TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST August 9, 2020

8 08 2020

Saturday, August 8 – 4:00 PM ✞Jason Yankosky – Rita Kurtz

Sunday, August 9 – 8:30 AM       TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

                  God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, August 13 – 9:00 AM   Lubomyr Szumskyj

Saturday, August 15 – 8:30  AM     HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION 

                                                    Dormition of the Mother of God

                                                         Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania

                                                          BLESSING OF FLOWERS    

God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

Saturday, August 15 – 4:00 PM 

Mary Kulyn – Mike Kane

Sunday, August 16 –  8:30AM        ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTERPENTECOST

The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother Of God

The day of the death of the Most Holy Mother of God is called the Dormition (or falling asleep) in our Church, for her body did not know corruption after death, but together with her soul was taken up into heaven, hence, another name for the feast is “the Assumption”. We have historical data to indicate how long the Mother of God remained on earth after the ascension of Christ into heaven, nor when, where, or how she died, for the Gospels say nothing of this. 

Three days before the death of Mary, the Archangel Gabriel appeared and announced to her from her Son, Jesus Christ, the time of her departure into eternity. On the day of her death, in a miraculous manner the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem although they had been scattered in various countries of the then known world. St. Thomas was the only Apostle absent. The Mother of God expressed her wish to be buried in Gethsemane near her parents and her spouse, Joseph. Christ, in person, came accompanied by Angels and Saints to escort His Most Holy Mother to heaven. The Apostles, while singing holy hymns, carried the body of Mary to the grave where they remained keeping vigil for three days. On the third day, St. Thomas came from afar and desired very much to view for the last time the Most Pure Mother of God. When the grave was opened, her body was not there, only the funeral clothes in which the body had been wrapped. The Apostles then realized that Mary had been taken up body and soul into heaven.

Some ancient Trpicons prescribe the blessing of fruit of the vine (grapes), not on the feast of the Transfiguration, but on the feast of the Dormition. In the Greek Nicolo-Casulan Typicon of the twelfth-thirteenth century, we read: “Let it be known that, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, the 15th of August, grapes are blessed and eaten in church after the Divine Liturgy according to an ancient tradition.” The Typicon of Sinai of the year 1214 contains the same prescription. Similarly, the Typicons of the Lavra of St. Athanasius on Athos prescribes the blessing of grapes on the 15th of August. 

We have the custom of blessing flowers on the feast of the Dormition. The Typicon of Father I. Dolnytskyj says: “Wherever the custom prevails of blessing flowers, let it be done after the Prayer behind the Ambo or after the Dismissal Prayer of the Divine Liturgy. 

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 8 – 15 by Michaelene Ostrum in honor of her mother’s 92nd Birthday. 

BIRTHDAY: We extend our greetings to Helene Sirak who will celebrate her 92nd  Birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 11th. Also Mary Oshirak celebrating her day on Aug. 15th      and a belated greeting to Paul Hoover who celebrated his day on Aug. 3rd. Mnohaya Lita! HAPPY BIRTHDAY 

FLOOD IN UKRAINE: Our thanks to the very generous donation made for the Flood in Ukraine given by anonymous parishioners. The donations received will be sent to the Archeparchy in Philadelphia and will be forwarded to the Ukraine. Donations are being accepted.





NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

31 07 2020

AUGUST 2, 2020

Saturday, August 1        

4:00 PM         ✞Paul Rose, Jr. – Hanover Twp. Lions Club 

Sunday, August 2                  NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

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Thursday, August 6     TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD FEAST DAY

8:30 AM       SOLEMN HOLY DAY – BLESSING OF FRUIT

    God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, August 8              

            4:00 PM     ✞Jason Yankosky – Rita Kurtz

Sunday, August 9              TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

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

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TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD 

Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

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Every day, every minute, every breath 

truly is a gift from God.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUEST

MONTHLY CANDLES: The Candles will burn at the Alter for all services during the month of August in memory of Deceased members of the Bosack family requested by Carol Kosek. 

BIRTHDAY: We extend our greetings to Anna Koprowski who will celebrate  her birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 5th Mnohaya Lita! HAPPY BIRTHDAY

PRAYERS:    Remember those who are in need of prayers. 





EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

28 07 2020

JULY 26, 2020

Saturday, July 25        

             4:00 PM ✞Stephen & Ann Piston – daughter Mary Shumbris

Sunday, July 26     EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

          Thursday, July 30

9:00 AM    God’s Blessings for good health for Tania Blanco –

                                                            Ulana Campbell

           Saturday, Aug. 1              

            4:00 PM     ✞Paul Rose – Hanover Twp. Lions Club 

Sunday, Aug. 2     NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

If we spend time thanking God for the good things in our lives,

 we won’t have time to do so much complaining. 

Thank You, Lord, 

for the gift of life and the many things that bring me joy.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week; 

July 25 – August 1 by Irene Pstrak & sons in memory of Gene Slabinski.

BUILDING FUND – CEMETERY: Our thanks for the donations made by Ann Marie Onderko & Family to the Building and Cemetery Fund, in memory of Ann Marie’s husband and the children’s father Joseph Onderko. 

PRAYERS:Please remember all the sick of the parish in your prayers.

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For every minute you are angry with someone,
you lose 60 seconds of happiness

From the Archeparchy in Philadelphia

As you may already know, parts of western Ukraine were flooded due to strong torrential rains that fell at the end of June. Thousands of people had to be evacuated leaving their homes and properties behind. Many have lost their belongings and savings.

This is the time when our brothers and sisters in Ukraine need help. 

If you would like to make a donation, you may do so: 

-by making a check out to “Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia” and send it to the chancery office of our Archeparchy located at 810 North Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Please mark your check “Flood in Ukraine”;

-by leaving your donation in your parish collection basket, which will be sent to the chancery office along with other donations;

-you may donate on the Archeparchial Facebook page, where a campaign was set up.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/331783401165290/

Thank you for your generosity!





SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE FIRST SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS JULY 19, 2020 A. D.

17 07 2020

Saturday, July 18

        4:00 PM               ✞Mary Ambrose – Family

Sunday, July 19 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE

                          SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS

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

Thursday, July 16 St. Athenogenes – Bishop Martyr           

9:00 AM          God’s Blessings and Good Health for Tania Blanco

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Saturday, July 25  

4:00 PM             ✞Stephen & Ann Piston – daughter Mary Shumbris

Sunday, July 26

8:30 AM            EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

                      God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

God is never too busy to listen.

Don’t be too busy to talk to Him.

The Holy Bible

John 1: 1 and 2
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

The Same was in the beginning with God. 

The world today is strange and unknown
It seems dark at times and we feel alone
God explains our strife
Teaching us to accept the mystery of life.

Many times we struggle in the dark of night
But God guides us into the bright light
Reading the wisdom in His word we find
Only God can give us peace.

God will sustain us so we do not stray
Giving us the courage to face each day
And to have strength to deal with sorrow
Renewing our hope for tomorrow

Reading the Holy Scriptures helps us understand
How to keep our faith, holding tight to His hand
In the wisdom of His word we are taught to pray
And His love will lead us to our eternal home one day

On the light side: 

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her
brother in another part of the country.
“Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk.
“Only the Ten Commandments.” answered the lady.

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all. 

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well

Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people,

A heart that forgives the worst,

A mind that forgets the bad,

And a soul that never loses faith in God.

HOW MUCH DOES A PRAYER WEIGH

     Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children and they needed food.
     John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: “Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.” John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.
     Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.
     The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list?” Louise replied, “Yes sir.” “Okay” he said, “put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.”
     Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head. Then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
     The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scale went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, “I can’t believe it.” The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales.
     The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust.
     Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said: “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.”
     The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.       Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, “It was worth every penny of it.”
     It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs. 

– Author Unknown

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is not requested for this week.

Many openings are available for your requests for the Sanctuary Light and monthly candles. Remember your loved ones or a special occasion by having the candles burn for them in church. 

PRAYERS: Please remember all those who need our prayers. If you know of someone for our Prayer list, please submit the names in the collection basket and we will put their names on the list. 

PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO LIVE ALONE

I live alone, dear Lord, stay by side,

In all my daily needs, be Thou my guide.

Grant me good health, for that indeed, I pray,

To carry on my work from day to day.

Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed,

Let me be kind, unselfish in my neighbor’s need.

Spare me from fire, from flood, malicious tongues,

From thieves, from fear, and evil ones.

If sickness or an accident befall,

Then humbly, Lord, I pray, hear Thou my call.

