The Holy Fire from the Lord's Tomb in Jerusalem was brought to St Herman's and burns on our altar and on our "Golgotha" Table.
WE WELCOME into the catechumenate the servant of God, Howard Crawford. He was enrolled yesterday before the Vigil.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Yuliya and Igor on the birth of their third child, Anthony. We will baptize Anthony on Saturday, Sept 22, at 9 am.
OUR CHARITY OUTREACH for July and August is “ZOE For Life!” The central office of ZOE is in Cleveland Heights, OH. The primary goal of ZOE is to preserve the life of the unborn child. ZOE helps pregnant women in distress who need confidential and emotional support to encourage them to choose life for their unborn child. Zoe also assists Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt. It provides life-affirming resources and an Orthodox Christian education program for Pure Living/Abstinence. The latest newsletter from “ZOE for Life!” is on the bulletin board downstairs.
MEOCCA CATECHISM is offered this Fall for anyone interested. The classes are offered at St George GOC on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, from mid-September through early December.
AT ST HERMAN’S, we will plan to receive catechumens into the Church on or around Lazarus Saturday (April 20, 2019 at the end of Great Lent and the beginning of Holy Week). To prepare for baptism and/or chrismation at St Herman’s on this date, you must attend the class for catechumens offered at St Herman’s beginning in September. Please see Fr Paul if you would like to be enrolled into the catechumenate and the class for catechumens.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Yuliya who gave birth to her and Igor’s third child: a boy, Anthony, on Thursday, Aug 2.
ARCHPASTORAL VISIT to St Herman’s: His Grace, Bishop Paul, will be visiting us on the weekend of September 14 – 16.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS we can incorporate our homes into the“village” of the Church, to raise our children in the life of the Church: 1) Parents, be serious in working out your own salvation in fear and trembling; 2) make Saturday night Vigil and Sunday morning Divine Liturgy the anchor of your weekly routine; 3) observe the feasts: come to the vigils and stay for as long as you can. Teach your children about the feasts. If you are not able to attend the services for the Feast, read at home as a family from the Festal Menaion and the Bible to honor and learn about the Feast; 4) observing the fasting seasons of the Church according to your circumstances and strength; 5) pray the meal blessings of the Church before (and after) meals; 6) learn the life of your patron saints, and encourage your children to talk to them; 7) participate in our religious education and spiritual formation classes offered for both adults/parents and children on Sunday mornings at 850 am; 8) plan to come with us on pilgrimage to Holy Dormition 9) talk to Fr Paul about how you might participate in the preparation for divine services, cleaning the church, or for serving and/or cleaning up for the coffee hour. Might you also have ideas? Share them with Fr Paul.
PARISH COUNCIL meets this Tuesday, August 21, at 7 pm.
FR PAUL & PRESBYTERA will be away on vacation on Sunday, Aug 26 and Sept 2. Fr Thaddeus Nielsen will serve us on Aug 26th, Fr John Schroedel on Sept 2nd.
The man who has come to know the love of God will say to himself: I have not kept this commandment. Though I pray day and night, and strive to practice every virtue, still I have failed in the commandment of love towards God. Only at rare moments do I arrive at God’s commandment, though my soul longs at all times to abide in it. When irrelevant thoughts intrude into my mind, the mind is then concerned both with God and with them, and so the commandment to love God with all thy mind and all thy heart is not fulfilled. But when the mind is entirely wrapped in God, to the exclusion of every other thought – that is to fulfill the first commandment, though again not completely.
Knowledge [St Silouan] understood not as cognitive theological formation but as lively experience of union, of communion in the Divine Light. For him, knowing meant a sharing of being.
The Monk of Mt Athos, p. 88.