FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 5, 2017

7 03 2017

Saturday, Mar. 4
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pacicznyk – Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, March 5 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Wednesday, March 8
6:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at Nanticoke, PA
Friday, March 10
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at Plymouth, PA
Saturday, March 11
4:00 PM God’s Blessings for Good Health on Father Walter and
Paul Nicholas Pasicznyk –
By their Mother Olympia Pasicznyk
Sunday, March 12 SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. Plymouth, PA

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers the sick of the parish. If you have anyone in the hospital or nursing home you should inform Father Walter.
Remember to pray for Ron Kachinko who was in the hospital and going through a difficult time.

THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. What do we mean by “orthodoxy”? The word “orthodoxy” stems from the Greek word “orthodoxia” (orthos=straight or right; doksa=opinion) which signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. We are not speaking here of orthodoxy as we understand it today as being opposed to the Catholic Church, but orthodoxy, as applied to the whole Church of Christ until the schism between the Western and Eastern Churches which occurred in the eleventh century under the patriarch Cerularius (1054). The orthodoxy that we celebrate this Sunday is universal-catholic orthodoxy, professed by the entire Church of Christ of the first centuries in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm (Gr – eikon=image; klastes=a breaker; – an image breaking heresy) which was perpetrated by the Western Church over the Eastern Church. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a festival for the whole Church, both Eastern and Western. It is the festive celebration of the decisive victory over Iconoclasm and other heresies.
The purpose of this feast is to pay solemn public homage and veneration to the holy icons of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Mother of God, and all the Saints.
The Church of Christ deeply respects and honors the holy icons as it also does holy relics. She places them in church for public veneration and recommends that we venerate them privately in our homes, and wear small icons around our necks in the form of little crosses or medals for indeed all icons are windows into Heaven.

THE GREAT FAST
Although our time has brought with it many changes in church practice, traditions, and discipline, and rules for fasting have been eased, nevertheless, the Forty Days Fast still has significance for our life. For various reasons today we may find it difficult to fast in the same way as our ancestors; yet even today we are obliged to fast – that is, we are obliged to refrain from sin, and from giving in to our evil inclinations. We are also obliged to pray and to practice virtue and good deeds. In reality then, the most important goal of the Great Fast is our spiritual renewal remembering that Jesus Christ taught us the way to cast out demons and sin is through prayer and fasting.
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts:
A typical Lenten service is the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Already in the first centuries there was a custom during the Forty Days Fast to omit the celebration of the Divine Liturgy because, at that time, it was still linked with agape, sacrificial love, a giving love, that is the love banquet, and this was not in keeping with the spirit of fasting. Furthermore, the Divine Liturgy is a joyful mystery; for this reason, its celebration was limited to Sunday. On the other days of the week to give the faithful an opportunity to receive Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy was replaced by the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts which developed in time and is in essence Vespers with Eucharist attached, the Eucharist received having been sanctified on Sunday and reserved for reception during the week; hence, there is no consecration of the Body and Blood of Christ. Hence, the name of Presanctified Gifts. This is a Liturgy in the sense of the word because liturgy means “public work” and this prayer service is a public work.
The Council of Laodicia (c.364) prescribed: “It is not permitted during the Great Fast to offer up the Bread (that is the Consecration), except on Saturday and Sunday” (rule 49). The Sixth Ecumenical Council of Trullo (691) decreed: “On all the days of the Great Fast, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, and the feast of the Annunciation, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts must be celebrated. “ (rule 52).

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SUNDAY LITURGIES DURING LENT:
WHY DO THEY SEEM LONGER?

Our Byzantine Church prescribes that the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated on all of the Sundays of The Great Fast, replacing that of St. John Chrysostom, which is usually celebrated throughout the rest of the year.  St. Basil’s Anaphora is older and has longer priestly prayers than that of St. John Chrysostom (which was derived from St. Basil), and is celebrated ten times during the church year:  the five Sundays of Lent (not Palm Sunday), Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve, Epiphany Eve, and on the Feast of St. Basil which we celebrate on January 1.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: We extend our best wishes to our Pastor Father Walter on his Birthday Tuesday, March 7th. Mnohya Lita! May you have many more happy, healthy years.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Mar. 4 – 11 by Halloway Family in memory of Mother Catherine Halloway.

