SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

16 09 2019

Saturday, Sept. 14
4:00 PM ✞Leonard Karabon – Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Sept.15 SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Saturday, Sept. 21
4:00 PM ✞Mary Ambrose – Parishioners

Sunday, Sept. 22 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Date Change – The Divine Liturgy and You: Deepening our Understanding of Community and the Individual in Prayer” will be the topic of the afternoon presentation by Father Morozowich on Sunday, September 29, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue. Cosponsored by the nine Ukrainian Catholic parishes of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Deanery and the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the event is of special interest to the faithful of both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. The educational event is open to the general public – everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
When I Whine

THANK GOD FOR THIS DAY

I may never see tomorrow;
There’s no written guarantee
and things that happened yesterday
belong to history.

I cannot predict the future
I cannot change the past
I have just the present moments
I must treat them as my last.

I must use this moment wisely
For it soon will pass away
And be lost forever
As part of yesterday.

I must exercise compassion
Help the fallen to their feet
Be a friend unto the friendless
Make an empty life complete.

The unkind things I do today
May never be undone
And friendships that I fail to win
May nevermore be won.

I may not have another chance
On bended knee to pray
And I thank God with a humble heart
For giving me this day.




THE SIGN OF THE CROSS in the GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH:
In case you don’t know what that title means, IC XC are abbreviations (in both Greek and Slavonic) for the name Jesus Christ. NIKA is a Greek verb that means “conquers” (perhaps “is victorious” is better, though not as grammatically accurate). Why am I giving you a lesson in Greek words and abbreviations? First of all, it will help you understand a few things you may see in the Eastern Christian tradition. On icons of Christ, you will always find somewhere the IC XC. If you look carefully when a Byzantine Catholic or Orthodox priest gives a blessing, you’ll see (if they’re doing it correctly) that they form the fingers of their right hand into the letters IC XC. So we always bless with the sign of the Cross and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the Liturgy, the priest facing the people holds his hand so that the fingers make the letters IC XC and gives the cross to the faithful who then receive the cross. This is why from the priest’s perspective during the blessing his hand goes to his left first but to the people facing him, to their right first [actually the Priest is asking God to give the people a blessing]. Here is the meaning, the priest presents the cross to the person and the person picks up, or takes up, their cross willing. The cross is never imposed on a person, they take it up willingly.

THE CROSS

The Mystery of the Cross, is the Mystery of Mysteries. How can the Source of Life die, the Creator of all exclaim, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” This is the kenosis (self emptying) of the Son of God, who emptied Himself, took the form of a servant and became obedient unto death, even to death of the Cross. Mankind, who is accustomed to asking why, is completely lost. The Mystery of the Cross is the Mystery of Atonement and wonder: “Let every creature remain silent and adore.” For the message of the Cross is complete absurdity for those who are heading to ruin, but to those who are experiencing salvation, it is the Power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18). If we ask why, the only answer we receive is that of St. John, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not perish, but have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16). Up until the sixth century, Christians were forbidden to depict Christ on the Cross, because the Cross was the punish­ment of slaves. The first time it appeared was through some Syrian monks living in Narbonne, France, and from whence it spread.
No one is exempt from the cross; not even the Blessed Virgin, who carried her cross from Christ’s birth in Bethlehem to Golgotha, where she stood at her Son’s side, as He hung on the Cross. The closer we are to Christ, the heavier is our cross for, as St. Paul says, “Those whom He foreknew, He predestined to share the Image of His Son, so that the Son might be the first-born of many brothers.” (Rom. 8:29
Bows and Blessings: We venerate (bow in front of) and make the sign of the cross many times during the Liturgy as a sign of our faith and the willing taking up of our own cross and the accepting of God’s blessings. As a rule, we bow slightly and bless ourselves every time we mention the persons of the Trinity by name or the priest blesses the congregation. We also bow and sign ourselves whenever we enter or leave the church.
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A reminder; Fr. Walter is away this week for the Archeparchial Priest’s Retreat in Longbranch, NJ. In case of an emergency contact any Catholic priest. If necessary I will return early, call the cell phone.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week September 14-21 by M/M Jack Huff for God’s blessing for good health of their son Jackson Huff.

