Sunday, March 3 – Sunday of Cheese-fare

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s


Monday, March  – Beginning of the Great Fast  (Day of STRICT ABSTINENCE)

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, March 5 – Conon, Martyr


Wednesday, March 6 – 42 Martyrs of Ammorium (Day of simple abstinence)

7:30 PM – Pre-sanctified Liturgy


Thursday, March 7 – Basil and Others Bishops, Martyrs of Cherson


Friday, March 8 – Theophylact, Bishop-Confessor (Day of simple abstinence)

8:30 AM – Liturgical Hour


Saturday, March 9 - Commemoration of the Miracle of the Great-Martyr Theodore / 40 Martyrs of Sebaste

8:30 AM          +Kathleen Scrase


Sunday. March 10 – 1st Sunday of the Great Fast 

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Christine Petach, Reader: Matthew Wiggins, Coffee Social: O’Neill Family



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, 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,   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: $1,321.00; Candles: $47.80; Coffee Social: $10.00; Church Improvement: $70.00; Holy day: $10.00; Flowers: $10.00;

TOTAL: $1,468.80 / ATTENDANCE: 39


  • March 10th: Pacific Daylight Time begins, move your clocks and watches ahead by one hour.
  • March 24th: Visit by Bishop John Pazak, C.Ss.R., Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM.



The Eparchial Appeal began in January.  Again this year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Phoenix, write “Eparchial Appeal 2019” in the memo.

Our parish goal this year is $15,177.61.  Please support the Annual Appeal to the best of your financial ability.  BUT, PLEASE SUPPORT IT!



When do start?  Our preparation for the Great Fast began on the Sunday of Zacchaeus, February 3rd.  The following Sundays, including today, gave us ideas, motivation and direction for a successful Great Fast.  The Great Fast begins on Monday, March 4th.

What about Ash Wednesday?  The Byzantine Church does not have an “Ash Wednesday” in its liturgical calendar.  The Western (Latin) Church begins this holy season of the Great Fast (Lent) on Wednesday with their proper services which includes the distribution of ashes.  The Byzantine Church starts two earlier than the Western Church because it uses a different method of calculating the traditional forty days.  The Western Church’s Lent consists of forty days, excluding Sundays, which leads up to Pascha (Easter).  The Byzantine Church keeps the forty days without interruption leading up to Lazarus Saturday, and this accounts for the different starting dates.  Great and Holy Week in the Byzantine Church is a separate and more intense period in preparation for Pascha.

Where do we go from here?  You are the only one who can make something out of the Great Fast.  Prepare how you are to abstain; how much you will pray, especially by participating in the weekday services; and how you will give alms.  Plan well what you will do to make this Great Fast the best in your life.




A.  Requires us to abstain from meat and meat-by-products, but permits eggs and dairy products.

B.  Simple abstinence is observed on all WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

C.  All the faithful of the Eparchy, who receive Holy Communion, are obligated to observe simple abstinence.



A.  Requires us to abstain from meat and meat-by-products, eggs and dairy products.

B.  Is observed on the first day of the Great Fast, March 4th, and on Good and Holt Friday, April 19th.

C.  All the faithful, eighteen years and older, are obligated to observe the Strict Fast.


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