SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 8, 2017

17 01 2017

Saturday, Jan. 7
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak – Mr. & Mrs. John Ostrum

Sunday, Jan. 8 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Thursday, Jan. 12
9:00 AM Victoria Pasicznyk – Father Walter

Saturday, Jan. 14
4:00 PM Health and God’s Blessings for Anna Wolensky

Sunday, Jan. 15 THIRTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Divine Liturgies are available for your requests.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week January 7 – 14 by Paul & Dolores Hoover in memory of.Mother Anna Soppeck.

OUR PARISH FAMILY SUPPER: The Parish Holy Supper will be held this Sunday, January 8th at 1:30. 23 people have signed up to attend and if you did not sign in and plan to attend please notify Ann Beshada or Anna Magill. I am sure you will be welcome. This is a very nice way to get together for good food, fun and songs.
Let’s all be a big family parish. See you there.

NEW LIGHTS: Our thanks to Father Walter for his purchase and labor on installing the new spot lights in front of the Church Icons. The labor was done for God’s house and the cost of the equipment is $222.34. A donation of $100 was received toward this project with appreciation to an anonymous donor. If you would like to help with this cost feel free to do so.

BLESSINGS OF HOMES: Anyone interested in having their home blessed, please submit your name, address and phone number in the collection basket or contact Father Walter at 735-2262 or his cell phone 202-603-2607. The blessings should be finished by February 2, 2017.

CEMETERY DONATION: Our thanks to Daniel Powell for his donation to our Parish Cemetery Fund. May God grant you many blessings.





THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 1, 2017

17 01 2017

Saturday, Dec. 31
4:00 PM ✞John Finley Jr.– Mother Ann Finley

Sunday, Jan. 1 THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD
SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil (Myrovania)

Friday, Jan. 6 THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD
Blessing of Water – Anointing with Holy Oil (Myrovania)
9:00 AM ✞Andrew Beshada – Ann Beshada
Saturday, Jan. 7
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak – Mr. & Mrs. John Ostrum

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

FEAST OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT
On the first of January, the beginning of the civil year, our Church celebrates the memory of the death of one of the greatest and most outstanding Fathers of the Church and doctors of the faith and of monastic legislators – St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappodocia, of Asia Minor. His person is in every respect extraordinary, noble, illustrious and worthy of praise. He was not only an aristocrat by birth, but also an aristocrat in spirit, character, learning and holiness. The mark of his deep faith, heroic love of God and neighbor, learning and holiness is stamped on the entire Church of Christ, on the monastic life in the East and on our people.
The holy Church justifiably gave him the title “the Great”. He is truly “Great” especially in three areas of his life; as a great archbishop of the Church, as a great legislator of monastic life, and as a man of great holiness.
His holiness, virtues and greatness are extolled by our Church in her services in honor of his feast. Here he is praised as “the holy tongue of Christ”, “the shepherd of Christ’s Church”, “the divine and holy bee of Christ’s Church”, “royal ornament of the Church”, “a rich treasure of learning”, and “invincible defender of the Trinity”. Addressing him, the liturgy proclaims, “You walked the rough road of the virtues”, “your word is angelic bread”, “you are a chalice of innocence”, “for monks a model of virtue”, “a light of piety”, and a “trumpet of theology”.
Immediately after Basil’s death, Holy Church began to venerate him as a Saint and to celebrate the day of death on the first of January.
Because the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord is celebrated on January 1, the Latin Church honors his memory on the 14th of June, on which day he was consecrated bishop in the year 370. The church service in honor of St. Basil was composed by Anatolus of Constantinople (5c), St. John Damascene and Germanus of Constantinople (8c).
Briefly outlined are a silhouette of the immortal figure of St. Basil the Great and his everlasting significance for our Church and Ukrainian monasticism. With the words of St. Paul, “Brethren, be imitators of me as I am of Christ”. St. Basil summons us all also to imitate his deep faith, his sacrificial and all embracing love of God and neighbor, and his great holiness.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
    Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.  When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.  Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends.  When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”  He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  But they did not understand what he said to them.  Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS – Plans for having our Ukrainian Holy Supper is for Sunday, January 8th. at 1:30 PM. This affair will be celebrated if we have enough people interested in attending. A sign-up sheet is in the vestibule if you plan to attend. If we do not have enough people interested the affair will be cancelled. So please sign the sheet in the vestibule and the dish you wish to bring as this is a cover dish and the church will supply the Fish and Pyrohys. This supper is all meatless.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.31 –Jan. 7 by Michael Kane in memory of Mary Kulyn.
ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles will burn during all services in the month of January in memory of Anna & Thomas Jones requested by daughter Arlene Jones.

