16 09 2019

Saturday, Sept. 14
4:00 PM ✞Leonard Karabon – Rosemarie Kachinko

8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Saturday, Sept. 21
4:00 PM ✞Mary Ambrose – Parishioners

8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Date Change – The Divine Liturgy and You: Deepening our Understanding of Community and the Individual in Prayer” will be the topic of the afternoon presentation by Father Morozowich on Sunday, September 29, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue. Cosponsored by the nine Ukrainian Catholic parishes of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Deanery and the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the event is of special interest to the faithful of both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. The educational event is open to the general public – everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
When I Whine


I may never see tomorrow;
There’s no written guarantee
and things that happened yesterday
belong to history.

I cannot predict the future
I cannot change the past
I have just the present moments
I must treat them as my last.

I must use this moment wisely
For it soon will pass away
And be lost forever
As part of yesterday.

I must exercise compassion
Help the fallen to their feet
Be a friend unto the friendless
Make an empty life complete.

The unkind things I do today
May never be undone
And friendships that I fail to win
May nevermore be won.

I may not have another chance
On bended knee to pray
And I thank God with a humble heart
For giving me this day.

In case you don’t know what that title means, IC XC are abbreviations (in both Greek and Slavonic) for the name Jesus Christ. NIKA is a Greek verb that means “conquers” (perhaps “is victorious” is better, though not as grammatically accurate). Why am I giving you a lesson in Greek words and abbreviations? First of all, it will help you understand a few things you may see in the Eastern Christian tradition. On icons of Christ, you will always find somewhere the IC XC. If you look carefully when a Byzantine Catholic or Orthodox priest gives a blessing, you’ll see (if they’re doing it correctly) that they form the fingers of their right hand into the letters IC XC. So we always bless with the sign of the Cross and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the Liturgy, the priest facing the people holds his hand so that the fingers make the letters IC XC and gives the cross to the faithful who then receive the cross. This is why from the priest’s perspective during the blessing his hand goes to his left first but to the people facing him, to their right first [actually the Priest is asking God to give the people a blessing]. Here is the meaning, the priest presents the cross to the person and the person picks up, or takes up, their cross willing. The cross is never imposed on a person, they take it up willingly.


The Mystery of the Cross, is the Mystery of Mysteries. How can the Source of Life die, the Creator of all exclaim, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” This is the kenosis (self emptying) of the Son of God, who emptied Himself, took the form of a servant and became obedient unto death, even to death of the Cross. Mankind, who is accustomed to asking why, is completely lost. The Mystery of the Cross is the Mystery of Atonement and wonder: “Let every creature remain silent and adore.” For the message of the Cross is complete absurdity for those who are heading to ruin, but to those who are experiencing salvation, it is the Power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18). If we ask why, the only answer we receive is that of St. John, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not perish, but have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16). Up until the sixth century, Christians were forbidden to depict Christ on the Cross, because the Cross was the punish­ment of slaves. The first time it appeared was through some Syrian monks living in Narbonne, France, and from whence it spread.
No one is exempt from the cross; not even the Blessed Virgin, who carried her cross from Christ’s birth in Bethlehem to Golgotha, where she stood at her Son’s side, as He hung on the Cross. The closer we are to Christ, the heavier is our cross for, as St. Paul says, “Those whom He foreknew, He predestined to share the Image of His Son, so that the Son might be the first-born of many brothers.” (Rom. 8:29
Bows and Blessings: We venerate (bow in front of) and make the sign of the cross many times during the Liturgy as a sign of our faith and the willing taking up of our own cross and the accepting of God’s blessings. As a rule, we bow slightly and bless ourselves every time we mention the persons of the Trinity by name or the priest blesses the congregation. We also bow and sign ourselves whenever we enter or leave the church.
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A reminder; Fr. Walter is away this week for the Archeparchial Priest’s Retreat in Longbranch, NJ. In case of an emergency contact any Catholic priest. If necessary I will return early, call the cell phone.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week September 14-21 by M/M Jack Huff for God’s blessing for good health of their son Jackson Huff.

CRAFT SALE: SS Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Warren St., Berwick, PA is sponsoring a Craft Sale on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Food & baked goods will be available to either dine in or take out. Vendors are welcome – $15 per 8” table, if interested please contact Janina Everett 570-759-2824 or email

RUMMAGE SALE – Just a reminder – The Parish Women’s Society will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale Friday & Saturday, October 11/12 and Bag Day, Sunday, Oct. 13. If you have any items to contribute to this sale please bring your articles to the Church. Baked goods will be sold at the sale and a variety of foods. Any donations you can make for this sale will be greatly appreciated especially your wonderful baked desserts.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The lottery tickets are available, please do your part and purchase a few.



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