FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE MARCH 13, 2016

16 03 2016

Saturday, March 12
4:00 PM ✞ Anna Dempsey by Dempsey family and children

Sunday, March 13 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
St. Vladimir’s – Edwardsville, PA
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Saturday, March 19 ✞david Trimmel – Wife Irene Quirion
4:00 PM Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 20 PALM SUNDAY- Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem
8:30 AM Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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St. Mary of Egypt
The Fifth Sunday of Lent recalls the memory of St. Mary of Egypt, the repentant harlot. Mary tells us, first of all, that no amount of sin can keep a person from God if the sinner truly repents. In addition, St. Mary tells us that it is never too late, either in life or in lent, to repent. Christ will gladly receive all who come to Him, even at the last minute of their lives. However, their coming must be in serious and sincere repentance
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PRAYER
Lord Jesus, For the sake of Your Sorrowful Passion,
help me to lead a holy life and have mercy on all the
souls who are separated from You. Pardon me from
all my sins by Your sacred wounds and fill me with
the mercy of Your Heart that bled for me on the Cross.
With faith, with hope and with courage, let me be an
everlasting witness to Your covenant. Cover me with
the purity of the Holy Spirit so that I may dwell in the
light of God’s grace until I take my final breath.
Amen.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE
Holy Wednesday – March 23 – 9:30 AM Presanctified Divine Liturgy. Confessions

Holy Thursday – March 24 – 4:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord

Good Friday, March 25 –  ANNUNCIATION of BLESSED MOTHER
1:00 PM Divine Liturgy with Vespers and Procession with Shroud.

HOLY SATURDAY – March 26 – 1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets 6:00 PM – Service at the Grave, RECURRECTION MATINS, Easter Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil


Bright Monday – March 28 – 4:30 PM – Divine Liturgy – Myrovania

Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year
The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.
Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil.. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

This Life on Earth
Easter means that this life on earth is not all there is.
Jesus went “to prepare a place for us”
in His Father’s heavenly mansions for all eternity.
Jesus died for our sins, paying our penalty,
so that we could be forgiven.
He was resurrected, to prove that death has no hold
on those who repent and accept Him as Savior.
This life on earth is a prelude
to eternal joy with our Lord.
Easter is a celebration
of our eternal destiny.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week, March 21-28 by Michael Kane in memory of James & Carrie Kane.

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the Dempsey Family for the loss of a sister Eliza Burke who was called to her eternal rest. May she rest in peace.

LUC MEETING: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:30pm in the private dining room of Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Route 11, Edwardsville, PA. The Main agenda items include the upcoming May 21st bus trip to New York City to attend the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival in Manhattan’s Lower East Side with an extended side trip to Brooklyn’s “Little Odessa” at Brighton Beach; the April 24th Women’s Day of Prayer at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church; and, dates of future meetings including the annual August picnic. Members are reminded that membership renewals for the year 2016 can be completed at the meeting or by contacting Janina Everett at 570 759-2824 For additional information about the organization, please contact Dorothy Jamula, President at 570 822-5354 or any LUC member of your parish.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM.Tickets are available. Get your tickets early so plans can be made for the affair. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children 8-12. This is a very nice affair to have our Parishioners and friends spend some time together.

PALM SUNDAY: Palm Sunday is next week and we are in need of Willow Branches. We are asking for help to tie the branches and palm for distribution. Please, if can lend a hand, this will be after the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 18th. If you bring any branches at this time, please put them at the Hall entrance. Thank you.

Please sign up for the Adoration of the Grave. The schedule is in the vestibule; try to spend at least one hour with Our Lord. Your cooperation is needed and will be greatly appreciated

CONFESSION: Father Popyk is available to hear confessions before the Divine Liturgy on Sat. and Sun. until Holy Week.

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST John Climacus, Venerable MARCH 6, 2016

16 03 2016

Saturday, March 5
4:00 PM God’s Blessing for Jean Pedley and Family

Sunday, March 6 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4-00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross –
Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
Friday, March 11
6:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service

Saturday, March 12
4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey by Dempsey family and children

Sunday, March 13 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – John Climacus – Venerable
Our Church reminds her fasting children that despite their natural weaknesses and passions they can become good Christians and perfect images of the Son of God. She points out the example of St. John Climacus (525-605), the saintly abbot of a monastery on Mount Sinai. He became an “angel” in human flesh through fasting and prayer. In following his example the faithful will attain a high degree of Christian perfection.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week,
March 5 – 12 by Paul and Marion Rose for a Special Intention.

