FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST JOHN CLIMACUS, VENERABLE MARCH 30, 2014

10 04 2014

Saturday, Mar. 29
4:00 PM David Trimmell.- Irene Quirion

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

Friday, April 4
6:30 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty

Saturday, April 5
4:00 PM Pauline Slota – Shirley Kosar

Sunday, April 6 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

DEANERY STATION SCHEDULE:
March 30 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke
April 6 – St. Vladimir’s Edwardsville

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers Rev. Ruslan Romanyuk, Pastor of Transfiguration of Our Lord UCC in Shamokin, PA. He is very sick and your prayers are needed for his recovery.
Great Fast
After Christianity came to Ukraine, the coming of spring took on new meaning, as it also signaled the approach of Easter. The forty days preceding Easter are known as the “Great Fast” (or Lenten Period) and are spent by the faithful readying themselves spiritually for the great day when Christ’s Resurrection will be celebrated.
Prayer and penitence are a part of the “Great Fast”. The faithful often deny themselves certain types of food and recreation in order to express remorse for their sins. “Stations of the Cross” are usually held on Wednesdays or Fridays during Lent. The “Stations” represent the fourteen instances of pain and suffering that Jesus endured in his final day on earth over two thousand years ago.
During the “Great Fast”, there are also special services held for the deceased members of each parish. These requiem services, know as “Sorokousty”, usually involve the reciting of the names of individual family members from the parish who have died. The word “Sorokousty” literally means “forty monks”, and refers back to a time when requiem services were held in monasteries by forty monks who would pray in unison for the souls of the deceased. It was also tradition in Ukraine that, during the period of the “Great Fast”, parishioners make it a “duty” to make a good confession of their sins. This would be done so that their souls may be prepared for the reception of the Body of Christ on Easter morning. Another custom closely following the idea of the “Easter Duty” was that of reconciliation of relatives and neighbors when there had been problems or difficulties in the family or neighborhood.
In Ukraine, Lent was also a time when great attention was paid preparing the home and family clothing for the arrival of Easter: Much fixing up and whitewashing was done to the home and articles of clothing were repaired and cleaned. In recognition of the new life of Christ‘s raising from the dead, each family member was also provided with some new article of clothing.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
March 29 – April 5 by Paul & Marion Rose for a Special Intention.

THE SHROUD OF TURIN: Our thanks to Paul & Dolores Hoover for their donation of $100 toward the Shroud expenses. The Donations of Parishioners and visitors amounted to $2985. This will help defray the expenses for all the necessary preparations, etc. for honoring the Shroud in our Church. Thanks again to all who helped with the visitations, prayers and organization to make this event so beautiful. The visitation during this time was 730 visitors and about 375 in attendance at the Friday evening presentation.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The Lottery tickets are available for the month of May. Please try to do your part by purchasing at least 5 tickets and if you are able to sell some take a few to sell. Your help is very important for this project.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Women’s Society will meet for their regular monthly meeting after a long cold winter, on Tuesday, April 8, in the church hall at 6:30 PM. Please try to attend. President Anna Magill will preside.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday, April 1, in the church hall at 6:30 PM. All members please try to be present for this meeting.

WILLOWS BRANCHES: If you have any pussy willows to donate for Palm Sunday, please bring them to the church at your convenience. It is two week until Palm Sunday.

OUR FELLOWSHIP: Our thanks to all those who were so kind to supply our desserts and monetary gifts for the fellowship after the deanery Stations of the Cross last Sunday. We had a nice turn out and thanks to all the men and women who help with the preparations and servings.

ADORATION AT THE GRAVE: A chart is available for you to sign in for the Adoration of the Grave. This is an early request hoping all the hours will be filled. Spend some time with Our Lord during this time of prayer.

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