SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 8, 2020

6 03 2020

Saturday, March 7
4:00 PM ✞Mary Ambrose – Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, March 8 SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.
Plymouth, PA
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Wednesday, March 11
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 14
4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey – Dempsey Children

Sunday, March 15 THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon
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Take a lesson from your clock.
It passes the time by keeping its little hands busy.

The Prayer of St. Ephraim
O Lord and Master of my life, spare me from the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and love.
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brothers; for You are blessed now and forever and ever.  Amen

Lessons on Life
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.
When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. 
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so
sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with
fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.
He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the
beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. 
Moral:
Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come
some time.
Live Simply. Love Generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly.  Leave the Rest to God.
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers the sick of the parish..
Always pray to have eyes that see the best,
A heart that forgives the worst,
A mind that forgets the bad,
And a soul that never loses faith.

THE EIGHTBEATITUDES & THEIR MEANINGS
RECITE ONLY THE UNDERLINED.

#1 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
#2 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
#3 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
#4 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
#5 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (We
#6 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
#7 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
#8 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

REFKECTIONS OF THE BEATITUDES

1 (Be satisfied with what you have. Share the good things we have with others because God wants us to.)
2 (Comfort those who are suffering. Help others feel better about themselves after a loss.)
3 (Humility-a true sense of who you are. Get the ego out of the way.)
4 (Do what is fair for everyone. Think WWJD)
5 (We forgive those who are unkind to us. Look for ways to show kindness to others.)
6 (We do what is right just because we know it is the right thing to do.)
7 (We try to bring God’s peace to the world. We control our behavior so people can see Jesus in us.)
8 (We are willing to stand up for God’s laws even if we are teased or insulted.)

Second Sunday of Lent
The second Sunday of Lent is called “Sunday of the palsied Man.” Men must repent for their sins. If they want to be forgiven Christ cannot heal our soul if we do not repent for having offended God by our iniquities. The Church leads us in pious exercises of prayer and fasting because our weakness can be healed by them.

SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
On this day we celebrate the memory of our holy father Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica

WELCOME FATHER MAKAR FOR THE SERVICES THIS WEEKEND.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No Request

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Our Parish will be the host for the Deanery Stations of the Cross this Sunday and fellowship afterward. It would be nice to see our parishioners attending this Lenten Service.

MAY LOTTERY: The May Lottery tickets are available and you are asked to be cooperative in buying and trying to sell some of the tickets.

Happy Birthday Father Walter. May God bless you with many more Happy, Healthy Years. Mnohya Lita!

LUC MEETING: The North Anthracite Council of the LUC will meet on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm at Grotto Pizza, Edwardsville. Discussion will include the March 27 to 29 Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Villa Spiritual Center, Sloatsburg, NY; the May 16 bus trip to New York City; and, the September 2020 National Convention in Upstate New York hosted by the Niagara Frontier Council. A warm invitation is extended to all parishioners of our Anthracite Deanery to become members of the LUC to further the richness and beauty of our Ukrainian Greek Catholic heritage. For further information contact Janina Everett, Membership Coordinator

TIME CHANGE: Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour thisSunday, at 2:00 AM. This is the beginning of Day Light Saving Time

LENTEN RETREAT: A Spiritual Lenten Retreat, Sponsored by the League of Ukrainian Catholics will be held March 27 – 29, 2020 at St. Mary’s Villa, Sloatsburg, NY. Retreat Master Msyr. Martin Canavan. Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Basil Seminary, Stanford, CT. Fee is $180 which includes meals, room and program. Contact Marion Hrubec


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