PALM SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2013

27 03 2013

Saturday, March 23 – 4:00 PM Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Dave Trimmell – 40th Day – Bob & Joanna Longenberger
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 24 – 8:30 AM PALM SUNDAY Myrovania Anointing of Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Monday, March 25 – 4:00 PM – Holy confession
4:30 PM – ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS
Holy Day – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Tuesday, March 26 – 5:30 PM Holy Confession
6:30 PM The Way of the Cross & Sorokousty

Thursday, March 28 HOLY THURSDAY
4:00 PM Holy Confession
5:00 PM Matins of the Holy Passion of Our Lord

Friday, March 29 GOOD FRIDAY
2:00 PM HOLY CONFESSION
3:00 PM Vespers – Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ
4:30 PM Recitation of the Holy Rosary by the congregation

Saturday, March 30 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
7:00 PM Resurrection Matins / Procession /
Easter Divine Liturgy Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 31 EASTER SUNDAY – RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
11:00 AM EASTER DIVINE LITURGY Myravania Anointing of Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Bright Monday, April 1 – 4:30 PM Frank Dempsey – M/M John Olejnik
Bright Tuesday, April 2 – 4:30 PM Eva Malishchak – John Matusek

Transfiguration of Our Lord
Holy Thursday – 7:30 PM – Good Friday – 5:30 PM –
Saturday, 3:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Basket. Easter Sunday –
8:00 AM – Resurrection Matins, Procession Divine Liturgy

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS
Jesus Christ wrought many miracles during His lifetime abut none was so rich in its effects as the resurrection of Lazarus.
This miracle marks the apex of Christ’s self-revelation. The magnitude of this miracle and the publicity attending it were the immediate causes of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen also our faith in the divinity of Christ and in our own personal resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day Lazarus from the dead, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. He Himself assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he die, shall live!”

PALM SUNDAY
The festival of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is one of the oldest feast days in the Eastern Church.
In our liturgical books this day is called, “Sunday of the Palms”, “Flower or Blossom Sunday”, “Flower or Blossom-bearing Sunday”. Our people call this Sunday the “Sunday of Pussy-Willows or Willow Sunday. All these names are associated with the custom of blessing and distributing palm on that day in church. Because no palm or olive trees grow in our country, we have a venerable custom of using willow branches, a tree that is the first to blossom in the spring.
The spiritual meaning of Palm Sunday
The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory. According, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead and by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, gave them clear proof of His power and glory. When He entered Jerusalem, all the city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.’”
The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, within a few days would be crying out: “Crucify Him.”
Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to enter into everlasting triumph, joy and resurrection.
Finally, my brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise. Live according to what you have learned and accepted what you have heard me say and seen me do. Then will the God of peace be with you.

May the spirit of this holy occasion, the warmth of the season make your heart bloom with joy & happiness, have a blessed Palm Sunday.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week March 23 – 30 by Arlene Jones for a Special Intention.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Bruce Fromel for his donation of one bouquet of flowers this week in memory of his mother Julia Fromel.

NEW TRIPLE CANDLES: The purchase of new Triple Candles used for the Holy Season of Easter was made possible by the memorial contributions made in memory of Frank Dempsey. This is a lovely remembrance of Frank as he was one of the men who held this candle during the reading of the 12 Gospels on Holy Thursday.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 5:00 PM, Good Friday, 3:00 PM and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday, 7:00 PM. Help will be needed to set up the grave after the Holy Thursday services. Try to lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spend with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM.

SVIACHENE: Our Parish Sviachene (Easter Dinner) will be held Sunday, April 21, 2013 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. This is a very nice affair to have our Parish Family come together and share with the Easter blessings and good food. Gifts for the Chinese Auction are needed. Your donations of gift items will be greatly appreciated. Save the date to attend this Church function bring your family and friends

THANKS: Our thanks to those who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciative. We also would like to thank the women who came out to lend their time to clean the church. God’s blessing to all.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a general meeting on St. Thomas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00pm at Holy Transfiguration Parish, Hanover Section of Nanticoke. Our clergy and guests are warmly invited and all members are sincerely asked to attend. This will be the first meeting since early December – members are reminded to renew memberships for the current year. For additional information contact: Dorothy Jamula, President at 822-5354; your pastor; or any LUC member of the parish.

