1 04 2015

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

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 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.



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