January 2nd, 2022
Stump the Priest: Question: “The two Sundays prior to Christmas seem to have almost identical themes. What is the difference between the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (the Sunday immediately before Christmas)?” Click here for the Answer.
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Saints of the Day for Sunday and the coming week, and other edifying reading:
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Propers for the Sunday Liturgy (Sunday, January 2nd):
Propers for the Christmas Liturgy (Friday, January 7th):
Schedule of Service for the Coming Week:
|Wednesday, January 5th||5:00 p.m. Baptism
6:30 p.m. Vigil for Christmas Eve
|Thursday, January 6th||9:00 a.m. Royal Hours of Nativity
10:30 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy of Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m. Holy Supper
6:30 p.m. Vigil for the Nativity of the Lord
|Friday, January 7th||9:00 a.m. Hours and Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord|
|Saturday, January 8th||5:00 p.m. Vigil|
|Sunday, January 9th||9:00 a.m. Hours & Liturgy|
Matushka Margarita’s Funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, at 10:00 a.m. And so on Monday, January 10th, there will be a Panikhida at 6:30 p.m. and we will read the Psalter throughout the night until the funeral.
We will have a marriage seminar in June of 2022, and so will be restarting the Event Planning Committee. If you would like to be on that committee, and help make that event a success, please let Fr. John Whiteford know.
We will have our next Bible study on the Book of Acts, in the parish hall on Tuesday, January 4th, at 7:00 p.m. We will have Small Compline at 6:15 p.m., followed by refreshments and then start the Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. However, for those who cannot come in person, they can participate via Google Meets by logging in at 7:00 p.m. at this link: https://meet.google.com/mvm-grjd-pyh
The next online Catechumen Meeting will be Wednesday, January 12th, at 7:00 p.m. and will be held via Google Meets: https://meet.google.com/eom-bwhp-hye
The Parish Development Committee will meet on January 20th at 6:00 p.m.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 26th, at 7:00 p.m.
The next Slavonic Liturgy will be Saturday, January 29th, at 9:00 a.m.
You will find texts for reader services that you can do at home through the 29th Sunday after Pentecost (January 9th), here:
Bookstore News: Vigil Coffee Roasters. Fresh, batch roasted, single origin coffee subscriptions available in the bookstore for $18/bag.
Sisterhood News: The next Sisterhood meeting will be held on Sunday, January 16th, after Trapeza.
Calendar year to date total (01 January thru 31 November 2021):
Building Fund: $272,123.00
For November 2021:
Building Fund: $925.00
Average Monthly Expenses $13,252.00
Recommended Reading for the week:
You can read the life of St. John of Kronstadt, here:
Recommended Listening for the week:
You can listen to the sermon “St. John of Kronstadt,” by Fr. John Whiteford, here:
Trapeza (to pick your weekend, sign up here):
This Sunday: 1/2/22 (Fast: Wine, and oil permitted): Matushka Patricia Whiteford and Iryna Chebotko.
Next Sunday: 1/9/22 (No Fast): Parish Potluck.
Currently: (Ending on): 1/9/22 – Team Chebotko.
Next (Ending on): 1/23/22 – Team Eugenia.
This Saturday: 1/1/22: Rdr. Moses Munster.
Next Saturday: 1/8/22: Rdr. Gabriel Peña.
This Sunday: 1/2/22: Rdr. Moses Munster.
Next Sunday: 1/9/22: Rdr. Gabriel Peña.
Servers (Not including Adult Servers):
This Sunday: 1/2/22: Team A: Jonah Companik, Daniel Companik, Jens Yates, Nikolai Pino, Eric Lickwar, Ivan Kuzmin.
Next Sunday: 1/9/22: Team B: Padraig McIsaac, Ezra Wilkinson, Ezekiel Wilkinson, Alex Kettner and Andrew Kettner.
Commemorations from the past week:
Fr. John Whiteford and Elijah West’s Birthday – Monday, December 27th.
Tiffany Yates’ Name day / Maximus Solis & Nicco (Juliana) Wilkinson’s Birthday – Wednesday, December 29th.
