April 11, 2021
Lenten Service Project: clothing and toiletries donations this week, the sick next week. So, this week we are helping to clothe and care for the Naked. So, bring clothing, toiletries, and toothbrushes to donate. Do what you can to help. Thank you.
Refaat is going to be out of town for an extended period of time to have corrective work done on his knee. Please reach out to him and pray for him.
There is still time to schedule a confession before Pascha. Please don't wait until the last minute or skip this entirely. Making a confession a few times a year is part of the definition of being in good standing with the Church just like receiving communion regularly is. In the Slavic tradition of Orthodoxy the expectation is that people will make a confession every time they receive the Eucharist. I don't know that we need to go to that level, but we should make a habit of going to confession.
Today is Sunday of the Ladder, which is always the fourth Sunday of Lent.
It's a busy church week. Don't miss the services!
- If you are Orthodox, Lent means attending as many of the services as you can, and fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.
- So plan now to come at 6:00pm on Wednesday for Presanctified Liturgy, and at 6:00pm on Friday for the Akathist service (#5 of 5, Last One!). They both start at 6pm, which is our usual time for evening services.
- This Wednesday, Presanctified Liturgy #5 of 6, at 6pm.
- This Friday, Akathist #5 of 5, at 6pm.
- Pascha is Sunday, May 2.
- Plan to attend Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday, April 24, at 9am. Palm Sunday is the following day, April 25, which is also St. Mark's day.
- See the website's "Calendar" page for the complete Holy Week Schedule.
- The complete calendar of our Journey to Pascha, with all the services between now and May 2, is posted on the "Calendar" page on the parish website.
Special Occasions This Week
- Birthdays: Fr. Mark, Kayla Perkins
- Anniversaries: none this week
- Namedays: Charis Worden (St. Charissa, see the write-up about her in the Saints section)
- Memorials: Johnny Kalaitzes
Saints for the Week: We have many saints with interesting write-ups in this week's bulletin. Be sure to check out the rest of this bulletin, online on the church's website, OrthodoxSanAngelo.org.
- Calling all bakers! We need more people to bake prosforo, which is the fresh altar bread. And a big THANK YOU to everyone who helps with this ministry. Taking time to knead and bake it while praying is a special act that we can do for God, a gift we can make for Him. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive. What God does with it is amazing.
- Please contact Fr. Mark if you'd like to get the recipe or learn how to make it.
- Also, if you need a seal, Fr. Mark has one to loan to a prospective baker until they can purchase their own.
- Send your prayer requests to Fr. Mark. Also your requests for visits to the sick and the hospitalized.
- Reminder: Whenever we cannot attend church services, we should still find a way to worship God. You can pray these Morning Prayers during that time. The morning prayers are also good way to start every day. Here are some Evening Prayers for you too. "A day hemmed in prayer rarely comes unravelled."
** As always, see the parish website for any changes and updates. **