THIRTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST January 26, 2014

23 01 2014

Saturday, Jan. 25
4:00 PM Joseph Sawka – John & Mary Ann Kopcho

Sunday, Jan. 26 THIRTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Jan. 30 FEAST OF THE THREE HOLY HIERARCHS
9:00 AM Joseph Sawka – Pete Petrosky

Saturday, Feb. 1 ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON & ANNA
4:00 PM Blessing of Candles – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
Daniel Bilak – Edward & Lillian Tomko

Sunday, Feb. 2 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
8:30 AM ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON & ANNA
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Questions are often asked about cremation in our rite. Hopefully this article will be useful to you.

Archdioceses clarify church teaching on cremation, burial of remains
(article originally from Nov. 2010, CNS) WASHINGTON (CNS) — While cremation is not prohibited unless it is chosen for reasons “contrary to Christian teaching,” the Catholic Church prefers that the body of a deceased person be buried in accord with church custom, according to statements issued by two U.S. archdioceses. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., said that even when cremation is chosen, the cremated remains of a deceased individual must be treated with respect and integrity. Cremated remains only may be buried in a cemetery or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium, they said.
The prelates issued their statements recently to clarify church teaching on cremation and proper burial of the dead. Both prelates said scattering cremated remains is not permitted under church teaching. “Especially to be condemned are the practices of scattering the ashes, enclosing them in jewelry, dividing them among relatives as keepsakes or doing other bizarre things with them,” Archbishop Sheehan wrote.
“Such practices do not give honor to the body and, indirectly, are an affront to our belief in the resurrection of the dead.” Keeping ashes at home so that family members “may feel close” to their loved ones “shows a lack of faith in the communion of saints, by which we are spiritually united to the departed, in a way far more marvelous than keeping their remains on a shelf in our house,” Archbishop Sheehan said.
[Editor’s Note: In our Ukrainian Catholic Church, the practice of cremation is not encouraged, but is permitted, however ONLY under the following conditions—the body of the deceased parishioner must first be brought into the church, the body being in whole form and intact and not cremated. Ashes or cremated remains (cremains) may not be brought into the church. The traditional funeral service is celebrated, and only then may the body be taken and cremated. The cremains must be quickly buried in sacred ground (the cemetery), and not kept in any other place for any period of time, nor may they be sprinkled or scattered.]

FEAST OF THE THREE HOLY HIERARCHS

On the 30th of January we celebrate the memory of three great and very outstanding bishops, teachers, preachers, and Father of the Eastern Church: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory and Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. Among our people this feast is known as the feast of the “Three Saints”. These three Hierarchs-bishops were giants of faith, courage, holiness and leaning. The handed down to us the pure faith of the Council of Nicea; they expounded the dogmas of the Holy Trinity, Christ’s divinity and the Holy Eucharist. Because of their great merits, in her liturgy our Eastern Church calls them peers of the Apostles, instruments of the Holy Spirit, pillars of the Church and universal teachers of the whole world. All three lived in the fourth century – the golden age of the Christian faith. St. Basis and St. Gregory were sons of Cappodicia in Asia Minor, intimate friends of approximately the age. St. John Chrysostom, an Antiochian, was younger than the other two by twenty years. Apostolic zeal for the holy faith and salvation of souls united them.
The feast of the three Holy Bishops was introduced in the eleventh century. In that century an argument arose among the Christians of Constantinople, who tried to decide which of these three Saints was the greatest. A great dissension broke out among the people of Constantinople. Thereupon the three Saints appeared to the saintly Bishop John of Euchydia, a suburb of Constantinople, and told him that they were equal in the eyes of God, asking him to institute a feast common to the three of them. John made the vision known to the people. Their spirits were appeased and peace returned to the Christian community.
Having before her eyes their greatness, merits and significance fefore God, holy Church invokes the faithful to give fit praise to the Three Hierarchs: “Having come together with songs of prise, O lovers of feasts, let us praise Christ’s sanctifiers and the glory of the Father, the pillars of the faith, teachers and defenders of the faithful. Let us hail each of them in turn: Hail, luminary of the Chruch, immutable pillar, O wise Basil! Hail, O golden-voiced John, splendid preacher of penance. O spiritually-wealthy fathers, never cease to pray to Christ in behalf of those who with faith and love observe your sacred and sublime feast.

Saint Basil was born in Cappadocia in Asia about 330, and was Bishop of Caesarea. He died in 379.
Saint Gregory Nazianzen, called the Theologian, was born at Nazianzus in Cappadocia about 325. He died in 390.
Saint John Chrysostom, called Golden-tongued because of his eloquence was born at Antioch about 347. He was archbishop of Constantinople. He revised our Liturgy which bears his name. He was the most eloquent preacher of the East. He died in exile in 407.

COUNCIL MEETING: The members of the Parish Council will meet on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in the Church Hall at 6:00 PM. All parishioners are requested to attend.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Jan. 25 – Feb, 1 by Ann Beshada in memory of her Husband Andrew Beshada.

A few weeks are available for the Sanctuary Lights that burn for one week and a donation of $10
Feb.22 – March 1, March 1 – 8, March 8 – 15, March 22 – 29, March 29 – April 5, April 5 – 12.

NATIVITY: Sorry to say that only one man and 6 women came to the church last Sunday to help dismantle the Nativity. This is a lot of work and men are needed to carry heavy items, etc. If help is not provided for the future activities, it will not be possible to have such beautiful scenes.