CRAFT SALE: SS Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Warren St., Berwick, PA is sponsoring a Craft Sale on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Food & baked goods will be available to either dine in or take out. Vendors are welcome – $15 per 8” table, if interested please contact Janina Everett 570-759-2824 or email tjeverett@verizon.net

RUMMAGE SALE – Just a reminder – The Parish Women’s Society will be sponsoring a Rummage Sale Friday & Saturday, October 11/12 and Bag Day, Sunday, Oct. 13. If you have any items to contribute to this sale please bring your articles to the Church. Baked goods will be sold at the sale and a variety of foods. Any donations you can make for this sale will be greatly appreciated especially your wonderful baked desserts.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The lottery tickets are available, please do your part and purchase a few.





NATIVITY OF OUR MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD AND EVER VIRGIN MARY SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

16 09 2019

aturday, Sept. 7 – 4:00 PM
SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
✞Christine Youells – Father Walter

Sunday, Sept. 8 – 8:30AM
SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

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Saturday, Sept. 14 – 9:00 AM
ExAltation of the HOLY Cross
Anointing with Oil – Myrovania
All Parishioners Living and Deceased

Saturday, Sept. 14 – 4:00 PM
SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
✞Leonard Karabon – Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Sept. 15 – 8:30AM
SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

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

THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
One of the great feast days we celebrate at the beginning of the Liturgical Year is the fest of the Nativity of the most Holy Mother of God (Theotokos). This Feast is a joyful and significant feast day. 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 Gospel records very few incidents in the life of the most Pure Virgin Mary. It says nothing about her nativity, her parentage, her childhood or youth, or her holy assumption into heaven.
The chief source of information on the life of the most Holy Mother of God is the Apocryphal book written around the year 170-180 called Proto-evangelium of James. This book presented the basis for the institution of such feasts as the Conception of St. Anna, the Nativity of the most Holy Mother of God, the Presentation in the Temple, and the feasts honoring Joachim and Anna, the parents of Mary.
In the Proto-evangelium of James we learn that the most Pure Virgin Mary was descended on her father’s side from the royal house of David, and on her mother’s side from the priestly line of Aaron. Her parents lived in Nazareth and were fairly well off. They were also distinguished for the great holiness of their lives and their great love of God and neighbor. Joachim was accustomed to dividing the fruits of his labor into three parts; one part he gave to God as sacrifice, the second part he distributed among the poor, and the third part he kept for himself. Their one great sorrow was that they had no children. Among the Jews, childlessness was looked upon not only as an absence of God’s blessing, but as a punishment from God. Joachim and Anna had to suffer much. Therefore, it is not surprising that they should unceasingly implore God for a child. This was the main purpose of all their prayers, fasting, and alms. Finally, the Lord God blessed them in their old age with a child who was destined to become the Mother of God.
The birth of Mary was a singular source of joy for her parents – Joachim and Anna, for heaven, for earth, and for all creations. Various Fathers of the Church have stressed the spiritual joy occasioned by this feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

ST. PETER AT THE PEARLY GATES

Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates. The gates are closed, however, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper.
St. Peter says, “Well, Forrest, it’s certainly good to see you. We have heard so many good things about you. I must inform you that the place is filling up fast, and we’ve been giving an entrance quiz for everyone. The tests are short, but you need to pass before you can get into Heaven. Forrest responds, “It sure is good to be here, St. Peter. I was looking forward to this. Nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. Sure hope the test ain’t too hard; Life was a big enough test as it was.
 St. Peter goes on, “I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions: — What days of the week begin with the letter T?– How many seconds are there in a year?– What is God’s first name?”
Forrest goes away to think the questions over. He returns later and goes up to St. Peter to try to answer the exam questions. St. Peter waves him up and says, “Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers.”
Forrest says, “Well, the first one how many days of the week begin with the letter ‘T?” “Shucks, that one’s easy. That’d be Today and Tomorrow.”
The Saint’s eyes open wide and he exclaims “Forrest! That’s not what I was thinking, but…you do have a point though, and I guess I didn’t specify, so I will give you credit for that answer.” “How about the next one?” “How many seconds in a year?”
“Now that one’s harder” says Forrest, “but I thought and thought about that and I guess the only answer can be twelve.”
Astounded, St. Peter says “Twelve! Twelve! Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?” Forest says “Aw, come on, St. Peter, there’s gotta be twelve, January second, February second, March second . . .”
“Hold it” interrupts St. Peter. “I see where you’re going with it, I guess I see your point, though that wasn’t quite what I had in mind, but I’ll give you credit for that one too. Let’s go on with the next and final question. Can you tell me God’s first name?”
Forrest replied, “Andy.”
When St. Peter asked how in the world he came up with the name Andy? Forrest replied, “You know, St. Peter, that song we sing in church: “Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me.”

