SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE JANUARY 31, 2016

29 01 2016

Saturday, Jan. 30
4:00 PM ✞ David Trimmel by wife Irine Quirion

Sunday, Jan. 31 SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Tuesday, Feb. 2 ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON & Anna
9:00 AM BLESSING OF CANDLES ANOINTING OF
HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Feb. 6 ✞ David Trimmel by wife Irine Quirion
4:00 PM Prayer of Forgiveness

Sunday, Feb. 7 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Prayer of Forgiveness

DIVINE LITURGIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REQUEST ON SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS.
BLESSING OF CANDLES: If you have your own candles to be blessed bring them to the Liturgy Tuesday, February 2nd, if you need candles they will be available to you for the donation required.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 IS THE FIRST ALL SOULS SATURDAY
Although the Church remembers the souls of the departed faithful in her daily prayers and services, nevertheless, like a good Mother, she still assigns special days in the Liturgical Year on which she commemorates and prays for them. These days are called Souls’ Days or Memorial days.
All-Souls Saturdays
On Saturday, God rested after He created the world and Jesus Christ rested in the tomb, after having accomplished the salvation of the world; hence, Saturday became the symbol of eternal rest and happiness in God. For this reason, the Church dedicates Saturday to all the souls, who have gone into eternity, but have not yet entered into eternal rest with the Blessed in heaven

Comfort to Those Who Mourn
So many people imagine that death cruelly separates us from our loved ones. Even pious people are led to believe this great and sad mistake. When our loved ones die, they do not leave us. They remain. They do not go to some dark and distant place. They simply begin their eternity. We do not see them because we are still in the darkness of the world. But their spiritual eyes, filled with the light of heaven, are always watching us as they wait for the day when we shall share their perfect joy. We are all born for heaven and one by one we end this life to begin our life of happiness.
We should reflect upon this beautiful truth and find it the greatest and surest comfort in time of mourning. A firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones has brought the conviction and consolation that death had not destroyed them, nor carried them away. Rather it has given them life! A life with power to know fully and to love perfectly. With this new life and new power our loved ones are always present to us, knowing and loving us more than ever before.
The tears that dampen our eyes in times of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved ones. But it is we who are away from home, not they. And only because this heavenly home is invisible to our worldly eyes, we cannot see them so near us. Yet, they are with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too, will enter the doorway of our eternal home. No. death is not a separation. It is a preparation for eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven
Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
My Jesus, by the sorrows You suffered in Your agony in the Garden, in Your scourging and crowning with thorns, on the way to Calvary, in Your crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; deliver them from the terrible torments they endure; call them and admit them to Your most sweet embrace in paradise. Amen.

Wisdom of Winter
Snow falls gently,
White blankets the earth,
Yet in the silence
I hear songs of rebirth.

Surely these grounds
Summer’s glory will bear,
Soon the colorful blossoms
Of Springtime to wear.

Clothed now in white,
In bright purity,
The earth waits eagerly
To embrace her beauty.

God’s perfect wisdom
Shines amidst the snowfall;
He is Maker of seasons,
Yes, one and all.

Perfect patterns we see
Outside and within;
For the Lord brings glory
Once He cleanses from sin.

Dead to our sin,
Robed in radiant white,
So must we be
Before we feel His delight.

So let us celebrate now
This season of snow,
For His wisdom in winter
God does clearly show.

Praise You, O Lord,
God of wisdom and love;
Snowflakes are Your kisses
From Heaven above.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week, Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, by Ann Beshada in memory of her husband Andrew Beshada.

YEARLY STATEMENT: If you need your yearly personal statement for 2015, please request it by placing you name in the collection or contact Ann Beshada.

LUC BUS TRIP: Saturday, May 21, 2016, North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring a bus trip to the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival in New York City’s Lower East Side of Manhattan and to Brighton Beach [Little Odessa], Brooklyn. Participants are also welcome to do their own thing for part of the day if they so wish. The 55 passenger bus will depart from Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Avenue at 8:30am and from Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Avenue at 9:15am. Departure for home directly from Brighton Beach will be at 9:00pm. Cost is $40.00 per person. Full nonrefundable advance payment reserves a seat. For reservations contact either Paul Ewasko or Andrew Jamula. Check to be made out to North Anthracite Council of LUC. Early reservations are recommended as the bus is expected to fill quickly

PIZZA & SOUP SALE: ST. MICHAEL’S BC CHURCH, 205 N. Main St. Pittston, Pa. 18640 is having a Pizza & Soup Sale for Lent. They will offer Old Forge Style Baked ($12) or Unbaked ($10). Add $1 extra for onions. Each week will be a soup of the week at $8.00 per qt. Pre-order by Tues. Feb. 10 for Ash Wednesday or by Thursday – Pick up will be from 4-7pm on Ash Wednesday and the following Friday’s during Lent. Soup of the week is Homemade (Manhatten) Clam Chowder. All proceeds will benefit the Church..

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