THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

5 09 2017

Saturday, Sept. 2
4:00 PM ✞Paul Suscavage – Eileen Derwin

Sunday, Sept. 3 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, Sept. 8 NATIVITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
9:00 AM Anointing with Holy Oil & Myrovania
✞ Paul Suscavage – Tony & Joanne Kukosky

Saturday, Sept. 9
4:00 PM ✞Anna Bosack – Friends of the Family

Sunday, Sept. 10 SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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BIBLE STUDY/ADULT DISCUSSION: Some of you parishioners have asked that we hold a Bible Study/Adult Discussion Group. At Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish in Nanticoke, there will be on Saturday evenings, immediately following Divine Liturgy, Bible Study/Adult Discussion group meetings. Discussion Sessions will be Saturday, September 16 and Saturday, September 30. The topic of the 1st meeting will be to discuss the Book of Psalms and the Liturgy. Please feel free to attend. At our next parish council meeting, the date is yet to be determined, we will discuss having a BibleStudy/Adult Discussion group meeting at Ss. Peter and Paul, in addition to other parish business.
Purposes of the Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is offered to God for many purposes, four of them are:
(1) Adoration: It is for Himself that God made all things. Therefore the end of all creatures is to glorify their Creator and form but one choir of exulting adoration and joyful praise. The Divine Liturgy contains an infinitely perfect adoration of God. Sacrifice by its very nature is an act of adoration for it acknowledges solemnly the supremacy and dominion of God over all creatures. The more perfect the sacrifice, the greater is the honor rendered to God.
The Divine Liturgy, being a sacrifice of infinite value, includes in itself infinitely worthy adoration and praise of the triune God.
(2) Thanksgiving: The Divine Liturgy is a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving. God is the origin of all things. He is also the source of every good we possess, that is, He is our first and greatest Benefactor to Whom we must render due thanks. He made us out of nothing, He preserves our life, He gives us His graces and both spiritual and temporal blessings. He helps us in our work and He awaits us in paradise, that wonderful place of happiness and eternal bliss. We cannot thank God for all His blessings and benefits better than by the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
(3) Propitiation: The Divine Liturgy is the most powerful Sacrifice of propitiation or Atonement, because it applies to sinful man the price of our redemption paid by our Lord By the sacrifice of the Cross. As a Sacrifice of propitiation the Divine Liturgy has the power to satisfying for those temporal punishments, which, after the pardon of mortal or venial sins, would otherwise have to be undergone either in this world or in purgatory. This is the reason why the Church exhorts her faithful to have Masses celebrated for their sins and for those who have passed away and are doing penance in purgatory for their sins.
(4) Petition: The Divine Liturgy is the most powerful and efficacious Sacrifice of impetration. The Divine Liturgy is essentially a prayer, the most sublime prayer, and, therefore, most proper to incline the heart of the Heavenly Father in impart to us the riches of His graces and blessings.
We may pray by ourselves. Our prayer is pleasing to God. The prayer of the Liturgy is infinitely more efficacious and pleasing to God, for on the altar Jesus Christ, as High Priest, offers Himself and intercedes in our behalf, by offering to Him His painful death and His own merits, in order to induce Him to bestow His gifts and blessing upon us. Our prayer during the Divine Liturgy is very powerful because we do not merely implore God, but at the same time we offer to our Heavenly Father the most precious of gifts – the Body and the Blood of His beloved Son Jesus, our Redeemer Who joins us in prayer to His Father. St. Bernard says: “The Lord either gives us that which we ask, or He bestows something else which He knows will be more advantageous to us. And St. Augustine adds: “Some gifts are not refused to us, but granted later at a more appropriate time.”

