SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE FEBRUARY 1, 2009

7 02 2009

Saturday, January 31
4:00 PM John Smiga – 40th Day – sister Bernadine Oakley

Sunday, February 1 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Monday, February 2 ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON & ANNA
9:00 AM Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania – BLESSING OF CANDLES
Good Health & God’s Blessings on Timothy Clay – Florence Kloap

Wednesday, February 4
9:00 AM Anna Puchalski – Sophia Jones

Friday, February 6
9:00 AM Anna Hamuka – Niece Pam Pisarcik

Saturday, February 7
4:00 PM John & Anna Rudeski – Daughter Ann Marie Onderko
& husband Joseph
Sunday, February 8 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM
Monday, Feb. 2 Encounter of Our Lord – 10:30 AM

VESPERS FOR FORGIVENESS SUNDAYCHEESEFARE SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 22, 2009 – 4:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP & COVERED-DISH MEAL TO FOLLOW
SS PETER & PAUL U.C.C.
PLYMOUTH, PA

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 ENCOUNTER OR
PRESENTATION OF
OUR LORD

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

SANTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested for January 31– Feb. 7 by Rita Rentko in memory of her husband Stephen Rentko.

BLESSING OF CANDLES: Monday, February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM and blessing of candles will follow at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Candles will be available for you to purchase.

OUR WEB-SITE: To those of you who use a computer, our Church now has a web-site. Thanks to Michael Shipula for setting this site up for our Church, you may go into this at – http://www.sspeterandpaulucc.org. We will have all the important announcements, activities and bulletins listed.

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.

UKRAINIAN CULTURAL EXHIBIT & CRAFT SALE: Sponsored by League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council Sunday, March 22, 2009 at St. Vladimir Parish Center 428 N. 7th Ave, Scranton PA 18503 – 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Lunch will be available, along with a variety of homemade ethnic food and baked goods. Everyone is cordially invited to attend SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY at St. Vladimir Church at 9:00 AM. Interested crafters/vendors: $15/8’tableContact Janina Everett 570-759-2824 or nacofluc@hotmail.com

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