 2018; at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5820 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. For more information and to register, see Fr. Francis, or visit https://myrrh-bearers.com/

Liturgical schedule

Thu
May 17th
5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.

Sat
May 19th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Panachyda.
5th All-Souls Saturday.

Sun
May 20th
8:30 Confessions.
9 AM Baptism of Augustine Timothy Del Castillo.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Pentecost Sunday.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for May 6, 2018 – Sunday of the Man Born Blind

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’s Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

From the Fathers of the Church

St. Ambrose of Milan
In one instant we see both the power of His divinity and the strength of His holiness. As the divine light, He touched this man and enlightened him; as priest, by an action symbolizing baptism He wrought in him His work of redemption. The only reason for His mixing clay with the spittle and smearing it on the eyes of the blind man was to remind you that He who restored the man to health by anointing his eyes with clay is the very One Who fashioned the first man out of clay, and that this clay that is our flesh can receive the light of eternal life through the sacrament of baptism.

Announcements
Last Sunday, 60 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, fish-fry sales $, candles $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

Prayer requests. Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

Hospitality signup sheet: May 13 – open, May 20 – Del Castillo, May 27 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Home Missions Collection will be taken next Sunday and throughout the following week. This annual collection supports the missionary work of the Catholic Church in the United States, for the past several years our Eparchy benefitted from this collection. Thank you for your generosity.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. To this date, 11 households participated in the Appeal, giving $ (our goal is $). Thank you for your generosity. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy), or credit card. If you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter.

PILGRIM VOCATION ICON As we pray for the Lord to have mercy on our church and send us good and holy shepherds, remember especially the children and youth of our parish, for the grace to desire God’s will for their lives, and to discern and follow their vocation. Vocation icon schedule: May 6 – Agayoff family, May 13 – Janson family, May 20 – Belke family.

Called By Name. Perhaps you know a man or woman (senior high school age or older) who would, in your opinion, have the qualifications to become a priest, a deacon a religious sister or monk. Please recommend this person by filling out the nomination form (near the bulletin board in the back of the church), and send it directly to Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, the Director of Vocations for the Eparchy.

ALIVE IN CHRIST Eparchial “ascetical boot camp” retreat is to take place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 at Palomar Christian Conference Center, CA. Application and tuition are due May 18. For details, feel free to contact Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, Eparchial Vocations Director, at 720-254- 9219, or at michaelpauloloughlin@gmail.com. You may also contact Fr. Michael Mandelas, Assistant Vocations Director, at 206-329-9219 or at mjmandelas@gmail.com.

MYRRH-BEARERS’ RETREAT for girls and women twill take place on June 22nd-24th, 2018; at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5820 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. For more information and to register, see Fr. Francis, or visit https://myrrh-bearers.com/

Liturgical schedule

Mon
May 7th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Thu
May 10th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Ascension of Our Lord. Holy Day of Obligation.

Sun
May 13th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Mothers’ Day.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for Apr. 29, 2018 – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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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’s Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

From the Fathers of the Church

Origen
Inasmuch, then, as the hour mentioned by the Lord has not yet come when they worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, one must flee the mountain of the Samaritans and worship God on Zion, where Jerusalem lies. Christ calls this Jerusalem the city of the great king. And what else would the city of the great king, the true Jerusalem, be than the church that is built of living stones? This is the place of the holy priesthood, the place where spiritual sacrifices are offered to God by people who are spiritual and who have understood the spiritual law, But when the fullness of time is imminent, when one is no longer in the flesh but is in the Spirit and everyone is no longer still in the type but is in truth, then one must no longer bring true worship and perfect piety to Jerusalem to be offered. Such a person has been prepared so that he is like those whom God seeks to worship him.

St. Cyril of Alexandria
The spiritual sowing indicates those who tilled beforehand by the voice of the prophets. The multitude of spiritual ears is those brought to the faith that is shown through Christ. But the harvest is white, in other words, already ripe for faith, and confirmed toward a godly life. But the sickle of the reaper is the glittering and sharp word of the apostle, cutting away the hearers from the worship according to the law and transferring them to the floor, that is, to the church of God. There, they are bruised and pressed by good works and shall be set forth as pure wheat worthy of the divine harvest.

Announcements
Last Sunday, 42 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, fish-fry sales $, candles $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

Prayer requests. Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

Hospitality signup sheet: May 6- Baker family, May 13 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. To this date, 11 households participated in the Appeal, giving $ (our goal is $). Thank you for your generosity. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy), or credit card. If you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter.

PILGRIM VOCATION ICON As we pray for the Lord to have mercy on our church and send us good and holy shepherds, remember especially the children and youth of our parish, for the grace to desire God’s will for their lives, and to discern and follow their vocation. Vocation icon schedule: Apr 29 – Marion Williams, May 6 – Agayoff family, May 13 – Janson family, May 20 – Belke family.

Called By Name. Last week, you received a card in the bulletin, extras in the entry way at the church. Perhaps you know a man or woman (senior high school age or older) who would, in your opinion, have the qualifications to become a priest, a deacon a religious sister or monk. Please recommend this person by filling out the nomination form found in today’s bulletin and send it directly to Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, the Director of Vocations for the Eparchy.

ALIVE IN CHRIST. This Eparchial “ascetical boot camp” retreat is to take place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 at Palomar Christian Conference Center, CA. Application and tuition are due May 18. For details, feel free to contact Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, Eparchial Vocations Director, at 720-254- 9219, or at michaelpauloloughlin@gmail.com. You may also contact Fr. Michael Mandelas, Assistant Vocations Director, at 206-329-9219 or at mjmandelas@gmail.com.

