Bulletin for 26 Sep 2021 – 18th Sunday After Pentecost

O Holy Apostle Philip, Intercede with the merciful God

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s Gospel speaks of a miraculous catch of fish. To better situate the reading we should look at the preceding verses and then we would see that in Christ enters the boat in order to get away from the crowd. Today’s miracle is at the beginning of St Peter’s vocation and has a parallel at another beginning of his mission. This episode in a way is repeated after the resurrection when Peter who denied Christ, is made the head of the Apostolic College. There is the same miraculous catch. A catch which is symbolic of the Church.

This Gospel pericope was very dear to Pope John Paul II who so often spoke of the command ‘Caste in to the deep.’

It is reassuring that the work of saving souls goes on to the end of time and that despite the faults of the fisherman still the nets are filled for it is truly the Lord at work.

This pericope also speaks to us of the confidence that we should have as we endeavor to spread the seeds of the Kingdom.

The Epistle reading reminds us that we should be generous because “God loveth a cheerful giver,” and he is the Generous One who deigns to permit us to be part of His Work.

Announcements

Fr Christopher: This past week: I have returned from San Luis Obispo with a CA driver’s license and a cat. Things went well although there are a few glitches still with the vehicle… This coming week will see more Divine Liturgies. I want to find a ‘default’ setting for the celebration of Divine Liturgies. If you have feedback then please get to me with your ideas so that Liturgy will be available at times at which more of the faithful can assist.

Mystery of First Confession: If you have a child ready to make his or her first confession please see me and I will start by instructing those who need it. This shouldn’t take too long, about 5 weeks and after that I hope that we will be able to relaunch Catechism for the children after Sunday Liturgies. Parents are invited to sit in on the classes, so as to be able to help their children with the homework. Also as part of ‘Safe Environement’ there will be another adult present.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations: Meeting after Divine Liturgy this Sunday.

‘Court of the Gentiles’: As mentioned we will begin with a rapid fire of questions after our brunch in which Fr Christopher will answer questions you may have about the Liturgy, the Parish and upcoming events.

Mr Jeff Lowe: the latest news is that he is recovering from his fight with pneumonia and Covid. Thank you all for your prayers.

* Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Darlene, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda, Dan, Doug.

* Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $, hospitality $, candles $ – Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.

* Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Darlene and Alexis for providing hospitality last week. This Sunday we thank the Cardona family for their preparation of the parish brunch after Divine Liturgy. If you wish to help out please put your name to the signup sheet.

* House visits: if you would like a visit then please contact me as it is important to connect with all the Faithful. Slowly but surely I will get around to visiting you all. I can be reached via cell phone and email as per my contact details on the newsletter mast head.

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Liturgical schedule

Tues  Sep 28th – 5.30 PM Divine Liturgy.

Thurs  Sep 30th – 6.00 PM Divine Liturgy, Feast of the Holy Protection of Mary.

Fri  Oct 1st – 6.30 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of the Holy Protection of Mary

Sun  Oct 3rd – 8:30 AM Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy –  Cantor: Tim Del Castillo, Reader: Richard Agayoff

For Confession, please call Fr. Christopher for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services. If you desire Spiritual Direction then please see Fr Andrews for an appointment during the week so as to allow everyone an opportunity on Sundays for Confessions. Please consider those traveling from long distances.

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

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Bulletin for Sep 19, 2021 – Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The importance of the Cross in our lives is yet shown to us in the final ‘triptych’ of today’s celebration of the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Last Tuesday’s Gospel reading took many snippets from the Passion account of St John. It was as if we were pausing to really take in the image, the icon, of what was going on as Our Lord spoke his final words as he sacrificed Himself for us.

Today’s Gospel helps us to look forward a little, we look forward because now we must apply to our own lives what we have learnt from the Throne of the Cross. “If any man will come after me let him take up his cross and follow me.” The Cross is part of life and a sanctifying part. It is the wonderful instrument wherewith we too may please the Father and bring about the Kingdom as we die to ourselves and live for Christ. Thus the words of the Epistle ring true: “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” This is the royal road of the Cross and this is where we gain our true freedom living like the Master in order to share in his Glory.

Announcements

Fr Francis: On Wednesday after graciously celebrating his last Divine Liturgy for us on, Fr Francis flew to Slovakia. He of course leaves with our prayers and gratitude for all the good he has accomplished here at St Philip’s.

Fr Christopher: This past week : I have  moved into an RV as I await the final move to a cottage around November 1st. I am grateful to all who helped unload the Uhaul truck I drove up from San Luis Obispo. On Friday I was received by Bishop James Soto who extended his welcome to me and offered his help in any way he can to help me settle in. As a suggestion he also invited me to priestly events which will permit me to connect with the local clergy and fellow brother priests.

Next week: I will return to San Luis Obispo, where I will pick up my repaired car. On Monday September 20 I plan to sit the written driver’s test for a California License, since there are less people in San Luis Obispo than in Sacramento. I will return for a Liturgy on Friday night and hope to visit some of the faithful in Modesto, as I return.

