SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS JOSEPH, KING DAVID, AND JAMES, COUSIN OF OUR LORD STEPHEN – PROTOMARTYR DECEMBER 27, 2015

27 12 2015

Saturday, Dec. 26 SYNAXIS OF THE THEOTOKOS
4:00 PM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 27 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM ✞Michael & Rose Katsock – Michael Kane

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Friday, January 1 THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD
4:00 PM St. Basil the Great – Archbishop
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Saturday, January 2 Blessing of Holy Water
4:00 PM ✞David Trimmell – Wife Irene Quirion

Sunday, Jan. 3 SUNDAY BEFORE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD
8:30 AM ✞Mary Kulyn – 75 years after death – Michael Kane
1:00 PM Ukrainian Holy Supper, Come one and ALL.

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The Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr
December 27th

In the feast of the Nativity of our Lord we admired the infinite love and sacrifice of God for us sinner. On the third day after the feast of the Nativity, holy Church places before us the heroic example of the love of God in the person of the Protomartyr St. Stephen. St. Gregory of Nyssa in his sermon in honor of St. Stephen says: “Behold we go from one feast to another and receive grace upon grace. Yesterday the Lord of the universe filled us with wonder, whereas today the disciple of the Lord fills us with wonder. In what manner the former, and in what manner the latter? The former (i.e., St. Stephen) for the sake of the Lord rid himself of human nature. The martyr’s death of St. Stephen is truly singular, as is his cult, which is enjoyed in the Church of Christ since apostolic times.
The Eastern Church in giving glory to St. Stephen in its church services gives him a threefold title, calling him an Apostle, the Protomartyr, and an Archdeacon. St. Stephen belonged to the seventy apostles whose memory our church honors on the 4th of January. For his holiness, fortitude and zeal in spreading the word of God, he deserves the title of apostle in every way.
St. Stephen was not only a zealous apostle, but was also the first martyr. Accused before the Synhedrion – the Jewish Council – by false witnesses, he bravely professed the holy faith. For this they led him out of the city and stoned him to death. Like Christ, he too prayed for his enemies at his death.
The Christian religion is religion of heroism. It cultivates and trains heroes and demands heroism. The life of a good Christian is a constant struggle with the devil, the passions and the world, which is the enemy of God. The Christian must always place the love of God above all things: above his “I”, above worldly interests, above all comforts, above father, mother, brother and sister, and even life itself. This is what Jesus Chris Himself taught and demanded: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sister, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14, 26-27)
Upon us all weighs the obligation of being Christians not only in name, but also in the faithful and courageous profession of our faith in word, deed and our entire life, and, if necessary, even in death by giving up our lives for the faith. St. Stephen, the first-martyr, gives us and inspiring example of a courageous and heroic profession of faith.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.26 –Jan. 2 by Becky Molecavage in memory of Parents Frances & Dimitri Bencho.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles that will burn at all Divine Liturgies and services are available for your intentions to burn for the month. Most of the months are available. Donations are $40, remember your loved ones living or deceased in this special way.

HOLY FAMILY PLAQUE: The Pewter Plaque of the Holy Family that is on the wall in the vestibule was donated by Paul and Dolores Hoover. Our thanks for such a beautiful addition to our church.

THANKS: Through the year, many of the parishioners have volunteered for various projects. The services that you so willingly provide is greatly appreciated – whether it be the cleaning of the Church, snow removal on the sidewalks, being there for funerals to open and arrange the necessary bells etc., working at our fund-raising projects, baking of the breads for Church Services, choir singing and any other service that is connected to the Church duties. Your volunteer hours keep us in good running – Keep up the good work with God’s Blessings. We cannot forget to also thank the few non-parishioners who come in to help with our Pyrohy Projects. Thanks to all for all you do. May God grant you a wonderful and blessed year 2010.

UKRAINIAN HOLY SUPPER: It is so good to see the Parishioners who have signed up for the celebration of Ukrainian Holy Supper, January 3, 2015. This is a nice tradition 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. Please sign the sheet in the vestibule for the dish you are bringing. The Church will supply the fish and pyrohys.

