CHEESEFARE SUNDAY – MARCH 2, 2014

27 02 2014

Saturday, March 1 FORGIVENESS SERVICE
4:00 PM Henry Jakimowicz – A Friend

Sunday, March 2 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM FORGIVENESS SERVICE
2:00 PM Opening Service for the Shroud of Turin
6:00 PM Vespers

Monday, March 3
4:00 PM The Holy Rosary Group 1
6:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Tuesday, March 4
4:00 PM The Holy Rosary Group 2
6:30 PM Moleben to Jesus Christ

Wednesday, March 5
11:00 AM Presanctified Divine Liturgy
4:00 PM The Holy Rosary Group 1

Thursday, March 6
4:00 PM The Holy Rosary Group 2
6:30 PM Moleben to Jesus Christ

Friday, Mar. 7
4:00 PM The Holy Rosary Group 1
6:30 PM Stations of the Cross
SOROKOSTY SERVICE
Saturday, Mar. 8
10:00 AM The Holy Rosary
4:00 PM Divine Liturgy – Anna Dempsey – Donna Church

Sunday, Mar. 9 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM The Holy Rosary Group 2
6:00 PM Vespers

A CHANGE IN THE SCHEDULE FOR THE
DEANERY STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The Wyoming Valley Sunday Lenten Stations of the Cross
March 9 – SS Peter and Paul UCC Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 16 – St. Nicholas UCC Glen Lyon, PA
March 23 – SS Peter & Paul, UCC, Plymouth, PA
March 30 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
April 4 – St. Vladimir UCC, Edwardsville, PA

According to Byzantine tradition, the Lenten discipline consists of three separate parts:
1.) Corporal or External Fast, including the abstinence from certain foods, drink and
amusements
2.) Spiritual or Internal Fast, which consists of abstinence from “all evil” -sin
3.) Spiritual Renewal achieved by the practice of virtues and good works.
Corporal fast, also called ascetical fast developed mostly under the influence of monastic discipline and became very rigid, as ascribed by St. Theodore Studite (d. 826): “During the Great Fast, we eat only once at about the ninth hour (3:00 P.M) taking only dry food and vegetables without oil; we do not drink wine, either; except on Saturday and Sunday, when we are also permitted to eat fish. St. Theodore, who followed a moderate monastic discipline, gives the following advice: “Concerning the quantity and quality of food, you should fast as much as your body can endure”. The same principal should be replied today since our Lenten Regulations prescribe only a token fasting.
In order to create a prayerful atmosphere during Lent, the Fathers insisted on a complete abstinence from all kinds of amusements, i.e. music, dances, parties during Lent and St. John Chrysostom chastised those who during the Great Lent “dared to attend horse-races”. This point of fast should be stressed today with the mania of entertainment besetting our younger generations.
Spiritual or Internal Fast, which it the abstinence from all evil (especially from serious sin) in the most essential part of fast St. John Chrysostom taught the “value of fasting consists not so much in abstinence from food but rather in withdrawal from sinful practices. St. Basil the Great explains: “Turning away from all wickedness means keeping our tongue in check, restraining our anger, suppressing evil desires, and avoiding all gossip, lying and swearing. To abstain from these things herein lies the true value of fast!”
Spiritual Renewal, with the practice of the virtues and doing good works, must be the main objective of our fasting as suggested by St. Basil in his homily of fasting: “Accept fast as an experienced educator by whom the Church teaches piety”.

THE GREAT FAST
Fast is one of the oldest and most venerable practices in the Church, which came to us through an interrupted tradition (St Basil, Horn on Fast I, S). The Great Fast can be described as a forty-day period of prayer, penance, and spiritual exercises in preparation for the proper celebration of Easter.
The Great Fast, as we know it today, is the result of a most complicated historical development, not all stages of which have been sufficiently explained. It seems that in the second century, the Church knew only a very short fast (a day or two) before the Pasch. During the third century the pre-paschal fast was extended to the entire week known to us as the Passion or Holy Week. The first mention of the Forty Days Fast is made in the fifth canon of the Council of Nicaea (325). From that time, the Forty Days Fast is discussed by many Church Fathers and St. Athanasius (d. 373) does not hesitate to say: “Anyone who neglects to observe the Forty Days Fast is not worthy to celebrate the Easter Festival’ (cf. Festal Letters XIX, 9)
The Synod of Laodicaea (about 360) imposed the strict obligation of fasting for forty days before Easter for the first time. By the end of the fourth century, the Great Fast, known to the Greeks as the “Tessaracoste” (forty Days) and the Romans as ‘Quadragesima”, was generally observed by the entire Church.
Originally, the forty-day period was computed from Good Friday, the day the Pasch of Crucifixion was celebrated, and then extended to six weeks. In Constantinople, when they transferred the solemn Baptism from Easter to the Saturday of Lazarus, the Lenten season of preparation also had to be anticipated by one week. Thus, according to the Byzantine practice, the Great Fast began seven weeks before Easter and ended on the Friday before the Saturday of Lazarus. At the Vespers of Lazarus we sing: “We have concluded the beneficial Forty Days (Lent) and we implore You, 0 Lover of Mankind, make us see the Holy Week of Your Passion and praise Your work (of redemption).” Liturgically, then, the Great Fast ends on the Friday before the Saturday of Lazarus and is exactly forty days long.
In the Roman Rite, Holy Week was included in the Lenten season and the Lenten season was of six-week duration. But later, when the Sundays in Lent were exempt from fasting in the West, Lent became only thirty-six days long. This situation was remedied in the seventh century by adding four more days of fasting at the beginning of the Lenten season with the first day of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This is the reason for the difference in the first day of Lent between the Byzantine Rite and the Roman Rite.
FIRST DAY OF GREAT LENT: The First day of Lent begins Monday, March 3. The first day of The Great Fast and Good Friday are days of strict abstinence for Ukrainian Catholics – we are not permitted to eat any meat or dairy products all day long, and we should try to limit our consumption of food.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
March 1-8 by The Paucke Family in memory of Dorothy Paucke.

