SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 15, 2009

24 02 2009

Saturday, Feb. 14
4:00 PM Deceased Members of the Hasiak Family –
Catherine Hasiak

Sunday, Feb. 15 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Wednesday, Feb. 18
9:00 AM Catherine Polk – Michael Kane

Friday, Feb. 20
9:00 AM Helen Carlo – Paul & Eileen Halesey

Saturday, Feb. 21
4:00 PM William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Sunday, Feb. 22 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM FORGIVENESS SUNDAY SERVICES

CHURCH CLEANING: The Women and men of the Parish will meet Thursday, February 19, to clean the church. All who are available are welcome to come and pitch in to help.
We would like to have the Church look nice for the Forgiveness Services on Sunday.
Let’s Put the Saint back in Valentine’s Day
Saint Valentine did “die of love”, to be sure — but not of the romantic sort! Strange also, considering its enormous popularity, that this saint’s feast no longer appears on the Church’s calendar.
How did the “Saint” disappear from Valentine’s Day? Can we “re-Christianize” the celebration of this popular holiday? Who is Saint Valentine, anyway?
There are at three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, mentioned in the early martyrologies for the date of February 14th.
One is described as a priest in Rome, another a bishop (of Interamna, the modern Terni). Both apparently were martyred in the second half of the third century and buried at different places on the Flaminian Way outside of Rome. The third St. Valentine was martyred in Africa with a number of companions. Almost nothing is known about any of these early Christian men — except that they died for the love of Christ!
“Christianizing” Valentine’s Day:
On Saint Valentine’s Day, we Christians have an opportunity for some real “enculturation” — that is, planting seeds of Christ’s truth into the culture in which we live.
When we remember that the heart of Saint Valentine was, like other Christian martyrs, “pierced” by the love of Our Lord, and he shed his blood for this, it seems appropriate that the red heart is a symbol for this powerful love. We think about the power of the deeds of extraordinary courage – even unto death – to bring the truth of faith to others. We are reminded; too, that suffering that often accompanies genuine love.
In our Catholic families, we can focus our thoughts, this day, not only in expressing our love for our friends and families (and yes, sweethearts) by gifts and loving greetings; but also in prayer and meditation on Scripture.
Continued with prayers – next page

VESPERS FOR FORGIVENESS SUNDAY CHEESEFARE SUNDAY: 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. 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.

SANTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested for Feb. 14 -21 by Charles Drazba in memory of Marie Drazba.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to John and Nancy Semcheski for their Bouquet of flowers this week in memory of Wasil & Veronica Semcheski.
TO ORDER FLOWERS: The florist who has been doing our floral arrangement is unable to continue at this time due to ill health. We sincerely thank Stanley Olszewski who did our flowers for many years. The Florist on the corner of Nottingham St. will take our orders. The price is $20 per bouquet. If you desire a larger bouquet you may request the price you would like to have.

SS. PETER & PAUL, W-B TO HOLD RUMMAGE SALE : SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church on the corner of N. River & W. Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre will sponsor a Rummage Sale with Homemade Food & Bake Sale on February 20 and 21 (9:00 AM. – 3:00 PM.) and February 22 (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Come find a bargain and enjoy some food from Baba’s Kitchen.

LUC MEETING: The League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council will meet on Sunday, February 22nd, 2:00 PM at SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. Hall, Plymouth.
Members are asked to attend since this is the first meeting of the year.

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

MYASOPUSNA 2009: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Myasopusna festival will be held in the church banquet hall (in Nanticoke) this Sunday, February 15, from noon to 4 :00 PM. Dinner tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling Helen (735-4654) or Geri (824-3880).

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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