EXALTATION OF THE CROSS 

21 09 2020

SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

Saturday, September 19

4:00 PM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Sunday, September 20 SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

8:30 AM God’ s Blessings for Tania Blanco – Ulana Campbell

Saturday, September 26

4:00 PM ✞Special Intention 

Sunday, September 27 SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

If a part of your past continues to haunt you 

and rob you of your joy, forgive. 

Lord, I can not undo the past, but with Your help, 

I can let go by forgiving myself and everyone else 

that has hurt me.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No request for the Sanctuary Light. 

PIGGIE DINNER: ST. MICHAEL’S BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 205 N. MAIN ST., PITTSTON, PA. is having a TAKE-OUT PIGGIE DINNER on Thursday, September 17 from 4 to 6pm or until sold out. The dinner has piggies, mashed potatoes, vegetable and a dessert. The price is $12.00 per dinner. Please have exact monies. We will also have Halushki ($6 per quart) and Pirohi for ($8 per dozen). Please come in on Lambert St. then serpentine through the parking lot.





SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

11 09 2020

SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

aturday, Sept. 12 – 4:00 PM    ✞Eugene Slabinski – The Slabinski Family

Sunday, Sept.13 – 8:30AM  SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

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Monday, Sept. 14 –  8:30 AM    Exaltation of the Cross 

Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

✞Catherine Papula – LUC  North Anthracite Council

Saturday, Sept. 19 4:00 PM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Sunday, Sept. 20 – 8:30AM   SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

    God’ s Blessings for Tania Blanco – Ulana Campbell

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light is not requested. 

REMEMBERING 9-11-01

We pause to bring to memory,
The day tears fell like rain;
The most eloquent of writers,
Could not define this pain.

We watched our shattered innocence,
Like dust upon the wind;
Scattered in the inferno,
To never return again.

Heads were bowed in prayer that day,
Faith was tested and tried;
And in the midst of sorrow,
Countless tears were cried.

Sorrow wrapped around us,
Like a bitter winter wind;
Faces flashed before us…
Those who would never come home again.

We heard the solemn roll call,
Of thousands who left us that day;
We heard of brave and selfless acts,
And the stories behind those names.

A nation was brought to its knees that day,
In a moment frozen in time;
A grief and pain we will never forget…
And words will never define.
Allison Chambers Coxsey ~

Come, Holy Spirit of Love and peace, we long for your healing touch.

On September 11, 2001, our country was scarred by hatred and revenge…

We long for your healing touch. Awaken in us, Holy Spirit, 

a deep and respectful  remembrance…

That you are a God of forgiveness, not revenge 

that you are a God of peace, not war.

Remembering these things, we ask to Bless our country and all those defending its ideals of freedom and liberty and bring them safely home. 

May your gifts of peace, love, and forgiveness transform our hatred, anger, and fear. So that peace on earth will be possible once again.





FOURTEENTH  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

6 09 2020

SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

Saturday, September 5 – 4:00 PM

       Merle & Theresa Ashton – Peggy James

Sunday, September 6 – 8:30 AM

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Tuesday, September 8 – 8:30 AM – Solemn Feast Day

Birth of the Theotokos – Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

✞Mildred Kane – Michael Kane

Saturday, September 12 – 4:00 PM

✞Eugene Slabinski – The Slabinski Family

Sunday, September 13 –  8:30AM

SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

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

THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS (Birthgiver)

 One of the feast days we celebrate 

at the beginning of the Liturgical Year is the feast of the Nativity of the most Holy Theotokos (Birthgiver). This Feast is a joyful because it is the in-breaking of salvation in the birthday of the Birthgiver of God, the Queen of Heaven and earth. It is significant because it places before our eyes the great truth of humility in our holy faith concerning the Most Pure Virgin Mary, from whom “shone forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.” 

The Gospel records very few incidents in the life of the most Pure Virgin Mary. It says nothing about her nativity, her parentage, her childhood or youth, or her holy assumption into heaven.  Most of what we have is from Church Tradition, the same source as that for the Gospels.