Holy Passion Week 2016
Holy Wednesday, March 23 at 9.30 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Holy Thursday, March 24 4:00 PM Passion Service (reading 12 Gospels).

Good Friday, March 25 –  ANNUNCIATION of THEOTOKOS
1:00 PM Divine Liturgy with Vespers and Procession with Shroud.

Holy Saturday, March 26 1:00 PM Blessing of Basket
6:00 PM Resurrection Services

Sunday, March 27 – No Services.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Women’s Society will meet Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 PM in the Church Hall. All members are urged to attend to finalize plans for the After Easter dinner.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Mike Sinko announced that the May Lottery tickets are available. If you can possibly take at least 5 or 10 and try to sell them to your family and friends it would be a great help to sell all the tickets. Whatever you do is appreciated.

SVIACHENE: Our After Easter Dinner is being discussed. The date will be announced next week after the Women’s Club Meeting. If you have any gifts to donate for the Chinese Auction, it will be greatly appreciated.





THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS FEBRUARY 28, 2016

2 03 2016

Saturday, Feb. 27 VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
4:00 PM God’s Blessing for John Rudeski – 70th Birthday by
wife and daughter Annetta and Jaclyn

Sunday, Feb. 28 VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon

Friday, March 4
6:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty

Saturday, March 5
4:00 PM God’s Blessing for Jean Pedley and Family

Sunday, March 6 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
John Climacus, Venerable
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, indeed, teaches us to understand the great significance the Holy Cross has for us, not only during the Lent, but also throughout our whole life. This Sunday tells us that wherever we find the Cross, there will we find strength, victory, salvation and the pledge of resurrection to eternal life of bliss.

To arouse ourselves to a greater veneration and love for the Holy Cross, let us frequently call to mind those profound thoughts expressed by the great venerator of the Holy Cross, St. Ephrem the Syrian in the following hymn:
“The Cross is – the resurrection of the dead.
The Cross is – the hope of Christians.
The Cross is – the staff of the lame.
The Cross is – the consolation of the poor.
The Cross is – the dethronement of the proud.
The Cross is – the hope of the hopeless.
The Cross is – the helm of those who sail.
The Cross is – the harbor of the storm-tossed.
The Cross is – the father of orphans.
The Cross is – the comfort of the afflicted
The Cross is – the protector of youth.
The Cross is – the glory of men.
The Cross is – the crown of the aged.
The Cross is – the purity of virgins.
The Cross is – the bread of the hungry and
the fountain of the thirsty.
…Therefore, let us make the sign of this Life-Giving Cross on our forehead, lips and breast…Let us not leave the Cross even for one hour, even for one moment, and let us not do anything without it, but whether we are going to sleep, or getting up; on land, sailing the sea, or crossing rivers, we should adorn all the members of our body with the sign of the Life-Giving Cross.”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 27-March 5 by The Halloway Family in memory of Mrs. Catherine Halloway.

THANKS: Our thanks to the men and women who made our Fellowship after the Stations of the Cross last Sunday a success. A special thanks to those who donated monetary to help with the cost, our good bakers and dessert makers and sandwiches and food. It was a nice social fellowship and all present enjoyed the meal.

CLEAN UP: We wish to thank some Angel who cleaned up the dry branches and such on the bank of the Church Property. It is a lot of work an looks great. Thank you and may God Bless you.

DINNER: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, Pa. is honoring the “Irish” on Thursday March 10, 2016. Seating’s are 5:30 and 6:30pm. Reservations can be made by March 7. The price for this culinary delight is only $20.00 per person. The menu will start with an Emerald Isle Spring Mix Salad with tomato, craisin’s, candied almonds, feta cheese and topped with a raspberry vinaigrette. The Entree will be County Cork Ham & Cabbage served with Parsley Broiled Spuds and side vegetable. Irish Soda bread will accompany the meal and there will be a Special Irish Dessert Surprise. Enjoy a cold Guiness or a delicious, hot Irish Coffee for only $5.00. Coffee, Tea, Water, Soda are included and a cash bar is available.

DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS 
 Sunday, March 6th 4:00 PM – Holy Transfiguration, Nanticoke, PA
Sunday, March 13th 4:00 PM –.St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville, PA