LOTTERY FOR MAY: It is time for our May Lottery tickets. Mike Sinko had the tickets printed and ready for distribution. Please, if you can take a few to sell it would be a great help as we are missing a few of our sellers. Ask your family and friends to purchase a chance to win.

NEED YOUR HELP: The Stations of the Cross is scheduled for our Parish next Sunday at 4:00 PM. We are asking our good dessert makers for help to serve the fellowship that follows the service. Please, if at all possible try to bake or make any dessert you would like, it will be greatly appreciated.

AFTER EASTER DINNER: Plans are in the process for having our After Easter Dinner on Sunday, May 7th. The dinner usually called Svachene will be a little different. Instead of the Piggies, ham, etc. the plans are in the making of having a Roast Beef dinner served. This is a nice day to get the Parish family together. Keep this date opened for you to attend. Further information will be published.

FOOD SALE: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, Glen Lyon is holding a Vegetable Soup, Turkey & Italian Hoagie sale at $5 each on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the church hall. Place your order by calling Debbie





CHEESEFARE SUNDAY February 26, 2017

7 03 2017

Saturday, Feb. 25
4:00 PM ✞Theresa Phillips – Janet Golasewski

Sunday, Feb. 26 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Wednesday, Mar. 1
6:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Nanticoke, PA

Friday, Mar. 3
4;00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, Mar. 4
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pacicznyk – Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, Mar. 5 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

According to Byzantine tradition, the Lenten discipline consists of three separate parts:
1.) Corporal or External Fast, including the abstinence from certain foods, drink and
amusements 
2.) Spiritual or Internal Fast, which consists of abstinence from “all evil” -sin
3.) Spiritual Renewal achieved by the practice of virtues and good works.

Corporal fast, also called ascetical fast developed mostly under the influence of monastic discipline and became very rigid, as ascribed by St. Theodore Studite (d. 826): “During the Great Fast, we eat only once at about the ninth hour (3:00 P.M) taking only dry food and vegetables without oil; we do not drink wine, either; except on Saturday and Sunday, when we are also permitted to eat fish. St. Theodore, who followed a moderate monastic discipline, gives the following advice: “Concerning the quantity and quality of food, you should fast as much as your body can endure”. The same principal should be replied today since our Lenten Regulations prescribe only a token fasting.
In order to create a prayerful atmosphere during Lent, the Fathers insisted on a complete abstinence from all kinds of amusements, i.e. music, dances, parties during Lent and St. John Chrysostom chastised those who during the Great Fast “dared to attend horse-races”. This point of fast should be stressed today with the mania of entertainment besetting our generation.

Spiritual or Internal Fast, which is the abstinence from all sin and evil (especially from serious sin) in the most essential part of the fast. St. John Chrysostom taught the “value of fasting consists not so much in abstinence from food but rather in withdrawal from sinful practices. St. Basil the Great explains: “Turning away from all wickedness means keeping our tongue in check, restraining our anger, suppressing evil desires, and avoiding all gossip, lying and swearing. To abstain from these things herein lies the true value of fast!”

Spiritual Renewal, with the practice of the virtues and doing good works, must be the main objective of our fasting as suggested by St. Basil in his homily of fasting: “Accept fast as an experienced educator by whom the Church teaches piety”.

