Bulletin for Jan. 21, 2018 – Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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…

St. Cyril of Alexandria

What profit is there in fasting twice in the week if it serves only as a pretext for ignorance and vanity and makes you proud, haughty and selfish? You tithe your possessions and boast about it. In another way, you provoke God’s anger by condemning and accusing other people because of this. You are puffed up, although not crowned by the divine decree for righteousness. On the contrary, you heap praises on yourself. He says, “I am not as the rest of humankind.” Moderate yourself, O Pharisee. Put a door and lock on your tongue. You speak to God who knows all things. Wait for the decree of the judge. No one who is skilled in wrestling ever crowns himself. No one also receives the crown from himself but waits for the summons of the referee…. Lower your pride, because arrogance is accursed and hated by God. It is foreign to the mind that fears God. Christ even said, “Do not judge, and you shall not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned,” One of his disciples also said/There is one lawgiver and judge. Why then do you judge your neighbor?” No one who is in good health ridicules one who is sick for being laid up and bedridden. He is rather afraid, for perhaps he may become the victim of similar sufferings. A person in battle, because another has fallen, does not praise himself for having escaped from misfortune. The weakness of others is not a suitable subject for praise for those who are in health.

St. Augustine of Hippo
How useful and necessary a medicine is repentance! People who remember that they are only human will readily understand this. It is written, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” … The Pharisee was not rejoicing so much in his own clean bill of health as in comparing it with the diseases of others. He came to the doctor. It would have been more worthwhile to inform him by confession of the things that were wrong with himself instead of keeping his wounds secret and having the nerve to crow over the scars of others. It is not surprising that the tax collector went away cured, since he had not been ashamed of showing where he felt pain.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 63 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: Jan 28 – open, Feb 4 – open, Feb 11 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Advisory board meeting will be held in the parish hall next Sunday (Jan 28), following Divine Liturgy.

· 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: Jan 21 – Janson family, Feb 4 –Cantor Gene Ford. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

· All Souls Saturday. Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends. In 2018, the first All Souls Saturday is February 3rd. Please submit the names of those you wish to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy and Panychida on these five Saturdays. Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated. Return your requests to the parish office by mail or by placing them in the collection basket. Deadline for returns is Sunday, January 28th.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal begins now. The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office, if you don’t receive yours by the end of January, let Fr. Francis know. This year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks to be made to Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jan 22nd
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Jan 24th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Sun
Jan 28th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Prodigal son. Tone 1.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

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

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Bulletin for Jan. 14, 2018 – Sunday of Zacchaeus

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…

St. Theophilus of Alexandria

It is easy to turn this to a moral use. For whoever surpasses many in wickedness is small in spiritual growth, and cannot see Jesus for the crowd. For disturbed by passion and worldly things, he beholds not Jesus walking, that is, working in us, not recognizing His operation. But he climbs up to the top of a sycamore-tree, in that he rises above the sweetness of pleasure, which is signified by a fig, and subduing it, and so becoming more exalted, he sees and is seen by Christ.

…The Lord said to him, Make haste and come down, that is, “you have ascended by penitence to a place too high for you, come down by humility, lest your exaltation cause you to sky. I must abide in the house of a humble man. We have two kinds of goods in us, bodily, and spiritual; the just man gives up all his bodily goods to the poor, but he forsakes not his spiritual goods, but if he has extorted anything from any one, he restores to him fourfold; signifying thereby that if a man by repentance walks in the opposite path to his former perverseness, he by the manifold practice of virtue heals all his old offenses, and so merits salvation, and is called the son of Abraham, because he went out from his own kindred, that is, from his ancient wickedness.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Or because the sycamore is from its name called the foolish fig, the little Zacchaeus gets up into the sycamore and sees the Lord, for they who humbly choose the foolish things of this world are those who contemplate most closely the wisdom of God. For what is more foolish in this world than not to seek for what is lost, to give our possessions to robbers, to return not injury for injury? However, by this wise foolishness, the wisdom of God is seen, not yet really as it is, but by the light of contemplation.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 50+ souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, gift shop $. 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: Jan 21 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Thank you to Baker family who donated a new holy water fountain for our church.