CHRISTMAS EVE: We would like to thank Ayla Schappert for helping our parish make a beautiful presentation of Baby Jesus to the manger. May God bless you Ayla.

THANKS: Our thanks to Irene Pstrak and Family for the Christmas Donation of $200 in memory of the Pstrak Family – Maksym, Julia, John, Michael, Joseph, Peter, Ann, Mary and Stephanie. Your donation is certainly appreciated.

THANKS: Through the year, many of the parishioners have volunteered for various projects. The services that you so willingly provide is greatly appreciated – whether it be the cleaning of the Church, snow removal on the sidewalks, ground maintenance, being there for funerals to open and arrange the necessary bells etc., working at our fund-raising projects, choir singing and any other service that is connected to the Church duties. Your volunteer hours keep us in good running – Keep up the good work with God’s Blessings. We cannot forget to also thank the few non-parishioners who come in to help with our Pyrohy Projects. Thanks to all for all you do. May God grant you a wonderful year 2017

Choir To Perform At Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church – The Dzvin Ukrainian Folk Choir of Philadelphia will appear at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:00pm. The eighteen-member all male group will offer a program of Ukrainian and English Christmas carols. The group is known for its rendering of traditional and contemporary Ukrainian songs with a unique and lively interpretation. They have appeared extensively in Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland as well as in Canada. The event is open to the public and no tickets are required. Attendees can make a free will offering if they so desire.





CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 25, 2016


24 12 2016

Christ is Born!  Glorify Him! Christos Razhdajetsia! Slavite yeho!

CHRISTMAS EVE – 4:00 PM – Great Compline – Litia Service
Z Namy Boh Divine Liturgy
Anointing with Holy Oil (Myrovania)
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Christmas Day – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing with Holy Oil (Myrovania)
✞Ann Phillips – Son Peter Phillips
Merry Christmas!

Monday, Dec. 26 SYNOXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
11:00 AM ✞All Deceased Mothers & Fathers of the Parish

Tuesday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
9:00 AM ✞Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillps

Thursday, Dec. 29
9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Saturday, Dec. 31
4:00 PM ✞John Finley Jr.– Anna Magill
Sunday, Jan. 1 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY
CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

For God so loved the world He sent His only begotten Son into the world.
John 3:16

UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS – Plans for having our Ukrainian Holy Supper is for Sunday, January 8th. Father and the Parish council suggested having this supper on Sunday, January 8th at 1:00 or 2:00 PM so that more parishioners could attend. This affair will be celebrated if we have enough people interested in attending. A sign-up sheet is in the vestibule if you plan to attend. If we do not have enough people interested the affair will be cancelled. So please sign the sheet in the vestibule and the dish you wish to bring as this is a cover dish and the church will supply the Fish and Pyrohys. This supper is all meatless.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 24 – 31 by Ann Beshada in memory of her mother Mary Conniff.

NATIVITY: Our thanks to those who came out to help set up the Nativity last Sunday. A few men and women and one non parishioner was there to make this scene so beautiful. May God bless them for their generous hours to their church.

LOTTERY SALES: Mike Sinko gave his report on the sale of the November Lottery tickets. 1000 tickets were sold giving a net of $5000. Paid out to winners is $1700., expenses amounted to $95., leaving a profit of $3205. Thanks to all who sold and purchased the tickets for this fund raiser.





SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS SUNDAY OF THE HOLY ANCESTORS DECEMBER 18, 2016

14 12 2016

Saturday, Dec. 17
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak ~ M/M John & Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, Dec. 18 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS – HOLY ANCESSTORS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 22
9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Saturday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS – 4:00 PM
Znamy Boh – Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day –NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
✞Ann Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Monday, Dec. 26 SYNOXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
11:00 AM ✞All Deceased Mothers & Fathers of the Parish

Tuesday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Thursday, Dec. 29
9:00 AM ✞Peter Phillips- Son Peter Phillps

THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
AN UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY

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

”UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS – Plans for having our Ukrainian Holy Supper is for Sunday, January 8th. Father and the Parish council suggested having this supper on Sunday, January 8th at 1:00 or 2:00 PM so that more parishioners could attend. This affair will be celebrated if we have enough people interested in attending. A sign-up sheet is in the vestibule if you plan to attend. If we do not have enough people interested the affair will be cancelled. So please sign the sheet in the vestibule and the dish you wish to bring as this is a cover dish and the church will supply the Fish and Pyrohys. This supper is all meatless.

NATIVITY SET UP: This Sunday, December 18th all who is available plan to have the Nativity set up. We are asking for all the help we can get to do this beautiful scene. The more help we get the faster it will be accomplished. Please try to be at the church about 1:00 PM.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 17 – 24 by the Halloway Family in memory of all the deceased members of the Halloway Family.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Happy Birthday to our youngest Parish Family member Jude Michael Schappert who celebrated his First Birthday on Friday, Dec. 16th. God’s Blessing on Jude for many more happy, healthy years.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS: We are glad to welcome two new parishioners to our Parish Family, Jodi B and James Gursey.





SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS DECEMBER 11, 2016

14 12 2016

Saturday, Dec. 10 ~ 4:00 PM God’s Blessings for Good Health for Anna Bosack –
Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Kosek

Sunday, Dec. 11 ~ 8:30 AM SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 15 ~ 9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Saturday, Dec. 17 ~ 4:00 PM Good Health for Sally Halloway Blount –
Halloway Family

Sunday, Dec. 18 ~ 8:30AM SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
OF THE HOLY ANCESSTORS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Schedule for Christmas
Saturday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – 4:00 PM
Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Merry Christmas
The greeting we know in English comes to us from Brittany in the Middle Ages.  The word “merry” from that time means ‘powerful, or mighty.  Sort of changes the meaning of Robin Hood and his merry men, doesn’t it? 
The word Christmas came to Brittany through Rome from Alexandria/Egypt.  Christ clearly comes from the Greek Kristos as Greek was the international language.  The second half of the word, ‘mas’ comes from indigenous Egyptians as ‘mas’ [NOT pronounced ‘mass’ but ‘mahs’], well ‘mas’ means day of birth, or nativity of.  So Christmas means “The Nativity of Christ” and Merry means “powerful’ or ‘mighty’.  So now you can see the greeting is telling us to have a powerful, mighty or a strongly meaningful celebration of the day of the nativity of the Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Father I get so upset when I see Merry X-mas, or Happy Holidays, or Season’s Greetings!
Did you know that the use of X-mas too comes from the early Church?  Kristos in Greek is written Χριοτός so that the abbreviation as common in the church for Christ was to use the capital letter chi, the first letter in the title Christ in Greek, Kristos as transliterated into English but again written in Geek it is “Χριοτός.”  So Christ is in X-mas, only one need to understand Early Christianity.

On Happy Holidays, do you know that the word “holidays” comes from “holy days”?  The greeting is actually Happy Holy Days.  When you get your new church calendar stop and take a look at how many Holy Days we have between the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the 25th of December and the Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna on the 2nd of February, the end of the Christmas Season, and you will grasp that this greeting originated within the Church and that Season’s Greetings coincides with this multiplicity of Holy Days.
Christ is Born!  Glorify Him!
Christ is Baptized in the Jordan!  Indeed He is baptized!
Christ is among us!  Indeed He is (among us)!
Are some of “our church’s” season’s greetings.
So now, when someone speaks up about “X”-mas or says “ex-mas,” you can speak up to them that it is Kristos-mas from the Church Greek in an abbreviated form and NOT an “X” from the Latin alphabet used in English.  It is the Greek letter “chi” not the English letter “x” [eks].  Or when someone says, “Happy Holidays” you can respond to them “Yes, Happy Holy Days to you.”  Or when someone says, “Season’s Greetings” offer them in reply a , “Christ is Born!”  Use these opportunities to speak up about your church and it’s traditions to enlighten the world we live in. May you be blessed with a Merry Kristosmas Season!
Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 10 – 17 by Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of their daughter Sandra Elko.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Parish Women’s Society will hold their annual Christmas Party this Sunday, Dec. 11th at 1:30 PM. All members are invited to attend and there will be a visit from Santa.

