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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, October 10th

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly."

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

"Yes it is, Lord," she said. "Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table."

Then Jesus said to her, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed at that moment.

​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 +Mira Novakovic and other deceased family members

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Oct 23, Cukic

Oct 30, Davidovich

Nov 6, Sredanovich

Nov 13, Kupresanin

Nov 20, Church Slava

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)


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.



Dionysius is numbered among the Seventy Lesser Apostles. This wonderful man was the scion of a distinguished pagan family in Athens. Having completed the school of philosophy inAthens, he went to Egypt to study further. While he was there the Lord Christ died on the Cross, the sun was darkened, and there was darkness in Egypt for three hours. Then Dionysius cried out: ``Either God the Creator of the world is suffering, or this world is coming to an end.'' Returning to Athens, he married a woman named Damaris and had sons by her. He became a member of the highest court among the Greeks, the Areopagus, and thereafter he was known as the ``Areopagite.'' When the Apostle Paul preached the Gospel in Athens, Dionysius was baptized with his entire household. Paul consecrated him Bishop of Athens. He left his wife, children and his position for the love of Christ. He traveled with Paul for a long time and met all the other apostles of Christ. He traveled toJerusalem especially to see the Most-holy Theotokos, and described his encounter with her in one of his written works. He was present at the burial of the Holy and Most-pure One. When his teacher, St. Paul, suffered martyrdom, Dionysius also desired such a death for himself, and went to Gaul, with his presbyter Rusticus and the deacon Eleutherius, to preach the Gospel among the barbarians. He suffered much but also succeeded much. By his labors many pagans were converted to the Christian Faith. Dionysius built a small church in Paris, where he celebrated the divine services. When he was ninety years old, he, Rusticus and Eleutherius were seized and tortured for Christ; then all three were beheaded. The severed head of St. Dionysius rolled a long distance, to the feet of Catula, a Christian, who honorably buried it with his body. Dionysius suffered during the reign of Dometian in the year 96. He wrote several famous works: on the Divine Names of God, on the Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies, on Mystical Theology, and on the Most-holy Theotokos.


Убраја се у седамдесет мањих апостола. Овај дивни муж беше од знамените незнабожачке фамилије из Атине. Свршивши школу филозофије у Атини оде у Мисир да још учи. У то време једнога дана издахну Господ Христос на крсту, и сунце помрча, и би тама и у Мисиру 3 сата. Тада Дионисије узвикну: „Или Бог Творац света страда, или овај свет скончава". Вративши се у Атину ожени се женом Дамаром, и имаше с њом синове. Беше члан највишега суда код Грка, Ареопага, због чега му је и остало назвање Ареопагит. Када апостол Павле проповедаше Јеванђеље у Атини, крсти се Дионисије са целим домом својим. Од Павла би посвећен за епископа Атинског (јер беше оставио и жену и децу и положај свој ради љубави Христове). Путоваше с Павлом довољно дуго и упозна све остале апостоле Христове. Ходио је нарочито у Јерусалим, да види Пресвету Богородицу, и описао је тај сусрет с њом у једном делу свом. Био је и на погребу Свете Пречисте заједно са осталим апостолима. Када учитељ његов св. Павле мученички пострада, пожели и Дионисије такву смрт себи. И оде у Галију на проповед Јеванђеља међу варварима, заједно с Рустиком презвитером и Елевтеријем ђаконом. Претрпе много, али и успе много. Његовим трудом многи се незнабошци обратише у веру Христову. Дионисије сагради у Паризу малу црквицу, где служаше службу Божју. Када му беше 90 година, би ухваћен и мучен за Христа, заједно са Рустиком и Елевтеријем, док их сву тројицу најзад мачем не посекоше. Одсечена глава св. Дионисија одскочила је на велику раздаљину и пала пред неку хришћанку Катулу, која ју заједно са телом чесно сахрани. Пострадао у време Дометијана 96. год. Написао знаменита дела: о именима Божјим, о небесној и црквеној јерархији, о тајанственом Богословљу, о Пресветој Богородици.

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