SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST CONCEPTION OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

21 09 2012

Saturday, Sept. 22
4:00 PM William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Sunday, Sept. 23 SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

NO DIVINE– PRIEST RETREAT
Father Volodymyr will be attending the priest retreat this Monday September 24th to Thursday, September 27th. In case of an emergency please contact Ann at 829-4202.

Saturday, Sept. 29 PROTECTION OF THE THEOTOKOS
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
4:00 PM Dolores Dubik – Respenski Family

Sunday, Sept. 30 EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
PROTECTION OF THE THEOTOKOS
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR MANY MORE YEARS OF SPIRITUALITY AND WORSHIP TO TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD UCC IN NANTICOKE, PA ON THEIR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION THIS WEEKEND.

THE CONCEPTION OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

Among all the saints whom the Eastern Church venerates, St. John the Baptist holds a unique place. He alone, of all the Saints, except for the Mother of God, has a feast honoring his Conception, and another honoring his Nativity. The great esteem he enjoys in the Eastern Church is evident from the fact that during the Church Year as many as six feasts are celebrated in his honor: The feasts of his Conception, Nativity, Beheading, the First, Second and Third Finding of his Head, and the Synaxis following the feast of the Theophany.
Among all holy persons of the Old Testament, St. John the Baptist is especially outstanding, especially because he stands on the border of two testaments: the Old and the New. He closes the doors on the prophets and opens them to the Apostles. He is not only a prophet, but also a precursor of Christ, a Baptizer and a martyr.
Before he was born, an angel of the Lord predicted to his father Zachary, “He shall be great before the Lord.” (Luke 1,15) And indeed, he was great for his holy life, authentic teaching, and heroic death. Jesus Christ himself acclaimed him as,
”a burning and shining light.” (John 5,35).
The life of John the Baptist was an unbroken chain of sacrifice and penance. He preached to the people new doctrines never proclaimed before: a Baptism of Repentance, the Nearness of the Kingdom of God, the Presence among them of Jesus, Their Messiah and Savior. John Baptized Jesus in the river Jordan and later pointed him out as the “Lamb of God.” (John 1,36)

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Sept. 22 –
29 by Mike and Dolores Sinko in memory of parents John & Helen Kurkoski.

RUMMAGE – FLEA MARKET: The Women’s Society will hold their Rummage Sale at the Church Hall on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20th.
Items are being collected for the sale. If you have any linens, kitchen utensils, knick knacks, window curtains, etc. please bring to the church or contact one of the members to help pick up your items. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. A bake sale will also be available and if any of our great bakers or dessert makers would like to contribute to this sale this would be a big help to the Women’s Society.

COUNCIL MEETING: At the last Parish Council meeting many projects were discussed.
In the month of October the Women’s Society will sponsor the annual Rummage Sale. The month of November is the lottery tickets and hopefully all the parishioners will purchase at least 5 tickets. December will be the making of Pyrohy’s. And with this project a lot of help is needed. Please if you can possibly put in any amount of hours to come and lend a hand at this project it will be greatly appreciated. Without the help we cannot do these fund raisers.
In January the annual Holy Supper will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday, January 6th. In the past this affair has been really enjoyable – let’s try to make it a little better this time.


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