Saturday, March 25
4:00 PM Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara and Family
Sunday, March 26 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,
Wednesday, March 29
6:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Nanticoke, PA
Friday, March 31 Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Plymouth, PA
Saturday, April 1 God’s Blessing for good health for
` 4:00 PM Ronald Kachinko, from Maryanne Kachinko and Family
1:00 PM Guest Speaker Hugh Owen on “Marriage Made IN Heaven”
Sunday, April 2 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
The mystery of the Annunciation has fundamental significance, for with it begin the New Testament and our salvation. Mankind had waited thousands of years for the good new of the Archangel concerning the incarnation of the son of God. Heaven, earth, and the righteous souls in limbo awaited this good news. On this day God fulfilled his promise to send a redeemer, for on this day the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” In a sermon on the Annunciation, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, we read: “Gabriel was sent to reveal the salvation of the world. Gabriel was sent to bring to Adam the promise of his return from slavery to sin. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin, to restore the honor of womanhood. Gabriel was sent to prepare a worthy bridal chamber for the pure Bridegroom. Gabriel was sent to espouse creature with the Creator. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin betrothed to Joseph, but preserved for the Son. The bodiless servant was sent to the pure Virgin. The one who was free from sin was sent to one exempt from corruption. A lamp was sent to point out the Sun of truth. Morning was sent to precede the light of day. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, who is in the bosom of the Father and in the arms of the Mother. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, Who is seated on a throne at God’s right hand and, at the same time, rests in a lowly manger on earth.”
At the moment of the angel’s annunciation, the Son of God begins the first moments of earthly life in the womb of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. From this momentous fact the privileges of Mary – those of divine motherhood and virginity – clearly emanate.
The celebration of the feast of the Annunciation began in the Eastern Church at the end of the fourth or the beginning of the fifth century. At first, both in the East and the West, it was considered a feast of the Lord as is evident from the names by which it was first known: “The Conception of Christ”, “The Annunciation concerning Christ”. “The Beginning of Redemption”, “The Annunciation”, “ The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary”, “The Day of the Salutation”, “The Day or Feast of the Annunciation”.
In the seventh century, the name was formally established for the entire Eastern Church as “The Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God”, and it was decreed that this feast be celebrated as a Marian feast.
The date March 25, was selected for this feast because it occurs just nine months before the feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25. In addition to this, there existed an ancient tradition that March 25th marked not only the incarnation of the son of God, but also both the creation of the world and the death of Christ on the Cross. The Alexandrian Paschal Chronicle of 624, and also the Paschal Chronicle of Constantinople, from the start of the seventh century, places the feast of the Annunciation on the 25th of March.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week
April 1 – 8 by Mike and Dolores Sinko in memory of parents John & Helen Kurkoski.
FLOWERS: Our thanks to Bruce Fromel for 1 Bouquet of flowers this week in memory of his mother Julia Fromel.
DINNER: Our Parish After Easter Dinner is being held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 2:00 PM in our Church Hall. A Roast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings will be served. Tickets will be available soon. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Donations of Gift items for the Chinese Auction will be greatly appreciated. Save the date to attend this Church function – bring your family and friends.
LUC Meeting: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Center, Edwardsville, PA. This is a specially called session of importance to all Council members to continue planning for the October National Convention being held in Wilkes-Barre.