Sunday, February 4 - Sunday of Meat Fare                 

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

11:00 AM          ECF Classes


Monday, February 5 - Agatha, Martyr                 

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, February 6 – Bucolus, Bishop

11:00 AM            Health of Niall Kelly


Wednesday, February 7 – Parthenius, Bishop


Thursday, February 8 – Theodore, Great-Martyr


Friday, February 9 – Nicephor, Martyr

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Saturday, February 10 – All Holy Ascetical Fathers and Mothers

8:30 AM          +Colleen Graham


Sunday, February 11 – Sunday of Cheesefare    

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Mike Mina, Reader: Matthew Wiggins, Coffee Social: Helen Stroka & John Michnya



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: $1,384.00; Candles: $47.54; Coffee Social: $40.00; Holy Day: $20.00

TOTAL: $1,491.54 / ATTENDANCE: 44


  • February 12th: Beginning of the Great Fast 2018, a day of STRICT FAST for all Byzantine Catholics (fasting regulations will be review at a later date).



The Annual Bishop’s Appeal will begin in January.  The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office.  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 Rick White receives the Icon into his home for a week of prayer.  Next Sunday, February 11th, the Mike Mina family will receive the icon.  Volunteers to pray for vocations are still needed for 2018, sign-up sheet is located in the church foyer.


Why the big interest in forty days?  The number recalls memories from the past as a people of God.  It reminds us of the forty years Israel wandered in the desert.  As they were led by God to the Promised Land, the Israelites were tested, their faith was strengthened and they learned to know the Lord as the very center of their lives.  In the same way during the Great Fast, we are tested, our faith is deepened and we move toward the fullness of the heavenly kingdom, which is our inheritance.

The number also speaks of the forty days Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism when He resisted temptation, gives himself to a close communion with his Father, the source of his life.  As Jesus embraced his mission as his Father’s servant and our redeemer, so we try to take our own mission as Christians more seriously during the Great Fast.

Finally, the forty days calls to mind Moses and Elijah, who spent that amount of time preparing for important encounters with God.  We too will encounter him in his Paschal Mysteries where He reveals to us who He is, how He loves us, who we are and the real meaning of life.

What should I do during the Great Fast?  Don’t do, rather be a Lenten Christian.  Live the Great Fast style of life.  Remember the basics: you are trying to turn more fully to God and taste more fully the beauty and dignity that are yours as a daughter or a son of God.  You must think about that – which means eliminating some distractions and seriously turn to God.  The Church has three traditional aides for this: fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Why these three?  They are recommended by the Scriptures and Tradition.  They get to the very root of repentance; they help strip away the glitter of a false self, a false view of the world and others; they aid in discovering our true identity and our relationship to God.  Abstinence helps us discover our true hunger for God and our total dependence on him as the source of our life and strength.  Prayer puts us in communion with God.  Almsgiving helps us share God, his gifts and ourselves with others, establishing a true communion with them in the Lord.

To be continued.

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