· Checks made to the parish. When writing a check to the parish (tithe, donation, special collection, gift shop, etc.), please use the name: “Saint Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church.” Sometimes we have difficulty with the bank when checks are written using other names (don’t use names such as St. Philip’s Church; St. Philip’s parish; St. Philip Byzantine Church, St. Philip Catholic Church). Thank you.

· 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: Jan 14 – Belke family, Jan 21 – Janson family, Feb 4 –Cantor Gene Ford. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

· Icon-writing retreat. After being forced to cancel Fall Workshops due to the Great Fire of 2017, Father Abbot Damian will hold an Icon Retreat at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Redwood Valley from January 22nd to Jan 27th. The workshop will begin at 4:30PM on Monday the 22nd. If interested in attending, please email Brother Gideon at brgideon@monksofmttabor.com

· All Souls Saturday. Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends. In 2018, the first All Souls Saturday is February 3rd. Please submit the names of those you wish to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy and Panychida on these five Saturdays. Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated. Return your requests to the parish office by mail or by placing them in the collection basket. Deadline for returns is Sunday, January 28th.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal begins now. The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office, if you don’t receive yours by the end of January, let Fr. Francis know. This year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks to be made to Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jan 15th
7:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Jan 17th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Sun
Jan 21st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee. Tone 8.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo.

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

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Bulletin for Jan. 7, 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 forever! Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!

From the Fathers of the Church…

Chromatius

The voice of the Lord urging the people to repentance — the Holy Spirit made it known to the people that they might take heed, saying, “Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, as in the day of testing in the wilderness.” In the same psalm above, he made clear that he was urging the sinful people to repentance and showed the state of a repentant soul, saying, “Come, let us fall down before him and lament before the Lord who made us, for he is our God.” imageThe Lord urges the people to repentance, and he promises to pardon their sins, according to Isaiah’s words: “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your iniquities, and I will not be mindful of your sins. But you be mindful, declare first your iniquities that you may be justified.” Rightly then does the Lord urge the people to repentance when he says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” so that through this confession of sins they may be made worthy to approach the kingdom of heaven. For no one can receive the grace of the heavenly God unless one has been cleansed of every stain of sin by the confession of repentance, through the gift of the saving baptism of our Lord and Savior.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 62 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, gift shop $. 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. James, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Jan 14 – Baker family Jan 21 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to the Murin family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Checks made to the parish. When writing a check to the parish (tithe, donation, special collection, gift shop, etc.), please use the name: “Saint Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church.” Sometimes we have difficulty with the bank when checks are written using other names (don’t use names such as St. Philip’s Church; St. Philip’s parish; St. Philip Byzantine Church, St. Philip Catholic Church). Thank you.

· 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: Jan. 7 – Murin family, Jan. 14 — Belke family, Jan. 21 — Janson family, Feb. 4 — Cantor Gene Ford. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

· Icon-writing retreat. After being forced to cancel Fall workshops due to the Great Fire of 2017, Father Abbot Damian will hold an Icon Retreat at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Redwood Valley from January 22 to January 27. The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22. If interested in attending, please email Brother Gideon at brgideon@monksofmttabor.com.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jan 8th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Weds
Jan 10th
5:30 PM Vespers

Sun
Jan 14th
32nd Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday of Zacchaeus.