The Great Fast
Fast is one of the oldest and most venerable practices in the Church, which came to us through an interrupted tradition (St Basil, Horn on Fast I, S). The Great Fast can be described as a forty-day period of prayer, penance, and spiritual exercises in preparation for the proper celebration of Easter.
The Great Fast, as we know it today, is the result of a most complicated historical development, not all stages of which have been sufficiently explained. It seems that in the second century, the Church knew only a very short fast (a day or two) before the Pasch. During the third century the pre-paschal fast was extended to the entire week known to us as the Passion or Holy Week. The first mention of the Forty Days Fast is made in the fifth canon of the Council of Nicaea (325). From that time, the Forty Days Fast is discussed by many Church Fathers and St. Athanasius (d. 373) does not hesitate to say: “Anyone who neglects to observe the Forty Days Fast is not worthy to celebrate the Easter Festival’ (cf. Festal Letters XIX, 9)
The Synod of Laodicaea (about 360) imposed the strict obligation of fasting for forty days before Easter for the first time. By the end of the fourth century, the Great Fast, known to the Greeks as the “Tessaracoste” (forty Days) and the Romans as ‘Quadragesima”, was generally observed by the entire Church.
Originally, the forty-day period was computed from Good Friday, the day the Pasch of Crucifixion was celebrated, and then extended to six weeks. In Constantinople, when they transferred the solemn Baptism from Easter to the Saturday of Lazarus, the Lenten season of preparation also had to be anticipated by one week. Thus, according to the Byzantine practice, the Great Fast began seven weeks before Easter and ended on the Friday before the Saturday of Lazarus. At the Vespers of Lazarus we sing: “We have concluded the beneficial Forty Days (Lent) and we implore You, 0 Lover of Mankind, make us see the Holy Week of Your Passion and praise Your work (of redemption).” Liturgically, then, the Great Fast ends on the Friday before the Saturday of Lazarus and is exactly forty days long.
In the Roman Rite, Holy Week was included in the Lenten season and the Lenten season was of six-week duration. But later, when the Sundays in Lent were exempt from fasting in the West, Lent became only thirty-six days long. This situation was remedied in the seventh century by adding four more days of fasting at the beginning of the Lenten season with the first day of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This is the reason for the difference in the first day of Lent between the Byzantine Rite and the Roman Rite.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 25 – March 4 by Paul & Marian Rose in memory of brother Michael
Fromel, Jr.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks to Nannas, Haines & Schiavo, P.A. and David/Margaret Cecoro for their donations to our Parish Building Fund in memory of Florence Kloap.

FIRST DAY OF GREAT LENT: The First day of Lent begins Monday, February 27th. The first day of The Great Fast and Good Friday are days of strict abstinence for Ukrainian Catholics – we are not permitted to eat any meat or dairy products all day long, and we should try to limit our consumption of food. All Fridays during The Great Fast are days of mandatory abstinence from all meat products. Wednesdays are also suggested as days of voluntary abstinence from 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.





SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 19, 2017

21 02 2017

Saturday, Feb. 18
4:00 PM ✞Theresa Phillips – Janet Golasewski

Sunday, Feb. 19 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Thursday, Feb. 23
9:00 AM ✞Metro & Amelia Pasicznyk – Father Walter

Saturday, Feb. 25
4:00 PM ✞Theresa Phillips – Janet Golasewski

Sunday, Feb. 26 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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SANTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested for Feb. 18 -25 by Michael Shipula in memory of his Parents Anthony & Phyloretta Shipula.

​PLANNING OF A BUS TRIP: Our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics has received a good number of inquiries as to a bus trip again this year to New York City for the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival and as a result we are now seriously considering such a trip. If we receive sufficient interest we will charter a 55 passenger Martz bus for Sunday, May 21st which will pick up passengers in Edwardsville and Scranton. Please note that it would be a Sunday trip and not Saturday. Of course, passengers are welcome to do their own thing in Manhattan if they so wish. Cost would be $40.00 per person. Martz is holding a bus for us only for a short while, so we ask that you let us hear from you within the next week or so.

LUC MEETING: The League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council meeting was cancelled due to the weather, and is rescheduled for Thursday, March 2nd, 5:00 PM at Grotto Pizza, Edwardsville, PA.
 
Myasopusna: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Myasopusna festival will be held in the church banquet hall (in Nanticoke) this Sunday, February 19, Serving dinner from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, entertainment will follow. Dinner tickets are $15.





SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON FEBRUARY 12, 2017

12 02 2017

Saturday, Feb. 11
4:00 PM Fred Uhas – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, Feb. 12 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Feb. 16
9:00 AM ✞All Deceased Men of the Parish

Saturday, Feb. 18
4:00 PM ✞Theresa Phillips – Janet Golasewski

Sunday, Jan. 19 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Prayer is a great source of joy and
the best protection from depression.
When we talk, Lord,
You help me see solutions for a better day.

