FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE SAINTS OF RUS’-UKRAINE FATHER’S DAY JUNE 17, 2018

13 06 2018

Saturday, June 16
4:00 PM For all living and deceased Fathers of the Parish Petitions to the Sacred Heart

Sunday, June 17 FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM For all living and deceased Fathers of the Parish
Petitions to the Sacred Heart

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Saturday, June 23
4:00 PM Arlene Jones – Anna Koprowski
Petitions to the Sacred Heart

Sunday, June 24 FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners Petitions to the Sacred Heart

There is no key to happiness.
     The door is always open.

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.”
— Author Unknown
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?”

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Happy Thoughts
“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have.
It depends solely upon what you think.”
Dale Carnegie
Most people don’t believe it, but it really is possible to think yourself happy. You start with one happy thought followed by another and another until pretty soon you’re stacking them on top of each other, like layers of joy bricks. After awhile, you will have built such a solid wall of happy thoughts around yourself that wherever you go, you’ll radiate joy. And all because one day you made the decision that no matter what, you were going to think a happy thought.
Just think a happy thought.
Then think another.
And another, And another, And another.
It really is that easy.

May your happy thoughts be numerous and always close at hand.
May your day be filled with all things good,

Resolutions For Avoiding Misery

Choose to love — rather than hate
Choose to smile — rather than frown
Choose to build — rather than destroy
Choose to persevere — rather than quit
Choose to praise — rather than gossip
Choose to heal — rather than wound
Choose to give — rather than grasp
Choose to act — rather than delay
Choose to forgive — rather than curse
Choose to pray — rather than despair

The Story of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

God made us just to love us.
He wants us to love Him back.
He knows that loving Him is the only way we can be truly happy.
For thousands of years people who became close friends of God have been telling us that God’s heart is full of love for us.
A heart means love.
God loved us so much that He came to earth to be born as Jesus.
When He was here, the Heart of Jesus burned with love for all people.  
It still does.
To show His great love, artists paint His heart all on fire. 

Jesus came to show that God loves even those people who don’t
care about Him.
Jesus was willing to suffer and die on a cross to show God’s love for all.
Remembering this, artists draw a cross above His burning Heart.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, a soldier pierced his side with a lance.
Blood and water gushed out, showing us again how much He loved us.
Artists place the wound from the lance in the Heart of Jesus. 

People who hated Jesus put a crown of thorns on his head, hurting him.
Today people hurt Jesus when they ignore God’s love or hate God.
Artists show that hurt by placing a crown of thorns around His Heart.

Jesus, I love You!  I thank you for loving me. I adore Your Sacred Heart.
Fill my heart with more love for You every day.
Let me be like You, loving and gentle to others at all times.
Help me to pray every day for those who do not know You or love You.
I offer You all I do–my prayers, my words, my actions, and my whole self.
Sacred Heart of Jesus! I give myself to You today and forever.

MAY THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS, BE PRAISED, ADORED AND GLORIFIED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD, FOR EVER ANDEVER. AMEN.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week June 16– 23 by Rosemarie Kachinko & children in memory of Ronald Kachinko.
A new chart is available for your requests of the Sanctuary Light. This is such a nice way to remember a loved one, a special occasion or any other way to show your love.
$15 and the Light will burn for the week.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Women’s Society met on Tuesday, June 12th to proceed to Agolino’s restaurant for the last meeting until September. All present enjoyed the evening with a delicious meal and conversation. The subject was brought up of the Domes painted and it was voted on to have the Women’s Society donate the first $6000 which is half of the price of the painting. This is possible because of the success of all the rummage sales held by the Women’s Society. God’s blessing on all the members for their work and efforts in raising money for this organization. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at the Church Hall. New members think about joining this group.