8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Tone 7. Cantor Gene Ford

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

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Bulletin for Dec. 31, 2017

O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. John Chrysostom

Even as He came in swaddling clothes we see a tyrant raging, a flight ensuing and a departure beyond the border. For it was because of no crime that his family was exiled into the land of Egypt. So do not be troubled if you are suffering countless dangers. Do not expect to be celebrated or crowned promptly for your troubles. Instead you may keep in mind the long-suffering example of the mother of the Child, bearing all things nobly, knowing that such a fugitive life is consistent with the ordering of spiritual things. You are sharing the kind of labor Mary herself shared. So did the Magi. They both were willing to retire secretly in the humiliating role of fugitive.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 65 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Christmas 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. James, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Jan 7 – open, Jan 14 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all who helped with Holy Supper hospitality last Sunday.

· Blessed New Year 2018. May God bless your every step in this New Year, and may you grow in closeness and likeness to Him ever more.

· Vigil of Theophany (January 5th) is a day of strict fast. On this day, our fasting discipline permits one full meal and two smaller meals that do not equal one full meal, all foods being meatless and dairy-free. Persons 14-59 years of age are obliged to fast. Health reasons, pregnancy and nursing excuse a person from fasting.

· Great blessing of water will take place after Vespers with Divine Liturgy on January 5th. Bring a container to carry some holy water home.

· House blessings in 2018. Please sign up for a house blessing of Theophany, the sign-up sheet is in the parish hall. With the feast falling on Saturday, father will try to visit as many, if not all, of your homes that weekend, as time permits.

· Checks made to the parish. When writing a check to the parish (tithe, donation, special collection, gift shop, etc.), please use the name: “Saint Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church.” Sometimes we have difficulty with the bank when checks are written using other names (don’t use names such as St. Philip’s Church; St. Philip’s parish; St. Philip Byzantine Church, St. Philip Catholic Church). Thank you.

· 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: Dec 31 – Marion Williams. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Liturgical schedule

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Preobrazhenski Monastery, Bulgaria

Mon
Jan 1st
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Circumcision of Our Lord. Solemn Feast. St. Basil the Great.

Fri
Jan 5th
5:30 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Great blessing of water.
Vigil of Theophany. Day of strict fast.

Sat
Jan 6th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Theophany of Our Lord. Holy Day of Obligation.

Sun
Jan 7th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Theophany. Tone 6.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. This Friday (Jan 5th) is a day of strict fast before the feast of Theophany.

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Bulletin for Dec. 24, 2017

O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. John Chrysostom

But why would it not have been enough to name one of them, David alone, or Abraham alone? Because the promise had been made to both of Christ to be born of their seed. To Abraham, “and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” To David, “of the fruit of your body will I set upon your seat.” He therefore calls Christ the Son of both, to show that in Him was fulfilled the promise to both. Also because Christ was to have three dignities; King, Prophet, Priest; but Abraham was prophet and priest; priest, as God says to him in Genesis, “Take an heifer; Prophet,” as the Lord said to Abimelech concerning him, “He is a prophet, and shall pray for you.” David was king and prophet, but not priest. Thus He is expressly called the son of both, that the threefold dignity of His forefathers might be recognized by hereditary right in Christ.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 46 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Retired Religious $. 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. James, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Mary, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Dec 31 – open, Jan 7 – open, Jan 14 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Amelia Baker for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Blessed Christmas to you. May the new born King of our souls grant you every blessing on this glorious day, peace and joy to your homes, and His salvation.

· House blessings in 2018. Please sign up for a house blessing of Theophany, the sign-up sheet is in the parish hall. With the feast falling on the weekend, father will try to visit as many of your homes that weekend, as time permits.

· 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: Dec 24 – Amy Seyfried family, Dec 31 – Marion Williams. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Liturgical schedule

Sun
Dec 24th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday before Christmas – of the Ancestors. Tone 4.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

Hospitality – Holy Supper potluck
1 PM Great Vespers of Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh.
10 PM Great Compline of Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh

Mon
Dec 25th
9:30 AM Canon of Matins
10 AM Divine Liturgy
Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh. Holy day of obligation.

Tue
Dec 26th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis of the Theotokos. Solemn Feast.

Wed
Dec 27th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Stephen the First Martyr. Feast.