Here’s a creative, helpful way to have a “place” for every prayer request so you can be sure to pray. Think of it as a way to pray every day.
Monday: Pray for Your Family Take time to pray for each member of your family. Include extended family members. Entrust each one to the Lord. Wherever they are in their relationship with God, pray that He draws them “ever one step closer.” Be as specific as you can as you pray that He will meet them at their point of need.
Tuesday: Pray for God’s Family Pray for the church, starting with your local church. Pray for your pastor(s), ministry leaders (e.g., elders, deacons, missionaries, teachers, nursery workers) and their families. Who else in the church needs prayer? Now think of the church around the world. Pray that the Gospel would be preached “as of first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11).
Wednesday: Pray for Your Community Think about the groups where you are an “insider” and pray for the people you see regularly — those you live near, work with, bump into at school or the store, and so forth. How have they asked you to pray for them? Pray that the Lord will meet each one at his or her point of need, both physically and spiritually, according to His will.
Thursday: Pray for the Nation Pray for the revival of God’s people, and that we’ll be “Jesus in jeans” as we truly love and serve those around us. Pray for those in authority. Ask God to bring to mind local and national spiritual and political leaders, and pray for each. Pray about national issues and challenges, such as the economy and its impact on everyday families.
Friday: Pray for the World Pray that God will use His people to help others “to know Christ and to make Him known.” Pray that revived Christ followers would respond with Jesus’ love, grace, compassion and wisdom to social struggles — add to your prayer list specific needs you are aware of. Pray for the persecuted church. Finally, pray for the advance of the Gospel everywhere, toward Matthew 24:14.
Saturday: Pray for the Helpless, Hopeless, Hurting and Lost As part of a regular Pray Every Day strategy, on Saturdays take time to pray for the down-and-out. Start with the world, draw closer to your nation, closer to your state, and closer still to your own community. List the names of and pray for the physically and spiritually afflicted. Pray specifically for ministries that are reaching out to the helpless, hopeless, hurting and lost.
Sunday: Pray for Personal Guidance Finally, take time to pray for your own personal needs. Sometimes we pray for everything and everyone else but forget to pray for ourselves. On Sundays, pull away and pray for yourself. Walk with God through every aspect of your life — your personal, family, work, community, and church aspects of your life. Say, “Speak whatever to me, Lord, I’m listening!”
See how this can help you become more intentional in your prayer life? Indeed, prayer is the most important conversation of the day — with the Creator of the universe who is there, who cares, and who listens with an ear to respond both for His glory and for the good of people!

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week February 11 – 18 by Ann Beshada in memory of Mother Mary Conniff.

THANKS: Our thanks for the $100 donated for the use of Church Bulletin Supplies by and anonymous donor. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

BUILDING FUND: Many thanks to Mia Donnell for her donation to our Church Building Fund in memory of Florence Kloap.

MOVIE: father will present a movie – Ostrov (The Island) on Saturday, February 18th in the Church Hall at 1:00 PM. A very entertaining movie how we find healing from our sins and how merciful is God. All are welcome to attend.

Myasopusna 2017: Dinner tickets are now available for the 2017 Myasopusna Celebration, to be held at Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall (Nanticoke) on Sunday, February 19, from 12:30 to 2:00pm. Dinner tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 570-735-4654. Entertainment will follow the serving of the dinner.





SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE FEBRUARY 5, 2017

5 02 2017

Saturday, February 4 God’s Blessing for good health on
4:00 PM Sallie Halloway Blount – Halloway Family

Sunday, February 5 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, February 9
9:00 AM Blessings & Good Health on President Donald Trump –
– Olympia Pasicznyk

Saturday, February 11
4:00 PM Fred Uhas – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, February 12 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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

Myasopusna 2017: Dinner tickets are now available for the 2017 Myasopusna Celebration, to be held at Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall (Nanticoke) on Sunday, February 19, from 12:30 to 2:00pm. Dinner tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Dinner tickets are $15 and are available at 570-735-4654. Entertainment will follow the serving of the dinner.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 4 – 11 by Al Ferkel in memory of The Ferkel & Bosch Families.
Many weeks are available for your requests for the Sanctuary Lights. Also the monthly candles at the Altar are available for many months. Remember your loved ones by requesting the light to shine in their memory or to honor them or for a special occasion or good health.