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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST JUNE 10, 2018

13 06 2018

Saturday, June 9
4:00 PM ✞Fred & Olga Uhas – Michaelene Ostrum
Petitions to Christ the Lover of Mankind

Sunday, June 10 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Petitions to Christ the Lover of Mankind

Saturday, June 16
4:00 PM For all living and deceased Fathers of the Parish
Petitions to Christ the Lover of Mankind

Sunday, June 17 FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM For all living and deceased Fathers of the Parish
Petitions to Christ the Lover of Mankind

PLEASE, welcome Father George Worschak who will be substituting for Father Walter who will be away for 2 week-ends. The regular Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the usual times.

24 THINGS TO ALWAYS REMEMBER AND
ONE TO NEVER FORGET

1. Your presence is a present to the world.
2. You’re unique and one of a kind.
3. Your life can be what you want it to be.
4. Take the days just one at a time.
5. Count your blessings, not your troubles.
6. You’ll make it through whatever comes along.
7. Within you are so many answers.
8. Understand, have courage, be strong.
9. Don’t put limits on yourself.
10. So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
11. Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
12. Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.
13. Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
14. The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
15. Don’t take things too seriously.
16. Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
17. Remember that a little love goes a long way.
18. Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
19. Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
20. Life’s treasures are people . . . together.
21. Realize that it’s never too late.
22. Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
23. Have health and hope and happiness.
24. Take the time to wish upon a star.

AND DON’T EVER FORGET
FOR EVEN ONE DAY
HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week June 9 – 16 by Gabe Metric in memory of Barbara Metric.

WOMESN’S SOCIETY: The last meeting until September for the Women’s Society will be held Tuesday, June 12th. We will meet in the Church parking lot at 5:00 PM and proceed to Agolino’s Restaurant in West Wyoming. All who will be attending please be at the parking lot.

PRAYERS: A request is presented to have prayers for our Parishioners, Mike Sinko, Marion Rose and Anna Koprowski. Please remember them in your prayers and all those in need of healing.

Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace.
And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.





THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST JUNE 3, 2018

13 06 2018

Saturday, June 2
4:00 PM ✞John Sirak – Michaelene Ostrum
Petitions to Jesus Christ

Sunday, June 3 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Petitions to Jesus Christ
3:00 PM Moleben to Jesus Christ – Lover of Mankind
LUC Meeting at Church Hall
Saturday, June 9
4:00 PM ✞Olga Uhas – Michaelene Ostrum
Petitions to Jesus Christ

Sunday, June 10 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Petitions to Jesus Christ

THE FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was adopted by the Syrian, Maronite, Chaldean, Armenian, Melchite, and Italo-Greek Catholics of the Eastern Church. The revision of our liturgical books conducted by the Holy See in the 1940’s retained the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our breviary under the name “The Feast of the Most Sweet Lord and God our Savior Jesus Christ, Lover of Mankind.”
In his promises given to St. Margaret Alacoque, Jesus Christ promised the veneration of his Sacred Heart the necessary graces for their state of life; peace in their families; consolation in their pains and trials; assured refuge in life, and especially the grace of a happy death. Millions of souls throughout the world have found peace and happiness, growth in love, and the practice of Christian virtues in the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A characteristic mark of love is to sacrifice oneself for the beloved and strive to repay love for love. Such was the love of our Savior: “We love God, for he has first loved us,” says St. John in his first letter.
In the encyclical of June 28, 1889 – where he encourages all to embrace the cult of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Leo Xlll writes: “The most fervent desire of our Savior is to see the fire of love with which his heart burns being born and growing in the souls of the faithful. Therefore, let us go to him for he asks of us nothing more than that we repay him love for love.”
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week June 2 – 9 by The Halloway Family in memory of their father Charles Halloway.
A new Sanctuary chart is available for your intentions starting June 30th.
ALTAR CANDLES: The candles on the Altar will burn for all services in memory of Ronald Kachinko requested by his wife Rosemarie Kachinko. .

MOLEBEN TO JESUS CHRIST: A Moleben to Jesus Christ Service will be held at our Parish on this Sunday June 3rd at 3:00 PM. All are invited to attend. An LUC meeting will follow in the Church Hall.