FLOWERS: 2 bouquets of flowers are donated this week for the Presentation of the Shroud of Turin by Geri Kolotelo in memory of her parents Louis and Anna Kolotelo.

DONATIONS TOWARD SHROUD: The donations received last week to help with the cost of the Shroud is greatly appreciated: The North Anthracite League of Ukrainian Catholics $100,
Arlene Jones $50, Mike and Dolores Sinko $50, Ann Marie and Joseph Onderko $25,
If you would like to make a good will offering please place your donation in an envelope and place it in the collection basket. Any help in this cause will be greatly appreciated.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: Remember your group number to participate in the Holy Rosary at the times presented

ADDRESS FOR JULIA YUHAS: Gloria Drab Elston requested if anyone would like to visit Julia Yuhas, she is at the Independant Nursing Home – Penn Manor Inn
240 N. Sherman St. Wlkes Barre, PA

ST. MARY’S BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 320 Mifflin Ave. Scranton, Pa. is having their INTERNATIONAL DINNER CLUB on Thursday, March 12, 2014. The price is only $20.00 per person. Ireland is featured this month with a Galbally Split Pea with Ham Soup, Emerald Isle Spring Mix Salad, and an entrée of Tender Roasted Corned Beef, thinly sliced and served over bacon and cabbage with cheddar potato gratin and honey glazed baby carrots. The dessert will be Jameson Whiskey Parfait. You may also want to have an Irish Coffee for only $5.00. Please call for reservations at 570-343-5151 and choose a seating for 5:30 or 6:30pm. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a flare and join us for a gourmet Irish dinner.

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SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 23, 2014

20 02 2014

Saturday, Feb. 22
4:00 PM Leonard Lotrick – Wife Katherine Lotrick

Sunday, Feb. 23 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Feb. 27
9:00 AM All Soul in Purgatory

Saturday, March 1
4:00 PM Henry Jakimowicz – A Friend
FORGIVENESS SERVICE

Sunday, March 2 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
FORGIVENESS SERVICE

This Sunday is called Meat Fare Sunday. On this Sunday the Church presents the last judgment in order to impress her children with a salutary fear and induce them to do penance for their sins.

The Wyoming Valley Sunday Lenten Stations of the Cross
March 9 – SS Peter and Paul UCC Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 16 – St. Nicholas UCC Glen Lyon, PA
March 23 – St. Vladimir UCC, Edwardsville, PA
March 30 – SS Peter & Paul, UCC, Plymouth, PA
April 4 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week, February 22 – March 1 by Eleanor Kulick and Family in memory of Husband Frank Kulick.

THE SHROUD: If you did not sign in for the adoration of the Shroud, a few spaces are still available. You may stay 1 or 2 hours or as many as you like for this spiritual occasion. Prayers are always the way to give to Our Lord. Be there for HIM.
The Women’s Society will be present each day at 4:00 PM to recite the Rosary for the two weeks duration. You may join in on this hour to help with the recitation.
The next meeting for the preparations of the Shroud will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in our parish hall at 3:00 PM.

MARCH 14TH: Remember to keep the date, March 14, 2014 opened for the presentation of the unveiling of “The Secrets of the Shroud” by the researcher and speaker on the Shroud of Turin – Russ Breault. Be sure to mention this occasion to your family, friends and neighbors. The presentation will be held in SS Peter & Paul, UCC, Plymouth, PA at 6:00 PM. All are invited to attend this spiritual event.
The replica Shroud of Turin display will be at a cost to the Parishes and we are asking you for any help you can provide to help to defray the cost. If you would like to make a good will offering please place your donation in an envelope and place in the collection basket. Any help in this cause will be greatly appreciated.

