RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD ~ EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 16, 2017

14 04 2017

Saturday, April 15 HOLY SATURDAY
6:00 PM Procession / Resurrection Matins / Easter Divine Liturgy Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, April 16 EASTER SUNDAY – EASTER DIVINE LITURGY
11:30 AM Anointing of Holy Oil – Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Bright Monday, April 17
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Wednesday, April 19
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania; + Irene Kowal 40 days – Olympia Pasicznyk
Bright Friday, April 21
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania +Paul Kachinko – Cheryl Kachinko & Family
Saturday, April 22 BRIGHT SATURDAY Distribution of Artos –
4:00 PM Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
Health and God’s blessings Alyssa Baumann from Nelson & Donna Warren
Sunday, April 23 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
8:30 AM Distribution of Artos – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

ANYONE WHO CANNOT WALK IN THE PROCESSION – PLEASE, IF YOU CAN LEAVE THE CHURCH AND REMAIN OUTSIDE BY THE DOOR OR IN THE CRYING ROOM. THE EMPTY CHURCH REPRESENTS THE EMPTY TOMB OF OUR LORD. THANK YOU.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 15- 22 by Becky Molecavage in memory of her mother Frances Bencho.
Altar flowers: Our thanks to Cheryl Kachinko for the bouquet of flowers donated for Friday of this week in memory of Paul Kachinko.

FLOWERS: To all who contributed in their Easter flowers envelopes to help with the purchase of the Easter Lilies, many thanks and God’s Blessing for you.

THANKS: Our thanks to all who were so kind to donate their time for the preparation of our church services and helping in any way to make this Holy Season joyous for all to give praise to our Risen Christ.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Bring your family and friends for this dinner to celebrate the Easter Season. Deadline for tickets is April 27th. No tickets will be sold at the door. Chairman of the Chinese Auction is Mary Ann Kachinko. Your donations are appreciated.

DONATIONS: We express our sincere thanks for the donations received: From Stephen and Gloria Udiski $25 each toward the Sitchar (Alb). $100 donated to the parish Building Fund from Mike and Helen Kowalick. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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PALM SUNDAY APRIL 9, 2017

6 04 2017

Saturday, April 8 ✞Steve Kowalick – Mike & Helen Kowalick
4:00 PM Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil

Sunday, April 9 PALM SUNDAY – Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, April 12
4:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts – Plymouth, PA

Thursday, April 13 HOLY THURSDAY
3:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels

Friday, April 14 Good Friday
1:00 PM Vespers – Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ

Saturday, April 15 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets (Church Hall)
6:00 PM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine
Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania, Food blessing.

Sunday, April 16 EASTER SUNDAY – EASTER DIVINE LITURGY
11:30 AM Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil and Food blessing.

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Appreciation: We thank all who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciative. God’s blessing to all.

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS Saturday before Palm Sunday
Every day of the Great Fast has its special liturgical features. The same must be said of its Saturdays and Sundays which are dedicated to some event in the life of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother and the Church or the Saints.
The special characteristic of the sixth week of the Forty Days Fast is that it spiritually prepares us for two great and glorious events in the life of Jesus Christ: the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead to which are dedicated the Saturday before Palm Sunday, and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem of our Lord Jesus Christ, which the Church celebrates on Palm Sunday, also known as Flowery Sunday.
In our liturgical books this week bears the name – the Week of Palms (i.e., palm branches), flowers or blossom-bearing week. The dominant theme of the services of this week is the ending of the Great Fast and the preparation of the faithful for the great miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead and Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen also our faith in the divinity of Christ and our sharing in Jesus’ resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day Lazarus from the dead, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. He Himself assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, shall live!”

The spiritual meaning of Palm Sunday
The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory. Accordingly, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead and by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, gave them clear proof of His Divinity. When He entered Jerusalem, the entire city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.’”
The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, within a few days would be crying out: “Crucify Him.”
Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to joyfully enter into everlasting triumph.

Finally, my brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise. Live according to what you have learned and accepted, what you have heard me say and seen me do. Then will the God of peace be with you.