The lesson: THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW, and just because another person doesn’t see things the same way or understand the same way that you do, does not mean that it’s wrong.

Glory to Jesus Christ! —- Glory Forever!
Slava Isusu Khrystu! —- Slava Na Viky!

Ultimate security does not come from relying on things or people,
but from relying on God.
Lord, I place my trust in You.
Bless me and keep me in Your loving care.

Hints for Participating in the Liturgy
The following are some comments that may be helpful in participating in today’s Liturgy.

Incense: We use incense as a sign of reverence for the sacred place and the sacredness of the people who are made in God’s image and as a sign of preparing for something important about to happen.  It is our prayer ascending like the smoke of incense before the throne of God. When the priest incenses, people simply bow their heads only. You do not bless yourself.

Gospel Book: A gold-covered Gospel Book is resting on the altar because it IS Jesus Christ, truly present, in His hearing we are His followers. This message is God With Us. We must to be attentive!

Bows and Blessings: We bow and make the sign of the cross many times during the Liturgy as a sign of our faith and we willing accept of God’s blessings and take up our cross and Jesus took up His.  As a rule we bow slightly and bless ourselves every time we mention the persons of the Trinity by name or the priest blesses the congregation.  We also bow and sign ourselves whenever we enter, cross the middle of the church or leave the Church.

Singing: One of the great beauties of the Liturgy as celebrated in the Eastern Churches is the congregational singing.  The melodies are not difficult and are easy to learn.  So, we encourage you to sing out to the Lord! He who sings, prays twice! !

Altar Bread: Our altar bread is made with yeast and therefore has a thickness to it.  At the beginning of the Liturgy, the priest will cut a loaf of specially baked altar bread and prepare cubed particular that will be used for the distribution of Holy Communion.

Holy Communion: The consecrated body of Christ is placed into the chalice just before Communion time.  A small particle of Christ is placed with the spoon and given to the communicant just as an infant is fed by a parent.  If you wish to receive Holy Communion, come forward to the priest and quietly state your first name.  Then open your mouth wide, tilt your head back slightly, and keep your tongue in your mouth.  Do NOT say “Amen” as the priest says the entire prayer for the communicant.  The priest will bring the spoon to your mouth and will gently place the Eucharist into it.  Wait for the priest to bring his hand away from your face.  Then close your mouth and return to your place.

Holy Anointing: On the Major Feast Days which include Litya, the blessing of the wheat, wine, oil and bread at the end of Vespers, the priest will anoint the congregation with the blessed oil as a sign of Jesus Christ’s cleansing us and our unity as His followers.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week September 7-14 by Geri Kolotelo in memory of Louis Kolotelo.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Women’s Society will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 10th in the Church Hall at 6:30 PM. All members are urged to please attend this meeting. New members are always welcome. Help will be needed to set up the October Rummage Sale and plan for the food and bake sale.

RUMMAGE SALE: The Women’s Society will sponsor the annual Rummage Sale Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. Items are accepted for the sale that are in good condition and food and a bake sale will be on the agenda. Help is needed for the bake sale. All you good dessert makers are being asked to donate your fine produces.

HOLY DAY: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a solemn feast day. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 14th at AM. The regular Sunday Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the usual time of 4:00 PM.





TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST September 1, 2019

3 09 2019

Saturday, August 31 – 4:00 PM
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Sunday, September 1 – 8:30AM
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
✞ Richard Ritts – Lisa Placek

Saturday, September 7 – 4:00 PM
BIRTH OF THE THEOTOKOS – Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
✞ Christine Youells – Father Walter

Sunday, September 8 – 8:30AM
BIRTH OF THE THEOTOKOS – Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

The Gentle Whisper

The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old priest. Pacing about the priest’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Father, why doesn’t God answer?”
 The old priest, who sat with the young man from across the room, spoke something in reply — something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked.
 The priest repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the priest’s chair.
”Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.”
With their heads bent together, the old priest spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “so we will need to move closer to hear Him.”
This time the young man heard and he understood.
We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God’s is the still small voice . . . the gentle whisper. Perhaps there’s a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself closer to God.
 
