SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST FEBRUARY 25, 2018

3 03 2018

Saturday, Feb. 23
4:00 PM ✞Edmund Bircsak – Irene Bircsak

Sunday, Feb. 24 SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, Plymouth, PA

Wednesday, Feb. 27
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 3
9:00 AM ✞ Sorokousty – All Souls Saturday
4:00 PM ✞Alyssa Baumann – Donna and Nelson Warren

Sunday, March 4 THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas – Glen Lyon, PA

LENTEN MISSION COMING TO OUR AREA: You are cordially invited to a 6-day Lenten Mission being held at local Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parishes in the beginning of March.  Please see the special flyer for all the details.  The Missionary Preacher will be Fr. Protodeacon Michael Waak from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Philadelphia.  The spiritual purpose of the Mission will be that together we grow in closeness to God and learn our Faith.  After each Lenten service and talk, there will be a reception, during which there will be a question and answer period between the people and the clergy. Bring any questions you may have about Jesus, our Faith, our church, and why we worship the way we do.  Remember, there is no “dumb” question, except the one you have but didn’t ask.  Don’t be shy!  The more we know about our Jesus Christ and our Faith, the stronger our Faith will become.  Hope to see you at our Mission!

Second Sunday of Lent
The second Sunday of Lent is called “Sunday of the palsied Man.” Men must repent for their sins, if they want to be forgiven. Christ cannot heal our soul if we do not repent (turn back to God) for having offended God by our iniquities. The Church leads us in pious exercises of prayer and fasting because our weakness can be healed by them.
First and Second finding of John The Baptist’s head, the symbol of all the prophets. Wednesday commemorates the Theotokos, the Mother of God, and the beginning of His passion and also venerates the life-giving Cross on which He died. On Thursday, the Church venerates the holy Apostles and St. Nicholas. On Friday, she celebrates the memory of the passion of Christ and His death on the Cross. In short, every week is a ‘little Holy Week’ and every Sunday is a ‘little Resurrection of the Lord.’

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Feb. 24-Mar. 3 by Daughter Dolores & Paul Hoover in memory of Mother Anna Soppeck.

SOUP & HOAGIE SALE: St. Nicholas UCC, Glen Lyon, PA is sponsoring a Vegetable soup, turkey & Italian hoagie sale on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm in the church hall. The cost for the soup is $6 a quart & hoagies $6 each. A Bake Sale will also be available. Orders should be placed by March 11th by calling Debbie at 570-736-6908.

SVACHENE: Our Parish council decided to have a joint Svachene (after Easter Dinner) with Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Nanticoke, PA. A meeting of both parishes will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 6:30 PM in Transfiguration of Our Lord Church basement to discuss the menu, etc. All are invited to attend this meeting to have a choice in this affair.
Other subjects discussed are – New lights for the parking lot and patching of parking lot.

THANKS: Our thanks to Fred from Precision Tree Removal for his donation of $1,000 worth of tree removal in memory of Ron Kachinko. Fred did most of the tree removal in our Parish Cemetery. His generous offer is greatly appreciated.

WATER HEATER: The water heater had to be replaced in the Church recently. The cost of this replacement is $665. If you would like to make a donation toward this expense please place it in the collection basket.

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FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST FEBRUARY 18, 2018

3 03 2018

Saturday, February 17 – 4:00 PM
✞Ronald Kachinko – Michael & Dolores

Sunday, February 18 – 8:30 AM – First Sunday of the Great Fast
4:00 PM – STATIONS OF THE CROSS at SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Wednesday, February 21– 4;00 PM
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, February 24 – 4:00 PM
✞Edmund Bircsak – Irene Bircsak

Sunday, February 25 – 8:30 AM – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross, SS Peter & Paul, Plymouth, PA

The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. What do we mean by “orthodoxy”? The word “orthodoxy” stems from the Greek word “orthodoxia” (orthos=right; doksa=thought) which signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. We are not speaking here of orthodoxy as we understand it today as being a separated from Rome, but orthodoxy as applied to the whole Church of Christ until the schism between the Western and Eastern Church which occurred in the eleventh century under the patriarchs Leo IX and Cerularius (1054). The orthodoxy that we celebrate this Sunday is universal-catholic orthodoxy, professed by the entire Church of Christ of the first millenium in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm (Gr – eikon=image; klastes=a breaker; – an image breaking heresy). The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a festival for the whole Church, both Eastern and Western. It is the festive celebration of the decisive victory over Iconoclasm and other heresies and is the origin or birthday of the Iconostas (wall of icons).
The purpose of this feast is to pay solemn public homage (veneration – lit. bow before) to the holy icon of Jesus Christ; but not only Christ but also the Blessed Birthgiver (Theotokos) of God, and all the Saints.
The Church of Christ deeply respects and honors the holy icons as it also does holy relics. She places them in church for public veneration and recommends that we venerate them privately in our homes, and wear small icons around our necks in the form of little crosses or medals.