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE MARCH 17, 2013

15 03 2013

Saturday, March16
4:00 PM In Honor of Anna Dempsey’s 100th Birthday – her children

Sunday, March 17 FIFTH 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
ST. VLADIMIR’S – EDWARDSVILLE, PA

This is the last Sunday for the Deanery Stations.
Wednesday’s: Due to the lack of attendance for the Liturgy of The Presanctified Gifts Father Volodymyr wishes to announce that this Service will not be available for the next two weeks.

Friday, March 22
6:30 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service

Saturday, March 23 SATURDAY OF LAZARUS
Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
4:00 PM Dave Trimmell – 40th Day – Bob & Joanna Longenberger

Sunday, March 24 PALM SUNDAY-
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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THIS SCHEDULE IS FOR HOLY WEEK

Monday – Confessions at 4:00 PM
4:30 PM Annunciation of the Theotokos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Tuesday, March 26 – 6:30 PM Stations of the Cross & Sorokousty Service.
Holy Confession 5:30 PM

Holy Thursday – 5:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord – READING OF THE 12 GOSPELS Holy Confession 4:00 PM

Good Friday – 3:00 PM – Vespers– Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ
Congregational Praying of the Rosary after Services – Confession 2:00 PM

HOLY SATURDAY – 1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
7:00 PM – Resurrection Matins / Procession Easter Divine Liturgy Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

EASTER SUNDAY – 11:00 AM Divine Liturgy – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

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SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week, March 16– 23 by Sandy Gerzarowski in memory of her Aunt Anna Polumchak.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to those who donated flowers for this week: 1 Bouquet donated by The Women’s Society in honor of Mrs. Anna Dempsey’s 100th Birthday.
One bouquet donated by Eleanor Kulick and Family in memory of Frank Kulick.

PALM SUNDAY: Palm Sunday is next week and we are in need of Willow Branches to distribute. Since Easter is so early this year and the weather is still very cold, the pussy willows may not be sufficiently in bloom. If you have them growing in your yard, please check their progress. If you bring any, please put them at the Hall entrance. Thank you.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) will be held
Sunday, April 21, 2013 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are available. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. This is a very nice affair to have our Parish Family
come together and share with the Easter blessings and good foods.
Gifts for the Chinese Auction are needed. Your donations of gift
items will be greatly appreciated. Save the date to attend this
Church function bring your family and friends.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Mike Sinko announced that the May Lottery tickets are available. If you can possibly take at least 5 or 10 and try to sell them to your family and friends it would be a great help to sell all the tickets. Whatever you do is appreciated.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: God’s Blessings and Best Wishes are granted to Anna Dempsey who is celebrating her 100th Birthday today. Mnohya Lita!





FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST JOHN CLIMACUS, VENERABLE MARCH 10, 2013

6 03 2013

Saturday, March 9
4:00 PM Leonard Lotrick – Wife Katherine Lotrick
TIME TO SPRING FORWARD – REMEMBER TO CHANGE YOUR
CLOCKS ONE HOUR AHEAD

Sunday, March 10 FOURTH 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 – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA

Wednesday, March13
9:30 AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, March 15
6:30 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service

Saturday, March 16
4:00 PM In Honor of Anna Dempsey’s 100th Birthday – her Family

Sunday, March 17 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – JOHN CLIMACUS – VENERABLE
Our Church reminds her fasting children that despite their natural weaknesses and passions they can become good Christians and perfect images of the Son of God. She points out the example of St. John Climacus (525-605), the saintly abbot of a monastery on Mount Sinai. He became an “angel” in human flesh through fasting and prayer. In following his example the faithful will attain a high degree of Christian perfection.

MARCH
The Patron for the month of March is St. John the Apostle. St. John was one of the most beloved apostles of Christ. His Gospel is a sublime book of Divine Love. He teaches us to love God with our whole heart.
Virtue: Love of God “I shall exercise myself in loving God with my whole heart, I will do everything, fulfill all my duties, accept all sufferings for the love of my God. In all circumstances of my life I will always repeat: ‘O my Dear God, I love You!”
Prayer: I shall pray every day that men may love God with their whole heart.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week,
March 9 – 16 by Eleanor Trotsky in memory of Anthony Trotsky.

ALTAR CANDLES The monthly Altar Candles for the months of August and September are still available for your requests.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY MEETING: The Women’s Society will meet Tuesday, March 12 , 6:30 PM in the Church Hall. Anna Magill will preside. All members please attend.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: God’s Blessings and Best Wishes are granted to Anna Dempsey who is celebrating her 100th Birthday this Saturday, March 16th. Mnohya Lita!

