Saturday, Dec. 18
4:00 PM Mary Sawka – 40th Day – Sawka & Williams Family
Sunday, Dec. 19 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS – HOLY FATHERS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Wednesday, Dec. 22
9:00 AM John Shircavage – Mary & Daniel Bilak
Friday, December 24 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS – 6:30 PM
Znamy Boh – Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Saturday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
There will be no 4:00 PM Divine Liturgy on Saturday, Dec.25th, your obligation for Sunday is on Sunday, Dec. 26th at 9:00 AM
Sunday, Dec. 26 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
9:00 AM Metropolitan Joseph Schmondiuk
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
AN UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY
The greatest and most profound mystery of the Christian faith is the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The eternal God becomes a little infant and does not cease to be God. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” – says St. John the Evangelist. Christ’s nativity is the cradle of our faith. Only faith is able to accept this unfathomable mystery, understand it and adore it.
In the first centuries, the holy Fathers of the Eastern Church accepted the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God with profound faith and great piety. Enraptured by this mystery, they have nothing but words of wonder for the most wonderful love of God, the sacrifice, humility, and poverty of the newly born Messiah and Savior. Like the holy Fathers, in her Christmas celebrations our Church also joyfully praises and glorifies the mystery of the birth of the divine Infant.
Today, he who is invisible by nature became visible in the flesh for man’s sake; hence, glorifying him, we cry: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will…”
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 18 – 25 by Eleanor Trotsky in memory of Ann & Stanley Cmiel..
ENVELOPES: Many boxes of the 2011 Church envelopes still remain. If you can deliver envelopes to your friends, family or neighbors, please help to distribute them. Please use your initial envelopes to help with the cost of the envelopes and delivery. If you do not see your name on any of the boxes please inform the office. Your contributions are important for the Church to function through the year. Do not use until the New Year.
BUILDING/IMPROVEMENT FUND: Our thanks for the donations of $70 for the Building/Improvement Fund in memory of Carol Klimchak. Donated by Mrs. Eleanor Kulick, Mrs. Jackie Bromack and Norberta Garbor.
COOK BOOK: Information was received about a new Book called – “Ukrainian Cuisine With An American Touch and Ingredients” and “Ukrainian Cuisine With An American Touch and Ingredients – Gluten Free”. By Nadejada Reilly. This book is available online at http://www.Xlibris.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.barnesandnoble.com or your local bookstore and by calling 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7879.
After January the book will be available through the author Nadejda who lives in Drums, PA. Call Ann Beshada – 829-4202 – if you are interested in purchasing one of these fine books. A poster is in the vestibule and a sample book for you to examine. Nadejada web-site is http://www.ukrainiancuisine.net.
CONCERT: The Wyoming Valley Concert Band will present “The souds of Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 21st at 7:30 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, south Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre. The concert is free and open to the public. A light social will follow the conert.