SUNDAY OF THE fathers of the first ecumenical council MAY 13, 2018

15 05 2018

Saturday, May 12 MOTHER’S DAY
4:00 PM All Living and Deceased Mothers of the Parish

Sunday, May 13 SUNDAY OF THE fathers of the
8:30 AM first ecumenical council
✞Michael Hubiack – Vera Hubick

Week Days 10 AM At Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
May 14 – 18

Saturday, May 19
4:00 PM ✞Bernard Kachinko – Wife Mary Ann Kachinko & Family

Sunday, May 20 Descent of the Holy Spirit – Pentecost Sunday
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovonia

Sunday, 2:00 PM Panakhyda at Parish Cemetery GREEN SUNDAY: The Feast of the Pentecost is the day to pay our respects to our deceased. Father Walter will celebrate the Panakhyda Services at the Cemetery on this day, May 13 at 2:00 PM. Try to be in attendance to pray for your family or friends who have fallen asleep to their eternal rest.

MOTHER – THE BEAUTIFUL CREATURE 
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At the dawn of every life, at the birth of every child, there is always a joyous thought that brings memories of care, affection and also pains and anxiety,  but all add up to a poem of Love.
Every person carries with himself, the seal of this Love and remembers the maternal tenderness which is very hard to remove from the heart.
Over the years, even when our hair turns gray, there remains the distant memories and the strong desire to see once again her, who carries the affectionate name of Mother. Her name is a fountain of peaceful thoughts, generosity, serenity and Love.
We always talk nice about our Mother and we always speak highly of her merits and good guidance and when she is gone, a veil of sadness surrounds our hearts.
There is a legend that says that since God could not be physically present amongst all His people at all times; he created Mothers to take His place. Looking at the smile on the face of a Mother as she looks at her baby explains it very clearly.
If we look at Nature we see so much beauty: the People, the Mountains, the Oceans, Rivers, Trees, the Flowers, Stars and the Birds….
But the Sun doesn’t shine on anyone more beautiful than you, 
Thanks for filling this World with so much genuine love

MOTHERS! With sincere admiration,
love and respect to all of you, Mothers.

Many Blessings for a joyous,
happy mother’s day!

SUNDAY OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
MAY 13, 2018

This Sunday we are reminded of the first universal Council assembled at Nicea in 325. The Council was convened by the first Christian Emperor Constantine the Great and the sanction of Pope Sylvester I. 318 Bishops, mostly Eastern, under the presidency of Hosius and two Roman priests, legates of the Holy See, took part in the council.
The Holy Fathers of the Church are the eminent preachers, writers and defenders of the Faith distinguished by the following three characteristics: Personal sanctity, solidity (Orthodoxy) of their teaching in all their writings, sermons, and antiquity.
The most prominent Fathers of the Eastern Church are: St. Irenaeus, St. Athanasius, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John Chrysostom and St. Ephrem. The Church commemorates the remembrance of these valiant defenders of the faith to remind her faithful of their duty to defend the treasure or their faith against any possible attack and to live according to its maxims and principles.

PRAYER

We are in this world to know, to love and to serve God that we may obtain eternal salvation.
Sanctity of life and eternal happiness are the expression of the Will of God in our behalf. This is the end for which Divine Omnipotence has created us to His own image and likeness, and endowed us with the faculties of memory, understanding and free will. To attain this eternal joy it is necessary that we possess the true faith, have a childlike confidence in God, keep His commandments, receive the sacraments worthily, pray frequently, war against our evil inclination, conform to the Will of God in our regard and persevere in doing good.
The grace of God is absolutely necessary for the practice of these virtues. God, though infinitely good, does not give equally great graces to all. Nevertheless, He wills that all men be saved, therefore He gives to each individual, even the greatest sinner, sufficient grace for his salvation. It is impossible for anyone to save his soul without this grace. Prayer is the channel through which all grace is given us.
Our Blessed Savior commands us “to pray always.” When illness or affliction strike us, we find consolation and solace in prayer; when trial, tribulations and sorrow enter our lives, prayer alone will ease the burden. Thus, Let us always place ourselves into God’s loving Providence by constant prayer.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
O heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art in all places and fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come, dwell within us and cleanse us of all stain. O gracious Lord,
Save our souls.

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED TRINITY
O most holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O lord, cleanse us of our sins; Master, forgive our transgressions, O holy One, visit us and heal our infirmities for the sake of Thy name.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 12 – 19 by Halloway Family in memory of.Michael Halloway.

THANK YOU: Many thanks to Audrie Dubinsky for the Cemetery Donation of $100 in memory of her parents Emily & Leon Woss. God’s blessing for your generous contribution.

LUC: Father Walter Pasicznyk, pastor of Plymouth’s SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to the beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Christ, Lover of Mankind – on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Plans for fund raising, the annual summer picnic and the October National Convention in Buffalo/Amherst, New York will be the primary agenda items. This is a public event of SS. Peter and Paul parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.

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