A REMINDER: Father Walter will be away from Friday, June 8th until Monday, June 18, 2018. Father George Worschak will substitute for both weekends, June 9/10 and June 16/17. In case of an emergency Father Paul Wolensky can be contacted by calling 570-606-5762.

CEMETERY DONATION: Many thanks for the donation to the Parish Cemetery of $50 donated by Joe & Ann Marie Onderko. God’s blessings for your generosity.





FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS May 27, 2018

23 05 2018

Saturday, May 26 Petitions to the Mother of God after Divine Liturgy
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, May 27 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Petitions to the Mother of God after Divine Liturgy

Saturday, June 2
4:00 PM VJohn Sirak – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, June 3 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
3:00 PM Moleben followed by LUCC Meeting in the Church Hall
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Father Walter will be away from Friday the 8th of June until Monday the 18th of June. Father George Worschak will substitute for both weekends, June 9/10 and 18/17. The same Divine Liturgy schedules will be celebrated. Emergency contacts will be announced in the future bulletins.

DIVINE LITURGIES: When you remember someone dear to you, either in honor of, deceased, someone ill or in a nursing facility or for any special intention, why not consider having a Divine Liturgy for them. Prayers are always helpful to everyone.

SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

The Sunday after Pentecost Sunday is called the Feast Day of All Saints. Every day in the Church calendar has a list of Saints, some famous and great, and some not so famous. In the eyes of God all Saints are famous and great, some we know more about and have become more popular than others. For example, many men and women struggled during the American Revolution, but we are aware of only the most famous and popular, like George Washington and his officers the same is true for the roll call of Saints in the Christian Church.
Each man, woman and child in the great history of the Church who witnessed for Christ is regarded a Saint by the Church. Since we have no way of knowing all of them, and since the list of Saints has increased many times over and continues to do so, our Church sets aside the Sunday after Pentecost as the Feast Day for All Saints.
We are obliged, not only to venerate the saints and to seek the assistance of the saints, but also to imitate their life and holiness. All Christians are called to holiness by virtue of the sacrament of Baptism. Every person, regardless of status and condition of life, can become a Saint and is duty-bound to people without exception when He said: “Therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” St. Paul also reminds us of our duty to pursue holiness: “This is the will of God – your sanctification.”
What is holiness? Holiness is living according to the commandments of God and the Church; it is the daily fulfillment of God’s will, constant fidelity to the duties of one’s state, or more briefly – holiness is the Gospel translated into action.
All the saints are very close to us for they, like us, were once citizens of our earth and are of our own flesh and bone. They are members of the same Church as we are, although they belong to the Church Triumphant while we still struggle as members of the Church on earth or the Church Militant. They are not indifferent to our welfare and salvation. Hence, there exists no doubt that they readily listen to all our petitions and prayers and gladly present them before the throne of God.
The saints in heaven, then, are God’s beloved and intimate friends; and our protectors, intercessors and benefactors; our guides and models on the path to virtue and sanctity.

Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives and blood of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.


Prayer for Our Nation
Dear God, As we face these uncertain times in our nation, we ask you, Lord, to dwell among us. We are comforted by the knowledge that You alone are our Savior and Lord, and the ultimate Master of life. We trust our nation to Your loving care, Lord. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. Give us Your light and Your truth to guide us in our ways so that we may seek Your will in our lives and impact the world around us for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 26 – June 3 – Prayers for all deceased Veterans of SS Peter & Paul Parish by a Veteran parishioner.

Green Sunday Remembrance: Two envelopes were omitted from the list of names for Pentecost Green Sunday in error: Requested by Mary Ann Kachinko for Bernard Kachinko, Michael Kachinko, John Blazosek, Mary Blazosek, Kathrine Kachinko, Paul Kachinko and Ron Kachinko. A request by Anna Magill for Ann Dempsey, Joseph Dempsey, Eliza Burke, Frank Dempsey, Donald Magill and Bernice Magill. Sorry for the error. They will be prayed for.

THANK YOU: Our sincere thanks to Gary Pstrak for his donation of $250 for the Parish Cemetery Care in memory of the Pstrak Family, Maksym, Julie, Ann, Steph, Mary, Michael, John, Joseph & Peter requested by Gary Pstrak.

