Saturday, April 16
4:00 PM ✞ Frances Bencho – Becky Molacavage
Sunday, April 17 SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN
8:30 AM ✞Anna Bodnar by Rev.Popyk Family(40th day)
1:00 PM Baptism for Julia Rosemary Evans
Thursday, April 21
9:00 AM ✞David Trimmel – wife Irene Qurion
Saturday, April 23 St. George – Great Martyr
4:00 PM ✞John & Anna Rudeski – Jack, Annetta & Jaclyn Rudeski
Sunday, April 24 SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Mother’s Day – Please remember your mother on Saturday, May 8th, envelopes are in your collection box for requests to be remembered in the Divine Liturgy.
Pentecost Sunday – blessings at the cemetery Sunday, May 15th. Request envelopes are also in your collection package to have your loved ones remembered.
THE PARALYTIC MAN
The Church shows us that just as the poor paralyzed man was healed after thirty-eight years of sickness, so every sinner can be spiritually cured from his sins and infirmities, if he turns with faith to the risen Christ. The Holy Fathers of the Church affirm that the bathing-pool, which was named Bethesda in Hebrew, represents the Sacrament of penance.
Penance is a sacrament in which the priest, in the name of God, forgives sins committed after baptism when the sinner is heartily sorry for them, sincerely confesses them and is resolved to amend his life and to perform the penance imposed upon him by the confessor.
The Mid Pentecost
On Wednesday after the Sunday of the Paralytic, which falls exactly in the middle of the Pentecost season, that period between Easter (the Resurrection) and the feast of the Pentecost or Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Eastern Church celebrates the feast of Mid-Pentecost which may mean “Half Way” because it is the half-way mark between the feast of Easter and the feast of the Pentecost, or “Middle Wednesday” since it falls on the Wednesday in the middle of the Pentecostal season. The Synaxary of that day explains the reason for the institution of this feast: “On the Wednesday of the Paralytic we celebrate the feast of Mid-Pentecost for the sake of honoring the two great feast days – Easter and the Pentecost. The feast of Mid-Pentecost has an eight day post-feast which lasts to the Wednesday after the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
The feast of the Mid-Pentecost aims to strengthen our faith in the risen Christ, to inspire us to observe the commandments of God and to predispose us for the feast of the Ascension of our Lord and the Descent of the Holy Spirit.
The feast of the Lord’s Ascension always falls on a Thursday, on the fortieth day after Christ’s resurrection. This is one of the principal feast days of our Lord and therefore, has a post-feast of nine days. It celebrates the memory of Christ’s Ascension into heaven and underscores its significance for Christ and for us.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
April 16 – 23 by Dave & Mary Youells in memory of vtheir daughter Christine Youells.
MANY OPENINGS FOR THE SANCTUARY LIGHT ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REQUESTS.
PARISH COUNCIL: The Parish Council will meet Thursday, April 28th at 6:30PM in the church hall.
SVIACHENE: Sunday, April 24th at 2:00 PM is our After Easter dinner. This Sunday April 17th is the deadline for tickets. The tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. The dinner will consist of a Roast Beef platter: home style of ham, kielbasa, mushrooms, red beets, bread & butter, dessert and beverage. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Gifts are still needed for the Chinese Auction. Your donation in any way to help with this affair will be greatly appreciated. Baked goods and dessert are needed and I am sure our faithful will provide.
EASTER DINNER: Father Paul Wolensky and the Parish Families of Saint Vladimir Church of Edwardsville and Saints Peter & Paul Church of Wilkes-Barre, cordially invite you to their annual joint traditional Easter Dinner “Sviachene” Celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection, taking place on Sunday, May 1st, 2016, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the lower dining hall of Ss. Peter & Paul School Building, corner of West Chestnut and North River Streets in Wilkes-Barre. Our delicious traditional Ukrainian Easter foods will be served, along with a hot dinner buffet, including Baked Chicken and Chicken Tenders.
There is no charge to come to the Easter Dinner – instead, a free-will offering will be graciously accepted. Advance reservations must be made by April 24th, by calling: St. Vladimir’s Kitchen 570-287-9718, or Ss. Peter & Paul Kitchen. Christ is Risen! Christos Voskres!