CHURCH: The women will clean the church for Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 10:00 AM. Help is needed in this project and would be appreciated if anyone who is able to come to give a hand. It’s a big job but with a lot of help it is done in a few hours. Men, you are also invited to lend a helpful hand. The Nativity Scene will be set up on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 1:00 PM. Help is much in need for this project. Please try to come and help to make our parish a festive occasion. Thank you.

Father Walter wishes to present “The Star of Bethlehem” movie next Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 PM. The Movie is about 1 hr. and Divine Liturgy is at 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served after the movie event. Please try to attend this beautiful presentation for the Christmas Holiday. If you did not sign for your attendance please sign the sheet on the Tedipod if you plan to attend. A little desserts are always welcome.





TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST DECEMBER 4, 2016

5 12 2016

Saturday, Dec. 3
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak – Wife Helene Sirak & Michaelene Ostrum

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

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Tuesday, Dec. 6 Nicolas of Myra Archbishop
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
8:30 AM ✞Fr. Nicholas Kostiuk – Ron and RoseMarie Kachinko and Family

Thursday, Dec. 8 NO Divine Liturgy
Friday, Dec.9 MATURNITY OF HOLY ANNA
8:30 AM ✞John & Mildred Starzec – Ron & Rose Marie Kachinko

Saturday, Dec.10
4:00 PM God’s Blessings for Good Health for Anna Bosack –
Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Kosek

Sunday, Dec. 11 SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Remember in your prayers Joseph Onderko a patient at Little Flower Manor. Anna Bosack has been transferred to Tiffany Court, Edwardsville, PA.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Dec. 3 – 10 by Paul & Dolores Hoover in memory of Theodore Soppeck.

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

PYROHY PROJECT: The Parish Pyrohy project was a success thanks to all the faithful who came out to help with this project. 412 dozen was purchased. We thank all who donated monetary, food and baked desserts for this fund raiser. The work is tiring but the rewards are great, all seemed to have an enjoyable day.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The annual Christmas Party for the Parish Women’s Society will be held on Sunday, December 11th 1:30 PM at the Church Hall. Santa will pay a visit and a good time will be had for all.

LOTTERY: The last of the winners are listed for the month of November. We wish to thank Mike & Dolores for their job well done in handling this fund-raiser. We do thank all who purchased tickets and to all the sellers who helped to make this a success.

Father Walter wishes to present “The Star of Bethlehem” movie on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 PM. The Movie is about 1 hrs. and Divine Liturgy is at 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served after the movie event. Please try to attend this beautiful presentation for the Christmas Holiday. Sign in if you plan to attend.