Prayer to Jesus Christ
Thou who at every season and every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified; O Christ our God, who art long-suffering, merciful and compassionate; who loves the just and shows mercy upon the sinner; who calls all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come: O Lord, in this hour receive our supplications, and direct our lives according to Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds; deliver us from all tribulations, evil and distress. Compass us about with Thy holy Angels, that guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of

Our thanks to the anonymous donor of $60 to purchase the Altar Wine used for the Holy Communion during Divine Liturgy. God bless you and your generous gift.





ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 25, 2019

26 08 2019

Saturday, August 24
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and good health for John Dubik

Sunday, August 25 ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, August 29 BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
9:00 AM Luiz and Sandra Fragelli – Fr. Walter

Saturday, August 31
4:00 PM ✞ Richard Ritts – Lisa Placek

Sunday, September 1 TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM

BEAHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST: Following the Baptism of the Lord, Saint John the Baptist was locked up in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch (ruler of one fourth of the Holy Land) and governor of Galilee. (After the death of king Herod the Great, the Romans divided the territory of Palestine into four parts, and put a governor in charge of each part. Herod Antipas received Galilee from the emperor Augustus).
The prophet of God John openly denounced Herod for having left his lawful wife, the daughter of the Arabian king Aretas, and then instead cohabiting with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip On his birthday, Herod made a feast for dignitaries, the elders and a thousand chief citizens. Salome, the daughter of Herod, danced before the guests and charmed Herod. In gratitude to the girl, he swore to give her whatever she would ask, up to half his kingdom.
The vile girl on the advice of her wicked mother Herodias asked that she be given the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod became apprehensive, for he feared the wrath of God for the murder of a prophet, whom earlier he had heeded. He also feared the people, who loved the holy Forerunner. But because of the guests and his careless oath, he gave orders to cut off the head of Saint John and to give it to Salome.
According to Tradition, the mouth of the dead preacher of repentance once more opened and proclaimed: “Herod, you should not have the wife of your brother Philip.” Salome took the platter with the head of Saint John and gave it to her mother. The frenzied Herodias repeatedly stabbed the tongue of the prophet with a needle and buried his holy head in a unclean place. But the pious Joanna, wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, buried the head of John the Baptist in an earthen vessel on the Mount of Olives, where Herod had a parcel of land. (The Uncovering of the Venerable Head is celebrated (February 24). The holy body of John the Baptist was taken that night by his disciples and buried at Sebastia, there where the wicked deed had been done.
After the murder of Saint John the Baptist, Herod continued to govern for a certain time. Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea, later sent Jesus Christ to him, Whom he mocked
The judgment of God came upon Herod, Herodias and Salome, even during their earthly life. Salome, crossing the River Sikoris in winter, fell through the ice. The ice gave way in such a way that her body was in the water, but her head was trapped above the ice. It was similar to how she once had danced with her feet upon the ground, but now she flailed helplessly in the icy water. Thus she was trapped until that time when the sharp ice cut through her neck.
Her corpse was not found, but they brought the head to Herod and Herodias, as once they had brought them the head of Saint John the Baptist. The Arab king Aretas, in revenge for the disrespect shown his daughter, made war against Herod. The defeated Herod suffered the wrath of the Roman emperor Caius Caligua (37-41) and was exiled with Herodias first to Gaul, and then to Spain.

SANCTUARYLIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 24 – 31 by Michael Kane in memory of Mary Kulyn.

FOOD FESTIVAL:  Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 240 Center Street Nanticoke will hold a Food Festival, Flea Market and Bake Sale on Saturday, August 31 from 11am-4pm.  We will feature home-made pyrohy, potato pancakes, piggies, clam chowder, haluski, borsch, wimpies, hotdogs, kielbosi and beverages.  There also will be a Furniture Flea Market and Bake Sale.  Come out and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend with Us!

