SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS May 31, 2015

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Saturday, May 30
4:00 PM ✞Christine Youells (40th day) – Mike & Dolores Sinko Petitions to the Mother of God

Sunday, May 31 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners Petitions to the Mother of God

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Thursday, June 4
9:00 AM ✞David Trimmell – Wife Irene Quirion

Saturday, June 6
4:00 PM ✞Chistine Youells – Stanley & Mary Lednicki
Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sunday, June 7 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

FATHERS DAY: Envelopes are in your box for your intention for the Father’s Day intentions. Sunday, June 21st

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish – at home, in Nursing Facilities and Hospitals

A VETERAN DIED TODAY- Requested by a Veteran for the original Memorial Day
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast.
And he sat around the Legion telling stories of his past.
Of a was he had fought in, and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies. They were heroes, everyone.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Joe has passed away,
and the world’s a little poorer for a Veteran died today.
No, he won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very ordinary sort of life.
He had a job, and raised a family, quietly going on his way.
And the world won’t note his passing, ‘tho a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of Veteran goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life?
The politician’s stipend and the style, in which he lives,
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives
While the ordinary Veteran who has offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small.
It’s so easy to forget them, for it was so long ago,
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnny’s went to battle
But we know, it was not the politicians
And their compromise and ploys, who won for us our freedom,
That our country now enjoys
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies in hand,
Would you really want some cop out, with his wavering stand?
His kin and Country, and would fight until the end?
Or would you want a Veteran, who has sworn to defend his home,
His kin and Country, and would fight until the end?
He was just a common Veteran and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Military’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor, while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps, just a simple headline in the paper that might say
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A VETERAN DIED TODAY
SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS
The Sunday after Pentecost Sunday is called the Feast Day of All Saints. Every day in the Church calendar has a list of Saints, some famous and great, and some not so famous. In the eyes of God all Saints are famous and great, some we know more about and have become more popular than others. For example, many men and women struggled during the American Revolution, but we are aware of only the most famous and popular, like George Washington and his officers the same is true for the roll call of Saints in the Christian Church.
Each man, woman and child in the great history of the Church who witnessed for Christ is regarded a Saint by the Church. Since we have no way of knowing all of them, and since the list of Saints has increased many times over and continues to do so, our Church sets aside the Sunday after Pentecost as the Feast Day for All Saints.
We are obliged, not only to venerate the saints and to seek the assistance of the saints, but also to imitate their life and holiness. All Christians are called to holiness by virtue of the sacrament of Baptism. Every person, regardless of status and condition of life, can become a Saint and is duty-bound to people without exception when He said: “Therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” St. Paul also reminds us of our duty to pursue holiness: “This is the will of God – your sanctification.”
What is holiness? Holiness is living according to the commandments of God and the Church; it is the daily fulfillment of God’s will, constant fidelity to the duties of one’s state, or more briefly – holiness is the Gospel translated into action.
All the saints are very close to us for they, like us, were once citizens of our earth and are of our own flesh and bone. They are members of the same Church as we are, although they belong to the Church Triumphant while we still struggle as members of the Church on earth or the Church Militant. They are not indifferent to our welfare and salvation. Hence, there exists no doubt that they readily listen to all our petitions and prayers and gladly present them before the throne of God.
The saints in heaven, then, are God’s beloved and intimate friends; and our protectors, intercessors and benefactors; our guides and models on the path to virtue and sanctity.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 31 – June 6 by a Veteran for God’s blessing and good for all Hospitalized Veterans.
ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles will burn for the month of June at all services in memory of Anna & Thomas Jones requested by Arlene Jones.

PASTORS VACATION: Our Pastor Father Popyk will be on vacation from June 13 – June 28th. A substitute Priest Rev. Wasyl Howhera will celebrate all services needed during this time.

THANKS: Our thanks to another Angel who beautified our grounds with her services to plant the flowers in the Circle at the entrance of the drive. Mary Beth Kasenchak did this in memory of her father Peter Kasenchak. She was also seen at the cemetery entrance watering the flowers she has planted there also. God bless Mary for her kindness.

MEETING: League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council will meet Sunday, June 7th, at SS Peter & Paul UCC, Plymouth, PA. Moleben service will be conducted at the church at 3:00 PM, the meeting and social will follow at the Church Hall. Plans are in progress for the upcoming National Convention to be held in October. New members and guests are always welcome.

HUMAN LIFE: A note of thanks was received from The Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in the annual carnation drive to support the Pro-Life Center in Wilkes-Barre. Our contribution was $56.

CEMETERY: Our thanks to Joan Baurys for her donation of $50 to our Cemetery care. God’s blessing for your generosity.

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