And when I’m feeling low, or in despair,

Lift up my heart, and help me in my prayer.

I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear,

Because I feel Your Presence ever near. Amen.





SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

13 07 2020

JULY 12, 2020

Saturday, July 10

4:00 PM ✞Phillip & Helen Shelanca – Mary Shumbris

Sunday, July 11 SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Thursday, July 16 Tania Blanco – Ulana Campbell

9:00 AM God’s blessings and health.

Saturday, July 17

4:00 PM ✞ Mary Ambrose – Family

Sunday, July 18 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday of the Fathers of the Six Ecumenical Councils 

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

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week July 11 – 16 by Albert Piston in memory of Daniel Piston.

Liturgy and Candle Intentions:  Many openings are available for your requests. Remember a loved one or sickness or in honor of with a Sanctuary Light. The light burns for one week and the donation is $15. The chart in the vestibule is for your requests. 

The Monthly candles that burns during all service for the month is also available for your requests, donation of $40.

PRAYERS: Remember all who are in nursing facilities, at home or in the hospital. We are all in need of prayers during this time and always.  





FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

13 07 2020

JULY 5, 2020

Saturday, July 4 

                     4:00 PM ✞ Eugene Slabinski – Irene Pstrak and sons

        Sunday, July 5 FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Saturday, July 11

4:00 PM ✞ Phillip & Helen Shalanca – sister Mary Shumbris

Sunday, July 12 SIXTH SUNDAY AFTERPENTECOST

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

227 years ago…on July 4th, 1776
This great nation, the United States of America,
In a struggle for what was right and free,
Was proudly born…
May we celebrate that precious freedom
For which our forbears fought so bravely…
The freedom that is inherent
In the Stars and Stripes, our revered flag…
Celebrate Freedom
This Fourth of July!

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Be A Habitual Miracle Maker

“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.” 

If you would like each day to be a miracle, then begin each one with this little prayer: 

“Please, God, show me what I might do to make this day different. Please guide me to do what will make this day the best day possible? 

Jesus on the 4th of July

We gather ‘round to celebrate
On Independence Day
Pay homage to our country
As the children run and play.

With barbecues and picnics
And fireworks in the air
The flag we own is proudly flown
To show how much we care.

The stars and stripes spell freedom
She waves upon the breeze
While bursts of colors can be seen
Above the towering trees.

This is all quite wonderful
We revel in delight
But God above in divine love
Has brought this day to light.

With just a stroke of liberty
A touch of His great hand
He gave democracy to us
And helped this country stand.

The stripes upon our stately flag
Were touched by His sweet grace
Each star of white that shines so bright
Reflects His loving face.

So as you turn to face the flag
For battles that were fought
Be filled with pride for those who died
And freedoms that were bought. 

But don’t forget to thank the One 

That gives the bright display 

The reason why we paint the sky

On Independence Day  

PRAYER—OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

When was the last time you spoke to your closest friend? Last month? Last week? Last night? Just a few moments ago? When we love someone we want to “stay in touch.” We need to share our ideas, our joys, and our disappointments—our very selves with them.

To grow in our relationship with God, we need to be in dialogue with Him. Prayer is a means by which we continue to grow in communication and relationship with Him. The Fathers of the Church identified four categories of prayer:

  1. Adoration: praise and worship of God.
  2. Contrition: expressing sorrow for sins.
  3. Thanksgiving: expressing thanks for God’s blessings
  4. Supplication: asking God for His blessings.

These are the main themes of Christian prayer, and the ways in which these

themes of prayer are expressed are primarily through formal prayer, spontaneous prayer, and the Jesus Prayer.

Formal Prayers are the set of prayers, which we may know by heart or read from a prayer book. Formal prayers are especially necessary for expressing more than our own feelings at a given moment. They join us to the Church’s prayer and form one mind and heart with the Church of all ages.

Spontaneous Prayer is talking to God in our own words, and expresses a very personal aspect of our relationship with God. In spontaneous prayer we talk to God freely and intimately, sharing our personal world with Him.

Lastly, the Jesus Prayer consists of repeating the phrase, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Repeating this prayer frequently throughout the day gradually leads us to a sense of Jesus’ presence within us. We become calm and peaceful, realizing that God is with us.