SUNDAY LITURGIES DURING LENT:
WHY DO THEY SEEM LONGER?
Our Byzantine Church prescribes that the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated on all of the Sundays of The Great Fast, instead of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which is celebrated throughout the rest of the year.  St. Basil’s Anaphora prayers are older and are longer prayers than St. John Chrysostom’s Anaphora prayers (which were derived from of St. Basil the Great’s), and is celebrated ten times during the church year:  the five Sundays of The Great Fast (Palm Sunday is not part of the Fast), Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve, Epiphany Eve, and on the actual Feast of St. Basil which we celebrate on January 1.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week February 17 – 24 by Michael Kane in memory of Joseph Kane

The Altar Candles that burn for all the services during the month you request is available. The donation is $40 and the candles will burn during all the services of the month desired for your intentions.

DEANERY STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Our Parish will be the host for next Sunday, February 25th at 4:00 PM for the Deanery Stations of the Cross. A Fellowship will follow in the church hall. We are asking all parishioners to please try to attend this beautiful service. Desserts, food, etc. are in need for the fellowship. If you can help in this matter, please sign in on the paper in the vestibule. Your generosity is always very appreciated.

Schedule for the Deanery Station of the Cross
Sunday, Feb. 18 4:00 PM – SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Sunday, Feb. 24 4:00 PM – SS Peter & Paul, Plymouth, PA
Sunday, March 4 4:00 PM – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA
Sunday, March 11 4:00 PM – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
Sunday, March 17 4:00 PM – St. Vladimir, Edwardsville, PA

Please remember all those who are in Nursing Facilities, at home or in the hospital.





SUNDAY OF CHEESFARE FEBRUARY 11, 2018

13 02 2018

Saturday, February 10
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Marie Lindsey

Sunday, February 11 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.
4:00 PM Forgiveness Vespers
At Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Nanticoke, PA
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Wednesday, February 14
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, February 17 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Michael & Dolores Sinko

Sunday, February 18 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners

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

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

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles that burn for all services was requested for the month of January in memory of Anna Bosack and the month of February in memory of Peter Bosack by John and Claudia Bosack.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish council will meet on Thursday, Feb. 15th,
2:00 pm in the church hall. All parishioners are invited to attend. The main subject will be if our parish and Transfiguration of Our Lord parish could have a joint SVIACHENE (after Easter Dinner) this year. Your interest in this affair is needed.

LENTEN SERVICES: The Liturgy of Presanctifed Gifts will be celebrated at our parish each Wednesday during Lent at 4:00 PM

DEANERY STATIONS: Stations of the Cross by the Deanery will be held in various parishes on Sunday’s during Lent. The Stations of the Cross will be held in our Parish Sunday, February 25th at 4:00 PM. This service is done in reverence and all who are able should attend these services. Fellowship will follow and we are asking all our good dessert makers for help in providing either food or the desserts.
Please remember to sign in if you plan on supplying a dessert, etc. for the fellowship after the Deanery Stations of the Cross.
Confessions at 3:30 p.m. and Rosary at 3:45 p.m. by all faithful present, Stations begin at 4 p.m.

BUILDING/IMPROVEMENT FUND: We are extremely grateful for the donation of $10,000 from the Family of Mrs. Jean Cahn.





SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 4, 2018

13 02 2018

Saturday, Feb. 3
4:00 PM ✞ Anna & John Rudeski – Onderko & Rudeski Families

Sunday, Feb. 4 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Feb. 10
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Marie Lindsey
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

Sunday, Feb. 11 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

SUNDAY OF MEAT-FARE
The Sunday of Meat-fare is also called the Sunday of the Terrible Judgment. In the Gospel today, Christ speaks of the Terrible Judgment, of the reward of the righteous, and the eternal punishment of the wicked. By recalling the manner in which the Terrible Judgment will be carried out, this service is designed to fill us with salutary fear, sorrow for our sins, and to stress the importance of good works, especially works of mercy.
No one shall escape this Judgment. All our deeds will be exposed and rewarded or punished. This is clear from the following stichera, “The books will be opened and the acts of men will be revealed before the unbearable judgment seat; the whole vale of sorrow shall echo with the fearful sound of lamentation, as all the sinners, weeping in vain, are sent by your just judgment to everlasting torment. Therefore, we beseech you, O compassionate and loving Lord: Spare us who sing your praise, for you alone are rich in mercy.”
“The trumpets shall blow, the graves shall be opened and all mankind shall rise trembling greatly, moaning and shaking, as they are separated from the elect and sent to suffering. Therefore, O Lord of glory, be compassionate toward us and make us worthy to be counted among those who love You.”
Everyone shall appear at the Terrible Judgment where there shall be no respect for persons, as the following hymn of the canon of the Matins service of that Sunday makes clear: “The day is approaching, already at the door is the judgment! O Soul, where kings and princes, the rich and the poor gather, where all people shall be judged and receive according to their deeds.”