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SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 20, 2015

21 12 2015

aturday, December 19
4:00 PM ✞Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, December 20 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS -5:00 PM
Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Dec. 26 SYNAXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
4:00 PM Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
8:30 AM SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
✞Michael & Rose Katsock – Michael Kane

Transfiguration of Our Lord
Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve. 8.00 PM Great Compline and Divine Liturgy. Myrovania. Friday, December 25 – Christmas- Birth of our Lord.
10.30 AM Christmas Divine Liturgy. Myrovania.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ is ranked among the greatest feasts of our Church Year. Therefore, holy Church, mindful of the majesty and significance of this feast, encourages the faithful to prepare by prayer and fasting for this encounter with our Savior.
The festal preparation reaches its peak on the Eve of the Nativity. It is a day of watching, prayer and fasting. The guest from heaven is about to arrive; therefore, it is necessary to prepare for his coming worthily. The Holy Eve of the Nativity has not only its own church significant services; it is also rich in symbolic rites and customs, some of which go back to pre-Christian times.
The eve of Christmas brings the Forty Days Christmas fast to a close. A strict fast is prescribed for this entire day. The whole family feels that on that day a very important heavenly guest will arrive in the evening, and therefore, a deeply festal and spiritual mood pervades the home. Our ancestors highly respected and zealously observed the fast of this day until the appearance, of the evening star.
An old Slavonic Prologue for the 24th of December contains the following spiritual exhortation to the faithful in reference to greeting the feast of the Nativity of Christ: “Take note brethren, that there is a fast on the day before this feast of the Nativity of Christ. Therefore, on this day, at the Sixth Hour (12 o’clock noon), we gather together for prayer, with love; and purity, overcoming anger, purifying carnal desires, and renouncing all evil deeds so that we may be made worthy with pure lips and an undefiled heart to partake of the Body of the Lord, that same Body which the Lord took upon Himself and willingly became poor.”
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORDAN UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY
The greatest and most profound mystery of the Christian faith is the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The eternal God becomes a little infant and does not cease to be God. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” – says St. John the Evangelist. Christ’s nativity is the cradle of our faith. Only faith is able to accept this unfathomable mystery, understand it and adore it.
In the first centuries, the holy Fathers of the Eastern Church accepted the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God with profound faith and great piety. Enraptured by this mystery, they have nothing but words of wonder for the most wonderful love of God, the sacrifice, humility, and poverty of the newly born Messiah and Savior. Like the holy Fathers, in her Christmas celebrations our Church also joyfully praises and glorifies the mystery of the birth of the divine Infant.
Today, he who is invisible by nature became visible in the flesh for man’s sake; hence, glorifying him, we cry: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will…”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.19 – 26 by Arlene Jones For a Special Thanks for good health.
Altar Candles: The Altar Candles that will burn for all services during the month is available for your requests in 2016. The donation is $40 and your requests will be remembered during this time.

NATIVITY SET UP: This Sunday, December 20th the Nativity will be set up. We are asking for all the help we can get to do this beautiful scene. The more help we get the faster it will be accomplished. Please try to be at the church about 1:00 PM.

THANKS: Our thanks to the 2 men and our 7 women who gave their time to came out to clean the church this week. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

MALANKA: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 12th annual MALANKA is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 16, 2016 from 6:00pm to 12:30am at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. Tickets are $45.00 per person and can be obtained through Andrew Jamula at 570 822-5354 No tickets will be sold at the door, therefore advance reservations are required.

UKRAINIAN HOLY SUPPER: It is so good to see the Parishioners who have signed up for the celebration of Ukrainian Holy Supper January 3, 2015. This is a nice affair 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 cover dish, the Church will supply the fish and pyrohys. A sheet in the vestibule is provided for you to write in what dish you plan to bring.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council met Thursday, Dec. 17th at the Church Hall. The same names were accepted for the year 2016. Father Popyk appointed 2 new Trustees, David Youells and Carol Kosek. The discussions for the work on the Cemetery Monument and the Financial system were the topics.





SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS DECEMBER 13, 2015

21 12 2015

Saturday, Dec. 12
4:00 PM ✞Father Nick Kostiuk – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Dec. 13 SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS
8:30 AM ✞All Deceased members of the Popyk Family

Saturday, Dec. 19
4:00 PM ✞Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec, 20 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. Schedule for Christmas
Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve – 5:00 PM
Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Friday, December 25, Christmas Day – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Remember the reason for the Season….

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 12 – 19 by Ron & Rose Marie Kachinko in memory of daughter Sandy Elko.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Parish Council & Trustees 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.

SING ALONG: YOU ARE INVITED to join this Sunday, December 13th, 2015 at 2:00 PM in Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. This will be their 22nd Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along. Fellowship will follow in the church hall.