The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God
September 8th

One of the great feasts we celebrate at the beginning of the Liturgical Year is the feast of the Nativity of the most Holy Mother of God (Theotokos). As is evident from the words of the troparion on this festival, it is a joyful and significant feast. It is joyful because it is the birthday of the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and earth. It is significant because it places before our eyes the great truth of our holy faith concerning the Divine Motherhood of the most Pure Virgin Mary, from whom “shone forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.”
The birth of Mary, who was to become the Mother of God, was a singular source of joy for her parents – Joachim and Anna, for heaven, for earth, and for all creation. The spiritual joy occasioned by this feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God has been stressed by various Fathers of the Church.
The day following the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God, the Church honors the memory of the “Holy and Righteous Ancestors of Christ, Joachim and Anna”. The Church pays them special veneration as the parents of Mary and the ancestors of Jesus Christ.
Christian iconography has also expressed great devotion to the parents of the Blessed Mother of God. Quite frequently and icon will depict St. Anna with the child Mary upon her knees, or both parents will be portrayed bringing the little Mary to the temple to consecrate her to the service of God.

“The multitude of angels in heaven and the human race on earth are singing praises, for you became the Mother of the Creator of all,
Jesus our God.
While imploring Him, do not cease praying for us, who after God place our hope in you, O Mother of God, ever praised and Immaculate”.

CLERGY RETREAT: There will be a clergy retreat on Monday, September 18th through Thursday, September 21st in Longbranch, NJ.   If you should have an emergency contact any local Catholic priest.

WEDDING CELEBRATION: The rescheduled date for the Wedding Anniversary Celebration is Sunday, October 15, 2017.  All married couples are invited to attend the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, followed by a dinner. Please see bulletin board in back of church.

APPLES
This is as good as it gets!!! A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush to catch the plane home and with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding……..
ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight.
Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.
The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.
When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $50 for the damage we did. Are you okay? “She nodded through her tears.
He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly. “As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?”
He stopped in mid-stride…. and he wondered. He gently went back and said, “No, I am nothing like Jesus – He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place.
The girl gently nodded: “I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me, Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister.”
Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?”
Do people mistake you for Jesus?
That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.
If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.
You are the apple of His eye even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.
Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know.
The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone’s prayers and the very best place to be is ……..in the hands of God

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week September 2 – 9 by Paul & Maion Rose in honor of Paul’s 84th Birthday.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all the services in September in memory of Louis and Anna Kolotelo requested by Geri Kolotelo.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Our sincere Birthday Greetings to Paul Rose celebrating his 84th Birthday. Many more Happy Healthy Years. Mnohya Lita!

WELCOME: We extend our welcome to Marilyn Godumski Huff and her husband Jack to our Parish Family. Marilyn was baptized in this parish but lived out of town, is now back in the area and happy to join our Church. God bless you both.

HOAGIE SALE: St. Nicholas Church, 153 E. Main St., Glen Lyon, PA is sponsoring a Turkey and Italian Hoagie Sale and Bake sale on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The hoagies are $5.00 each and can be ordered by calling 570-736-6908 by September 10th.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The Church Lottery Tickets for the month of November are available. Please try to purchase your share of at least 5 tickets. This is a good project but we need sellers and buyers. Mike Sinko does a great job with this project so let’s try to help him out. Thanks.

PRAYER BOOKS: Daily Prayers of the Eastern Church, which was mentioned by Father Walter several months ago, have been printed. You will find the copies of the books in the back of the church.  As you have paid for them with your church donations, please feel free to take one home per parishioner.  Respectfully, I, Father Walter, asks if you wait three weeks before you take additional copies to share with family or friends.  If we should run out we can obtain more copies.

RUMMAGE – FLEA MARKET SALE: The Parish Women’s Society will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale in October. Now is the time to start packing things that are no longer useful to you and donate them to the sale. Any household items such as – linens & bedding, drapes, curtains, utensils, pot & pans, dishes, glasses, toys, small furniture, knick knacks and any useful items. Bring your items to the church or call one of the Society members to arrange for pick up

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TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST August 27, 2017 Saturday, August 26– 4:00 PM

29 08 2017

Saturday, August 26– 4:00 PM
God’s Blessings for all home bound parishioner and those in Nursing Facilities

Sunday, August 27 – 8:30AM
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Tuesday, August 29 – 9:00 AM – BEHEADING OF St. John the Baptist Health and God’s blessings for Fr. Daniel Gurovich

Saturday, September 2 – 4:00 PM
✞Paul Suscavage – Eileen Derwin

Sunday, September 3 – 8:30AM
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners





ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST August 20, 2017

29 08 2017

Saturday, August 19 – 4:00 PM
✞Florence Kloap – Robert & Karen Timshaw

Sunday, August 20 – 8:30AM
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Thursday, August 24 – No Divine Lituryg

Saturday, August 26 – 4:00 PM
God’s Blessings for all home bound parishioner and those in Nursing Facilities

Sunday, August 27 – 8:30AM
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners





TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST August 13, 2017

29 08 2017

Saturday, August 12 – 4:00 PM
✞ Anna Bosack – Carol & Bernie Kosek

Sunday, August 13 – 8:30 AM
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Tuesday, August 15 – 9:00 AM
The Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation-Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
Blessing of Flowers
God’s blessings for Thomas and Sandra Sydnor for Wedding Anniversary, from family

Thursday, August 17 – No Liturgy

Saturday, August 19 – 4:00 PM
✞Florence Kloap – Robert & Karen Timshaw

Sunday, August 20 – 8:30AM
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

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SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light has no request for this week.

DISAPPOINTMENT: It was very disappointing that only4 baskets and the fruit Father Walter presented were blessed in Church last week on the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is a tradition that has been in the Ukrainian Catholic Church for centuries. What happened to that tradition?

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: Tuesday, August 15th is the FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD. This is a Holy Day of Obligation and the custom of Blessing Flowers. Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania will be after the Blessing of flowers. Please bring your flowers to be blessed.

Pilgrimage on Sunday, August 27; at Assumption Church, Centralia, Pa
All are invited to join Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka and clergy on a Pilgrimage at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Centralia, Pa. on Sunday, August 27th. The pilgrimage begins at 12:00 noon with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
2:00 pm, There will be a Living Rosary prayed before the Icon of Our Lady of Pochaiv.
3:00 pm, Akathist to the Mother of God. 4:30 pm a candlelight procession and Moleben to the Mother of God, Metropolitan Stefan Soroka, main celebrant and homilist. At the conclusion prayers for healing and anointing with holy oil will take place. Pilgrims will have an opportunity to venerate the icon and relics of Blessed Martyr Bishop Mykola Charnetsky, C.Ss.R., the healer of souls. Confessions will be available throughout the day.  For more information please feel free to contact the church rectory.
 The church is located 2 Blocks North of Route 42 in Centralia, Pennsylvania, at the following mailing address 1130 Summit Hill Rd. Aristes, PA 17920.





NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST AUGUST 6, 2017

29 08 2017

Saturday, Aug. 5
4:00 PM ✞Paul Suscavage – Stan & Phyllis Mickish
Anointing withHoly Oil – Myrovania after the Blessing of Fruit

Sunday, Aug 6
4:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania after the Blessing of Fruit

Thursday, Aug. 10 No Liturgy

Saturday, Aug. 12
4:00 PM ✞Anna Bosack – Carol & Bernie Kosek

Sunday, Aug. 13 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

The feast of the Transfiguration is one of the twelve principal feasts of our Church, having a one-day pre-feast and a seven-day post-feast. This feast falls during that time when the fruits of the earth reach maturity. From the earliest times in the Eastern Church, on this day fruit is blessed in thanksgiving to God for the first0fruits of the earth. This custom was adopted by the Christian Church from the Old Testament which prescribed that fruit be brought to the Temple of the Lord. In the Book of Exodus we read: “You shall carry the first-fruits of the corn of your ground to the house of the Lord your God.”
The custom of blessing the first fruits in church was prescribed in the Canons of the Holy Apostles at the end of the third century. The Apostolic Constitutions of the fourth century have a prayer for the blessing of first fruits. The local Synod of Carthage in the forth sixth rule gave prescriptions concerning the first fruits that are brought to church. The Sixth Ecumenical Council spoke of the blessing of the firs fruits of grapes and wheat. In the Typicons century and in the Typicon of Evergetes Monastery of the tenth century no mention was made of the blessing of the vine, that is, grapes.
In Greece, in the month of August grapes and wheat, which are the more important fruits, reach their maturity, for this reason, the custom of blessing the grapesand ears of wheat in church on the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord prevailed there. In Rus-Ukraine, grapes of the vine were replaced by apples and other fruits.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 5 – 12 by Charles Drazba in memory of The Carpa Family.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all services in the month of August in honor of Helene Sirak 89th Birthday requested by her daughter Michaelene Ostrum & Family.

