01 October 2017 17th Sunday After Pentecost – Protection of The Theotokos

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Sunday, October 1 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Protection of the Theotokos

10:00 AM        Parishioners of St. Mary’s

12:00 PM         Family Day luncheon


Monday, October 2 – Cyprian, Bishop-Martyr

11:00 AM        +Mike Kmet


Tuesday, October 3 – Denis the Areopagite, Bishop-Martyr

8:30 AM         Liturgical Hour


Wednesday, October 4 – Hierotheus, Bishop-Martyr / Francis of Assisi


Thursday, October 5 – Charitina, Martyr


Friday, October 6 – Thomas, Apostle                   

8:30 AM         Liturgical Hour


Saturday, October 7 – Sergius and Bacchus, Martyrs               

8:30 AM         Intention of Fr. Adrian Rosca & family


Sunday, October 8 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost                  

9:30 AM        Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Mike Mina, Reader: Matthew Wiggins, Coffee Social: Helen Stroka & John Michnya

11:00 AM        ECF Classes



Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John, Julie Carlin, Christine Di Nubila, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Aurora Garcia,  Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Marilyn Hawse, Michael Hefferon, Rev. Gregory Helminski, C.R., Rob Hooper, Frank Horey, Rev. Ed Jaskula, C.R., Chris Johnson,  Patricia Kurczak, Bishop Robert Kurtz, C.R., Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Marg Mauro, Juan Gabriel Martinez, Diane McDonald, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike,  Shannon O’Neill, Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Tanya Petach, Suzanne Reinhart, Nicholas Rodriguez, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Vidal Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger, Henry Zugger, all those who serve in the Armed Forces.



Collection: $1,611.00; Candles: $49.10;  Coffee Social: $16.00; Holy Day: 80.00; Church Improvement: $70.00; Peter’s Pence: $20.00; Priests’ Medical Insurance: $275.00; Gift Shop: $30.00; Bishop’s Appeal Rebate: $4,576.50

TOTAL: $6,727.60 / ATTENDANCE: 81


  •  October 23rd – 27th: Annual clergy retreat for the Eparchy of Phoenix.



This week Diana, Michael and Nicholas Mina receive the Icon into their home for a week of prayer.  Next Sunday, October 8th, Anne Seabright and family will receive the Icon.  Volunteers to pray for vocations are still needed, sign-up sheet is located in the church foyer.


1.  Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.

2.  Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home.

3.  Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 4% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.

4.  Avoid traveling by air, rail or water because 16% of all accidents involves these forms of


5.  Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in hospitals.  So, above all avoid hospitals!

6.  However, you will pleased to know that only 001% of all deaths occur at worship service in church, and these are generally related to previous physical disorders.  Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you, or anyone, to be at any given time is church!  Reading and studying the Bible is also safe as the percentage of deaths at this exercise is even less.

So…for safety’s sake – attend church and read/study your Bible, it could save your life!



The man who makes your misery his policy, who sets snares for your feet, who twists your words, and is never happier than when he is slowly dropping bitterness into your cup: your enemy, love him.  “love him for my sake,” says Jesus.  Love him, “even as I have loved you.”  But love him because your enemy is first an enemy to himself.  The bitterness which he drops into your cup has poisoned his own cup.  Forget the superficial injury he inflicts on you and think of the fatal injury he is inflicting upon himself.  On your part, he creates bitterness, on his part, he commits suicide.


St. John of Kronstadt writes in his book, The Life of Christ, the following: “Every person that does any evil, that gratifies any passion, is sufficiently punished by the evil he has committed, by the passion he serves, but chiefly by the fact that he withdraws himself from God, and God withdraws himself from him.  It would be insane, therefore, and most inhuman to nourish anger against such a man.  It would be the same as to drown a sinking man, or push into the fire a person who is already being devoured by the flame. To such a man, as to one in danger of perishing, we must show double love and pray fervently to God for him not judging him, not rejoicing at his misfortune.”  Instead of returning hate for hate, which only multiplies hate, we should return love for hate because only love can break the vicious circle.

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