SUNDAY OF THE MAN BORN BLIND MAY 6, 2018

15 05 2018

Saturday, May 5
4:00 PM God’s Blessings on all Parishioners

Sunday, May 6 SUNDAY OF THE MAN BORN BLIND
8:30AM ✞Michael Hubiack – Steven & Gloria Udiski
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Thursday, May 10 ASCENSION OF OUR LORD
9:00 AM HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION –
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovonia
God’s Blessing for Rosalie Laszok – Michael Kane

Saturday, May 12 Mother’s Day
4:00 PM All Living and Deceased Mothers of the Parish

Sunday, May 13 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE
1ST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
8:30 AM Michael Hubiack – Vera Hubick

MOTHER’S DAY CARNATIONS: Pennsylvania for Human Life Annual Carnation Drive to support the Pro-life Center will be held next Saturday and Sunday for Mother’s Day, May 13th. Remember your Mother by purchasing a carnation for $1 and either place it in the vase at the base of the Blessed Mother Icon or take it with you for your home. White is for deceased and Red for living mothers.

THE ASCENSIONOF OUR LORD
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018
O Lord, the Seraphim themselves were astonished when they saw You,
their God, ascending over the clouds as if sitting upon a throne.
Wherefore we praise You for Your gracious mercy.

This feast commemorates the return of Christ in His glorified body from, this world to the right hand of God the Father in heaven. In the Ukrainian Greek Church the feast is called “Voznesennia” or “Taking up”.
The glorious ascension of Jesus in the presence of His apostles and disciples took place forty days after his resurrection and we therefore also celebrate on the fortieth day after Easter in commemoration.

THE ICONOSTASIS
This is a screen of icons that marks the holy space, the altar, the sanctuary, from the body of the church, the nave. The screen has three openings: the holy doors (also called royal doors) in the center and two side doors called deacon doors. There can be one icon on the screen, or many, but all are hung according to an established order. The royal doors are flanked by the icons of Christ (on the right) and the Mother of God (always with Christ) on the viewer’s left. It is the Lord as He came in history, and the Lord as He will come again when history is no more. On the far right is the patronal icon of the parish, (in our church it would be SS Peter and Paul), and in the far left is the patron saint of the Byzantine Church, St. Nicholas. If the altar is the highest heaven and the nave the place of transfiguration, the iconostasis is both a window and a mirror. It reveals to us the glory of heaven and those transfigured by the divine life.

SVIACHENE: Easter Sviachene Dinner was reported by Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish: The Chinese raffle which included many great items profited $660 and ½ of that in the amount of $330 came as our parish share. The food and expense was reported as a profit of $962.90 of which ½ – $481.45 was given to our parish. Plans for a return of the profits will be discussed at the Financial Council Meeting.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week May 5 – 12 by the Halloway Family in memory of Joan Halloway Stabko.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will be held this Tuesday May 8, 6:30 PM in the Church Hall. All members please try to be present and new members please come and join.

LUC: Father Walter Pasicznyk, pastor of Plymouth’s SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to the beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Christ, Lover of Mankind – on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Plans for fund raising, the annual summer picnic and the October National Convention in Buffalo/Amherst, New York will be the primary agenda items. This is a public event of SS. Peter and Paul parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.

Parish Council Meeting Thurs, May 10, following Holy Day Liturgy, 11:15 am.

“Barvinok” Ukrainian Dance Ensemble: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish is sponsoring a performance by the Ukrainian Folkdance group “Barvinok” [Periwinkle in Ukrainian] this Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00pm at its parish center 428 North Seventh Avenue. The highly acclaimed dance group which hails from the Metropolitan New Jersey/New York City area has appeared in numerous venues on the East Coast and in Ukraine where they took first place in an international folk dance competition. Under the direction of Mr. Gregory Momot, the troupe performs traditional dances from various regions of Ukraine while attired in colorful embroidered costumes. Mr. Momot was trained at the Kyiv Cultural University and danced with the world renowned Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company. His energetic and intricate choreography along with beautiful regional costumes bring alive the electrifying spirit of Ukrainian dance.  Tickets are $12.00 at the door.

