Bulletin for August 12, 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. John Chrysostom

Note how prepared the young man is to obey the commandments. For he says, “What must I do to have eternal life?” He seems ready to do what he would be told. If his purpose had been to put Jesus to a test, the Evangelist would have given some indication of this as he does in other cases, for instance, in the case of the lawyer.10 If the young man had remained silent or been deceptive, Jesus would have easily exposed that and brought it into the open. If the young man had come to test him, he would not have retreated downcast at what he heard. This never happened to any of the Pharisees. When refuted they were all the more angry. This man was not angry. He went away in sorrow, which is no little signal that he did not come to him with evil intent. But he did come with too weak a will. Truly he did desire life but was held in the grip of a serious moral infirmity. When therefore Christ said, “If you would enter life, keep the commandments,” he said “Which?” not putting him to the test—far from it—but because he thought that there were some other ones beside those in the law which could bring him life. So he seems to be quite earnest.

St. Cyril of Alexandria

When Christ says to him, “If you would enter life, keep the commandments,” the man expects him to add immediately, “my commandments.” “Which ones?” he asks. He was quite deceived in his expectation. For Christ did not answer him as he expected but simply pointed him to the law. This is not because the law is perfection, for “no one is justified by the law,” as it is written, but because the life lived according to law is a kind of introduction to the eternal life, briefly acquainting trainees to the things above. “For the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ.” The law is the starting point for social justice. Christ is the perfection. For the beginning of good is to act justly, he says. Just action then is shown by the law, but goodness is shown by Christ. The law taught us to repay those who wish to harm us, as in “eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” But Christ taught us to let go such balanced vengeance with a view to the greater good, teaching that “if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if anyone would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well.”

Announcements
Last Sunday, 56 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. 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, Juraj, Joan, Stefan.

Hospitality signup sheet: Aug 19 – open? Aug 26 – Molly and Amy, Sep 2 – Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Ruby and Del Castillo families for providing hospitality for us past two Sundays.

Dormition Fast lasts until Aug 14th, which is the Eve of the Feast of Dormition of Theotokos. The minimum fasting requirement is abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

The 84th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held September 1 & 2 at Mount St. Macrina, Uniontown, PA. “During this 84th Annual Pilgrimage, we honor our most holy Mother under the title of ‘Hope of All Generations.’ Young or old we can always come to Mary and know that she is there to help us and intercede for us before her beloved Son, Jesus. There is never a time when she is not ready to listen (Sr. Ruth Plante, OSBM).” Brochures are available at the entrance to the church.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Aug 13th
7 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Aug 15th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Blessing of flowers and herbs.
Dormition of the Theotokos. Holy Day of Obligation.

Sun
Aug 19th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
13th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4. Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Gene Ford

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. We are in the season of Dormition Fast (until August 14), the minimum fasting observance is meatless Wednesdays and Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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Bulletin for July 22, 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. John Chrysostom

“…He went up the mountain by himself to pray…” (Mt 14: 23) For what purpose does he go up into the hills on the mountain? To teach us that solitude and seclusion are good, when we are to pray to God. With this in view, you see, we find him continually withdrawing into the wilderness. There he often spends the whole night in prayer. This teaches us earnestly to seek such quietness in our prayers as the time and place may afford. For the wilderness is the mother of silence; it is a calm and a harbor, delivering us from all turmoils…

“…battered by the waves…” (Mt 14: 24) The disciples are tossed on the waves again. They are in a storm, fully as bad as the previous one. Gently and by degrees he excites and urges the disciples on toward greater responsiveness, even to the point of bearing all things nobly. Whereas in the previous storm they had him with them in the ship, now they were alone by themselves. Even when he was asleep in the boat in the previous situation, he was ready to give them relief from danger. But then he was present to them.

Now he is leading them into a greater degree of challenge. Now he is not even present to them. He has departed. In mid-sea he permits a storm to arise. This was all for their training, that they might not look for some easy hope of preservation from any earthly source. He then allows them to be tossed by the storm all night! This had the purpose of awakening their stony hearts in a most complete way. This is how Jesus dealt with the nature of their fear, which the rough weather and the timing had produced. He cast them directly into a situation in which they would have a greater longing for him and a continual remembrance of him.

St. Augustine of Hippo
Meanwhile the boat carrying the disciples—that is, the church—is rocking and shaking amid the storms of temptation, while the adverse wind rages on. That is to say, its enemy the devil strives to keep the wind from calming down. But greater is he who is persistent on our behalf, for amid the vicissitudes of our life he gives us confidence. He comes to us and strengthens us, so we are not jostled in the boat and tossed overboard. For although the boat is thrown into disorder, it is still a boat. It alone carries the disciples and receives Christ. It is in danger indeed on the water, but there would be certain death without it. Therefore stay inside the boat and call upon God. When all good advice fails and the rudder is useless and the spread of the sails presents more of a danger than an advantage, when all human help and strength have been abandoned, the only recourse left for the sailors is to cry out to God. Therefore will he who helps those who are sailing to reach port safely, abandon his church and prevent it from arriving in peace and tranquility?

