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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, September 11

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"

"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments."

"Which ones?" he inquired.

Jesus replied, "'You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,'[a] and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'[b]"

"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"

Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

​Epistle Reader: Jovan Bukarica

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


Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Sep. 25 Tesla Club/Family Vuksic

Oct. 2 KOLO Slava

Oct. 16 Novakovic, Smrzlic

Oct. 30, Davidovich

Dec. 4, Four KOLO Humanitarian Fundraising

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.


Church School – Summer Vacation – Resumes on Sep. 11th 


  • Sept. 18 St. George Oakland Church Anniversary 
  • Sept. 24 First Serbian Food Festival on our property 
  • Oct. 9 St. John San Francisco Church Slava 
  • Nov. 20 Our Church Slava 
  • Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)



Herod Antipas, son of the elder Herod, who was the slayer of the children of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of the Lord Jesus, was ruler ofGalilee at the time when John the Baptist was preaching. This Herod was married to the daughter of Aretas, an Arabian prince. But Herod, an evil sprout of an evil root, put away his lawful wife and unlawfully took unto himself Herodias as his concubine, the wife of his brother Philip, who was still living. John the Baptist stood up against this lawlessness and strongly denounced Herod who then cast John into prison. At the time of a banquet in his court in Sebastia in Galilee Salome, the daughter of Herodias and Philip, danced before the guests. The drunken Herod was so taken by this dance that he promised Salome that he would give her whatever she asked of him, even though it be half of his kingdom. Being persuaded by her mother, Salome asked for the head of John the Baptist. Herod gave the order and John was beheaded in prison and his head brought to him on a platter. John's disciples took the body of their teacher by night and honorably buried it and Herodias pierced the tongue of John with a needle in many places and buried the head in an unclean place. What later happened to John the Baptist's head can be read on February 24. However, God's punishment quickly befell this group of evil doers. Prince Aretas, in order to cleanse his daughter's honor, attacked Herod with his army and defeated him. The defeated Herod was sentenced by the Roman Caesar, Caligula, to exile at first to Gaul and later to Spain. As exiles, Herod and Herodias lived in poverty and humiliation until the earth opened up and swallowed them. Salome died an evil death on the Sikaris (Sula) river. The death of St. John occurred before the Pascha [Passover] but its celebration on August 29 was established because, on that day, a church which had been built over his grave in Sebastia by Emperor Constantine and Empress Helena was consecrated. In this church the relics of John's disciples, Eliseus and Audius, were also placed.


Ирод Антипа, син старога Ирода, убице младенаца Витлејемских у време рођења Господа Исуса, беше господар Галилеје у време проповеди Јована Крститеља. Беше тај Ирод жењен ћерком некога арабског кнеза Арете. Но Ирод, зли изданак од злога корена, отера своју закониту жену и незаконито узе себи за сожителницу Иродијаду, жену свога брата Филипа, који беше још у животу. Против овог безакоња уста Јован Крститељ и силно изобличи Ирода. Ирод га баци у тамницу. За време једнога пира у свом двору у Севастији Галилејској играше пред гостима Саломија, ћерка Иродијадина и Филипова. И пијани Ирод, занесен том игром, обећа играчици дати што год буде од њега искала, ма то било и половина царства. Наговорена од своје мајке Саломија заиска главу Јована Крститеља. Ирод нареди те Јована посекоше у тамници и донеше главу његову на тањиру. Ученици Јованови ноћу узеше тело свога учитеља и чесно сахранише, а Иродијада избоде иглом језик Јованов, па главу закопа на неко нечисто место. Шта је даље било с главом Јовановом може се читати под 24. фебруаром. Али убрзо постиже Божја казна ову групу злотвора. Кнез Арета, да опере част своје ћерке, удари с војском на Ирода и потуче га до ноге. Поражени Ирод би осуђен од кесара римског Калигуле на прогонство најпре у Галију а по том у Шпанију. Као изгнанци Ирод и Иродијада живеше у беди и понижењу, док се земља не отвори и не прогута их. А Саломија погибе злом смрћу на реци Сикорису (Сули). Смрт св. Јована догодила се пред Пасху, а празновање 29. августа установљено је због тога што је тога дана освећена црква, коју подигоше на гробу његовом у Севастији цар Константин и царица Јелена. У ту цркву положене су и мошти ученика Јованових: Јелисеја и Авдије.

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