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SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN APRIL 29, 2018

15 05 2018

Saturday, April 28
4:00 PM ✞ Steve Kowalick – Michael Kowalick

Sunday, April 29 SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, May 3
9:00 AM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Norman & Kathleen Miller

Saturday, May 5
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, May 6 SUNDAY OF THE BLIND MAN
8:30 AM ✞Michael Hubiack – Steven & Gloria Udiski

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week
April 28 – May 5 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of parents Michael & Mary Sinko.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all services in the month of May in memory of Pstrak Family, Nahsym, Julie, Ann, Steph, Michael, John & Joseph Pstak requested byIrene Pstrak Family.

CARNATION SALE: Please remember your mother on Mother’s Day weekend by purchasing a Carnation at the entrance of the Church. If you wish to leave a Memorial to your Mother, a vase will be placed near the Blessed Mother Icon. The Proceeds from this drive promotes the Sanctity of Human life. We need someone who will be at the Divine Liturgy on both Saturday and Sunday May 12/13 to handle the carnations.

MOTHER’S DAY: An envelope is in your box of envelopes to remember your Mother with the spiritual bouquet. All living and deceased mother’s will be remember in a Divine Liturgy on the weekend of May 12/13.

THE SHROUD OF TURIN: A presentation on the Shroud will be given on Monday, May 14, 7:30pm, following the Vespers at 6:30pm. In addition to Divine Liturgy at 6:00pm Saturdays and 10:30am Sundays, the church will be open for visitation daily from 10:00am-1:00pm and 4:00-8:00pm*, May 15 to May 27, with rosary recitation at 4:30pm (*Saturday, May 19 & 25, 10:00am-1:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm). The public is welcome for visitation and prayer at the church during the daily schedule for The Shroud of Turin display (full schedule at http://www.transfigurationucc.org). For special groups or class visits, or with additional questions, call Father Walter Pasicznyk at the church, at 570-735-2262





SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN APRIL 22, 2018

15 05 2018

Saturday, April 21
4:00 PM ✞ John & Anna Rudeski – Rudeski & Onderko Families

Sunday, April 22 SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Thursday, April 26
9:00 AM ✞Michael Hubiack – sonThomas & Kari Hubiack

Saturday, April 28
4:00 PM ✞Steve Kowalick – Michael Kowalick

Sunday, April 29 SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Metropolitan Stefan Soroka has chosen to retire for medical reasons and the Church has accepted his resignation effective Monday the 16th of April.  The Eparchial Administrator will be Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy until the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church elects and enthrones a new Metropolitan for the Philadelphia Archeparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.  What this means for us is that largely nothing will change.  Remember to keep Metropolitan Emeritus Stefan Soroka in your prayers as you do Metropolitan Emeritus Stephen Sulyk.

THE PARALYTIC MAN
The Church shows us that just as the paralyzed man was healed after thirty-eight years, so every sinner can be cured from his sins and infirmities, if he turns to the risen Christ. The Holy Fathers of the Church affirm that the bathing-pool, which was named Bethesda in Hebrew, represents the Sacrament of penance.
Penance is a sacrament in which the priest, in the name of God, forgives sins committed after baptism when the sinner is heartily sorry for them, sincerely confesses them and is resolved to amend his life and to perform the penance imposed upon him by the confessor.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week April 21 – 28 by The Halloway Family in memory of Sallie Halloway Bout.

SVIACHENE: Our thanks to those who attended the Sviachene last Sunday. It was a nice affair, but sorry to say the attendance from our parish was not very good. This was the first time to try to have the two parishes together for this affair. Maybe in the future we will have a better cooperation from our parish.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks and appreciation for the donations of $335 received for our Parish Building Fund in memory of Michael Bigus: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Morgan, Mary Kotch, and Jule Obrien.

LILIES: If anyone would like to take a lily plant for their home to be planted please take them after the Divine Liturgy.





SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN APRIL 15, 2018

17 04 2018

Saturday, April 14
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, April 15
8:30 AM SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN
✞Margaret Wagner – Michael Kane
1:00 PM SVIACHENE for both parishes at
Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Nanticoke, PA

Wednesday, April 18
9:00 AM ✞Claire Grandi – 40th Day – Father Walter Pasicznyk

Saturday, April 21
4:00 PM ✞John & Anna Rudeski – Rudeski & Onderko Families

Sunday, April 22 SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

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A Word About Incensing………..Incensing of the entire church takes place several times 1) at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, 2) prior to the reading of the Holy Gospel, 3) prior to the procession of the Holy Gifts and 4) after the consecration. Censing was inherited from the Jewish worship: “O Lord, let my prayer rise up as incense before you.” The fragrant smoke coming from the censer (kodilo) represents the grace of God. As the smoke spreads around, filling every nook of the church with its fragrance, so the grace of God is being spread over the world. The frankincense added to the charcoal creates the smoke and pleasing aroma. Frankincense was the most cherished perfume at the time of Christ. Little Known Fact: The incensor has 13 bells on the chain, one for Christ and one for each of the 12 apostles. The 13th bell is broken or unable to ring- this bell represents Judas Iscariot, the betrayer.
BOWS AND BLESSINGS
We bow and make the Sign of the Cross many times during the Liturgy, as a sign of our faith taking up our cross of our own free will, and the receiving and accepting of Gods blessings. Following the making of the Sign of the Cross, reverence to God is further expressed by bowing the head. We bless ourselves every time we mention the Persons of the Trinity by name, or whenever the priest blesses the congregation. We also bow and sign ourselves whenever we enter or leave the church.

THE ICONOSTASIS
This is a wall of icons that marks the space of the holy altar, the sanctuary, from the nave. The screen has three openings: the Royal or Holy doors in the center and two smaller doors called deacon doors. The icons on the screen are hung according to an established order indicating we are participants in God’s Royal Priesthood as priestly people. The royal doors are flanked by the icons of Christ (on the viewer’s right) and the Theotokos (Birthgiver of God, on the viewer’s left). It is the Lord as He came in history, and the Lord as He will come again when history is no more. On the far right is the patronal icon of the parish, (in our church it would be Ss. Peter and Paul), and in the far left is the patron saint of the Patriarchate of the Church, St. Nicholas in our case from Byzantium. If the altar is the highest heaven and the nave the place of transfiguration, the iconostasis is both a window and a mirror. It reveals to us glimpses of the glory of heaven, those transfigured by the divine life and as windows we get to see into heaven while we are yet on earth.

This Sunday is dedicated to the holy Women known as “Myrrh-bearing”. On the day of Christ’s resurrection they took ointments and went to Christ’s tomb to anoint His body which was hurriedly buried on Friday. They did not know that Christ had already risen from the dead. Arriving at the tomb, they saw that the stone had been rolled back, and an angel clothed in white was sitting at the grave.

This Sunday reminds us that we must adorn our faith with good works, just as the Myrrh-bearing Women did when they went to anoint with spices the Body of the Redeemer.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
April 14-21 by Rebecca Molecavage im memory of her mother Frances Bencho.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Tickets are still available for you take a chance at winning in May. If you did not purchase your chance to win, now is the time.

A NOTE OF THANKS: Father Walter wishes to thanks all who send him Easter Greetings. He appreciates your kindness.

SVIACHENE: This Sunday, April 15th is the After Easter Dinner – Sviachene – for both parishes together – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA and our SS Peter & Paul Parish. The Buffet dinner will be served at 1:00 PM in Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Hall, Center St. Nanticoke, PA. Our thanks to those who purchased tickets for this affair, which is very small and non-parishioners who intends to attend. Sorry to say our ticket sales only amounted to 21.

The church was badly in need of a coat of paint. So the pastor decided he’d do the job himself. But all he had was one bucket of paint. So he got a bunch of buckets and some water, and he thinned the paint enough to cover the entire church. Then he spent all day painting. That night it rained—very hard—and washed all the paint off. The pastor was quite discouraged and asked God, ‘Why…why God, did you let it rain and wash off all my hard work?’
      To which God thundered his reply, ‘Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!





