Sunday Bulletin 9/18/22

Bulletin as of September 17 2022


Saturday, Sept. 17 – Saturday after the Exaltation of the Cross       

5:00 PM          Outreach Divine Liturgy in Santa Paula

6:30 PM           Reader Vespers

Sunday, Sept. 18  – Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross         

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

Monday, Sept. 19  –  Trophimus & Others, Martyrs        

6:30 PM          Moleben (and a discussion on addiction)

Wednesday, Sept. 21  –  Codratus, Apostle  

6:30 PM          Divine Liturgy            Bridgette Workman

7:45 PM          Firepit Social

Saturday, Sept. 24  –  Thecla, Proto-martyr      

5:00 PM          Outreach Divine Liturgy in Santa Paula

Sunday, Sept. 25  –  16th Sunday after Pentecost     

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy 


(Please resubmit or submit names to

Michael Hefferon, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, All the sick and suffering of St. Mary’s


Collection: $3,298.13; Candles: $55.75; Online: $1,030.00; Santa Paula: $1,168.00; Special Gift: $220.00; Parish Socials: $220.00; CD Sale: $29.90; Bishop’s Appeal: $5,500.00

Total: $11,301.78 / Attendance- PSM: 68 VCO: 45

Eparchial Appeal Ends Sept. 30

Donations are being accepted through Sept. 30. So far, we have raised $21,380.00 of our $25,544.72 goal.   We need to raise $4,164.72 to meet our goal! You can use the instructions you received from the bishop, or you can visit our parish’s donation page here: It is very important to reach our goal. There are repercussions for several years if we do not.  Thank you for your generosity! 

Thank you to those who have contributed: Anonymous, Bates, Blessum, Chirdon, Clemens, Cook, Crans, Davies, Golya, Haas, Herrera, Hillz, Jimenez, Kieselhorst, Koman-Keogh, Matthews, Michnya, Mina, Niemi, Fr. O’Loughlin, O’Neill Onufrak, Patzwahl, Reichert, C. Roche, Seabright, Skocypec, M. Sumandra, Summe, Tabak, Theisen, Wiggins, P. Zimmerman, and W. Zimmerman

Parish Family Day – October 2

Our Annual Family Day this year will be held on Sunday October 2nd, the Sunday closest to our Patron Feast, the feast of the Protection of the Theotokos (Oct. 1). The festivities begin with Divine Liturgy at its regular 9:30am time, and continues with a coffee social on the patio following liturgy. The Potluck lunch at 12 noon to allow those preparing food enough time for set-up inside the small hall. Sign-up sheets are in the small hall. There will be an inflatable pool and Slip-&-Slide for children, so a bathing suit or a change of clothes is recommended.

Santa Paula Parishioners can sign-up by emailing Please include the number of adults and children attending, and any potluck item you wish to bring in your email.

Project Updates

Father Michael will be giving regular project updates on both the Proto-Cathedral and Santa Paula communities in the weekly email.  If you would like to be added to the email list email Father at

St. Mary’s Heritage

We have many new members, and we want to introduce everyone to some of the parishioners who came before us.  This will be an ongoing project telling the stories of those who laid the foundation, and then built upon it, of the St. Mary’s we know today.  We will kick off this project by featuring Nancy Sumandra.  If you have any stories or experiences of Nancy, please email Father Michael.  He will have them compiled and will share a parish memoir of Nancy in a Sunday bulletin and online.  Please submit all stories by October 9.  Thank you!

Proto-Martyr Thecla – September 24

Thecla was a disciple of the Apostles Paul and Barnabas.  She left everything, even her fiancé, to follow Christ and help others do the same.  Her dedication to asceticism and evangelization enraged the devil and he incited many, even her own mother, to try to destroy her.  Our Lord had other plans, and she extinguished the flames meant for her execution with a sign of the cross.  She is given the title “equal to the Apostles” because she lived into her 90s leading others to faith and praising our Lord.        

“Whoever will lose his life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will save it.” Our Lord teaches us that following him and his Gospel is both a loss and a gain at the same time. Devoting one’s life to the Church as a monastic, religious, or member of the clergy is a cross and is also an immense blessing. Are you being called to be this blessing to the Church? Reach out to the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:

Saturday, September 17 –

  • 2:15 PM