Updated on March 23rd, 2017
CHANGES TO THE WEEKEND LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
One Sunday Liturgy at 9:00 AM starting April 23, 2017
After praying, discerning and consulting with the Parish Advisory Council, it has been decided to consolidate the Sunday Liturgies. Beginning Thomas Sunday, April 23, there will no longer be two Divine Liturgies on Sunday. Instead, we will have one Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
Saturday Vigil Vesper Divine Liturgy moving to 4:00 PM starting April 22, 2017
On the same weekend as the above change, we are modifying the time for the Saturday Vigil. Beginning Saturday, April 22, the Saturday Vesper Liturgy will start 4:00 PM instead of 5:00 PM.
We apologize for the inconvenience these changes may cause. We pray and hope that you will understand that they are necessary to strengthen St. Stephen’s attendance, to welcome visitors to a fuller church, and to bring us together as a parish family of God.
A BIG THANK YOU TO TED COOKE for his many years of cantoring at the Cathedral. God grant to his servant Ted many happy and blessed years!
Everyone is welcome to join us in honoring Ted Cooke at our monthly Lenten parish potluck on Sunday March 26th after the 10:00 AM Liturgy.
CURRENT BISHOP’S APPEAL RESULTS FOR ST. STEPHEN CATHEDRAL
Parish Goal: $29,700.00 Pledge Payments Received: $7,470.00
Amount Needed to Reach Goal: $22,230.00
*Please note that instead of requesting $200.00 per family, the eparchy is kindly asking for a pledge of $275.00 per family to allow the eparchy to continue funding programs within our eparchy. It has been 20 years that we have asked for $200.00 and it’s now time to upgrade that to meet the rising cost of programs from 20 years ago.
GREAT LENT FOOD DRIVE This Lenten season we would like to obtain donations for these specific items. They will go to help low-income families with small children and
low-income senior citizens who live on a fixed income. Please bring one of the following on these dates: April 2- canned meat, April 9- rice or beans. If you have any questions please see Barbara Stefaniak or Fr. Diodoro. May God bless your generosity! Thank you.
THE PARISH ADVISORY COUNCIL & PARISH FINANCE ADVISORY COUNCIL
would like to hear from you. Do you have any ideas, suggestions or input that you would like considered at our next meeting? If so send us an email or inform us directly.
Fr. Diodoro, email@example.com & Fr. Joe, firstname.lastname@example.org
FISH FRY & PIROHI PARISH FUND RAISERS. We greatly appreciate the dedication and effort of those who came to work this event. We are always in need of more workers. The sign- up sheet for volunteers to work is in the Parish Hall.
Future Fish Fry & Pirohi Dinners will take place from 5 PM to 7 PM on:
Friday March 31 Friday, April 7
REMEMBER TO PLACE YOUR BAKE SALE ORDER Please place your bake sale order as soon as possible. All rolls, paska and holupki have been made and no more will be made. So to insure getting what you want please submit your order today!!!
2017 MYRRH BEARERS RETREAT for women and girls will take place at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25. Brochures and retreat registration forms will be coming soon. For more information please see Sr. Jean Marie.
ALIVE IN CHRIST 2017 This year’s Alive in Christ will be held at Prescott Pine Christian Camp in Prescott, Arizona beginning Thursday, July 6 at 2:30 PM and concluding on Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 PM. The theme of the this year’s spiritual retreat camp is
“Theosis Through Liturgy: “The Work of the People and “Their God.” All applicable forms and payments are due by May 12, 2017. Checks are to be made payable to “Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix”. If you are interested, please pick up one of the yellow forms at the entrance table in church.
A HUGE THANKS to all the volunteers who came to work at the Fish Fry & Pirohi Dinner on the fourth Friday of Great Lent and those who came to bake rolls and paska and make holupki.
PARISH ADVISORY MEETING Sunday, April 30, 2017 in the Rectory Office after the 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral 50th Jubilee Celebration Preparations are well under way for the 50th Jubilee Celebration. A special event will be held each month beginning June, 2017 and concluding June, 2018. To date the events in progress are: Thursday, June 22, 2017, Moleben to St. Stephen at 5:00 PM with dinner to follow. All of the clergy from our Eparchy will be present. On Saturday, July 29, 2017, a service project “Feed My Starving Children” is being sponsored. See the fliers to register. During the month of August, you are encouraged to attend one of the Pilgrimages. Let us join in “Proclaiming a Year of Grace.” Next meeting for the 50th Planning Committee is Sunday, April 23rd after the 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
HOLY MYSTERY OF PENANCE: ONE HOUR BEFORE LITURGY OR BY APPOINTMENT
THOUGHTS ON CONFESSION:
We should not fear confession because confession is the door to heaven. This is because God won’t cure us from our existential distortions unless we practically deny them through confession in front of the priest whom God chose to do this. As priests, we are not allowed to reveal anything confessed to anyone. Confession isn’t an informational act. It is a spiritual event in which the one who confesses his sins receives God’s grace through his humility, becomes stronger, noble, and is born again. The same grace will enlighten the priest to give him the right counsel from God. This power from God will also help the faithful not to do the same sins again and to advance further. So, our eternal happiness depends on our courage to speak sincerely. We are all sinners; we just need to acknowledge this.
THOMAS SUNDAY EASTER FOOD POTLUCK: SUNDAY APRIL 23
It was brought to the attention of the clergy at the last Parish Advisory Council meeting that there was a custom here at St. Stephen’s to have a breakfast potluck with Easter foods on Thomas Sunday following the Divine Liturgy and Breaking of Artos Bread. We will do that this year and we ask parishioners to kindly bring some of the Easter food: ham, kolbasi, paska (bread), Easter eggs, etc. and we will provide some food from the parish. There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall. This will be the first Sunday of our 9:00 AM Sunday Divine Liturgy so it will be a great way to gather socially after we have worshipped together.