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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, February 5th

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Luke 18:10-14

Notice to All Parishioners

February 15th Feast Day of Meeting of our Lord – Sretenje Gospodnje

NO DIVINE LITURGY will be served in our Church due to Clergy Meeting in San Diego

​Epistle Reader: Theodore Collins

Altar Boys: Marko Macura, Mirko Macura, Stevo Medan, Maxim Vrcelj, Nikola Pesic, Stefan Kostic, Jovan Bukarica, Milan Grbovic, Theodore Collins.

LUNCH at 12:00 pm
In Loving Memory of +BABA ANDJE DAVIDOVICH (Pomen)

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Feb. 12 Sredanovich

Feb. 19 Macura

Feb. 26

March 5 Family Kosich

March 12

March 19

March 26

If anyone would like to sponsor lunch for any Sunday, please call Fr. Slobodan at 408-867-4876 to put you on the list and for the Church announcement. Sponsorship can be done by one or two families donating $300, to partially cover the cost of food and preparation.


10:00 -10:45 Religious Instruction (Veronauka)

11:00 - 12:00 Serbian language classes

12:20 - 1:00 Folklore rehearsal - younger group

1:30 - 3:30 Folklore rehearsal - older group (when in Saratoga)


February 25 Sarma Fest (More details to come!)

March 4 Crab Dinner

March 11 Lenten Retreat

March 19 Quarterly Membership Meeting



Clement was born in the year 258 A.D. in the city of Ancyra of a pagan father and a Christian mother. His devout mother Euphrosyne prophesised that her son would die a martyr's death and then she departed this world when Clement was twelve years old. Her friend Sophia took Clement to her home as a son and assisted in rearing him in the Christian spirit. Clement was so famous because of his virtuous living that he was elected bishop of Ancyra at the age of twenty. In his young years, he attained the wisdom of a mature adult, and by great restraint he tamed and conquered his body. Clement fed on bread and vegetables only and did not eat anything butchered or bloody. During the reign of Diocletian, he was tortured so horribly "as no one ever, since the beginning of the world." He spent twenty-eight years in difficulties and in dungeons. Eleven different torturers tormented and tortured him. At one time, when they struck him in the face, spat upon him and broke his teeth, he cried out to Domentian, his torturer: "You do me great honor, O Domentian, for you are not torturing me, because even the mouth of my Lord Jesus Christ was also beaten and struck in the face and behold, I , the unworthy, now became worthy of that!" When Clement was brought to Rome before Emperor Diocletian, the emperor placed various weapons on one side for torture and on the other side gifts, such as decorations [medals], clothing and money; all that the emperor could bestow, and then he told Clement to choose. The martyr of Christ glanced with scorn at all the emperor's gifts and chose the instruments of torture. Clement was indescribably tortured: piece by piece they removed the flesh from his body so that the white bones showed beneath the flesh. Finally, he was beheaded by a soldier in Ancyra while, as bishop, he was celebrating the Divine Liturgy in church in the year 312 A.D. The miracles of St. Clement are without number.


Рођен 258. године, у граду Анкири од оца незнабошца и мајке хришћанке. Његова благочестива мајка Ефросинија прорече своме сину мученичку смрт и остави овај свет када Клименту беше дванаест година. Њена другарица Софија узме Климента у своју кућу као сина, и поможе његово васпитавање у хришћанском духу. Толико беше Климент прочувен због свог добродетељног живота да би изабран за епископа анкирског у двадесетој години свога живота. У младим годинама он је стекао старческу мудрост, и великом уздржљивошћу укротио и победио своје тело. Хранио се само хлебом и зељем и ништа није јео заклано и крвно. У време Диоклецијана би мучен тако страшно „како никад нико од постања света". Провео је двадесет осам година на мукама и по тамницама и једанаест разних мучитеља истјазаваху га и мучаху. Када га једном удараху по лицу, пљуваху и зубе му кршаху, он довикну мучитељу Доментијану: „Почаст ми чиниш, о Доментијане, а не мучиш ме, јер и Господу мојему Исусу Христу уста бејаху тако бијена и образи шамарани, па, гле, и ја недостојни сада се тога удостојих!" Када би доведен пред цара Диоклецијана у Рим, цар постави на једну страну разна оруђа за мучење а на другу дарове, одликовања, одела, новце – све што цар може даривати, па онда рече Клименту да бира. Мученик Христов с презрењем погледа на сва блага царева, па изабра оруђа за мучење. И би мучен неисказано: комад по комад меса откидан му је с тела, тако да су се кости белеле испод меса. Најзад би посечен од војника, 312. године у цркви у Анкири, када као архијереј служаше службу Божју. Чудеса светог Климента су безбројна.

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