Sunday Bulletin 12/31/23

Bulletin as of December 30 2023

Christ is Born!  Glorify Him!

Christos Rozdajetsja!  Slavite Jeho!


Saturday, Dec. 30  –  Saturday after Christmas

5:00 PM        Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 

Sunday, Dec. 31  –  Sunday after Christmas / Sunday of David, Joseph, and James

8:30 AM        Matins

9:30 AM        Divine Liturgy

Monday, Jan. 1  –  Circumcision of Our Lord

11:30 AM        Divine Liturgy for Circumcision with Romanian Community

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

Wednesday, Jan. 3  –  Malachai, Prophet

6:30 PM        Reader Vespers

7:30 PM        Fire Pit Social

Friday, Jan. 5  –  Theopempt & Theona, Martyrs   

6:00 PM        Vesper-Liturgy and the Blessing of Jordan Water

Saturday, Jan.  6  –  The Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ

10:00 AM Santa Paula Outreach Matins for Theophany

5:00 PM Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 

Sunday, Jan. 7  –  Sunday after the Theophany

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


Circumcision and Naming of our Lord (January 1)

St. Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (2:10). Christians have always believed that the name of Jesus is a powerful one, but many are not familiar with the meaning behind it. What does the name mean? Where did it come from?

First of all, the name “Jesus” is one that was divinely given through the angelic message of Gabriel to Mary: “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Out of all the names he could have chosen, God chose that name for a reason.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states, “The word Jesus is the Latin form of the Greek Iesous, which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Jeshua, or Joshua, or again Jehoshua, meaning ‘[God] is salvation.’”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church adds, “Jesus means in Hebrew: ‘God saves.’ At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper name, which expresses both his identity and his mission.”

The name was a popular one in the Old Testament and during the time of Jesus’ birth. It is closely related to the name “Joshua.” For this reason the Old Testament figure of Joshua is often seen as a prefigurement of Jesus, who now leads the people of God into the true Promised Land.

According to some ancient sources, “The Greek name is connected with the verb iasthai, to heal; it is therefore, not surprising that some of the Greek Fathers allied the word Jesus with the same root.”

In the end, it is a powerful name, one that summarizes who Jesus was and what he came to do on earth.

The name “Jesus” signifies that the very name of God is present in the person of his Son, made man for the universal and definitive redemption from sins. It is the divine name that alone brings salvation, and henceforth all can invoke his name, for Jesus united himself to all men through his Incarnation, so that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (CCC 432).       


Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner


“Out of Egypt I have called my son.” The righteous Joseph the betrothed was faithful to his calling, protecting Jesus and the Theotokos by journeying to Egypt and returning to Nazareth. Our Lord calls each one of us out of the spiritual Egypt of our lives so that we may live in the promised land meant for our lives. Is he calling you to a life of holy orders or monasticism?  Contact the Vocations 

Office at 206-329-9219 or email: 

Saturday, December 30 –

  • 11:30 AM