“Prayers are the nerves of the soul. By nerves the body is kept in order, lives, moves, and remains stable. But when the nerves are cut, the whole harmony of the body is destroyed. In the same way, souls are kept together by holy prayer; with prayer they acquire stability and move smoothly and easily in the way of righteousness.

If you deprive yourself of prayer, it is like taking a fish out of water. For as water means life to a fish, so prayer means life to you. As a fish swims through water, so the soul can pass through his surroundings and stand in the presence of God.                                        St. John Chrysostom

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week 

July 4 – July 11 for peace on earth on the Birthday of our Nation.

This reminder is from the Way paper from Philadelphia

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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

24 06 2020

COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE SAINTS OF RUS’-UKRAINE

JUNE 28, 2020

Saturday, June 27        

4:00 PM       ✞Mary Ambrose – Don & Donna Winsock 

Sunday, June 28                  FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Monday, June 29 FEAST OF SS PETER AND PAUL – HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9:00 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Anointing with Holy Oil Myrovania 

Tania Blanco God’s Blessing and Good Health by Ulana Campbell

Saturday, July 4              

           4:00 PM     ✞Eugene Slabinski – Irene Pstrak and sons

Sunday, July 5                  FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

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The Lives of Saints Peter and Paul

THE HOLY APOSTLE PETER

    The son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called, of the tribe of Simeon and the town of Bethsaida, he was a fisherman and was at first called Simon Peter, but the Lord was pleased to call him Peter, or Cephas (Jn 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to give clear expression to the faith, saying: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Mt 16:16). His love for the Lord was very strong, and his faith in Him went from strength to strength. 

    When the Lord was put on trial, Peter denied him three times, but it needed only one look into the face of the Lord, and Peter’s soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. After his sermon in Jerusalem, about 3,000 souls were converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, in Italy and Illyria. He performed many wonders, healing the sick and raising the dead, and even when only his shadow fell on the sick. He had a major struggle with Simon the Magician, who declared himself to be from God but was actually a servant of the devil. Peter finally put him to shame and overcame him. 

    Peter was condemned to death on the order of the wicked Emperor Nero, a friend of Simon’s. After installing Linus as Bishop of Rome and exhorting and encouraging the flock of Christ there, Peter went to his death with joy. When he saw the cross before him, he asked the executioner to crucify him upside-down, because he felt himself unworthy to die in the same way as his Lord. And so this great servant of the greatest Master went to his rest and received a crown of eternal glory. 

THE HOLY APOSTLE PAUL 

   Born in Tarsus and of the tribe of Benjamin, he was formerly called Saulus Paulus and studied under Gamaliel. He was a Pharisee and a persecutor of Christians. He was wondrously converted to the Christian faith by the Lord Himself, who appeared to him on the road to Damascus and Jesus said to him, “Why do you persecute Me?”  . He was baptized by the Apostle Ananias, named Paul and enrolled in the work of an Apostle. 

    He preached the Gospel everywhere with burning zeal, from the borders of Arabia to the land of Spain, among both the Jews and Gentiles, and receiving the title of “The Apostle to the Gentiles.” His fearful sufferings were matched only by his fortitude and temperance. Through most of the years of his preaching, he hung from day to day like a thread between life and death. 

    Filling his days and nights with toil and sufferings for Christ, organizing the Church in many places and receiving a high level of perfection, he was able to say: “I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20). He was beheaded in Rome in the reign of Nero, at the same time as St. Peter

Trust Me

“Trust me”, says the Lord,
“I will take care of you
Just as I take care of the little sparrow.
Believe in ME and live this day for it self.
If you do this, you’ll not worry about tomorrow.”

“I hurt when you hurt and cry when you cry
And when you are lonely outstretched is my hand.”

“Only myself and the Father know the number of your days
As well as the number of each grain of sand”.

“Dearly love, just as I love each of you;
Always, Doing so, you express your true love for ME.
Begin each day as if it were a new Life
And when you can no longer bear your burdens;
Let Me!”

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Teach Us to Love

O God, perfect us in love, that we may conquer all selfishness and hatred of others; fill our hearts with Thy joy, and shed abroad in them Thy peace which passeth understanding; that so those murmurings and disputing to which we are too prone may be overcome. Make us long-suffering and gentle, and thus subdue our hastiness and angry tempers, and grant that we may bring forth the blessed fruits of the Spirit, to Thy praise and glory, in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirt.   Amen.