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council will meet Thursday, March 14th in the church hall at 6:30 PM. All members please be in attendance.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Mike Sinko announced that the May Lottery tickets are available. If you can possibly take at least 5 or 10 and try to sell them to your family and friends it would be a great help to sell all the tickets. Whatever you do is appreciated.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being
planned for Sunday, April 21, 2013 in our Church Hall at
2:00 PM. Tickets will be available shortly. The cost ` is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. This is a very
nice affair to have our Parish Family come together and
share with the Easter blessings and good foods.
A Chinese Auction will be available .
Donations of gift items will be greatly appreciated.
Save the date to attend this Church function bring your family
and friends

Collection for this week-end will be published next week.

DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
March 17th St. Vladimir’s – Edwardsville, PA





THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS MARCH 3, 2013

6 03 2013

Saturday, March 2
4:00 PM Joseph Kosar – Mr. & Mrs. Frank Himeler

Sunday, March 3 THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
VERNERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wednesday, March 6
9:30 AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gift

Friday, March 8
6:30 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty

Saturday, March 9
4:00 PM Leonard Lotrick – Wife Katherine Lotrick

Sunday, March 10 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Service of the Veneration of the Cross will follow the Divine Liturgy.
Please remain for this service.

THE CROSS IS…

The Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, indeed, teaches us to understand the great significance the Holy Cross has for us, not only during the Lent, but also throughout our whole life. This Sunday tells us that wherever we find the Cross, there will we find strength, victory, salvation and the pledge of resurrection to eternal life of bliss.
To arouse ourselves to a greater veneration and love for the Holy Cross, let us frequently call to mind those profound thoughts expressed by the great venerator of the Holy Cross, St. Ephrem the Syrian in the following hymn:
“The Cross is – the resurrection of the dead.
The Cross is – the hope of Christians.
The Cross is – the staff of the lame.
The Cross is – the consolation of the poor.
The Cross is – the dethronement of the proud.
The Cross is – the hope of the hopeless.
The Cross is – the helm of those who sail.
The Cross is – the harbor of the storm-tossed.
The Cross is – the father of orphans.
The Cross is – the comfort of the afflicted
The Cross is – the protector of youth.
The Cross is – the glory of men.
The Cross is – the crown of the aged.
The Cross is – the purity of virgins.
The Cross is – the bread of the hungry and
the fountain of the thirsty.
…Therefore, let us make the sign of this Life-Giving Cross on our forehead, lips and breast…Let us not leave the Cross even for on hour, even for one moment, and let us not do anything without it, but whether we are going to sleep, or getting up; on land, sailing the sea, or crossing rivers, we should adorn all the members of our body with the sign of the Life-Giving Cross.”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
March 2 – 9 Michaelene Ostrum in memory of Fred Uhas.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn at all services for the month of March requested by Paul & Marion Rose in memory of Michael & Nellie Fromel and John & Irene Rose.

BAPTISM: Welcome Colton John Park to our parish family. Colton was baptized last week in our church. He is the son of Gary and Nikki. God’s Blessing to the family.

FOOD SALE: St. Nicholas UCC, 153 E. Main St., Glen Lyon is sponsoring a Vegetable Soup, halushki & bake sale on Friday March 22, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the church hall. The price of the soup & halushki is $5.00 a quart. Order by calling Debbie or Karen by March 17, 2013.

ST. CYRIL’S CHOIR CD OR COOKBOOK: St. Cyril’s Choir, Olyphant has released their Christmas Album in CD format. The price for the CD is only $15. Also released in a new format is the Divine Liturgy for St. John Chrysostom, celebrated by Msgr. Stephen Hrynuck as sung by St. Cyril’s Choir. This historical DVD is available for $20. There is also an Easter Music CD available for $15. If you are interested in obtaining this material, please contact Glenda Marcinko at or you may contact Richard Barno to order CD’s. “Favorite From Our Best Cooks” Cookbooks volume 1 & 11, hardcover set for $25 are available for sale by contacting Laura Telep or Richard Barno

DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
Sunday, March 10 4:00 PM – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA
Sunday, March 17 4:00 PM – St. Vladimir, Edwardsville, PA