Updated on October 4th, 2018
CALLING ALL “HOLY ROLLERS” AND LOOKING FOR NEW “HOLY ROLLERS” - As with many Byzantine Catholic parishes, in anticipation of Christmas our Cathedral parish is blessed with dedicated parishioners, our “holy rollers”, who lovingly prepare pirohi and other tasty Carpatho-Rusyn treats for sale to help sustain our wonderful community. Holy Rollers, it is that time again and new volunteers are welcome to join the ranks! Our veterans would be pleased to teach new volunteers how to prepare pirohi and other tasty treats: time and good will, not expe- rience, are required! Schedule: Fri., Oct. 5, potato balls. Sat., Oct. 6, pirohi pinchers. Sat., Oct. 15 and Sun., Oct. 16, baking begins in earnest! For more information, please call Mrs. Dolores Sugent at 480/991-1856.
CHANGE OF SCHEDULE RE: UPCOMING YEAR OF EASTERN CHRISTIAN FORMATION - As the first teachers of Christian faith, of culture, and true manliness and femininity to their children, our parents need all the support they can get in the midst of a post-Christian society. Our parish, therefore, announces to them and our youths the good news that a new year of Eastern Christian Formation awaits our beloved children and teenagers. Look for registra- tion forms in the back of the Cathedral and at our rectory so that our parents may register their children on time to begin their biweekly courses, starting on Sunday, October 14 at 11 a.m. in designated classrooms of Buildings 8141, 8131, and 8105 of our Rectory-Chancery complex. We ask our parents and children to complete their forms and return them to our rectory with a fee of only $25 for each family no later than October 12, 2018, close of business. Please be advised of the change of schedule of classes: October 14 and 21, November 4 and 18, December 2 and 16, 2018 and in 2019, January 13 and 20, February 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 14, May 5 and 19.
SAVE THE DATE: Fall Harvest Fest scheduled for Sat., Oct. 27. More info to follow.
MAKING OCTOBER TRULY MARIAN: JOIN US AT AKATHIST BEFORE SAT./SUN. LITURGIES - In light of October being a month traditionally associated with the Theotokos, the most pure and blessed Virgin Mary, we invite everyone to join us to sing the traditional Akathist to the Blessed Virgin Mary in place of Third Hour before Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings next month and before the Vesper Vigil Liturgy on Saturday afternoons. Regarding Saturday after- noons, there will be someone to teach and lead us starting at 3:45 p.m. in this beautiful tribute to the Mother of God while a priest will be available for confessions before the Divine Liturgy from 3:00 to 3:25 p.m. and upon request, after the Divine Liturgy.
GREEK CATHOLIC UNION: A way for us to make GOOD things happen for us individu- ally and as a Byzantine Catholic community – The G.C.U. came about as a way many years ago for Byzantine Catholics in America to support each other and our parishes. Also, the G.C.U. helps us to provide for our future and that of our loved ones financially. Next month, our G.C.U. Lodge is leading efforts to organize the Fall Harvest Fest for our parish on Saturday, October 27. Come and learn more of the G.C.U. and the good things we can make happen together! NEXT MEETING: Sunday, October 7 after Divine Liturgy in the parish hall.
AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS! Let us pray for Dcn. Joel Barstaad from Denver, who will be ordained to the sacred priesthood at our cathedral on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. One more day for us to rejoice!
CALLING ON OUR ALTAR SERVERS FOR THE ARIZONA ROSARY CELEBRATION - All Altar Servers from our Cathedral parish are invited and encouraged to attend the Arizona Rosary Celebration on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Phoenix Convention Center from 2:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. Before the event, at 11:00 a.m., our squad of altar servers will check-in and have a Pizza Lunch at the Phoenix Convention Center. After the celebration, they will be available for pick up by parents at the Convention Center. All servers are asked to bring their own vestments (see Fr. Diodoro or Fr. Rojas if you need to borrow them to participate in this event). Attired in their vestments, our intrepid squad of altar boys will take part in Bishop Olmsted’s Entrance Procession as one of the most impressive features of the celebration. After the celebration, every server in the procession will be given a Miraculous Medal that has been blessed by His Holiness, Pope Francis. If you or your son(s) who serve at the altar would like to participate, please get a sign-up sheet from Fr. Rojas and return the completed sheet to Mr. Anthony Kinyon, our Altar Server Coordinator.
ONE MORE REMINDER TO OUR PARISH ADVISORY AND FINANCE COUNCILORS - Kindly save the following dates for the next meetings of your respective councils: October 7 (Parish Advisory) and October 14 (Finance). Each meeting will convene at 11 a.m. in the parish hall.
Previous announcements that may still be applicable:
CHANGE OF TIME for ST. STEPHEN’S MEN’S GROUP- The group will meet on the 1st& 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Instead of 7:30 p.m. as over the summer, our meetings will begin at 7:00 PM. We are reading and discussing Pope Francis’s encyclical Gaudete et Exsultate.