MYRRH-BEARERS’ RETREAT for girls and women twill take place on June 22nd-24th, 2018; at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5820 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. For more information and to register, see Fr. Francis, or visit https://myrrh-bearers.com/

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Apr 30th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

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Wed
May 2nd
5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.

Sun
May 6th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Man born blind.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Amy Seyfried.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for Apr. 22, 2018 – 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’s Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

From the Fathers of the ChurchSerbianFrescoParalytic

St. John Chrysostom
The perseverance of the paralytic was astonishing. He was thirty-eight years old, and each year he hoped to be freed from his disease. He lay there waiting, never giving up. If he had not persevered as much as he did, wouldn’t his future prospects, let alone the past, have been enough to discourage him from staying around that place? Consider how alert the other sick people there would be, since no one knew for sure when the waters would be troubled. The lame and the limping could observe it, but how would a blind man? Maybe he learned it from the clamor that arose. Let us be ashamed then, beloved, let us be ashamed and groan over our excessive laziness. That man had been waiting thirty-eight years without obtaining what he desired, and he still did not withdraw. And he failed, not through any carelessness of his own but through being oppressed and suffering violence from others. And still he did not give up. We … might persist in prayer for something for ten days or so, and if we have not obtained it, we are too lazy afterwards to employ the same energy [as he did]. And yet, we will wait forever on our fellow human beings, fighting and enduring hardships, performing menial labor, all for the chance of something that in the end fails to meet our expectations. But when it comes to our Master, from whom we are sure to obtain a reward greater than our labors … we exercise no such diligence in waiting on him…. For even if we receive nothing from him, isn’t the very fact that we are able to converse with him continually the cause of ten thousand blessings?

St. Augustine of Hippo
What significance is there, then, in the bed, I ask you? What, except that that sick man was carried on the bed, but when healed, he carries the bed? What was said by the apostle? “Bear your burdens, each for the other, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Now the law of Christ is love, and love is not fulfilled unless we bear our burdens, each for the other. “Bearing with one another,” he says, “in love, eager to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” When you were sick, your neighbor was carrying you. You have been healed; carry your neighbor. So you will fulfill, O man, what was lacking to you. “Take up,” therefore, “your bed.” But when you have taken it up, do not stay; “walk,” In loving your neighbor, in being concerned about your neighbor, you are taking a trip. Where are you taking a trip to except to the Lord God, to him whom we ought to love with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind? For, we have not yet reached the Lord, but we have our neighbor with us. Therefore carry him with whom you are walking that you may reach him with whom you long to stay. Therefore “take up your bed, and walk.”

Announcements
Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

Prayer requests. Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted.

Hospitality signup sheet: Apr 29 – Janson family, May 6- Baker family, May 13 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

PILGRIM VOCATION ICON As we pray for the Lord to have mercy on our church and send us good and holy shepherds, remember especially the children and youth of our parish, for the grace to desire God’s will for their lives, and to discern and follow their vocation. Vocation icon schedule: Apr 22 – Gene Ford, Apr 29 – Marion Williams, May 6 – Agayoff family, May 13 – Janson family. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. To this date, 11 households participated in the Appeal, giving $ (our goal is $). Thank you for your generosity. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy), or credit card. If you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter.

Called By Name. Every parish throughout the Byzantine Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh (every Byzantine Catholic parish in the United States) is participating in Called By Name, a program of vocation awareness that begins this weekend. This program offers an opportunity for us to pray for vocations; to recognize gifts and potential for leadership and service in members of our parish; and finally, to call forth and encourage these members to share their gifts in the priesthood, diaconate, monastic and religious life. Perhaps you know a man or woman (senior high school age or older) who would, in your opinion, have the qualifications to become a priest, a deacon a religious sister or monk. Please recommend this person by filling out the nomination form found in today’s bulletin and send it directly to Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, the Director of Vocations for the Eparchy.

ALIVE IN CHRIST. This Eparchial “ascetical boot camp” retreat is to take place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 at Palomar Christian Conference Center, CA. Parish boys from 7 to 17 years of age and their fathers are invited to attend. Boys under 11 years old must have a father or legal male guardian in attendance. The camp aims at helping young men mature in their Catholic faith and a life of authentic Christian discipleship by means of an intensive spiritual program coupled with recreation and friendship building. For application forms and further information see Fr. Francis. Applications and tuition are due by May 18th. For further details, please feel free to contact Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, Eparchial Vocations Director, at 720-254- 9219, or at michaelpauloloughlin@gmail.com. You may also contact Fr. Michael Mandelas, Assistant Vocations Director, at 206-329-9219 or at mjmandelas@gmail.com.

MYRRH-BEARERS’ RETREAT, this year with theme: Theotokos – Model of Grace, will take place on June 22nd-24th, 2018; at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5820 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Myrrh-Bearers is a spiritual retreat for girls and teens (7-17) and women (18+) sponsored by the Eparchy of Phoenix to provide an opportunity for participants to grow in a deeper relationship with our Lord. For more information and to register, see Fr. Francis, or visit https://myrrh-bearers.com/
Liturgical schedule

Mon
Apr 23rd
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Holy and Great Martyr George.

Wed
Apr 25th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Mid-Pentecost. Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark.

Sun
Apr 29th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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