SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 10, 2016

12 01 2016

Saturday, Jan. 9
4:00 PM ✞Anna Soppeck – Daughter Dolores & Paul Hoover

Sunday, Jan. 10 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Thursday, Jan. 14
9:00 AM ✞David Trimmell – Wife Irene Quirion

Saturday, Jan. 16 God’s blessing for Good Health on sisters and brother, Rita
4:00 PM Rentko, Marie Lindsey and Paul Kachinko – by Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Jan. 17 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

What is Prayer?

 Prayer is doxology, praise, thanksgiving, confession, supplication and intercession to God. “When I prayed I was new,” wrote a great theologian of Christian antiquity, “but when I stopped praying I became old.” Prayer is the way to renewal and spiritual life. Prayer is aliveness to God.
Prayer is strength, refreshment, and joy. Through the grace of God and our disciplined efforts prayer lifts us up from our isolation to a conscious, loving communion with God in which everything is experienced in a new light. Prayer becomes a personal dialogue with God, a spiritual breathing of the soul, a foretaste of the bliss of God’s kingdom.
 How is one to pray? Only the Holy Spirit can guide us to pray as we should. Just as a child learns to walk by walking, one can best learn to pray by praying, trusting in the help of God. Put your whole soul into your prayer. Think about the meaning of every word you pray. Make it your own personal prayer. Be persistent in prayer. Do not yield to carelessness or neglect. Strengthen your prayer through a lively faith in the Lord, a spirit of forgiveness toward others, and genuine Christian living.
 As we pray deeply within our hearts we grow in prayer. By the grace of God we suddenly catch a glimpse of the miracle of the presence of the Holy Spirit working within us. At first it is only a spark but later it becomes a flame freeing and energizing our whole being, provided we do nothing to grieve the Holy Spirit; and if we do sin we repent of our sin immediately and ask for God’s forgiveness. To experience the fire of God’s holy love, to give it space within us to do its cleansing and healing work as a breath of the Holy Spirit, and to use it as light and power for daily living — such are the goals as well as the fruits of true prayer.

Prayers go up, Blessings come down.

Lord I have no idea what’s going to happen in this New Year but all I pray is that you will guide me, and help me! Please help me to look to you always, and through everything that I do, May I bring praise and glory to Your name, I thank you Lord for another year. Amen.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week January 9 – 16 by Anna Horensky for God’s Blessings and Good Health on her brother Frank Maceiko.

OUR PARISH FAMILY SUPPER: Many thanks to all who participated in the Holy Supper celebrated for the Ukrainian Christmas. The food was good and thanks to those who made all the delicious dishes, the singing of Carols was wonderful and filled everyone with the spirit. The donations given to help with the cost was also greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all the faithful who attended and enjoyed the day.

CHANCERY DEFICIT: The collection for the Chancery campaign to Confront the Deficit last week amounted to $2180 thanks to our generous donators. God’s blessing on you and your family.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks to Gary Pstak for his donation of $100 to our Building/Improvement Fund in memory of many member of the Pstak Family.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all who are in need of God’s help. Remember those in nursing facilities, hospital and at home, all the sick and the suffering.

BLESSINGS OF HOMES: Anyone interested in having their home blessed, please submit your name, address and phone number in the collection basket, sign in vestibule or contact Father Popyk.

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