ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 28, 2011

25 08 2011

Saturday, August 27
4:00 PM Frances Bencho – Charles & Kimberley Demuzzia

Sunday, August 28 ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, August 31
9:00 AM George Krasnavage – Mike Konners

Friday, September 2
9:00 AM Peter Bosack – Dorothy Wujcik and son

Saturday, September 3
4:00 PM Rose Sivick – Brian Sivick

Sunday, September 4 TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM His Beatitude Joseph Cardinal Slipyj
on the anniversary of his death, Sept. 7, 1984

SANCTUARYLIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 27 – Sept. 3 by Charles Drazba and Family in memory of Unifer & Eva Chaposka

MINISTRY FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Father Gary Mensinger of St Nicholas Byzantine Church in Old Forge and St Mary’s in Taylor has been working to plan for local ministry to young adults (21-40 years approx), open to all but focusing our efforts on Eastern Catholics. This program is modeled on Theology on Tap, a program that has spread from Chicago around the country to reach young adults with a practical and engaging conversation about some aspect of our faith. A program is planned for Monday, September 12, 2011.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet this Sunday, August 28, 2011, SS Cyril & Methodius, U.C.C. 706 Warren St., Berwick, PA. Moleben Prayer Service at 2:00 PM, business session at 2:30 PM followed by. New members warmly welcomed. Dorothy Jamula, President 822-5354

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: All Married faithful are invited to join Archbishop Metropolitan Stefan at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral on October 23, 2011 for the celebration of their Wedding Anniversaries followed by a Banquet in their honor in the Cathedral Hall. Cost: $30.00 per Anniversary Couple and $20.00 per Guest.
Registration forms are available if you are interested in attending this lovely celebration.

RUMMAGE SALE: Items are being collected for the annual Rummage Sale sponsored by SS Peter & Paul Women’s Society in October. If you have any household items to be donated please call one of the members of the Society or bring them to the church on weekends or the Hall on certain days.

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TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 21, 2011

19 08 2011

Saturday, August 20
4:00 PM Mary Sawka – Sophie Lucia

Sunday, August 21 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Wednesday, August 24 – 8:30 AM
For the Country Ukraine on the occasion of Independence

Friday, August 26– 8:30 AM
Carol Klimchak – Frank & Maureen Pacuska

Saturday, August 27 – 4:00 PM
Frances Bencho – Charles & Kimberley Demuzzia

Sunday, August 28 – 8:30AM
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 20 – 27 by George Pryslak & Family in memory of all deceased members of Toma Family.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Julie Williams for her donation of flowers for this week in memory of her sister Mary Sawka.

From the Archbishop’s Desk
Glory to Jesus Christ
In a special way, I ask you to pray for Ukrainians worldwide on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine, celebrating on August 24th, 2011.
We ask the faithful to pray for our beloved Ukraine. The power of our United Prayer will inspire the peace and advancement we all desire for Ukraine.
Metropolitan Stefan Soroka

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: All Married faithful are invited to join Archbishop Metropolitan Stefan at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral on October 23, 2011 for the celebration of their Wedding Anniversaries followed by a Banquet in their honor in the Cathedral Hall. Cost: $30.00 per Anniversary Couple and $20.00 per Guest.
Registration forms are available if you are interested in attending this lovely celebration.





NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 14, 2011

19 08 2011

Saturday, August 13
4:00 PM Mary Bilak – John & Patricia Bonsavage

Sunday, August 14 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Monday, August 15 THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
BLESSING OF FLOWERS –
ANOINTING OF HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA

Saturday, August 20
4:00 PM Mary Sawka – Sophie Lucia

Sunday, August 21 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Feast of the Dormition of the
Most Holy Mother Of God
August 15th

The day of the death of the Most Holy Mother of God is called the Dormition (or falling asleep) in our Church, for her body did not know corruption after death, but together with her soul was taken up into heaven, hence, another name for the feast is “the Assumption”. We have historical data to indicate how long the Mother of God remained on earth after the ascension of Christ into heaven, nor when, where, or how she died, for the Gospels say nothing of this.
Three days before the death of Mary, the Archangel Gabriel appeared and announced to her from her Son, Jesus Christ, the time of her departure into eternity. On the day of her death, in a miraculous manner the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem although they had been scattered in various countries of the then known world. St. Thomas was the only Apostle absent. The Mother of God expressed her wish to be buried in Gethsemane near her parents and her spouse, Joseph. Christ, in person, came accompanied by Angels and Saints to escort His Most Holy Mother to heaven. The Apostles, while singing holy hymns, carried the body of Mary to the grave where they remained keeping vigil for three days. On the third day, St. Thomas came from afar and desired very much to view for the last time the Most Pure Mother of God. When the grave was opened, her body was not there, only the funeral clothes in which the body had been wrapped. The Apostles then realized that Mary had been taken up body and soul into heaven.
Some ancient Trpicons prescribe the blessing of fruit of the vine (grapes), not on the feast of the Transfiguration, but on the feast of the Dormition. In the Greek Nicolo-Casulan Typicon of the twelfth-thirteenth century, we read: “Let it be known that, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, the 15th of August, grapes are blessed and eaten in church after the Divine Liturgy according to an ancient tradition.” The Typicon of Sinai of the year 1214 contains the same prescription. Similarly, the Typicons of the Lavra of St. Athanasius on Athos prescribes the blessing of grapes on the 15th of August.
We have the custom of blessing flowers on the feast of the Dormition. The Typicon of Father I. Dolnytskyj says: “Wherever the custom prevails of blessing flowers, let it be done after the Prayer behind the Ambo or after the Dismissal Prayer of the Divine Liturgy.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week August 13-20 by Rita Rentko in memory of her husband Steve Rentko

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Arlene Jones for her bouquet of flowers for the Holy Day Monday, August 15th for a Special Occasion..