NATIVITY SET UP: Sunday, December 20th is planned to have the Nativity set up. We are asking for all the help we can get to do this beautiful scene. The more help we get the faster it will be accomplished. Please try to be at the church about 1:00 PM.

The women & men will be cleaning the church for the Christmas season on Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 10:00 PM. Help is needed to carry trees, etc. from the Choir loft. Please try to give a little help.

MALANKA: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 12th annual MALANKA is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 16, 2016 from 6:00pm to 12:30am at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. The festive evening will include a generous Ukrainian and American dinner buffet catered by Paul Wanas of Accentuate Caterers, cash bar, complimentary bubbly toast and dancing to the popular Ukrainian orchestra “Fata Morgana”. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $45.00 per person and can be obtained through Andrew Jamula No tickets will be sold at the door, therefore advance reservations are required. Wearing Ukrainian apparel is encouraged. Doors will open at 5:45pm. Divine Liturgy at 4:30pm





TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST DECEMBER 6, 2015

6 12 2015

Saturday, Dec.5 St. Nicholas of Myra Archbishop
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 PM ✞Ann Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 6 St. Nicolas of Myra Archbishop
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
8:30 AM ✞Deceased members of the Bosack Family –
Anna Bosack & Carol Kosek

Wednesday, Dec. 9 CONCEPTION OF ST. ANNA
9:00 AM Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Saturday, Dec. 12
4:00 PM ✞Father Nick Kostiuk – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Dec. 13 SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

confession
father Popyk will be available 30 minutes before all church services for confession before Christmas.

Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, is one of the most popular Saints, especially among Eastern Christians. He won great esteem through his numerous works of mercy during his life and through great zeal in defending the divinity of Christ against the heretic Arius of the Council of Nicaea in 325. He is regarded as the Patron Saint of children. He was popularized in America by the Dutch puritans who disguised the “popish” Saint as a Nordic magician, called “Santa Claus.”
In 1087 Italian merchants brought St. Nicholas’ body to Bari in Italy from Asia. A perfumed oil is still flowing out of his holy relics.
Our prince Vsevolod Yaroslavych introduced his feast into Ukraine under Pope Urban II (1088-99). Saint Nicholas is very popular among our people, both Catholic and Orthodox.

PRAYER TO ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA
O Saint Nicholas, bountiful Father and special Patron of our Byzantine Catholic Church, You are a shepherd and teacher to all who invoke your protection, and who, by devout prayer, call upon you for aid. Hasten and save the flock of Christ from ravenous wolves; and by your holy prayers protect all Christians and save them from worldly disturbances, earthquakes, attacks from abroad, from internal strife, from famine, flood, fire, sword, and sudden death. As you had mercy on those three men in prison and saved them from the king’s wrath, now also have mercy on me who by word, deed, and thought have sunk into the darkness of sin, Save me from the just anger of God, and from eternal punishment. Through your intercession and aid as well as through his own mercy and grace, may Christ our God allow me to lead a tranquil and sinless life, and save me from standing at “his left,” but deem me worthy to stand at “his right” with all the Saints. Amen.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Dec. 5 – 12 by Halloway Family in memory of George Halloway.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles are requested to burn at all services for the month of December by Albert Piston in memory of his parents Jennie and Michael Piston.

COUNCIL MEETING: A Parish Council & Trustees 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.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Women’s Society will celebrate their annual Christmas party this Sunday, Dec. 6th at 1:00 PM. If you plan to attend and did not sign in please call Anna Magill 570-696-1473.

NATIVITY SET UP: Sunday, December 20th is planned to have the Nativity set up. We are asking for all the help we can get to do this beautiful scene. The more help we get the faster it will be accomplished. Please try to be at the church about 1:00 PM.

This was the last week for the Lottery tickets. We would like to thank all those who helped in any way with this project. Mike & Dolores Sinko did a fine job of managing this and our thanks to Mike especially for all the traveling he did to different areas to sell the tickets. To all the winners we congratulate you. If you did not win or have a winner our hopes of better luck next time.

ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH is having a “COOKIE WALK SALE”. All cookies are homemade and will include anise, wedding, pepper, thumbprint, ricotta, chocolate chips, peanut butter kisses, nut, rugelach, and linzer cookies. The sale will be on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 320 Vine St. Old Forge, Pa. from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Fill the box with cookies you like and pay $8.00 per pound.