Sunday Bulletin 3/24/24

Bulletin as of March 24 2024


Saturday, Mar. 23  –  Lazarus Saturday       

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Mar. 24  –  Palm Sunday        

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

Monday, Mar. 25  –  The Annunciation – Holy Monday        

8:30 AM          Matins

6:30 PM          Vesper-Liturgy for Annunciation

Tuesday, Mar. 26  –  Holy Tuesday       

8:30 AM          Bridegroom Matins

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

6:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Bridegroom Matins

Wednesday, Mar. 27 – Holy Wednesday  

8:30 AM          Bridegroom Matins

6:30 PM          Presanctified Divine Liturgy w/Anointing

7:30 PM          Firepit Social

Thursday, Mar. 28 – Holy Thursday     

8:30 AM          Bridegroom Matins

6:30 PM          Vesper-Liturgy

Friday, Mar. 29 – Good and Holy Friday          

12:00 PM        Strasti Matins

6:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Vespers w/Shroud Procession

6:30 PM          Vespers with Shroud Procession

Saturday, Mar. 30 – Holy Saturday      

9:30 AM          Jerusalem Matins

5:00 PM          Vesper-Liturgy for Paschal Vigil + basket blessing

10:00 PM        Santa Paula Outreach Paschal Matins & Divine Liturgy +blessing of baskets

Sunday, Mar. 31 – The Resurrection of Our Lord        

9:30 AM          Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy + basket blessing

12:30 PM        Easter Egg Hunt

*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: $1,172.00; Santa Paula: $660.27; Online: $180.00; Candles: $101.50; Parish Socials: $66.00; Initial Offering: $20.00

Total: $2,199.77 / Attendance – PSM: 90       SPO: 53  

Easter Egg Hunt

This year the parish will hold an Easter egg hunt after the blessing of baskets next Sunday morning. Please sign-up in the small hall and let us know how many children will be coming with your family.

Palm and Flowery Sunday Customs

In today’s Gospel, Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  This would have reminded the faithful spectators of Zechariah 9:9. This passage prophesies a king entering triumphantly into Jerusalem, but on a donkey, symbolizing peace, rather than a horse or chariot, referencing the success of a violent overthrow.  The people line Jesus’ route with palm branches symbolizing victory (see 1 Maccabees 13:51 and 2 Maccabees 10:7).  Palm trees grow in abundance in and around Jerusalem, but since they don’t grow in the Carpathian Mountains where our spiritual ancestors formulated our traditions, we use pussy willows (which blossom in early Spring) to symbolize victory instead.  Many churches and cultures use local plants for flowers for this purpose.  

Ireland uses yew, sliver fir, spruce, or cypress.

Italy uses olive branches.

Latvia uses pussy willows, but also uses them to swat their children awake that morning.

Lithuania uses dwarfed spruce.

Palestine/Jordan/Syria/Lebanon uses roses along with palm and olive.


“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Our Lord entered into Jerusalem humbly and yet as King before going to His voluntary suffering and death. Is He calling you to respond to His example by a vocation as a priest, deacon, monk or nun? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:

Sunday, March 24 –

  • 8:59 AM