Bulletin for 1 Aug 2021 – Procession of the Cross

O Holy Apostle Philip,  

Intercede with the merciful God  

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.  

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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!   

From the Fathers of the Church…  

St. John Chrysostom

Note this man’s lack of sense in another instance: in full view of the crowd he pleads to Jesus against his disciples, saying, “I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.” But Jesus dismissed these complaints before the people and blamed him the more, saying, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you?” He is not addressing this person alone, so as not to upset him, but he is addressing all the Jews. For it is likely that many had been offended and thought ill of the disciples.

But when he says, “How long am I to be with you?” he shows how welcome death is to him and his desire of passing on from here. He longs for his departure. It is being with them, and not so much the crucifixion, that is grievous.

He did not put up with their complaints, but what does he say? “Bring him here to me.” And he himself further asks him, “How long has this been this way?” He is thereby both defending the disciples and leading the man to a better hope, that he should believe that there will be an end to his troubles. And Jesus lets him be convulsed, not for display (for when the crowd gathered he rebuked the demon) but for the father’s sake, that when he saw the demon being put to flight at Christ’s mere call, so at least, if in no other way, he might be led to believe the coming miracle.

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Building Fund $, Eparchial Appeal $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda, Doug, Dan.
  • Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Del Castillo family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Aug 1 – Prescott family; Aug 8 – Bardin family; Aug 15 – Cardona family; Aug 22 – Amelia Baker; Aug 29 – Osanna family.
  • Dormition Fast begins today. One of the four fasting seasons in our church calendar, this fast ends on the Eve of Dormition. No fasting guidelines have been issued by our bishop, let us observe at minimum meatless Wednesdays and Fridays as we prepare for the great feast of Dormition.
  • Transfiguration blessing of fruit. Please bring a little bit of fruit to be blessed on this day (grapes and other fruit you consume at home), in thanksgiving for God’s bounties bestowed on us and as celebration of the first harvest.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2021. We have now reached our goal, thank you for your participation and for your generosity with your church. The Appeal is still open, if you have not participated, you can still do so – submit your pledge/donation using the form in the back of the church or online at www.ephx.org/eparchial-appeal. To this day, 17 (plus 2 anonymous) households from our parish have participated in the Appeal.
  • JOIN US FOR A FREE WEBINAR ON THE LIGHT OF THE EAST! Sunday August 1 – 4 pm California Time. Are you a Western Christian (Catholic or Protestant) who has never attended a Byzantine Divine Liturgy or has only recently started attending? Are you a Byzantine Christian who wants to learn more about your own rich tradition? Join us for a Free 90-Minute Webinar on How to Attend a Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy where you will learn about the spirit and structure of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, as well as some tips on etiquette when attending! Join our presenters who will share their own thoughts and insights: Fr. Dcn. Anthony Dragani, PhD (Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Theology Professor, Author, Blog: east2west.org) Robert Klesko, MA (Byzantine Catholic, EWTN Theology Advisor, Deacon Candidate) Fr. Daniel Dozier, MA, MATS (Byzantine Catholic, author of 20 Answers on Eastern Catholicism) REGISTER HERE! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/vineyardofthelordcatholicministries/553300 Please note: A Zoom link will be sent to you a day prior to the event.
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Nothing will be impossible for you!” Jesus taught his disciples to pray and to fast with faith. In that faith, nothing would be impossible for them. This same truth is still true today as we begin this Dormition Fast. To see this more clearly, we need men and women of faith to serve the Church as priests, deacons, subdeacons, monks and nuns. If God may be calling you to this life, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:vocations@ephx.org
  • THE BYZANTINE CATHOLIC EPARCHY OF PHOENIX subscribes to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.  The Eparchy, within all its parishes, institutions and programs, is committed to assuring a safe environment in ministry for its children and young people that conforms to the Charter requirements.  For information regarding the Eparchial Safe Environment Program, please contact: Dcn. Michael Hanafin (Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Cell: (480) 387-5182; Email: dcnhanafin@ephx.org; Sbdcn. Paul F. Kilroy (Asst. Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Office: (602) 861-9778; Cell: (702) 498-5972; Email: sbdcnkilroy@ephx.org; Dr. Caroline Bonham (Victim Assistance Coordinator) Cell: (505) 314-3943; Email: victimassistanceofphoenix@gmail.com.

