SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER SUNDAY OF THE MAN BORN BLIND MAY 26, 2019

3 06 2019

Saturday, May 25
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, May 26 Sunday of the Man Born Blind
8:30 AM ✞Michael Hubiack – Tamara K. Vrabel

Thursday, May 30 ASCENSION OF OUR LORD – Holy Day of Obligation
Myrovania (anointing with oil)
9:30 AM ✞Gerald Mahaedy – Walter & Carol Rakaczewski

Saturday, June 1
4:00 PM ✞Michael Bigus – Elaine Godumski

Sunday, June 2 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE
8:30 AM 1ST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

RAFFLE TICKETS to create a scholarship fund for our Ukrainian Schools, ARE STILL AVAILABLE THIS WEEK IF YOU WISH TO TAKE A CHANCE TO WIN. TICKETS ARE $10, DRAWING June 14,2019. Prizes awarded will be 1st, 5,000, 2nd, 3,000, and 3rd 2,000.
From the desk of Most Reverend Andriy Rabiy Apostolic Administrator
Ascension of Our Lord
May 30, 2019

MEMORIAL DAY

We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Priest led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here ‘neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you’ve given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.

With Memorial Day approaching, it seemed only appropriate to take a quick look at the history of this unofficial kickoff to summer.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and started as a day to decorate the graves of Civil War (or War Between the States, if you prefer) veterans. Until after World War I, when all war dead were commemorated, the South either did not observe Memorial Day or did so on a different day. In South Carolina, May 10th is still observed as Confederate Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May as part of a consolidation of holidays on Mondays to create 3-day weekends.
The first Decoration Day was proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 to be observed on May 30th, by General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. General Logan had a local Columbia connection, as part of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s occupation force of Columbia; Logan established his headquarters at the Hampton-Preston Mansion on Blanding Street.
When Decoration/Memorial Day started, some communities would hold elaborate ceremonies but over time, this has diminished. Still, at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, all graves are decorated by soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division. Similar projects are carried out at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery outside St. Louis, and the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia.
Today, Memorial Day is regarded as the unofficial kickoff to summer with cookouts, barbecues and other events to signify the occasion. As we fire up the grill, let us remember the true spirit of the occasion
PRAYER FOR DECEASED AMERICAN VETERANS
To be recited on Memorial Day
O God who hast said: “Greater love than this no man hath that a man lay down his life for his brethren”, have mercy on those whom we remember today: those who laid down their lives in behalf of our beloved country, especially those who among their number have shared with us the True Faith. Thou didst call them to risk and even lose their lives for the safety of their brethren, so now preserve them from those terrible torments which await those who die in anger, or whom death surprises unprepared for that solemn moment. Teach us all to love peace and the need to pray and sacrifice for peace among the nations by the return of sinners to Thee. May Our Divine Savior, the Prince of Peace, teach us the lessons of His gospel and preserve us all from the horrors of war with the evil one, and grant us salvation, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 25 – June 1 by Becky Molecavage in memory of her mother Frances Bencho..

HOLY DAY: This Thursday, May 30, 2019, is a Holy Day of obligation, the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven. All parishioners should strive to attend Divine Liturgy on this Holy Day.

LUC MEETING – Father Paul Wolensky, pastor of Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to the beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Jesus Christ Lover of Mankind – on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Review of the mid-May bus trip to New York City, the June 4 Enthronement of His Grace Borys Gudziak as seventh Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA , upcoming religious events, schedule of autumn meetings and fund raising plans will be the primary agenda items. This is a public event of St. Vladimir parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome

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