Bulletin January 7, 2018

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: Our parish goal has been met! Thank you so much for your generosity to the Eparchy, and in turn to our parish! We will receive a 40% rebate! However, there is still time to pledge for some months to come, and we will not receive the rebate until late July. Please remember that checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Passaic, and not to the parish.

Traveling Vocation Icon Program: 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. Without consecrated religious (nuns and monks), without ordained priests, we cannot benefit from the example of prayer and the administration of the Sacraments that these vocations provide us with. Without the Sacraments, and without properly trained teachers of the True Faith, our salvation will be in peril. Please pray that Christ send us more vocations, and that those He inspires to vocations have the courage to answer the call in the affirmative. Sign up sheet is in church hall.

Contribution Envelopes and 2018 Wall Calendars: 2018 Contribution envelopes and wall calendars are now available in the church hall on the table next to the coat room/counting room. Please pick them up for yourself, family, and neighbors.

2017 Contribution Reports: The 2017 contribution reports will be available for pickup on Sunday, January 21st. Those that have not been picked up will be mailed on Monday, January 22nd.

2018 March For Life: The 2018 March For Life in Washington DC will be on Friday, January 19th. While there are many Roman Catholic events for this occasion there will also be some Byzantine events:
Thursday, Jan 18: 9:30-10:30PM Bishop Kurt Burnette will be the main celebrant of Compline at the Crypt Church in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Responses will be led by the Slava Mens Chorus of Epiphany of Our Lord, Annandale, VA.
Friday, Jan 19: 10:00AM Bishop Kurt Burnette will be the main celebrant at the Divine Liturgy for Life at Epiphany of Our Lord in Annandale, VA.
All who attend the liturgy are then invited to a brunch at the parish center. Many are then planning on driving to the Dunn Loring Metro station to take the metro into DC for the March For Life. Fr. Lewis will be attending these events and encourage as many as possible to join. Those who attend the march are invited to pray the Akathist to the Theotokos across the street from the Supreme Court with the intension of promoting a culture of life in our court system.
Also, some have shown interest in carpooling from our church; if you are interested, please contact Fr. Lewis.

Rectory Open House: Thank you to all who helped in making the open house a success! It was a beautiful, yet very long and prayerful, Divine Liturgy of the Theophany with the Great Blessing of Water which led to a very joyous time for us all to socialize and bless the rectory for another year.

New Icon of the Theophany: We will soon erect the icon in a proper manner, so that it is above the Baptismal Font. This is a fitting place to contemplate the rebirth we are each given at that moment of Baptism and a reminder, that even though Christ was the Son of God and was in no need of purification, He still was obedient to God’s plan, and submitted Himself to be Baptized by John in the Jordan. It is our joy as well, to be obedient to God’s plan. This icon was purchased from donations in memory of A. Norman Dennis.

All Souls Saturday: The first All Souls Saturday this year is February 3rd. There are usually 5 of these Saturdays throughout the year, but because of other feasts they may be transferred to another day. These Saturdays are when we pray for the deceased of our families in a special Divine Liturgy for the deceased. If there are any additions to last years Dyptics or Hramoty, or if you are new and have not yet supplied names for the Dyptics/Hramoty, then please use the provided forms and return no later than January 28th. Thank you.

Parish Feast Day: The feast day of Saint Gregory of Nyssa is Wednesday, January 10th. We will be having the Divine Liturgy in the morning with a procession and the reading of the 4 Gospels. Some consider this a day of obligation, but there is no such requirement in our Metropolia.

House Blessings: It is the tradition to have homes blessed once a year with the Jordan Waters. Fr. Lewis was only able to bless a few homes last year, but is very keen to bless every home no matter how distant. There is no need for a stipend for the blessing—hence, this is not Fr. Lewis’ intent, but rather a desire to get to know each family and home. Fr. Lewis plans on doing the house blessings by region and will call to make appointments that will fit everyone’s schedule. It is ideal to complete these before the end of January.

Forgiveness Sunday, Sunday of Cheesefare: This year Forgiveness Sunday is February 3rd. We will not be having Matins that morning, but we will have the Divine Liturgy followed by our annual Cheesefare potluck luncheon. After the luncheon, everyone is encouraged to stay for Forgiveness Vespers and the Mystery of Holy Anointing. This is the service that is the beginning of the Great Fast (Feb. 4th). It is highly recommended that those who wish to receive the Mystery of Anointing have made a confession within the previous week, if not sooner and not be conscious of any mortal sin.

Thank you! Thank you so much for all of your Christmas cards and very generous gifts. Your warmth and love has made this Christmas a very special one. May God bless you!

Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Jan. 14 Eastern Christian Formation for youth
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
Jan. 21 Contribution Reports available for pickup
Feb. 3 1st All Souls Saturday
Feb. 11 Sunday of Forgiveness and Cheesefare Luncheon

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