14 January 2018 – Sunday of Zacchaeus / 32nd Sunday After Pentecost

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, January 14 – 32nd Sunday after Pentecost / Sunday of Zacchaeus               

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

 

Monday, January 15 – Paul and John, Venerables              

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Tuesday, January 16 -  Veneration of the Chains of Peter          

11:00 AM            +Alice & +Bill Kownacki

 

Wednesday, January 17 – Anthony the Great, Venerable

 

Thursday, January 18 – Athanasius & Cyril, Archbishops

 

Friday, January 19 – Macarius, Venerable                 

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Saturday, January 20 – Euthymius the Great, Venerable               

8:30 AM          +Irene Schultz

 

Sunday, January 21 – Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee                 

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Mike Mina, Coffee Social: Alicia Fletes & Alma Gutierrez

11:00 AM        ECF Classes

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember the following people in your prayers: Rev. Tony Bu֙֙s, C.R., Deacon Craig Anderson, Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John, Julie Carlin, Andrea Castañeda, Sr. Christopher, OSBM, Christine Di Nubila, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Rev. Marcus Gamori,  Aurora Garcia,  Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Michael Hefferon, Debbie Hoff, Rob Hooper,  Rev. Ed Jaskula, C.R., Chris Johnson, Maria Kasperek, Patricia Kurczak, Bishop Robert Kurtz, C.R., Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Toni Martin, Marg Mauro, Juan Gabriel Martinez, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike,  Shannon O’Neill, Rev. Michael OPsuch, C.R., Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Tanya Petach,  Rev. Norbert Raszeja, C.R., Suzanne Reinhart, Ashley Rodriguez, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Rev. Tom Wojciechowski, C.R.,Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger, Henry Zugger, all those who serve in the Armed Forces.

 

WEEKLY DEPOSIT

Collection: $1,379.00; Candles: $60.69; Holy Day: $645.00; Church Improvement: $380.00; Coffee Social: $30.00; Initial Offering: $75.00

TOTAL: $2,569.69 / ATTENDANCE: 58

BISHOP’S APPEAL 2018

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal will begin in January.  The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office.  This year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks made to Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Eparchy.

 

PILGRIM VOCATION ICON PROGRAM

This week the Shewmon family receives the Icon into their home for a week of prayer.  Next Sunday, January 21st, Steve Sumandra will receive the icon.  Volunteers to pray for vocations are still needed for 2018, sign-up sheet is located in the church foyer.

ALL SOULS SATURDAY

Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends.  In 2018, the first All Souls Saturday is February 3rd.  Using the envelope provided in your packet or on a sheet of paper, please submit the names of those you wish to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy on these five Saturdays.  Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated; if the list of names is the same as last year, simply write “same as last year,” or write “add the following names to my list.”  Return your requests to the parish office by mail or by placing them in the collection basket.  Deadline for returns is Sunday, January 28th.

 

SALVATION IS A PROCESS

Salvation is not magic or automatic.  Just the fact that we have been baptized, married in the Church or even have a church funeral does not ensure that we are saved.  Salvation is something that we actually have to work out in cooperation with God.  We actually have to deliberately enter into this process or we can choose to ignore it.  But, the consequences of our choices are huge.  They are eternal.  This is a matter of eternal life or eternal death.

 

So, what must I do to be saved?  According to the Fathers of the Church, there are two aspects of this process of salvation.  First, there is the cleansing of passions, and second, there is the winning of the virtues.  The passions, as used here, are often referred to as the capital sins: pride, vainglory, gluttony, lust, anger, etc.  Abstinence, moderation, silence and simplicity are key ingredients in overcoming the passions.

 

The Great Fast (beginning February 12th) is full of immense joy for it is a time for drawing ever closer to the Lover of our souls Who says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

 

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