Bulletin for Jun 14, 2020

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. Ignatius of Antioch

I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the Bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible. (Letter to the Romans 7:3)

Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: For there is one flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of his blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery… (Letter to the  Philadelphians 4:1)

They [i.e. the Gnostics] abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in his goodness, raised up again. (Letter to Smyrnians 7:1)

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the document sent to you on May 31. Bishop Thomas has now ended the dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance, which means we are encouraged to fully resume public prayer and sacramental life in our parish. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. 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.
  • Last Sunday, 60+ souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in: tithes $; donations $, Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. George, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth.
  • Global Rosary Relay for Priests on June 19. St. Philip’s is joining, once again, in prayer for our priests. Our time slot is 5:45 AM – we will pray the Akathist to the Holy Mother of God and insert kontakia to honor the sorrowful mysteries of the Holy Rosary. After we send off the relay, we’ll celebrate Divine Liturgy at 6:30. All are welcome to attend.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Sale. Organized by our youth group “Fellowship of the Lake,”this fundraiser is to benefit our annual retreat trip at the lake. Since our lodging is costly this year, we are in need of sponsors and fundraising. Please consider stocking your freezer with good quality homemade treats – original cookie recipe and Leatherby’s vanilla/choc mint/cookies ‘n cream ice cream. You can order by filling out the form (on the attached flier) and giving it to Fr. Francis (parish office/collection basket) or simply put your order into an email and send to frmurin@ephx.org. You must order by June 25, pickup or deliveries on July 1.
  • Apostles’ Fast, also known as Peter’s Fast, began on June 8 (it concludes on the Eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28). This is one of the four fasting seasons in our liturgical year. No special fasting rule has been issued by our bishop, the faithful can at minimum observe abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Construction update. Our construction is on hold, to complete the bell tower, we need to wait for a tall lift. Almost there! The final cost of the new roof will be published in a future bulletin. If you would like to contribute to this project, simply mark your donation “new roof” and we’ll use it to pay the bill. Thank you for your generosity. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.

    Eparchial Appeal 2020 concluded on May 31. We have reached our monetary goal, but have fallen short of 100% participation. If you have it in your heart to contribute a symbolic amount to this year’s Appeal, you can do so, use the pledge card that was mailed to your home, or ask Fr. Francis for one. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix. To donate online, go to: http://ephx.org/giving/.

    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

 

Jun 15th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.  
Wed

 

Jun 17th 5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.  
Fri

 

Jun 19th 5:45 AM Akathistos (in union with Global Rosary Relay for Priests)

6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Holy Apostle Jude.
Sun

 

Jun 21st 8:30 Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. During the time of Apostles’ fast, we are encouraged to take on a stricter fasting discipline. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for Jun 7, 2020 – Sunday of All Saints

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 …

Anonymous: “Mother of God, [listen to] my petitions; do not disregard us in adversity, but rescue us from danger” (Rylands Papyrus 3 [A.D. 350]).

St. Clement of Alexandria

In this way is he [the true Christian] always pure for prayer. He also prays in the society of angels, as being already of angelic rank, and he is never out of their holy keeping; and though he pray alone, he has the choir of the saints standing with him [in prayer]

Origen

Now the one great virtue according to the Word of God is love of one’s neighbor. We must believe that the saints who have died possess this love in a far higher degree towards the ones engaged in the combat of life than those who are still subject to human weakness and involved in the combat along with their weaker brethren. The words ‘If one member suffer anything, all the members suffer with it, or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it’ are not confined to those on earth who love their brethren. For the words apply just as much to the love of those who have left this present life…’their solicitude for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized and I am not inflamed?

St. Epiphanius

Furthermore, as to mentioning the names of the dead, how is there anything very useful in that? What is more timely or more excellent than that those who are still here should believe that the departed do live, and that they have not retreated into nothingness, but that they exist and are alive with the Master? And so that this most august proclamation might be told in full, how do they have hope, who are praying for the brethren as if they were but sojourning in a foreign land? Useful too is the prayer fashioned on their behalf, even if it does not force back the whole of guilty charges laid to them.

St. Jerome

You say in your book that while we live we are able to pray for each other, but afterwards when we have died, the prayer of no person for another can be heard; and this is especially clear since the martyrs, though they cry vengeance for their own blood, have never been able to obtain their request. But if the Apostles and martyrs while still in the body can pray for others, at a time when they ought still be solicitous about themselves, how much more will they do so after their crowns, victories, and triumphs.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Neither are the souls of the pious dead separated from the Church which even now is the Kingdom of Christ. Otherwise there would be no remembrance of them at the altar of God in the communication of the Body of Christ.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the documents sent to you on May 31. Bishop Thomas has now ended the dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance, which means we are encouraged to fully resume public prayer and sacramental life in our parish. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. 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.
  • Last Sunday, 60+ souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in: tithes $; donations $, candles $, gift shop $, Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. George, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John.
  • Apostles’ Fast, also known as Peter’s Fast, begins on June 8 (it concludes on the Eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28). This is one of the four fasting seasons in our liturgical year. No special fasting rule has been issued by our bishop, the faithful can at minimum observe abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Construction update. New roof installation is almost complete. The final cost of the new roof will be published in a future bulletin. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 concluded on May 31. We have reached our monetary goal, but have fallen short of 100% participation. If you have it in your heart to contribute a symbolic amount to this year’s Appeal, you can do so, use the pledge card that was mailed to your home, or ask Fr. Francis for one. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • 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