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere Sympathy to the family of Florence Kloap who was called to her eternal rest. May her memory be eternal. Vichnya Pomyat!

MOVIE: father will present a movie – Ostrov (The Island) on Saturday, February 18th in the Church Hall at 1:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.

DONATION: Our thanks to Anna Bosack for her donation of $100 to be used for the flood lights in the front of the Church.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville, PA. Main agenda item will be hosting Convention 2017 to be held the weekend of October 6, 7 and 8 in Wilkes-Barre. 
For additional information contact Dorothy Jamula, President at 570 822-5354 or any LUC member of the parish.





SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS JANUARY 29, 2017

25 01 2017

Saturday, Jan. 28
4:00 PM ✞All Deceased Members of the Women’s Society

Sunday, Jan. 29 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Feb. 2 ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON
9:00 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Blessing of CandleS – MYROVANIA

Saturday, February 4 God’s Blessing for good health
4:00 pm Sallie Halloway Blount – Halloway Family

Sunday, February 5 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

FEAST OF THE THREE HIERARCHS

On the 30th of January we celebrate the memory of three great and very outstanding bishops, teachers, preachers and Fathers of the Eastern Church: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. Among our people this feast is known as the feast of the “Three Holy Hierarchs”. These three hierarchs-bishops were giants of faith, courage, holiness and learning. They handed down to us the pure faith of the Council of Nicea; they expounded the dogmas of the Holy Trinity, Christ’s Divinity and the Holy Eucharist Because of their great merits, in her liturgy our Eastern Church calls them peers of the Apostles, instruments of the Holy Spirit, pillars of the Church and universal teachers of the whole world. All three lived in the fourth century – the golden age of the Christian faith. St. Basil and St. Gregory were sons of Cappodocia in Asia Minor, intimate friends of approximately the same age. St. John Chrysostom, an Antiochian, was younger than the other two by twenty years. Apostolic Zeal for the holy faith and salvation of souls united them.
The feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs is one of the very recent feasts of the Greek Church. A great dispute in the second half of the eleventh century gave rise to the institution of this feast. This controversy arose among Christians over which of these three Saints contributed the most to the Church. Some thought St. Basil to be the greatest, others, St. Gregory the Theologian, still other, St. John Chrysostom. Those who were advocates of St. Basil were called Basilians, those of St. Greagory – Gregorians, and those of St. John Chrysostom – Joanites. This dispute was settled by the three bishops themselves. Each one separately, and later all three together, appeared to John, Bishop of the city of Euchaita (a suburb of Constantinople), who was known for his wisdom, learning and virtue, and said: “We, as you can see, are one before God and there is nothing between us that is contrary or controversial; each one of us, differently inspired by the Holy Spirit, taught that which was necessary for the salvation of man. Therefore, there is no first or second among us, but as you call one so shall the others be called. Arise, then, and command those who are arguing over us, not to divide themselves, for as during life, so too after death, our goal is to bring peoples from all corners of the earth to peace and unity. Institute, therefore, the celebration of our memory on the same day, as all three of us are of the same rank before God, and we shall help those to achieve salvation who shall celebrate our memory.”
In 1076, Bishop John did as the three bishops commanded him. However, because holy Church already celebrated the memory of each one separately, he designated the 30th of January as the day for their common feast. In addition to this, he had a sermon in their honor, and composed troparions, canons and sticheras. Our chronicles at the end of 1076 mention the institution of this feast in Greece.

