Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – October 15, 2017

TIME, TALENT, TREASURE: First Fruits Pledge 2018. As Christians we know that everything is ultimately a gift from God. Throughout time, the people of God have been called on to give back to God at least a tenth, that is, a Tithe, of all that they had. While as Christians we recognize that everything belongs […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – October 8, 2017

TIME, TALENT, TREASURE: First Fruits Pledge 2018. Fall is the time of harvest when people traditionally received the fruit of their labors and offered those “first fruits” back to God in thanksgiving and recognition that He is the Source of all that provision and blessing. As Christians we know that everything is ultimately a gift […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 30, 2017

On the Protection of the Theotokos Today, we commemorate the miraculous appearance of the Mother of God occurred in the mid-tenth century in the Blachernae church of Constantinople where her robe, veil, and part of her belt were preserved after being transferred from Palestine in the fifth century. On Sunday, October 1, during the All […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 23, 2017

Today Christ calls His foremost disciples, Peter, James, and John, from the simple life of fishermen to becoming “fishers of men,” a calling to prioritize the life in Christ and the spreading of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God above all else. The Holy Spirit transforms these ‘simple’ fishermen into the great disciples and […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 17, 2017

The idea of denying oneself anything in today’s “me first” culture is considered ‘abnormal.’ The message of the cross of Christ, on the other hand, stands in such stark contrast: Christ says to us today, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mk. 8:34). […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 10, 2017

By Christ’s victory on the cross, we’re endowed with life. Christ God emerges from His encounter with the cross—the ancient instrument of death—as the Victor; He defeats the enemy—death is slain! By following Christ into this new, redeemed life—part of the new race of Adam—we too can become fellow victors with Christ over sin and […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 3, 2017

This Friday we celebrate the fore-feast of the Nativity of the Most-Holy Theotokos and call to mind her miraculous conception by barren parents past child-bearing age. The Church acclaims the birth of the Theotokos in beautiful ‘poetry’ so that we may more fully and reverently delve into the Great Mystery of God’s dispensation, preparing the […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 27, 2017

The young man in today’s Gospel wants to have it both ways: He classifies Jesus as “a good teacher,” but asks of Him that which only God can know and reveal. No man who is simply a “good teacher” could ever answer the ultimate question: not, “what must a man do to inherit eternal life,” […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 20, 2017

We learn through Christ and His Church, that forgiveness is the path toward freedom—both for ourselves, our families, the Church, and the world. Fr. Alexander Schmemann says: “The triumph of sin, the main sign of its rule over the world, is division, opposition, separation, hatred—and don’t we see it today! Therefore, the first break through […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 13, 2017

As we are reminded this day in our Epistle that the Apostles and their successors, and indeed all faithful Orthodox Christians, will suffer living out our faith in this world. The life of a faithful Christian by necessity, involves our denial of self and our coming outside ourselves to love and to serve. This is […]