Announcements

Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, summer book sale $, St. Peter’s Pence 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, Juraj, Joan.

Hospitality signup sheet: Jul 29 – Ruby family, Aug 5 – Del Castillo family, Aug 12 – Murin family. 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.

Dormition Fast begins on August 1st, and lasts until Aug 14th, which is the Eve of the Feast of Dormition of Theotokos. The minimum fasting requirement is abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jul 23rd
7 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Jul 25th
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos.
(+Beverly Ann Syrko Homa, offered by Dawn Sullivan)

Sun
Jul 29th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
10th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Cantor: Gene Ford. Reader: Tim Belke

Sun
Aug 5th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
11th Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 2. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Amy Seyfried.
Reader: Richard Agayoff.

Tue
Aug 6th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Transfiguration of the Lord. Solemn Feast.

Sun
Aug 12th
8:30 AM Confessions
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of First-Fruits.
12th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3. Cantor: Gene Ford.
Reader: Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of 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 July 15, 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! 

Mosaic of Fishes and Loaves

Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, 5th c. Photo courtesy of Berthold Werner, Wikimedia

From the Fathers of the Church …

St. Hilary of Poitiers

The loaves were given to the apostles, for through them the gifts of divine grace were to be administered. The crowds were then fed with the five loaves and two fish, and they were satisfied. The leftover fragments of bread and fish, after the people had their fill, amounted to twelve baskets. Thus, by the word of God coming from the teaching of the law and the prophets, the multitude was satisfied; and an abundance of divine power, reserved for the Gentiles from the ministry of the eternal food, was left over for the twelve apostles.

St. John Chrysostom

And not even here does he hold back on the miracle, but it continues as the loaves become fragments. The broken pieces signify that of those loaves, some remained unreceived. This was in order that those who were absent might also learn what had been done.

For this providential purpose, then, Jesus indeed permitted the crowds to get hungry in order that no one might suppose what took place to be as illusion.

For this purpose he also caused just twelve baskets to remain over: That Judas, too, might bear one. He wanted all the disciples to know his power. He fed their hunger. In Elijah’s case something similar also took place.

Announcements

  • Last Sunday, 62 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, summer book sale $, St. Peter’s Pence 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, Juraj.
  • Hospitality signup sheet: Jul 22 – Murin family, Jul 29 – 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.
  • Please join us in congratulating Ted and Darlene Janson on the 50th wedding anniversary next Sunday. We will pray God’s blessing upon Ted and Darlene during Divine Liturgy, then share a meal together. All are welcome to join us. May the Lord God grant Ted and Darlene on their anniversary many blessings, for many years.

 

Liturgical schedule

Fri          Jul 20th          9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.          Holy prophet Elijah.

Sun          Jul 22nd          9th Sunday after Pentecost – Tone 8 – 8:30 AM Confessions.  9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Amy Seyfried. Reader: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of 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 July 8, 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. Hillary of Poitiers

imageAt that point, two blind men follow the Lord as he was passing by. But if they could not see, how could the blind men know of the Lord’s departure as well as his name? Moreover, they called him “Son of David” and asked to be made well. In the two blind men, the entire earlier prefiguration is complete. The ruler’s daughter seems to be from these people, namely, the Pharisees and John’s disciples, who already made common cause in testing the Lord. To these unknowing persons the law gave evidence as to the one from whom they sought a cure. It indicated to them that their Savior in the flesh was of the line of David. It also introduced light to the minds of those who were blind from past sins. They could not see Christ but were told about him. The Lord showed them that faith should not be expected as a result of health but health should be expected because of faith. The blind men saw because they believed; they did not believe because they saw. From this we understand that what is requested must be predicated on faith and that faith must not be exercised because of what has been obtained. If they should believe, he offers them sight. And he charges the believers to be silent, for it was exclusively the task of the apostles to preach.

St. Jerome

As the Lord Jesus was passing on from the ruler’s house and proceeding to his own (as we read above): “And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city,” suddenly “two blind men cried out and said, ‘Have pity on us, Son of David!'” They are not healed along the route, as they might expect, but only after he reached his house. They approach him and go inside. First, their faith is discussed that they may receive the light of true faith. Another sign is added to the first sign we mentioned about the ruler’s daughter and the woman with a hemorrhage, so that what death and disability demonstrated in the one case, blindness demonstrated in the other. Both men were blind at the time the Lord was passing through this world on the way to his house. Unless they had exclaimed “Have pity on us. Son of David!” and in answer to Jesus’ question “Do you believe that I can do this to you?” affirmed” Yes, Lord,” they would not have received the pristine light.

Announcements

Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, summer book sale $, St. Peter’s Pence 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, Juraj.

Hospitality signup sheet: Jul 15 – Prescott family, Jul 22 – Murin family, Jul 29 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Dawn Sullivan for providing hospitality forus last Sunday.

Fireworks booth. Thank you to all parishioners and non-parishioners who came and volunteered their time at our fireworks booth. This year we have raised more funds for our parish than in the years past (final report will be published soon). Even though we don’t necessarily “feel” the benefit of this fundraiser, because we immediately pay the high property insurance bill, it helps us greatly. Thank you for your hard work and support. May God grant you many blessed years.

