Sunday Bulletin 12/17/23

Bulletin as of December 16 2023


Saturday, Dec 16  –  Haggai, Prophet        

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

5:30 PM          Reader Vespers

Sunday, Dec 17  –  Sunday of the Forefathers          

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

Monday, Dec 18  –  Sebastian and Others, Martyrs       

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

Wednesday, Dec 20  –  Ignatius, Bishop-Martyr   

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer

6:30 PM          Emmanuel Molebens

7:30 PM          Firepit Social

Friday, Dec 22  –  Anastasia, Great Martyr            

2:30 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Royal Hours

6:30 PM          Royal Hours

Saturday, Dec 23  –  Saturday before Christmas         

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Dec 24  –  Sunday before Christmas          

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: $1,058.00; Santa Paula: $335.00; Online: $460.00; Candles: $82.82; Parish Socials: $55.00; Church Improvements: $50.00; Christmas: $50.00; Flowers: $35.00; Retired Religious Fund: $200.00; Holydays: $30.00

Total: $2,355.82 / Attendance – PSM: 78     SPO: 78  


Upcoming Baptisms

As you know, we have six catechumens (unbaptized members of our parish) looking forward to the sacraments of initiation. They entered the catechumenates at different times, so they will be baptized at different times throughout the year. Please pray for Lara Roche, who will be baptized at the 4:30pm Christmas Eve liturgy, and Linda Wiltz, who will be baptized on January 7th at the Sunday morning liturgy.

Holy Supper

Throughout much of Central Eastern Europe families gather for Holy Supper on the Eve of the Nativity. The tradition is strong with peoples throughout the Carpathian region. The Holy Supper is a family or village-based tradition rather than a prescribed and codified service of the church. As a result, the details of the ritual and menu vary significantly.  This is offered in the hopes of encouraging a strong family centered experience to anticipate the birth of our Lord. In a sense, this custom is our spiritual gift from Eastern Europe to the Christian Church at large. This custom of taking time to gather together in joy as a family and to share a special meal is not only something for fond memories but a vital way of reaffirming the importance of the family where we learn to love and be loved. Beginning our Christmas celebration with Holy Supper is just as meaningful today as it was years ago; perhaps it is needed even more now than ever before.

The Holy Supper consists of family blessings, prayerful anticipation for the Birth of Christ, and a fasting meal of twelve dishes. These are the essential components of the evening gathering. The details can be adjusted to fit your family’s situation. Enjoy your time together as you prepare for the coming of our Lord into Bethlehem.

The traditional Holy Supper consists of twelve dishes in honor of the number of apostles. This is a day of strict fast, so all dishes should be selected and prepared without meat, cheese, or dairy products. In addition, small portions should be served in keeping with the character of fasting, this is not a feast.  The meal should include bread. Breaking bread at a meal is a longstanding Christian tradition evoking the Eucharistic of our Lord. Feel free to build your own menu with additional appropriate dishes from your own family collection.

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“Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.” Our gracious Lord seeks to bring all people who are willing to his heavenly banquet. His servants are called to reach out to the ends of the earth so that his house may be filled. While this is the calling of all Christians, those called to the priesthood, diaconate, minor orders, monastic and religious life do so in a special way. If this may be your calling, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:

Saturday, December 16 –

  • 11:00 AM