SUNDAY OF CHEESFARE FEBRUARY 11, 2018

13 02 2018

Saturday, February 10
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Marie Lindsey

Sunday, February 11 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.
4:00 PM Forgiveness Vespers
At Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Nanticoke, PA
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Wednesday, February 14
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, February 17 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Michael & Dolores Sinko

Sunday, February 18 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday 6:00 PM Sunday 10:30 AM

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light has no request for this week.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles that burn for all services was requested for the month of January in memory of Anna Bosack and the month of February in memory of Peter Bosack by John and Claudia Bosack.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish council will meet on Thursday, Feb. 15th,
2:00 pm in the church hall. All parishioners are invited to attend. The main subject will be if our parish and Transfiguration of Our Lord parish could have a joint SVIACHENE (after Easter Dinner) this year. Your interest in this affair is needed.

LENTEN SERVICES: The Liturgy of Presanctifed Gifts will be celebrated at our parish each Wednesday during Lent at 4:00 PM

DEANERY STATIONS: Stations of the Cross by the Deanery will be held in various parishes on Sunday’s during Lent. The Stations of the Cross will be held in our Parish Sunday, February 25th at 4:00 PM. This service is done in reverence and all who are able should attend these services. Fellowship will follow and we are asking all our good dessert makers for help in providing either food or the desserts.
Please remember to sign in if you plan on supplying a dessert, etc. for the fellowship after the Deanery Stations of the Cross.
Confessions at 3:30 p.m. and Rosary at 3:45 p.m. by all faithful present, Stations begin at 4 p.m.

BUILDING/IMPROVEMENT FUND: We are extremely grateful for the donation of $10,000 from the Family of Mrs. Jean Cahn.

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SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 4, 2018

13 02 2018

Saturday, Feb. 3
4:00 PM ✞ Anna & John Rudeski – Onderko & Rudeski Families

Sunday, Feb. 4 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Feb. 10
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Marie Lindsey
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

Sunday, Feb. 11 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

SUNDAY OF MEAT-FARE
The Sunday of Meat-fare is also called the Sunday of the Terrible Judgment. In the Gospel today, Christ speaks of the Terrible Judgment, of the reward of the righteous, and the eternal punishment of the wicked. By recalling the manner in which the Terrible Judgment will be carried out, this service is designed to fill us with salutary fear, sorrow for our sins, and to stress the importance of good works, especially works of mercy.
No one shall escape this Judgment. All our deeds will be exposed and rewarded or punished. This is clear from the following stichera, “The books will be opened and the acts of men will be revealed before the unbearable judgment seat; the whole vale of sorrow shall echo with the fearful sound of lamentation, as all the sinners, weeping in vain, are sent by your just judgment to everlasting torment. Therefore, we beseech you, O compassionate and loving Lord: Spare us who sing your praise, for you alone are rich in mercy.”
“The trumpets shall blow, the graves shall be opened and all mankind shall rise trembling greatly, moaning and shaking, as they are separated from the elect and sent to suffering. Therefore, O Lord of glory, be compassionate toward us and make us worthy to be counted among those who love You.”
Everyone shall appear at the Terrible Judgment where there shall be no respect for persons, as the following hymn of the canon of the Matins service of that Sunday makes clear: “The day is approaching, already at the door is the judgment! O Soul, where kings and princes, the rich and the poor gather, where all people shall be judged and receive according to their deeds.”

Pysanky Workshop – Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Olyphant will be holding pysanky workshops on the 4th, 11th and 18th of March at 2 pm. Cost is expected to be between $20 and $25. (570) 489-2271 sscyrilandmethodius@comcast.net

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light has no request for this week.

MANY WEEKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REQUESTS FOR THE SANCTUARY LIGHTS. THE LIGHT BURNS FOR THE WEEK AND THE DONATION IS $15. REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES BY HONORING THEM OR A SPECIAL OCCATION.

PIGGIE DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes- Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner on Sunday, February 11th, 2018.  Dinners may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Parish School Hall, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Dinner includes Piggies (meat stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert.  Dinners will be $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (12 and under).  Walk-Ins Welcome but Reservations are encouraged,.

BUS TRIIP: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is sponsoring a springtime bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There will be two stops in Manhattan: the 911 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero and the 42nd annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival on the Lower East Side. Adults $70.00; Seniors 65+ $64.00; Youth 7 to 17 yrs. $62.00. Participants can follow the above two-stop itinerary or are free to do their own thing for part or all of the day. For those not visiting the Museum, the cost is $44.00. Departure from St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Avenue will be at 8:00am and departure from New York City for home will be at 8:30pm.  For additional details and to make reservations contact Dave Pietryka or Paul Ewasko. Due to the large number of visitors, Museum staff strongly recommends early confirmation of number of tickets to be ordered, therefore we ask that reservations and nonrefundable payment be made preferably before April 1. Check should be made out to St. Vladimir Church.”

SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to Rebecca Molecavage for the loss of her brother John Bencho.





SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON January 28, 2018

13 02 2018

Saturday, Jan. 27
4:00 PM ✞Alyssa Baumann – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, Jan. 28 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, Feb. 2 ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON (& ANNA)
9:00 AM BLESSING OF CANDLES
ANOINTING WITH HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA
✞Andrew Beshada – Ann Beshada

Saturday, Feb. 3 ✞John & Anna Rudeski – Onderko & Rudeski Families
4:00 PM

Sunday, Feb. 4 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
JANUARY 28, 20

The Symbol of God’s Mercy Towards the Sinner

The Parable of the Prodigal (sinful) Son has a deep meaning. When we ponder it, we spontaneously perceive that the Prodigal Son is none other than every person who through sin has strained his relationship with God. For this reason, the parable is very real to us; it is the story of our lives. It is a symbol of our infidelity to God. But it is also the symbol of God’s unbounded mercy toward us. We receive God’s mercy when we return to Him. Today, as the world teems with prodigal sons and daughters this parable is dramatized in countless millions. Every person is either that older son who is ever faithful to his father or that younger son who only through hard and painful experience becomes convinced that outside the father’s house there is no happiness or is that person who never returns to God and is eternally lost.
The parable teaches us that God forgives and mercifully receives even the greatest sinners when the sinner returns to God; if they repent and are sorry for their sins. The history of the human race is nothing but the history of sin and God’s mercy, “The mercy of the Lord is from eternity to eternity upon them that fear him.” (Psalm 103, 17)

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of January 27 – February3 by Ann Beshada in memory of her husband Andrew Beshada.

BUILDING FUND: We thank Marie Lindsey, Carl & Sharon Baumann. for the donations given in memory of Ron Kachinko by Your donations are sincerely appreciated.

MYASOPUSNA 2018: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church is pleased to announce that dinner tickets are now available for our Annual Myasopusna Festival, held at the church’s banquet hall at 240 Center Street, Nanticoke, next Sunday, February 4, from noon to 4 pm.  The Myasopusna (Meatfare) Festival is the parish’s pre-lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast.  Dinner (a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, pyrohy, borscht, black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert) will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, followed by live Ukrainian dance performances by Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers.  A variety of Ukrainian crafts will be on display and for sale.  Dinner tickets are $13 if purchased by January 29 ($15 at the door).  Tickets can be purchased by calling Helen or Geri.

FORGIVENESS VESPERS: Father Walter announced that a special Forgiveness Vespers will be celebrated at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Nanticoke, PA on Sunday, Feb. 11th, at 4:00 PM.





SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE JANUARY 21, 2018

23 01 2018

DIVINE LITURGY SCHEDULE: Saturdays 4:00 PM; Sundays 8:30 AMSaturday, Jan. 20
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Tom, Joanne, Genny Hewitt

Sunday, Jan. 21 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, Jan. 24
9:00 A:M ✞Ronald Kachinko ( 40th Day) – The Kachinko Family

Saturday, January 27
4:00 PM ✞Alyssa Baumann – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, January 28 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Publican and the Pharisee

Before the soldier goes to battle, he undergoes a long period of military training to prepare himself physically and psychologically for combat and to enable him to bear the burdens and inconveniences of military life.
In like manner, holy Church, our good Mother, prepares us, her children, spiritually for the struggles we must undergo before she imposes upon us the strict Great Fast (Forty-Days Fast). This is precisely the aim of the four pre-Lenten Sundays, which begin with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and end with Cheese fare Sunday. In the Church services of those Sunday’s, holy Church places before our eyes several biblical scenes: the proud Pharisee and the humble Publican, the conversion of the Prodigal Son, the scene of the Last Judgment and the expulsion of our First Parents from Paradise. These dramatic scenes have the power to move us to the depths; they reveal God’s mercy and justice, and convince us of the need for conversion and penance for our salvation. Meditation on these events should evoke in us a serious attitude toward fasting; convincing us of its necessity and benefit as it gradually prepares us for the Fast itself.

Lent, The Season of Repentance 

The Great Fast, or Lent, begins on the Monday, seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. It is regarded as a time for doing penance through the means of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Ukrainian Catholic Church has always considered the doing of penance a necessary condition for salvation. 
In the past faithful were required to conduct severe forms of fasting and abstinence during the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday. However, the Church has recognized the continuous change in society and as such has called for different expressions of penance. As such there has been a greater relaxation of the laws of fasting and abstinence but in its place a greater attention to prayer, meditations and almsgiving has been made. 
Ukrainian Catholics are today obliged to observe Lent in the following manner. On the first day of Lent and on Good Friday, persons between the ages of 14 and 60 are obliged to abstain from all meat and dairy products. Every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence from meat, as are all Fridays. Public dancing, parties and other loud secular entertainments are to be avoided. 
As an expression of penance during Lent, Ukrainian Catholics are required to conduct prostrations (called poklony in Ukrainian). A prostration is an accentuated form of bending the knee – an act of inclining the whole body to the ground. These penitential prostrations are performed as the following penitential prayer of St. Ephraem Syrus is sung or recited: 
 St. Ephraem PRAYER
”O Lord and Master of my life, grant me not a spirit of slothfulness, of negligence, of lust of power, of vain babbling. [poklony] But vouchsafe unto thy servant the spirit of continence, of meekness, of patience and of love. [poklony] Yea, Lord and King, grant that I may perceive my transgressions and judge not my brother, for You are blessed forever and ever.” [poklony]

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
Jan. 20-27 by The Halloway Family in memory of Deceased members of the Halloway Family.

THANKS: Our thanks to those who so faithfully came out last Sunday to dismantle the Nativity. Your time and efforts were greatly appreciated. God bless you all.

MYASOPUSNA 2018: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church is pleased to announce that dinner tickets are now available for our Annual Myasopusna Festival, held at the church’s banquet hall at 240 Center Street, Nanticoke, on Sunday, February 4, from noon to 4 pm.  The Myasopusna (Meatfare) Festival is the parish’s pre-lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast.  Dinner (a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, pyrohy, borscht, black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert) will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, followed by live Ukrainian dance performances by Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers.  A variety of Ukrainian crafts will be on display and for sale.  Dinner tickets are $13 if purchased by January 29 ($15 at the door). 

BLESSING OF HOMES: You may still have Father bless your home. If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Walter at 735-2262 – Cell Phone 202-603-2607 or place your name and address and phone number in the collection .

BUS TRIP: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is sponsoring a springtime bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There will be two stops in Manhattan: the 911 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero and the 42nd annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival on the Lower East Side. Adults $70.00; Seniors 65+ $64.00; Youth 7 to 17 yrs. $62.00. Further information will follow next week.





THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS JANUARY 14, 2007

23 01 2018

Saturday, Jan. 13
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, Jan. 14 Thirty Second SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Jan. 20
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Tom, Joanne, Genny Hewitt

Sunday, Jan. 21 SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Jan. 13 – 20 by Wife Irene Pstrak in memory of Joseph Pstrak.

DISMANTLE OF THE NATIVITY: The dismantling of the Nativity is scheduled for this Sunday, January 14. Help is needed for this project. Please, if you can possibly come to help we will be able to finish sooner if we have the hands. Come about 1:00 PM and you helping hands will be greatly appreciated.

BUILDING FUND: Donations in memory of Ron Kachinko were made in the amount of $125 – thanks to Bernard and Marina Kachinko and Bonner Chevrolet. Also a donation in memory of Arlene Jones by Nancy Palumbo.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish, especially those at home, in nursing facilities and hospitals.

BLESSING OF HOMES: If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Walter at 735-2262 or place your name and address in the collection basket. Father will bless everyone’s home who request a blessing.





SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 7, 2018

4 01 2018

Saturday, Jan. 6
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Mary Ann Kachinko & Family

Sunday, Jan. 7 SUNDAY AFTER THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, January 13
4:00 pm ✞Ronald Kachinko – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, January 14 THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY

In the first centuries of Christianity, the feast of the Theophany was regarded as a collective feast for it embraced other events in the life of Jesus Christ which bore witness to his divinity – namely, his Nativity, the homage of the Wise Men from the East, His baptism, the miracle at Cana of Galilee and the miraculous multiplication of the loaves. Thus our name “Theophany” must be understood in the plural sense for it means a feast of holy Theophanies.
In the Eastern Church the feast of the Theophany, except for the feasts of the Pasch and the Descent of the Holy Spirit, is of the oldest festivals. This feast was first celebrated at the end of the second or at the start of the third century. St. Clement of Alexandria (✝215) mentions it in his works. The Apostolic Constitutions, a work of the fourth century, speak of this festival thus: “Let them celebrate the feast of the Theophany, for on that day Christ’s divinity was revealed, which was confirmed by the Father at his baptism, and by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove pointing to Christ.
In the Eastern Church this feast is one of the twelve principal feasts. The Apostolic Constitutions say in regard to the Theophany: “Let the day on which the Lord revealed his divinity be held among you in high respect.” It has a four-day pre-and an eight-day post-feast.
The feast of the Baptism of our Lord, places before our eyes one of the greatest and most profound truths of our holy faith – the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. At the baptism of Christ, the Most Holy Trinity was clearly revealed and bore witness to the divinity of Christ.
St. John Chrysostom encourages us to have faith in the Most Holy Trinity: “Our faith – is the throne of the soul, the foundation of life, the immortal root. The life-giving root of faith – is the Father; the unwithering branch – the Son: the uncomplicated, unspeakable, incomprehensible, undivided in identity, in dignity, action, Divinity and grandeur; however, divided – in Persons and names, but One in essence and powers. The Trinity exists from eternity. Its existence had no beginning. It is without beginning; it is eternal, ageless, immortal, without end.”

MYASOPUSNA 2018: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church is pleased to announce that dinner tickets are now available for our Annual Myasopusna Festival, held at the church’s banquet hall at 240 Center Street, Nanticoke, on Sunday, February 4, from noon to 4 pm.  The Myasopusna (Meatfare) Festival is the parish’s pre-lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast.  Dinner (a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, pyrohy, borscht, black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert) will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, followed by live Ukrainian dance performances by Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers.  A variety of Ukrainian crafts will be on display and for sale.  Dinner tickets are $13 if purchased by January 29 ($15 at the door).  Tickets can be purchased by calling Helen (735-4654) or Geri (824-3880).

Khrystos Razhdayetsia – Christ is Born
Slavyte Yeho – Glorify Him

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
Jan. 6 – 13 by John & Claudia Bosack in memory of Michael & Anna Bosack.

BUILDING FUND: Many thanks to those who donated to our Parish Building Fund in the amount of $150 in memory of Ron Kachinko by Martha & Phil Morrisson, Gabrielle & Nick D’Amica, Beverage Servers, Mohegan Sun and $20 in memory of Arlene Jones by Catherine & Charles Halloway.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish, especially those in nursing facilities and hospitals.

BLESSING OF HOMES: If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Walter at 735-2262 or place your name and address in the collection basket. Father would like to bless everyone’s home if you so desire.

ENVELOPES: When using your envelopes please put the amount enclosed and your name on them. Remember to use the Initial Offering envelope as it does fray the cost of the printing of the envelopes.

‘It was soon night. The servants were still busy with the stables and in the bedrooms, where, according to the custom of Christmas Eve, they washed their heads and put on festive clothes. My mother was in the kitchen preparing her typical Christmas sweets. And my Father was with little Nickerl going around the property blessing it with incense, praying all the while. It was necessary to expel the evil spirits and attract angelic blessings to the house.
‘Thus while everyone was busy with their tasks, I prepared the “Tree of Christ” in the main room. I took my tree from its hiding place and put it on the table. I then cut ten or twelve candles from the wax block and placed them on the branches. Underneath I put some sweetbread.

‘I heard some slow and gentle steps on the floor above. I knew it was my father and my little brother who were there blessing the loft. They would soon be coming to the main room. I lit the little candles and hid behind the stove. The door opened and they entered with the incensor and then stopped…
‘“What is this? My father asked in a low but prolonged voice.”
‘The little Nickerl looked on dumbfounded. In his big, round eyes were reflected the lights of the “Tree of Christ” like little stars.
‘My father advanced slowly to the kitchen door and called in a low voice:
‘“Wife, wife, come and see this.”
‘And when she came, he asked:
‘“Did you do this?”
‘“Mary and Joseph!” my mother exclaimed, “What did you put on the table?”
‘The servants soon arrived and were very impressed with the unexpected surprise. So one of them suggested:
‘“Maybe it’s a ‘Tree of Christ’! Could it be that the angels brought this little tree from Heaven?”
‘They all contemplated and marveled at the tree. And the smoke of the incense filled the whole room and formed a delicate veil that rested on the illuminated tree.
‘My mother looked around the room for me:
‘“Where is Peter?”
‘I thought it was the moment to come out of my hiding place. I took Nickerl’s cold hands, who was still dumbfounded and continued rooted to the spot, and took him close to the table. He almost resisted. But I told him in a very solemn tone:
‘“Do not fear my little brother! Look: the dear Child Jesus brought you a ‘Tree of Christ’. It’s yours!”
‘And the young boy was overjoyed and folded his hands like he did when he went to church.’
As we mentioned earlier, the top of a Christmas tree points towards a marvelous world, the world of Heaven. In this light, let us consider an enchanting tale about a Christmas tree. The story elevates one’s spirit to a higher plane, thus satisfying our desire for that which is marvelous.
Pious legend recounts that when the shepherds went to adore the Divine Infant, they decided to take Him fruits and flowers from the area. After this harvest, the plants congratulated themselves on being able to offer something to their newly-born Creator: one had given its dates; another its nuts, and so on.
From the fir tree, however, the shepherds had taken nothing because its needle-like leaves and sharp cones were not presentable gifts.
The fir tree recognized its unworthiness, and not feeling worthy to participate in the conversation, prayed in silence: ‘My newly-born God, what can I offer You? I offer you my poor and unworthy existence. This I gladly give You in gratitude for having created me in Your wisdom and goodness.’
God was pleased with the humility of the fir tree, and, as a reward, ordered a multitude of little stars to come down from heaven to adorn it. The stars were of many colors: gold, silver, red, blue, etc. When a group of shepherds passed by, they not only took the fruits of the other plants, but they also took the whole fir tree, as such a marvel had never before been seen. Thus the fir tree ended up decorating the grotto of Bethlehem, being placed close to the Child Jesus, Our Lady, and Saint Joseph!

The Story of the Christmas Tree and Why Catholics Decorate Them
In the seventh century a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, went to Germany to teach the word of God. His name was Saint Boniface. He did many good works there and spent much time in Thuringia, a region later to become the center of the Christmas decoration industry.
Tradition has it that Saint Boniface used the triangular shape of the fir tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the fir tree as God’s tree, as they had previously revered the oak.
By the twelfth century it was being hung, upside-down, from ceilings at Christmas time in Central Europe, as a symbol of Christianity and was referred to as the ‘Tree of Christ’.
The first decorated tree was at Riga in Latvia in 1510.
On the more profound meaning of the ‘Tree of Christ’, the late Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira explains: ‘Each feast of the liturgical calendar brings an effusion of special graces with it. Whether men want or not, grace knocks at the door of their souls in a more sublime, meeker, more insistent way during the Christmas season.’
The Christmas tree, with its beautiful decorations, lights, and star or angel on top, helps to elevate the soul above the materialistic aspects of modern day Christmas. The tip of the tree points to a marvelous world that is Heaven.
To show how the introduction of the custom of the Christmas tree was a gradual process and how it favors the elevation of the ambience, we will tell the story of a Catholic family in Austria written by P. Rosegger in his book Peasant Life in Styria.
‘It had long been a great desire of mine to put into practice something I had heard was done in other towns to celebrate Christmas. One should put a small fir tree on the table, affix candles to its branches and place presents for the children underneath, explaining that it had been the Child Jesus who had left them there.
‘So I had the idea to setup a “Tree of Christ” for my little brother, Nickerl. But I needed to do this secretly (part of the procedure) and before my mother entered the kitchen to prepare breakfast.
‘As soon as there was enough light, I went out into the cold. I hid my gaze from those working around the house and when I returned from the forest with a small fir top, I ran to the barn where the horse carts were kept to hide it there.





SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 31, 2017

31 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 30 Christmation of Lynne Wescott
4:00 PM ✞Memorial for Arlene Jones – Ann Beshada

Sunday, Dec. 31 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Monday, Jan. 1 THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD
9:00 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Myrovania

Saturday, Jan. 6 THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD – DAY OF OBLIGATION
9:00 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Blessing of Water Myrovania
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Mary Ann Kachinko & Family
Sunday, Jan. 7 SUNDAY AFTER THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

FEAST OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT

On the first of January, the beginning of the civil year, our Church celebrates the memory of the death of one of the greatest and most outstanding Fathers of the Church and doctors of the faith and of monastic legislators – St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappodocia, of Asia Minor. His person is in every respect extraordinary, noble, illustrious and worthy of praise. He was not only an aristocrat by birth, but also an aristocrat in spirit, character, learning and holiness. The mark of his deep faith, heroic love of God and neighbor, learning and holiness is stamped on the entire Church of Christ, on the monastic life in the East and on our people.

The holy Church justifiably gave him the title “the Great”. He is truly “Great” especially in three areas of his life; as a great archbishop of the Church, as a great legislator of monastic life, and as a man of great holiness.

His holiness, virtues and greatness are extolled by our Church in her services in honor of his feast. Here he is praised as “the holy tongue of Christ”, “the shepherd of Christ’s Church”, “the divine and holy bee of Christ’s Church”, “royal ornament of the Church”, “a rich treasure of learning”, and “invincible defender of the Trinity”. Addressing him, the liturgy proclaims, “You walked the rough road of the virtues”, “your word is angelic bread”, “you are a chalice of innocence”, “for monks a model of virtue”, “a light of piety”, and a “trumpet of theology”.

Immediately after Basil’s death, Holy Church began to venerate him as a Saint and to celebrate the day of death on the first of January. Because the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord is celebrated on January 1, the Latin Church honors his memory on the 14th of June, on which day he was consecrated bishop in the year 370. The church service in honor of St. Basil was composed by Anatolus of Constantinople (5c), St. John Damascene and Germanus of Constantinople (8c).

Briefly outlined are a silhouette of the immortal figure of St. Basil the Great and his everlasting significance for our Church and Ukrainian monasticism. With the words of St. Paul, “Brethren, be imitators of me as I am of Christ”. St. Basil summons us all also to imitate his deep faith, his sacrificial and all embracing love of God and neighbor, and his great holiness.

On New Year’s Day
 and the whole year through, 

May the kindness
you’ve given to others
return many times to you.

May hope, love, and warmth
be in your heart’s possessing,
and may the New Year
bring you and yours 
many blessings.

HAPPY


May we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God’s love in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals,
every baby’s smile, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our hearts

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 31, 2017

Christ is Born – Khrystos Razhdayetsia
Glorify Him – Slavyte Yeho

May God bless you and keep you always safe and happy: and blessings not only for today but for the rest of life ahead. May the year 2018 come as the best among the best you have ever imagined for you.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.30 –Jan. 6 by John & Claudia Bosack in memory of Peter Bosack.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn in the month of January for all services in memory of Anna Bosack requested by John & Claudia Bosack.

BUILDING FUND: Many thanks for the contributions of $530, made to our Parish Building Fund in memory of Ronald Kachinko- Charles & Catherine Halloway, Ed & Lela Emmett, Joseph Pirillo, Mrl & Mrs. Robbie Kachik & Family, Michael & Louise Hubiack, Anna Magill, Sony Dempsey, Ann Beshada, Dave & Mary Ann Youells, John & Michaelene Ostrum, Donna & Nelson Warren, Mary Ann Kachinko, Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kosek.

In Memory of Arlene Jones – $120 – by Albert Piston, John Malone, Rosemarie Kachinko.

THANKS: Through the year, many of the parishioners have volunteered for various projects. The services that you so willingly provide is greatly appreciated
Thanks to all for all you do. May God grant you a wonderful and blessed year 2018.