SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 24, 2017

21 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 23
4:00 PM ✞Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, December 24 ~ Sunday Before Christmas – 8:30 AM
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Monday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Tuesday, Dec. 26 SYNAXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
9:00AM ✞8th Day Ron Kachinko – From the Parish

Wednesday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
11:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips
Saturday, Dec. 30 Christmation of Lynne Wescott
4:00 PM ✞Memorial for Arlene Jones – Ann Beshada
Sunday, Dec. 31 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Transfiguration of Our Lord
Saturday, December 23 – 6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy
Sunday, December 24 – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas 10:30 am Divine Liturgy
Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24 – 7:30 pm Great Compline and Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

What Christmas should Mean to Us

Christmas is a time for loving,
Holding in our hearts
All the magic and the wonder
That this blessed day imparts
It’s a time for letting bygones
Be just that, and nothing more,
Time for looking back and weighing
All we have been working for.

Christmas is a time for giving
Something more than store-bought goods,
Time for spending peaceful moments,
Walking through the quiet woods.
‘Tis a time for growing closer
While we have the time to spend,
Cherishing the precious moments
With relative or friend.

Christmas is a time for sharing
Hope and joy and sorrow,
Giving what is ours today,
But may not be…tomorrow.
‘Tis a time for recollection,
For the sands of time run fast,
Do not squander golden moments,
Do not grieve for what is past.

There’s a bright star in the heavens,
Over one small cattle stall,
And a Baby in a manger
Who has come to save us all.
And with love beyond all telling,
As He reaches out for us,
This hushed and holy moment is
What Christmas should mean to us.

The Coal Basket Bible


The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn out Bible.
His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.  One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand, I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water”
The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.
This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all.
The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breathe, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”
”So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different.  Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean.
”Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.” That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.
Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day, and remind a friend by sharing this story.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ is among four of the greatest feasts. Therefore, Holy Church, mindful of the majesty and significance of this, encourages the faithful to prepare with prayer and fasting for Christ Is With Us.
The festal preparation reaches its peak on the Eve of the Nativity. It is a day of watching, prayer and fasting. The Messiah from heaven is about to arrive; therefore, it is necessary to prepare for his coming worthily. The Holy Eve of the Nativity has not only its own significant services; it is also rich in symbolic rites and customs, some of which go back to pre-Christian times.
The eve of Christmas brings the Forty Days Phillips Fast to a close. A strict fast is prescribed for the entire day on the Eve of the Nativity. The whole family knows that on that day a very important heavenly guest will arrive in the evening, and therefore, a deeply festal and spiritual mood pervades the home. Our ancestors highly respected and zealously observed the fast of this day until the appearance, of the evening star.
An old Slavonic Prologue for the 24th of December contains the following spiritual exhortation to the faithful in reference to greeting the feast of the Nativity of Christ: “Take note brethren, that there is a fast on the day before this feast of the Nativity of Christ. Therefore, on this day, at the Sixth Hour (12 o’clock noon), we gather together for prayer, with love; and purity, overcoming anger, purifying carnal desires, and renouncing all evil deeds so that we may be made worthy with pure lips and an undefiled heart to partake of the Body of the Lord, that same Body which the Lord took upon Himself and willingly became poor.”

THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
AN UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY
The greatest and most profound mystery of the Christian faith is the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The eternal God becomes man, being born a little infant and does not cease to be God. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” – says St. John the Evangelist. Christ’s nativity is the cradle of our faith. Only faith is able to accept this unfathomable mystery, understand it and adore it.
In the first centuries, the holy Fathers of the Eastern Church accepted the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God with profound faith and great piety. Enraptured by this mystery, they have nothing but words of wonder for the most wonderful love of God, the sacrifice, humility, and poverty of the newly born Messiah and Savior. Like the holy Fathers, in her Christmas celebrations our Church also joyfully praises and glorifies the mystery of the birth of the divine Infant.
Today, he who is invisible by nature became visible in the flesh for man’s sake; hence, glorifying him, we cry: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will…”

MYSTERY OF CHRISTMATION (Sacrament) Ms. Lynne Wycott desires to be Ukrainian Catholic and will receive the Mystery of Christmation on Saturday the 30th of December as part of the Divine Liturgy.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 23 – 30 by John Claudia Bosack in memory of Mary & Elias Valadja.

