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

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s


Monday, March 18 - Cyril of Jerusalem, Archbishop

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, March 19 – Chyrsanthu & Daria, Martyrs


Wednesday, March 20 – Venerable Fathers of the St. Sabbas Monastery (day of simple abstinence)

7:30 PM           Pre-sanctified Liturgy


Thursday, March 21 – James of Catania, Bishop-Confessor


Friday, March 22 – Basil of Ancrya, Priest-Martyr (day of simple abstinence)

8:30 AM            Liturgical Hour


Saturday, March 23 - 3rd All Souls Saturday                

8:30 AM


Sunday, March 24 – 3rd Sunday of the Great Fast                   

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor : Steve Petach, Reader: Ken Bosak, Coffee Social: Nancy & Mark Sumandra



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: $1,207.70; Candles: $38.34; Coffee Social: $18.00; Church Improvement: $80.00; Holy Day: $5.00; Flowers: $340.00

TOTAL: $1,689.04 / ATTENDANCE: 41


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



The Eparchial Appeal began in January.  Please support the Annual Eparchial Appeal to the best of your financial ability, BUT PLEASE SUPPORT IT!

GOAL: $12,925.00 / PLEDGED: $1,747.61* / RECEIVED: $1,747.61*

Thank you to the following parishioners who have made their pledges to the Annual Eparchial Appeal: Ophelia De La Garza, Carol & Ed Golya, Margaret Haas, Melvin Rybarczyk, CR, Elizabeth & Alan Shewman, Nancy Sumandra, Judith & William Zimmerman, Marisa & Patrick Zimmerman

(*As of 28 February 2019, report sent to the parish at the end of the month.)



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.



The season of the Great Fast is a model of the whole Christian life, an example of what we Byzantine Catholic Christians should be doing all our life on earth.  Through the power of Jesus Christ, we are being transfigured into reflections of God himself.  Our lives should be a constant movement toward God.  This can be done by placing ourselves in his presence daily through reading and meditating on the Sacred Scripture readings for the day; by examining the everyday deeds of our lives; and by being motivated in all our actions by Jesus and his love of the human race.  The Bible reveals to us the chaos that results when we are not living God-centered lives.  When the power of God heals or when we are touched by the forgiveness of Christ, we can discern how a person will become renewed and will turn back to God as shown to us in today’s gospel reading about the paralytic (MK 2: 1-12).  The observance of the Great Fast is meant to help us leave behind the chaotic condition of sin, so that we can become genuinely sincere human beings.  It has been said: “Not to be God-like means not to be human.”


O Lord, our God, You call us to walk without fault as the righteous do.

We are your children who have been forgive all our sins and transgressions.

Help us to walk in a manner worthy of your daughters and sons.

Help us to live in total self-surrender to You!  Amen.

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