30 06 2022

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

June 12, 2022

Saturday, June 11

4:00 PM                      ✞Joseph Onerko – Wife Ann Marie Onderko                             Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sunday, June 12 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners  Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

     Saturday, June 18 

4:00 PM       God’s Blessings & Good Health for all Living Fathers and Eternal Rest to all Deceased Fathers of our Parish

        Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus                          

        Sunday, June 19 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

        8:30 AM FATHER’S DAY 

God’s Blessings & Good Health for all Living Fathers

and Eternal Rest to all Deceased Fathers of our Parish Petitions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

PRAYERS:Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish – at home, in Nursing Facilities and Hospitals. 

Do not be discouraged if it seems that there is no response to your prayers at this time. God always responds. Lord, Your wisdom always responds to my needs with unceasing peace and love and when I listen and give thanks I am blessed with results that bring goodness to me in better ways than I expect.

SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

The Sunday after Pentecost Sunday is called the Feast Day of All Saints. Every day in the Church calendar has a list of Saints, some famous and great, and some not so famous. In the eyes of God all Saints are great, some we know more about and have become more popular than others. For example, many men and women struggled during the American Revolution, but we are aware of only certain ones, like George Washington and some of his officers, the same is true for the roll call of Saints in the Christian Church.

Each man, woman and child in the great history of the Church who witnessed for Christ is regarded a Saint by the Church. Since we have no way of knowing all of them and since the list of Saints has increased many times over and continues to do so, our Church sets aside the Sunday after Pentecost as the Feast Day for All Saints.

We are obliged, not only to venerate the saints and to seek the assistance of the saints, but also to imitate their life and holiness. All Christians are called to holiness by virtue of the sacrament of Baptism. Every person, regardless of status and condition of life, can become a Saint and is duty-bound to Jesus Christ without exception when He said: “Therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father in Heaven is perfect.” St. Paul also reminds us of our duty to pursue holiness: “This is the will of God – your sanctification.”

What is holiness? Holiness is living according to the commandments of God and the Church; it is the daily fulfillment of God’s will, constant fidelity to the duties of one’s state, or more briefly – holiness is the Gospel translated into action, i.e. lived.

All the saints are very close to us for they, like us, were once citizens of our earth and are of our own flesh and bone. They are members of the same Church as we are, although they belong to the Church Triumphant while we still struggle as members of the Church Militant, the Church on earth. They are not indifferent to our welfare and salvation. Hence, there exists no doubt that they readily hear all our petitions and prayers and gladly present them before the throne of God.

The saints in heaven, then, are God’s beloved and intimate friends; and our protectors, intercessors and benefactors; our guides and models on the path to virtue and sanctity.

Tomorrow is not promised

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose; teach you a lesson, or help figure out who you are, and who you want to become. You never know who these people may be: your neighbor, child, long lost friend, or even a stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life, in some profound way. 

And sometimes things happen to you, and at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize, that without overcoming those obstacles, you would have never realized your potential strength, or your hearts desire. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, as well as experiencing sheer stupidity; all occur to test your soul. Without these small tests, whether they are events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a paved straight flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless. 

The people you meet who affect your life, and the successes and downfalls you experience, create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from; in fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them; for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart… If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love, and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them. 

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment, and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again… Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually hear. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high… Hold your head up, because you have every right too. Tell yourself God created you with love and believe in yourself… for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. Live your life! “Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last… Tomorrow is Not Promised.”

Author Unknown

SANCTUARY LIGHT: 

The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week June 11- 18 by Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of Ronald Kachinko. 

WOMEN’S SOCIETY:The Parish Women’s Society will hold their last meeting until September in the parish hall on Tuesday June, 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm. All members please try to attend and new members are always welcome. The future fundraiser will be discussed and any new business to proceed. Come join you parish organization.

LASAGNA DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will hold a Lasagna Dinner on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in their school hall on the corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, near the General Hospital Parkade in Wilkes-Barre.  This dinner will be Take-Out Only and Pre-Orders are strongly encouraged.  Dinners will be $15 and will include; a generous portion of meat lasagna, garden salad, bread and dessert.  Place your order by calling the School Hall Kitchen (570) 829-3051.  Pick-Ups will be from 4:00 to 7:00pm.  Tickets will also be sold for a Basket Raffle.  Remember…When Baba Cooks, Everybody’s Happy!


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