CARNATION SALE: The Carnation project for the Pro Life Center was a nice offering to the Center in the amount of $97 from our parish. Thank you for your support.

LUC: Father Walter Pasicznyk extends a warm invitation to the beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Christ, Lover of Mankind – on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Plans for fund raising, the annual summer picnic and the October National Convention in Buffalo/Amherst, New York will be the primary agenda items. This is a public event of SS. Peter and Paul parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.





PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018

23 05 2018

Saturday, May 19– 4:00 PM ✞Bernard Kachinko – Wife Mary Ann Kachinko & Family
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
Petitions to the Mother of God

Sunday, May 20 – 8:30 AM Pentecost Sunday
God’s Blessings and Good Health for All Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
Petitions to the Mother of God
2:00 PM Panakhyda at Parish Cemetery

Saturday, June 26 – 4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, June 27 8:30 AM First Sunday after Pentecost SUNDAY OF All Saints
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

The glorious feast of the Resurrection concludes with a feast also most glorious and great – and that is, the feast of the Pentecost. After the Nativity and Resurrection of Our Lord this feast belongs to the greatest feasts in the Ecclesiastical Year. The Descent of the Holy Spirit is, as it were, the seal on the work of the salvation of the human race accomplished by the Son of God. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit himself anoints the Apostles as preachers of the Good News of Christ. On this day the Church was born and began to function. The Holy Spirit ever guides, enlightens, sanctifies and preserves her on the path of truth. The Holy Feast of Pentecost deserves our special attention because of its history, liturgy, and significance.
The principal motive for celebrating Pentecost in the Church of the New Testament was the event of the Descent of The Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Thus, this feast is also called the day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit or the day of the Holy Trinity. The following well-known prayer to the Holy Spirit from the service of the Pentecost found its way into our daily prayers: “Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life, come and dwell within us and cleanse us of all stain and save our souls, O Good One.” All our church services begin with this prayer.
The Church of the Old Testament had a custom on the feast of Pentecost of covering the floor of their homes and synagogues with fresh grass and adorning their homes and synagogues with the branches of trees and with flowers as a sign that, when the Law of God was given at Mount Sinai, all nature was in bloom. Presumably, the Apostles also observed this custom and decorated the upper room with greenery and flowers. This custom was also taken over by the Church of the New Testament. From this custom, Pentecost received another name namely, “Green Sunday”. Flowers and greens are a sign of life and therefore became a symbol of the life-giving Spirit. Just as nature in springtime is renewed with greens and flowers, so too, holy Church and her faithful are renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The event of the descent of the Holy Spirit was most fruitful in its effects and had great significance for the Apostles and the first Christians; it has this same significance for the whole Church everywhere and always.
The Holy Spirit bestowed upon the Apostles the gift of tongues, the gift of understanding the Scriptures, and the gift of fortitude in preaching and professing the holy faith. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are truly numerous and great. St. Paul speaks of them in his letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the spirit is: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness, faith, modesty, continence.” The Holy Spirit has also descended upon us with his gifts in the Sacrament of Confirmation and he has anointed us as soldiers of Christ and mad our bodies His temples.

Sanctuary Light: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 19–26 by Ann Beshada for a Special Intention.

THANKS: Our thanks to the few men and women who came out to clean our church this past week. We are very lucky to have such kind people to share their time to work in the Lord’s House. God’s blessing on all of you.

Mother’s Day: Names omitted from Mother’s day list: Mary Kosar by Vera Hubick and Anna Dempsey by Anna Magill.

THE SHROUD OF TURIN: The daily visitation of the Shroud of Turin is 10:00 am-1:00pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00pm, May 15 to 27th. Liturgy at 10:00am and rosary at 4:30 pm daily. One exception May 23rd there will be no Liturgy at at 10:00am. At noon will be Liturgy of the Hours.

