WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, January 6 – Theophany of Our Lord                  

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

 

Monday, January 7 – Synaxis of John the Baptist

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Tuesday, January 8 – George, Dominica, and Emilian, Venerable

 

Wednesday, January 9 – Polyeuct, Martyr

 

Thursday, January 10 – Gregory of Nyssa, Bishop

8:30 AM          Acathist to the Theotokos, part A

 

Friday, January 11 – Theodosius, Venerable

8:30 AM          Acathist to the Theotokos, part B

 

Saturday, January 12 – Saturday after Theophany

8:30 AM          +Alice & +Bill Kownacki

 

Sunday, January 13 – Sunday after Theophany     

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Mike Mina, Coffee Social: O’Neill family

11:00 AM          ECF Classes

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, Bob Brock, 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: $1,650.00; Candles: $90.25; Coffee Social: $10.00;  Religious Retirement Fund: $250.00; Gift Shop: $10.00

TOTAL: $2,010.25 / ATTENDANCE: 40

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.

WHY WAS JESUS BAPTIZED?

Through sin, we had exiled ourselves impossibly far from God and from the life He created us to share with him.  To rectify this situation, He sent his only-begotten Son to come get us.  In order to come and get us, He had to become one of us.  The Son of God “came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.”

 

However, it was not enough for Jesus to simply take on human flesh, human nature.  For our alienation from God and from his life, was not the result of our own “incarnation,” of bearing flesh, nor of our human nature – which, like everything else God has created, is essentially very good – but our sinfulness, our fallen human nature.  And where do sinful people need to go, what must they do, in order to get back on the right path again, the path that leads to God?  They must repent and extinguish their old lives in the waters of baptism and rise from them into a new life, consecrated to God.  Thus, Jesus’ example leads us back to God by entering the waters of the river Jordan, to the baptism of repentance which John brought to the people of Israel.

 

Why was Jesus baptized?  To be with us, where we need to be in order to begin the long journey back to God: at the waters of repentance.  And in fact, to go there before us, to prepare the way for us, just as John the Baptist prepared the way for him.

 

God is the one who saves me; I will trust him and not be afraid.

Isaiah 12: 2

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