Transfiguration of Our Lord (Nanticoke) HOLY WEEK
Holy Monday, April 10, 6:30PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Tuesday, April 11 6:30PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Thursday, April 13 6:30PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord.
Passion Friday, April 14 5:30PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.
Holy Saturday, April 15 3:00PM Blessing of Paschal Food (in parish hall).
Resurrection of our Lord – Pascha, April 16 7:00AM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania.
Bright Tuesday, April 18 9:00AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Thursday, April 20 9:00AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

A Prayer For Palm Sunday
On this day of great rejoicing, Lord Christ, when we welcome You as our King and Savior, we also walk in the shadow of Your cross. Hosanna! We cry. Blessed are You who comes in God’s name to save us. Hosanna!
Strengthen our faith on this Palm Sunday so that when the time comes to carry the cross we might still call out to You with heartfelt praise. Give us the grace and the courage to follow You this Holy Week from death to resurrection, from darkness to the fullness of light. We need You, O Christ, our Savior. Hosanna! Amen.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 4 – 15 by Geri Kolotelo in memory of her mother Anna Kolotelo.

DONATION REQUEST: Father Walter had to purchase a new Stichar (Alb, the white garment for under vestments). The cost is $170. If anyone would like to make a donation toward the cost it would be greatly appreciated.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 3:00 PM, Good Friday, 1:00 PM and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday, 6:00 PM. Help will be needed to set up the grave after the Holy Thursday evening services. Try to lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spend with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM.

ROAST BEEF DINNER: Our parish family will sponsor a Roast Beef dinner on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in the Church Hall. Tickets are available and reservations must be made. No tickets will be sold at the door. The dinner will consist of Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetable, kilbosi, red beets, mushrooms, dessert and beverage. Our request for desserts of any kind will be appreciated. Chinese Auction gifts are also needed. Tickets are $15 Adults and $8 ages 8-12. Hope to see all our parishioners, their friends and family there to share a day of friendship.





THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS MARCH 19, 2017

6 04 2017

Saturday, March 18
4:00 PM ✞Leonard Lotrick – Wife Catherine Lotrick

Sunday, March 19 THIRD 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 – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA

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Wednesday, March 22
6:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Nanticoke, Pa

Friday, March 24
9:00 AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Plymouth, PA

Saturday, March 25 ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS
4:00 PM

Sunday, March 26 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – Holy Transfiguration, Nanticoke, PA

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VENERATION OF THE CROSS

The third Sunday of Lent is dedicated to the adoration of the holy Cross, the sign of Christ’s victory over Satan and human passions.
The Church displays the holy Cross to strengthen her children in their work of salvation and to be true followers of a Crucified Lord and save their immortal soul.
The Feast of the Veneration of the Cross-reminds us of our obligation to love and venerate the Holy Cross, because it is an “invincible victory of religion, gate to paradise, fortress of the faithful and defense of the Church.” On this Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, the Church invites us to join in by singing “Krestu Tvoyemu” – “We honor your Cross, O Lord, and glorify your holy Resurrection” and thus honor the holy cross, the symbol of our faith and redemption.

THE MEANING OF THE CROSS

With the sign of the cross, we profess our belief in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, that is, one God in Three Persons – God the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. We express our love and gratitude to Christ for the great work of Redemption, that is, for saving us from hell and opening the gates of heaven. We profess our faith in Christ who redeemed us on the cross. It is the symbol of our Christian faith. It is the summary of the Gospel message. It is the seal of the Christian doctrine. There is no true Christianity without the cross.
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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.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week March 11 – 25 by in memory of.

THANKS: We wish to thank all of our great workers who helped with the fellowship following the Deanery Stations of the Cross last Sunday. Also a special thanks for all the monetary, food and desserts donated. Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated. All who attended enjoyed a great fellowship, a praise to our Parish.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular meeting for the Women’s Society will be conducted in the Church Hall on Tuesday, March 21ST at 6:30 PM. President Anna Magill will preside. All members are asked to please attend to discuss plans for the Roast Beef Dinner in May.