Monday May 28th – A Memorial Day Liturgy will be at Transfiguration of Our Lord with the closing of the Shroud at 10 am.  For all deceased veterans of Ss. Peter & Paul and Transfiguration of Our Lord.  If you have a deceased family member, or friend, you would like remembered in the liturgy, please submit their name to Fr. Walter.

Panakhyda at Parish Cemetery – Father Walter requests for you to please try to be present for the Panakhyda Service at our parish Cemetery. Remember your loved ones in prayer at this Sunday’s service beginning at 2:00 PM.

DOMES: Bishop Andriy has given his Apostolic Blessing, allowing us to go ahead with the painting of the domes. M & B Painting plans to start this project Monday of this week.





15 05 2018

MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 13, 2018
TO ALL DECEASED MOTHER
MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL
VICHNYA POMYAT!

Requested by Ann Beshada
Mary Conniff, Helen Beshada

Requested by Sonya Dempsey
Stella Piscorik Silko

Requested by Charles Drazba
Ann Drazba, Eva Chapasko, Anna Carpa

Requested by Eugene Fera
Janice C. Fera

Requested by James Bruce Fromel
Julia Fromel

Requested by Halloway Family
Catherine Halloway

Requested by Paul & Dolores Hoover
Anna Soppeck

Requested by Louise Hubiack
Frances Pliska

Requested by Marilyn Huff
Mildred Godumski

Requested by Jewel
Julia Olenik

Requested by Michael Kane
Mildred & Carrie Kane, Mary Kolyn

Requested by Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko
Katherine Kachinko, Mildred Starzec, Emily Hilenski, Sandra Elko

Requested by Mary Ann Kachinko
Mary Blazosek, Katherine Kachinko

Requested by Geri Kolotelo
Anna Kolotelo

Requested by Carol Kosek
Anna Rita Bosack, Louise Kosek

Requested by Michael Kowalick
Julia Kowalick

Requested by Gabe Metric
Anna Mittrick

Requested by Rebecca Molecavage
Frances Bencho

Requested by Al Michalak
Dorothy Michalak

Requested by Daughter Ann Marie Onderko
Anna Rudeski

Requested by Mary Oshirak
Anna Klem

Requested by Michaelene Ostrum
Olga Uhas, Mary Ostrum, Stella Skwirut

Requested by son Peter S. Phillips
Ann Phillips

Requested by John Rayeski
Mary Rayeski

Requested by John, Annetta, & Jaclyn Rudeski Anna Rudeski, Ada Hughes, Veronica Rudeski, Mary Kosch

Requested by Thomas Sawka
Mary Ann Sawka, Fannie Sawka, Ellen Dolan

Requested by Veronica Simonowicz
Ann Herman, Mary Simonowicz

Requested by Mike & Dolores Sinko
Mary Sinko, Helen Kurkoski

Requested by Helene Sirak
Helen Lenar, Catherine Lenar,
Stella Swirut, Bertha Piatek

Requested by Don & Donna Winsock
Julia Purvis, Veronica Rudeski

A Mother’s Love 
There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears. 
There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real. 
There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day. 
For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above.





SUNDAY OF THE fathers of the first ecumenical council MAY 13, 2018

15 05 2018

Saturday, May 12 MOTHER’S DAY
4:00 PM All Living and Deceased Mothers of the Parish

Sunday, May 13 SUNDAY OF THE fathers of the
8:30 AM first ecumenical council
✞Michael Hubiack – Vera Hubick

Week Days 10 AM At Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
May 14 – 18

Saturday, May 19
4:00 PM ✞Bernard Kachinko – Wife Mary Ann Kachinko & Family

Sunday, May 20 Descent of the Holy Spirit – Pentecost Sunday
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovonia

Sunday, 2:00 PM Panakhyda at Parish Cemetery GREEN SUNDAY: The Feast of the Pentecost is the day to pay our respects to our deceased. Father Walter will celebrate the Panakhyda Services at the Cemetery on this day, May 13 at 2:00 PM. Try to be in attendance to pray for your family or friends who have fallen asleep to their eternal rest.

