SIXTEETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST September 4, 2016

1 11 2016

Saturday, Sept. 3 – 4:00 PM
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, Sept. 4 – 8:30 AM
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Sept. 8 –9:00 AM
Birth of the Theotokos – Myvonia- Blessing with Holy Oil
✞Father Joseph Szupa – Parishioners
Friday, Sept. 9 – 5:00 PM Baptism of Jude Michael Schappert

Saturday, September 10 – 4:00 PM
✞Elizabeth Ruddy – sister Ann Beshada

Sunday, September 11 – 8:30AM
SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Council Meeting with the invitation of all Parishioners was held on Tuesday, Aug. 30th in the Church Hall. 22 Members attended which made Father Walter very happy to meet some of the parishioners. The bids for the cleanup of trees in the cemetery was discussed and voted on the lowest bid of $1550. Donations toward this expense will be greatly appreciated. The bids for the repairs of the Air Condition in the hall was voted on the lowest bid of $4300. The Women’s Society will donate half of this expense from their treasury. Many subjects were discussed and agreed upon. Next meeting will be on September 27th.

HOW OUR LITURGICAL YEAR DEVELOPED
Part 3

In the Old Testament we read about the mysterious tree of life, which God had planted in the Garden of Eden. Although this tree no longer exists, the Lord has planted a new tree of life in the supernatural garden of the Church. This tree flourishes before our eyes, blossoming every year with new freshness and vigor; ever-renewing itself, and bringing forth abundant fruit for eternal life, – and that mystical tree is the Liturgical Year.
Like every tree, the principal parts of this tree include its root, trunk, crown and fruit.
The root which nourishes this giant tree with its life-giving sap is our Lord’s bloody sacrifice on the Cross which is renewed in an unbloody manner in every Divine Liturgy. The Eucharistic Sacrifice which is offered up at each Divine Liturgy is the soul of our Liturgical Year.
The root nourishes the whole tree, but it is the trunk that bears its entire weight. The trunk of the tree of the Liturgical Year is the events from the life of Jesus Christ made present in the various feasts. Christ is the author and the center of the Liturgical Year.
The natural completion of every tree is its crown, that is, the branches, leaves and blossoms. Similarly, the tree of the Liturgical Year did not limit itself only to the feasts of our Lord, but found its completion in the feasts of the Blessed Mother of God and the saints which constitute its crown.
The evangelist John in the book of Revelation speaks of the “tree of life which brings forth twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations” Revelation (22,2). So it is with our Liturgical Ecclesiastical Year – it is the grace-giving tree of life, which generously imparts to us its spiritual fruits every day, week, month and year. Whoever takes active part in the celebration of feasts of the Liturgical Year will bring forth abundant fruit – the fruit of faith, hope, love of God and neighbor, the fruits of the spirit of prayer and sacrifice and the various virtues without which one cannot become a true Christian.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week–
Sept. 3 -10 by Geri Kolotelo in memory of Louis Kolotelo.

SERBIAN ACCORDION VIRTUOSO – TO VISIT NEPA: Petar Marić, Belgrade-born virtuoso and winner of four world champion titles in accordion performance, will visit three Northeastern Pennsylvania communities this September. First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, will host a concert on Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 p.m. St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Elementary School, 530 East Elm Street, Scranton will host a concert on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. St. George’s Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, 743 South Keyser Avenue, Taylor will host a concert on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. following a Moleben service at 6:00 p.m. Performances are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted. For more information, contact Raphael Micca at 570-301-9253 or email rdmicca@aol.com or Michael Stretanski at 570-287-6554.

RUMMAGE SALE: If you have any items to contribute to the Rummage sale, please bring them to the church or call any member of the Women’s Society. Any household items in good condition are accepted for the sale.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Remember the date Sunday, October 16, 2016 for the Faithful to join with Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka to celebrate your Wedding Anniversaries. Applications are available at the office if you are planning to attend. Deadline for reservations is October 1, 2016.

YEAR OF MERCY HOLY DOOR PILGRIMAGE: The Pilgrimage will give all participants the opportunity to receive the graces and indulgences offered specifically for those who pass through a Holy Door, receive the sacraments of Confession and the Holy Eucharist and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Pilgrimage will be held at SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA October 15, 2016.

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