FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST FEBRUARY 26, 20012

23 02 2012

4:00 PM                George Patrylak – Clara Patrylak

Sunday, Feb. 26                  FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

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

Wednesday, Feb. 29

7:00 PM            Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service


Friday, March 2

9:00 AM          Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 3

4:00 PM             Frances Bencho – Jeremy Brizio & Family

Sunday, March 4            SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

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

4:00 PM             Deanery Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.

Plymouth, PA


THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

              The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. What do we mean by “orthodoxy”? The word “orthodoxy” stems from the Greek word “orthodoxia” (orthos=right; doksa=opinion) which signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. We are not speaking here of orthodoxy as we understand it today as being opposed to the Catholic Church, but orthodoxy, as applied to the whole Church of Christ until the schism between the Eastern and Western Churches which occurred in the eleventh century under the patriarch Cerularius (1054). The orthodoxy that we celebrate this Sunday is universal-catholic orthodoxy, professed by the entire Church of Christ of the first centuries in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm (Gr – eikon=image; klastes=a breaker; – an image breaking heresy). The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a festival for the whole Church, both Eastern and Western. It is the festive celebration of the decisive victory over Iconoclasm and other heresies.

The purpose of this feast is to pay solemn public homage and veneration to the holy icons of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Mother of God, and all the Saints.

The Church of Christ deeply respects and honors the holy icons as it also does holy relics. She places them in church for public veneration and recommends that we venerate them privately in our homes, and wear small icons around our necks in the form of little crosses or medals.

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GREAT LENT

            Although our time has brought with it many changes in church laws, traditions, and discipline, and the Second Vatican Council has relaxed the rules for fasting, including the Great Fast, nevertheless, the Forty Days Fast still has significance for our spiritual life. For various reasons, today we may be unable to fast in the same way as our ancestors did; yet even today we are obliged to a spiritual fast – that is, we are obliged to refrain from sin, and from giving in to our evil inclinations. We are also obliged to pray and to practice virtue and good deeds. In reality then, the most important goal of the Great Fast is our spiritual renewal.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts:

            A typical Lenten service is the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Already in the first centuries there was a custom during the Forty Days Fast to omit the celebration of the Divine Liturgy because, at that time, it was still linked with agape, that is the love banquet, and this was not in keeping with the spirit of fasting. Furthermore, the Divine Liturgy was regarded as joyful mystery; for this reason, its celebration was limited to Saturday and Sunday. On the other days of the week to give the faithful an opportunity to receive Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy was replaced by other services, from which the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts developed in time. Actually, this is not a Liturgy in the sense of the word, for it does not have the consecration of bread and wine; but rather, it is a Vespers service combined with the rite of Holy Communion, for which the bread was previously consecrated. Hence, the name of Presanctified Gifs.

The Council of Laodicia (c.364) prescribed: “It is not permitted during the Great Fast to offer up the Bread (that is the Holy Liturgy), except on Saturday and Sunday” (rule 49). The Sixth Ecumenical Council of Trullo (691) decreed: “On all the days of the Great Fast, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, and the feast of the Annunciation, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts must be celebrated. “ (rule 52).


SUNDAY LITURGIES DURING LENT:  WHY DO THEY SEEM LONGER?

Our Byzantine Rite prescribes that the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated on all of the Sundays of Great Lent, instead of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which is usually celebrated throughout the rest of the church year.  St.

Basil’s Liturgy is older and has longer priestly prayers than the St. John Chrysostom Liturgy (which was derived from the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great), and is celebrated ten times during the church year:  the five Sundays of Lent (not Palm Sunday), Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve, Epiphany Eve, and on the actual Feast of St. Basil which we celebrate on January 1.

 

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Feb. 25 – March 3 by Florence Kloap & Family in memory of Husband William Kloap.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Deanery Stations of the Cross will be held in our Parish next Sunday, March 4th. We will be serving the fellowship following the Stations. Desserts are needed to serve this affair and we ask all our good cooks and bakers to help in this matter. Any dish you make will be greatly appreciated.

