Bulletin for 7 Feb 2021 – Meatfare Sunday

O Holy Apostle Philip,  

Intercede with the merciful God  

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.  

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

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From the Fathers of the Church …  

St. Basil the Great  

Man should be like the earth and bear fruit; he should not let inanimate matter appear to surpass him. The earth bears crops for your benefit, not for its own, but when you give to the poor, you are bearing fruit which you will gather in for yourself, since the reward for good deeds goes to those who perform them. Give to a hungry man, and what you give becomes yours, and indeed it returns to you with interest. As the sower profits from wheat that falls onto the ground, so will you profit greatly in the world to come from the bread that you place before a hungry man. Your husbandry must be the sowing of heavenly seed: Sow integrity for yourselves, says Scripture.

… You are going to leave your money behind you here whether you wish to or not. On the other hand, you will take with you to the Lord the honor that you have won through good works. In the presence of the universal judge, all the people will surround you, acclaim you as a public benefactor, and tell of your generosity and kindness. Do you not see how people throw away their wealth on theatrical performances, boxing contests, mimes and fights between men and wild beasts, which are sickening to see, and all for the sake of fleeting honor and popular applause? If you are miserly with your money, how can you expect any similar honor? Your reward for the right use of the things in this world will be everlasting glory, a crown of righteousness, and the kingdom of heaven; God will welcome you, the angels will praise you, all men who have existed since the world began will call you blessed. Do you care nothing for these things, and spurn the hopes that lie in the future for the sake of your present enjoyment? Come, distribute your wealth freely, give generously to those who are in need. Earn for yourself the psalmist’s praise: He gave freely to the poor; his righteousness will endure forever.

Announcements  

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, during our gatherings, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. Use the space to allow distance between households, follow proper way of receiving Holy Communion. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy online, or pray the Typika. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. Dispensation from Sunday attendance given by Bishop John for the faithful of our Eparchy is in effect at this time. Please know that you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly and make an appointment.
  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received tithes $; donations $; Building Fund $; candles $; bake sale $; gift shop $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Your contribution statements were mailed two weeks ago. If you did not receive yours or have further questions, please contact Fr. Francis. You can see an overview of our parish finances for the past year. For more information, please visit parish office. Thank you for the support you give to our church and our parish.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, 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.
  • Christmas rolls “to go” – we still have some left, we need to eat them before we need to fast again! The table set up in the hall downstairs, for service call on Amy or Darlene. Be sure and keep 6 feet apart from others and wear a mask when you pick up. Cash or check preferred.
  • All Souls Saturday. We celebrated first all souls yesterday, the next one is on February 27. If you have not sent your family list for all souls to the office, you can do so by email, or place it in the collection basket.
  • Great Fast begins on February 15. First day of the fast is a day of strict abstinence – no meat and dairy foods, one full meal and two refreshment meals that don’t equal a full meal. Minimum fasting discipline for the faithful of our Eparchy is meatless Wednesdays and Fridays. Traditionally, we fast from meat and dairy for the entire Great Fast and Holy Week, allowing for oil, fish and/or wine on the weekends and some festal days.

    Liturgical schedule 

    Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. When at St. Philip’s follow the guidelines issued on May 31.  

Tue Feb 9th 4 PM Vespers.
Fri Feb 12th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sun  

 

Feb 14th  8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  

Sunday of Cheese Fare. Tone 4.  
       

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.

Fridays in general are days of penance. We observe simple fast – 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 31 Jan. 2021 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son

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!   

Icon of the Prodigal SonFrom the Fathers of the Church …  

St. Ambrose of Milan  

“A mighty famine came there in that country.” It was not a famine of fasts but of good works and virtues. What hunger is more wretched? Certainly whoever departs from the Word of God hungers, because “man lives not by bread alone but by every word of God.” Whoever leaves treasure lacks. Whoever departs from wisdom is stupefied. Whoever departs from virtue is destroyed. It was fitting that he begin to be in need, because he abandoned the treasures of wisdom and the knowledge of God and the depths of heavenly riches. He began to want and to suffer starvation, because nothing is enough for prodigal enjoyment. He who does not know how to be filled with eternal nourishment always suffers starvation.