SOROKOSTY: SOROKOSTY SERVICES WILL BE SERVED FRIDAY’S AFTER THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT 6:30 PM DURING LENT.

THE SHROUD DONATIONS
Our thanks to those who donated toward the cost of having the Shroud of Turin delivered to our church and the printing, publication, etc.

SS PETER AND PAUL, UCC WOMEN’S SOCIETY
ANNA BOSACK
MR. & MRS. BERNARD KOSEK





SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON FEBRUARY 16, 2014

14 02 2014

Saturday, February 15
4:00 PM William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Sunday, February 16 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, February 20
9:00 AM Anna Soppeck – Dolores & Paul Hoover

Saturday, February 22
4:00 PM Leonard Lotrick – Wife Katherine Lotrick

Sunday, February 23 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SOROKOUSTY ENVELOPES: Remember to submit your Sorokousty envelope for the names you would like to have remembered during the Lenten Season. This service is celebrated after the Stations on the Cross every week during Lent.

An Explanation of the Iconostas
In Eastern Christianity an iconostasis (plural: iconostases) is a wall of icons and religious paintings, separating the nave from the sanctuary in a church. Iconostasis also refers to a portable icon stand that can be placed anywhere within a church. The iconostasis evolved from the Byzantine templon, a process complete by the fifteenth century.
The word comes from the Greek εἰκονοστάσι(-ον) (eikonostási(-on), still in common use in Greece and Cyprus), which means “icon stand”.
The nave is the main body of the church where most of the worshippers stand, and the sanctuary is the area around the altar, east of the nave. The sanctuary is usually one to three steps higher than the nave. The Iconostasis does not sit directly on the edge of the sanctuary, but is usually set a few feet back from the edge of the top step. This forms a walkway in front of the iconostasis for the clergy, called a soleas. In the very center of the soleas is an extension (or thrust), often rounded, called the ambon, on which the deacon will stand to give litanies during the services.
The iconostasis typically has three openings or sets of doors: the Beautiful Gates or Holy Doors in the center, and the North and South Doors to either side. The Beautiful Gates are sometimes called the Royal Doors, but that name more properly belongs to the central doors connecting the narthex, or porch, to the nave.[1] They remain shut whenever a service is not being held. Modern custom as to when they should be opened during services varies depending upon jurisdiction and local custom. The North and South Doors are often called Deacons’ Doors because the deacons use them frequently. Icons of sainted deacons are often depicted on these doors (particularly St. Stephen the Protomartyr and St. Ephrem the Syrian). Alternatively, they may be called Angels’ Doors, and the Archangels Michael and Gabriel are often depicted there. The South Door is typically the “entrance” door, and Michael is depicted there because he is the “Defender”; the North Door is the “exit”, and Gabriel is depicted here because he is the “Messenger” of God. These doors may also be casually referred to as the “side doors

PIGGIE/HOLUBTSI DINNER – Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes- Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. Dinners may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Parrish School Hall, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Dinner includes Piggies (meat stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert. Dinners will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (12 and under). Walk-Ins welcome but reservations are encouraged.

PYSANKY CLASS – SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA is offering classes on “HOW TO MAKE PYSANKY”. This will take place in SS Cyril and Methodius UCC Parish Hall, 207 River St., Olyphant, PA. The dates are Sunday, March 16, March 23, March 30 and April 6, 2014. Time is 1:45 PM and the cost for the lesson is $15 per person which includes egg, bees wax and stylist. Seating is limited to 25 persons per class. Contact Lauren Telep for reservations. One class lesson is sufficient to learn. It is Practice, Practice::::

WORKSHOP FOR THE SHROUD: The workshop for volunteers of informative services on the Shroud were held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in our Church at 6:00 PM. Father Dan Tryon presided at this workshop for volunteers from our Parish, Nanticoke, Wilkes-Barre, Edwardsville and Scranton. Father Dan, Father Paul and Father Volodymyr were present to help with this very important event. The turnout was great and well presented.
The next meeting for the preparations of the Shroud will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in our parish hall at 3:00 PM.

MARCH 14TH: Remember to keep the date, March 14, 2014 open for the presentation of the unveiling of “The Secrets of the Shroud” by the researcher and speaker on the Shroud of Turin – Russ Breault. Be sure to mention this occasion to your family, friends and neighbors. The presentation will be held in SS Peter & Paul, UCC, Plymouth, PA at 6:00 PM. All are invited to attend this spiritual event.
The replica Shroud of Turin display will be costly to the Parishes and we are asking you for any help you can provide to defray the cost. If you would like to make a good will offering please place your donation in an envelope and place in the collection basket. Any help in this cause will be greatly appreciated.