The chief records on the life of the most Holy Mother of God is found in the Apocryphal book written around the year 170-180 called Proto-evangelium of James. This book records the information of such feasts as the Conception of St. Anna, the Nativity of the most Holy Mother of God, the Presentation in the Temple, and the feasts honoring Joachim and Anna, the parents of Mary. 

In the Proto-evangelium of James we read that the most Pure Virgin Mary was descended on her father’s side from the royal house of David, and on her mother’s side from the priestly line of Aaron. Her parents lived in Nazareth and were fairly well off. They were also distinguished for the great holiness of their lives and their great love of God and neighbor. Joachim was accustomed to dividing the fruits of his labor into three parts; one part he gave to God as sacrifice, the second part he distributed among the poor, and the third part he kept for himself. Their one great sorrow was that they had no children. Among the Jews, childlessness was looked upon not only as an absence of God’s blessing, but as a punishment from God. Joachim and Anna suffered much. Therefore, it is not surprising that they should unceasingly implore God for a child. This was the main purpose of all their prayers, fasting, and alms. Finally, the Lord God blessed them in their old age with a child who was destined to become the Birthgiver of God. 

The birth of Mary was a singular source of joy for her parents – Joachim and Anna, for heaven, for earth, and for all creations. Various Fathers of the Church have stressed the spiritual joy occasioned by this feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

September: With this month the new ecclesiastical year begins in the Eastern Church.

Patron Saint of September: St. Andrew the Apostle. St. Andrew was the first Apostle to be called by Christ. He left everything in order to follow in His footsteps. An ancient story says that he is also the first apostle of Ukraine because he reached the hills of Kiev blessed them and foretold that a great city would be built upon them. 

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

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles will burn during all services during the month of September requested by Geri Kolotelo in memory of Louis Kolotelo





THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

27 08 2020

AUGUST 30, 2020

Saturday, August 29  

 4:00 PM   ✞ Anna Giza – Ron and Denise Giza

Sunday, August 30                THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Thursday, Sept. 3

             9:00                         Tania Blanco – Ulana Campbell                      

Saturday, Sept. 5               

            4:00 PM                   Merle & Theresa Ashton – Peggy James

Sunday, Sept. 6                 FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENECOST

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

Prayer is a great source of joy

 and the best protection from depression. 

When we talk, Lord, You help me see solutions.

Beheading of Saint John

August 29th 

St. John the Baptist was a great preacher of penance. The zeal for God’s honor and glory caused his death because he corrected the king for his sins and the scandal he was giving the nation, the people of Israel.

  St. John the Baptist is the precursor of Christ, whom Christ said “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.”  He was the last of the prophets sent by God to the people of Israel to prepare them for the coming of the Messiah.

St. John preached penance on the shores of the river Jordan in Palestine. During his time a great scandal occurred in Palestine. Herod Antipas, tetrarch (a subordinate prince or king) of Galilee and Perea took Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, and married her.

While the “austere” Pharisees did not dare to condemn their ruler, St. John the Baptist went to the royal palace and courageously condemned the tetrarch’s incestuous union with Herodias. 

Herod instigated by Herodias cast John into prison. Although Herodias would have him killed, Herod feared to shed his blood partly for fear of the people and partly because he liked to hear the saintly preacher.

On the birthday of Herod the opportunity was given to Herodias to wreak her vengeance on the preacher. It was a great festival with numerous guests, dancing, music, etc. Herodias’ daughter by Philip, Salome, danced before the tetrarch and his company. Herod promised to give her whatever she might ask without contemplating the consequences of voicing these words. At the prompting of her mother, Salome requested the head of Saint John.  Herod through a fear of loss of human honor, for his promise given, ordered his guards that John be beheaded. Thus the girl took the head of the Saint to her revengeful mother.

May our Lord bless you through theintercessions

of the glorious prophet and forerunner,

CONSCIENCE

In a certain monastery, the members of the community made their living by raising wheat and grinding the grain to make flour. To turn the stone in their mill, the monks owned a strong ox.  From time to time the ox would be given rest from its hard work by being let loose in a field to graze. When the monks freed the ox, they were careful to tie a bell around its neck in order that they would know where the ox was in their fields.