    Liturgical schedule  

Thu Aug 5th 5:30 PM Great Vespers.
Fri Aug 6th 5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Fruit. Transfiguration of Our Lord
Sun  

 

Aug 8th   8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  

11th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Victor Pacheco.  
       

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.

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

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Bulletin for 25 July 2021 – Dormition of Anna

O Holy Apostle Philip,  

Intercede with the merciful God  

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.  

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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!   

From the Fathers of the Church…  

St. John Chrysostom  

“When the disciples,” it is said, “saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit! And they cried out for fear.” This is the way he constantly deals with our fears. He does not hesitate to bring on worse things, even more alarming than those before. They were troubled here not only by the storm but also by the distance from the land. Note that he did not too easily remove the darkness. He did not come quickly to their rescue. He was training them, as I said, by the continuance of these fears and instructing them to be ready to endure.  

Accordingly, neither did he present himself to them at once. For it is written that “in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.” He was instructing them not too hastily to seek for deliverance from their pressing dangers but to bear all challenges courageously. In any case, just when they looked to be delivered, their fear was again heightened.  

St. Augustine of Hippo  

While human praise does not tempt the Lord, people are often ruffled and nearly entranced by human praise and honors in the church. Peter was afraid on the sea, terrified by the great force of the storm. Indeed, who does not fear that voice: “Those who say you are happy place you in error and disturb the path of your feet”? And since the soul struggles against the desire for human praise, it is good for it to turn to prayer and petition amid such danger, lest one who is charmed by praise be overcome by criticism and reproach. Let Peter, about to sink in the waves, cry out and say, “Lord, save me!” The Lord reached out his hand. He chided Peter, saying, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”—that is, why did you not, gazing straight at the Lord as you approached, pride yourself only in him? Nevertheless he snatched Peter from the waves and did not allow him who was declaring his weakness and asking the Lord for help to perish.  

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Hospitality donations $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.  
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda.  
  • Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Jul 25 – Del Castillo family; Aug 1 – Prescott family; Aug 8 – Bardin family; Aug 15 – Cardona family; Aug 22 – Amelia Baker; Aug 29 – Osanna family.  
  • Eparchial Appeal 2021. The goal for our parish is $ this year. Please submit your pledge, you can pick up pledge form in the back of the church. Please prayerfully consider what you can donate in support of our church. Let our parish goal be that we all participate in the Appeal this year. To this day, 15 (plus 2 anonymous) households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.  
  • JOIN US FOR A FREE WEBINAR ON THE LIGHT OF THE EAST! Sunday August 1 – 4 pm California Time. Are you a Western Christian (Catholic or Protestant) who has never attended a Byzantine Divine Liturgy or has only recently started attending? Are you a Byzantine Christian who wants to learn more about your own rich tradition? Join us for a Free 90-Minute Webinar on How to Attend a Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy where you will learn about the spirit and structure of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, as well as some tips on etiquette when attending! Join our presenters who will share their own thoughts and insights: Fr. Dcn. Anthony Dragani, PhD (Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Theology Professor, Author, Blog: east2west.org) Robert Klesko, MA (Byzantine Catholic, EWTN Theology Advisor, Deacon Candidate) Fr. Daniel Dozier, MA, MATS (Byzantine Catholic, author of 20 Answers on Eastern Catholicism) REGISTER HERE! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/vineyardofthelordcatholicministries/553300 Please note: A Zoom link will be sent to you a day prior to the event. 
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Take heart! It is I! Do not be afraid.”  Our Lord came to his disciples walking on water, and he called Peter to do the same. In fear and faith, he answered Jesus’ call. Is he calling you to follow him as a priest, deacon, monk, or nun? Answering with your own fear and faith may be a blessing to you and to our Church. Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219or email: vocations@ephx.org  
  • THE BYZANTINE CATHOLIC EPARCHY OF PHOENIX subscribes to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.  The Eparchy, within all its parishes, institutions and programs, is committed to assuring a safe environment in ministry for its children and young people that conforms to the Charter requirements.  For information regarding the Eparchial Safe Environment Program, please contact: Dcn. Michael Hanafin (Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Cell: (480) 387-5182; Email: dcnhanafin@ephx.org; Sbdcn. Paul F. Kilroy (Asst. Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Office: (602) 861-9778; Cell: (702) 498-5972; Email: sbdcnkilroy@ephx.org; Dr. Caroline Bonham (Victim Assistance Coordinator) Cell: (505) 314-3943; Email: victimassistanceofphoenix@gmail.com.  