CALENDAR LOTTERY: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Nanticoke, PA is sponsoring its annual calendar lottery sale. Lottery tickets are for the month of February. Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased by calling Gerry Adamchak

MEATFARE SUNDAY: Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, in the Hanover Section of Nanticoke, invites you to its Myasopusna dinner celebration on Meatfare Sunday, February 23rd, at the church hall, at Bliss and Center Streets. Dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m., and will include holuptsi, varenyky, kovbasa, green beans, black bread and butter, and dessert. Entertainment will follow at 1:30 pm, featuring the Holy Year Choir, Kazka, Saint Mary’s Dancers, and other entertainment. Dinner tickets are $15, with an advanced ticket price of $12, if ordered by February 10. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended

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THIRTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST JANUARY 19, 2014

22 01 2014

Saturday, January 18
4:00 PM Deceased Members of the Kachinko Family – Marie Lindsey

Sunday, January 19 THIRTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Wednesday, January 22
9:00 AM Anna Dempsey – Jean Carey

Saturday, January 25
4:00 PM Joseph Sawka – John & Mary Ann Kopcho

Sunday, January 26 THIRTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week, Jan. 18-25 by Dolores & Paul Hoover in memory of. Mother Anna Soppeck.

POINSETTIA’S: If you would like to take a poinsettia plant feel free to do so.

NATIVITY: We need help to dismantled our Nativity Scene this Sunday, January 19th starting at 1:00 PM. If anyone can help with this project please come and lend a hand. It will not take too long if more people show up to help.

RELIGIOUS LESSONS: Father Volodymyr will provide lessons on Religion in the Nanticoke Church on January 31, at 5:00 PM all are welcome to attend and learn about your faith and today’s life in the Church.





SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 12, 2014

22 01 2014

Saturday, Jan. 10
4:00 PM Frank Dempsey – Wife Sonya Dempsey & Children

Sunday, Jan. 11 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Jan. 16
3:00 PM Leonard Lotrick – Wife Katherine Lotrick

Saturday, Jan. 18
4:00 PM Deceased Members of the Kachinko Family – Marie Lindsey

Sunday, Jan. 19 THIRTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

BLESSINGS OF HOMES: Anyone interested in having their home blessed, please submit your name, address and phone number in the collection basket or contact Father Volodymyr at 735-2262 or his cell phone 609-372-7161.

NOVEMBER LOTTERY PROJECT: Mike Sinko is happy to report that the NOVEMBER lottery ticket sales were a success with a profit of $3,082. Thanks to all who participated in this project.

RELIGIOUS LESSONS: Father Volodymyr will provide lessons on Religion in the Nanticoke Church on January 31, at 5:00 PM all are welcome to attend and learn about your faith and today’s life in the Church.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week January 11 – 18 by Mary Oshirak & Family in memory of husband Theodore.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all services in the month of January in memory of Frank Dempsey by his Wife Sonya Dempsey.

SHROUD OF TURIN MEETING: A meeting will be held this Thursday, January 16th at the Church Hall, 4:00 PM. Everyone who is interested is invited to attend this meeting as the time is nearing for the Shroud of Turin to arrive at our Parish – March 2 – 15, 2014. Please get interested in this sacred presentation. The more people that will be interested the better the occasion will be.

UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS SUPPER: Our thanks to all who attended the Ukrainian Supper on Sunday, January 5th. It was a nice affair and more parishioners should be interested in this get together. It is good to keep the Parish Family in this supper or in any function that the parish is providing. We must do more to try and keep the parish interested. If you have any suggestions as to what you can do to improve these affairs or any other things that we could do to have all the people together as a Parish Family please voice your opinions.





SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD JANUARY 5, 2014

22 01 2014

Saturday, Jan. 4 Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips
4:00 PM Blessing of Holy Water
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
Sunday, Jan. 5
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania

Monday, Jan. 6 THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Jan. 9
9:00 AM David A. Dubinski – Katherine Jarris

Saturday, Jan. 11
4:00 PM Frank Dempsey – Wife Sonya Dempsey & Children
Sunday, Jan. 12 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Celebration of Holy Days 2014 –In the Archeparchy of Phila.
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
All Sundays of the year
Theophany of Our Lord January 6th
Annunciation of the Mother of God, March 25th
Ascension of Our Lord, May 29th
The Apostles SS Peter & Paul, June 29th
Dormition of the Mother of God, August 15th
Nativity of Our Lord, December 25th
All other Feast Day are listed on your calendar

The faithful are obligated to attend the Holy Days. On all feast days and holy days, anointing/myrovannya should be celebrated with the faithful
Faith ends where worry begins, and worry ends where faith begins.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Jan. 4– 11 by Michael & Dolores Sinko in memory of mother Helen Kurkoski.

BLESSING OF HOMES: If you would like to have your home blessed please place your name, address and phone number in the collection basket or Father can be reached at 735-2262. Father would be pleased if everyone requested to this blessing.. This is a yearly event and if at all possible you should bless your home.

MALANKA: Reservations close on Wednesday, January 8th for Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 10th Annual MALANKA which will be held at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Parish Center on Saturday, January 11th from 6:00pm to 1:00am. Everyone is welcome to the 4:30pm Divine Liturgy immediately preceding the event during which prayers will be offered in support of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who desire true democracy and an end to Russia’s domination. Contact Gerry Adamchak or Ann Beshada for tickets

THE HOLY SHROUD: The date is coming closer for our parish to receive the Holy Shroud of Turin. The importance of all the announcements of the holy event is important so that many will be knowledgeable of the Shroud. The date for the visitations will be from March 2 to the 15th, 2014. Please remind all your friends, neighbors and family of the beautiful, spiritual occasion.

STATEMENT: If you are interested in receiving a personal statement of your offerings please put you name in the collection basket or contact Ann Beshada. It will be available to you as soon as possible.

ENVELOPES: When using your church envelopes please put the amount enclosed and your name on them. Remember to use the Initial Offering envelope as it does fray the cost of the printing of the envelopes. If you have any change in your address or phone number please advise the office.