ATTENTION, G.C.U. MEMBERS! Our lodge will have its meeting after Divine Liturgy on Sunday in the parish hall. Anyone interested in joining the Greek Catholic Union should contact Joanie Mahar.
SANTA CLAUS NEEDS YOUR HELP! We are looking to form a planning committee for our Kermes,that is our parish celebration of Saint Nicholas Day, (December 6). Working together, we can celebrate Saint Nicholas Day with a tasty dinner. Perhaps we could invite Saint Nicholas, who is the REAL Santa Claus, to visit us, especially our children. Contact Fr. Diodoro in person or call 602-943-5379.
NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCILS (ADVISORY AND FINANCE): Our advisory and financial councilors are asked to reserve the following dates for meetings of their respective councils: OCTOBER 7 (Parish Advisory Council) and OCTOBER 14 (Finance). Each meeting will convene at 11 a.m. in the parish hall.
Attention: New Theosis study began Thursday, September 13! We will be reading and discussing Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre.
Did you know that many first century Jews were expecting a new manna (heavenly bread) at the coming of the Messiah? Did you know that according to the Jewish historian Josephus, over 200,000 lambs were sacrificed each Passover in the early first century? Did you know that these lambs would have been skewered across the shoulders and from mouth to buttocks, meaning the “paschal lamb was offered in a manner which resembled crucifixion?” Pitre uses scripture, rabbinic commentaries, the Dead Sea Scrolls, historical works, and more to shed light on the Last Supper and in particular the mystery of Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist. Join us as we look at this mystery through Jewish eyes as Jesus’ first disciples would have done. We meet the second and fourth Thursdays each month: 6:00 potluck (optional), 7-8:30 discussion. For more information contact Ed Loescher or Mary Blain.
LET'S WALK WITH MARY TO JESUS! (ARIZONA ROSARY CELEBRATION)
That time is coming again for Byzantine Catholics to be seen and heard at the annual Arizona Rosary Celebration, which is coming on Sunday, October 21. SAVE THE DATE! The 43rd annual event, which has become a tradition for Roman and Byzantine Catholics in Arizona, will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. Third Street. In addition to presentations and time for us to pray together as Catholics of East and West, there will be booths and tables along with the opportunity to show our Catholic presence to the greater Phoenix community, especially OUR wonderful Byzantine Catholic presence. The featured guest speaker is the distinguished Roman Catholic bishop of Amarillo, Texas, Most Rev. Patrick Zurek, D.D. By walking with Holy Mary to our Lord Jesus on Sunday, October 21, we Byzantine Catholics, whether young or old, families and individuals, can build on the graces of that morning's Divine Liturgy to give great witness to our love for Jesus and Mary. LET'S SAVE THE DATE! SIGN UP WITH US BY CALLING FR. ROJAS AT 943-5379, ext. 305.
EN CAMINO CON MAMA' MARIA HACIA JESÚS
(CELEBRACIÓN DEL SANTO ROSARIO DE ARIZONA)
Por casi medio siglo, católicos romanos y bizantinos en Arizona hemos reunido cada octubre de caminar con Mama' Maria hacia Jesús en la "Arizona Rosary Celebration." De nuevo, ya viene nuestra oportunidad el domingo, 23 de octubre (RESERVEMOS LA FECHA) en el Centro de Convenciones del centro de Fénix, 33 calle South Third. HACEMOS PRESENCIA EL 21 DE OCTUBRE. Ademas de presentaciones y la oportunidad de nosotros de rezar como catolicos de ambos ritos (romanos y bizantinos), habran toldos y la oportunidad de hacernos presentes a la comunidad general, especialmente de brindar NUESTRA presencia hispana. El conferencista principal sera' el distinguido obispo de Amarillo, Texas, Excmo. Mons. Patrick Zurek, D.D. Al caminar con Santa Maria hacia Jesús el domingo, 21 de octubre, nosotros los feligreses de la Catedral de San Esteban, no obstante que seamos jovenes o mayores de edad, en familia o individualmente, ampliaremos la gracia que recibiremos en la Divina Liturgia de esta mañana mediante nuestra presencia VISTA y OIDA en el centro de Fenix. RESERVEMOS LA FECHA. Informarse e inscribirse, llamando al PADRE ROJAS al 943-5379, ext. 305.
ONLINE GIVING: A friendly reminder that we offer online giving, both for St Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral & for the Eparchy of Phoenix. Thank you for prioritizing St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral in your generous giving. Your consistency provides stability, strength and support to our mission. Lives are being changed because of your generosity!
Its that time of Year! Please invite your family & friends.....we could use more Volunteers too! The Fall Harvest Fest.....Call Joanie Mahar 602-920-0607.