08 OCTOBER 2017 18th Sunday After Pentecost

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Sunday, October 8 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost                

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

11:00 AM          ECF Classes


Monday, October 9 – James Alpheus, Apostle       

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, October 10 – Eluampius & Eulampia, Martyrs        

11:00 AM            Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting on 10/01/17.


Wednesday, October 11 – Phillip, Deacon-Apostle / John XXIII, Pope


Thursday, October 12 – Probus and Others, Martyrs


Friday, October 13 – Carpus and Others, Martyrs   

8:30 AM          Moleben for Vocations


Saturday, October 14 – Paraskevia, Venerable      

8:30 AM          Health of Alicia Fletes


Sunday, October 15 – Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council     

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Ken Bosak, Coffee Social: Carol & Ed Golya



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: $1,869.50; Candles: $50.86;  Coffee Social: $34.00; Holy Day: $325.00; Church Improvement: $380.00; Priests’ Medical Insurance: $4,911.00

TOTAL: $7,565.36 / ATTENDANCE: 114


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



This week Anne Seabright receives the Icon into her home for a week of prayer.  Next Sunday, October 15th, Steve Sumandra will receive the Icon.  Volunteers to pray for vocations are still needed, sign-up sheet is located in the church foyer.



Thank you to: the clean-up and set-up crew before and after the event: those who prepared and brought delicious and nutritious foods; and all who made the Annual Family Day and Parochial Celebration of Helen Stroka’s 100th Birthday the huge success that it was.


It is not just that Jesus felt sorry for the widow of Nain.  The word that Luke uses to describe this emotion and attitude of Jesus is a passionate word: spalanchnizomai.  It is a word that was used to describe the very deepest, inmost part of our being.  Jesus upon seeing this woman and her grief was moved to the level of his deepest being.  Jesus says to the woman: “Do not cry (Luke 7: 13b).”  How very curious?  It is just the opposite of what we might expect of a sensitive person as they approach one who is mourning a death.  “Go ahead, cry; get it out.”  This is what we most likely are taught to counsel our grieving friends.


Then, Jesus moves up and touches the coffin.  It brought the procession to a standstill, most likely because such a touch would have made Jesus ceremoniously unclean.  One simple did not touch a dead body if one wanted to keep a sense of holiness and purity about one’s life.  The mourners, most likely, were stunned, stopped motionless in their tracks.  However, it demonstrates the lengths that Jesus was willing to go to heal us.  He was willing, not only to be declared unclean, but, as events in his life were to unfold, to be declared cursed, as He took our sin upon the cross, because of his great love for us.


Jesus speaks to the man, commanding him to sit up, which he does (Luke 7: 13b-15a). Not only is the one who was dead now alive, but as a demonstration of such life, he begins to talk.  Ultimately, the raising of the widow’s son is just a prelude to Jesus’ own resurrection and to ours: “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live (John: 11:  26).”

“Live is peace with each other.  Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant.”

Romans 12: 16

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