28 October 2018 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday, October 28 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost                 

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s


Monday, October 29 – Anastasia, Venerable Martyr

8:30 AM          Acathist to the Theotokos – Part A


Tuesday, October 30 – Zenobius and Zenobia, Martyrs

8:30 AM          Acathist to the Theotokos – Part B


Wednesday, October 31 – Bl. Theodore Romza


Thursday, November 1 – Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenaries


Friday, November 2 – Akindynos and Others, Martyrs

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Saturday, November 3 – Acepsimas and Others, Martyrs

8:30 AM          +Rev. Richard Roach, SJ by Jerome Parrot


Sunday, November 4 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost                

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Mike Mina, Coffee Social: Keogh Family

11:00 AM           ECF Classes


Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, Bob Brock, Julie Carlin, Andrea Castaña,  Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores,  Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Michael Hefferon,  Rob Hooper, Rev. Basil Hutsko,   Rev. Ed Jaskula, C.R., Chris Johnson, Patricia Kurczak,  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, Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Tanya Petach,  Fred Reinhart, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger, Henry Zugger, all those who serve in the Armed Forces.



Collection: $1,185.00; Candles: $32.00; Coffee Social: $14.00; Holy Day: $10.00; Church Improvement: $70.00: Priests’ Health Insurance: $225.00; Loan Repayment: $1,608.77; AT&T Refund: $131.82; Property Rent: $200.00

TOTAL: $3,476.59 / ATTENDANCE – 44


  • November 4th through 18th: Thanksgiving food collection for the homeless and the needy.  Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the basket before the St. Nicholas icon.  The collected food items will be distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society chapter at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Sherman Oaks.
  • November 4th: Return to Pacific Standard Time, set clocks and watches back ONE HOUR.
  • November 6th: Election Day, get out and vote!
  • November 7th: Vigil of Archangel Michael and all Angels, Vespers and Divine Liturgy at 7:30 PM; on Thursday, November 8th, Moring Prayer at 8:30 AM
  • November 9-10: Eastern Catholic Bible Conference – A Walk through the Gospel of St. Matthew, will be held at Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church, 2235 Galahad Rd, San Diego , CA 92123, Ph. 858-277-5511.  The featured speakers are: Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo, Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo & Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier; the cost per participant is $30.  Register at ECBIBLEFALL2018.evenbrite.com.
  • November 15th: The beginning of the “Philip’s Fast” in preparation for the feast of the Nativity of our Lord, simple abstinence is encouraged every Wednesday and is observed every Friday during this time.



Thank you to all who have participated in the Annual Priests’ Medical Insurance collection.  As you are well aware, medical insurance is expensive.  This collection helps lessen the burden on the Eparchial financial resources which pays the difference between the actual premium and what is contributed by the parishes.  Due to your generous participation in this annual collection, our parish has collected $5,345.00.  If you missed the collection on October 14th, you still have an opportunity to participate.  Thank you and God bless!



And more specifically, why does the Lord allow demons to continue to roam the earth and drag his creation into sin?  In his commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Blessed Theophylact writes: “The Lord permits [the demons] to remain upon the earth in order that they might fight and contend with men and thus make men tested veterans.  For if man had no adversaries, there would be no struggles and contests; and if there were no contests, there would be no crowns of victory.”  The demons are here so that we may grow in holiness, so that we may attain victory.  The demons tempt us to sin.  Yet, we know that God will never allow temptations that we cannot bear; He will always provide the grace we need to the victory.  We choose to follow the temptation into sin, instead of turning to God and relying on his grace.


Anyone who chooses evil and the way of sin is possessed and controlled by his passions, and invites the demons to come and live in him.  This person lives in the “tombs,” and is spiritually dead and left to destroy himself.  We do not have to wind up in this condition.  Christ has won the victory over the demons [death and sin].  We have only to commit ourselves to Christ.  To accept the healing, the life and the salvation that Jesus offers us.  And if we truly love God, if we truly desire his healing, we will turn from the acts of sin and the demons, and follow in the path of the Gospel.


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