Sunday Bulletin 12/18/22

Bulletin as of December 17 2022


Saturday, Dec. 17  –  Daniel, Great Prophet       

4:15 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Vespers

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy

6:30 PM          Reader Vespers

Sunday, Dec. 18  –  Sunday before Christmas, Sunday of the Holy Ancestors          

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

12:00 PM        Cantor Class

Monday, Dec. 19  –  Boniface, Martyr        

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer

6:30 PM          Akathist* for those suffering Addictions&Mental Illness

Wednesday, Dec. 21  –  Juliana, Martyr   

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer

5:45 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Reader Vespers  

6:30 PM          Emmanuel Moleben

7:30 PM          Firepit Social

Friday, Dec. 23  –  Ten Holy Martyrs of Crete           

12:05 PM        Santa Paula Outreach Royal Hours

Saturday, Dec. 24  –  Vigil of Christmas       

5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Vespers-Divine Liturgy

6:30 PM          Reader Christmas Vespers

7:30 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Christmas Compline

Sunday, Dec. 25  –  Christmas- The Nativity of Our Lord          

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


Collection: $1,738.00; Candles: $49.00; Online: $130.00; Santa Paula: $771.00; Christmas: $100.00; Property Rental: $7,300.00; Retired Religious Fund: $525.00; Insurance Payment: $33,536.98

Total: $44,149.98 / Attendance- PSM: 84; VCO: 64  


Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Feasts


12/26:  6:30 PM          Divine Liturgy (Synaxis of the Theotokos)

12/27:  8:30 AM          Divine Liturgy (Proto-Martyr Stephen)

01/05:  6:00 PM          Vespers-Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water for Theophany


Like a tourist experiencing the skyscrapers in a big city for the first time, when someone walks into a Byzantine temple, they tend first to look up. By doing so, they first see Christ Pontocrator, the All-mighty who is “holy” and “other”. The eyes of the observer then descend to see the Platytera, where we realize that the All-Mighty God becomes one of us in the womb of the Theotokos. The final stage of this condescension is represented in the icon of Christ on the Iconostasis (screen between the Holy Place and the Nave). This is the icon of Christ the Teacher. The icon is completely accessible and has the book of the Gospels open to share the good news. Having an icon of Christ that is inaccessible (Pontocrator) and one that is completely accessible (Teacher) reveals the paradox of Christ’s greatness and chosen lowliness together, and why we experience him as both distant from us in His holiness, yet close enough to dwell in our hearts and inviting us into His Glory.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Sunday, December 18th, Carolina Chirdon will be giving a tour of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Atrium.  CGS is our new catechism program starting soon. We are still in need of some items required for the program. Here is a link to the Wishlist Carolina put together: CGS Wishlist  Thank you for your continuing generosity and support of our parish!

“They shall call his name Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” The presence of God is seen through the salvation foretold in the Old Covenant, and is revealed through the Birth of Our Lord Jesus, Emmanuel. Our own lives can manifest the presence of God when we live according to our vocations. Are you being called to show God’s presence as a priest, deacon, subdeacon monk or nun? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email:

Saturday, December 17 –

  • 2:39 PM