SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS JULY 19, 2015

22 07 2015

Saturday, July 18
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, July 19 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE
SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Saturday, July 25
4:00 PM Josephine Petro – sister Julia Wido
BLESSING OF NEW PRIEST VESTMENTS
Sunday, July 26
8:30 AM NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

What is happening to our parish????
The attendance has been so down, Saturday Divine Liturgy averages about 30-35 attending and Sunday 12-16. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can heal this situation and become more alive? If you wish to make suggestions please do so by placing them in the collection basket, contacting the priest or the office. You are the Parish, it is your church – see what we can do to better the way.

WHAT IS THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH?
The Ukrainian Catholic Church has the following attributes:
It is in full communion with the Holy See
It is an Eastern Catholic Church, following the traditions passed on from the Church in Constantinople
It has over 5 million members worldwide
It is the largest Eastern Catholic Church in communion with Rome
It has its own hierarchy (bishops, cardinal) that are subject to the leadership of
the Holy Father in Rome.
Although Christianity was officially recognized as the “state religion” in Ukraine in 988 AD, St. Andrew, the first apostle of Christ, preached in the hills presently known as Kiev around 50 AD.
St. Olga accepted Christianity in 945 and was baptized by the Patriarch of Constantinople. Her grandson, St. Vladimir the Great, Prince of Kievan Rus, accepted Christianity from Constantinople in 988 and proclaimed it the “state religion”.
Thus, religion in Ukraine was rooted in Eastern theology and liturgical traditions. Also, St. Cyril and St. Methodius, Apostles of the Slavs, were responsible for introducing the Cyrillic alphabet.
It is interesting to note that Ukraine, through the efforts of Prince Yaroslav the Wise during the 11th century, became the first European nation to be consecrated to the protection of the Mother of God – Pokrov.
During the “Great Schism” of 1054, Pope Leo XI of Rome and Patriarch Michael of Constantinople excommunicated each other. The Ukrainian Church thus, over time, became separated from the Holy See in Rome.
However, the Union of Brest, in 1596, brought the Ukrainian Catholics back in full union with Rome. The Ukrainian Church was allowed to keep its customs and was given full autonomy as a “Particular” Church within the Byzantine rite.
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SUMMER DAY OF FUN AT KNOEBELS
Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Wilkes-Barre is sponsoring a Summer Bus Trip to KNOEBEL’S GROVE AMUSEMENT PARK, Elysburg, Pa., on Wednesday, August 15, 2015. Round-trip cost per seat is $25. Departure will be at 8:30 a.m. from Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church, 635 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre; and 8:45 a.m. from St. Vladimir’s Church, 70 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Evening departure from the park will be at 6 p.m. The luxury air-conditioned Martz Coach is equipped with a DVD player, restroom, and WIFI internet.
We will have free use of a pavilion at the park. Please bring your own lunch, food, drink, cooler, etc. Food and drink ARE allowed on the bus, but NO GLASS bottles or glass containers are allowed. Admission to Knoebel’s Park is FREE. The cost of ride tickets will be the responsibility of each individual. For lots of information about Knoebel’s, please visit their website at: http://www.knoebels.com. There are ticket discounts available online.
This trip is open to all of our churches that participate in the Cross-Valley CCD Religious Education Program: Ss. Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre; St. Vladimir, Edwardsville; Ss. Peter & Paul, Plymouth; Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke; and St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon. We especially hope that the children of our parishes will be making this trip to Knoebels. It will be up to each individual parish as to how they wish to handle the cost of the children’s round trip.
Seat reservations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Your reservation is non-refundable, and confirmed only with advance payment in full. No reservations accepted without payment. Reservation deadline is Sunday, August 9.
To reserve your seat, please send your name and payment of $25 per seat (payable to Ss. Peter & Paul Church, WB),by U.S. Mail to: Ss. Peter & Paul Parish Office, 635 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705 – Attn: Bus Trip. Phone reservations will not be accepted. And please join us in praying for good weather for Wednesday, August 12th! God bless!
Do not forget to pray tonight
GOD
did not forget to wake you up this morning.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week July 18 – 25 by An Anonymous friend for Good Health on all Parishioners of SS Peter & Paul.

NEW PRIEST VESTMENTS: A set of new white priest vestments have been purchased from Ukraine for $600 and were donated by Paul & Dolores Hoover. Father Popyk will have the blessings of the new vestments after this Saturdays Divine Liturgy. Many thanks and God’s blessing to Paul & Dolores for their generosity.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks for the donations to our Parish Building Fund in memory of Ann Beshada’s sister Elizabeth Ruddy – from Dorothy Manley, Bernice Burke and Charles & Catherine Halloway – friends of Ann. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

DIVINE LITURGY: Saturday Divine Liturgies are available for your requests. Your intention for a loved one living or deceased, a friend and birthday or any request you would like to have remembered. Envelopes are available in the vestibule for your convenience.

LUC MEETING: The League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet this Sunday, July 19th at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Edwardsville, PA. Moleben in the church at 3:00 PM and business and social to follow. New members are always welcome.

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