THANKS: Our thanks to those who gave their time and effort to come last Sunday to prepare the Nativity for the coming Christmas. Also our thanks to Dolores & Mike Sinko and Dave Youelles for the setting up of the lovely Christmas Tree. May God bless our volunteers with good health.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks to Audrie & Michael Dubinsky for their donation 0f $100 to our Building Fund in memory of the Family of Leon Woss.

SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Ron Kachinko who was called to his eternal rest. May his memory be eternal.
Our sympathy to our parish in the death of Arlene Jones. May she rest in Peace.
Vichnya Pomyat!

ENVELOPES: Many envelopes are still ready to be picked up. If you know anyone who has not taken theirs, please inform them. If you can deliver any of the envelopes it would be appreciated.

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SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS DECEMBER 17, 2017

18 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 16 ~ 4:00 PM ✞Sandy Elko – Ron & Rosemarie Kachink
Sunday, Dec. 17 ~ 8:30 AM SUNDAY OF THE HOLY ANCESTORS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 21
9:00 AM ✞Ann Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Saturday, Dec. 23 ✞Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips
4:00 PM

Sunday, Dec. 24 – 8:30 AM SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Monday, Dec. 25 –
9:00 AM CHRISTMAS DAY – DIVINE LITURGY – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Tuesday, Dec. 26 SYNAXIS OF THE THEOTOKOS – Myrovania
9:00 AM God’s Blessings of Good Health For Ron Kachinko

Wednesday, Dec. 27 STEPHEN PROTOMARTYR – Myrovania
11:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24
No Christmas Eve Vesperal (evening) Liturgy
Monday, Christmas Day, December 25
9:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania
Tuesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God
9:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania
Wednesday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen
11:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish Christmas Schedule
Saturday, December 23 – 6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy
Sunday, December 24 – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas 10:30 am Divine Liturgy
Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24 – 7:30 pm Great Compline and Divine Liturgy with Myrovania
Monday Christmas Morning December 25 No am Liturgy
Tues., Dec 26, 2017 Synaxis of the Mother of God 11:00 am Divine Liturgy with Myrovania
Wed., Dec. 27 Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr 9:00 am Divine Liturgy with Myrovania
SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOUREFATHERS
DECEMBER 17, 2017

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 16 – 23 in memory of Julia Wido by her daughter Denise & Ed Kuklewicz.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Ron & Rosemarie for the bouquet of Flowers this week in memory of their daughter Sandra Elko.

DONATION: A donation of $1000 was received from Gloria Dran Elston in memory of her husband Walter Elston. God bless you Gloria for this generous contribution to our church.

ENVELOPES: Your 2018 church envelopes are available in the vestibule. Please, if you have a neighbor or friend who are unable to pick their envelopes up, try to deliver them if possible.

NAVITY SET UP: This Sunday, Dec. 17th will be the setting up of the Nativity. We really need help with this project. If you can possibly give a helping hand, please come and help make this a lovely tribute to our Lord. The time is 1:00 PM and the more help we have the easier and faster it will get done. See you there….I hope…

CHURCH: The men & women volunteered their services to clean the Church for the Christmas holidays. Many thanks and God’s blessing to all who helped.

PRAYERS: Please pray for Arlene Jones who is hospitalized and all the people in need of prayers.





TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST DECEMBER 10, 2017

9 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 9
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pasicznyk – Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, Dec. 10 TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 14
Today is Aliturgical (means a day without Liturgy)

Saturday, Dec. 16
4:00 PM ✞Sandy Elko – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Dec. 17 SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

OUR PARISH CHRISTMAS DIVINE LITURGIES SCHEDULE:

Saturday, December 23
4:00 pm Vesperal Divine

Sunday, December 24 – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas
8:30 am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24
No Christmas Eve Vesperal (evening) Liturgy

Monday, Christmas Day, December 25
9:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Tuesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God
9:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Wednesday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen
11:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Transfiguration of Our Lord Church
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
240 Center Street
Saturday, December 23
6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 24 – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas
10:30 am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24
7:30 pm Great Compline and Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Monday Christmas Morning December 25
No am Liturgy

Tues., Dec 26, 2017 Synaxis of the Mother of God
11:00 am Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Wed., Dec. 27 Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr
9:00 am Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

True Meaning of Christmas
Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out next to the fireplace.
”What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement . . .
”TEACH THE CHILDREN!” I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children!
Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten. “Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.” 
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.” 
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”
He then pulled from his bag an ORNAMENT of himself. “Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him.
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son.” Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
Continues

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Dec. 9 – 16 by Arlene Jones God’s Blessings for good health on Albert & John M.

