SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL May 24, 2009

27 05 2009

Saturday, May 23 – The Sacrament of Reconciliation & Solemn First Holy Communion for Autumn and Tyler Savitski
4:00 PM John & Anna Rudeski – Granddaughter Jaclyn Rudeski

Sunday, May 24 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE
8:30 AM FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, May 27
8:30 AM Veronica Carpa – John Grish
7:00 PM MOLEBEN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD

Friday, May 29
8:30 AM Mary Kopacz – Ted & Kathy Rembish

Saturday, May 30
4:00 PM Mary Ann Sawka – Thomas Sawka

Sunday, May 31 PENTECOST SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
1:00 PM SERVICES AT OUR CEMETERY

Transfiguration of Our Lord ~ Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week,
May 23 -30 by Becky Molecavage in memory of Dimitri Bencho.

FLOWERS: Our bouquet this week to dedicated to all of fallen service men and women. May they rest in Peace.

GENERATION OF FAITH: We welcome all parishioners to join in the Geast of the Pentecost, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit given by the Father through Christ to the Church. The session will be held on Saturday, may 30, 209 at 2:30 PM in the Church Hall. Refreshments will be served.

LUC MEETING: The North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics of America will hold its next monthly meeting on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009, at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Prayer Service begins at 3:00 PM the meeting and fellowship social to follow. Members, please plan to attend, and please bring along a new member! We are also reaching out to members who have not attended in a while – please come to our May meeting!

THANKS: We wish to extend our thanks to our neighbor, Irene Sanders, for the beautiful job she has been doing to the flower bed on the entrance of our parking lot. She also watches over our property for vandals, picks up litter, etc. The flower bed looks great, Thanks and God Bless.

PENTECOST SUNDAY: Green Sunday (Pentecost) is Sunday, May 31, 2009. A service will be celebrated, 1:00 PM at the parish cemetery, weather permitting. Please try to be present for this service to pray for all the deceased members of your families and loved ones. Our priests have been having this service for your benefit for many years and it is a shame that so few come to pray for this purpose once a year. Make a sacrifice to spend one hour with those who have fallen asleep with the Lord.

CENTENNIAL: SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 635 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, will be celebrating its Centennial on Sunday, June 28, 2009. Pontifical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 1:30 PM. A reception will follow at 3:30 PM at the Waterfront Banquet Facility, 670 North River Street, Plains. Tickets are $38.00 for adults, $14.00 for children 10 and under. Menu choices are Prime Rib or Chicken Marsla. For reservation forms, please contact Verna Kozicki at 824-6090. Reservations are required by June 1, 2009. Forms are available in the vestibule of SS Peter & Paul Church Plymouth, PA.

On Tuesday, May 19th Helen Sirak won the Lottery and requested it to be donated backto our Church in memory of her husband Michael Sirak. We appreciate your kind donation.

To our young parishioners receiving their
First Reconciliation and Solemn First Holy Communion
GOD’S BLESSINGS
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES
To Autumn and Tyler Savitski
And Guest Katherine Abele (Irene Frisbie Granddaughter)

Our Gift to the Fallen

For each soldier that has fallen so that many may stand
We honor their spirit as they pass to God’s hand
For without their sacrifice we would live forever in fear
We pray for their loved ones and provide a salute and a tear
God help us heal the wounds of hate and the misery of war
That is our gift to our fallen heroes that are amongst us no more.

A MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER

Eternal God, Creator of years, of centuries, Lord of whatever is beyond time,
Maker of all species and master of all history —
How shall we speak to you from our smallness and inconsequence?
Except that you have called us to worship you in spirit and in truth;
You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
You have lifted us up with your loving kindnesses.
Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
[though we sometimes feel that low]
and without fear [though we are often anxious].
We sing with spirit and pray with courage because you have dignified us;
You have redeemed us from the aimlessness of things’ going meaninglessly well.
God, lift the hearts of those for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
but painful memory and continued deprivation.
Bless those whose dear ones have died needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
in accident or misadventure.
We remember with compassion those who have died serving their countries
in the futility of combat.
There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation, when all the answers we are offered fail the question death asks of each of us.
We believe that you will provide for us as others have been provided with the fulfillment of “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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SUNDAY OF THE BLIND MAN MAY 17, 2009

20 05 2009

Saturday, May 16 
4:00 PM  Andrew Patrylak – 40th Day – Wife Clara and Children

Sunday, May 17 SUNDAY OF THE BLIND MAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Monday, May 18
8:30 AM Stanley Dulski – Wife Catherine Dulski
Wednesday, May 20 
8:30 AM Peter Hubick – Brother Michael & Louise Hubiack
7:00 PM MOLEBAN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD

Thursday, May 21 ASCENSION OF OUR LORD – HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Friday, May 22
8:30 AM Rev. Nick Kostiuk – Birthday – Mr. & Mrs. Ron Kachinko & Family

Saturday, May 23 – The Sacrament of Reconciliation & Solemn First Holy Communion for Autumn and Tyler Savitski
4:00 PM John & Anna Rudeski – Granddaughter Jaclyn Rudeski

Sunday, May 24 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE
8:30 AM FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday Liturgy – 6:00 PM – Sunday Liturgy – 10:30 AM
Friday 7:00 PM MOLEBAN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD

The feast of the Lord’s Ascension always falls on a Thursday, on the fortieth day after Christ’s resurrection. This is one of the principal feast days of our Lord. It celebrates the memory of Christ’s Ascension into heaven and underscores its significance for Christ and for us. St. John Chrysostom, in his homily on the Ascension says: “Today the human race is completely reconciled with God. The ancient battle and enmity have disappeared. We, who were unworthy to live even on earth _ are now lifted up to heaven, we, who do not even deserve earth, we ascend to heaven and inherit the throne of the King and Lord. Human nature, against which the cherubim guarded paradise, is now raised up above all the cherubim.”

MOTHER’S DAY: Envelopes received late for the Mother’s Day intention:
Anna Smiga, Josephine Oakley and Anna Kopacz.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 16-23 by Rita Rentko in memory of Stephen Rentko.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Mary Ann Kachinko & Family for their donation of flowers for this week in memory of Bernard Kachinko.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Happy Birthday wishes are granted to Irene Frisbie, celebrating her birthday, May 16th. Mnohaya lita! Many more happy, healthy years.

GENERATION OF FAITH: All parishioners are invited to attend the meetin of Generation of Faith on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the church hall. The feast of Pentecost session will be discussed. Thank you for your support for this project of fellowship, prayer and learning.

FESTIVAL: A Film and Food Festival will be held Sunday, June 14 at Ukrainian Homestead, Lehighton, PA. The Film “Folk” will be held at 3:00 PM “A documentary about Ukrainian Folk Dancing in the U.S.” Admission $10 Children 14 and under free. All proceeds benefit the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation annual folk dance camp for children and young adults. For tickets and information call Paula Holoviak at 570-708-1992. Also the 20th Annual Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop sponsored by the Ukrainian-American Heritage Foundation will be Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Details are listed on the bulletin board in the vestibule.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Church Council meeting will be held in the Church Hall Thursday, May 21st 6:30 PM. All parishioners are invited to attend this meeting. Church affairs will be presented and discussed.





FOURTH SUNDAY ATER EASTER SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

11 05 2009

MAY 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9 God’s Blessing for All Mother’s
4:00 PM Living and Deceased of
SS Peter & Paul Parish

Sunday, May 10 SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
8:30AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Wednesday, May 13
8:30 AM Anna Puchalski – Mr. & Mrs. Al Evans
7:00 PM Moleben to the Mother of God

Friday, May 15
8:30 AM Helen Carlo – Red Belusko

Saturday, May 16
4:00 PM Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara and Children

Sunday, May 17 SUNDAY OF THE MAN BORN BLIND
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday Liturgy is 6:00 PM – Sunday Liturgy is 10:30 AM

MOTHERS’ DAY OBSERVANCE
The aspiration of local legend Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis and her daughter, Anna Jarvis, was to establish a national memorial day dedicated to all mothers, both alive and deceased. After her mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis was relentless in achieving this goal. Jarvis was successful in getting West Virginia Governor Glassock to proclaim a statewide Mother’s Day in 1910. Four years later, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law a U.S. House of Representatives resolution, introduced at Jarvis’ request, making the second Sunday in May the national Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day has since become an international holiday, celebrated in 152 countries.
Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis and her family lived in Taylor County in the mid-1800s. Stories about her many good deeds and leadership qualities had become part of the local folklore by the time of her death. She and her brother, a doctor, had formed the Mothers Day Friendship Clubs to work with women to prevent the deaths of children by teaching sanitation methods. They explained to mothers the importance of boiling water, how to keep food from spoiling, and other antiseptic methods.
Jarvis and the women who joined these Mothers Day Friendship Clubs refused to take sides during the Civil War. Instead they provided nursing services and taught sanitation methods which helped save thousands of soldiers’ lives on both sides, North and South. After the war, Jarvis was tireless in promoting peace and good will among neighbors who may have differed politically. She conceived a family day picnic honoring mothers, called Mothers Friendship Day; its real goal, however, was to reunite alienated neighbors. Following a prayer, the band began to play “Should Auld Acquaintances Be Forgot.” By the time they reached the word “forgot,” neighbors were weeping and shaking hands.
Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother in 1907, and all mothers the next year. Services were held at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, which is now the International Mothers Day Shrine. Anna Jarvis’ birthplace, where the Jarvis family lived from 1854 to 1864, is now a museum.
The Mother’s Day Observance project is documented through photographs, a written report, a genealogy of the Jarvis family, and a videotape of the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week
May 9 – 16 by Charles Drazba and Family in memory of Anna Drazba.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Paul & Marion Rose for their donation of 2 bouquets this week in memory of their Mother’s – Nellie Fromel and Irene Rose.