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Our best wishes to Dolores Sinko who will celebrate her birthday on August 29th. May God grant you many more happy, healthy years.

ST, NICHOLAS CHURCH: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is celebrating its 125th. A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM at St. Nicholas Church. A banquet will follow at 4:00 pm at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Hall. The cost per adult is $45.00. Children ages 7-15 is $15.00 and under 7 are free. Beer, wine, & soda are included. No tickets will be available at the door & there are no refunds. Please make your check out to “St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church” along with number of tickets you are requesting and the names of the people attending to St. Nicholas Church, 153 East Main Street, Glen Lyon,PA 18617 by September 1, 2

RUMMAGE SALE: Items are being collected for the annual Rummage Sale sponsored by SS Peter & Paul Women’s Society in October. If you have any household item to be donated please call one of the members of the Society or bring them to the church on weekends or the Hall on certain day.





TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST August 18, 2019

19 08 2019

Saturday, August 17
4:00 PM ✞ Leonard Karabon – M/M Donald Winsock

Sunday, August 18 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Saturday, August 24– 4:00 PM
God’s Blessings and Heath for John Dubik – Parishioners

Sunday, August 25 – 8:30AM
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.

Thursday, August 29 – 9:00 AM
BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Just a reminder
September 16 – 19 is the Archeparchy Retreat, Father Walter will be away

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 18 – 24 by Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of Emily Hilinski..

BUILDING FUND: We wish to thank Jewel Johnstone and Ann Beshada for their donation to the Parish Building Fund in memory of Mary Ambrose.

RUMMAGE SALE: the Women’s Society will sponsor the annual Rummage Sale in October, 2019. Items to be donated should be in good condition and useful such as household items. Clothes will be accepted only if they are in good condition. Bring your contributions to the Church if you have anything to donate.

Moleben and LUC Meeting – Father Roman Petryshak, pastor of Berwick’s SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to the Mother of God – on Sunday, this Sunday, at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC). 

Dean of the Catholic University School of Theology and Religious Studies
 “The Divine Liturgy and You: Deepening our Understanding of Community and the Individual in Prayer” will be the topic of the afternoon presentation by Father Morozowich on Sunday, September 22, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue. Cosponsored by the nine Ukrainian Catholic parishes of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Deanery and the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the event is of special interest to the faithful of both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. The educational event is open to the general public – everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.





NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 11, 2019

19 08 2019

Saturday, August 10
4:00 PM ✞ Pavlo & Francis Kuczeriawie

Sunday, August 11 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, August 15 THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
9:00 AM ANOINTING OF HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
BLESSING OF FLOWERS –
✞Mary Ambrose – Al Michalak

Saturday, August 17 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
4:00 PM ✞Leonard Karabon – M/M Donald Winsock

Sunday, August 18 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Feast of the Dormition of the
Most Holy Mother Of God
August 15th

The day of the death of the Most Holy Mother of God is called the Dormition (or falling asleep) in our Church, for her body did not know corruption after death, but together with her soul was taken up into heaven, hence, another name for the feast is “the Assumption”. We have historical data to indicate how long the Mother of God remained on earth after the ascension of Christ into heaven, nor when, where, or how she died, for the Gospels say nothing of this.
Three days before the death of Mary, the Archangel Gabriel appeared and announced to her from her Son, Jesus Christ, the time of her departure into eternity. On the day of her death, in a miraculous manner the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem although they had been scattered in various countries of the then known world. St. Thomas was the only Apostle absent. The Mother of God expressed her wish to be buried in Gethsemane near her parents and her spouse, Joseph. Christ, in person, came accompanied by Angels and Saints to escort His Most Holy Mother to heaven. The Apostles, while singing holy hymns, carried the body of Mary to the grave where they remained keeping vigil for three days. On the third day, St. Thomas came from afar and desired very much to view for the last time the Most Pure Mother of God. When the grave was opened, her body was not there, only the funeral clothes in which the body had been wrapped. The Apostles then realized that Mary had been taken up body and soul into heaven.
Some ancient Tipicons prescribe the blessing of fruit of the vine (grapes), not on the feast of the Transfiguration, but on the feast of the Dormition. In the Greek Nicolo-Casulan Typicon of the twelfth-thirteenth century, we read: “Let it be known that, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, the 15th of August, grapes are blessed and eaten in church after the Divine Liturgy according to an ancient tradition.” The Typicon of Sinai of the year 1214 contains the same prescription. Similarly, the Typicons of the Lavra of St. Athanasius on Athos prescribes the blessing of grapes on the 15th of August.
We have the custom of blessing flowers on the feast of the Dormition. The Typicon of Father I. Dolnytskyj says: “Wherever the custom prevails of blessing flowers, let it be done after the Prayer behind the Ambo or after the Dismissal Prayer of the Divine Liturgy.