Sun
Dec 31st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Christmas. David, Joseph, and James.
Tone 5. Cantor Gene Ford.

Mon
Jan 1st
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Circumcision of Our Lord. Solemn Feast. St. Basil the Great.

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Bulletin for Dec. 17, 2017

O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. Cyril of Alexandria

What is the nature of the invitation? “Come, for look, all things are ready.” God the Father has prepared in Christ gifts for the inhabitants of the earth. Through Christ, he bestowed the forgiveness of sins, cleansing away of all defilement, communion of the Holy Spirit, glorious adoption as children, and the kingdom of heaven. To these blessings, Christ invited Israel, before all others, by the commandments of the Gospel. He has even said by the voice of the psalmist: “But I have been sent as a king by him,” that is, by God the Father, “on Zion his holy mountain to preach the commandment of the Lord.” (Psalm 2:6)

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $,  gift shop $, Christmas 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. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Mary, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Dec 24 – Christmas potluck (Holy Supper meal), Dec 31 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Molly Carlson, and Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Retired Religious collection. Thank you for your support, we have collected $ to support our retired religious. May God grant you many years for your generosity.

· 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: Dec 17 – Baker family, Dec 24 – Amy Seyfried family, Dec 31 – Marion Williams. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

· Friday, December 22nd is a day of strict fast (meatless, dairy-less, one full meal and two small ones). We observe it on Friday this year, since December 24th, when it is usually prescribed, falls on Sunday. Liturgically, the Royal Hours are celebrated on Friday. Royal hours is a Christmas Eve service of four liturgical services, traditionally celebrated throughout the day, with its own psalms, troparia, stychiras and readings. Nowadays the four are combined into one longer service.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Dec 18th
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Fri
Dec 22nd
7:00 AM Royal Hours.

Sun
Dec 24th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Hospitality – Holy Supper potluck
1 PM Great Vespers of Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh.
10 PM Great Compline.
Sunday before Christmas – of the Ancestors. Tone 4.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

Mon
Dec 25th
9:30 AM Canon of Matins
10 AM Divine Liturgy
Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh. Holy day of obligation.

Tue
Dec 26th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis of the Theotokos. Solemn Feast.

Wed
Dec 27th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Stephen the First Martyr. Feast.

Sun
Dec 31st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Christmas. David, Joseph, and James.
Tone 5. Cantor Gene Ford.

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

During St. Philip’s Fast, we are obliged to observe abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for Dec. 10, 2017

O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. Cyril of Alexandria

Falling into a thankless forgetfulness, the nine lepers that were Jews did not return to give glory to God. By this, he shows that Israel was hard of heart and utterly unthankful. The stranger, a Samaritan, was of foreign race brought from Assyria. The phrase “in the middle of Samaria and Galilee” has meaning. “He returned with a loud voice to glorify God.” It shows that the Samaritans were grateful but that the Jews, even when they benefited, were ungrateful.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 72 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. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Mary, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Dec 10 – open, Dec 17 – Amelia Baker. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all who participated in our potluck lunch in honor of St. Philip the Apostle, our patron saint.

· Christmas in Eastern Europe Festival benefited our parish $.  Many thanks to you for your hard work and dedication to our parish. May God grant all our volunteers and benefactors many blessed years. Thank you.

· New calendars have arrived. You can find them in the gift shop, take one home.

· Retired Religious collection will be taken today, December 10th. This annual collection, organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, is taken to support and care for our retired brothers and sisters in religious and monastic communities who served the church for many years. Please mark your donation “Retired Religious.” Thank you for your generosity.

· 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: Dec 3 – Prescott family, Dec 10 – Ruby family. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Dec 11th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Dec 13th
5:30 PM Emmanuel Moleben.

Sun
Dec 17th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Forefathers. (28th after Pentecost) Tone 3.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
During St. Philp’s Fast, we are obliged to observe abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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