Thank you for purchasing and selling tickets. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks again to Mike & Dolores Sinko for managing this fund-raiser. The ticket sales are as follows: Deposit $5000, Paid out to winners $1700, Expenses $100, a profit of $3200.

SING ALONG: YOU ARE INVITED to join Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish for their 24th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre,  this Sunday, December 10th, 2017 starting at 2 p.m.  Join in the singing of some very sacred, joyful and inspiring Christmas Carols.  Afterwards, please join us in the lower church hall for a Christmas Fellowship Social.  Please bring a friend or family member, and share the joy of Christmas with them, as we all prepare to welcome the Newborn Son of God into our hearts and homes.





TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST DECEMBER 3, 2017

5 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 2
4:00 PM ✞Donald Magill – Anna Magill & Family

Sunday, Dec. 3 TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
1:00 PM Women’s Society Christmas Party

Tuesday, Dec. 5 The Feast of St. NicholAs
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 AM ✞Fr. Thaddeus Krawchuk – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Friday, Dec. 8 CONCEPTION OF ST. ANNE
9:00 AM Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
✞John Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Saturday, Dec. 9
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pasicznyk – Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, Dec. 10 TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Please remember Ron Kachinko in your prayers. He is in Geisinger Hospital.
May God Grant him a speedy health back to us.

The Feast of St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 6th day of December.
Pope Nicholas, the first Pope bearing this name – erected a church in Rome in honor of St. Nicholas around the year 860. The Latin Church also celebrates the feast of St. Nicholas on the 6th of December. In France and Germany over two thousand churches are dedicated to his name; an additional four hundred such churches are found in England.
The cult of St. Nicholas came to our native Ukraine along with the Christian faith. There were numerous churches in honor of St. Nicholas. The Church of St. Nicholas in Lviv, which dates back to the thirteenth century, is one of the oldest. Our Ukrainian Encyclopedia says the following about the veneration of St. Nicholas among our people: “In a great number of oral traditions, Nicholas protects people from disasters caused by the elements; mostly he protects those who sail on the sea. Hence, the Black Sea fishermen, when going out to fish, take the icon of St. Nicholas with them. Songs about St. Nicholas are among the earliest examples of Ukrainian poetry and include such popular ones as “O Whoever, whoever loves St. Nicholas…”
In our Church, St. Nicholas not only has two separate feasts in his honor, but ever Thursday is also dedicated to his name.
We do not know very much about the life of St. Nicholas, and what we do know is somewhat embellished with various legends. We know for certain that St. Nicholas was a bishop for many years in Myra, a city in the province of Lycia, in Asia Minor; that he took part in the First Ecumenical Council in 325 at Nicea; and that he died around the year 345. His whole life was dedicated to works of mercy, both corporal and spiritual. Even during his lifetime he was called the father of orphans, widows, and the poor. After his death, the Lord glorified him with the gift or working miracles, for which he received the title “Great Wonder-worker”.
St. Nicholas saw Jesus Christ in his neighbor and that is why he quickly and generously hastened to help him in every need. The Holy Gospel says that at the Last Judgment the Lord will judge us by our works of love and mercy. Christ assures us of this when He says: “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me”.
Nicholas’ tomb in Myra became a popular place of pilgrimage. Because of the many wars and attacks in the region by Muslims, some Christians were concerned that access to the tomb might become difficult. For both the religious and commercial advantages of a major pilgrimage site, the Italian cities of Venice and Bari vied to get the Nicholas relics. http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Dec. 2 – 9 by John and Claudia Bosack in memory of Anna Bosack.

MONTHLY CANDLES: The Altar Candles are requested to burn during all services in the month of December by Albert Piston in memory of his parents Jennie & Mike Piston.

FLOWERS: We appreciate the donations of flowers for this week: donated by Anna Magill in memory of Donald Magill.

THANKS: Our thanks to the men & women who volunteered their time and energy to help clean and decorate the Church Hall. God Bless you all.

NY BUS TRIP: Last Call for Christmastime Bus Trip – 53 seats has been reserved on the Saturday, December 9th trek to New York City leaving 2 seats still available. Call Paul Ewasko of Scranton’s St. Vladimir parish to reserve the remaining seats.

