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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, October 23th

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,  the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will fish for people."So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

​Epistle Reader: Jovan Bukarica

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

In Loving Memory of +Petar Veselinovic (Milijana's father) (One Year Pomen)

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Oct 30, Davidovich

Nov 6, Sredanovich

Nov 13, Kupresanin

Nov 20, Church Slava

Nov 27, Family Adzic

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.

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10:00 -10:45 Religious Instruction (Veronauka)
11:00 - 12:00 Serbian language classes
12:20 - 1:00 Folklore rehearsal - younger group
1:00 - 2:00 Church Children Choir
1:30 - 3:30 Folklore rehearsal - older group (when in Saratoga)


  • Nov. 20 Our Church Slava with His Grace Bishop Maxim & Visiting Clergy
  • Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)
  • Dec 11 Annual Meeting of Parishioners
  • Jan 6 Christmas Eve celebration


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It has been tradition in our parish that several families sponsor the Slava Banquet. Sponsorship covers the cost of the food and other expenses. Suggested donation has been established from previous years of $500/family. In that case our much needed income will not be burdened by heavy expenses. Please let me know if you would like to be a sponsor! Thank you! May God bless you!

In Christ, Fr. Slobodan.



They were brother and sister from Nicomedia. During one of the terrible persecutions of Christians by Maximian some of the faithful fled Nicomedia and hid. The young Eulampius was sent into the city to buy bread. There he saw the imperial edict decreeing the persecution of Christians posted on a wall. He laughed at it, removed it, and tore it up. He was arrested and immediately brought before the judge. When the judge advised him to deny Christ, Eulampius counseled the judge to reject the false idols and to acknowledge Christ as the One Living God. The judge ordered that he be flogged for a long time until his blood flowed, and that he be tormented with other cruel tortures. Hearing of her brother's suffering, the virgin Eulampia came running, and she, together with her brother, suffered for Christ. She was flogged until blood flowed from her nose and mouth. After that, they were thrown into boiling pitch, and then into a red-hot furnace, but by the power of the sign of the Cross and the name of Christ, they rendered the fire harmless. Finally Eulampius was beheaded, but Eulampia died before being beheaded. Two hundred other Christians were also slain, who had come to believe in Christ upon witnessing the power and miracles of St. Eulampius and his sister. All were crowned with martyrs' wreaths, and passed over into their eternal heavenly homeland.


Брат и сестра, из Никомидије. У време једног страшног гоњења хришћана од цара Максимијана неки верни из Никомидије беху се склонили из града и сакрили. Млад Евлампије би послат у град да донесе хлеба. Ушавши у град виде младић царску наредбу о гоњењу и убијању хришћана, налепљену на зиду, насмеја се тој наредби, смаче је и поцепа. Због тога одмах би изведен пред судију. Када га судија поче саветовати, да се одрече Христа, поче и Евлампије саветовати судију, да се он одрече лажних идола и призна Христа као јединога живога Бога. Тада судија нареди те га тукоше дуго док га крв не обли и мучише другим љутим мукама. Чувши за мучење свога брата девица Евлампија дотрча, да и она заједно са братом прими муке за Христа. И она би бијена док јој крв не удари на нос и на уста. По том их бацише у врелу смолу, па у зажарену пећ, но они силом крсног знамења и имена Христова учинише огањ безопасним. Најзад св. Евлампију одсекоше главу, а св. Евлампија издахну пре посечења. Још бише погубљени 200 хришћана, који повероваше у Христа видећи силу и чудеса св. Евлампија и сестре његове. Сви се увенчаше венцима мученичким и пређоше у своју небесну бесмртну домовину.



The Eucharist is our Number ONE gift of the Orthodox Christian faith! No surprise here as we believe the Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our faith. "Eucharist" was the overwhelming response, whether described as "Real Presence," "the Body and Blood of Jesus," "Communion," or "Divine Liturgy." Orthodox are Eucharistic people; we believe the Eucharist feeds, forms, strengthens, and sends us as the one Body of Christ.

Sacraments: We value the Sacraments as the foundation of our faith. Most stated "Sacraments" while others included, "the seven sacraments." Interestingly, more than several noted the "Sacrament of Reconciliation," "confession," and "Christ's forgiveness in the sacraments." Many of the faithful have experienced the strength and power of sacramental grace. Some noted our "sacramental worldview" and others submitted "sacramental nature." Orthodox Christians believe God continues to be present in our world, especially through the Holy Sacraments.

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