Bulletin 1-25-2015 - St. John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church

Please use your pink envelopes for your donations
LUKE 18:10-14
Sunday, February 1
HEBREWS 7:26-28; 8:1-2
TONE 8
St. John of the Desert Calendar
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:20 am
10:30 am
Children Education
Confessions
Doxology
Divine Liturgy Followed by Social Hour
June Nash, (+) Fuad Ganem, (+) Allan Scott Corbett
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Linn Hume, Pauline Hamra, Wayne Crosby, Nelly Stephan, John Dran, Laura Lee Eskaros, Mary Berg, Elham Aldridge,
Mary Hannouch, Fadia Loegering, Munther Hattar, George Haddad, Dr. Farouk Habra, Alan Herro, Monk Brendan,
Brother Jerome Leo, OSB, Adel Horan, Marianne Krouchian, Daniel Bolinaga, Maryann Weirick, June Nash.
Today’s Intentions
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For the Health and Salvation of Jeoffrey Rimmer on his Birthday by Dcn. Marion & Joyce Rimmer
For the Health and Salvation of Katherine Akiki on her Baptism
For the Health and Salvation of Rev. Martin Hyatt, BSO
For the Health and Salvation of June Nash by Kh. Simone
For the Repose of the Soul of Fuad Ganem by Barbara Fitzmaurice
For the Repose of the Soul of Ed Murphy by Kh. Simone
For the Repose of the Soul of Nora Kirkish by June Nash
For the Repose of the Soul of Louis Baiad by June Nash
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Ladies Guild Corner
Reminder to Parents to accompany children to the buffet tables during coffee hour
Everyone is asked to pick up after him/herself and their children in the social hall
Reminder to contribute a minimum of $2.00 per family to the social hour buffet
The Ladies Guild would like to thank all of you who donated supplies for the coffee hour.
Please check with them from time to time and they will let you know if they need anything.
Prayer Week for Christian Unity - January 18 – 25
O Our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, on the eve of your redemptive suffering, You fervently
asked your heavenly Father that all your followers be one, as You are One with the Father
and the Holy Spirit. We implore You, divine Master, to bestow upon all Christian Churches
the unity of faith, of hearts and of purpose, so that they become one flock under the leadership of One Shepherd according to your wish.
Grant us, Lord, to love one another as You loved us, so that, seeing our unity, the world
may believe in You and embrace your message of peace and love.
For You are the Prince of Peace and Lover of mankind and to You we render glory, and
to your Eternal Father, and your All-holy, Good and Life-giving spirit, now and always and
forever and ever. Amen
For all your Gifts, please call St. John of the Desert Gifts at (602) 363-GIFT
We need to return to financial stewardship, or God’s plan of giving. We call this plan tithing. ... As soon as
possible we need to ... Learn to put God first. He is our hope and trust. ... without it (tithing) we are heading
towards financial and spiritual bankruptcy. (Bishop Nicholas)
Necessary Weekly offering $ 1,850.00
01-18-2015
Father Serra was truly California’s ‘first pioneer’ by Brother Lawrence Scrivani, SM
Today one sees in California many things named for a man no longer well known by most residents.
So a quick review is in order to understand why Franciscan Father Junipero Serra, born 300 years
ago Nov. 24, was once known as California’s “first pioneer.”
1. LIKE MANY AMERICANS, SERRA WAS A MAN OF COMMON BIRTH BUT UNCOMMON
ACHIEVEMENT. During his time, one’s birth largely determined one’s place in society. Serra was
born to a working family but became a noted academic and a public preacher who could move
crowds.
2. WHEN SERRA WAS 35 HE GAVE UP A CUSHY UNIVERSITY JOB TO VOLUNTEER FOR
THE WILD FRONTIER OF NORTH AMERICA. Why would a man do this? His lifelong friend and
colleague said that at the age of 35 Serra “became undeceived” about life and dedicated the rest
of his life to the tribal people living on the frontier of New Spain.
3. SERRA LEFT MALLORCA ON A SHIP CAPTAINED BY AN ENGLISHMAN WHO THREATENED TO CUT HIS THROAT. Spain and England had recently concluded a war. On his journey to
the Spanish mainland Serra sailed on an English ship whose captain got drunk and forgot the war
was over.
4. FROM THE MEXICAN PORT OF VERA CRUZ, SERRA WALKED THE DISTANCE TO MEXICO
CITY. The Franciscan way directed that the friars were to travel on foot. This Serra did. Near the
coast he was bitten on the leg by a flying insect developing an ulcer that never healed for the rest
of his life.
5. SERRA’S FIRST MISSION IN MEXICO WAS AMONG THE IMPOVERISHED PALME PEOPLE
IN THE SIERRA GORDA MOUNTAINS. His method was to teach the Palme to improve their lives
materially by improving it religiously, acquiring self-control and diligent industry. He spent 7 years
there.
6. SERRA WAS ALMOST SENT TO THE TEXAS FRONTIER BUT EVENTS REDIRECTED HIM
TO BAJA. This event proved fateful because the friars and Indian converts at the Texas mission of
San Saba to which Serra would have gone were massacred by a hostile tribe.
7. FROM BAJA ANOTHER UNEXPECTED EVENT REDIRECTED SERRA TO “NEW CALIFORNIA.” Discovering that the Czar had sent sailors to Alaska, Madrid asked, “Where are the Russians
in America?” To answer, the Spanish had to use the fabled port of Monterey - not visited in 150
years.
8. THE MONTEREY EXPEDITION LEFT BAJA BY LAND AND BY SEA IN 1769. Serra
traveled with the land party along with the governor, Gaspar de Portola. They were to rendezvous
at the Port of San Diego with two of the three supply ships. The third ship sent ahead to Monterey
was never heard from again.
(Catholic San Francisco, NOVEMBER 22. 2013 - To be continued)
Do not forget the hungry!
Rev. Peter Boutros - Pastor
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Melkite Catholic Church
Rev. Deacon Marion Rimmer (480)-275-4143
3718 E. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032
Rev. Deacon Zyad Abyad (623) 297-2958
Phone: (602) 787-4787 Fax: (602) 795-4752
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Emergency: (602) 284-0040
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Jocelyn Abyad - [email protected]
Amal Abyad - [email protected]
Loretta Curfman (602) 363-GIFT / [email protected]hnofthedesert,com
(Collection Basket in the Narthex)
St. John Of the Desert
Please bring Peanut butter, Soups, Jelly, breakfast cereals (not the ones with lots of sugar, please), Canned meats and vegetables,
disposable diapers & detergent, etc. Put your donations in the Narthex.
JANUARY 25, 2015
SUNDAY OF THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN
Attendance: 71 Souls - Number of envelopes Mailed: 78 - Number of Envelopes Returned: 15
Tithing: 658.00 - Bulletin Ads: 0.00 - Building Fund: 0.00 - Candles: 0.00
Coffee Collection: 39.00 - Stole Offerings: 139.00 - Memorial Donations: 0.00 - Marked Fund: 0.00
Thanks for your gift of thanksgiving to the Lord!