SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 16, 2020

26 02 2020

Saturday, Feb. 15
4:00 PM ✞Catherine Papula – Mike & Dolores Sinko

Sunday, Feb. 16 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Saturday, Feb. 22
4:00 PM ✞Michael Hubiak – Louise Hubiak, wife

Sunday, Feb. 23 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
3:00 PM FORGIVENESS SUNDAY SERVICES at
SS Cyril & Methodius Church, Berwick, PA
The Great Fast begins at Sundown.
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The 2020 schedule for the Wyoming Valley Laymen Lenten Sunday Stations of the Cross
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 SS PETER AND PAUL, WILKES-BARRE, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 SS PETER AND PAUL, PLYMOUTH, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 15 ST. NICHOLAS, GLEN LYON, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 TRANSFIGURATION, NANTICOKE, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 29 ST. VLADIMIR’S, EDWARDSVILL, PA

SUNDAY OF MEAT-FARE

The Sunday of Meat-fare is also called the Sunday of the Terrible Judgment. In the Gospel today, Christ speaks of the Terrible Judgment, of the reward of the righteous, and the eternal punishment of the wicked. By recalling the manner in which the Terrible Judgment will be carried out, this service is designed to fill us with salutary fear, sorrow for our sins, and to stress the importance of good works, especially works of mercy.
No one shall escape this Judgment. All our deeds will be exposed and rewarded or punished. This is clear from the following stichera, “The books will be opened and the acts of men will be revealed before the unbearable judgment seat; the whole vale of sorrow shall echo with the fearful sound of lamentation, as all the sinners, weeping in vain, are sent by your just judgment to everlasting torment.
Therefore, we beseech you, O compassionate and loving Lord: Spare us who sing your praise, for you alone are rich in mercy.”
“The trumpets shall blow, the graves shall be opened and all men shall rise, their souls being reunited with their finished bodies, trembling greatly, moaning and shaking, as they are separated from the elect and sent to suffering. Therefore, O Lord of glory, be compassionate toward us and make us worthy to be counted among those who love You.”
Everyone shall appear at the Terrible Judgment where there shall be no respect for persons, as the following hymn of the canon of the Matins service of that Sunday makes clear: “The day is approaching, already at the door is the judgment! O Soul, where kings and princes, the rich and the poor gather, where all people shall be judged and receive according to their deeds.”

The practice of the holy great fast

The time of the Great Fast is for every Christian, a time for spiritual combat, in which the soul and body are engaged. The soul engages in this combat by praying and meditating more fervently, keeping watch over the senses; by practicing the virtues and by doing good works. This interior disposition of the soul is manifested outwardly in our body through corporal acts of fasting and penance. There is no spiritual fasting without mortification of the body. “The more you subtract from the body,” says St. Basil the Great, “the more brightness of spiritual health you will add to the soul. For it is not by increasing bodily strength, but by perseverance and patient endurance in trial that we gain strength against the invisible enemies.”
The traditional practice of The Fast in the Church is carried out in two ways; either by total abstinence from all food and drink for a certain period of time, that is fasting in the strict sense of the word; or, by abstaining from certain foods only for a certain period of time, and this kind of fasting is called abstinence.
The greatest relaxation of all fasts in the whole Catholic Church came after the Second Vatican Council. Following the directives of this Council, our Ukrainian Catholic Bishops together with the Major Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Slipyj approved the relaxation of all fasts for our Church, including the Forty Days Fast. A decree on fasting issued by Major Archbishop Joseph in 1966 prescribed that all the faithful are bound to abstain from meat on all the Fridays of the year. Besides this, they are also bound to abstain from meat and dairy products on the first day of Lent and on Great Friday.
This decree also reminds all the faithful of the continuing obligation of prayer, mortification and the cultivation of the spiritual life: “let all these great relaxations,” the final words of the decree states, “be at the same time a strong incentive and encouragement to repent and to avoid sin and offences against God. Let all faithful Christians remember that the prayer has become silent, the practice of fasting has disappeared, and even the memory of it is forgotten. Therefore, let the relaxed fast increase our zeal in prayer, meditation and participation in divine services, almsgiving, labor, frequent Confessions and Holy Communions.”

SANTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUEST THIS WEEK.

TO ORDER FLOWERS: If you wish to order flowers for any occasion, please let the office know and we will order them from Kettler’s Florist. Any size from $30 can be arranged.

PIGGIE DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes- Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020.  Dinners may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Parish School Hall, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Dinner includes Piggies (meat stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert.  Dinners will be $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children (12 and under).  Walk-Ins Welcome but Reservations are encouraged, call (570)829-3051.

Myasopusna 2020: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Myasopusna festival will be held in the church banquet hall (in Nanticoke) this Sunday, February 16, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Dinner tickets are $15 at the door.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting will convene in March. Our parish is the host for Stations of the Cross on Sunday, March 8, 2020 and the meeting will be moved up to Thursday, March 5th at 11:00 AM instead of the regular Tuesday, March 10, because preparations must be made for the Fellowship after the Stations. This is a reminder so that you can please plan to attend the March 5th meeting to help with the set up for the Sunday Stations of the Cross. Your help is needed for this affair.


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