SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE JANUARY 25, 2015

27 01 2015

Saturday, Jan. 24
4:00 PM Helen Harnen – Stanley & Mary Lou Grontkowski & Family

Sunday, Jan. 24 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, January 30 COMMEMORATION OF THE THREE HIERARCHS
9:00 AM David Trimmell – Wife Irene Qurion

Saturday, January 31 BLESSING OF CANDLES
4:00 PM Helen Sawka – Michael Kane

Sunday, February 1 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
Jan. 24-31 by Ann Beshada – for God’s Blessings and good health on Mary, Verne and Walter Pinaha.

THANKS: Our most sincere thanks are extended to the faithful men and women who helped to dismantle the Nativity and the lovely tree. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated to get the church back in order.

CONGRATULATIONS; We wish to Congratulate Donna Kachinko on her recent engagement to Nelson Warren. May God’s blessings and Best wishes be with you both for a very happy future.

CALENDARS: The 2015 Church calendars have finally arrived. Our Thanks to the S. J. Grontkowski Funeral Home for their generosity of having these calendar printed.

BLESSING OF HOMES: You may still have Father bless your home. If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Popyk at 570-735-2262 or place your name and address and phone number in the collection .

The four Sundays (Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican,
Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Sunday of Meat-Fare and Sunday of Cheese-Fare) form a pre-Lenten period, preparing us for the Lenten season.

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SUNDAY OF ZACCAHEUS January 18, 2015

16 01 2015

Saturday, Jan. 17
4:00 PM Good Health and God’s Blessings for
Dorothy Wujcik – Sons Les & Len Wujcik

Sunday, Jan. 18 SUNDAY OF ZACCAHEUS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner

Thursday, Jan. 22
9:00 AM Gloria Suscavage – Paul & Susan Suscavage

Saturday, Jan. 24
4:00 PM Helen Harnen – Stanly & Mary Lou Grontkowski & Family

Sunday, Jan. 25 SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

DIVINE LITURGY REQUESTS: If you have a request for a Divine Liturgy, you will please call Father Popyk at the rectory in Nanticoke. The number is – 570-735-2262. Father has his book for the listings and the Divine Liturgy can be entered as you call. Thank you.

Easter is upon us in the coming weeks. Easter Sunday is April 5, 2015

THE EASTER CYCLE
The Easter Cycle begins with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (next week, Sunday the 25th), ten weeks before Easter, and terminates eight weeks after Easter with the Sunday of All Saints. The Easter cycle is divided into pre-paschal, the season or period before Easter, and the Easter season.
The pre-paschal season consists of four Sundays preceding Lent. These are: The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays, and also the Great Fast of the Forty days Fast – which extends from Cheesefare Sunday to Palm Sunday, and finally, Passion Week – which is usually included in the Great Fast.
The Easter cycle lasts from the Sunday of St. Thomas (the Sunday after Easter) to the Sunday of All Saints. The period from Easter to Pentecost embraces fifty days and is called by the common name of Pentecost. The Sundays in the Easter season are each named for the event recounted in the gospel of that day. These occur in the following order: the Sunday of St. Thomas, the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, the Sunday of the Paralytic, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, the Sunday of the Blind Man, the Sunday of the Fathers of the Church, the Sunday of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) and the Sunday of All Saints. The Easter season, i.e., the post feast of the Resurrection, lasts forty days, that is, to the feast of the Ascension of our Lord.
The principal aim of the Paschal cycle, first of all, is to prepare our hearts and souls for a worthy encounter with the Risen Christ. We prepare ourselves for this joyful meeting by humble prayer, fasting, penance and meditation on the Passion and sufferings of Christ. This preparation culminates in Easter Confession and Holy Communion. And so, with a pure heart, we go forth to meet the Risen Christ, singing the hymn of victory: “Christ is risen from the dead, by death He conquered death, and to those in the graves, He granted l

