09 February 2020 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Posted February 5, 2020 By Admin



Sunday, February 9 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son
9:30 AM        Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Monday, February 10 – Charalampus, Martyr
8:30 AM         Morning Prayer


Tuesday, February 11 – Blase, Bishop-Martyr


Wednesday, February 12 – Meletius, Archbishop


Thursday, February 13 – Martinian, Venerable


Friday, February 14 - Death of Cyril, Apostle to the Slavs
8:30 AM       Morning Prayer


Saturday, February 15 – 1st All Souls Saturday
8:30 AM        +Deceased members and family of St. Mary’s


Sunday, February 16 – Sunday of Meat Fare
9:30 AM        Divine Liturgy
Coffee Social – Carol & Ed Golya


Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender, Ken Bosak, Julie Carlin, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla, Lupita & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Larry Goodwin, Holly Garlow, Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Jeanne Hart, Michael Hefferon, Rob Hooper, Chris Johnson, Ken Kokason, 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, Tanya Petach, Casandra Porch, Diane Romano, Paul Saucedo, Kathleen Savko, Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Karole Woods, Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger and all those who
serve in the Armed Forces.


Tithe: $1769.25; Candles: $44.00; Coffee Social: $23.00; Church Improvements: $960.00;
Holydays: $275.00; Property Rentals: $1,400.00; Initial Offering: $5.00

TOTAL: $4,476.25 / ATTENDANCE – 67


  • Feb. 15th: This season’s first “All-Souls Saturday” is February 15. Remember to give Father Michael the names of any family members who dies this past year. May their memory be eternal!


Meatfare Week

This coming week is Meatfare Week. “Meatfare” means “festival of meat”. We Byzantine Catholics ease into the lenten season by giving up the foods we will abstain from during the Great Fast little by little. Our bishops have asked us to give up, together, at least meat on every Wednesday and Friday of the fast, and meat and dairy on Clean Monday (first day of the Great Fast) and Great and Holy (“Good”) Friday. Traditionally, Byzantine Catholics abstain from meat, dairy, alcohol and oil (items cooked in oil) for the entire 40 days. We kick off this season then, by eating all the meat in the house during Meatfare (festival of meat) Week, and all the dairy in the house during Chessefare (festival of dairy) Week. We’ll be hearing a lot about why we will abstain and fast in the coming weeks, but for this week enjoy eating “all the meats!!”. (As you see on your wall calendar, we still fast from meat, as usual, on this Friday.)


Parish Updates

-It seems bees have made a temporary home in the southwest corner of the church. Professionals will be finding them a more permanent, if less holy, home soon.

-We have chosen an arborist to take down the big dead tree in front of Father John’s house. It will come down soon.

-When Father Michael was in Phoenix for the FOCUS Conference last month, he was a guest on the “Clerically Speaking” podcast talking about our Byzantine Catholic Church and faith. You can search for “Clerically Speaking” on iTunes and find episode 74.

-Father Michael’s friend Scott needs your continued prayers. He remains in hospice care during the last stage of his battle with cancer.

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