ALTAR WINE: Our thanks to an anonymous donor who so generously donated the cost of a case of Altar Wine. God’s blessings for this kind act.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 15 – 22 by Arlene Jones for the intention of God’s Blessings and good health for Virginia Jones.

LUC MEETING – North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a meeting this Sunday, February 16, 2014 in our Parish Church. Moleben prayer service will be served at 2:00 PM, business session at 2:30 PM followed by reception and fellowship. Our clergy and guests are warmly invited and all members are sincerely asked to attend. For additional information contact: Dorothy Jamula, President; your pastor; or any LUC member of the parish.

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. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.





SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE FEBRUARY 9, 2014

12 02 2014

Saturday, February 8
4:00 PM John and Anna Rudeski – Daughter Ann Marie &
Joseph Onderko

Sunday, February 9 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, February 13
9:00 AM Anna Dempsey – Tom & Reva Savitski

Saturday, February 15
4:00 PM William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Sunday, February 16 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

WORKSHOP FOR THE SHROUD: A workshop for volunteers of informative services on the Shroud will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in our Church at 6:00 PM. Father Dan Tryon will preside at this workshop for volunteers from our Parish, Edwardsville and Scranton. All volunteers must be registered with Father Volodymyr before this workshop. Please come to participate and help in this spiritual event
The next meeting for the preparations of the Shroud will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in our parish hall at 3:00 PM.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 8 – 15 by Ann Beshada for the intention of God’s Blessings and good health for Mary Lou Pinaha, her sister Vern and family.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: A special meeting is called for the Women’s Society on Monday, February 10 in the church hall at 6:00 PM. It is important that all members try to be present. We must try to get a date and time set to participate in the adoration of the Shroud. Please, let’s have a good turnout for this spiritual event.

LUC MEETING – North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a meeting next Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 20 Nottingham Street, Plymouth PA. Moleben prayer service will be served at 2:00 PM, business session at 2:30 PM followed by reception and fellowship. Agenda will include discussion of proposed 2014 activities. Our clergy and guests are warmly invited and all members are sincerely asked to attend. For additional information contact: Dorothy Jamula, President; your pastor; or any LUC member of the parish.

PYSANKY CLASS – SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA is offering classes on “HOW TO MAKE PYSANKY”. This will take place in SS Cyril and Methodius UCC Parish Hall, 207 River St., Olyphant, PA. The dates are Sunday, March 16, March 23, March 30 and April 6, 2014. Time is 1:45 PM and the cost for the lesson is $15 per person which includes Egg, bees wax and stylist. Seating is limited to 25 persons per class. Contact Lauren Telep for reservations ASAP. One class lesson is sufficient to Learn the it is Practice, Practice::::

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.





THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS FEBRUARY 2, 2014

5 02 2014

Saturday, February 1 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD
Blessing of Candles – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 PM Daniel Bilak – Edward & Lillian Tomko

Sunday, February 2 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, February 6
9:00 AM No Liturgy

Saturday, February 8
4:00 PM John and Anna Rudeski – Daughter Ann Marie &
Joseph Onderko

Sunday, February 9 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

WELCOME VOLUNTEERS to learn material about the Shroud of Turin, Father Don Tryon will be present for a workshop in our church on Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 6:00 PM. Father Vlodymyr asks to please come to participate and help in this spiritual event

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 1 – 8 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of Mary Sinko.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles to burn on the Altar for the month of February is requested by Ann Beshada in memory of Beshada & Conniff Families.

CEMETERY DONATION: Our thanks to Elaine Simonds for her donation of $100 for Cemetery Care in memory of her mother Mary Simonds.

THE SHROUD OF TURIN: The presentation of the Shroud of Turin is only one month away. As stated in recent bulletins the Shroud will be on display for visitation for 2 weeks – March 2 – 15. Pamphlets and posters are available, if you can distribute a poster or pamphlet to any place of business or group meetings of any sort, it would be appreciated. The Church will be opened 8 hours each day during the two weeks and we are asking for volunteers to please come forward and assist in sitting in adoration or just to be in the church for an hour or more. If you are interested, and we hope and pray you are, please sign up on the list in the vestibule. This is a very spiritual occasion and many people are needed to assist. The Opening day Sunday, March 2, 2:00 PM the volunteers from Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord in Nanticoke will serve a social in our Church Hall after the services.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 6th at 3:00 PM and after this meeting the Parish Council will meet.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: A special meeting will be called for the Women’s Society in the near future. A time and date will be announced in next week bulletin.

LUC MEETING – North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a general meeting on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 20 Nottingham Street, Plymouth PA. Moleben prayer service will be served at 2:00 PM, business session at 2:30 PM followed by reception and fellowship. Agenda will include discussion of proposed 2014 activities. Our clergy and guests are warmly invited and all members are sincerely asked to attend.
For additional information contact: Dorothy Jamula, President; your pastor; or any LUC member of the parish.