Updated on February 7th, 2017
FAREWELL & GOD’S BLESSINGS FOR SISTER CHRISTOPHER- It is with heavy hearts and prayer that we say good-bye to Sr. Christopher who is going back to her monastery at Mt. St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Sr. Christopher has been a faithful servant here at St. Stephen Cathedral & the Eparchy of Phoenix for 24 years, arriving here back in 1994. She has taken care of the Bishop’s Appeal for the eparchy for many years as well has administrating the parish apartments. Sister Christopher served as secretary for the Cathedral & spent many hours phoning the infirmed and homebound of our parish to see how they were doing and wish them well.
May God grant to his faithful servant Sr. Christopher Malcovsky many happy & blessed years!
PIROHI & FISH FRY DINNERS TO RESUME? We are planning to have pirohi and fish fry dinners during Great Lent on February 16, 23 & March 2, 9, 16 & 23. We are going to need a lot of volunteers to work the dinners. We are going to put out work schedule sheets and we need the help of you the parishioners to make the sacrifice of time and effort to help out. There is no doubt about it, having the pirohi and fish fry requires a lot of preparation and physical work. As parishioners we must look out for each other and try and help and make the work burden easier for each other. If we do not fill up the work list by Sunday, February 11 we will be forced to cancel the fish fry during Great Lent. This is why there is a question mark with this notice!
PRE-SANCTIFIED DIVINE LITURGY- Great Lent or the Great Fast begins on Monday, February 12 and ends on Friday, March 23. The Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, which is our primary Service during Great Lent will be celebrated on Pure Monday (First Day of Great Lent) and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and on Fridays at 7:30 PM.
LENTEN SOUP DINNERS ON MONDAYS DURING GREAT LENT- On Mondays during Great Lent beginning with Monday, February 19 we will have Lenten Soup Dinners after the 6:00 PM Byzantine Bible Class which will be covering the passages in Matthew leading up to and including the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. (On the first Monday of Great Lent, Pure Monday we will have the Lenten Soup Dinner after the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy which begins at 7:00 PM). Families are asked to sign up to bring soup & bread for the Dinners. Please sign the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.
THEOLOGICAL PRESENTATION ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AFTER THE PRE-SANCTIFIED LITURGY- On Wednesday, February 21 we will have a presentation given to us by a theologian, Michael Crowe of St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in Seattle, Washington. The presentation will be, “How the Scientific Account of Creation Proves the Existence of God.”
CHEESE-FARE SUNDAY (FORGIVENESS SUNDAY) VESPERS, MEATLESS POT LUCK & PARISHIONERS FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES CAKE SOCIAL: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AFTER THE 9:00 DIVINE LITURGY & FORGIVENESS VESPERS- On Sunday, February (Cheese-Fare Sunday) the day before Great Lent begins we have Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM followed by Forgiveness Vespers for the Beginning of Great Lent. After the Forgiveness Vespers we will have the Cheese-fare Meatless Pot Luck followed by the Parishioners February Birthdays & Anniversaries Cake Social. You are asked to bring one of your favorite meatless dishes to the Pot Luck.
VALENTINE’S DAY BAKE SALE - February 11. Proceeds to benefit +Alice Garcia’s burial expenses. Thank you for your kindness.
PREPARATION FOR THE PARISH 50TH JUBILEE CELEBRATION ON SEPTEMBER 30. - Last Sunday, January 21 we had a meeting about preparations for the celebration of the 50th Parish Jubilee. The Jubilee Divine Liturgy and Dinner will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018. We are asking parishioners if they have any photos or information about the history of our parish. We have some information and photos but need more for the anniversary booklet that will be created. If you can help out in this request please see Fr. Joe.
DAILY EMAIL PRAYERS- Eastern Christian Publications, supplier of our Sunday Bulletin covers, is now offering their daily email prayer service for Morning and Evening Prayer, The Hours (1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th) and Daily Vespers (not Sundays or Feastdays) for Free! Go to their website http://ecpubs.com/byzantine-daily-office-bdo/ and sign up. This subscription service includes all the changeable parts you need according to the Byzantine Liturgical Calendar in various PDF files viewable on any portable device.
ST. STEPHEN CATHEDRAL GREAT LENT MISSION: MARCH 3 – MARCH 7 - Our March 50th Jubilee Anniversary Event for our parish will be a parish mission directed by Archpriest David Petras. The parish mission will begin on Saturday, March 3 with the 3:00 PM Vespers followed by the Divine Liturgy and conclude on Wednesday, March 7 with the 7:00 PM Pre-Sanctified Liturgy. Archpriest Petras will preach at the Liturgies on Saturday and Sunday and at the Services on Monday and Tuesday and at the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy on Wednesday. Confession times will be scheduled during the parish mission. The parish mission gives us a wonderful opportunity to prepare for Our Lord’s Resurrection on Pascha. More information concerning the parish mission will be published in future parish bulletins.
“HEART TO HEART”: EVANGELIZATION SEMINAR FOR PARISHIONERS & CLERGY - Our February event for our 50th Parish Jubilee will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2018 after the 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy in the parish hall. As Christians we are all called by Christ to share our faith with others. Just prior to His Ascension into heaven Christ told the Apostles: “Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” This command of Christ is also directed towards us.
It is not always natural and easy to evangelize, to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to others and welcome others to join the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. Nonetheless, as disciples’ of Christ we must accept this challenge and pray that the Holy Spirit grant us the means to answer the call.
During the presentation “Heart to Heart” we will look at our responsibilities to evangelize, the challenges we face in evangelizing others, preparing ourselves for evangelization through better learning our Byzantine Catholic faith handed down to us and actual steps and a plan to evangelize others here in the Valley. We will also learn about the Icon of Evangelization and explain about parishioners taking the Evangelization Icon home for a week and praying for God’s blessings on our evangelization efforts.
Coming Events – Mark Your Calendars
Sunday, February 11- Cheese-fare Meatless Lunch & Parishioners February Birthdays & Anniversaries after the 9 AM Divine Liturgy & Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, February 12 - Pure Monday (First Day of Great Lent) - 7 PM Pre-Sanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Soup Dinner
Saturday, February 17 - Marriage Preparation Class at 1:00 PM in Parish Conference Room
Sunday, February 18 - Parish 50th Jubilee Committee Meeting after 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, February 21- Lenten Soup Dinner with Theological Presentation by Theologian Michael Crowe from St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, Seattle, WA after the Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy.
Sunday, February 25 - “Heart to Heart” Evangelization Seminar for Parishioners and Clergy Following the 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 12 - Pascha (Easter Bread) Baking begins at 8:00 AM (Volunteers Needed)
Friday, March 16 - GCU Matching Funds Rummage Sale for Painting of Church Exterior & Bell - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 17 - GCU Rummage Sale for Painting of Church Exterior & Bell 8 AM – 1 PM