Conception by St. Anne WHEN SHE CONCEIVED the Most Holy MOTHER OF GOD
December 9TH
Against all hope, the bonds of barrenness are loosed. For, God has hearkened unto Joachim and Anna clearly promising that they would bear a godly maiden. He who commanded the angel to cry out to her, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you,” will be born of her, the infinite One Himself, becoming man.
According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God’s promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord.
The early church and our church has always celebrated the feast day on the 9th of December.  It is others who have changed.  The entire Church in prior time always celebrated the conception, birth and death of three people.  They are: John the Baptizer, Mary the Theotokos and Jesus Christ.  All the Church, East and West celebrated these Feast Days on the following days:  The Conception of John the Baptizer is celebrated on the 23rd of September and the Birth of John the Baptizer is celebrated on the 24th of June.  The Maternity of Anna, i.e. Mary being conceived in the womb, is celebrated on the 9th of December and The Birth of the Theotokos; i.e Birth Giver, Mary, is celebrated on the 8th of September.  The Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, i.e Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will be the birthgiver of the Son of God, is celebrated on the 25th of March and the Feast Day of the Natavity of the Son of God is the 25th of December.  Now when you look at the time span of each you will see for John the Baptist this is 9 months PLUS 1 day, for Mary this is 9 months MINUS 1 day and for Christ this is a PERFECT  9 months.  So that the feast days of the saints stand on both sides of Christ and direct us to the path of righteousness, Christ, saying to us, “Follow Him.  He is God and will show us the path to salvation.”
The one western church, the Roman Catholics, changed this and now celebrate these feasts all at 9 months, 9 months and 9 months.  Further, if we had a more full iconstas we would find on either side of Christ the Good Ruler an icon of Mary and on the other side an icon of John the Baptist.  Here again, one on the right and one on the left directing us to the middle, the Son of God, the path of righteousness for which to follow. 





TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST NOVEMBER 27, 2016

30 11 2016

Saturday, Nov. 26
4:00 PM Stella Skirut – Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, Nov. 27 TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Thursday, Dec. 1
9:00 AM God’s Blessings on all Parishioners
Saturday, Dec. 3
4:00 PM Michael Sirak – Wife Helene Sirak & Michaelene Ostrum

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

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Father Walter wishes to present “The Star of Bethlehem” movie on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 PM. The Movie is about 1 ½ hrs. and Divine Liturgy is at 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served after the movie event. Please try to attend this beautiful presentation for the Christmas Holiday.

SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA invites you to join their Parish for the Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 PM. Fellowship will follow in the lower Church Hall.
Recite this prayer 15 times a day starting on the Feast of St. Andrew, November 30th until Christmas to pray for your petition.
BLESSED BE THE HOUR AND THE MOMENT IN WHICH THE SON OF GOD WAS BORN OF THE MOST PURE VIRGIN MARY AT MIDNIGHT, IN BETHLEHEM, IN PIERCING COLD. IN THAT HOUR VOUCH-SAFE TO HEAR MY PRAYER AND GRANT MY DESIRES THROUGH THE MERITS OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER. AMEN.


The Feast Day of St. Andrew
November 30
Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew understood that Jesus was greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, “What do you seek?” When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, “Come and see.” Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah.
From then on, he chose to follow Jesus. Andrew was thus the first disciple of Christ. Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus and Jesus received him, too, as His disciple. At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs, but later, the Lord called them to stay with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men, and this time, they left their nets for good. It is The Star of Bethlehem movie and refreshments, Saturday the 17th of December, 2 pm.believed that after Our Lord ascended into Heaven, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. It is said he was put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who gathered around their beloved Apostle. Two countries have chosen St. Andrew as their patron – Russia and Scotland.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: A mistake was in last week bulletin for the Sanctuary Light. The date of Nov. 19 – 26 was requested by Albert Ferkel in memory of his parents Catherine & Albert Ferkel. This week Nov. 26 – Dec. 3 is requested by Anna Magill in memory of Donald Magill.

FLOWERS: Our thanks to Geri Kolotelo for 1 Bouquet of flowers this week in memory of her mother Anna Kolotelo and to Anna Magill for her donation of 1 Bouquet of flowers in memory of Donald Magill.

PYROHY PROJECT: Monday, November 28th at 10:00 AM is the preparation of the potatoes, etc. Tuesday, November 29th the Pyrohy orders will begin at 8:00 AM and pick up for orders is any time after 10:30 AM. We are in much need of help and if you never came before now is the time to give a helping hand which will be greatly appreciated and contributing to your Church.

ALTAR CANDLES: A new chart is available for the monthly candles that burn at all services for a month. The Donation is $40 and your intention will be remembered either for a loved one, an occasion, good health or any other intention you may have to request.

2017 ENVELOPES: Your 2017 Church envelopes are available in the vestibule. If you can distribute to anyone who is unable to attend services please try to take them to those people. Your contributions are what keep our Parish going. Try to use all the envelopes to help with the expenses of operation. Thank you.