BLESSING OF HOMES
Among the various petitions mentioned in the ceremony during the blessing of the water is the sanctification of homes. With this the Church imposes a duty and obligation upon the priests to bless the homes of the faithful entrusted to their pastoral care at the beginning of the New Year. Theologically speaking, the blessing of homes constitutes an invocative blessing, meaning that by his prayer and by the sprinkling of the Holy Water the priest invokes God’s protection upon the home and those living in it.
As our souls, so also our homes become tainted by the sins of those living in them and, consequently, lose God’s protective power. Every year, then, at the Feast of the Epiphany, they should be blessed again to secure for them God’s blessings and protection. Just as the faithful cleanse their soul of sin at least ONCE A YEAR, and the church is blessed with the newly blessed water every year, so should the homes of the faithful be yearly blessed to invoke God’s blessings and protection on it and its inhabitants.
As we renew the insurance on our home every year, so we should renew our insurance of God’s protection and his blessing which is of greater importance and more effective. As we welcome our priest during the holy season of Epiphany to bless our home, let us be mindful that he is bringing to us the “blessing of Jordan,” and that unless God protects and blesses our home, we “labor in vain.” (Ps. 127:1)

BLESSINGS OF HOMES: Anyone interested in having their home blessed, please submit your name, address and phone number in the collection basket, the list in the vestibule or contact Father Popyk

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Jan. 17 – 24 by Albert Ferkel in memory of Parents Albert & Catherine Ferkel.

Dates for the Sanctuary Light is available for the weeks of Jan. 31-Feb. 7 and
Feb. 14-21

HELP NEEDED: We will be dismantling the Nativity Scene this Sunday, January 18 about 10:30 AM. Help is needed to do this job. Please anyone who can come to help in this project will be greatly appreciated. If we have enough workers it can be accomplished in a few hours.

MYASOPUSNA – MEATFARE SUNDAY:Dinner tickets are now available for the Myasopusna Festival to be held at the Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Hall in Nanticoke, PA on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from noon to 3:30 PM. The Myasopusna (Meatfare) festival is the parish’s annual prelenten celebration, preceding the Lenten Great Fast. Dinner includes a platter of kobasi, haluptsi (stuffed cabbage), varenyky (pierogis), black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert, and will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Borscht and beverages will be available for purchase. A variety of Ukrainian crafts, including pysanky, embroidery, woodcrafts, beadwork, and ceramics, will be on display and available for sale or by raffle. Following dinner, live entertainment will include the Holy Year Choir, Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, and the Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers. Dinner tickets are $15, with an advanced ticket price of $12, if purchased by February 1. The church hall is located at the corners of Bliss Street and Center Street, in the Hanover Section of Nanticok

ST. MARY’S BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL DINNER CLUB, 320 Mifflin Ave. Scranton, Pa. 18503 presents “A Taste of Greece” prepared exclusively for you by Chef Robert Olecki on Thursday, February 12, 2015 with seatings at 5:30 and 6:30pm. The menu will start with a Greek Salad followed by the Entrée of Braised Lamb Shank served with cous cous with golden raisins, peppers and onions, along with Eggplant Caponata. The dessert will be Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard pie). Coffee, tea, water or soda is included for $20.00 per person and a Cash bar is available. before February 9th with your reservatione..





SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 11, 2015

9 01 2015

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 15
9:00 AM All deceased members of the Lotrick Family –
Wife Katherine Lotrick
Saturday, Jan. 17
4:00 PM Good Health and God’s Blessings for
Dorothy Wujcik – Sons Les & Len Wujcik

Sunday, Jan. 18 THIRTY SECOND 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 January 10 – 17 by Mary Oshirak & Family in memory of Theodore Oshirak.

OUR PARISH FAMILY SUPPER: Many thanks to all who participated in the Holy Supper celebrated for the Ukrainian Christmas. The food was good and thanks to those who made all the delicious dishes, the singing of Carols was wonderful and filled everyone with the spirit. The donations given to help with the cost was also greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all the faithful who attended and enjoyed the day.

DONATION: SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church was bequeathed the amount of $11,417.81 for the purpose of capital improvements to the Church. This bequest was from the Estate of Elaine M. Makowski.