Mystery of First Confession:  If you have a child ready to make his or her first confession please see me and I will start by instructing those who need it. This shouldn’t take too long, about 5 weeks and after that I hope that we will be able to relaunch Catechism for the children after Sunday Liturgies. Parents are invited to sit in on the classes, so as to be able to help their children with the homework. Also as part of ‘Safe Environement’ there will be another adult present.

Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Darlene, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda, Dan, Doug.

Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $, hospitality $, candles $ Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.

Golden Jubilee Preparations: Please stay after brunch that we may begin planning for our golden Jubilee.

Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Baker family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Sep 19 – open, Sep 26 – open, Oct 3, open, Oct 10 open.

From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the work of the Lord, and a marvel in our eyes.” The unfaithful servants had the kingdom of God taken from them. Today, our Church needs faithful servants who would answer his calling to marriage, holy orders and the monastic life to bring the kingdom of God to all. Are you being called to discern a religious vocation as a faithful servant? If so, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org

• House visits: if you would like a visit then please contact me as it is important to connect with all the Faithful. Slowly but surely I will get around to visiting you all. I can be reached via cell phone and email as per my contact details on the newsletter mast head.

Liturgical schedule

Fri

Sep 24th

5.30 PM Divine Liturgy.

Sun

Sep 26th

8:30 AM Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday after the Holy Cross. Tone 1. Cantor: Oliver Bardin. Reader: Victor Pacheco.

For Confession, please call Fr. Christopher for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services. If you desire Spiritual Direction then please see Fr Andrews for an appointment during the week so as to allow everyone an opportunity on Sundays for Confessions. Please consider those traveling from long distances.

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

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Bulletin for 12 Sep 2021 – Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

83E42BF4-001B-427B-9E78-8003647C8997Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Byzantine Liturgy really brings before us the importance of the Holy Cross making a triptych, surrounding the feast with commemorations on the Sundays before and after the Feast. As Christians we should be mindful of the Master’s words: “If anyone would follow Me, let him pick up his cross and come after me.” Indeed, the Cross is part of the Christian Life, so that sharing in Christ’s Passion and bearing our own crosses we may share in His glory. The Cross is a noble part of our lives and we see it so often in beautiful Byzantine art. Christ reigns from the Throne of His Cross with arms outstretched to embrace all. Adam our first father, was deceived by the wood of the tree and in a poetic way God deceived the Devil when the Wood of the Cross became the altar of Christ’s sacrifice. Indeed, the horror and shame of the Cross is now the trophy of Christ. Being exalted upon His Cross, Christ reigns gloriously having achieved the ‘Work’ His Father gave Him to do.

Announcements

Fr Francis: Fr Francis will leave us on Wednesday flying home to Slovakia. He will be making preparations for when Pani Kimberly and their daughters join him in a few weeks’ time. Moves are always stressful, so please keep Fr Francis and his family (and goods and belongings sailing across the Atlantic) in your prayers. Finally, Fr Francis has graciously asked permission to celebrate a final Divine Liturgy which will be on Tuesday, September 14, at 6:30 a.m. for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Fr Christopher: Some progress has been made. Fr Christopher will move into a cottage near Presentation Parish around the first of November. Meanwhile a couple from Modesto have most generously lent him their RV. Father will hook up beside a friend he has known for 14 years. Slowly and surely things are coming together. This last week he drove to San Luis Obispo where he was donated furniture from a deceased friend’s estate. Kindly keep Mary Gleason (+) in your prayers.

     This coming week we will have a lighter liturgical schedule as I prepare to move in to the RV. Wednesday and Thursday I will visit families. So sign up and make yourselves known to me. Finally, please pray for my meeting with Bishop Jaime Soto on Friday as this represents a chance to pay my respects to the local Roman Catholic Bishop.

     The following week (Sep 20-24) I will return to San Luis Obispo, where I will pick up my repaired car. On Monday Sep 20 I plan to sit the written driver’s test for a California license, since there are less people in San Luis Obispo than in Sacramento. I will return for a Liturgy on Friday night and hope to visit some of the faithful in Modesto, as I return.

     FINALLY TODAY (Sunday, Sep. 12) volunteers needed (dress accordingly) after Sunday Liturgy to store belongings….

Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Darlene, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda, Dan, Doug, Molly.

Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, hospitality $, candles $. Thank you for your generosity; may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.

Golden Jubilee Preparations:  Please stay after brunch that we may begin planning for our golden Jubilee in November.

Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to all the families for providing hospitality potluck for us last Sunday at the Murin Fare Well. Hospitality signup: Sep 5 – Baker family, Sep 12 – open, Sep 19 – open, Sep 26 – open.

From the Eparchial Vocations Office:  “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Tis is the work of the Lord, and a marvel in our eyes.”  The unfaithful servants had the kingdom of God taken away from them. Today our Church needs faithful servants who would answer His calling to marriage, holy orders, and the monastic life to bring the kingdom of God to all. Are you being called to discern a religious vocation as a faithful servant? If so, contact the Vocations Office at (206) 329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org

Liturgical schedule

Mon

Sep 13

5:30 PM Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Tues

Sep 14

6:30 AM Divine Liturgy

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Fri

Sep 17

5:30 PM Divine Liturgy

Sun

Sep 19

8:30 AM Confessions.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Tone 8. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader:  Tim Del Castillo

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

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

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