 “The Divine Liturgy and You: Deepening our Understanding of Community and the Individual in Prayer” will be the topic of the afternoon presentation by Father Morozowich on Sunday, September 22, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue. Cosponsored by the nine Ukrainian Catholic parishes of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Deanery and the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the event is of special interest to the faithful of both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. The educational event is open to the general public – everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week August 10 – 17 by Michelene Ostrum in honor of her mother Helene Sirak 91st Birthday.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS~ We extent our Birthday Greetings to Helen Sirak celebrating he 91st Birthday and Mary Oshirak who will celebrate her Birthday on Thursday, August 15. ~ MNOHYA I BLAHAYA LITA!

SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to Claire Karabon and family on the passing of her husband Leonard Karabon to his eternal rest. May his memory be eternal. .

Moleben and LUC Meeting – Father Roman Petryshak, pastor of Berwick’s SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to the Mother of God – on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Primary agenda items include plans for commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the passing of Venerable Metropolitan Andrij Sheptytsky; participation in the upcoming presentation on the Divine Liturgy by Very Rev. Dr. Mark Morozowich, Dean of The Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies; future trips to Ukrainian religious and cultural events including the May 2020 St. George Ukrainian Street Festival in New York City; and, providing help to the orphan children in Ukraine. This is a public event of SS. Cyril and Methodius parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome. 





EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST August 4, 2019

5 08 2019

Saturday, Aug. 3
4:00 PM ✞Joseph Martinez – Frank & Irene Martens

Sunday, Aug. 4 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Tuesday, Aug. 6 THE FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
Saturday, Aug. 10
4:00 PM ✞Pavlo & Francis Kuczeriawie

Sunday, Aug. 11 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people,
A heart that forgives the worst,
A mind that forgets the bad,
And a soul that never loses faith in God.

AUGUST 6
THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on August 6th. The feast commemorates the transfiguration or Christ revealing the Fullness of Himself on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His full divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and John.
The event of the Transfiguration is recorded in the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. Jesus took the Apostles Peter, James, and John with Him up a mountain, and while they were on the mountain Jesus was transfigured. He shone like the sun, and His garments became more than merely glistening white, radiating light as well.
Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ, talking to Him. Peter declared how good it was for them to be there and expressed the desire to build three booths for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. This reference to the booths could imply that this occurred during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles when the Jews would be camping out in the fields for the grape harvest; for this Feast had acquired other associations in the course of its history, including the memory of the wanderings in the wilderness recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus.
While Peter was speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice came from the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” When the disciples heard this they fell on their faces filled with awe. Jesus came to them and told them to not be afraid. When the three looked up they saw only Jesus.
As Jesus and His disciples came down the mountain, He told them not to speak of what they had seen until He had risen from the dead.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No Request.

BUILDING FUND CORRECTION: Last week the donation in memory of Mary Ambrose was donated by Allen & Jullie Jayne.

LUC- Father Roman Petryshak, pastor of Berwick’s SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to the Mother of God – on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Primary agenda items include plans for commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the passing of Venerable Metropolitan Andrij Sheptytsky; participation in the upcoming presentation on the Divine Liturgy by Very Rev. Dr. Mark Morozowich, Dean of The Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies; future trips to Ukrainian religious and cultural events including the May 2020 St. George Ukrainian Street Festival in New York City; and, providing help to the orphan children in Ukraine. This is a public event of SS. Cyril and Methodius parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: We extend our belated Birthday greetings to Eugene
Slabinski who celebrated his day last week-end. May God grant you many more Happy, Healthy Years.