God’s Alphabet

Always be faithful.
Be the best you can be.
Care for all people.
Don’t just say it; do it.
Each day could be your last – make it count.
Forgive.
Give of yourself.
Help those in need.
Invite God into your life.
Joy is meant for you.
Kindness counts.
Love yourself.
Mean what you say.
Never say things, which are mean.

Open your heart to God’s will.
Pray every day.
Quiet your mind for the answers.
Reach for your dreams.
Say what’s in your heart.
Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the ‘present’.
Understanding goes a long way.
Vanity doesn’t get you far.
Walk with me.
Xenophobia is fear and hatred of strangers and foreigners – think about it.
You are loved for all time.
Zestfully live each day in My name.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week 

June 27 – July 4 by Irene Pstrak & sons in loving memory of Joseph Pstak.

Donations: We wish to thank Irene Pstrak & Sons for the donations made to our Building Fund in memory of Eugene Slabinsi and to the Cemetery Fund in loving memory of her husband Joseph Pstrak. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

PRAYERS: Our prayer list is published for you to pray for the requests of those in need of Prayers. Place your requests in the collection and the names will be remembered. A request from Rose Mytch to pray for –  Rosemary Morran, Bob Henry, and Alison Mytych. Please say a prayer to day for those in need of God’s blessings. 





THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

22 06 2020

FATHER’S DAY

JUNE 21, 2020

Saturday, June 20               God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Living Fathers

4:00 PM of SS Peter & Paul U.C.C.  and

                 ✞Everlasting Life for all Deceased Fathers of the Parish  

Sunday, June 21                  THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

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

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Wednesday, June 24 THE BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Anointing with Myrovania 

9:00 AM ✞Stephen H. Piston – Stephen & Cathy Piston  

Saturday, June 27              

           4:00 PM           ✞Mary Ambrose – Don & Donna Winsock

Sunday, June 28            FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

let him show you the way

Take Jesus with you

Where ever you may travel.

Take His hand faithfully

And don’t let go.

Let His love lead you,

Guiding you along.

Let His comfort embrace you

And carry you on.

Let His light protect you,

Safely showing the way.

Let His message fill your heart

And encourage you each day.

Let His hand touch you,

Healing all suffering.

Let His forgiveness fill you

And promise recovery.

Let Him walk beside you.

His path will never stray.

He will never forsake you,

Let Him bless your life each day.

Always remember

He Loves You!

FEASTDAY OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

June 24th

Saint John the Baptist, son of Zachary and Elizabeth, is the greatest and last of the prophets. He prepared Israel for the arrival of the Messiah, and therefore is called the Precursor of Christ. He is also known as “Baptist” because he baptized Jesus Christ in the waters of the river Jordan.

This feast dates back to the third century, for Saint Augustine (354-430) said that it was based upon a tradition of the Fathers.

Taken from the Way

Archeparchy News

Father’s Day Greeting Sunday, June 21, 2020

On this joyous day of celebration, the Staff of The Way wishes all the fathers of our readership good health, long life, the Lord’s choicest blessings and salvation of souls. May the Holy Spirit guide them throughout their lives. May the Holy Mother of God and Her Son guard and protect them from all evil. 

Many happy and blessed years!

We also remember all the deceased fathers of our Faithful. We pray for the blessed repose of their souls and that the Lord God forgive all their sins, both voluntary and involuntary. May the Merciful Lord grant them entry into Heaven, the eternal Kingdom of God.  May their memory be eternal.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 

A Dad is a person, who is loving and kind,

And often he knows what you have on your mind.

He’s someone who listens, suggests, and defends.

A dad can be one of your very best friends!

He’s proud of your triumphs, but when things go wrong,

A dad can be patient and helpful and strong

In all that you do, a dad’s love plays a part.

There’s always a place for him deep in your heart.

And each year that passes, you’re even more  glad,

More grateful and proud just to call him your dad!

Thank you, Dad…

For listening and caring,

For giving and sharing, but especially, for just being you!

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

JUNE 21, 2020 

SS PETER AND PAUL UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

PLYMOUTH, PA

(Matthew 6, 22-33)

The Lord said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is clear, your whole body shall be illuminated: but if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be in darkness. If, Therefore, the light which you have in thee is itself darkness, how great is the darkness!” 

