Bulletin December 3, 2017

Let Us Remember in Prayer: Those who are ill or convalescing. May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician and Healer of souls and bodies, grant them peace and good health for many blessed years.
Please let Fr. Lewis know if anyone should be added or taken away from this prayer list.

2017 Annual Bishop’s Appeal: The new Bishop’s Appeal has already begun. As stated in the packet, this drive is the major sources of funds that help to sustain the Eparchy’s many projects that help to build-up our churches—seminary expenses being one of them. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the Eparchy because whatever our parish donates over our goal we will receive a 40% rebate of that amount. We have gone over this goal the past two years that I am aware of, and the extra funds were greatly needed. Please remember that checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Passaic, and not to the parish.

Kolásci Still For Sale: We do still have plenty of kolásci left for purchase, as well as marble rye bread, Italian rolls, and hot dog rolls. These can be purchased after liturgy—please tell your friends and family that they still have an opportunity to purchase our kolásci— this will only increase our festival profits.

Traveling Vocation Icon Program: Our Metropolia is embarking on a traveling Vocation Icon Program for all of the faithful of our Churches to pray for and encourage vocations to the religious life: presbyterate, diaconate, consecrated life of men and women monastics. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our faith in God and when we pray fervently with full trust in God, our prayers will be answered. Please consider bringing the Vocation Icon into your home for a week and praying for vocations to strengthen our church and to lead us all to heaven. Sign up sheet is in church hall.

The Women’s Community Club of Beltsville Holiday Food Donations: This year the Women’s Club of Beltsville will not be accepting donations of food or turkeys. Rather, they are accepting monetary donations for a new pro- gram where they will purchase Aldi’s Gift Cards to distribute to those in need. Please have donations in by December 17th.

Phillips Fast: For some major Feast Days in the Church we are asked to fast, pray, and give alms in order to properly prepare ourselves to experience the splendor of the Feast. The Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ is just around the comer. And in order to fully prepare ourselves to celebrate the Incarnation, the Coming of Christ in the Flesh, the Church Fathers have prescribed the 40 days preceding this Feast as a period of fasting and penance. However, in order to remain a Catholic in good standing, there is currently no fasting prescribed beyond abstinence from meat on Fridays in our Metropolia. However, the faithful are always encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements for their spiritual benefit and for the benefit of the whole church. One may choose to add more fasting through the week, or more personal prayer and reading of Sacred Scripture. The Emmanuel Moleben will be offered each week leading up to The Nativity which will focus on Old Testament Prophesies of the Savior as well as the Gospel passages leading up to Christ’s birth. The beginning of the Fast was November 15th.
During the fast there are certain aliturgical days, days on which the Divine Liturgy is not to be celebrated. This is one reason why the normal parish schedule has been altered. Other services are suggested for these aliturgical days with an emphasis on penitential services.

Parish Calendar and Liturgical Schedule: It has been Fr. Lewis’ personal experience that progress in the spiritual life and closing the gap between us and God is more easily achieved through participation in the Divine Services. It is usual for those embarking on this path to find it difficult at first to participate in more services or longer services. But when we let go of our control and our impatience and give ourselves to these services in worship and praise of God, we are then filled with a great sense of peace and a more clear focus of our lives and what God is asking of us. It is for these reasons that there are now more services being offered; for the opportunity of the faithful to experience a more full prayer life. We are encouraged to avail ourselves of these opportunities as our schedules allow.
For those who use electronic calendars and would like to know when Saint Gregory events and liturgies are going on they can subscribe to the Saint Gregory Divine Services Calendar. This calendar will also be on the website. Liturgies will be scheduled for the month. However, liturgy intentions will not be visible on the electronic calendar unless requested.

Nativity Schedule: Since the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ falls on a Monday this year, the traditional Strict Fast the day before Christmas has been transferred to the previous Friday, Dec. 22. This means that the traditional Holy Supper should also be transferred to this Friday.

Friday, 12/22 10:00AM Royal Hours
Sunday, 12/24 8:50AM Matins
10:00AM Divine Liturgy
9:00PM Divine Liturgy
Monday, 12/25 10:00AM Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 12/26 10:00AM Divine Liturgy

Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Dec. 3 Saint Nicholas Celebration
Dec. 6 Feast of Saint Nicholas
Dec. 8 Feast of the Maternity of the Holy Anne
Dec. 10 Eastern Christian Formation Classes (children)
Dec. 22 Christmas Eve Strict Fast transferred to this day.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve—8PM Great Compline; 9PM
Dec. 25 Christmas Day—10AM Divine Liturgy
Jan. 6 Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, Holyday of Obligation with the Great Blessing of Water
Jan. 18 National Prayer Vigil for Life: Byzantine Compline with Bishop Kurt Burnette at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Crypt Church 9:30PM
Jan. 19 Divine Liturgy for Life with Bishop Kurt Burnette at Epiphany of Our Lord, Annandale, VA at 10AM. Many are planning on attending the March for Life after this Divine Liturgy

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