Announcements  

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, during our gatherings, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. Use the space to allow distance between households, follow proper way of receiving Holy Communion. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy online, or pray the Typika. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. Dispensation from Sunday attendance given by Bishop John for the faithful of our Eparchy is in effect at this time. Please know that you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly and make an appointment.
  • We reviewed our health precautions with the Eparchy. Based on the conversation, I encourage you to practice strictly social distancing (leave an empty pew between households) wear face covering (mask/shield) when indoors, keep good airflow in the rooms (open windows), limit indoor interactions after church, and at all times practice good hand hygiene (wash hands with soap and water for 30 seconds, when not possible, use hand sanitizer).
  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received tithes $; donations $; Building Fund $; candles $; bake sale $; gift shop $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, 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.
  • First All Souls Saturday is on February 6. If you would like your beloved family members remembered at the altar of St. Philip’s, please submit their names to the parish office. Please include your family name and first names of your family’s departed members you wish remembered. You can send an email or drop a note in the collection basket. PLEASE NOTE: I would like you to submit your list anew each year. Not for bureaucracy, but to give you a chance to think of your beloved departed. In this way, you truly join that liturgy with your intention, even if you cannot attend the actual liturgy.  
  • Christmas rolls “to go” – we still have some left, we need to eat them before we need to fast again! The table set up in the hall downstairs, for service call on Amy or Darlene. Be sure and keep 6 feet apart from others and wear a mask when you pick up. Cash or check preferred.

    Liturgical schedule 

    Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. When at St. Philip’s follow the guidelines issued on May 31.  

Mon Feb 1st 4 PM Vespers. Vespers of the Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna
Tue  

 

Feb 2nd   5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of candles.   Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna. Solemn Feast.  
Sat Feb 6th 8 AM Divine Liturgy. Panychida. First All Souls Saturday.
Sun  

 

Feb 7th   8:30 AM Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday of Meat Fare. Tone 3.  
       

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.

Fridays in general are days of penance. We observe simple fast – 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 24 January 2021 – Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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!   

B9451839-0A11-4FA5-9E16-1F110281D980From 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. Basil the Great  

The stern Pharisee, who in his over-weening pride not only boasted of himself but also discredited the tax collector in the presence of God, made his justice void by being guilty of pride. Instead of the Pharisee, the tax collector went down justified, because he had given glory to God, the holy One. He did not dare lift his eyes but sought only to plead for mercy. He accused himself by his posture, by striking his breast, and by entertaining no other motive except propitiation. Be on your guard, therefore, and bear in mind this example of severe loss sustained through arrogance. The one guilty of insolent behavior suffered the loss of his justice and forfeited his reward by his bold self-reliance. He was judged inferior to a humble man and a sinner because in his self-exaltation he did not await the judgment of God but pronounced it himself. Never place yourself above anyone, not even great sinners. Humility often saves a sinner who has committed many terrible transgressions.

Announcements  

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, during our gatherings, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. Use the space to allow distance between households, follow proper way of receiving Holy Communion. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy online, or pray the Typika. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. Dispensation from Sunday attendance given by Bishop John for the faithful of our Eparchy is in effect at this time. Please know that you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly and make an appointment.
  • We reviewed our health precautions with the Eparchy. Based on the conversation, I encourage you to practice strictly social distancing (leave an empty pew between households) wear face covering (mask/shield) when indoors, keep good airflow in the rooms (open windows), limit indoor interactions after church, and at all times practice good hand hygiene (wash hands with soap and water for 30 seconds, when not possible, use hand sanitizer).
  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday. Last Sunday (since January 1), we received in tithes $; candles $; bake sale $; donations $; Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, 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.
  • First All Souls Saturday is on February 6. If you would like your beloved family members remembered at the altar of St. Philip’s, please submit their names to the parish office. Please include your family name and first names of your family’s departed members you wish remembered. You can send an email or drop a note in the collection basket.
  • Christmas rolls “to go” – we still have some left, we need to eat them before we need to fast again! The table set up in the hall downstairs, for service call on Amy or Darlene. Be sure and keep 6 feet apart from others and wear a mask when you pick up. Cash or check preferred.
  • Partakers of the Divine Nature. A Patristic Study of Deification LIVE WEBINAR Wednesdays, January 27 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm California time. Register at www.easterncatholic.org Presented by Rev. Nathan Adams. God has called his people to become partakers of His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4). Join us as we explore this process of participating in the Sacramental and moral life of Christ by which each individual and all of the Church are transformed into the mystical body of Christ. GOD WITH US ONLINE is an outreach project of the Eparchial Directors of Religious Education (ECED) and the Eastern Catholic Associates (ECA) and is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for a new evangelization. All programs are offered free of charge.

    Liturgical schedule  

    Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. When at St. Philip’s follow the guidelines issued on May 31.  

Mon Jan 25th 4 PM Vespers.
Sat Jan 30th 8 AM Divine Liturgy. Three Holy Hierarchs
Sun  

 

Jan 31st   8:30 AM Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Tone 2.  
       

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.

This week is a fast-free week!  Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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