Sunday, February 18 – 1st Sunday of The Great Fast / The Sunday of Othrodoxy               

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

11:00 AM          ECF Classes


Monday, February 19 - Archippus, Apostle

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, February 20 – Leo of Catania, Bishop


Wednesday, February 21 – Day of simple abstinence / Timothy, Venerable

7:30 PM – Pre-sanctified Liturgy


Thursday, February 22 – Finding of the Relics of the Martyrs of Eugenia


Friday, February 23 – Day of simple abstinence / Polycarp, Bishop-Martyr

8:30 AM – Liturgical Hour


Saturday, February 24 – First & Second Findings of the Head of John the Baptist

9:30 AM         Intention of All Souls


Sunday, February 25 – 2nd Sunday of The Great Fast

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Mike Mina, Reader: Matthew Wiggins, Coffee Social: Nancy Sumandra &Peter Mugar



Please remember the following people in your prayers: Bob Brock, 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,  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 Osuch, C.R., Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Tanya Petach,  Rev. Norbert Raszeja, C.R., Fred Reinhart, Ashley Rodriguez, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Rev. Paul Smith, CR, 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.


Collection: $1,415.00; Candles: $50.93; Coffee Social: $30.00; Church Improvement: $60.00

TOTAL: $1,560.93 / ATTENDANCE: 60


The Annual Bishop’s Appeal began in January.  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.  Our parish goal is $12,650.00.  Please support the Annual Appeal to the best of your financial ability, BUT PLEASE SUPPORT IT!



This week John Michnya receives the Icon into his home for a week of prayer.  Next Sunday, February 25th, Fr. Mel will receive the icon.  Volunteers to pray for vocations are still needed for 2018, sign-up sheet is located in the church foyer.


Fasting and Feasting

Lenten fasting is not something negative, but something positive.  We fast from certain things in order to feast on others.  W.A. Ward expressed it well:

“Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.

Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.

Fast from worry; feast on God’s blessed assurance.

Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unrelenting prayer.

Fast from bitterness; feast on compassion and forgiveness

Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.

Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.

Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion; feast on trust.

Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from seeming darkness; feast on the realities of Light.

Fast from and resentment; feast on love and good will.

Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.

Fast from the problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that strengthens life.”

 (Coniaris, Anthony M., The Message of the Sunday Gospel Readings, VOL I, pg. 150.)

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