Sunday Bulletin 10/1/23

Bulletin as of September 30 2023


Saturday, Sept 30  –  Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop-Martyr      

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Oct 1  –  18th Sunday after Pentecost / The Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos       

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

12:00 PM        Parish Feast and Family Day Celebration

Monday, Oct 2  –  Cyprian, Bishop-Martyr           

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer

4:00 PM          Evening Prayer

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

Wednesday, Oct 4  –  Hierotheus, Bishop-Martyr; Francis of Assisi       

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer

6:30 PM          Divine Liturgy            Maddie Hebert from Rick White

7:30 PM          Firepit Social

Saturday, Oct 7  –  Sergius and Bacchus, Martyrs            

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

6:30 PM          Reader Vespers

Sunday, Oct 8  –  19th Sunday after Pentecost            

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, All the sick and suffering of St. Mary’s


Collection: $1,405.00; Santa Paula: $860.00; Candles: $36.00; Parish Socials: $100.00

Total: $2,401 / Attendance – PSM: 63 VCO: 64  

“Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.” Our Lord teaches us how to love one another in today’s Gospel, taking us beyond our human understanding of only being good to those who do good to us. Monasticism and holy orders are special paths to give one’s life to all people. Is this something that God may have in store for your life? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:


Holy Protection of the Mother of God (Oct. 1)

From time immemorial, the Church has celebrated the Most-holy Theotokos as the patroness and protectress of the Christian people, who, by her intercessory prayers, implores God’s mercy for us sinners. The help of the Most-holy Mother of God has been clearly shown numerous times, to individuals and to nations, in peace and in war, in monastic deserts and in densely populated cities. The event that the Church commemorates and celebrates today confirms the Theotokos’ consistent protection of Christian people. On October 1, 911 A.D., during the reign of Emperor Leo the Wise, there was an All-night Vigil in the Blachernae Church of the Mother of God in Constantinople. The church was full of people. St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ was standing in the rear of the church with his disciple Epiphanius. At four o’clock in the morning, the Most-holy Theotokos appeared above the people, holding her omophorion (veil) outstretched as a protective covering for the faithful. She was clothed in gold-encrusted purple, and shone with an ineffable radiance, surrounded by apostles, saints, martyrs and virgins. St. Andrew said to Blessed Epiphanius: “Do you see, brother, the Queen and Lady of all praying for the whole world?” Epiphanius replied: “I see, Father, and am struck with amazement!” The Feast of the Protection was instituted to commemorate this event, and to remind us that we can prayerfully receive the unceasing protection of the Most-holy Theotokos in any time of difficulty.

-From the Prologue of Ohrid

God With Us Online

God With Us Online has several new courses beginning in October.

The House of the Lord: A Biblical Catechesis on the Temple is an exciting study on the theology of God’s dwelling with us in the temples of the Old and New Testaments. Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from October 2023-June 2024, 4-5pm PST. The instructor for this course, Dr. Steven Smith, PhD, is the author of the books The Word of the Lord, The House of the Lord, and The Face of the Lord.

Synodality and the Christian East: Past, Present, & Future asks, what is the meaning of Synodality in the Christian East? How are Eastern Catholic Churches called to faithfully follow the synodal way in Christ? Classes are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, October through December 2023 4-5pm PST. The hosts of Becoming Byzantine; Fr. Daniel Dozier, Fr. Deacon Anthony Dragani, Mr. Robert Klesko, and Fr. Michael Winn lead this discussion.

Registration begins Oct. 1; register online at

Saturday, September 30 –

  • 11:00 AM