 

Jun 8th 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Wed

 

Jun 10th 5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.  
Sun

 

Jun 14th 8:45 Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Reader: Richard Agayoff. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Amy Seyfried.
       

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

Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. During the time of Apostles’ fast, we are encouraged to take on a stricter fasting discipline. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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Bulletin for May 31, 2020 – Pentecost

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 of the Ladder

If the Holy Spirit is peace of soul, as He is said to be, and as He is in reality, and if anger is disturbance of heart, as it actually is and as it is said to be, then nothing so prevents His presence in us as anger.

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St.Cyril of Jerusalem

‘And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:3-4). They partook of fire, not of burning but of saving fire; of fire which consumes the thorns of sins, but gives luster to the soul. This is now coming upon you also, and that to strip away and consume your sins which are like thorns, and to brighten yet more that precious possession of your souls, and to give you grace; for He gave it then to the Apostles. And He sat upon them in the form of fiery tongues, that they might crown themselves with new and spiritual diadems by fiery tongues upon their heads. A fiery sword barred of old the gates of Paradise; a fiery tongue which brought salvation restored the gift.

St. Gregory the Great

‘And my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ My friends, consider the greatness of this solemn feast that commemorates God’s coming as a guest into our hearts! If some rich and influential friend were to come to your home, you would promptly put it all in order for fear something there might offend your friend’s eyes when he came in. Let all of us then who are preparing our inner homes for God cleanse them of anything our wrongdoing has brought into them.

Announcements

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the document that follows the bulletin below. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues (you can follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook), 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.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $, Building Fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. George, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Construction update. The asbestos removal phase is now completed, our final bill is $. It will be financed from building fund donation received from the Walter Gerlach bequest. New roof installation is underway. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 concludes this week. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 7 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Mon

 

Jun 1st 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Pentecost Monday.
Wed

 

Jun 3rd 5:30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.  
Sun

 

Jun 7th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday of All Saints.
       

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

This Friday is a fast-free day, in celebration of Pentecost. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.

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In Sacramento, May 30, 2020.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Below you can find the guidelines for our church services during the time of Covid-19 quarantine. Our main reference is the Policy Statement issued on May 14 by the Eparchy of Phoenix, and current Sacramento County guidelines regarding resuming church activities.

  • Sunday obligation remains dispensed until further notice.
  • All parish activities outside of liturgical celebrations are suspended until further notice.
  • Individuals who come in contact with sick persons, or are in high risk of contracting the virus, or who show any symptoms of sickness* should stay home and join the parish service via Facebook live streaming.
  • Upon arrival for the church service, you may find the church filled to the allowed capacity which at this time is 65 persons.** Please notify the cantor or usher that you will pray in the parish hall or in your car and follow the service via Facebook on your phone and they will ask father to bring you Holy Communion.
  • The faithful are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks or gloves.
  • Doors will be propped open so that contact with the doors is not required. Limit icon veneration to a bow with the sign of the cross, avoid touching surfaces or kissing icons.
  • The faithful are encouraged to wipe surfaces in their seating area prior to the prayer service, disinfectant wipes are in the entry way to the church.
  • Individuals or households must maintain at least 6ft distance at all times, please keep your children with your family at all times.
  • Holy Communion is given with a spoon, please practice the proper way of receiving Holy Communion (open your mouth wide, slightly recline your head and wait until priest places Holy Communion in your mouth, you do not say ‘Amen’) Families should approach for Holy Communion together, preferably large families at the end.***
  • Pew books are located in the entry way, they have been wiped with disinfectant, take one if you plan to use it, leave it in the pew after the service, all books will be disinfected between services.
  • To the extent possible we will utilize 100% outdoor air.

    Fr. Francis Murin, Pastor

    *Individuals are encouraged to scan for symptoms before leaving home – especially elevated body temperature, possible breathin difficulties and cough.

    **County guidelines allow for 25% of the building occupancy attendance, up to the maximum of 100 persons.

    ***All sacred vessels are cleansed and sanitized for every liturgical service. Priest washes/sanitizes his hands at the time of preparation of the gifts and preparation of the gifts for Holy Communion to avoid any suspicion of contamination. In case of accidental contact with the spoon during Holy Communion, the spoon is replaced for a clean one.

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