FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

9 09 2015

Saturday, Sept. 5 – 4:00 PM
God’s Blessing for Good Health for Mary – Family

Sunday, Sept. 6 – 8:30 AM
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Tuesday, Sept. 8 – 9:00 AM
BIRTH OF THE MOTHR OF GOD
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Sept. 10 – 9:00 AM
Michael & Anna Kachinko, Sr. – Kachinko Family

Saturday, Sept. 12 – 4:00 PM
Service for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
✞William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Sunday, Sept. 13 – 8:30AM
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

OUR LITURGICAL YEAR
PART 1

Our Eastern Rite is a priceless heritage and treasure of the Eastern Church and our Ukrainian people. It is noted for the venerable antiquity, its profound content, its mysticism, symbolism, and magnificent liturgical ceremonies. Developed by the greatest and most gifted of the faithful of the Eastern Church of different ages, countries and peoples, it has been sanctified by the prayers, tears, and sacrifices of the saints, as well as by the blood of martyrs. Our Rite, a faithful reflection of our holy faith, beautifully harmonizes with the soul, mentality and character of our people.
An integral part of our Rite and its most beautiful expression is the Liturgical Year. It resembles a grand panorama in which we find painted in radiant and vivid colors the whole history of man’s redemption. During the Liturgical Year we have the opportunity to meditate upon and relive the glorious mysteries and events in the life of Jesus Christ and his most Holy Mother. It places before us, for our admiration and imitation, the heroic deeds and virtues of an immense throng of saints, martyrs and holy people. The Liturgical Year calls us to experience days of spiritual joy, jubilation and triumph as well as days of fasting, penance and holy sorrow for our sins.
What is the Liturgical Year
We call the Liturgical Year the ecclesiastical or Church Year, because it contains the Church Calendar, which in some respects is similar to and in others differs from the civil calendar. In the Eastern Church the Church Year differs from the civil calendar in that it does not begin the New Year with the first of January as does the civil year, but begins it with the first day of September, which is called the Beginning of the Indiction. This means that the whole cycle of our Church Year begins with the first of September and ends with the thirty first of the following August.
The beginning of the Indiction – A Church Feast
The first day of September was designated as the beginning of the Church Year, or as it was called in the Church Calendar, the beginning of the “New Year”, it assumed a religious character and became a feast of the Church, i. e., a day which had its own special liturgical service. On this day our Church commemorates the day on which Christ entered the synagogue in Nazareth and read from the scrolls the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord has been given me, for He anointed me…to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor.” (Luke 2, 18-19) No reliable evidence exists to indicate when the beginning of the Indiction became a feast of the Church; we do know, however, that it already existed in the eighth century.
Part 11 next week

Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is.
The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
And when you cope with it by choosing to see everything as a blessing,
every single thing,
then life comes very close to being the way it’s supposed to be.
May you always recognize the blessing.
Monday Wash Day   
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead. 
Tuesday  Ironing Day   
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others. 
Wednesday Mending Day   
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.
Thursday Cleaning Day  
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart. 
Friday Shopping Day  
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love. 
Saturday Cooking Day  
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness. 
Sunday The Lord’s Day     
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.
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‘Be kinder than necessary,
for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.’

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Sept. 5 – 13 by Anonymous for God’s blessings all the Ukrainian People.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles are requested to burn for all service in the month of September by Geri Kolotelo in memory of her parents Louis & Anna Kolotelo.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Parish Women’s Society will meet Tuesday, September 8th in the Church Hall at 6:30 PM. This is the fisrst meeting after a summer break. All members please attende as the Rummage sale is to be finalized.

RUMMAGE SALE: If you have any items to contribute to the Rummage sale, please bring them to the church or call any member of the Women’s Society. Any household items in good condition are accepted for the sale. Clothing will be accepted if they are in wearable condition and clean but no too old. Now is the time to get things together that you don’t want or need and contribute them to the sale to be held in October 2015.

CLERY RETREAT: Father Popyk will be attending the Clergy Retreat next week from September 14 to the 17.

SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAY’S CRAFT SALE Saturday, November 7th, 2015   9:00 AM -3:00 PM at SS Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church 706 Warren St, Berwick PA  18603. Variety of craft items, ethnic food, bake sale.

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