SUNDAY AFTER EASTER ST. THOMAS SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2018

11 04 2018

Saturday, April 7 Distribution of Artos – Anointing with Holy Oil 3:00 PM ✞Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara Patrylak & Family

Sunday, April 8 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
8:30 AM Distribution of Artos – Anointing with Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, April 12
9:00 AM ✞Edmund Bircsak – Irene Bircsak

Saturday, April 14
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, April 15 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
8:30 AM The Myrrh-bearing women
✞Margaret Wagner – Michael Kane

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Transfiguration of Our Lord
Saturday 6:00 PM Sunday 10:30 AM

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 7 – 14 by David & Mary Ann Youells in memory of their daughter Christine Youells.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks to Marilyn Huff for her donation to the Building Fund in memory of Michael Bigus. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

MEETING DATE CHANGE: The Women’s Society will meet on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM. The date has been changed from Tuesday because of many of the members will be on a bus trip. Please mark your calendar and try to attend this meeting. President Anna Magill will preside.

SVIACHENE: To date, not very many tickets have been purchased for the Sviachene (after Easter Dinner). If you are planning to attend, please purchase your tickets so that the count can be made for the food orders. Come an spend some time with your fellow parishioners. The tickets are $12 children 10 and under free. A Chinese auction will be provided for your chance to win some fine gifts.

League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council Meeting: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a general meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00 pm at Grotto Pizza, Edwardsville, PA.
Members, your attendance is important, as we are planning for this year LUC National Convention. New members welcome. 





RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD – EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 1, 2018

11 04 2018

Saturday, March 31 Resurrection Matins / Procession
6:00 PM Easter Divine Liturgy ~
Myrovania ~Anointing with Holy Oil

Sunday, April 1 EASTER SUNDAY – EASTER DIVINE LITURGY
11:00 AM Blessing of Artos and Easter Food. Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

Monday, April 2 BRIGHT MONDAY
9:00 AM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Cheryl Kachinko & Family

Wednesday, April 5 BRIGHT WED NESDAY
9:00 AM ✞Michael Hubiack – wife Louise Hubiack

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS SATURDAY…..
Saturday, April 7 BRIGHT SATURDAY
3:00 PM Distribution of Artos – Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
✞Andrew Patrylak from Clara Patrylak & Family

Sunday, April 8 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
8:30 AM Distribution of Artos – Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Transfiguration of Our Lord; Easter Sunday – 7:00 AM Resurrection Divine Liturgy
Next weekend – Saturday – 5:00 PM – Sunday – 10:30 AM

Please – if you cannot participate in walking the procession, you must leave the church and stay outside by the door. The Empty Church represents the empty Tomb of Our Lord. Thank You.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUEST
ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all services in the Month of April in memory of Frances Bencho by daughter Rebecca Molecavage.

THANKS: We extend our sincere thanks to all those who helped to make this Holy Easter a beautiful and joyous celebration to honor our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May God bless all those who devoted their time and effort to help in any way that was needed.

SVIACHENE: The Joint Parish Sviachene (Easter Dinner) will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Transfiguration of Our Lord Hall serving at 1:00 PM. Tickets are available. The cost is $12 for adults, children 10 and under free. Please, if you plan to attend this dinner, purchase your tickets early so the preparations can be made. The two parishes, SS Peter & Paul and Transfiguration will sponsor this affair to have the Parish Families come together and share with the Easter blessings and good food. Gifts & Theme Baskets for the Chinese Auction are needed.

LUC Meeting: North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a general meeting on Sunday, April 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Grotto Pizza, Edwardsville, PA.





PALM SUNDAY ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS MARCH 25, 2018

24 03 2018

Saturday, March 24 – 4:00 PM Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Myrovania Anointing with Holy Oil
✞Ronald Kachinko – Rebecca Molecavage

Sunday, March 25 – 8:30 AM PALM SUNDAY Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches Myrovania Anointing with Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, March 29 HOLY THURSDAY – 3:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord – READING OF THE 12 GOSPELS

Friday, March 30 – 1:00 PM – Vespers– Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ

Saturday, March 31 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
6:00 PM Resurrection Matins / Procession /
Easter Divine Liturgy – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, April 1 – 11:00 AM EASTER SUNDAY – RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD EASTER DIVINE LITURGY Blessing of Artos and blessing of Easter food Myravania Anointing with Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Transfiguration of Our Lord
Holy Thursday – 6:30PM – Good Friday – 5:30PM –
Saturday 3:00 PM Blessing of Easter Basket Food. Easter Sunday –
7:00 AM – Resurrection Matins, Procession Divine Liturgy
SIGN UP SHEET IS IN THE VESTIBULE FOR ADORATION OF THE GRAVE.PLEASE TRY TO SPEND AN HOUR WITH THE LORD
WE NEED THE MEN OF THE PARISH TO SIGN UP FOR HOLY THURSDAY EVENING, PROCESSION ON GOOD FRIDAY And RESURRECTION PROCESSION. YOUR HELP IN DOING THIS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS
Jesus Christ wrought many miracles during His lifetime but none is so deep in its effects and as a sign of abundance as the resurrection of Lazarus.
This miracle marks the apex of Christ’s self-revelation. The magnitude of this miracle and the publicity attending it were the immediate causes of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen also our faith and hope, in the divinity of Christ, and in our own resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day dead Lazarus, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. Jesus assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, shall LIVE!”

PALM SUNDAY
The festival of the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is one of the oldest feast days in the Eastern Church.
In our liturgical books this day is called, “Sunday of the Palms”, “Flowery or Blossom Sunday”, “Flower or Blossom-bearing Sunday”. Our people call this Sunday the “Sunday of Pussy-Willows or Willow Sunday.” All these names are associated with the custom of blessing and distributing palms on that day in church. Because no palm or olive trees grow in our country, we have the custom of using willow branches, a tree that is the first to blossom in the spring.
The spiritual meaning of Palm Sunday
The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory. Accordingly, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead and by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, gave them clear proof of His power and glory. When He entered Jerusalem, all the city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.’”
The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, within a few days would be crying out: “Crucify Him.”
Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to enter into everlasting triumph, joy and resurrection.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUEST.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 3:00 PM, Good Friday, 1:00 PM and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday, 6:00 PM. Help will be needed to set up the grave after the Holy Thursday services. Try to lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spend with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM.

DONATION: Our sincere thanks for the donation of $665 for the payment of the water heater replaced weeks ago. To the anonymous donor, your gift is greatly appreciated. May God’s blessings be with you always.

SVIACHENE: The Joint Parish Sviachene (Easter Dinner) will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Transfiguration of Our Lord Hall serving at 1:00 PM. Tickets are available. The cost is $12 for adults, children 10 and under free. Please, if you plan to attend this dinner, purchase your tickets early so the preparations can be made. The two parishes, SS Peter & Paul and Transfiguration will sponsor this affair to have the Parish Families come together and share with the Easter blessings and good food. Gifts for the Chinese Auction are needed. Your donations of gift items will be greatly appreciated. Save the date to attend this Church function, bring your family and friends

THANKS: Our thanks to those who donated and brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciative. We also would like to thank all the women and men who came out to lend their time to clean the church. God’s blessing to all.

LUC MEETING: The North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet at 6:00pm, Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville/Kingston PA. Agenda items will include the schedule for spring and summer meetings and the upcoming October National Convention in Amherst/Buffalo, New York.
Building Fund: Many thanks for the donation received in memory of Michael Hubiack by Norman Price.

Anointing of the Sick on Holy Wednesday
The general Anointing of the Sick is done for all baptized Christians present at the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.  If there are two blessings, the first blessings is done at the end of The Litany of Peace and the second is after the Litany of Supplication.  If more than one priest is present the people should be anointed by each of the priests present, up to seven priests in total.  The Prayer of Anointing is said first for all present, then each is anointed on the forehead, cheeks and palm of the hands with the formula, “The servant of God is anointed for the healing of soul and body, for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.” Then the Gospel Book is imposed by holding it open in front of the congregation, while saying the prayer,
”O Holy King, compassionate and most merciful, look down from heaven and, with your powerful right hand anoint your sick servants with holy oil. Forgive them their sins and grant them health to both body and soul, that with love and gratitude they may glorify You.“
This is the one time each year that this Mystery (Sacrament) is provided to all the faithful in attendance and forgives all sins so that even one who has not “gone to confession” is now freed from sin and if the person remains free from sin, is free to receive of the Eucharist, the Holy Body and Blood of Christ.