Week of September 17

Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the Name of the Lord.

Attached to the email of this newsletter is a copy of our Quarterly Liturgy Prayer List. Please put it on your phone or print it out and place it in your icon corner so that you can use it in your daily devotions.

Our Calendar

Fasting Days

Wednesday, September 19, and Friday, September 21

Daily Services

Monday, September 17-Friday, September 21

  • Orthros 5am
  • Vespers 5pm

(Because life in our parish community can be pretty busy, sometimes the starting times for the daily services has to be shifted. So, if you know ahead of time that you will be attending a particular service, it’s always a good idea to send Father Aidan a note at fraidan@austin.rr.com to confirm when the service will actually begin.)

Wednesday, September 19

  • Fall Theological Seminar 7pm We will meet at the parish and in Killeen, and we will be discussing pages 31-63 of Gilead

Thursday, September 20

  • Trail Life Troop Meeting 7pm

Saturday, September 22

  • St Thomas School 4pm
  • Great Vespers 6pm

Sunday, September 23

First Sunday of St Luke

  • Orthros 8am Holly Speckhard will be baptized and chrismated between Orthros and the Divine Liturgy; please plan on arriving early so you can join us for these Holy Mysteries
  • Divine Liturgy 10am
  • Fellowship Hour Noon
  • Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children Noon

Back To School

St Thomas School, that is. If you started out with us back in the summer and have since become too busy—or if you haven’t yet tried out the school—this is a good time to get involved. We’re starting a new section in our current textbook. Here’s a rundown by Mike Ruse:

In Part 4, we now arrive at how God and man came together in the incarnation of the Son of God. Although the Creed declares what we believe and what has been revealed to us, we will look at some of the reasons for God becoming man in the writings of St. Athanasius, St. Isaac the Syrian and other Eastern Church Fathers.

We have seen through Parts 1-3 that there has been a long, mysterious distance between God and mankind. We have been mentioning in our classes that the Holy Trinity didn’t decide to send the Son of God as a plan B, that the Word’s incarnation wasn’t an ad hoc meeting simply to solve the problem of sin. St. Isaac the Syrian draws our attention instead to the divine love of the Holy Trinity.

Join us on Saturday afternoons at 4pm in the parish house.

Our Moment of Grace and Courtesy

Please remember that the bread you receive after communion and after reverencing the cross has been blessed at the altar. That means we all need to make sure that we pick up whatever crumbs may fall on the floor. Parents and grandparents need to watch their children and grandchildren and assist them in this important and respectful work. Once the crumbs have been picked up, you may consume them or simply take them outside and scatter them for the birds.

Check out the blog for a column that will appear in this week’s Hill Country News.

An unworthy priest,