FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS May 27, 2018

23 05 2018

Saturday, May 26 Petitions to the Mother of God after Divine Liturgy
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, May 27 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Petitions to the Mother of God after Divine Liturgy

Saturday, June 2
4:00 PM VJohn Sirak – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, June 3 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
3:00 PM Moleben followed by LUCC Meeting in the Church Hall
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Father Walter will be away from Friday the 8th of June until Monday the 18th of June. Father George Worschak will substitute for both weekends, June 9/10 and 18/17. The same Divine Liturgy schedules will be celebrated. Emergency contacts will be announced in the future bulletins.

DIVINE LITURGIES: When you remember someone dear to you, either in honor of, deceased, someone ill or in a nursing facility or for any special intention, why not consider having a Divine Liturgy for them. Prayers are always helpful to everyone.

SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

The Sunday after Pentecost Sunday is called the Feast Day of All Saints. Every day in the Church calendar has a list of Saints, some famous and great, and some not so famous. In the eyes of God all Saints are famous and great, some we know more about and have become more popular than others. For example, many men and women struggled during the American Revolution, but we are aware of only the most famous and popular, like George Washington and his officers the same is true for the roll call of Saints in the Christian Church.
Each man, woman and child in the great history of the Church who witnessed for Christ is regarded a Saint by the Church. Since we have no way of knowing all of them, and since the list of Saints has increased many times over and continues to do so, our Church sets aside the Sunday after Pentecost as the Feast Day for All Saints.
We are obliged, not only to venerate the saints and to seek the assistance of the saints, but also to imitate their life and holiness. All Christians are called to holiness by virtue of the sacrament of Baptism. Every person, regardless of status and condition of life, can become a Saint and is duty-bound to people without exception when He said: “Therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” St. Paul also reminds us of our duty to pursue holiness: “This is the will of God – your sanctification.”
What is holiness? Holiness is living according to the commandments of God and the Church; it is the daily fulfillment of God’s will, constant fidelity to the duties of one’s state, or more briefly – holiness is the Gospel translated into action.
All the saints are very close to us for they, like us, were once citizens of our earth and are of our own flesh and bone. They are members of the same Church as we are, although they belong to the Church Triumphant while we still struggle as members of the Church on earth or the Church Militant. They are not indifferent to our welfare and salvation. Hence, there exists no doubt that they readily listen to all our petitions and prayers and gladly present them before the throne of God.
The saints in heaven, then, are God’s beloved and intimate friends; and our protectors, intercessors and benefactors; our guides and models on the path to virtue and sanctity.

Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives and blood of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.


Prayer for Our Nation
Dear God, As we face these uncertain times in our nation, we ask you, Lord, to dwell among us. We are comforted by the knowledge that You alone are our Savior and Lord, and the ultimate Master of life. We trust our nation to Your loving care, Lord. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. Give us Your light and Your truth to guide us in our ways so that we may seek Your will in our lives and impact the world around us for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 26 – June 3 – Prayers for all deceased Veterans of SS Peter & Paul Parish by a Veteran parishioner.

Green Sunday Remembrance: Two envelopes were omitted from the list of names for Pentecost Green Sunday in error: Requested by Mary Ann Kachinko for Bernard Kachinko, Michael Kachinko, John Blazosek, Mary Blazosek, Kathrine Kachinko, Paul Kachinko and Ron Kachinko. A request by Anna Magill for Ann Dempsey, Joseph Dempsey, Eliza Burke, Frank Dempsey, Donald Magill and Bernice Magill. Sorry for the error. They will be prayed for.

THANK YOU: Our sincere thanks to Gary Pstrak for his donation of $250 for the Parish Cemetery Care in memory of the Pstrak Family, Maksym, Julie, Ann, Steph, Mary, Michael, John, Joseph & Peter requested by Gary Pstrak.

CARNATION SALE: The Carnation project for the Pro Life Center was a nice offering to the Center in the amount of $97 from our parish. Thank you for your support.

LUC: Father Walter Pasicznyk 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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