I say to you do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor about your body, what you shall wear. Is not life itself a greater gift than food, and the body than the clothing? Look at the birds of the sky, and how 

they neither sow nor reap nor gather grains into barns, and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value that they? 

Do not therefore worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat’ or ‘What shall we drink’, or, ‘How shall we find clothing?” it is for the heathens to busy themselves over such things; you have a Father in heaven Who knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His holiness, and all things shall be yours without the asking.”

HISTORY OF FATHER’S DAY

About 4,000 years ago a young boy named Elmusu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life by carving a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay. No one knows what happened to Elmesu or his father, but the tradition of having a special day honoring fathers has continued through the years in countries across the world.

The Countries, where the Catholic Church were of significant influence on the culture of the society, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). However, a more secular celebration which is not associated with any religion is followed in recent times to highlight the increased among people from all over the globe coexisting together in one place.

Father’s Day is celebrated popularly on 3rd Sunday in June in many parts of the world. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. President Nixon, in 1972, established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born as a token of love and gratitude that a daughter cherishes for her beloved father. Roses are the Father’s Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week June 20 – 27 by Albert Piston in memory of Harry Piston.

CEMETERY: We wish to thank Joan Baury’s for her donation to our parish cemetery.  Her generous donation is greatly appreciated. 

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere Sympathy to the family Ann Marie Onderko in of her husband Joseph Ondrko who was called to his eternal rest. May his memory be eternal. 

MAY LOTTERY: Mike Sinko report on the May Lottery is as follows:

582 tickets sold = $2910, plus $100 was donated back to the fund which leave a deposit of $3,010. Expenses: Paid out to winners $950, printing of tickets $80 

The profit for this fund raiser is $1,980. Thanks Mike.         

CEMETERY PLOTS: If you have a plot in the parish cemetery or a plot reserved for you or a family member, you should consult the office and with the care taker make sure you know the location and to discuss the amount of burials that can be placed in the existing plot, as sizes of the burial contents have a little different space since the early purchase of the plots. Do not wait until the time of the deceased to locate the burial space. Be prepared.





SECOND  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

22 06 2020

JUNE 14, 2020

Saturday, June 13  

4:00 PM            Conversion of souls under Demonic influence

Sunday, June 14           SECOND  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Saturday, June 20 God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Living Fathers of  SS Peter & Paul U.C.C.  and

4:00 PM ✞Everlasting Life for all Deceased Fathers of the Parish

Sunday, June 21 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Love and trust are the solutions for the worries and frets of life.

Lord, I pray for Your gift of Faith which is all that I need for

Your power to work within me.

WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES

Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times?
I’ve known how the 21 gun salute was determined (adding the individual digits of 1776), but only recently learned why the flag was folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran.
   Here it is:

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace

throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands,  one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
   There are some traditions and ways of doing things, which have deep meaning.

OUR UNITED STATES FLAG

FLY IT WITH PRIDE

On 14 June 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act in Philadelphia.  Stars have been added to the flag as new states join the union.  Currently, the flag has 50 stars.  There are thirteen stripes, one for each of the original colonies.  In 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed the meanings of the colors.

Colors of the Flag

Red = valor, bravery and hardiness
White = purity and innocence
Blue = Vigilance, perseverance, loyalty and justice

Birth of a Holiday

Flag Day became a holiday in New York State in 1897 on June14th.  Gradually, other states joined New York.   In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day by national proclamation. 

The Spirit of Christ

When we come to Church we come in common-union. We pray and express our common needs and hopes which are eternal. Thus we have the Litanies for peace and well being, for our leaders in Church, government, and in general for all those in need. As these litanies are being chanted and the prayers read, we “fill them up” with meaning by including our specific intentions. In this way, our worship is not an isolated experience, but presents eternal life, Heaven. When we gather in worship, we commend ourselves and our whole life to Christ our God. Our whole life is offered to God.

In worship, God accepts the offering of ourselves, and blesses this offering and returns the offering to us changed to His Body and Blood, the Eternal Medicine that cures all illness and even death.  He does not leave us there. Much like the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, we return to our daily lives. We have a new vision, a new insight and new strength. We are sent back with the mission to share this and to baptize the world, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Each week has a rhythm built into it. For the most part, we go about our individual lives for six days. Then we are gathered as a community in worship where we experience our oneness in Christ. Finally, after being renewed, we are sent out to our daily life, now filled with the Spirit of Christ.

