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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Bulletin for Apr. 15, 2018 – 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’s Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

From the Fathers of the Church

Oct - 884Constitutions of the Holy Apostles
The resurrection in which we believe is that which has already been demonstrated in the resurrection of our Lord. For it is He that raised Lazarus after he had been in the grave four days, and Jairus’ daughter, and the widow’s son. It is He that raised Himself by the command of the Father in the space of three days, who is the pledge of our resurrection. For He says, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” Now the very One who brought Jonah alive and unhurt out of the belly of the whale in the space of three days, and who brought the three children out of the furnace of Babylon and Daniel out of the mouth of the lions, does not lack power to raise us up also.

St. Gregory Nazianzus
Yesterday the lamb was slain, and the door posts sprinkled with his blood, while Egypt mourned for her first-born. But the destroying angel and his sacrificial knife, fearful and terrifying, passed over us, for we were protected by the precious blood. This day we have wholly departed from Egypt, and from Pharaoh its cruel tyrant, and his oppressive overseers. We are freed from laboring with bricks and straw, and no one forbids us celebrate the festival of our passing over, our Pasch, and to celebrate not with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; today I am given life with Him. Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I rise again with Him.

Announcements

Last Sunday, 33 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 22 – open, Apr 29 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all for sharing Paschal goodies from your baskets with 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 8 – Murin family, Apr 15 – open, Apr 22 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. 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. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

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 16th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Apr 18th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Sun
Apr 22nd
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Paralytic.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Amy Seyfried

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

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Bulletin for Apr. 8, 2018 – 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’s Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

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From the Fathers of the Church

Theodoret of Cyrus
And so the reason why the Lord stood in the midst of the disciples, even though the doors were closed, after the passion but not before it, was that you might know that your body was sown as a physical body but raised as a spiritual body.” But in order that you might not think that what rises is something different, when Thomas did not believe in the resurrection, he shows him the marks of the nails. He shows him the scars of the wounds” He who healed everybody even before the resurrection could have healed him- self—especially after the resurrection, could he not? Yes, but through the marks of the nails that he shows he teaches that it is this [body], while through the closed doors by which he enters, he reveals that it is not such a [body as it was]. It was this [body], in order that he might fulfill the goal of the divine plan by raising that which had died, but it was such a body [as it was], in order that it might not lapse into corruption again and not be subject to death again.

Announcements

Last Sunday, 87 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, Easter $, 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 15 – Prescott family, Apr 22 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all for sharing Paschal goodies from your baskets with us last Sunday.

Special Collection on Great and Holy Friday. Many thanks for your generosity. We have collected $.

St. Philip’s Atrium is in need of substitute assistants to cover Atrium staffing when one of the catechists or assistant is unavailable due to illness. We meet on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30. Please prayerfully consider if you might be available on an occasional basis for this rewarding ministry to our children. Please contact Marion Williams by email or text (marion.tonelli@gmail.com, 530-957-5323) and we can arrange a time to go over what this consists of. If you would like me to call you please leave your name & phone number.

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 8 – Murin family, Apr 15 – open, Apr 22 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. 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. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

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 9th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Apr 11th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Sun
Apr 15th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Myrrh-Bearers’ Sunday.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

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Bulletin for Apr. 1, 2018 – Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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!

Resurrection03From an Anonymous Ancient Homily…

What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled. Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son.

The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: “My Lord be with you all.” And Christ in reply says to Adam: “And with your spirit.” And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” “I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise. I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.

For you, I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form; that of slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden and crucified in a garden.

Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image. See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose, for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword has checked the sword which was turned against you. But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.

The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.”

Announcements

Last Sunday, 63 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Bishop’s Appeal $. 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 8 – St. Thomas Potluck, Apr 15 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all who prepared delicious fish-fry pirohy leftovers for us last Sunday.

May Our Lord’s Glorious Resurrection fill your hearts and homes with joy, on this day and always! Blessed Easter to you!

Special Collection on Great and Holy Friday is taken in support of the Christians in the Holy Land. You can still contribute to this collection today, please mark your donation “Church in the Holy Land.”

Thomas’ Sunday. We will hold advisory board meeting following Divine Liturgy, to evaluate our Fish-Fry Pirohy event and for parish updates. All are welcome to attend and provide input.

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 1 – Dean family, Apr 8 – open, Apr 15 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. 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. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Apr 2nd
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Procession around the church.
Bright Monday. Solemn Feast.

Wed
Apr 4th
5:30 PM Paschal Vespers.
Bright Wednesday.

Sun
Apr 8th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Antipascha – Thomas’ Sunday.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Bright Week (from Pascha to Thomas’ Sunday) is festive, fast-free.

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Bulletin for Sunday, Mar 25, 2018 – Flowery Sunday & Annunciation to the Theotokos

imageO 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 forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!

