Saturday, January 24
4:00 PM Emily Kachinko Hilinski ~ Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko
Sunday, January 25 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.
Wednesday, January 28
8:30 AM Walter Mettrick – Mary & Joe Sowers
Friday, January 30 FEAST OF THE THREE HIERACHES
8:30 AM Veronica Carpa – Andrea & Tom McNulty
Saturday, January 31
4:00 PM John Smiga – 40th Day – sister Bernadine Oakley
Sunday, February 1 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners
VESPERS FOR FORGIVENESS SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 22, 2009 – 4:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP & COVERED-DISH MEAL TO FOLLOW
SS PETER & PAUL U.C.C.
Come and begin The Great Fast (Lent) in the true Christian spirit of forgiveness, with our beautiful Vesper Evening Prayer Service composed especially for the evening before the first day of The Great Fast.
The Clergy and Laity of the North Anthracite Ukrainian Catholic Protopresbytery (Deanery) will gather on this date to pray together in unity, as we prepare to journey with our Lord Jesus through the 40-day Great Fast, in preparation for Holy Week and Pascha.
Father John Seniw, our Protopresbyter (Dean), will be the Main Celebrant, with Father Paul Wolensky leading the sung responses. All our parishioners from all our parishes are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.
At the end of the service, there will be a ceremony of mutual forgiveness between everyone present. Afterwards, everyone is invited to the parish hall for fellowship and a covered-dish meal.
Mark your calendar-hope you will be in attendance for this beautiful service.
MYASOPUSNA 2009: Dinner tickets are now available for Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Myasopusna festival, held in the church banquet hall (in Nanticoke) on Sunday, February 15, from noon to 4 pm. The Myasopusna (Meatfare) festival is the parish’s annual Pre-Lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast. Dinner consists of a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, ham, pierogies, beet salad, homemade blackbread, a homemade dessert, and a beverage. Dinners will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, followed by live Ukrainian music and dance performances. A variety of Ukrainian crafts, including pysanky, embroidery, woodcrafts, and ceramics, will be on display and for sale. Dinner tickets and paid reservations are limited to 200. Newspaper and public advertising of the event will begin next week. Dinner tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling Helen (735-4654) or Geri (824-3880).
THE FEAST OF THE THREE HIERARCHS
On the 30th of January we celebrate the memory of three great and very outstanding bishops, teachers, preachers and Fathers of the Eastern Church; St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. Among our people this feast is known as the feast of the “Three Saints.” These three hierarchs-bishops were giants of faith, courage, holiness and learning. They handed down to us the pure faith of the Council of Nicea; they expounded the dogma of the Holy Trinity, Christ’s divinity and the Holy Eucharist. Because of their great merits, in her liturgy our Eastern Church calls them peers of the Apostles, instruments of the Holy Spirit, pillars of the Church and universal teachers of the whole world. All three lived in the fourth century – the golden age of the Christian faith. St. Basil and St. Gregory were sons of Cappodocia in Asia Minor, intimate friends of approximately the some age. St. John Chrysostom, an Antiochian, was younger than the other two by twenty years. Apostolic zeal for the holy faith and salvation of souls united them.
Having before her eyes their greatness, merits and significance before God, holy Church invokes the faithful to give fit praise to the Three Hierarchs: “Having come together with songs of praise, O lovers of feasts, let us praise Christ’s sanctifiers and the glory of the Fathers, the pillars of the faith, teachers and defender of the faithful. Let us hail each of them in turn: Hail, luminary of the Church, immutable pillar, O wise Basil! Hail, O heavenly mind and great hierarch, Gregory the Theologian! Hail, O golden-voiced John, splendid preacher of penance, O spiritually-wealthy fathers, never cease to pray to Christ in behalf of those who with faith, and love observe your sacred and sublime feast.”
SANTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested for January 24 – 31 by Arlene Jones in memory of her brother Thomas Jones.
FLOWERS: The flower chart is empty. Would you like to sign up for a bouquet or two in memory of your loved ones or in honor of a special occasion? They are still only $15 a bouquet.
THANKS: Our thanks to the faithful who came out to help with the dismantling of the Christmas Nativity and decorations. Your help is greatly appreciated. May God bless each one of you for your time and your help.
FINANCIAL REPORTS: If you would like to request your individual financial report for 2008 please submit a note in the collection basket. The report will be prepared as soon as possible.
BUILDING FUND: Our thanks again for the donation to our Building Fund in memory of Peter Hubick by Colleagues of Maryann Hubick at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
BLESSING OF HOMES: You may still request Father Roman to bless your home. This is a very spiritual service to bring blessings to your home. Please call Father Roman or submit a note in the collection basket with your name, address and telephone number.