SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS DECEMBER 16, 2018

24 12 2018

Saturday, Dec. 15 ~ 4:00 PM ✞ Ronald Kachinko from The Parish (1 Year)

Sunday, Dec. 16 ~ 8:30 AM SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Dec. 22 ~ 4:00 PM ✞Steven Havran – Sandra Sydnor

Sunday, Dec. 23 – 8:30 AM SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY OF THE ANCESTORS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Bishop Andriy Rabiy informed the Archeparchy that our sister parish of St. Mary’s in Carteret, NJ has suffered a fire on Monday the 26th of November. The fire began in the boiler room and spread into the sacristy, sanctuary and the nave. The firemen even broke out multiple stained glass windows. At this time the amount of loss is unknown and several priests and parishes have donated items to the parish of St. Mary’s so that they are able to hold their Divine Liturgies at the Ukrainian-American Citizens Club on Roosevelt Ave, Carteret, NJ. Fr. Vasyl Vladyka is grateful to those who have been generous to the parish in this time of great need. If anyone would like to donate to assist the parish you can submit your donation to the Chancery. If you write a check it needs to made out to Ukrainian Catholic    or    Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese and bishop Andriy promises to keep the funds in a special account and released to the parish as needed. As always please keep the parishioners of St. Mary’s in Carteret and Fr. Vasyl in your prayers.

LOTTERY: Mike Sinko reported the lottery ticket sales for Nov.
Tickets sold $5000, Paid out winners $1650. Expenses $95.
Profit of $3255. Thank you Mike
ll things, and lives in all of us.

A Touching Christmas Story

I hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people and grumbled to myself. I would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. Christmas was beginning to become such a drag. I kinda wished that I could just sleep through Christmas. But I hurried the best I could through all the people to the toy department. Once again I kind of mumbled to myself at the prices of all these toys. And wondered if the grandkids would even play with them.
I found myself in the doll aisle. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a little boy about 5 holding a lovely doll. He kept touching her hair and he held her so gently. I could not seem to help myself. I just kept looking over at the little boy and wondered whom the doll was for. I watched him turn to a woman and he called his aunt by name and said, “Are you sure I don’t have enough money” She replied a bit impatiently, “You know that you don’t have enough money for it. The aunt told the little boy not to go anywhere that she had to go get some other things and would be back in a few minutes. And then she left the aisle. The boy continued to hold the doll.
After a bit I asked the boy whom the doll was for. He said, “It is the doll my sister wanted so badly for Christmas. She just knew that Santa would bring it.” I told him that maybe Santa was going to bring it. He said “No, Santa can’t go where my sister is…I have to give the doll to my Momma to take to her”. I asked him where his sister was.
He looked at me with the saddest eyes and said, “She has gone to be with Jesus”. My Daddy says that Momma is going to have to go be with her. My heart nearly stopped beating. Then the boy looked at me again and said, “I told my Daddy to tell Momma not to go yet. I told him to tell her to wait till I got back from the store”. Then he asked me if I wanted to see his picture. I told him I would love to. He pulled out some pictures he’d had taken at the front of the store. He said “I want my Momma to take this with her so she don’t ever forget me.” “I love my Momma so very much and I wish she did not have to leave me”. “But Daddy says she will need to be with my sister.”
I saw that the little boy had lowered his head and had grown so very quiet. While he was not looking I reached into my purse and pulled out a handful of bills. I asked the little boy, “Shall we count that money one more time?” He grew excited and said, “Yes, I just know it has to be enough”. So I slipped my money in with his and we began to count it.
(Continued)

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 15 – 22 in memory of by Albert Piston in memory of Arlene Jones.
Last week the Sanctuary Light was in memory of Mike and Mary Sinko. My mistake, I had only Mary Sinko. Sorry.

NATIVITY SET UP: The Nativity set up is scheduled for THIS Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 PM. We are asking for all the help we can get to do this beautiful scene. The more help we get the faster it will be accomplished. Please try to be at the church about 1:00 PM.

☺BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: The Parish Family wishes Happy Birthday to our youngest parishioner, Jude Schappert who will celebrate his 3rd Birthday on Sunday, December 16th, requested by all of his family. God’s blessing on Jude on his day and always.

CHURCH: The men and women who came out to clean the church last Thursday did a great job. May God bless you for your time and energy to keep our church in good condition.

ASK FATHER A QUESTION?  Father, Why are there two Gospels? Are there two Epistles?  When a major Holy Day falls on a Sunday, the priest has the option to celebrate both the feast of Resurrection, because every Sunday is a “little” Resurrection, and the Feast Day OR to simply celebrate the Resurrectional Sunday.  It is most proper to celebrate both.  In celebration of both Feasts, all of the church propers, (Tropar, Kondak, Prokimen, Alleluia Verses, Epistle, Gospel, Irmos, Communion Verse), which are unique to each Sunday and each major Feast are both sung.  You will notice that it is not only two Epistles and two Gospels, but there are two themes in all of the proper’s.  I am guessing that your past experience has been that the priest has only taken one Epistle and one Gospel on most or all of the Holy Days that fell on a Sunday.  Your past priest was probably always taking the option of celebrating the Resurrectional Sunday.  The church rule is this:  Because every Sunday is a “little” Resurrection, the Resurrectional propers which include the Epistles and Gospels always take higher precedence on such days.  The priest is afforded the option of either celebrating both Feasts – Resurrection and the major Feast Day OR just the Resurrectional/Sunday.  I, Father Walter, choose to celebrate both Feasts on all these occasions, because I feel it is most fitting and glorifying to God to thank Him for all the Feast Days.  This affords us the option of reading one Epistle or both.  Sometimes space does not allow us to “fit” both Epistles due to their length, so we read the one Epistle of Sunday. 


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