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS~ We extent our Birthday Greetings to Mary Oshirak who will celebrate her Birthday on Monday, August 15. ~ MNOHYA I BLAHAYA LITA!

HOLY DAY: Please note the Dormition of the Mother of God is celebrated on this coming Monday, August 15th. Divine Liturgy will be 4:00 PM. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Bring your flowers to be blessed. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA at 6:00 PM. Please try to attend to worship and offers prayers to the Mother of God.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Sunday, August 28, 2011, at Ezzyk’s Farm in Berwick. Outdoor Moleben Prayer Service “under the trees” at 2:00pm, business session at 2:30pm followed by traditional annual summer picnic. This is a family-oriented event in the beautiful mountains of Berwick. Come enjoy an afternoon of spiritual and social well-being including a generous buffet and Ezzyk’s famous sweet corn. All members and their families are invited. New members warmly welcomed. For additional information and directions, contact: Dorothy Jamula, President at 822-5354; your pastor; or any LUC member of the parish.
Just a reminder: FLEA MARKET AND RUMMAGE SALE: The date of the sale will be October 14/15th. If any change we will notify all. If you wish to contribute any items such as household, dishes, pots, pans, linens, bedding, blankets and many more articles useful to be sold and in good condition for the Rummage Sale, please bring to the church or contact one of the members of the Women’s Society.





THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011

4 08 2011

Saturday, Aug.6 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
4:00 PM Peter Bosack – Clara Patrylak
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania after the Blessing of Fruit

Sunday, Aug 7 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Aug. 13
4:00 PM Mary Bilak – John & Patricia Bonsavage

Sunday, Aug. 14 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

BLESSING OF FRUIT: On the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord this Saturday, Father Michael will have the blessing of fruit and followed by Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania.

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

The feast of the Transfiguration is one of the twelve principal feasts of our Church, having a one-day pre-feast and a seven-day post-feast. This feast falls during that time when the fruits of the earth reach maturity. From the earliest times in the Eastern Church, on this day fruit is blessed in thanksgiving to God for the first0fruits of the earth. This custom was adopted by the Christian Church from the Old Testament which prescribed that fruit be brought to the Temple of the Lord. In the Book of Exodus we read: “You shall carry the first-fruits of the corn of your ground to the house of the Lord your God.”
The custom of blessing the first fruits in church was prescribed in the Canons of the Holy Apostles at the end of the third century. The Apostolic Constitutions of the fourth century have a prayer for the blessing of first fruits. The local Synod of Carthage in the forth sixth rule gave prescriptions concerning the first fruits that are brought to church. The Sixth Ecumenical Council spoke of the blessing of the firs fruits of grapes and wheat. In the Typicons century and in the Typicon of Evergetes Monastery of the tenth century no mention was made of the blessing of the vine, that is, grapes.
In Greece, in the month of August grapes and wheat, which are the more important fruits, reach their maturity, for this reason, the custom of blessing the grapes and ears of wheat in church on the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord prevailed there. In Rus-Ukraine, grapes of the vine were replaced by apples and other fruits.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 6-13 by Jule Wido in memory of her son Frank T. Wido.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles that will burn for all services for the month of August, is requested by Thomas Sawka in memory of all deceased members of the Sawka Family.

BOOK SALE: St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, Twp., PA. will conduct a Collectible Book Sale at the Parish Hall 756 E. Northampton St. on Friday, Aug. 12/5-9 PM, Saturday, Aug. 13/8AM-3PM and Sunday, Aug. 14/10AM-3PM. Sunday will be half price day.

CENTENNIAL LOTTERY TICKETS; Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Nanticoke is slated to celebrate its 100 Year Anniversary in 2012. We will be hosting monthly activities and events during the Centennial year. We are having a special lottery which will have a winner for 52 weeks. Match the evening daily number and win $100. The lottery will run from the Centennial kick-off date which is Sunday, September 4, 2011 and continue each and every Sunday until August 26, 2012. This lottery is different from other lotteries in 3 ways: the prize will be $100, the payout day is Sunday only, and the cost is $10 per ticket.
If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Mike and Jill Gagliardi at 842-4603 or e mail jillygags@aol.com

SAINT MARY’S, McADOO invites you to their 4th annual Homecoming Picnic, 210 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, PA – Friday, Aug. 19th – 6 – 10 PM, Saturday, Aug. 20th – 12 noon – 10 PM and Sunday, Aug. 21st 11 -7 PM.