Sunday Bulletin 3/10/24

Bulletin as of March 9 2024


Saturday, Mar. 9  –  40 Martyrs of Sebaste        

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Mar. 10  –  4th Sunday of the Great Fast        

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Mar. 12  –  Theophane, Venerable-Confessor       

5:30 PM          Akathist* for those suffering Addictions & Mental Illness

Wednesday, Mar. 13  –  Translation of the Relics of Nicephorus, Patriarch  

6:30 PM          1st Half of the Great Canon

8:00 PM          Firepit Social

Thursday, Mar. 14  –  Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete      

8:30 AM          2nd Half of the Great Canon

Friday, Mar. 15  –  Agapius and Others, Martyrs           

6:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Presanctified Divine Liturgy

Saturday, Mar. 16  –  Akathistos Saturday      

9:30 AM          Akathist to the Theotokos

3:30 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Akathist to the Theotokos

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

5:30 PM          Reader Vespers

Sunday, Mar. 17  –  5th Sunday of the Great Fast        

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

*Add first names to this prayer service by emailing


St. Mary’s: Sundays 8:45 AM or by appointment

Santa Paula: Saturdays 4:15 PM or by appointment


(Please resubmit or submit names to

The Carlin Family, Michael Hefferon, Shirley Kunze, Michael Mina, Peter Mina, Fr. John Mina, Mila Mina, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Shannon O’Neill, Fern Bonowicz, Carolina Chirdon, All the sick and suffering of St. Mary’s


Collection: $3,909.00; Santa Paula: $747.00; Online: $160.00; Candles: $117.60; Church Improvements: $425.00; Parish Socials: $94.00; Gift Shop: $35.00

Total: $5,487.60 / Attendance – PSM: 64    SPO: 76  

Sunday of the Ladder of Divine Ascent

The Fourth Sunday is dedicated to St. John of the Ladder, whose Greek title (“tēs klimakos – of the Ladder”) is often improperly Anglicized as “Climacus”; he also has his own feast day on the calendar, March 30, which falls on or near that Sunday when Easter is later. (Three years ago, on the Gregorian calendar, his feast day was on Saturday, and followed immediately by the Sunday dedicated to him.) The title refers to his popular and extremely influential spiritual treatise, the Ladder of Paradise, still commonly read, and especially in Lent, among Eastern Christians. The treatise is also known as the Ladder of Divine Ascent, and outlines thirty steps by which, through the acquisition and exercise of the various virtues, one may seek to ascend to attain salvation. The icon of his feast shows him indicating the ladder by which a group of monks ascend to Heaven; with an important touch of realism, all versions of this icon show some of the monks being pulled off the ladder by devils with grappling hooks and falling into the mouth of hell on the lower right.

Very little is known about St. John’s origins and life, and even the exact period in which he lived has been the subject of academic debate. A letter of Pope St Gregory the Great in the year 600 is addressed to one John, the “abbot of Mount Sinai”; John Climacus certainly held this office at one time, and he is traditionally said to be the recipient of letter, and to have died at around the age of 75 a few years later. Others place his life at a later period, from roughly 580-650.

-Gregory Dipippo at “New Liturgical Movement”


“I believe! Help my unbelief!” Our gracious Lord comes to us, and His divine grace always heals what is infirm and supplies what is lacking. Nevertheless, He uses people to be His hands and feet. Our prayer and fasting can save the world! Are you open to dedicating your life as a consecrated monastic or religious, or a life in holy orders? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:

Saturday, March 9 –

  • 11:00 AM