MOTHER – THE BEAUTIFUL CREATURE 
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At the dawn of every life, at the birth of every child, there is always a joyous thought that brings memories of care, affection and also pains and anxiety,  but all add up to a poem of Love.
Every person carries with himself, the seal of this Love and remembers the maternal tenderness which is very hard to remove from the heart.
Over the years, even when our hair turns gray, there remains the distant memories and the strong desire to see once again her, who carries the affectionate name of Mother. Her name is a fountain of peaceful thoughts, generosity, serenity and Love.
We always talk nice about our Mother and we always speak highly of her merits and good guidance and when she is gone, a veil of sadness surrounds our hearts.
There is a legend that says that since God could not be physically present amongst all His people at all times; he created Mothers to take His place. Looking at the smile on the face of a Mother as she looks at her baby explains it very clearly.
If we look at Nature we see so much beauty: the People, the Mountains, the Oceans, Rivers, Trees, the Flowers, Stars and the Birds….
But the Sun doesn’t shine on anyone more beautiful than you, 
Thanks for filling this World with so much genuine love

MOTHERS! With sincere admiration,
love and respect to all of you, Mothers.

Many Blessings for a joyous,
happy mother’s day!

SUNDAY OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
MAY 13, 2018

This Sunday we are reminded of the first universal Council assembled at Nicea in 325. The Council was convened by the first Christian Emperor Constantine the Great and the sanction of Pope Sylvester I. 318 Bishops, mostly Eastern, under the presidency of Hosius and two Roman priests, legates of the Holy See, took part in the council.
The Holy Fathers of the Church are the eminent preachers, writers and defenders of the Faith distinguished by the following three characteristics: Personal sanctity, solidity (Orthodoxy) of their teaching in all their writings, sermons, and antiquity.
The most prominent Fathers of the Eastern Church are: St. Irenaeus, St. Athanasius, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John Chrysostom and St. Ephrem. The Church commemorates the remembrance of these valiant defenders of the faith to remind her faithful of their duty to defend the treasure or their faith against any possible attack and to live according to its maxims and principles.

PRAYER

We are in this world to know, to love and to serve God that we may obtain eternal salvation.
Sanctity of life and eternal happiness are the expression of the Will of God in our behalf. This is the end for which Divine Omnipotence has created us to His own image and likeness, and endowed us with the faculties of memory, understanding and free will. To attain this eternal joy it is necessary that we possess the true faith, have a childlike confidence in God, keep His commandments, receive the sacraments worthily, pray frequently, war against our evil inclination, conform to the Will of God in our regard and persevere in doing good.
The grace of God is absolutely necessary for the practice of these virtues. God, though infinitely good, does not give equally great graces to all. Nevertheless, He wills that all men be saved, therefore He gives to each individual, even the greatest sinner, sufficient grace for his salvation. It is impossible for anyone to save his soul without this grace. Prayer is the channel through which all grace is given us.
Our Blessed Savior commands us “to pray always.” When illness or affliction strike us, we find consolation and solace in prayer; when trial, tribulations and sorrow enter our lives, prayer alone will ease the burden. Thus, Let us always place ourselves into God’s loving Providence by constant prayer.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
O heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art in all places and fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come, dwell within us and cleanse us of all stain. O gracious Lord,
Save our souls.

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED TRINITY
O most holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O lord, cleanse us of our sins; Master, forgive our transgressions, O holy One, visit us and heal our infirmities for the sake of Thy name.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 12 – 19 by Halloway Family in memory of.Michael Halloway.

THANK YOU: Many thanks to Audrie Dubinsky for the Cemetery Donation of $100 in memory of her parents Emily & Leon Woss. God’s blessing for your generous contribution.

LUC: Father Walter Pasicznyk, pastor of Plymouth’s SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to the beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Christ, Lover of Mankind – on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Plans for fund raising, the annual summer picnic and the October National Convention in Buffalo/Amherst, New York will be the primary agenda items. This is a public event of SS. Peter and Paul parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.