From the Fathers of the Church…

Wisdom of the Desert Fathers
A brother said to Abbot Pastor: If I give one of my brothers a little bread or something of the sort, the demons spoil everything and it seems to me that I have acted only to please men. The elder said to him: Even if your good work was done to please, we must still give to our brother what they need. And he told him this story. Two farmers lived in a village. One of them sowed his field and reaped only a small and wretched crop. The other neglected to sow anything at all, and so he reaped nothing. Which of the two will survive, if there is a famine? The brother replied: The first one, even though his crop is small and wretched. The elder said to him: Let us sow, even though our sowing is small and wretched, lest we die in the time of hunger.

Announcements

Last Sunday, 50 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, Eva.

Hospitality signup sheet: Apr 1 – Pascha potluck, Apr 8 – St. Thomas Potluck, Apr 15 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Dean family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner. Thank you to our volunteers for a nice evening you prepared for our people and visitors yesterday. May God give you abundant blessings for your hard work and time spent for us.

Special Collection on Great and Holy Friday is taken in support of the Christians in the Holy Land.

Thomas’ Sunday. We will hold advisory board meeting following Divine Liturgy, to evaluate our Fish-Fry Pirohy event and for parish updates. All are welcome to attend and provide input.

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: Mar 25 – Amy Seyfried, Apr 1 – Dean family, Apr 8 – open, Apr 15 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. 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. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

Liturgical schedule

Wed Mar 28th
5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Holy Anointing.
Great and Holy Wednesday.

Thu Mar 29th
5:30 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.
Great and Holy Thursday.

Fri Mar 30th
5:30 PM Burial Vespers.
Great and Holy Friday.

Sat Mar 31st
8:00 AM Jerusalem Matins.
Great and Holy Saturday.

Sun Apr 1st
9:00 AM Matins.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Paschal Foods.
Pascha – Resurrection of Our Lord.

Mon Apr 2nd
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Procession around the church.
Bright Monday.

Wed Apr 3rd
5:30 PM Paschal Vespers.
Bright Wednesday.

Sun Apr 8th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Antipascha – Thomas’ Sunday.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. The Great and Holy Week is a time of fasting and prayer. On Friday, we observe strict fast (abstinence from meat and dairy foods, one full meal, two small meals).  Bright Week (from Pascha to Thomas’ Sunday) is festive, fast-free.

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Bulletin for March 18, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast -Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt

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

imageFrom the Fathers of the Church…

St. Ephrem the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life,
Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness,
Lust for power, and idle chatter.
Grant, instead, unto me, Your unworthy servant,
The spirit of humility, purity, patience, and love.
Yes, Lord and Master, grant unto me to know my own sins,
And not to judge my brother;
For Yours is the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Announcements
– Last Sunday, 47 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 and 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, Eva.

Hospitality signup sheet: Mar 25 – open, April 1- Pascha potluck. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Ruby family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

– Please come to our dinner this upcoming Saturday, March 24, imagebring family and friends!

Fish Fry and Pirohy Dinner. Thank you to our cleaning volunteers for coming yesterday and on Friday. Volunteer opportunities for our dinner on March 24 are still available. Contact Cantor Gene Ford.

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: Mar 18 – Dean family, Mar 25 – Amy Seyfried, Apr 1 – open. To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. 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. To this date, 8 households have participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Liturgical Schedule

Weds, Mar 21 – 5:30 pm – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Sat, Mar 24 – 9:00 am – Lazarus Saturday, PreFeast of the Annunciation

Sun, Mar 25 – Palm Sunday. Annunciation to the Theotokos
8:30 am confessions. 9:30 am Divine Liturgy. Tone 1. Cantor Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. The minimum fasting discipline in our Eparchy is abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.

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Bulletin for Mar. 11, 2018 — Sunday of St. John Climacus

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

From the Fathers of the Church…

imageVenerable Bede
…Our Lord, while teaching the Apostles how the worst devil is to be expelled, gives all of us rules for our life; that is, He would have us know that all the more grievous attacks of evil spirits or of men are to be overcome by fasting and prayers; and again, that the anger of the Lord, when it is kindled for vengeance on our crimes, can be appeased by this remedy alone. But fasting in general is not only abstinence from food, but also from all carnal delights, yea, from all vicious passions. In like manner, prayer taken generally consists not only in the words by which we call upon the Divine mercy, but also in all those things which we do with the devotedness of faith in obedience to our Maker, as the Apostle testifies, when he says, “Pray without ceasing.” (Thes 5:17)

Announcements
Last Sunday, 67 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, Eva.

Hospitality signup sheet: Mar 18 – Dean family, Mar 25 – open, Apr 1 – Pascha potluck. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner. Thank you to our cooking volunteers for coming yesterday, for a day of work. Next Saturday, March 17, we will clean the church. For more information, see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall, or contact cantor Gene Ford.

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: Mar 11 – Dean family, Mar 18 – open, Mar 25 – Amy Seyfried, Apr 1 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. 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. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

Liturgical schedule

Wed
Mar 14th
5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Sat
Mar 17th
9:30 AM Akathistos.
Akathistos Saturday.

Sun
Mar 18th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 8.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Amy Seyfried.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. The minimum fasting discipline in our Eparchy is abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.

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