July 6 - July 12, 2020 Issue no. 833
All services listed below will only be available live on Facebook
Tuesday, July 7
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Friday, July 10
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Sunday, July 12
5th Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 am Matins
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Covid-19 Update - More info coming soon!
The Board of Trustees are currently working on a plan to slowly begin opening our church for in-person services. At first a limited number of seats will be available with the hopes of gradually increasing occupancy back to normal levels.
We will soon roll out an online sign up system allowing those who who wish to attend both weekday and Sunday Services. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to attend and participate in the celebration of Christ's Holy Eucharist.
Change to the Start Time of Sunday Liturgy (9:30am)
Due to the results of a survey which was sent out, 76% of the responses preferred to start the Divine Liturgy at 9:30am. This took effect on 7/5. We hope that our parish members will take advantage of the extra hour and spend it with their loved ones.
Divine Liturgy for St. John the Baptist - 7/7/2020
We will have a special Divine Liturgy for our local Saint, St. John Maximovitch and for all of the saints of the week this Thursday at 9:30am. The service will be available live on our Facebook page. For more information about the life of St. John, please see the article below.
Holy Apostle Fast, June 15- July 11
Monday, 7/6 - Fish allowed
Tuesday, 7/7 - Fish allowed
Wednesday, 7/8 - Oil allowed
Thursday, 7/9 - Fish allowed
Friday, 7/10 - Strict fast
Saturday, 7/11 - Fish allowed
Sunday, 7/12 - Conclusion of fasting
The Holy Apostle Fast - June 15 - July 11
The Fast of the Holy Apostles is dated back to early years of the church. The first evidence of this fast is found in the writings of St. Athanasius the Great (†373). In his letter to Emperor Constance, he writes: "During the week following Pentecost, the people who observed the fast went out to the cemetery to pray." Some 20 years later, St. Ambrose (†397) writes: "On the days following his ascension into heaven, however, we again fast" (Sermon 61).
Until the second half of the 3rd century, the Fast of the Holy Apostles was linked to Pentecost and lasted only for one week (Apostolic Constitutions). Later on, after the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul and following the development of the commemoration of their death around the year 258, the Apostles' Fast became linked to the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29. Consequently, it became a fasting period of preparation for the celebration of the feast of the great apostles. St. Symeon of Thessalonica (†1429)
Coffee hour & lunch will resume once we have the clearance from the County Health Officers and the Greek Archdiocese.
All events have been cancelled due to Covid-19. We will soon reassess the situation and hopefully begin scheduling events.
Annual Food Festival
TBD - May be cancelled this year
explains: "The Fast of the Apostles is justly established in their honor, for through them we have received numerous benefits and for us they are exemplars and teachers of the fast ... For one week after the descent of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with the Apostolic Constitution composed by Clement, we celebrate, and then during the following week, we fast in honor of the Apostles."
Virtual Sunday School with Carol Kafeety
Starting Sunday June 21, 2020, and every Sunday for children between the ages of 5 to 9. Many thanks to our Sunday School teacher Carol Kafeety, she will be hosting the sessions online over Zoom. Carol will send the parents all the needed information to get Zoom app installed on your computer or phone and she will send you any passwords needed to login.
Donations during Covid-19
Thank you all who have been able to continue donating. We understand that some may be facing financial hardships and our prayers go out to you and your family. If you are able, please continue donating, as we still have roughly $15,000 a month in operating expenses. Through the prayer of our faithful, may Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ keep you and your family safe!
Visit our "Donate" page to make a donation or mail in your check to 195 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035. Thank you and God Bless!
Receiving Confession & Communion
It is important to continue participating in communion and confession and focusing on keeping an eye on our spiritual health Fr. Jeries is asking anyone who would like to confess and take communion to please call him or send him a text message and he will schedule a time for you, this could be done over the phone if needed. This is to ensure your safety and the safety of the clergy and to comply with the directions and guidelines by the local authorities.
Scrip Gift Card Program
A large variety of scrip (gift) cards are available at the church hall following the liturgy. We have Amazon, Gas, Visa cards, your favorite restaurants and much more! By purchasing scrip cards, our church will receive a percentage or kick-back from the company.
St. John the Baptist - 7/7
St. John was the son of the Prophet Zacharias and Elizabeth, who was a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary. St. John is known as the “Forerunner” and “Baptist.” He is known as the Forerunner because he preceded Christ and taught repentance, which prepared men for Jesus’ teaching and His ministry. He even recognized Christ as the Messiah as early as when they were both still in their mothers’ wombs. According to Holy Tradition, the Virgin Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and when they embraced John leapt in his mother’s womb, which is considered his first acknowledgment of Christ as Messiah.
After his birth, St. John’s father Zacharias was murdered in the temple. He and his mother fled to the desert and he was raised there. Thus he lived as an ascetic from the earliest part of his life. He ate plants and roots and wore rough clothing. When he grew, he baptized people in the Jordan, teaching repentance, but also saying that someone greater would come after him and baptize with the Holy Spirit.
St. John always spoke the Truth and because Herod did not appreciate his criticism, he was imprisoned. Later he was beheaded, as the result of a promise Herod gave to his step-daughter to give her anything she asked. The daughter was convinced by her mother to ask for John’s head on a platter. Our parish celebrates the feast of St. John’s Beheading as our patronal feast day. It is a strict fast day in recognition of the way in which he died, but it is also a joyous feast day because John’s life was such a luminous example for monastics, martyrs and all Christians to follow him.
The Eucharist (Holy Communion)
The Eucharist is the heart of the Christian life, the means by which each child of God is nourished with God's grace and mercy. The central moment of the Divine Liturgy every Sunday is the reception of Holy Communion; after all the prayers and preparations have been concluded, the deacon turns to the congregation and says, "With reverence for God, faith and love draw near." This is a universal statement. All are called to receive the Divine Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ each time it is offered. For this reason, at Holy Trinity Cathedral we encourage Orthodox Christians to receive Holy Communion regularly, rather than only a few times a year.
Preparation to Receive Holy Communion
Preparation for Holy Communion should be seen as a way of life; we are constantly preparing ourselves to meet with Christ. Preparation is not a matter of trying to become "worthy" of God's grace (which is impossible), but rather of opening ourselves more fully to the mystery of God's presence in the sacraments.
Those Orthodox Christians who wish to receive Holy Communion during the Divine Liturgy are encouraged to abstain from food and drink throughout the morning, so that our first nourishment that day is the Body and Blood of Christ. Young children, the sick, and those who must take medication with food or water are generally exempted from fasting. In addition to fasting, confession prior to taking communion is essential as Preparation to receive Holy Communion as seen in 1 Corinthians 11:23-27, "So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord."