SUNDAY OF CHEESFARE

21 02 2021

FEBRUARY 14, 2021

Saturday, February 13 

4:00 PM God’s blessings for Gary Poullard – The Poullard family.

Sunday, February 14 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE

8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners. 

Wednesday, February 17  

4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts   

Saturday, February 20 

4:00 PM             God’s blessings for Alex Szumskyj – Ulana Campbell

Sunday, February 21  FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners

THE GREAT FAST BEGINS MONDAY

Monday, February 15, 2021 marks the beginning of The Great Fast (Lent). The Great Forty-day Fast is a time when we intensify our prayers and work more to grow spiritually, and work on spiritual excersies through fasting, praying, and almsgiving (acts of charity [corporeal works of mercy]).  Only through proper preparation, serious effort, can we hope to grow spiritually and properly prepare for our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection and we need the Priest for this.  Do not do this alone!  The first day of The Great Fast and Good Friday are days of strict abstinence for Ukrainian Greek Catholics – we are not to eat any meat or dairy products all day long, and we should strive to limit our consumption of food.  All Wednesdays and Fridays during The Great Fast are days of mandatory abstinence from all meat products.  Our fasting regulations are optional only for persons older than 59 and younger than 7.  Everyone else is obliged to follow the rules of abstinence of our Church.

ALTAR CANDLES – The Altar Candles have burned and will burn during the month of February for all services in memory of Michael Sirak, Olga Uhas & Fred Uhas requested by Michaelene Ostrum

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks for the donations to our Parish Building & Improvement fund in memory of Father Frank Patrylak from: The Lacey Family, Randi & Jeff Neff, Rosalie Bigus, Karen Harper and Joseph & Victoria Dilazzaro. 

The donations are greatly appreciated. 

Forgiveness is a wonderful way to lift yourself up and it is the best way to encourage yourself and others to do better. 

Lord, grant me greater understanding and wisdom so that I can move past my problems into a new day.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021 IS ALSO CALLED FORGIVENESS SUNDAY

Forgiveness of Sins

The forgiveness of sins can be viewed from many different aspects. The spirituality of the West tends to accentuate man’s activity in receiving the sacraments, performing good works and believing in Christ. These are all part of the total response; but Byzantine spirituality has the peculiar emphasis of seeing the forgiveness of sins effected through praise of God in repentance.  Christ’s act of love in His passion and resurrection is a victory over the forces of evil and over sin itself when we turn away from sin. We share in this victory when we acknowledge it and praise the Victor. We actually enter into the Kingdom as we recognize Him, in praise, to be the source of our sanctification, and we participate in His glory and holiness when joyful praise cleanses our hearts while celebrating His victory:

We beg forgiveness for our stumbling, Christ God; because you chose, of your own free will, to ascend upon the cross in the flesh in order to deliver from the enemy’s yoke those you had created. For this reason we cry out to you in thanksgiving: ‘You our Savior have filled all things with joy when you came to save the world.’  (Feast of the Ikon of Christ)

Ss. Basil and Chrysostom, and many other Fathers of the Church, often repeat that one of the effects of praising God is to “forgive sins” “purify the soul,” “bring down the grace of God.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem insists that “by our spiritual hymns our sins are forgiven, and we sanctify ourselves.” St. Basil says “when the day is breaking (his community) sings together with one mouth and one heart the psalm of confession (Ps. 51) to the Lord, each making his own words the words of repentance and thus having his sins forgiven him.” St. John Chrysostom explains, “Psalm 141 has the effect of purifying a soul and forgiving sins.  By stirring up the soul it enkindles a desire for God and a desire to turn away from sin, i.e. repentance. Once the soul has burst into flame and overflows with joy and love, sins are forgiven, go and sin no more. Where there is love, every evil vanishes from the soul. When God is thus remembered, sins are forgiven and evil destroyed.”
Confession, therefore, is not only an acknowledgement of man’s misery and of his need for help, it is a untying from the Devil and his demons, it is also (and perhaps more so) a joyful proclamation of God’s saving goodness; it is an act of worship:

My heart is ready, O God,
My heart is ready!

A day without the Lord – Is a day wasted.

Prayer for the Beginning of Lent

Jesus, beloved friend, you call us to a season 

of growth and repentance.

You have high hopes for us; may we not

disappoint you.

May we see your face ahead of us,

beaming at the end of our Lenten Journey.

Give us strength and energy to run 

toward you during this season. 

Give us integrity and generosity in each

new challenge.

We ask this of You who lives and reign

with God the Father

In the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord said:

“If you forgive men their offences (against you), your heavenly Father will also forgive you (your offences). But if you do not forgive men their transgressions, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your transgressions (against Him).”

Un-forgiveness

Nothing is as painful, as un-forgiveness to the soul;

A heart that’s torn asunder, with forgiveness becomes whole.

A single kind word spoken means more than countless words;

The three words, “I forgive you,” are all that need be heard.

To a soul that has been wounded, like a healing, cooling balm;

Forgiveness soothes and comforts, Till at last the soul is calm.

For the soul that seeks forgiveness, when forgiveness can’t be found;

It struggles vainly everyday, to hear that simple sound.

The power in those three kind words, can heal a heart that’s broken;

But that heart cannot begin to heal, as long as words remain unspoken.

Compassion in its purest sense, reside in those three words;

The three words, “I forgive you,” Are all that need be heard.

Compassion in its purest sense, reside in those three words;

The three words, “I forgive you,” Are all that need be heard.





SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE

3 02 2021

FEBRUARY 7, 2015

MEATFARE SUNDAY

MEATFARE SUNDAY

SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE

FEBRUARY 7, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 7

4:00 PM God’s Blessings for Mary Hoolick – Hoolick Family

Sunday, Feb. 8               SUNDAY OF MEATFARE 

      8:30 AM                  God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners                            

Saturday, Feb. 14

4:00 PM  God’s blessings for Gary Poullard – The Poullard family.

Sunday, Feb. 15          CHEESEFARE SUNDAY 

 8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

      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.”

What do we mean by “meatfare”?

The week following the Sunday of the Prodigal Son is called Meatfare week and it terminates on the Sunday called Meatfare Sunday . Meatfare Sunday is the last day on which it was still permissible to eat meat before the Great Fast. Meatfare means “farewell to meat.” Hence, the name “meatfare” Sunday. Of course, we are speaking here of the time when the Great Fast was observed in all strictness. 

sATURDAY, JANUARY 30 IS THE FIRST ALL SOULS SATURDAY

 Although the Church remembers the souls of the departed faithful in her daily prayers and services, nevertheless, like a good Mother, she still assigns special days in the Liturgical Year on which she commemorates and prays for them. These days are called Souls’ Days or Memorial days. 

All-Souls Saturdays

On Saturday, God rested after He created the world and Jesus Christ rested in the tomb, after having accomplished the salvation of the world; hence, Saturday became the symbol of eternal rest and happiness in God. For this reason, the Church dedicates Saturday to all the souls, who have gone into eternity, but have not yet entered into eternal rest with the Blessed in heaven

    Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

My Jesus, by the sorrows You suffered in Your agony in the Garden, in Your scourging and crowning with thorns, on the way to Calvary, in Your crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; deliver them from the terrible torments they endure; call them and admit them to Your most sweet embrace in paradise. Amen.





SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE

25 01 2021

JANUARY 24, 2021

Saturday, Jan. 23                 

             4:00 PM                 God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, Jan. 24                      SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & THE PHARISEE

            8:30 AM         Helen Youells – Louise Hubiack

Saturday, January 30

            4:00 PM                    ✞Robert Bath, Jr. – Joanne Rovinski, Stacy Hart & family.

Sunday, January 31                SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON

           8:30 AM                      God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners                            

The four Sundays (Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican, 

Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Sunday of Meat-Fare and 

Sunday of Cheese-Fare) form a pre-Lenten period, 

preparing us for the Lenten season 

Faith might not be as precise as logic,

but it is much more comforting.

Khrystos Razhdayetsia – Christ is Born

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.

PIGGIE/HOLUBTSI DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner on Sunday, January 31st, 2021.  Dinners may be picked up between 12:00 (noon) and 3:00 pm in Our Parish Parking Lot, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Dinner includes; Piggies (meat & rice stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert.  Dinners will be $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children (12 and under).  Drive-up customers will be welcomed, but reservations are Strongly Encouraged, (570) 829-3051.

GROW WITH GOD

Grace is a gift from God that enables us to live more fully in union with Him. It strengthens our desire to choose good over evil. It also helps us to manage difficulties in our lives better. When we feel humility, compassion, forgiveness we’re putting others’ needs before our own. These are signs of God’s graces working within us. 

When we let Him work through us, we help Him to do the same for others. We can show His love for others in how we treat them and in how we pray for them. 

Sympathy: Our sincere sympathy on the news that Father Frank Patrylak was called to his eternal rest on Wednesday January 20, 2021. Details were not available at this time. 





SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY

8 01 2021

JANUARY 10, 2021

aturday, Jan. 9

4:00 PM ✞Eugene Slabinski – Ron & Dortha Bienick

Sunday, Jan. 10 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners  

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Saturday, Jan. 16 

4:00 PM           ✞Frank Cembrock – Ellen Demchak  

Sunday, Jan. 17 THIRTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Transfiguration of Our Lord Weekend Liturgy

Saturday 6:00 PM    Sunday 10:30 AM

I cannot change yesterday…

I can only make the most of today…

And look hopefully toward tomorrow

Khrystos Razhdayetsia – Christ is Born

Slavyte Yeho – Glorify

 Live A Happier Life

Next time you wake up, instead of dreading the day ahead,
rise and shine and expect something wonderful to happen today!

When you go outside, notice people going about their lives,
and wonder to yourself what they’re thinking, and if they’re happy.

Feel the rain or wind on your face, don’t hide from it.  Isn’t it refreshing?

Smile at everyone you meet. It is a fact that people tend to
respond to the look you are wearing on your own face!

Wiggle your toes if you are bored. Be happy that you have toes to wiggle!

Be polite, and say please and thank you.
That girl taking your order at the fast food place
is a human being, too – be nice to her.

When you are eating, really slow down and enjoy every bite of what you are eating!
It’s good … well, and even if you don’t like it, isn’t it great that you have food?

Never underestimate yourself! You are always growing and learning.
Just because you didn’t succeed at something
in the past doesn’t mean you can’t get it right this time around!

Stop complaining about your life. Never take for granted all the joys and freedoms
you have. Remember those who have less. Tell everyone who is important to you how you feel about them! You do not ever want to spend your days regretting things you never told them.

And last but never least; remember that life is about love.
Give love when you can, and it will be given to you!

THIS NEW YEAR

Give us through this New Year quietness of mind
Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.
Give us reassurance when everything goes wrong
So our faith remains unfaltering and our hope and courage strong.
And show us that in quietness we can feel Your presence near
filling us with joy and peace throughout this New Year.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: A new chart is available for your request to have a Sanctuary Light burn for your loved ones either in honor of or in memory of. This light burns for the week starting on a Saturday and ends on Friday. Requests have been very sparse so please try to consider having a light shine by your request. 

ENVELOPES:  If you know of a parishioner who did not pick up their envelopes for 2021, please see if you can deliver them if they are your neighbors or friends. Thank you.

A Year of Time. .

    …Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.

As we look into 2021  we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.

    The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.

    Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.

    And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.  Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.

    The New Year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?





SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY

2 01 2021

JANUARY 3, 2021

Saturday, Jan. 2

4:00 PM ✞ Anna Giza – Kathleen Miick 

Sunday, Jan. 3 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners  

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         This brand new year

            As now you humbly pray

      You had secure in our dear Lord

     Each step along the way.

Lord I have no idea what’s going to happen in this New Year but all I pray is that you will guide me, and help me! Please help me to look to you always, and through everything that I do, May I bring praise and glory to Your name, I thank you Lord for another year. Amen.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 THE HOLY THEOPHANY – BLESSING OF WATER

10:00 AM Great Compline – Z Namy Boh – Litia Service – Divine Liturgy 

 Anointing with Holy Oil 

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Saturday, Jan. 9

4:00 PM ✞Eugene Slabinski – Ron & Dortha Bienick

Sunday, Jan. 10 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Transfiguration of Our Lord Weekend Liturgy

Saturday 6:00 PM     –        Sunday 10:30 AM

Recipe for a Happy New Year.

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past sins—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time. Into each day put equal parts of prayer, fasting, faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, kindness, love, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), contemplation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

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THE EPIPHANY

FEAST OF LIGHT

JANUARY 6TH

On this day, Dear Savior,

Your light shines brightly in our midst.

You are the Light of the World, the Light in our darkness, ever with us, ever showing us the way.

On this great feast of Light, when the Magi came guided by a star, 

may we, like them, offer You gifts that symbolize our love for You.

May we offer You the gold of our faith, the myrrh of our repentance

 and the frankincense of our devotion.

May we bow before You, Holy Savior,

 as the three Wise Men did, with great and abiding joy.

On this day, may we, too, stand in Your light 

and so give glory to our God. Amen.

Give a Kind Word

Do you know a heart that hungers for a word of love and cheer?

There are many such about us; it may be that one is near.

Look around you, if you find it speak the word that’s needed so,

And your own heart may be strengthened by the help that you bestow.

Never think kind words are wasted, bread on waters cast are they

And it may be we shall find them coming back to us, some day.

WATER BLESSING

On the feast of Theophany is the Great Water-Blessing of Jordan Water, for Jesus was not baptized by the Jordan but Jesus Christ who baptized the whole world through the Jordan.  This sacred tradition of the Eastern Church can be traced back to the first centuries of Christianity. In the course of time, different rites developed for the Great Water-Blessing on the feast of Theophany. From earliest times our people have greatly cherished the custom of the Great Water-Blessing (Blessing of Jordan Water). The people attached great significance of the Blessed Jordan Water which they kept in their homes as something possessing great sanctifying powers. 

From very ancient times the Eastern Church has regarded the sanctified Jordan water as a great sacramental, possessing miraculous powers for healing both soul and body. In a sermon on the feast of Theophany St. John Chrysostom says: “This is the day on which Christ was baptized and blessed the substance of water. For this reason, at midnight of this feast, the faithful take water home and keep it throughout the year. It is interesting to note that this blessed water is not spoiled for a long time; it remains fresh even for two or three years, and after such a long period its quality does not differ from the water recently brought from the well.” The Greek Church calls the Jordan water “mega hagisma” which signifies “something very sacred.





SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

27 12 2020

COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS JOSEPH,

KING DAVID, AND JAMES, COUSIN OF OUR LORD

STEPHEN – PROTOMARTYR

DECEMBER 27, 2020

Saturday, Dec. 26 Feast of St. Stephen, Sunday After Christmas

4:00 PM God’s    Blessings  for Gary, Jacinta, Allison, Brent, Cameron,

                                     Matthew & Allison – The Poullard Family    

Sunday, Dec. 27 Feast of St. Stephen, Sunday After Christmas

8:30 AM          God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Friday, January 1        THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD 

9:00 AM            St. Basil the Great – Archbishop

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

                                    Anointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania 

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Saturday, January 2         

           4:00 PM          ✞Anna Giza – Kathleen Miick

Sunday, Jan. 3            SUNDAY  BEFORE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD 

8:30 AM        God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Love is the only thing that can be divided, without being diminished.    

SMILES ARE FREE – SHARE THEM

A New Year Prayer

Holy Father, God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.

Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.

Help us in Your new year, to fret less and laugh more.

To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.

To teach others to love by loving them.

Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.

So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.

That we could share Love with others.

Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,

in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,

in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.

Help us to pause and listen to Your love song,

so that we may know You better and better.

We rejoice in the world You loved into being.

Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.

We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.

Forgive us for falling short this past year.

We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown New Year knowing You will go with us.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..

I say it again, we rejoice!

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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

Khrystos Razhdayetsia – Christ is Born

Slavyte Yeho – Glorify Him

BLESSING FOR A VERY HAPPY, 

HEALTHY NEW YEAR





SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

27 12 2020

SUNDAY OF THE ANCESTORS

DECEMBER 20, 2020

Saturday, Dec. 19  

4:00PM ✞ Eugene Slabinski – Dolores Slabinski

Sunday, Dec. 20 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

            8:30 AM          God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Thursday, Dec. 24      VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS – Christmas Eve

            4:00 PM          Great Compline – Z Namy Boh – Litia Service

                                    Divine Liturgy 

                                    God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

                                    Myrovonia – Anointing with Holy Oil

Friday, Dec. 25           NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – Christmas DaY

         8:30 AM    Divine Liturgy

                                    God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

                                        Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil) 

Saturday, Dec. 26       SYNAXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

9:00 AM      At Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA

Saturday, Dec. 26        St. Stephen the Fist Martyr

4:00 PM           God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

God’s    Blessings  for Gary & Jacinta, Allison, Brent, Cameron, &                                     Matthew – The Poullard Family    

Sunday, Dec. 27 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

ST. STEPHEN THE FIRST MARTYR

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

THIS IS CHRISTMAS: 

Not the tinsel, not the receiving, not even the carols, 

but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift

The Christ.  A Savior. 

To watch and guide and love us through all eternity.

                           As you give praise and glory to God,

                                  May His peace and favor rest upon you and

                                   your loved ones, today and always

The Twelve Days of Christmas Meanings

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? 

This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember. 

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. 

-Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. 

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. 

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. 

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. 

-The eight maids’ a-milking was the eight beatitudes. 

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. 

-The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments. 

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Prayer of Good Wishes

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, 

the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, 

the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. 

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.





SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS

19 12 2020

DECEMBER 13, 2020

Saturday, Dec. 12          

4:00 PM   ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec, 13                 SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS                                               

8:30 AM               God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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CORRECTION FOR LAST WEEK BULLETIN:  The Divine Liturgy that was celebrated on Wednesday, December 9 for Eugene Slabinski should have been listed as the request by Dolores and Michael Moleski instead of Daughter Dolores. Please except our apologies.  

Saturday, Dec. 19

           4:00 PM     ✞Eugene Slabinski – Dolores Slabinski

Sunday, Dec. 20                SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS – OF THE HOLY ANCESTORS

8:30 AM               God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

CHRISTMAS DIVINE LITURGIES: Thursday, Dec. 24th Christmas Eve – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS – 4:00 PM Divine Liturgy –Anointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 8:30 AM Divine Liturgy – Anointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania 

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Saturday, Synaxis of the Theotokas, December 26th 9:00 AM at Transfiguration of Our Lord.

Saturday, December 26th , 4:00 PM Feast of St. Steven

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Sunday, December 27th 8:30 Feast of St. Steven

COLLECTION: Week of Dec. 5/6; TOTAL: $450.

Your new 2021 boxes of church envelopes are in the vestibule. Please, if you can deliver to someone in your neighborhood or your relatives, it would be greatly appreciated.

A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus

 that we may share in the song of the angels,

The gladness of the shepherds and the wisdom of the wise men. 

Close the door to hate and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, 

and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us 

happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening

bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven for Jesus’ sake. Amen.





TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

6 12 2020

DECEMBER 6, 2020

Saturday, Dec. 5 ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA ARCHBISHOP

       4:00 PM     Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil)

      ✞ Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 6          TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

8:30 AM                ST.NICHOLAS OF MYRA ARCHBISHOP

Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil)

       God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner

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Wednesday, Dec. 9       CONCEPTION OF ST. ANN

9:00 AM     Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil)

          ✞Eugene Slabinski – Daughter Dolores        

Saturday, Dec. 12              

           4:00 PM     ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec.13                 SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS

8:30 AM               God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

  Nothing is ever quite as bad as it seems.  Call on God and then practice expectancy and optimism and things will turn out better than you expect.  Lord, thank You for tomorrow.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No Request.

ANGELS

May Angels Rest Beside Your Door, May You Hear Their Voices Sing,
May You Feel Their Loving Care For You, May You Hear Their Peace Bells Ring,
May Angels Always Care For You, And Not Let You Trip Or Fall.
May They Bear You Up On Angel’s Wings, May They Keep You Standing Tall,
May They Whisper Wisdom In Your Ear, May They Touch You When You Need,
May They Remove You From Each Trace Of Fear, May They Keep You From Feeling Greed,
May They Fill You With Their Presence, May They Show You Love Untold,
May They Always Stand Beside You, And Make You Ever Bold.
May They Teach You What You Need To Know About Life Here And Hereafter,
May They Fill You Always With Their Love And Give You The Gift Of Laughter.

THE FEAST OF THE CONCEPTION OF ST. ANN

December 9 

The feast of the Conception of St. Ann in ancient times was known by several different names. One of the oldest is “The Annunciation of the Conception of the Holy Mother of God”. In the constitution of feasts, Emperor Manuel Comnen calls this feast the “Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God.” The Slavonic Typicons generally refer to it as the “Conception of Blessed Ann” or “The Conception of Holy Ann, when she conceived the Most Holy Mother of God.” 

In our Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Synod of Lviv gave this feast the official title “The Immaculate Conception of the Most Pure Virgin Mary”. However, the Roman revision of our liturgical books restored the pristine title of the feast – “The Conception of Holy Anna, when She conceived the Most Holy Mother of God.”

The main theme of the liturgy of this feast was the miraculous event when Anna conceived the Most Holy Mother of God. This liturgy describes the grief and distress Joachim and Anna experienced because of their childlessness, and presents the fervent pray of Anna: “O Lord God of the heavenly Powers,” prays St. Ann, “You know the shame of childlessness, therefore, heal the pain of my heart and make this barren one fruitful…”  In response to her fervent supplication, an angel appears and announces the conception of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. “Your supplication,” says the angel, “has reached the Lord. Do not be sad, and cease weeping, for you shall become a fruitful olive tree, bringing forth a young shoot – a wonderful maiden, who will bring forth a flower – the Christ in the flesh, who will grant great mercy to the world.” 

Her parents rejoice over the wonderful conception of the Most Holy Mother of God; the prophets rejoice; heaven and earth rejoice. The Church calls upon the Old and New Testaments to join in the rejoicing: “Come, people of all classes and ages, let us celebrate with the Angels the all-glorious conception of the Mother of God; patriarchs sing praises to the Mother of the King of all; you prophets, praise her whom you preached; you forefathers, praise your descendant – the Mother of God; you aged, praise the ancestor of God; you faithful, praise the root of your faith; you priests, praise the all-holy temple of God; you choirs of saints, praise the cause of your assembly; you armies of angels, praise the Mother of the Lord of all creation, and Savior of our souls.

Today we celebrate her immaculate conception whereas nine months later on the 8th of September she appears among us in her glorious Nativity. 

SAINT NICHOLAS, THE WONDERMAKER

FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS

December 6

Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, is one of the most popular Saints, especially among Eastern Christians. He won great esteem through his numerous works of mercy during his life and through great zeal in defending the divinity of Christ against the heretic Arius of the Council of Nicaea in 325. He is regarded as the Patron Saint of children. He was popularized in America by the Dutch puritans who disguised the “popish” Saint as a Nordic, called “Santa Claus.”

In 1087 Italian merchants brought St. Nicholas’ body to Bari in Italy from Asia. A perfumed oil is still flowing out of his holy relics.

Our prince Vsevolod Yaroslavych introduced his feast into Ukraine under Pope Urban II (1088-99). Saint Nicholas is very popular among Ukrainians, both Catholic and Orthodox.

GOD GRANT ME

The serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it,

Trusting that He will make all things right

I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life and

Supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.  Amen

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TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

6 12 2020

NOVEMBER 29, 2020

St. Andrew

Feast Day November 30

St. Andrew was the “first-called Apostle, brother of St. Peter the Prince of the Apostles. Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew understood that Jesus was greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, “What do you seek?” When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, “Come and see.” Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah. 

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No Request

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all services in the month of December, requested by Albert Piston in memory of his parents– Michael & Jennie Piston.

On this day people in Ukraine and all over the world are lighting candles in memory of those killed during the genocide of 1932-33.

“In 1932-33, Moscow’s Stalinist regime deliberately starved millions of Ukrainians to death in a man-made famine. Known as the Holodomor, the Ukrainian term for killing by starvation, the famine stands as one of the most horrendous genocides of the 20th century.

Targeting principally Ukrainian farmers, in a land that for centuries was known as the “breadbasket of Europe,” Stalin aimed to annihilate those parts of the Ukrainian population that were especially resisting Soviet repressive policies in Ukraine, and to terrorize the surviving Ukrainian population into submission to the Soviet totalitarian regime. 

While the exact number of victims is not known, many scholars and historians place the number at 3 to as many as 10 million. One third of the victims were children; at the height of the Holodomor, tens of thousands died daily of starvation.

Years after this unprecedented crime, the Holodomor remains one of the least known genocides.”

The Ukrainian Institute of America.

PRAY – not because you need something

But

Because you have a lot to thank God for.

Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church

20 Nottingham Street – PO Box 60 – Plymouth, PA 18651

Church & Hall: 779-3323 Father Walter cell phone 570-406-5882

Father Walter Pasicznyk, Pastor 

Web-Site   www.sspeterandpaulucc.org

DIVINE LITURGY SCHEDULE: Saturdays 4:00 PM; Sundays 8:30 AM

TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

NOVEMBER 29, 2020

Saturday, Nov. 28  

4:00 PM   God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Sunday, Nov. 29   TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

 8:30 AM   Ulana Campbell, for God’s blessings, given by the Campbell Family  

Saturday, Dec. 5 

             4:00 PM    ✞Peter Phillips – son Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 6           TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

            8:30 AM              God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners                                                                                            

Be At Peace

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;

Rather, look forward with the knowledge, That God will lead you through all things. Do not worry about what may happen tomorrow.

The same everlasting Father, Who cares for you today, will care for you now and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, Or give you the strength to bear it. And, when you think you cannot stand it anymore He will carry you in His arms.

Therefore, Be At Peace, Put aside all anxious thoughts.

Trust the Lord and He will see you through. 

Author Unknown