SUNDAY AFTER EASTER ST. THOMAS SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016

4 04 2016

Saturday, April 2 Distribution of Artos – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania 4:00 PM ✞Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara Patrylak

Sunday, April 3 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
8:30 AM Distribution of Artos – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, April 9
4:00 PM ✞Stephen Kowalick – Michael & Helen Kowalick

Sunday, April 10 Sunday of the Myrr Bearing Women
8:30 AM God’s Blessings on all Parishioners

When I am lonely and perhaps I feel despair,
Let not my ailing heart forget that YOU hear every prayer…
Remind me that no matter what I do or fail to do,
There still is hope for as long as I have FAITH in YOU…
Let not my eyes be blinded by some folly I commit,
But help me to regret my wrong and make amends for it.
Inspire me to put my fears upon a hidden shelf,
And in the future try not to feel sorry for myself.
Give me the restful sleep I need before another dawn,
And bless me in the morning with THE COURAGE TO GO ON.

SANCTURY LIGHT: The sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 2 -9 by The Halloways for God’s blessings for good health of Carole Kane.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles will burn in the month of April for Francis Bencho requested by her daughter Becky Molecavage.

SVIACHENE: April 24 will be the date of our After Easter dinner. Please if you are planning to attend, purchase you tickets, the tickets are $15 for adults and $;8 for children under 12. The deadline for tickets is Sunday, April 17th; tickets will not be sold at the door. Gifts are still in need for the Chinese Auction. Your donation in any way to help with this affair will be greatly appreciated. Baked goods and dessert is needed and I am sure our faithful will provide.

THANKS: Our sincere thanks to all who participated in the beautiful services celebrated for the Holy Week and Easter. We also thank Mike Kane and the choir for helping in the singing of the Resurrection Divine Liturgy and to all who participated in the procession and helping in any way to make the services go so well. Thanks to Father Popyk for conducting our many services.

Speak to God openly and honestly from your heart
and then do not allow yourself to worry.
Lord, You are my protection and my provider
when I put forever and ever. Amen
my trust in Yo
Why do we stand, and not kneel, from Easter to Pentecost
In the tradition of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, it is wrong to kneel at anytime from Easter to Pentecost. Despite the fact that other churches do it or “visitors…are surprised” does not change the fact that kneeling is not proper during this time.
In the Ukrainian Catholic Tradition, the action of kneeling and prostrating is a penitential posture. It is the position of a sinner seeking forgiveness. It is NOT a position of adoration (as it is in the West). This is why it is practiced so often in the Lenten season.
Standing (the proper position of adoration in the East) on the other hand, in the Ukrainian Catholic Tradition, is the position of giving praise and thanks to God in the spirit of joy and happiness. During the Paschal Season (Easter to Pentecost), the time for repentance, and fasting, is over. It is the time of our salvation for “Christ is Risen!” We express our joy, thanksgiving and adoration for this fact and the fact that we who have “…been baptized into Christ and put on Christ” have also risen with Him. It is for this reason that kneeling is improper during this holy season. To kneel during this season is to imply that you do not accept the resurrection of Christ. By standing for all prayer, (even private before and after services) you are demonstrating, in a bodily way, that you believe that “Christ is risen from the dead, and by death He has trampled death and to those in the graves He has granted life.” You are not being irreverent by standing. Remember that kneeling is not a sign of adoration in the eastern Tradition.

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ST. THOMAS APOSTLE

This Sunday is called “Tomyna Nedilia” or Sunday if St. Thomas. It commemorates the conversion of St. Thomas the Apostle. Thomas had almost completely lost faith in Jesus, when the Jews crucified the Lord. After Christ’s resurrection Thomas refused to believe it unless he himself saw and touched Jesus. Christ condescended to his wish, appeared and convinced him of His glorious resurrection.
By this feast the Church wishes to show us the reality of Christ’s resurrection which Thomas’ unbelief established beyond any doubt.

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