SING ALONG: YOU ARE INVITED to join Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish for their 24th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre,  Sunday, December 10th, 2017 starting at 2 p.m.  Join in the singing of some very sacred, joyful and inspiring Christmas Carols.  Afterwards, please join us in the lower church hall for a Christmas Fellowship Social.  Please bring a friend or family member, and share the joy of Christmas with them, as we all prepare to welcome the Newborn Son of God into our hearts and homes.





TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST NOVEMBER 19, 2017

22 11 2017

Saturday, Nov. 18
4:00 PM ✞ Priscilla Kowalick ~ Michael Kowalick

Sunday, Nov. 19 TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Nov. 23 THANKSGIVING LITURGY
9:00 AM To thank God for all our blessings
Health and God’s Blessings for Father Daniel Gorovich \\\\\\\
Saturday, Nov. 25
4:00 PM ✞Gary Michak – Cathy Orrson & Family

Sunday, Nov. 26 TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER

Be thankful for family and friends
For all the bounty that God sends
Be thankful for the love and care
That delicious turkey for all to share
Be thankful not just for today
But for each day God sends our way.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Nov. 18 – 25 by Anna Magill and Family in memory of Donald Magill

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Becky Molecavage for her donation of flowers last week in memory of her father Dimitri Bencho.

HOLY DAY: Father Walter will celebrate the Holy Day Divine Liturgy on Tuesday, Nov. 21st at Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA at 9:00 AM. This is the Entrance of the Holy Mother of God in the Temple.

PRAYER SERVICE & LUC MEETING: League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council, will meet on Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 PM at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Scranton, PA for a beautiful Prayer Service followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Review of the recent National Convention hosted by the Council will be the primary agenda item. This is a public event of St. Vladimir parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.





TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST NOVEMBER 12, 2017

22 11 2017

Saturday, Nov. 11
9:00 AM ✞Paul Suscavage from Brian & Gloria Jean Woodard

Sunday, Nov. 12 TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
FEAST OF ST. JOSAPHAT
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Nov. 18
4:00 PM ✞Pricilla Kowalick – Michael Kowalick

Sunday, Nov. 19 TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

BUS TRIP: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is sponsoring a Christmastime bus trip to New York City on Saturday, December 9, 2017. There will be three stops in Manhattan: the Ukrainian Village on the lower East Side, Bryant Park’s Winter Village housing 125 vendors in midtown, and the Christmassy Fifth Avenue area. We’ll have an opportunity to buy some tasty Ukrainian goodies, see many beautiful Christmas decorations as only New York City can do it including the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and more. Participants can follow the above three-stop itinerary or are free to do their own thing for part or all of the day. Departure from St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Avenue will be at 8:00am and departure from New York City for home will be at 8:30pm. Cost is $42.00 per person. For additional details and to make reservations contact Paul Ewasko

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY STORE Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hanover section of Nanticoke will be holding a “Christmas Holiday Store” every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM starting October 28th. There will be gently used Christmas and Holiday Items including a huge selection of gently used designer purses. The event will be held weather permitting and supplies last. The following date Oct 28—pancakes, Nov 5- Clam Chowder, Nov 11 –Haluski, Nov 18–Baked goods and Christmas cookies.

ST. MICHAEL’S BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, Pa. 18640 is hosting their Feast Day Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner on Nov. 12, 2017 from 1to 3pm with take-outs from 12 noon to 1pm. This event is open to the public. Adults are $10.00 and Children under 12 – $6.00. We will also have a Raffle with many prizes! All are welcome!

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Nov. 11 – 18 by Vera Hubick in memory of husband Peter Hubick.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles is requested to burn at all Services in the month of November by Becky Molecavage in memory of her father Dimitri Bencho.

BELLS: Our thanks for the two donations of $100 and $25 received for the repair of the Bells by anonymous donors. God’s blessing on you for your generosity.

PRAYER SERVICE & MEETING; Father Myron Myronyuk, pastor of Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Blessed Martyr Mykola Charnetsky – on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Review of the recent National Convention hosted by the Council will be the primary agenda item. This is a public event of St. Vladimir parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will be held Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30 PM in the church hall Anna Magill, President, will preside. The Christmas Party is scheduled for Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 PM.





TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST NOVEMBER 5, 2017

7 11 2017

Saturday, Nov. 4
9:00 AM ✞ Bernard Kachinko – Wife Mary Ann & Family

Sunday, Nov. 5 TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, Nov. 8 SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
9:00 AM ✞Geraldine Kizis Accetta – Elise Smolinski

Saturday, Nov. 11
4:00 PM ✞Paul Suscavage from Brian & Gloria Jean Woodard

Sunday, Nov. 12 TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Feast Day of
SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
NOVEMBER 8TH

Saint Michael, captain of all Angels

Saint Michael (Michael means ‘Who is like God’) is the leader of the heavenly hosts and the greatest adversary of Satan. Under his leadership the faithful Angels defeated Lucifer, the chieftain of the rebellious angels. This feast was instituted at the time of Emperor Constantine the Great in the fourth century.
Saint Michael became patron of Kiev. Capital of Ukraine, since the early days of Christianity in our country.
The Church honors all the angelic choirs on the same day, when it pays a tribute of honor to their leader, St. Michael.

“You the Marshals of the heavenly armies,
we implore, though being unworthy,
that with your prayers you fortify us,
under the shelter of your wings, 
of your spiritual glory,
guarding us as we fall before you,
and incessantly cry:
Redeem from dangers all of us, 
as the Commanders of the heavenly Powers.”

Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God, cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel

Our Liturgical Year is like a beautiful mosaic made up of the feasts of Our Lord, the Mother of God, and an immense throng of Martyrs and Saints. The center of this splendid mosaic is our Lord Jesus Christ, as God and as Man. Day and night, His Pilgrim Church on earth and in heaven, the Church in glory, that is – the very great choir of Angels and Saints – sing to Him eternal praises. The holy Angels are God’s everlasting choir of glory; they are the messengers and servants of God. The Angels
also fulfill a great role in the redemption of the human race.
Holy Church, conscious of the great significance of the Angels for the glory of God and our salvation, has provided a special place for the veneration of the Angels in the mosaic of the Liturgical Year. Here, first place is given to the feast of the Synaxis of St. Michael the Archangel and the rest of the Angelic Powers.
Before the Lord God created man, He created the holy Angels who are invisible, immortal, perfect beings and pure spirits, possessing a keen intellect and free will. Their number is immeasurably great, as we know from the vision granted to the prophet Daniel who saw the throne of God where “thousands upon thousands were ministering Him, and myriads upon myriads attended Him.”
The Lord God, after creating the Angels, put them to a test and a great number of the Angels’ rebelled against Him. St. John the Theologian speaks of a war in heaven (Rev. 12,7). At the head of the good Angels stood the Archangel Michael who overcame Lucifer and his angels. Hence, in the veneration of the Angels, the holy Church gives first place to St. Michael.
The angels whose task is to protect men, we call guardian Angels. The Fathers of the Church teach that every person has his own guardian Angel. In the Petition of the Divine Liturgy we beg God for a guardian Angel: “For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us beseech the Lord.” Using the Holy Scripture as their foundation, the Holy Fathers teach that not only every person, but also every community, Church, and nation has its own guardian Angel.
The feast of the Archangel Michael and the holy Angels indicates to us the significant role the Angels play in our salvation. This feast also reminds us of our duties towards the Angels, especially toward our Guardian Angel. Throughout our entire life, at every moment and in every place our guardian angel watches over us, protects us, inspires us with good thoughts, warns us against sin, and intercedes for us before God. Our Guardian Angel is our guide to heaven, our helper against temptation, and our companion at the hour of death. He is the constant witness of our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Only in heaven will we one day see how much we owe to our Guardian Angel.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Nov. 4-11 by Parents Ronald & Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of daughter Sandra Elko.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Mary Ann Kachinko & Family for their donation of 1 bouquet this week in memory of Bernard Kachinko.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council will meet Tuesday, November 7th, 6:00 PM in the church hall. All members please try to be present.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Our most sincere thanks to Mike & Dolores Sinko for all their efforts in handling the November Lottery tickets and to all the sellers who do such a great job. Mike does his best to round up sellers, non-parishioners, to help sell the tickets. Hope you have a ticket for a chance to win. Good Luck.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Annual Christmas Party for the Women’s Society will be held Sunday, December 3rd 1:00 PM in the Church Hall. Names will be taken if you are planning to attend the party. The regular monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY STORE: Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hanover section of Nanticoke will be holding a “Christmas Holiday Store” every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM starting October 28th. There will be gently used Christmas and Holiday Items including a huge selection of gently used designer purses. The event will be held weather permitting and supplies last. The following date Oct 28—pancakes, Nov 5- Clam Chowder, Nov 11 –Haluski, Nov 18–Baked goods and Christmas cookies.