Wisdom from the Holy Fathers
"You have the power to incline either upwards or downwards: choose what is superior and you will bring what is inferior into subjection."
†St. Thalassios the Libyan
"Constantly wrestle with your thought, and whenever it wanders call it back to you. God does not require from those still under obedience prayer completely free of distractions. Do not despond when your thoughts are filched, but remain calm, and unceasingly recall your mind. Unbroken recollection is proper only to an angel."
†St John Climacus the Ladder of Divine Ascent
The all-wise St. John Chrysostom said: “A place will not save us if we do not carry out the will of God.” It is told of a monk who lived in a monastery where five brethren loved him and one brother offended him. Because of this one brother who offended him, he moved to another monastery. However, in this monastery eight of the brethren loved him and two of the brethren offended him. He then fled to a third monastery. But here, seven of the brethren loved him and five of the brethren offended him. He set out for a fourth monastery but along the way he thought: “How long will I flee from place to place? I will never find peace in the whole world. It would be better for me to become patient.” He pulled out a piece of paper and wrote in bold letters: “I will endure all for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” When he entered the fourth monastery here also some loved him and others offended him. But he patiently began to endure the offenses. As soon as someone offended him, he would take out that piece of paper and read: “I will endure all for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” So with patience he succeeded and all loved him and he remained in that monastery until his death.
Today (June 17th) is our annual Father’s Day Luncheon. Any and all are invited to join us. We want to offer to all a Happy Father’s day, Many years!
Thanks to all who helped at today’s luncheon honoring our fathers.
Next Sunday we will be honoring the 2018 graduates from St. Michael’s. Congratulations and Many Years to our graduates Kate Bunitsky and Nicholas Carey!
The parish office will be closed this week (June 18-22). Please call Father Deacon James Carpenter (609) 202-4255 or Jeffrey Kendall (302) 420-6600 if there are any parish emergencies or problems. Thank you!
The spirit of Holy Pentecost leads us to another feast and fast of the church. The feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is celebrated on June 29th. From the 4th Century on, the Church has celebrated this feast which is spiritually linked with Holy Pentecost. It stands as the witness of the Apostles immediate fruit at the descent of the Holy Spirit when it came upon them. The Feast is preceded by a fasting period called Saints Peter and Paul Fast.” The fast is different from year to year since it always begins on the Monday following the first Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints' Sunday). Vespers for the feast will be Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. and Divine Liturgy on Friday, June 29th at 9:00 a.m.
We will be holding a special all parish meeting on Sunday, July 8th, 2018 during coffee hour. We ask for as many as possible to stay as the council will present cupola maintenance and repair work.
Our Study group will be taking a break for the Summer months of June /July/August. We will meet once again in September.
Congratulation and Many Years to graduates from St. Michael’s Kate Bunitsky and Nicholas Carey. We want to offer our best wishes and prayers for continued health, success, and length of days. Many Years!
Father Barnabas and Deacon James continue to try and keep up with our ongoing prayer list for the divine services. Going forward, for good order’s sake, they will keep names on the prayer list for about three months, unless told otherwise, or unless there is a long-term need. Please let them know if there are names that have been removed that need to be placed back because of a long-term need. We will try to remind everyone of this policy on a regular basis.
If you are heading out on vacation please do not take a vacation from your financial support of St. Michaels. St Michaels is here even when Her parishioners are away, and She continues to count on Her people for support. If you do travel, also visit the “Orthodoxy in America” website to find an Orthodox Church wherever you are heading. All the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions (OCA, Greek, Antiochian, Serbian, etc.) are listed together on this one helpful site: www.orthodoxyinamerica.org - Check it out! Also, whichever parish you visit on vacation please remember to contact the priest ahead of time to inform him that you would like to come for Holy Communion at the Liturgy. Thank you, God bless your travels and come back safe and sound!
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