24 09 2009

Saturday, Sept. 26
4:00 PM The Sivick Family – Rose Sivick

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

Wednesday, Sept. 30
8:30 AM Helen Gbur – John & Monica Bergin

Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
9:30 AM Peter Hubick – Marie Baltimore & Michellene Allen

Friday, Oct. 2
8:30 AM Andrew Patrylak – John & Nancy Seiple

Saturday, Oct. 3
4:00pm Frank Kulick – Marie & Mike Chudoda

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

Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY: Catechetical Sunday has long been a feature in American religious education. What better way to open the school year than to acknowledge that what we need to learn to best express our being “made in the image and likeness of God” than to focus on Christ the Teacher?
Catechetical Sunday reaffirms our commitment to the awesome task of students and teachers in effect in each parishioner. In prayer we renew our efforts to provide the opportunity to learn and become teachers and models to others.
Our emphasis is not only upon those enrolled in programs for school-age children – includes all who take advantage of the various “adult education” sessions that may occur throughout the coming year in our parish – especially during the holy season of the Great Lent, the special time we have as a means to assess our lives and prepare for the resurrection of Chris, and ultimately, ourselves.
Today Catechetical Sunday we consider the idea that learning is a life-long process and we are all students of every age. In this we realize that instruction is not merely a series of classes, but a part of our journey toward eternity the happy ever-after. We join today to ask God to grant to us, His servants, our students, our teachers and ourselves “many happy years!”
THE GENERATION OF FAITH SESSION: This session of the Liturgical Year was prepared and narrated by Geri Kolotelo, Anna Bosack, Gabe Metric and Ron Kachinko was very well presented. If you did not attend or were unable to attend, the following explanation is as follows.
The Liturgical Year
Each year, the Church brings to our attention the principal events in the life of Our Lord and his Mother, the achievements of the saints, and the theological doctrines of the Faith. This annual cycle of feasts, fasts and commemorations is called the Liturgical Year.
The Meaning of the Liturgical Year
The liturgical year is a school of prayer. Just as the divinely instituted feasts of the Old Testament reminded the people of Israel of the principal events of their history, and allowed them to renew their covenant with God, the Church’s liturgical year recounts:
The creation of the world, the fall of Man, and coming judgment – giving us cause for repentance;
The Incarnation, life, sufferings, death, Resurrection and Ascension of the only-begotten Word of God, for our sakes – giving us cause for thanksgiving;
The lives of the Mother of God and of the saints – giving us cause for thanksgiving and hope, and encouragement in our own lives.
But the liturgical year is also a source of God’s grace. Through each feast and commemoration, the meaning of the feast is made present in the Church, and the grace of the feast is recalled; this meaning and grace enters into and enlightens the minds and hearts of the faithful as they take part in the liturgical year.
Finally, the liturgical year is a means of union with Christ. As we remember the events which led to our redemption, and the deeds of those who have lived under grace, the Holy Spirit (through the Church’s liturgy) directs our minds and hearts toward the goal of salvation for ourselves and those around us, to so live in this life as to be made fit for eternal life in heaven.

Learning more about the Liturgical Year
The best way to understand and benefit from the liturgical year is to keep the feasts, attentively and prayerfully! The feasts of the liturgical year have a freshness which makes it possible to learn from then, and thus draw nearer to God, in a new way every time we come back to them.
Much can also be learned from asking questions about the liturgy from a priest, cantor or other knowledgeable person.
For example, the hymn “All you who have been baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ, Alleluia!” occurs at the Divine Liturgy on the feasts of the Nativity (December 25), Theophany (January 6), Lazarus Saturday, Pascha, throughout Bright Week and on Pentecost. By noticing this, combined with a little knowledge of the Church’s history, one can not only recognize these as days which the Church associates with baptism – but can go deeper into the significant of baptism as our own dying and being reborn with Christ, so that we might live with Him forever.
Just as God has provided us with the natural year as a cycle of light and darkness, sowing, weeding and harvest, so He has provided us with the liturgical year as a year of grace.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week
September 26 – October 3 by Eleanor Trotsky in memory of her parents Michael and Mary Onderko.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Rose Sivick for her donation of 2 – $25 Bouquets of flowers this week in memory of all deceased members of the Sivick Family.

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Michael Herman who was called to his eternal rest. May his memory be eternal. Vichnya Pamyat!

BUILDING FUND: Thank you to those who donated to our Church Building Fund in memory of Michael Herman: Lois Monka, Jule Wido and Mildred Skubanicz. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

CARD PARTY: The Blessed Virgin Mary Guild of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will sponsor its 77th Annual Card Party/Social on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. A variety of door and non-player prizes will be awarded. Coffee and cake will be served. Admission $5.00. Tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 1:00pm. Players are encouraged to bring their own cards and table games. The public is invited to attend. For information phone Kathleen Izak at 346-2414

CRAFT SALE: SS Cyril & Methodius, U.C.C., Warren St. & First Ave., Berwick, PA will sponsor a Craft Sale Saturday, October 31, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Interested Crafter: Tables are $15 for 8’ table. Call Janina after 5:00 PM at 570-759-2824. Lunch will be available from 11:00 AM with a variety of ethnic foods and baked goods.

RUMMAGE SALE: The Women’s Society Rummage Sale to be held on Friday, October 9th from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Society is asking for donations of baked goods for the sale, if you would be so kind to donate some goodies it will be greatly appreciated. A small menu of food will be available for sale at the Rummage Sale. Please sign up if you will be donating any baked goods.
THANKS: Our thanks to Rose Sivick for her monetary donation to the Rummage Sale and to all those who have already donated items for the Sale. We are still accepting any household items, clothing, furniture, etc.



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