    Liturgical schedule  
    
Wed   Jul 28th  5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.   
Fri   Jul 30th  6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.   
Sun  Aug 1st  8:30 AM Confessions.  Short Blessing of Water.  9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  10th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Del Castillo. 

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.  

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

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Bulletin for 18 July 2021 – Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

O Holy Apostle Philip,  

Intercede with the merciful God  

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.  

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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!   

96497D00-8A77-4B54-BFD6-B455052B8E9CFrom the Fathers of the Church…  

St. Justin the Martyr

We call this food Eucharist, and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has been washed in the washing which is for the remission of sins and for regeneration [i.e., has received baptism] and is thereby living as Christ enjoined. For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic prayer set down by him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nurtured, is both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus

St. Irenaeus of Lyon  

He has declared the cup, a part of creation, to be his own blood, from which he causes our blood to flow; and the bread, a part of creation, he has established as his own body, from which he gives increase unto our bodies. When, therefore, the mixed cup [wine and water] and the baked bread receives the Word of God and becomes the Eucharist, the body of Christ, and from these the substance of our flesh is increased and supported, how can they say that the flesh is not capable of receiving the gift of God, which is eternal life—flesh which is nourished by the body and blood of the Lord, and is in fact a member of him?.

St. Cyprian of Carthage

He [Paul] threatens, moreover, the stubborn and forward, and denounces them, saying, ‘Whosoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, is guilty of the body and blood of the Lord’ [1 Cor. 11:27]. All these warnings being scorned and contemned—[lapsed Christians will often take Communion] before their sin is expiated, before confession has been made of their crime, before their conscience has been purged by sacrifice and by the hand of the priest, before the offense of an angry and threatening Lord has been appeased, [and so] violence is done to his body and blood; and they sin now against their Lord more with their hand and mouth than when they denied their Lord

Announcements  

  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Gift Shop $; Peter’s Pence Sp. Collection $; Eparchial Appeal $; Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda.
  • Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Darlene Janson and Theresa Vinciguerra for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Jul 18 – open; July 25 – open.
  • Fireworks sale report. Our sales were $ this year. Our expenses are $, which includes the sales tax we have to pay in October. Net proceeds to benefit our parish are $. Congratulation to all who helped with this fundraiser. May God bless you abundantly for your hard work and sacrifice. The proceeds are used to pay for our annual property insurance ($ this year), cathedraticum tax, and for our operating expenses.
  • “Hot meals for homeless people.” There is a homeless camp off Business Loop 80 at the Marconi Ave. Auburn Blvd. exit. If you would like to help provide 1 hot meal each day for everybody at the camp (there are usually between 7 and 15 people there), you can contact Martin at (916) 546-8093,or at bakerdgz@gmail.com
  • Eparchial Appeal 2021. The goal for our parish is $ this year. Please submit your pledge, you can pick up pledge form in the back of the church. Please prayerfully consider what you can donate in support of our church. Let our parish goal be that we all participate in the Appeal this year. To this day, 14 (plus 2 anonymous) households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.
  • From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “Son, be of good cheer! Your sins are forgiven!” The faith of the friends of the paralytic brought healing and forgiveness. All of us can do the same in our own lives. Priests, deacons, monks and nuns are especially called to do this in the Church for the life of the world. If this may be something God is calling you to consider, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org

    Liturgical schedule  

Mon Jul 19th 5:30 PM Vespers.
Tue Jul 20th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy. St. Elijah the Prophet
Thu Jul 22nd 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy. St. Mary Magdalene, equal to the Apostles.
Sun  

 

Jul 25th   8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  

Blessing of Vehicles.  

9th Sunday after Pentecost. St. Anne. Tone 8. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Richard Agayoff.  
       

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.

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

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