22 07 2015

Saturday, July 4
4:00 PM ✞All Deceased members of the Popyk Family

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, July 11
4:00 PM ✞Helen Lee – Sandy Epak

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

On July 4th, 1776
This great nation, the United States of America,
In a struggle for what was right and free,
Was proudly born…
May we celebrate that precious freedom
For which our forbears fought so bravely…
The freedom that is inherent
In the Stars and Stripes, our revered flag…
Celebrate Freedom
This Fourth of July! correctly folding the American flag 13 times? 
I’ve known how the 21 gun salute was determined (adding the individual digits of 1776), but only recently learned why the flag was folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran. 
HERE IT IS: The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. 
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. 
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. 
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance. 
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.” 
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. 
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. 
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. 
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. 
The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born. 
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust”. After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of doing things which have deep meaning. You will see many flags folded in the coming weeks, and now you will know why.

Statue of Liberty
In New York Harbor stands a lady On lonely Golgotha stood a cross,
With a torch raised to the sky; With my Lord raised to the sky;
And all who see her know she stands for And all who kneel there live forever,
Liberty for you and I. As all the saved can testify
I’m so proud to be an American, I’m so glad to be called a Christian,
To be named with the brave and the free. To be named with the ransomed
I will honor the flag and our trust in God, And whole.
And the Statue of. Liberty As the Statue liberates the citizen,
So the Cross liberates the soul.

Oh, the Cross is my Statue of Liberty,
It was there that my soul was set free.
Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty.
The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week July 4-11 by Albert Ferkel in memory of Parents.
Many weeks are available on the new card for your requests for Sanctuary Lights.
ALTAR CANDLES: The month of July is requested to burn for the month of July by an anonymous parishioner in memory of the Slabinski & Stadulis Families.

LUC Meeting: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at St, Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville, PA.  Moleben prayer service is scheduled for 3:00pm., business session at 3:30pm followed by reception and fellowship.
Main agenda items include the heritage outing to the August 23rd Tryzub Festival in Horsham PA; the annual August Council picnic; the October LUC Convention in Lansdale PA; and, the suggested pre-Christmas trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA. Former members and new members are warmly invited to become involved in the LUC as active participants in the Vibrant Parish movement throughout our worldwide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as envisioned by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk.For additional information contact Dorothy Jamula, President  at 570 822-5354  or any LUC member of the parish.
UKRAINIAN SEMINARY DAY: Every year, for the past 81 years on the last Sunday of July, members of the Ukrainian Catholic churches in the South Anthracite Deanery, host an annual social to raise funds for the support of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, DC and to highlight Ukrainian spiritual and ethnic heritage. This year the 81st Annual Ukrainian Seminary Day will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at St. Nicholas Picnic Grove, Route 901, Primrose, PA. The festival will begin at 11:00 AM with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. 11:30 – 1:30 WPPA Live Polka Broadcast. 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Kaska Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. 4:00 – 8:00 PM – John Stevens Doubleshot Polka Band. The outside Festival begins at 12:00 noon – Food, Arts & Crafts, Cold refreshing drinks, and other activities are available.



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