 

FLOWERS: A flower request chart is available to have Bouquets in memory of or in honor of someone special to you. The Bouquets are priced from $25 to whatever size you wish to have.

 

BUS TRIP: If you are interested in going on this trip, the bus fills up fast, so you should make your reservations as soon as possible. The North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring this bus trip to the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival, Lower East Side of Manhattan on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Donation is $35.00 per person. Full advance nonrefundable payment reserves a seat.  Check should be made out to LUC – NA Council. For reservations contact Paul Ewasko at 563-2275. Poster in vestibule on details.

 

 

DEANERY LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS:

Sunday – February 26 –           SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.-Wilkes-Barre, PA

Sunday – March 4                   SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. – Plymouth, PA

Sunday – March 11 –              St. Nicholas U.C.C. – Glen Lyon, PA

Sunday – March 18 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, U.C.C. – Nanticoke, PA

Sunday – March 25 –              St. Vladimir’s, U.C.C. – Edwardsville, PA

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SUNDAY OF MEAT FARE FEBRUARY 12, 2012

9 02 2012

Saturday, Feb. 11

4:00 PM              Frances Bencho – John & Jule Molecavage

Sunday, Feb. 12             SUNDAY OF Meat Fare

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

Tuesday, Feb. 15

9:00 AM             William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Friday, Feb. 17

9:00 AM             Peter Bosack – Sister Anna Bosack

               

Saturday, Feb. 18

4:00 PM    Mary Bilak – James & Aurora Cardi

Sunday, Feb. 19               SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE

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

Monday, February the 20th is the first day of the Great Fast.

Prepare yourselves in this period of Lent with  prayer, adoration and attending Lenten Service until the

Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

 

DEANERY LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS:

Sunday – February 26 –           SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.-Wilkes-Barre, PA

Sunday – March 4                   SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. – Plymouth, PA

Sunday – March 11 –              St. Nicholas U.C.C. – Glen Lyon, PA

Sunday – March 18 –              Transfiguration of Our Lord, U.C.C. – Nanticoke, PA

Sunday – March 25 –              St. Vladimir’s, U.C.C. – Edwardsville, PA.

SOULS’ DAYS

Although the Church remembers the souls of the departed faithful in her daily prayers and services, nevertheless, like a good Mother, she still assigns special days in the Liturgical Year on which she commemorates and prays for them. These days are called Souls’ Days or Memorial days.

All-Souls Saturdays a day of prayer for departed souls

            In the Liturgical year not only is every day dedicated to some festival or saint, but also each weekday has its own patron On Monday, holy Church pays homage to the angelic choirs, who occupy first place in heaven, next to the most Holy Mother of God. Tuesday is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, the symbol of all the prophets. Wednesday commemorates the betrayal of Jesus Christ and the beginning of His

passion, and also venerates the life-giving Cross on which He died. On Thursday, the Church venerates the Holy Apostles and St. Nicholas. On Friday, she celebrates the memory of the passion of Christ and His death on the Cross.

On Saturday, God rested after He created the world and Jesus Christ rested in the tomb, after having accomplished the salvation of the world; hence, Saturday became the symbol of eternal rest and happiness in God. For this reason, the Church dedicates Saturday to all the souls, who have gone into eternity, but have not yet entered into eternal rest with the Blessed in heaven.

Meatfare Saturday – Besides commemorating the faithful departed every Saturday of the week, the Church set aside certain Saturdays in the Liturgical Year whose services are exclusively dedicated to the commemoration of the departed and to prayers for them. These Saturdays are called memorial Saturdays, or All-Souls’ Saturdays. These Saturdays include the Saturday before Meat-fare Sunday, the second, third and forth Saturdays of the Great Fast and the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday.

Meatfare Sunday commemorates the Last Judgment. For this reason, on the preceding Saturday we pray “for all Christians who have fallen asleep from time immemorial”, that is, for all those who have died or perished at any time or place, and for whom perhaps no one prays, so that they all may stand, on the day of the Last Judgment, at the right hand of the Eternal Judge.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of

Feb. 11 – 18 by Dorothy Wujcik in memory of her son Larry Wujcik.