One day, a thief stole the ox when it was in a far off corner of the field. In order not to be detected, he stuffed the bell with grass and drove the ox home without being caught. The thief barely had the animal hidden when the bell around its neck began to ring of its own accord as if to announce its whereabouts and reveal the theft. Even when the thief tore the tongue of the bell out, it still kept ringing until in great anguish, he drove the ox back to the monks’ field from where it had been stolen.

Like the bell the ox wore, conscience in our spiritual life functions to sound when we too do something wrong. Even though sinners try to choke its voice, try to hide it, conscience incessantly sounds the alarm, giving no rest until reparation is made.

Certainly the voice of conscience can be choked; it can be dulled and muted. Rationalization makes excuses when we fail morally. 

Conscience is the relentless voice of the soul telling us the difference between right and wrong. Like the reflection in a mirror, it shows us the defects and imperfections in our lives. Conscience is a brave and courageous guide, and we are under the serious obligation in conformity with the informed, correct and adjudged authentic teachings of the Church beyond the opinion of one of the other so called moralist.

The remorse of conscience is relentless, yes. A person may shut his or her ears to its admonitions, but sooner or later its voice is heard especially at the hour of death.

If a person’s life has been sin-filled, conscience torments; if one’s life has been well lived, conscience comforts. Being true to conscience brings peace of soul and spiritual purpose when founded on the teachings of Christ.

St. Paul reminds his readers: (Rom. 15:1-6).

……….Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproach you have failed upon me.” For whatever things have been written have been written for our instruction, that, through the patience and the consolation afforded by the Scriptures, we may have hope. May then the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind towards one another according to Jesus Christ; that, one in spirit, you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is not requested. Many openings are available for your requests. 

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: A very Happy Birthday is extended to Steve Spock who will celebrate his 92nd Birthday on Sept. 2, 2020.    May God grant him many more Happy, Healthy Years. Mnohya Lita!





TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

27 08 2020

AUGUST 23, 2020

Saturday, August 22 – 4:00 PM  

✞Robert Bath Jr. – The Munley Family

Sunday, August 23 – 8:30 AM  

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, August 28   9:00 AM

✞Alex Szunskyj – Ulana Cambell

Saturday, August 29 – 4:00 PM 

✞Anna Giza – Ron and Denise Giza

Sunday, August 30 –  8:30AM           

THIRTEENTH  SUNDAY AFTERPENTECOST

God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

SANCUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Aug. 22 – 29 by Mary Ann & David Youells in memory of their daughter Christine Youells.





ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

27 08 2020

August 16, 2020

Saturday, August 15 – 4:00 PM

Mary Kulyn – Mike Kane

Sunday, August 16 – 8:30AM 

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Thursday, August 204:00 PM

✞ Tania Blanco – God’s blessing and good health – Ulana Campbell

Saturday, August 264:00 PM

✞ Robert Bath Jr. – The Munley Family

Sunday, August 27 – 8:30AM 

TWELFTH  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

57 CENTS 

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was “too crowded.” “I can’t go to Sunday School,” she sobbed to the priest as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the priest guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.
   Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted priest who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.  
    As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.   Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: 
“This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School.”  For two years she had saved for this offering of love. 
   When the priest tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion.  He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building. But the story does not end there…
   A newspaper learned of the story and published it. A wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands read it. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.
    Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide.  Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00–a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends. 
When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated.

   Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.  In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, “Acres of Diamonds”. 
This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

Prayer 

We need to talk to God each day
We do this through prayer
He’s waiting for our call to Him
No matter when or where.

We can pray in early morning
We can pray to Him at night
But we need to set aside a time to
Keep Him in our sight.

We can tell Him all our worries
We can tell Him all our woes
We can confess all our sins to Him
Though He already knows.

When we are heavy laden
And don’t know what to do
Let’s take His yoke upon us
And He will see us through

Just a little humor

The Lord’s Army

A friend was in front of me coming out of church on Easter and the priest was standing at the door greeting the worshipers.  He grabbed the man’s hand and pulled him aside. The priest said to him, “You need to join the army of the Lord. The man replied, “I’m already in the Lord’s army Father”. So the priest inquired,   – “then how come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?” The man whispered:

 “I’m in the secret service”.

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”; or

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





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

           ☸☸☸☸

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD 

Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

✠✠✠✠✠✠

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.