Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!.
Sunday Divine Liturgy: As usual, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on December 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th in La Casa, at Christ the King Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights CA. Light refreshments follow each Divine Liturgy. Thank you, Fr. Petro, for serving our community.
You may have noticed that we skipped Sunday, December 15th. We will not be meeting for the Divine Liturgy that Sunday. Please consider keeping the day holy by celebrating the Divine Liturgy at St. Philip’s or St. George’s.
St. Nicholas Celebration: We will celebrate St. Nicholas’s Feast Day on Sunday, December 8th. We will have a pot-luck brunch after the Divine Liturgy. If you will be bringing a child to the celebration, please call Barbara at 916-486-0632 for details.
Philippian Fast: If you wish to prepare for Christmas by keeping the St. Philip’s Fast, the dates of the fast are November 15 through December 24. Our Bishops tell us that during this period “…the Church calls us to refrain temporarily from festive celebrations and some foods, but even more importantly - to abandon pride, laziness and all that alienates us from God, from all that is superfluous in our lives and interferes with the joy of celebrating the incarnation of Christ.”
Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 11:30 a.m.: The Celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ! We will begin with a celebration of selections from Great Compline for Christmas followed by the Divine Liturgy for Christmas Day in La Casa at Christ the King Retreat Center. We will share cookies and beverages after the Divine Liturgy. If you can, please bring some of your favorite Christmas treats to share!
New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1: We will not serve the Divine Liturgy on this date. However, we wish all of you a Happy and Blessed 2020!
God With Us Online: Fr. David E. Anderson and Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo are the final two presenters in this program of instruction. You have to register for each presenter …. go to EasternCatholic.org/Events. There is no cost to register for the classes.
Fr. Ted Seminarian Support Fund: Father Ted fell asleep in the Lord on June 11, 2019. Anyone wishing to honor Father Ted's memory is invited to make a donation to support the seminarians of St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. Contributions may be made to the Fr. Ted Seminarian Support Fund. Please make your checks out to St. Nicholas Eparchy, and on the check memo line, Fr. Ted Seminarian Support Fund. Mail to St. Nicholas Eparchy, 2245 West Rice Street, Chicago IL 60622.
Christ Our Pascha, the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in English
have copies of the recently released Catechism of the Ukrainian
Catholic Church in English. Copies are $26 plus $5 for mailing and
handling. If you would like to purchase a copy, please go to the
contact button on this site so we can send you a copy. Or you can save
the mailing and handling costs by picking up a copy after our Sunday
The Holy Shroud (Plashchanytsya) we have was given to us by Holy Resurrection Monastery, formerly of Newberry Springs California, and its Ihumen (Head), Father Nicholas Zacharaidis, via Holy Theophany Monastery in Olympia Washington. The Shroud was originally given to the monks by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown Pennsylvania.
When Holy Resurrection received the Shroud it was already old and was probably one of the first Shrouds to be made that uses the English language for the inscription of the Troparion of the Noble Joseph. The Shroud appears to have been made by the Sisters in Uniontown, then sent to a parish and then again found its way back to Uniontown. When the Holy Resurrection Monastery was founded a number of years ago, the monks needed a Plashchanytsya and the Uniontown Sisters gave them the shroud.
A few years ago, the monks acquired a new shroud. When the Sisters at Holy Theophany Monastery needed a Shroud, Father Nicholas loaned them the Shroud given to them by the Sisters in Uniontown. The sisters in Olympia acquired a new Plashchanytsya, and Father Abbot asked them to send the one he had loaned them to Holy Wisdom.
Thus the Shroud that we used this Holy Week is a “hand-me-down” and it is a holy “hand-me-down” that shows its age, which also shows us the many blessings that have poured out from it. One quickly sees that it is worn and tattered in places. But, it has been venerated in a good number of churches by many people, and, although it is worn, it still is worthy of veneration. We are very fortunate to have been given this blessed article Please pray for all of the benefactors over the years who cherished OUR shroud and saw fit to give it to us for our services on Good and Great Friday. And that is the rest of the Story!
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