9 11 2016

Saturday, Nov. 12
4:00 PM ✞ Pricilla Kowalick – Michael & Helen Kowalick

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Nov. 17
9:00 AM ✞Francis Kuczeriawa – Father Walter Pasicznyk

Saturday, Nov. 19
4:00 PM ✞Sandy Elko – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Preparatory Season for the Nativity of Our Lord – The Phillipian Fast– Phillip’s Fast, Nativity Fast, Byzantine Advent – terms designating the 40 day preparation period before the Christmas / Theophany season.  It begins at sundown on November 14th (when the Church begins a new day) and concludes at Christmas. Please remember to – Pray, Fast, live well, and give alms during this time.

The King’s Highway 

Once a king had a great highway built for the members of his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a contest. He invited as many as desired to participate. Their challenge was to see who could travel the highway the best.
On the day of the contest the people came. Some of them had fine chariots; some had fine clothing, fine hairdos, or great food. Some young men came in their track clothes and ran along the highway. People traveled the highway all day, but each one, when he arrived at the end, complained to the king that there was a large pile of rocks and debris left on the road at one spot and this got in their way and hindered their travel.
At the end of the day, a lone traveler crossed the finish line warily and walked over to the king. He was tired and dirty, but he addressed the king with great respect and handed him a bag of gold. he explained, “I stopped along the way to clear a pile of rocks and debris that was blocking the road. This bag of gold was under it all. I want you to return it to its rightful owner.”
The king replied, “You are the rightful owner.”
The traveler replied, “Oh no, this is not mine. I’ve never known such money.”
“Oh yes,” said the king, “you’ve earned this gold, for you won my contest. He who travels the road best is he who makes the road smoother for those who will follow.”
Author Unknown

Who do you say that I am?
Meditations for the Pre-Christmas Fast, Christmas, and Theophany
“But you”, He said, “Who do you say that I am?” Then Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ,” he said, “the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15,16
“Who do you say that I am?” Was there ever such a penetrating question? Our answer to this question reveals not only who we think Christ is, but also who we are. Many of those who first heard Jesus ask this question were men and women of the Law. This is why they thought Jesus only a prophet. But Simon Peter could truly see Jesus for Who He Is. In his answer Peter revealed himself to be a man of God.
What of our answers to the question of Jesus? What do our answers say about us? Are we men  filled with the Holy Spirit? One of the most ancient titles Christians give themselves was “Christ-bearers.” From the very first we have been aware that we are called “to bear the mysteries of God,” to bear Christ to the world. As we prepare to greet Christ in His Nativity and His Baptism in the Jordan, we should look to our life. Do we bear Christ in all of our life, or only in those parts of our life we consider “religious” or “spiritual”?
The pre-Nativity fast is often called “Phillip’s Fast” because it begins on the day after the feast of St. Phillip.  The fast was introduced to prepare the Church for a worthy celebration of the great and holy day of the Birth of Christ. The regulations for the fast were far more lenient than the Great Fast before Pascha.  Only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday were days of strict fasting without meat, dairy products or oil (in Slavic countries).  On Sundays fish was permitted.  Laymen were at first permitted to eat fish on other days, too, until the monastic rigoristic influence prevailed.  It is interesting to observe that the famous 12th century Byzantine canonist Balsamon expressed the opinion that it would be enough if laymen fasted only one week before Christmas.  In 1958 a modern Greek author, Christos M. Enislides, welcomes Balsamon’s suggestion and believes that the best solution would be for the Church at large to abstain from meat and dairy products for 33 days.  During the last seven days of the fast everybody should observe the strict fast.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Nov. 12– 19 by Vera Hubick in memory of her husband Peter Hubick.

FLOWERS: Our thanks for the bouquets of flowers this week: 1 Bouquet donated by Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of their daughter Sandra Elko and 1 Bouquet donated by Becky Molecavage in memory of her father Dimitri Bencho.

CEMETERY FUND: We wish to thank Michael Shipula for his donation of $100 to our Parish Cemetery Fund in memory of his parents Anthony & Phyloretta Shipula.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: We wish to extend our Best Wishes to Anna Bosack who celebrated her 94th Birthday on Monday, November 14th and to Helen Youelles who will celebrate her 97th Birthday on November 29th. Many more Happy, Healthy Years. Mnohya Lita!

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Rummage sale was a huge success thanks to all who contributed to the sale. The Net received was $4200 and bills are to be paid. Many thanks. to all the Bakers, the help and all who participated in this sale,

PYROHI PROJECT: Please place your order if you did not do so. The amount of Pyrohys to be prepared is limited to 400 dozen. The cut off for orders is Nov. 23rd. Pyrohys will be $7 a doz. and the date for pick up is Tuesday, November 29th after 11:00 AM. Preparation will begin on Monday, November 28th at 10:00 AM and the filling of orders on Tuesday, November 29th at 8:00 AM. REMEMBER, HELP IS NEEDED TO DO THIS PROJECT. TRY TO COME AND DO YOUR PART.



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