SUNDAY AFTER EASTER ST. THOMAS SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2015

9 04 2015

Saturday, April 11 Distribution of Artos – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 PM ✞ Helen Sawka – Frank & Marian Kulick

Sunday, April 12 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
Distribution of Artos – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, April 16
9:00 AM ✞Eleanor Kulick – John & Alma Butler

Saturday, April 18
4:00 PM ✞Steve & Pricilla Kowalick – Mike & Helen Kowalick

Sunday, April 19 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
8:30 AM The Myrrh-bearing women
2:00 PM Sviachene – Church Hall
THANKS: Our sincere thanks to all the men who participated in the Easter services. We appreciate your time volunteered to make the procedures possible. We also give thanks to the choir for their lovely voices throughout the services. May God’s blessing be upon all who devoted their time for our beautiful and spiritual services.

The Leading Sunday or
the First Sunday after Easter

Some authors derive this name from the fact that this Sunday is the leading Sunday, i.e., the first Sunday that continues the feast of the Pasch. Among our people there existed an old custom, on the Sunday of St. Thomas, of commemorating the dead with a special memorial repast and praying for their souls at the cemetery.
The celebration of the eighth day after the Pasch as the conclusion of Bright Week, from earliest times, had been regarded as a separate feast. The theme of the services of this feast and of the week that follows is the Gospel event describing the apparition of Christ on the eighth day after His resurrection and the moving scene of St. Thomas’ conversion and profession of faith. Regarding the significance of this feast, St. Gregory the Theologian (+389), in a homily on the Sunday of St. Thomas said: “The old law, which was established for a good purpose, honors the day of renewal, or rather, should we say, that with the day of renewal it honors new blessings. For, was not the first day of the resurrection, which occurred after the holy and glorious night, also a day of renewal? Why, then, do we give this name to today’s feast? That day (i.e. of the Resurrection) was a day of salvation, while this day is the commemoration of salvation. By its very nature, that day separates the burial and the resurrection, while this day is a day of an altogether new birth…Today we celebrate a genuine renewal, going from death to life. Therefore, cast off the old man and renew yourselves and live in newness of life.”
Our Church celebrates the memory of St. Thomas the Apostle on the 6th of October, whereas the Latin Church celebrates it on the 21st of December. About the apostolic work of St. Thomas in a homily delivered on Thomas Sunday, St. John Chrysostom eulogizes St. Thomas thus: “Of all the other Apostles he was, at one time, the weakest in faith but, with God’s grace, he became more courageous and more untiring than the rest. He traversed almost the whole known world, preaching the word of God fearlessly to nations that were fierce, savage and bloodthirsty.” St. Thomas is believed to have died a martyr’s death for the Christian faith in India.

Easter greeting: “Christ is risen! — Indeed He is risen!” Kristos Vosdres – Voistynu Voskres! Is our personal proclamation of Christ’s glorious resurrection, and is the greeting used by the faithful until Ascension Thursday.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 11 – 18 by Becky Molecavage in memory of her mother Frances Bencho.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is supposed to be held next Sunday, April 19, 2015 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM, but to date not many tickets are sold. PLEASE, if you are planning to attend, do so this weekend. Preparations will be scheduled for this week and it would be great to know the amount attending. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children, under 12, free. This is a very nice affair to have our Parish Family come together and share with the food and blessings. A Chinese Auction will be available. Donations of gift items will be greatly appreciated.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will be held Tuesday, April 14th, 6:30 PM in the church hall. All members please try to be present. New members are always welcome.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton, PA. Moleben prayer service at 3:00pm, business session at 3:30pm, followed by reception and fellowship.
BUS TRIP – Seats are filling up fast! North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring a bus trip to the 39th Annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival, Lower East Side of Manhattan on Saturday, May 16, 2015 with a side trip to Central Park and the famous Fifth Avenue area. Participants are also welcome to do their own thing for all or part of the day if they so wish. The 55 passenger bus will depart from Scranton’s St. Vladim…ir Church, 428 North Seventh Avenue at 8:00am and from Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Avenue at 8:45am. Departure from New York City will be at 9:00pm. Cost is $40.00 per person. Full nonrefundable advance payment reserves a seat.

