TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ENTRANCE OF THE MOTHER OF GOD IN THE TEMPLE NOVEMBER 22, 2015

19 11 2015

Saturday, Nov. 21 ENTRANCE OF THE MOTHER OF GOD IN THE TEMPLE
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, Nov. 22 TWENTY SIXTH SUDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Saturday, Nov. 28
4:00 PM ✞Andrew Beshada – Ann Beshada

Sunday, Nov. 29 TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Choose to be worthy to yourself and never confuse self worth with behavior.  Lord, help me to be less critical of my past and see that this moment right now is all that I can do anything about.

UKRAINIAN HOLY SUPPER: Please remember to sign the paper in the vestibule if you are interested in the Sunday, 1:00 PM, January 3, 2016 Ukrainian Holy Supper. This is a nice dinner for all parishioners, families and friends. This will give all the opportunity to join together as a Parish Family and enjoy the tradition. The menu is meatless and you can bring a covered dish, the Church will supply the fish and pyrohys.

The Presentation of the Most Holy Mother Of God in the Temple
We learn that the parents of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, SS. Joachim and Anna being childless, had made
a promise that, if they were blessed with a child,
they would offer that child up to the service of the Lord
in the temple in Jerusalem.
The Lord God heard their prayers and blessed them
with a daughter. When the little one was three years old,
her parents brought her to the temple and placed her
under the care of the high priest Zachary, the father of
St. John the Baptist. Here the Most Holy Mother of God spent many years until, as a mature maiden, she was betrothed to St. Joseph.
What does the feast of the Entrance convey to us? What spiritual lesson does it offer us? First of all, it speaks to us of the joyful sacrifice of Joachim and Anna. They themselves bring their daughter to the Temple and offer her to the service of God. But not only do the parents joyfully bring their child to offer her to the service of God; Mary also gladly obeys the voice of God and of her parents. Like Joachim and Anna, Mary too is a very beautiful example for us of joyful sacrifice and service to God.
A sign of deep piety of a nation is not only its magnificent and numerous churches and monasteries but, above all, its numerous vocations – its priests, missionaries and nuns. The most beautiful churches and gilded altars will be of no help to us if we do not have priests to offer the Unbloody Sacrifice, administer the Holy Sacraments, and preach the word of God in those churches. The lack of religious vocations among a people must lead to a gradual dying of the Church and of the spiritual life of its faithful, for the religious state is the heart and soul of the Church.
To a very great degree, the future of our Church and nation depends upon how our Ukrainian parents educate their children. We need parents who, following the example of SS Joachim and Anna, would gladly offer their children as a “burnt” offering to God, their Church and their nation. We need youth with ideals, who like the model of the Most Pure Virgin Mary, would gladly follow the voice of God and dedicate themselves to the service of God, the Church and the nation. Only then will we be able to look forward to a brighter and happier future for our Church and our nation

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week
Nov. 21-28 by Vera Hubick in memory of her husband Peter Hubick.

The Sanctuary Light is open for Nov. 28 – Dec. 5 for a request.

CEMETERY DONATION: Our thanks to Michael & Helen Kowalick for their donation of $100 for the parish Cemetery Fund, in memory of Priscilla Kowalick.

PYROHY PROJECT: If you are ordering Pyrohys please do so this weekend, $7 per dozen. Preparation must be made to order ingredients. Come out to help with this your Church project. All help is needed to make this a success.

TRIP FOR A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: The Plymouth Historical Society is hosting a Martz bus trip to Wellsboro, PA, Saturday, December 5, 2015 Leaving 7:30 AM from Plymouth Wyoming Valley West Parking lot, Main St. Arriving at Wellsboro, 10:00 AM. You will be on your own all day, eat, see shows, and buy your Christmas gifts. Leave Wellsboro 5:00 PM- Arrive back in Plymouth at 8:00 PM. The cost is $50.00 per person; your check secures your seat. Make checks payable to Plymouth Historical Society and mail to 11 5 Gaylord Ave. Plymouth, PA 18651. Phone 570-779-5840.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, December 17. 2015 6:00 PM. The meeting is important and all parishioners are welcome to attend. The nomination of Council members for 2016 will be held. New members are urged to volunteer their services to be on the Parish Council. Please come and participate in this meeting.

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