Sunday Bulletin 11/19/23

Bulletin as of November 18 2023


Saturday, Nov.  18  –  Plato and Roman, Martyrs

5:00 PM        Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 

6:30 PM        Reader Vespers

Sunday, Nov. 19  –  25th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM        Matins

9:30 AM        Divine Liturgy

Monday, Nov. 20  –  Gregory the Decapolite, Venerable

4:45 PM        *Akathist for those suffering Addiction & Mental Illness

5:30 PM        Vespers

6:30 PM        Divine Liturgy Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Wednesday, Nov. 22  –  Philemon and Others, Apostles

6:30 PM        Emmanuel Moleben

7:30 PM        Firepit Social

Thursday, Nov. 23  –  Amphilochius and Gregory, Bishops

8:30 AM        Moleben of Thanksgiving

Saturday, Nov.  25  –  Clement and Peter, Pope and Bishop

5:00 PM        Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 

Sunday, Nov. 26  –  26th 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 submit or resubmit names to

Please remember the following people in your prayers: The Carlin Family, Michael Hefferon, Shirely 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: $904.00; Online: $155.00; Candles: $33.50; SP Outreach: $525.00

Total: $1,617.50 / Attendance- PSM: 75 SPO: 63


Why Do We Keep Phillip’s Fast?

Unlike the Great Fast before the Feast of the Resurrection (Pascha), the Phillipian fast is seldom known or practiced in the Byzantine Church. Often it is confused with the Roman Catholic practice of Advent.

Since the Nativity / Theophany events hold less importance than Pascha – the Feast of Feasts – (the Resurrection), a detailed structure never evolved for the Phillipian Fast. Yet the Phillipian Fast is an ancient practice in preparation for the Incarnation and Theophany of the Lord Jesus Christ. This 40 day fast is important and should be preserved and practiced. The Phillipian Fast can help us to better understand and appreciate all of God’s saving plan.

Without the structure and public events to guide us, the practice of the Phillipian Fast has gradually fallen off. Theologically, the birth and the public ministry of Christ are inextricably linked. The Phillipian Fast was created to prepare us to receive Christ into the world and begin His public ministry. They are two sides of a single coin. The Phillipian fast prepares us to receive the public ministry of Christ announced at Theophany.

On arriving at Bethlehem and the Nativity on December 25th, we begin to prepare for the Theophany. We do not stop at the Nativity. In our joy at God’s arrival, we press forward and see the Theophany. With Theophany we experience the beginning of Christ’s revelation to us of the mysteries of God. Most important of all, this event points out the Mystery of the Trinity, a mystery long hinted in the Old Testament.

By Steve Puluka from: Christbearers – Meditations for the Pre-Christmas Fast, Christmas and Theophany.

“…Tonight your soul is demanded of you.” We are not our own, and this is equally true of the blessings in our lives. Jesus speaks sternly of the need to understand this so that we can be “rich toward God”. If you are blessed with the richness of a calling from God to be a priest, deacon, subdeacon, monk or nun, will you answer it with the same yes that we see in the saints? To learn more, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:

Saturday, November 18 –

  • 11:30 AM