THE ENCOUNTER OR
PRESENTATION OF
OUR LORD WITH SIMEON

The Presentation is a feast Commemorating the offering and Dedication of the Infant Jesus by His Mother Mary and St. Joseph to God’s service in accordance with the law that all first-born males of the Jewish people were to be dedicated to God’s service. Since God had chosen the tribe of Aaron to serve the Temple, all had to be redeemed by a ransom. Rich people paid with a lamb, the poorest ones the first-born males of the other tribes had to offer two doves or two quails as a ransom. Joseph and Mary were poor, therefore they offered two doves.
Saint Simeon, a holy man lived in the temple of Jerusalem waiting for the Messia. God promised that he would not die without seeing the newly-born Messia. He received Jesus into his arms, and he called, therefore, “Boho-preiemets.” There was also a pious widow Anna. She saw the Messia and announced His coming in Jerusalem. She is, therefore, called prophetess
The feast of the Presentation was introduced in the third century. In the sixth century it spread throughout the whole Church. During the reign of Emperor Justinian l (483-565) a terrible earthquake harassed the Byzantine Empire. The sea also flooded the continent. Special devotions in honor of the Mother of God were instituted. The prayer was answered and the feast of the Presentation was ratified as a reminder of Mary’s protection over the Church and its faithful.
On this feast candles are blessed. Parishioners use the blessed candles in their homes as a sacramental.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanactuary Light is requested to burn this week – Jan. 28 – Feb. 4 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of Frank Stankunas.
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 or place your name and address on the list in the vestibule.

THANKS: Many thanks to the men and women who volunteered their services to dismantle the Nativity. These volunteers are very generous with their time and labor. May God bless them dearly.

SYMPATHY: We extend our deepest sympathy to Father Paul Wolensky whose mother Anna Wolensky was called to her eternal rest. May her memory be eternal. Vichnya Pomyat!

POINTSETTIA’S: If you would like to have Poinsettia Plant, please take one from the vestibule. They are still pretty nice, so do help yourself to one or two.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville, PA. Main agenda item will be hosting Convention 2017 to be held the weekend of October 6, 7 and 8 in Wilkes-Barre. 
For additional information contact Dorothy Jamula, President at 570 822-5354 or any LUC member of the parish.

Myasopusna 2017: Dinner tickets are now available for the 2017 Myasopusna Celebration, to be held at Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall (Nanticoke) on Sunday, February 19, from 12:30 to 2:00pm. Dinner tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 570-735-4654. Entertainment will follow the serving of the dinner.





THIRTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST January 22 2017

19 01 2017

Saturday, Jan. 21
4:00 PM ✞Father Thaddeus Krawchuk – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Jan. 22 THIRTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner
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Thursday, Jan. 26
9:00 AM ✞Joan Hutchins – The Parish

Saturday, Jan. 28
4:00 PM ✞All Deceased Members of the Women’s Society

Sunday, Jan. 29 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

DIVINE LITURGIES: Father Walters schedule is open for your requests of Divine Liturgies. Remember a loved one either deceased or living, in honor of or for a special intention.

HELP NEEDED: We will be dismantling the Nativity Scene on this Sunday January 22nd at 1:00 PM. Help is needed to do this job. Please, anyone who can come to help in this project will be greatly appreciated. If we have enough workers it can be accomplished in a few hours.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Jan. 21 – 28 by Arlene Jones in memory of her brother Thomas and Mother Anna Jones.
LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville, PA. Main agenda item will be hosting Convention 2017 to be held the weekend of October 6, 7 and 8 in Wilkes-Barre. 
For additional information contact Dorothy Jamula, President at 570 822-5354 or any LUC member of the parish.

DONATIONS: Our thanks for the donations received to help fray the cost of the Electrical flood lights in the front of the Icons. $100 received by an anonymous donor and $50 each from Catherine and Charles Halloway. Your generosity in this project is surely appreciated. May God bless you with many blessings.

MEAT-FARE SUNDAY: Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church announces its 11th annual Myasopusna Celebration, a pre-lenten event, to be held on Meatfare Sunday, February 19, 2017. A dinner of holubtsi (stuffed cabbage), kobasa, roast pork, varenyky (Transfiguration pierogies), kapusta, blackbread, and dessert will be served at the church’s banquet hall at 240 Center Street, Hanover Section of Nanticoke, from 12:30 to 2:00pm, with borscht also for sale, as well beverages.  Dinner is followed by entertainment until 4:00pm from the Holy Year Choir, Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, and Saint Mary’s Traditional Ukrainian Dancers.  Doors will open at noon, with Ukrainian crafts on display and for sale throughout the event.  Dinner tickets are $15