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 Popyk at 735-2262 or his cell phone.





SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 4, 2015

9 01 2015

Saturday, Jan. 3 BLESSING OF WATER
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
4:00 PM Andrew Beshada – Wife Ann Beshada

Sunday, Jan. 4 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Tuesday, Jan. 6 THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD – OBLIGATION
8:30 AM Anna Soppeck – Dolores & Paul Hoover
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
Saturday, Jan. 10
4:00 PM Frank Dempsey – Wife Sonya Dempsey & Family

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

Congratulations TO
FATHER VOLODYMYR POPYK
ON HIS 18TH
Anniversary of Priesthood!

MAY GOD GRANT YOU MANY
MORE HAPPY AND BLESSED
YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE MNOHYA LITA!
VINEYARD OF OUR LORD.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week January 3 – 10 by Mike &Dolores Sinko in memory of John & Helen Kurkoski

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles are requested to burn for the month of January by Ann Beshada in memory of the Conniff and Beshada Families.
The request for the monthly Altar Candles is available for the months of: February, March, July, August and October. The candles burn for the month at all services for your requests. The donation is $40.

HOLY BLESSING OF WATER: The blessing of Holy water will be held this Saturday so that all can participate in the service.

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

CHUCH ENVELOPES: Please sign your envelopes and the amount enclosed. The Initial Envelope is the help defray the cost of the printing and shipping of the envelopes. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for the past years contributions you made to your church.

UKRAINIAN HOLY SUPPER: Many thanks to all who signed up to come to this event this Sunday. Let us all be a Happy Parish Family to enjoy each other in harmony. May this New Year bring us all the Health and Happiness God can provide.





SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLY AND JUST JOSEPH, KING DAVID, AND JAMES, BROTHER OF THE LORD DECEMBER 28, 2014

9 01 2015

Saturday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
4:00 PM Good Health for Helen Youells – Dempsey Family

Sunday, Dec. 28 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

THURSDAY, JAN. 1 THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
4:00 PM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania

Saturday, Jan. 3 BLESSING OF HOLY WATER – Myrovania
4:00 PM Andrew Beshada – Wife Ann Beshada

Sunday, Jan. 4 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD
8:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
2:00 PM Ukrainian Holy Supper at Church Hall

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.27 –Jan. 3 by Ann Beshada in memory of husband Andrew Beshada.

CHRISTMAS EVE: We would like to thank Ala Schappert for presenting the Baby Jesus to the Manger. May God’s blessings be upon her always.

THE NATIVITY: Many thanks to all the men and women who so diligently came to put the Beautiful Nativity together. It is a shame that the attendance on Christmas Eve was so sparse. We have such a beautiful Nativity, tree and Divine Liturgy and empty pews. WHY??? If there are any suggestions as to what changes can be made to accommodate your schedule please acknowledge them to Father Popyk.

CEMETERY: Work is being accomplished at our parish cemetery. The outer road on the left side going down – the trees are down and the debris is being removed. In the future the middle road will be sealed and repaired. This project is a little expensive and any donations would be appreciated if you have relatives and family buried in our cemetery. The tree job cost $800 and the debris removal is $85 and hour. The sealing of the road will be approximately $4000.

THANKS: Through the year, many of the parishioners have volunteered for various projects. The services that you so willingly provide is greatly appreciated – whether it be the cleaning of the Church, snow removal on the sidewalks, being there for funerals to open and arrange the necessary bells etc., working at our fund-raising projects, choir singing and any other service that is connected to the Church duties. Your volunteer hours keep us in good running – Keep up the good work with God’s Blessings. We cannot forget to also thank the few non-parishioners who come in to help with our Pyrohy Projects. Thanks to all for all you do. May God grant you a wonderful year 2015.

HOLY SUPPER: Next Sunday is the Ukrainian Holy Supper at the church Hall at 2:00 PM. Come and join in with your Parish Family for a delightful afternoon.

THANKS: Father Popyk and his family wish to thank all who presented them with Christmas gifts. God Bless you!