Our Lady of Wisdom Italo-Greek Byzantine Catholic Church

             Sunday Bulletin - DECEMBER 17, 2023

sunday of the forefathers


 CONFESSION is offered before and after all Services; Saturday at 3:30pm and after Liturgy, Sunday starting 10:00am and at 2:00pm. To set up an alternative time for Confession or spiritual direction, please email Fr. Nathan at  fradams@ephx.org.


Saturday, December 16th

4:00pm  Great Vespers - Sunday of the Forefathers

5:00pm  Divine Liturgy

Intention: Anna and Frano Perrelli

Sunday, December 17th - Sunday of the Forefathers

9:00am  Adult Education: Ignatius Brianchaninovs’ The Field

9:30am  Festal Matins

10:30am Divine Liturgy 

1:00pm Mystagogia

Intention: Cody Norris

Potluck following Liturgy

Monday, December 18th

6:00am    Jesus Prayer  

Tuesday, December 19th

6:00am    Jesus Prayer

Wednesday, December 20th

6:00am    Jesus Prayer  

11:40am  6th Hour

12:00am Helpers of St. Nicholas Homeless Ministry

Thursday, December 21st

No service

Friday, December 22nd

No service

Saturday, December 23rd

11:00am Royal Hours

4:00pm  Great Vespers - Before Christmas: Of the Ancestors

5:00pm  Divine Liturgy

Intention:  Ted Wong+

Sunday, December 24th - Before Christmas: Of the Ancestors

9:00am Adult Education: Ignatius Brianchaninovs’ The Field

9:30am   Festal Matins

10:30am Divine Liturgy 

1:00pm   Mystagogia

Intention:  Fr. Francis Vivona+ w/Panachida

Potluck following Liturgy


16th - St. Haggai, Prophet, the tenth of the Twelve Minor Prophets, is believed to have been born during the exile in Babylon, and that he lived to see the second temple 516 B.C.

17th - St. Daniel, and SS. Three Youth, SS. Hannaniah, Azariah and Mishael. Daniel is the Fourth of the Four Great Prophets. He died a centenarian in Persia in the 5th century B.C. The Three Youths were cast into the fiery furnace by the order of King Nabuchodnosor of Babylon but miraculously came out unscathed.

18th - SS. Sebastian and Companion were put to death A.D. 292 during the reign of Diocletian, Emperor.

19th - St. Boniface, Martyr, put to death A.D. 290 in the reign of Diocletian, Emperor. 

20th - St. Ignatius, “God Bearer,” Priest-Martyr Bishop at Antioch. 

21st - St. Juliana, Virgin-Martyr from Nicomedia, was beheaded A.D. 36 in the reign of Maximinian, Emperor.

22nd - St. Anastasia, Great Martyr, was a famous Roman matron of noble birth, a spiritual pupil of St. Chrysogonus. She was imprisoned, tortured and burned alive for the Faith A.D. 304 in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian. 

23rd - SS. Ten Martyrs at Crete, suffered martyrdom under the Emperor Diocletian.

24th - SS. Eugenia, Venerable Martyr, and her two slaves, Protus and Hyacinth, by whom she was converted to Christianity. She was put to death in prison at Rome on Christmas Day A.D. 257 in the reign of Valerian, Emperor. 





    Saturday, Dec 23      11:00am    Royal Hours

    Saturday, Dec 24        4:00pm    Festal Vespers

                                         4:50pm    Children’s Christmas Play

                                         5:00pm    Vigil of Christmas Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, Dec 25         10:00am    Festal Matins

                                       11:00am    Christmas Divine Liturgy

    Monday, Dec 26       10:00am    Festal Vespers

                                       11:00am    Divine Liturgy Synaxis of the Theotokos

    Tuesday, Dec 27        10:00am    Festal Vespers

                                       11:00am    Divine Liturgy Stephen, Protomartyr


THANK YOU to all those who worked tirelessly and helped make our St. Nicholas Festival a success.  

PALESTINE CHRISTIANS – Please support our fund raiser for the Palestine Christians by purchasing a new Our Lady of Wisdom T-shirt. They are $40.00 each and in the book/gift store.

RETIRED RELIGIOUS SPECIAL COLLECTION will be taken December 9/10, 2023. Please give to those who have given a lifetime. Your donation will make a real difference by providing essential care, medicine and other necessities.

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE - Non-perishable food and grocery items are now being collected to make up Christmas Dinner boxes. Please leave your donations under the St. Nicholas icon. If you know anyone who needs a food

basket for Christmas, please give that information to Karen St. George.

MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS may be brought to the Parish for the Holy Place beginning Wednesday, December 20th.  Please tape a card with your loved one’s name under the plant and place before the Icon Screen.


FACEBOOK GROUP - If you are on Facebook, please join Fr. Nathan’s “Eastern Catholic Daily Catechesis Group”: The group features daily Bible Readings, the Saints of the Day, and a Daily Icon. The group also offers educational opportunities in the Eastern Tradition.


PHONE APPLICATION FOR DAILY PRAYER —for daily prayer services and more, download the application    ECPubs.  This is great for family prayer. 

YOU TUBE  - Please check out and subscribe to our new Our Lady of Wisdom - YouTube.


Glory to Jesus Christ!