Peter’s Pence Collection. Thank you for your generosity. If you would still like to contribute, you may do so today. We have collected $47 in support of our Holy Father’s missionary and charitable fund.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jul 9th
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Thu
Jul 12th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Sun
Jul 15th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
8th Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
Tone 7. Cantor: Gene Ford. Reader: Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of 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 July 1, 2018

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

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!

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From the Fathers of the Church …
imageSt. John Chrysostom

Only God could know what is in another’s mind. That Jesus has this knowledge is attested from many evidences. Jesus shows here that he is truly God and equal to the One by whom he is begotten. He does this by revealing and making clear to them what they were thinking. Indeed, some were debating within themselves the very issue of whether Jesus is nothing less than God. But because they were afraid of the crowd, they did not dare to bring their opinion out into the open. He revealed their thoughts while showing great restraint when he said, “Why do you ponder evil thoughts in your hearts?” And surely if there was any cause to be annoyed it would have been felt by the suffering paralytic, because it seemed that he had been almost completely bypassed. Imagine him complaining, as if he were thinking:” I came to receive healing, but now you are talking about my sins being forgiven. How do you know this? Why do you change the subject?” But in fact the paralytic now says nothing of the sort. Rather, he gives himself over to the authority of the One who heals. But those who are malicious and all too full of themselves are always plotting against the good works of others. Therefore he chides them but does so in all fairness, as if to say, “For if you disbelieved in my first statement and thought that it was boasting, consider that I am adding something else to it: the revelation of your secrets.”

Announcements

Last Sunday, 59 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: Jul 8 – Janson family, Jul 15 – Prescott family, Jul 22 – Murin family. 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.

Fireworks booth. Please consider volunteering your time during our fireworks sale. The schedule with available shifts is posted on the side of the booth, we are looking to have 3-4 persons present at all times.

Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken today. This special collection is to support our Holy Father’s charitable and missionary work around the world. Thank you for your generosity.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jul 2nd
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Wed
Jul 4th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sun
Jul 8th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
7th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 6. Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of 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 June 24, 2018 – Nativity of St. John Forerunner

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

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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!

From the Fathers of the Church …

St. John Chrysostom

… Luke and Mark chose to speak of one who was more grievously afflicted; whence also they add a further description of his calamity; Luke saying that he broke his bonds and was driven into the desert; Mark telling that he often cut himself with stones. But they neither of them say that there was only one, which would be to contradict Matthew. What is added respecting them that they came from among the tombs, alludes to a mischievous opinion, that the souls of the dead become demons. Thus many soothsayers use to kill children, that they may have their souls to cooperate with them; and demoniacs also often cry out, I am the spirit of such an one. But it is not the soul of the dead man that then cries out, the demon assumes his voice to deceive the hearers. For if the soul of a dead man has power to enter the body of another, much more might it enter its own. And it is more unreasonable to suppose that a soul that has suffered cruelty should cooperate with him that injured it, or that a man should have power to change an incorporeal being into a different kind of substance, such as a human soul into the substance of a demon.

For even in material body, this is beyond human power; as, for example, no man can change the body of a man into that of an ass. And it is not reasonable to think that a disembodied spirit should wander to and fro on the earth. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, therefore those of young children must be so, seeing they are not evil. And the souls of sinners are at once conveyed away from hence, as is clear from Lazarus, and the rich man. Because none dared to bring them to Christ because of their fierceness therefore Christ goes to them. This fierceness is intimated when it is added, Exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass that way. So they who hindered all others from passing that way, found one now standing in their way. For they were tortured in an unseen manner, suffering intolerable things from the mere presence of Christ. And, lo they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus, you son of David? …

… Jesus did not say this [for the demons to enter the swine], as though persuaded by the demons, but with many designs therein. One, that He might show the mighty power to hurt of these demons, who were in possession of the two men; another, that all might see that they had no power against the swine unless by His sufferance; thirdly, to show that they would have done more grievous hurt to the men, had they not even in their calamities been aided by Divine Providence, for they hate men more than irrational animals. By this it is manifest that there is no man who is not supported by Divine Providence; and if all are not equally supported by it, neither one after one manner of Providence, that it is extended to each man according to his need.

Besides the above-mentioned things, we learn also that He cares not only for the whole together, but for each one in particular; which one may see clearly in this demoniac, who would have been long before choked in the deep, had not Divine care reserved them. He also permitted them to go into the herd of swine, so they who dwelt in those parts might know His power. For where He was known to none, there He makes His miracles to shine forth, that He may bring them to a confession of His divinity.

Announcements

Last Sunday, 26 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 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 Amy, Marion, and Molly 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 is posted in the parish hall.

Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29th. This special collection is to support our Holy Father’s charitable and missionary work around the world. Thank you for your generosity.

Liturgical schedule

Mon
Jun 25th
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Thu
Jun 28th
5:30 PM Great Vespers.

Fri
Jun 29th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sts. Peter and Paul – Prime Apostles. Holy Day of Obligation.

Sun
Jul 1st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
6th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 5. Cantor: Gene Ford.

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 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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