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 • • • • • • • • 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 • • • 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] Emergency: (602) 284-0040 [email protected] WWW.StJohnOfTheDesert.com Kh. Simone - [email protected] Jocelyn Abyad - [email protected] Amal Abyad - [email protected] Loretta Curfman (602) 363-GIFT / [email protected],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!
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