Visit by Bishop John 10/19

bp-johnWe are honored to have His Grace Bishop John with us this Sunday, October 19th.  Bishop John will be joining us for Matins and Mass Sunday morning.  Mass will be followed by a Bar-B-Q lunch orchestrated by the St. Sophia’s Women’s Ministry of our Parish.  There will be no per person charge for the lunch.  We will have a basket for your kind donations to offset the expense of the meat which is estimated somewhere between $500 – $600 dollars.

After the meal, Bishop John has offered to spend two hours with us teaching and instructing us on the subject of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  In Bishop John’s last year of seminary, he had the blessing of being in a class being taught by Father Alexander Schmemann.  Father Schmemann is well know both within and beyond the Orthodoxy Church for his teachings on the Sacraments of the Church.  During this year, Father Schmemann was using the class to prepare to write his next book on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  This year under Father Schmemann led to Bishop John doing his PhD dissertation on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  We are blessed that Bishop John has offered to share with us for a few hours the wonder of God expressed in this Holy Sacrament.

There will be childcare provided during this teaching time for children up through 6th grade.  I am encouraging everyone, 7th grade through adults, to make plans to attend this rare opportunity to learn from our Bishop on this very important subject.  I look forward to seeing everyone there this Sunday.

Peace to all,

Fr. Mark