SVIACHENE: We would like to thank all who attended, made donations and helped in any way to make our Easter Sviachene a beautiful occasion. We certainly appreciate all the monetary donations, gifts items, food and of course all the goodies. Hope all who attended enjoyed the day and we were truly happy to see all who attended to make this affair possible. KRISTOS VOSKRES!

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will be held Tuesday, May 12th in the Church Hall at 6:30 PM. Please attend this meeting and new member are welcome. President Irene Frisbie will preside.

LUC MEETING: The North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics of America will hold its next monthly meeting on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009, at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Prayer Service begins at 3:00 PM and the meeting and fellowship social will follow. Members, please plan to attend, and please bring along a new member! We are also reaching out to members who have not attended in a while – please come to our May meeting! We miss you! St. Vladimir’s Church and Hall is air-conditioned and easily handicap accessible.





SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN MAY 3, 2009

1 05 2009

Saturday, May 2
4:00 PM Frank Kulick – 40th Day – Wife Eleanor & Family

Sunday, May 3 SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN
8:30 AM

Wednesday, May 6
8:30 AM William Kloap – Mr. & Mrs. John Hook

Friday, May 8
9:00 AM Mary Mikula = 40th Day – Irene Pstrak

Saturday, May 9 God’s Blessing for
4:00 PM All Mother’s Living and Deceased of
SS Peter & Paul Parish –

Sunday, May 10 SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday Liturgy – 6:00 PM
Sunday Liturgy – 10:30 AM
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 2 -9 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of parents Michael & Mary Sinko.

GENERATION OF FAITH MEETING: Join our church family at the meeting of Generations of Faith on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the church hall. We will discuss the Pentecost session. Hope to see you!

SVIACHENE: It is not too late to purchase a ticket for the Sviachene (Easter Dinner) to be held this Sunday, May 2nd in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM. This is a nice affair to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord. Get together with your family and friends for this Parish family dinner. We thank all who donated in any way to this affair. A special thanks to Mike & Louise Hubiack for donating the 100 lbs. of potatoes for this dinner. Hope everyone will enjoy the home style dinner.

LOTTERY TICKETS: We certainly want to thank Mike Sinko for all his efforts in selling the Lottery Tickets for the month of May. Mike placed himself in front of different Food Markets to sell as many as he could. It is very difficult to try to get people to sell the tickets, as a few of our sellers are no longer with us. We thank all those who purchased and sold tickets. Watch your numbers and good luck.

THANKS: Many thanks to the few women who came to clean the Church also to those helped with the preparations for our Sviachene Dinne. God bless you always.

The Mid Pentecost
On Wednesday after the Sunday of the Paralytic, which falls exactly in the middle of the Pentecost season, that period between Easter (the Resurrection) and the feast of the Pentecost or Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Eastern Church celebrates the feast of Mid-Pentecost which may mean “Half Way” because it is the half-way mark between the feast of Easter and the feast of the Pentecost, or “Middle Wednesday” since it falls on the Wednesday in the middle of the Pentecostal season. The Synaxary of that day explains the reason for the institution of this feast: “On the Wednesday of the Paralytic we celebrate the feast of Mid-Pentecost for the sake of honoring the two great feast days – Easter and the Pentecost. The feast of Mid-Pentecost has an eight day post-feast which lasts to the Wednesday after the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
The feast of the Mid-Pentecost aims to strengthen our faith in the risen Christ, to inspire us to observe the commandments of God and to predispose us for the feast of the Ascension of our Lord and the Descent of the Holy Spirit.