MANY OPENINGS: There are many dates opened for the Sanctuary Light requests. The donation for the candle to burn one week is $15. Your intentions can be in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one or any special occasion. Fill in the list in the vestibule for your intentions.

TREE rEMOVAL: We wish to thank and appreciation the $25 from an anonymous donator for the help in the price of the tree removal.

Moleben and League of Ukrainian Catholics Meeting SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick, PA extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Our Blessed Mother – on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting and indoor picnic of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  This is a public event of SS. Cyril and Methodius parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.





EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST JULY 30, 2017

29 08 2017

Saturday, July 29
4:00 PM ✞Anna Bosack – Michael Kane

Sunday, July 30 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Thursday, Aug. 3 Aliturgical
(No Liturgy)

Saturday, Aug. 5 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Blessing of Fruit – Myrovania
4:00 PM ✞Paul Suscavage – Stan & Phyllis Mickish

Sunday, Aug. 6 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Blessing of Fruit – Myrovania
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD PARISH
Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM


TREE DAMAGE: As it was announced last week, the severe storms we had caused much local damage. The trees on our property, way in the back by the hall, fell on the home of 315 Stephanie Drive. Thank God no major damage was done to the home but the trees must be removed from the yard and two more remaining trees had to be removed at the cost of $900. If you can possibly donate toward this project it will certainly be appreciated.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week
July 29-Aug. 5 by Albert Ferkel in memory of his parents Al & Catherine Ferkel.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Parish Women’s Society will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale in the fall. Now is the time to start packing things that are no longer useful to you and donate them to the sale

Burglary in our church: We are sorry to announce that our church was burglarized last Sunday. The intruders got in through one of the side doors; all the envelopes were emptied and the cash and checks taken, the poor box broken and the candle holders in the vestibule damaged. The police were notified and they did a fine report of the matter. A neighbor has a video of the supposedly two who entered the church but nothing further has been reported back. Please pray for the safety of our church. If you submitted a check last week, you may wish to notify your bank.

Bus Trip to New York City: St. Vladimir parish of Scranton, PA is sponsoring a Christmastime in New Your City on Saturday, December 9, 2017. There will be three stops in Manhattan: the Ukrainian Village on the Lower East Side, Bryant Park’s Outdoor Christmas Shoppes and the Fifth Avenue/Rockefeller Center area. Cost is $42.00 per person. Participants are also free to do their own thing for all or part of the day. If interested, please inform Paul Ewasko at 570 563-2275 before August 15.





SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST JULY 23, 2017

29 08 2017

Saturday, July 22
4:00 PM ✞Paul T. Suscavage – wife Betty, son Paul & wife Susan,
Grandchildren Paul & Nicholas.

Sunday, July 23 SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, July 27
9:00 AM ✞ Pavel Kuczeriawey – daughter Olympia Pasicznyk

Saturday, July 29
4:00 PM ✞ Anna Bosack – Michael Kane

Sunday, July 30 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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ALTAR CANDLES: The month of August is available for requests. The Candles will burn at all services during said month for the donation of $40. A request for health, honor or deceased for your loved ones is a fine gesture of love.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Parish Women’s Society will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale in the fall. Now is the time to start packing things that are no longer useful to you and donate them to the sale. Bring items to the church or call one of the Society members to arrange for pick up.

EVENING PRAYERS: St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville, PA extends a warm invitation to an Evening Prayer Service on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 5:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  This is a public event of St. Vladimir  parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome

Christmas time Bus Trip to New York City: Scranton’s St. Vladimir parish is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, December 9, 2017. If there are sufficient numbers of persons from Luzerne and Columbia Counties interested in the trip, a pickup in Edwardsville will be arranged. There will be three stops in Manhattan: the Ukrainian Village on the Lower East Side, Bryant Park’s Outdoor Christmas Shoppes and the Fifth Avenue/Rockefeller Center area. Cost is $42.00 per person. Participants are also free to do their own thing for all or part of the day. If interested, please inform Paul Ewasko at 570 563-2275 before August 15.