The Feasts of the Church also have an inner harmony. We have fasting periods as preparation times, and these are followed by the celebration of feasts. Each feast singles out one aspect of God’s plan of salvation upon which to concentrate.

We live as Christians with all our senses and we pray with all our senses, especially in our worship. For example, the foods that we eat at Easter time are first blessed in Church. At other times, water, fruits, and flowers are blessed on various feasts. Whenever we are in ill health, or starting an important project, we can seek a special blessing from our Church. In this way there is a steady expression of the need of God and His blessings in our daily lives.  By drawing these special moments or events into our Church, we are offering our whole life to be blessed by God. By making these special events holy times, we are sanctifying or making our whole life holy.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: 

The Sanctuary light is not requested this week June 13-20 

A new Sanctuary Light and the monthly candle charts are available for your requests. The Light will burn for the full week from Saturday to Saturday and the donation is $15. The Monthly Altar Candles burns during all services in the month requested, donation $40. Remember a loved one or a special occasion by having the lights shine for them in Church. 

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Eugene Slabinski who was called to his eternal rest.  May his memory be eternal.





THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS MARCH 15, 2020

25 03 2020

Saturday, March 14
4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey – Dempsey Children

Sunday, March 15 THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA

Wednesday, March 18
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 21
4:00 PM ✞Nellie Wdowiak – Irene Pstrak & Sons

Sunday, March 22 FOURTH Sunday OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – Holy Transfiguration

VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
LENT IS THE HALF WAY TO EASTER
Today on the Third Sunday of the Great Fast, we venerate the Holy Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we mark the halfway point of Lent. The Cross stands before us today as a reminder of where we are and where we are headed during The Great Fast and the season of growing in holiness prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. By showing us our Crucified Lord Jesus on the Cross today, the Fruit of Eternal Life, the Church announces to us that Holy Week – the week of our Lord’s Passion – is just three weeks away. At the end of the Matins today, the Cross is carried by the priest in procession from the altar to the middle of the church (tetrapod), where the faithful come to kiss and venerate it for the remainder of the week. The following hymn is sung: “To Your Cross O Master, we bow in veneration, and we glorify Your Holy Resurrection!”  (Slavonic: “Krestu Tvoyemu poklanyayemsia, Vladiko, i Svyatoye Voskreseniye Tvoye Slavim!”

THE GLORY OF THE CROSS

Thousands of years have passed since the day,
When my dear Lord died for me; 
For even though I was a mere gleam in His eye,
He knew I would need Calvary.
The pain He endured, the hardships and strife,
Were more than He deserved; 
But Christ made it clear right from the start,
His mission on Earth was to serve.
Though initially welcomed and cheered by the crowds,
The praises soon turned into scorn; 
As they mocked and beat Him so savagely, 
And gave Him a crown of thorns.
He bore the cross upon His back,
Standing in our place; 
Never turning or looking back,
While the tears ran down his face.
Yet it wasn’t the cross, nor was it the scars,
That filled Him with such grief, 
More than this, it was the hearts of those;
Who were hardened in disbelief.
He wept for the lost, the hurting, the blind,
Both present, and yet to be; 
For His only desire both then and now,
Was for His children to truly see.
Shrouded in darkness, not perceiving their Lord,
They watched Him lay down His life; 
While God Himself gave up His Son,
As the ultimate sacrifice.
Today, Christ’s arms are still outstretched,
But no longer upon a tree; 
For each generation that rises up,
He wants to see set free.
Though many hearts are still untouched, 
By what and who He is;

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week March 14 – 21 by Anna Magill in memory of Anna Dempsey by the Dempsey Children.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Deanery Stations of the Cross:
March 22 – 4:00 PM – Transfiguration Of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
March 29 – 4:00 PM – St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville, PA

PUSSY WILLOW BRANCHES: Just a little reminder that Pussy willows will be needed for Palm Sunday, April 5th. They are in bloom in Nanticoke, please check yours.

THANKS: Our thanks to all who participated in the preparation and serving of the Fellowship following the Stations of the Cross last Sunday. We appreciate all the good food, desserts and monetary gifts received to help make the affair a nice occasion. May God’s Blessings be on you.