Pysanky Workshop – Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Olyphant will be holding pysanky workshops on the 4th, 11th and 18th of March at 2 pm. Cost is expected to be between $20 and $25. (570) 489-2271 sscyrilandmethodius@comcast.net

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

MANY WEEKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REQUESTS FOR THE SANCTUARY LIGHTS. THE LIGHT BURNS FOR THE WEEK AND THE DONATION IS $15. REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES BY HONORING THEM OR A SPECIAL OCCATION.

PIGGIE DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes- Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner on Sunday, February 11th, 2018.  Dinners may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Parish School Hall, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Dinner includes Piggies (meat stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert.  Dinners will be $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (12 and under).  Walk-Ins Welcome but Reservations are encouraged,.

BUS TRIIP: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is sponsoring a springtime bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There will be two stops in Manhattan: the 911 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero and the 42nd annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival on the Lower East Side. Adults $70.00; Seniors 65+ $64.00; Youth 7 to 17 yrs. $62.00. Participants can follow the above two-stop itinerary or are free to do their own thing for part or all of the day. For those not visiting the Museum, the cost is $44.00. 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.  For additional details and to make reservations contact Dave Pietryka or Paul Ewasko. Due to the large number of visitors, Museum staff strongly recommends early confirmation of number of tickets to be ordered, therefore we ask that reservations and nonrefundable payment be made preferably before April 1. Check should be made out to St. Vladimir Church.”

SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to Rebecca Molecavage for the loss of her brother John Bencho.





SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON January 28, 2018

13 02 2018

Saturday, Jan. 27
4:00 PM ✞Alyssa Baumann – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, Jan. 28 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, Feb. 2 ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON (& ANNA)
9:00 AM BLESSING OF CANDLES
ANOINTING WITH HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA
✞Andrew Beshada – Ann Beshada

Saturday, Feb. 3 ✞John & Anna Rudeski – Onderko & Rudeski Families
4:00 PM

Sunday, Feb. 4 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
JANUARY 28, 20

The Symbol of God’s Mercy Towards the Sinner

The Parable of the Prodigal (sinful) Son has a deep meaning. When we ponder it, we spontaneously perceive that the Prodigal Son is none other than every person who through sin has strained his relationship with God. For this reason, the parable is very real to us; it is the story of our lives. It is a symbol of our infidelity to God. But it is also the symbol of God’s unbounded mercy toward us. We receive God’s mercy when we return to Him. Today, as the world teems with prodigal sons and daughters this parable is dramatized in countless millions. Every person is either that older son who is ever faithful to his father or that younger son who only through hard and painful experience becomes convinced that outside the father’s house there is no happiness or is that person who never returns to God and is eternally lost.
The parable teaches us that God forgives and mercifully receives even the greatest sinners when the sinner returns to God; if they repent and are sorry for their sins. The history of the human race is nothing but the history of sin and God’s mercy, “The mercy of the Lord is from eternity to eternity upon them that fear him.” (Psalm 103, 17)

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of January 27 – February3 by Ann Beshada in memory of her husband Andrew Beshada.

BUILDING FUND: We thank Marie Lindsey, Carl & Sharon Baumann. for the donations given in memory of Ron Kachinko by Your donations are sincerely appreciated.

MYASOPUSNA 2018: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church is pleased to announce that dinner tickets are now available for our Annual Myasopusna Festival, held at the church’s banquet hall at 240 Center Street, Nanticoke, next Sunday, February 4, from noon to 4 pm.  The Myasopusna (Meatfare) Festival is the parish’s pre-lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast.  Dinner (a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, pyrohy, borscht, black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert) will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, followed by live Ukrainian dance performances by Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers.  A variety of Ukrainian crafts will be on display and for sale.  Dinner tickets are $13 if purchased by January 29 ($15 at the door).  Tickets can be purchased by calling Helen or Geri.

FORGIVENESS VESPERS: Father Walter announced that a special Forgiveness Vespers will be celebrated at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Nanticoke, PA on Sunday, Feb. 11th, at 4:00 PM.





SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE JANUARY 21, 2018

23 01 2018

DIVINE LITURGY SCHEDULE: Saturdays 4:00 PM; Sundays 8:30 AMSaturday, Jan. 20
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Tom, Joanne, Genny Hewitt

Sunday, Jan. 21 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, Jan. 24
9:00 A:M ✞Ronald Kachinko ( 40th Day) – The Kachinko Family

Saturday, January 27
4:00 PM ✞Alyssa Baumann – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, January 28 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Publican and the Pharisee

Before the soldier goes to battle, he undergoes a long period of military training to prepare himself physically and psychologically for combat and to enable him to bear the burdens and inconveniences of military life.
In like manner, holy Church, our good Mother, prepares us, her children, spiritually for the struggles we must undergo before she imposes upon us the strict Great Fast (Forty-Days Fast). This is precisely the aim of the four pre-Lenten Sundays, which begin with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and end with Cheese fare Sunday. In the Church services of those Sunday’s, holy Church places before our eyes several biblical scenes: the proud Pharisee and the humble Publican, the conversion of the Prodigal Son, the scene of the Last Judgment and the expulsion of our First Parents from Paradise. These dramatic scenes have the power to move us to the depths; they reveal God’s mercy and justice, and convince us of the need for conversion and penance for our salvation. Meditation on these events should evoke in us a serious attitude toward fasting; convincing us of its necessity and benefit as it gradually prepares us for the Fast itself.

Lent, The Season of Repentance 

The Great Fast, or Lent, begins on the Monday, seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. It is regarded as a time for doing penance through the means of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Ukrainian Catholic Church has always considered the doing of penance a necessary condition for salvation. 
In the past faithful were required to conduct severe forms of fasting and abstinence during the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday. However, the Church has recognized the continuous change in society and as such has called for different expressions of penance. As such there has been a greater relaxation of the laws of fasting and abstinence but in its place a greater attention to prayer, meditations and almsgiving has been made. 
Ukrainian Catholics are today obliged to observe Lent in the following manner. On the first day of Lent and on Good Friday, persons between the ages of 14 and 60 are obliged to abstain from all meat and dairy products. Every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence from meat, as are all Fridays. Public dancing, parties and other loud secular entertainments are to be avoided. 
As an expression of penance during Lent, Ukrainian Catholics are required to conduct prostrations (called poklony in Ukrainian). A prostration is an accentuated form of bending the knee – an act of inclining the whole body to the ground. These penitential prostrations are performed as the following penitential prayer of St. Ephraem Syrus is sung or recited: 
 St. Ephraem PRAYER
”O Lord and Master of my life, grant me not a spirit of slothfulness, of negligence, of lust of power, of vain babbling. [poklony] But vouchsafe unto thy servant the spirit of continence, of meekness, of patience and of love. [poklony] Yea, Lord and King, grant that I may perceive my transgressions and judge not my brother, for You are blessed forever and ever.” [poklony]

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
Jan. 20-27 by The Halloway Family in memory of Deceased members of the Halloway Family.

THANKS: Our thanks to those who so faithfully came out last Sunday to dismantle the Nativity. Your time and efforts were greatly appreciated. God bless you all.

MYASOPUSNA 2018: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church is pleased to announce that dinner tickets are now available for our Annual Myasopusna Festival, held at the church’s banquet hall at 240 Center Street, Nanticoke, on Sunday, February 4, from noon to 4 pm.  The Myasopusna (Meatfare) Festival is the parish’s pre-lenten celebration, preceding the Great Fast.  Dinner (a platter of holuptsi, kobasi, pyrohy, borscht, black bread and butter, and a homemade dessert) will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, followed by live Ukrainian dance performances by Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Dancers.  A variety of Ukrainian crafts will be on display and for sale.  Dinner tickets are $13 if purchased by January 29 ($15 at the door). 

BLESSING OF HOMES: You may still have Father bless your home. If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Walter at 735-2262 – Cell Phone 202-603-2607 or place your name and address and phone number in the collection .

BUS TRIP: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is sponsoring a springtime bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There will be two stops in Manhattan: the 911 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero and the 42nd annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival on the Lower East Side. Adults $70.00; Seniors 65+ $64.00; Youth 7 to 17 yrs. $62.00. Further information will follow next week.





THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS JANUARY 14, 2007

23 01 2018

Saturday, Jan. 13
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Nelson & Donna Warren

Sunday, Jan. 14 Thirty Second SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Jan. 20
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Tom, Joanne, Genny Hewitt

Sunday, Jan. 21 SUNDAY OF PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Jan. 13 – 20 by Wife Irene Pstrak in memory of Joseph Pstrak.

DISMANTLE OF THE NATIVITY: The dismantling of the Nativity is scheduled for this Sunday, January 14. Help is needed for this project. Please, if you can possibly come to help we will be able to finish sooner if we have the hands. Come about 1:00 PM and you helping hands will be greatly appreciated.

BUILDING FUND: Donations in memory of Ron Kachinko were made in the amount of $125 – thanks to Bernard and Marina Kachinko and Bonner Chevrolet. Also a donation in memory of Arlene Jones by Nancy Palumbo.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish, especially those at home, in nursing facilities and hospitals.

BLESSING OF HOMES: If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Walter at 735-2262 or place your name and address in the collection basket. Father will bless everyone’s home who request a blessing.