30 December 2018 – Sunday After Christmas / David, Joseph and James

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 30 – Sunday After Christmas / David, Joseph, and James 

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

 

Monday, December 31 – Melany, Venerable

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Tuesday, January 1 – Circumcision of our Lord and the Feast of St. Basil the Great

9:30 AM         Rybarczyk Family

 

Wednesday, January 2 – Sylvester, Pope

 

Thursday, January 3 – Malachy, Prophet

 

Friday, January 4 – Synaxis of the 70 Apostles

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Saturday, January 5 – Vigil of Theophany (Vespers and Divine Liturgy, blessing of water)

 6:30 PM          Priest’s intention

 

Sunday, January 6 – Theophany of our Lord

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

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

PRAYER REQUESTS

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, Holly Garlow,  Michelle Grana, William Harkness, Virginia Harrington, Michael Hefferon,  Rob Hooper, 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., John Smith,  Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger and all those who serve in the Armed Forces.

 

WEEKLY DEPOSIT

Collection: $3,006.00; Candles: $52.50; Coffee Social: $20.00;  Christmas: $5,240.00; Religious Retirement Fund: $25.00; Property Rental: $380.00; Gift Shop: $75.00; Property Tax Refund: $207.37

TOTAL: $9,005.87

 ATTENDANCE: 12/23-36; 12/24-42; 12/25-40

HISTORY RELIVED

In the life of Jesus, we can see the history of Israel relived.  As Israel was led out of Egypt by God, so did God’s only begotten Son undergo an exodus from Egypt (Matthew 2: 20).  The Israelites passed through the waters of the Jordan, and so did Jesus, who was then led into the desert and tempted.  Jesus is the head of the new people of God, called out of bondage to Satan and the sinful life of the world.  The Israelites, who had been Pharaoh’s slaves, were brought out of Egypt by the Lord’s mighty hand.  As people of the new covenant, we have been delivered by the cross of Christ.

 

King Herod’s decision to search out and destroy the newborn King reveals the effects of sin on a mind which is fixed on its own comfort and protection.  Even today, we see evidence of this type of thinking when people seek to destroy life in order to protect themselves, their ambitions and pleasures.  Fallen humanity is indeed depraved and without sense.  Who can rescue it from this pattern of death?

 

In these days of Christmas, the Church would have us know with assurance that Jesus is our rescuer (Romans 7: 24-25).  Jesus Christ has come to save us.  He is the one who can restore humanity to God’s original purpose; to be daughters and sons of God patterned after his own Son, who gave his life so that others may live.  The Lord alone can soften and transform peoples’ hearts so that they seek life, rather than death.

 

We have been given the Holy Spirit to instruct us in the new life Jesus won for us on the cross.  Every day we can be saved from sin, discouragement or unbelief.  In Christ, we can know victory over the prince of this age and live as daughters and sons of God.  Jesus is the one who can deliver us from bondage and lead us out of exile.

 

HOUSE BLESSING

On the feast of Theophany water is blessed in the Byzantine Church.  This newly blessed water is also used for the blessing of houses.  If you wish to have your home blessed, please fill out the form below and deposit it in the collection basket.

 

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May 2019 be a blessed, a happy and a healthy year for all of you!

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