 

STAINED GLASS ICON OF ST. PAUL: Donations are being accepted for this project if you would like to contribute to this Icon. Plaques will be viewed inside the church in the vestibule for the donations received – $1000 will read in memory or in honor of loved ones – $500 will read a single name in memory of or in honor of – $100 will be as a patron, one name. We are still in need of the balance of this project to be started and completed. The Council is aiming for a completion date for the Feast of SS Peter & Paul, June 29, 2011.

 

BUS TRIP: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring a bus trip to the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival, Lower East Side of Manhattan on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Side trips will include the Staten Island Ferry and midtown Manhattan. The 55 passenger bus will depart from St. Vladimir Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton at 8:00am and from St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville at 8:30am. Departure from New York City will be at 9:00pm. Donation is $35.00 per person. Full advance nonrefundable payment reserves a seat.  Check should be made out to LUC – NA Council. For reservations contact Paul Ewasko

ICON:  An Icon of Christ the Teacher, which is an LUC traveling Icon, representing our faith for God and Country, our heritage and believe in God our family and friends, as LUC has been together for 75 years, will be displayed in our Parish stating next Sunday, February 19

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 and will be exhibited for the week until Sunday, February 26

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. It will then be transferred to another parish in the Deanery until all the Parishes have had the opportunity to display this Powerful Icon. A description and writing about the Icon will be in next week’s bulletin.




SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON FEBRUARY 5, 2012

9 02 2012

Saturday, Feb. 4

4:00 PM              John & Anna Rudeski – Daughter Ann Marie Onderko

 

Sunday, Feb. 5               SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON

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

Tuesday, Feb. 7

9:00 AM             Leonard Lotrick – Wife Catherine Lotrick

 

Friday, Feb. 10

9:00 AM             Elaine Makowski – Eileen Miels

               

Saturday, Feb. 11

4:00 PM    Frances Bencho – John & Jule Molecavage

 

Sunday, Feb. 12               SUNDAY OF Meatfare

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

 

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of

Feb. 4 – 11by George Pryslak & Family in memory of Mary T. Pryslak.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all the Church Services for the month of February in memory of Fred & Olga Uhas requested by Michaelene Ostrum

 

Myasopusna 2012:  Holy Transfiguration Church is pleased to announce that dinner tickets are now available for their Annual Myasopusna Festival, held at the church’s banquet hall, 240 Center Street, Nanticoke, on Sunday, February 12, from noon to 4 pm.  The Myasopusna (Meatfare) Festival is the parish’s pre-lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast.  Dinner (a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, ham, pyrohy, borscht, black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert) will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, followed by live Ukrainian music and dance performances by Kazka, Holy Year Choir, and Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers.  A variety of Ukrainian crafts will be on display and for sale.  Dinner tickets are $13 ($10 if purchased by February 5) and can be purchased by calling Helen (735-4654) or Geri (824-3880).

 

Special LUC MeetingNorth Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM this Sunday, February 5, 2012 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 20 Nottingham Street, Plymouth, PA. This is a specially called session of importance to all Council members and will end early enough for participants to be able to enjoy the Super Bowl that evening.

ROAST PORK & KAPUSTA DINNER  Fr. Paul Wolensky and the Parishioners of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Scranton PA, cordially invite you to join them for the observance of Meatfare Sunday at their annual Pre-Lenten ROAST PORK & KAPUSTA FAMILY DINNER on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at 1:00 pm at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, between West Lackawanna Avenue and West Linden Street. Adults $15.00; Students age 6-12 $7.50; age 5 and under free.  Advance reservations required:  Kathleen Izak at 346-2414 (please do not call the church).  takeout’s: pick up between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Menu: Slow roasted pork loin, homemade pan gravy, Ukrainian kapusta (cabbage), real mashed potatoes, hot vegetables, applesauce, rolls, butter, dessert, coffee, tea, beverages.

 

BLESSED CANDLES: The Blessing of Candles was celebrated on Thursday. The Candles are available for you to use in your homes for the donation price listed. All should have one of the Blessed Candles to burn during storms, holidays, etc.