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RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD EASTER APRIL 5, 2015

1 04 2015

HOLY SATURDAY
April 4 – 7:00 PM Resurrection Matins / Procession / Divine Liturgy Blessing of Artos – Myrovonia

Monday, April 6 BRIGHT MONDAY
4:30 PM ✞Gloria Suscavage – Collen & John Evans
Myrovania

Saturday, April 11
4:00 PM ✞Helen Sawka – Frank & Marian Kulick
Distribution of Artos Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, April 12 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Distribution of Artos, Myrovani – Anointing of Holy Oil
During the season of the Pentecost, which extends from the Pasch (Easter) to the Descent of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of the joy of the Resurrection we do not make any bows, nor do we kneel. The Council of Nicea (325) gave us the following rules regarding this matter: “Since there are some who kneel on the day of Lord and during the season of the Pentecost, for the sake of uniformity in all eparchies, the council decrees that during that time prayers be offered up to God while standing”.

EASTER
Easter reminds us of the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year
Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil.. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 4-11 by Charles Drazba & Family in memory of Marie Drazba.
ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles are requested to burn during the month of April bY Becky Molecavage in memory of her mother Frances Bencho.
FLOWERS: The Bouquet last week was donated by Bruce Fromel in memory of his mother Julia Fromel.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children, under 12, free. If you are planning to attend please purchase your tickets early. 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.

THANKS: Many thanks are extended to all the men and women who came out last week to clean the church. And to Mary Oshirak & Charles Drazba for the baking of our breads and Artos. We are so lucky to have all these fine volunteers. God’s Blessings to all for your services.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Tickets for the May Lottery are available. If you can possibly sell a few tickets and purchase some for yourself it will be greatly appreciated. A few more of our sellers are not available, which makes it more difficult to have all the tickets sold. Please try to do your share in helping with this fund raiser.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton, PA. Moleben prayer service at 3:00pm, business session at 3:30pm, followed by reception and fellowship.  Main agenda items include discussion of the upcoming May 16th bus trip to the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival in New York City and the October 2015 National LUC Convention in Lansdale PA. For additional information contact Dorothy Jamula, President  at 570 822-5354  or any LUC member of the parish. Former members and new members are warmly invited to become involved in the LUC as an active participant in the “Vibrant Parish” movement throughout our worldwide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.





PALM SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2015

1 04 2015

Saturday, March 28 – 4:00 PM – Saturday of Lazarus
Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara Patrylak
Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 29 – 8:30 AM PALM SUNDAY
Entrance of our lord into Jerusalem
Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, April 1 9:30 AM Presanctified Divine Liturgy. Confessions

Thursday, April 2 HOLY THURSDAY
4:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Friday, April 3 Good Friday
3:00 PM Vespers – Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ Confessions
Saturday, April 4 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
7:00 PM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins / Easter Divine
Liturgy – Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Bright Monday – April 6 – 4:30 PM – Divine Liturgy – Myrovania

Transfiguration of Our Lord Holy Week & Easter schedule
Palm Sunday, March 29 – at 10.30AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Willows.
Holy Monday, March 30 – 9:30AM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy. Confessions.
Holy Tuesday, March 31 – 9:30AM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy. Confessions.
Holy Thursday, April 2 – 6:30PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord. Confessions.
Passion Friday, April 3 – 5:30PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud. Confessions.
Holy Saturday, April 4 – 3:00PM Blessing of Paschal Food (in parish hall).
Resurrection of our Lord – Pascha, April 5
7:30 AM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy,
Blessing of Artos, Myrovania.
Bright Monday, April 6 – 6:00PM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Tuesday, April 7 – 9:00AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week March 28 – April 4 by the Halloway Family in memory of Michael Halloway.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 4:00 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 evening 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.

Appreciation: We thank all who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciated. God’s blessing to all.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The Lottery tickets are available for the month of May. Try you luck and purchase a few. This is a good fund-raiser for the Church.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being
held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in our Church Hall at
2:00 PM. Tickets are available. The cost is $15 for adults and
$8 for children, under 12, free. If you are planning to attend
please purchase your tickets early.
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.