10 March 2019 – First Sunday of the Great Fast / Sunday of Orthodoxy

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Sunday, March 10 – First Sunday of the Great Fast / Sunday of Orthodoxy

9:30 AM        Parishioners of St. Mary’s

11:00 AM      ECF Classes


Monday, March 11 - Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem

8:30 AM        Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, March 12 – Theophane, Venerable-Confessor


Wednesday, March 13 – Translation of the Relics of Nicephorus, Patriarch (day of simple abstinence)

7:30 PM        Pre-sanctified Liturgy


Thursday, March 14 -Benedict, Venerable


Friday, March 15 – Agapius and Others, Martyrs (day of simple abstinence)

8:30 AM        Acathist to Christ


Saturday, March 16- 2nd All Souls Saturday

8:30 AM 


Sunday, March 17 – 2nd Sunday of the Great Fast

9:30 AM        Parishioners of St. Mary’s

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



Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender, Ken & John Bosak, Jackie Brait, Julie Carlin, Andrea Castaña, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Holly Garlow, Michelle Grana, 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, 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.



Collection: $1,445.00; Candles: $45.91; Coffee Social: $21.00; Church Improvement: $375.00; Property Rent: $205.00

TOTAL: $2,091.91 / ATTENDANCE: 35



  • March 24th: Visit by Bishop John Pazak, C.Ss.R., Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM.



The Eparchial Appeal began in January. Again this year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Phoenix, write “Eparchial Appeal 2019” in the memo. Our parish goal this year is $15,177.61. Please support the Annual Appeal to the best of your financial ability. BUT, PLEASE SUPPORT IT!



Once again, the Eparchy of Phoenix will be hosting this annual retreat for girls, teens and women on June 28 – 30, 2019. The theme for this year’s retreat is “Finding Martha and Mary in each of us – using both to be a courageous witness for our Byzantine Catholic Faith.” The retreat will be held at Madonna Retreat Center in Albuquerque, NM. Fuller details will soon be available on the Eparchial website, attendees will have the option of registering online or by mail. You may also contact Pani Janet Escobedo at escobedo7174@msn.com or 505-720-8012.



“A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us today for the teachings of the True Faith shine forth in all their glory. The Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy icons which have been restored. God has granted to the faithful a unity of mind.” (Matins for the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy) Today, we are called to reflect upon the wealth of spiritual treasure given us through the iconographic tradition of the Byzantine Catholic Church. We recall the importance of icons in our lives by commemorating the “Triumph of Orthodoxy)” in the early 9th Century when the proclamation of the validity of the theology of the veneration of icons was solemnly reaffirmed with the defeat of the iconoclastic heresy. As with every Sunday, we celebrate the triumph of Christ with his Resurrection. Today’s commemoration is important not only because of the teaching and tradition of iconography which has blossomed forth from it, but also because of the intrinsic value of the genuine witness of the Catholic Church to the truth of its teaching about the mysteries of our salvation in Christ. “The Holy Church presents an image, and icon of God (St. Maximus).” As an icon of God, the Church reflects the glory of God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ who radiates this heavenly glory of God personally by allowing the divine light of Christ to increase in our lives. “As a precious adornment, the Church of Christ has received the venerable and holy icons of Christ in Savior, of the Most Holy God-bearer and of all the saints. Celebrating now their triumphal restoration, the Church is made bright with grace and splendor.” (Vespers for Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy)

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