WEEKLY SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, January 13 – Sunday after Theophany     

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

 

Monday, January 14 – Venerable Fathers of Sinai and Raitho

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Tuesday, January 15 – Paul and John, Venerables

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Wednesday, January 16 -Veneration of the Chains of Peter

 

Thursday, January 17 -Anthony the Great, Venerable

 

Friday, January 18 – Athanasius & Cyril, Archbishops

8:30 AM          Moleben for Vocations

 

Saturday, January 19 – Macarius, Venerable

8:30 AM          +Irene Schultz

 

Sunday, January 20 – 35th Sunday after Pentecost  

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

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

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, 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: $1,315.00; Candles:66.99; Coffee Social: $17.00; Holy Day: $875.00; Church Improvement: $390.00; Initial Offering: $80.00

TOTAL: $2,743.99 / ATTENDANCE: 43

UPCOMING

  • February 2nd: Solemnity of the Encounter of our Lord with Simeon., Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM.
  • February 19th, 20th & 21st:  Parish Enhancement Workshops at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ; topics Financial Management, Safe Environment & Evangelization.

 

REPENT

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4: 17).”  That was Jesus’ message, his first sermon, after He was baptized.  Two words from the Greek – metanoia and eggizo – will give us a better understanding of what this message means.

 

Metanoia is translated as “repent,” which we are told means to change, or to turn around.  But, metanoia can also mean to “think differently.”  More than merely changing our direction or our habits, it implies that we must come to an entirely new way of thinking.  Weight loss experts tell us that dieting alone does not work: what is necessary is a new way of life, and that requires a change in mindset.  So, too, it is with repentance.  We need to keep our focus constantly on the goal – the kingdom of God – and our actions will follow.

 

“At hand” is an idiom of the English language that can be taken to mean “nearby,” as in distance of space, or it could mean “almost upon us,” as in time However, the Greek word eggizo can also be rendered “made near” or “is now approachable.”  What was before an unreachable goal; for sinners is now brought near to us by Christ’s atoning death on the cross.

The kingdom has been made available to us.  The gates are open.  Christ has done his part.  Now, it is time for us to think differently about our relationship to God and act in a new way that reflects this realization.

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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