Daniel Companik Name day; Rdr Gabriel Peña’s Birthday – Thursday, December 30th.
Aglaya Baranov’s Name day – Saturday, January 1st.
Tikhon Pino and Matushka Tatiana Trussin’s Birthday; Rebecca Clayton, Abigail Morgan, Esther Morgan, Maleiah Morgan, Rebekah Edith Peña, Ezra Wilkinson, Ruth Rafaelano, Rebecca Jackson, Abby (Ruth) Hall, Rachel Gutzke, Rachel Burns, Sarah Carlisle, Sarah Solis, Jesse Kuykendall, Matushka Sara Shephard, Jesse Mussa, Noah Charytoniuk’s Name day – Sunday, January 2nd.
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For the Servants of God, Archimandrite Benedict (Nelson); Archpriest Andre Papkov; Thekla Podrasky; Ann (Eleanor) Wandke; Ann (Sonia) Shepherd; Zoe Wren; Denise (Leslie) Barnett; Marina Watson; Demetra Durham; Sophia (Cynthia) Hirsch; Joan Marie Pennings; Katherine Garbett Casanova; Renee (Ann) Nahlous; Merilee (Mary) Eidson; Jerry (John Herman) Spires; Michael Murphy; Valentin, Rada and Florentina, Sophia Petropoulos, and John Gentry, who are ill.
For Nikolai, who is struggling.
For the safety and salvation of those in Kiev: Vladimir, Yelena, Tatiana, Alexei, Maria, Ivan, and Artem.
For the newly reposed Matushka Margarita Pardo, Thomas, Nicholas, and the Orthodox who have perished in the pandemic, and those slain in the violence in Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the Holy Land.
Daria Pino, Xenia Evind, Lydia Martin, Nina Bernardi.
Jonathan Cantao, Tristan Scott, Jessica Kravtsov, Marcus Ballentine, Piotr Fraczek, Tyler Barrett, Ethan Peterson, Annie Nowak, Danny Gonzalez, Jayden DeRosia, George Hixson, Jennifer Diaz, Michael Mahoney, Howard Segal, Ryan Thomas, Ben Dixon, Michelle Jimenez, and the Powell (James, Katie, James, Everett, Charles, Russel, Henry, and Samson) and Walling (Levi, Avie, Mac, Wells, Bayla) families.
For the Servants of God, Aiden, Shawna Hiu; Misty; Harold Wren; Melissa Munster (Moses Munster’s mother); Heather Tolliver (Melissa Holloway’s daughter); Pam Morris (Eleanor’s niece); Zee Eidson, Michael and Brenda Eidson, for the child Mason Eidson, Gene and Beth Beggs, Scott and Carol Phillips, Jerald Spires, Anthony Osinski, Shane and Tami Peacock, Larry West, who are ill.
For Aki and family; and Johnnie, Damon and Elisabeth Myers, and their child, Dorothy, Scott and Shannon Eidson and their family, James Franklin and his family, Wayne Bo Peacock, Vince Powell, and his child, Rex, Richard, Teresa.
The newly reposed Marilyn Perry (a friend of the Whiteford family), Bridgette Dunlap (Matrona Marsh’s cousin), and Earlene Lewis and Stanley Harrison (Paul Jackson’s aunt and uncle).
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Toddlers (2-3): Mat. Genevieve Companik and Elizabeth DeCarion.
Children, Age 4-6: Taught by Iryna Chebotko and Vera Yates.
Children, Age 7-8: Taught by Mat. Sara Shephard and Jacob Kettner.
Children, Age 9-12: Taught by Matushka Patricia Whiteford.
Teens 13+: Taught by Christopher Cline and Fr. David Shephard (meeting in the Church).
Teens and Adults: Taught by Tikhon Pino.
The Schedule for November 2021 through January 2022:
You can also see our online parish calendar of events and services here:
Fasting in the Coming week: On Monday, January 3rd; Tuesday, January 4th; Wednesday, January 5th, and Thursday, January 6th, wine, and oil is permitted. On Friday, January 7th, we break the fast, and all days thereafter are fast free until January 18th.
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