Sunday After the Exaltation of the Cross, September 20,2009

“He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.  What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”  (Mark 8:34-36)
“This utterance of Jesus challenges all believers to authentic discipleship and total commitment to himself through self-renunciation and acceptance of the cross of suffering, even to the sacrifice of life itself. Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it . . . will save it: an expression of the ambivalence of life and its contrasting destiny. Life seen as mere self-centered earthly existence and lived in denial of Christ ends in destruction, but when lived in loyalty to Christ, despite earthly death, it arrives at fullness of life.”  From the Commentary of the New American Bible

Sat. Sept. 19 –  4:00 p.m. +John & +Mary Waslasky – Hall & Waslasky Families
Sun. Sept. 20 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Mon. Sept. 21 – NO SERVICES – Clergy Retreat
Tues. Sept. 22 – NO SERVICES – Clergy Retreat
Wed. Sept. 23 – NO SERVICES – Clergy Retreat
Thurs. Sept. 24 – NO SERVICES – Clergy Retreat
Fri. Sept. 25 – 9:00 a.m. +Emilia Kunderevych – Mike & Joan Labuda
Sat. Sept. 26 – 4:00 p.m.  +John Dobranski – Margaret Dobranski
Sun. Sept. 27 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Divine Liturgies for St. Vladimir (Edwardsville)
Saturday 6:00 p.m. English – Sunday 10:30 a.m. Slavonic

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (CONFESSION) – Before Liturgies or by appointment.  Parish members should go to Holy Confession at least once a month on average, or more often if there is a serious or mortal sin.  In case of a serious or mortal sin, one may not receive Holy Communion, until they have first gone to Confession and received absolution.  For small or ‘daily’ sins, one may receive Holy Communion as often as once a day, provided they have made an examination of conscience, a sincere Act of Contrition and recite the Prayer before Holy Communion, found in the text of the Liturgy.
WELCOME –  To all who are tired and need rest; to all who mourn and need comfort; to all who are friendless and need friendship; to all who are discouraged and need hope; to all who are hopeless and need sheltered love;  to all who sin and need a Savior; and to whomsoever will, THIS CHURCH OPENS WIDE ITS DOORS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST  To all who are worshipping with us today – WELCOME!
LITURGY REQUESTS – We ask that if you have dates on which you would like a liturgy offered that you make those requests as early as possible.  Request for liturgy dates will be assigned in the order in which they are received. Contact the rectory office to make your requests.
STAYING IN TOUCH – If there is anyone who is regularly unable to attend liturgy but would like to keep in touch with what’s going on in the parish, please contact the rectory office about receiving a copy of the bulletin through the mail.
FATHER TO ATTEND RETREAT – Father Orest will leaving for the Archeparchy’s Annual Clergy Retreat on Monday, September 21st and returning late in the day on Thursday, September 24th.  Please note that should you have an emergency situation, and your priest is not available, you should contact the closest Catholic priest available.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS – Birthday Greetings to John Lawzano (9/21) and Michael Mykulyn (9/21).  May God grant them long life, good health and happiness.  MNOHAYA BLAHAYA LITA!
MONTHLY PARISH MEETING – The next Monthly Parish Meeting will be held on, Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Level of the Church.  Our Monthly parish meetings are held on the Fourth Tuesday of each month to discuss and coordinate cooperatively the work of the parish.  All are invited and encouraged to attend. Please note the change in date due to the Clergy Retreat.
OUR THANKS – Our thanks to Verna Kozicki for her donation, dedication and care in preparing the cross for veneration on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  May God grant her long life, good health and happiness.  MNOHAYA BLAHAYA LITA!
OUR PARISH NOW ON-LINE – A new web site for the parish has been set up, the web address is  Our email address is now  Take a moment and visit the next time you’re online.
PYROHY – Some frozen pyrohy are still available for purchase.  Please call Stephen Mykulyn (825-0902) to arrange to pick them up.  Pyrohy are still just $5.00 a dozen.
PRIZE DONATIONS NEEDED FOR TURKEY-FEST RAFFLE –  If you would like to make a donation for our raffle at the Turkey-Fest, please contact Stephen Mykulyn at 825-0902.  Turkey-Fest will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009.
MALANKA 2010 PLANNING MEETING – The first meeting to plan the 6th Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania “MALANKA” is set for Monday evening, September 21, 2009 at  7:00pm at Konefal’s Restaurant, 458 Main Street, Edwardsville.  The traditional Ukrainian New Year Dinner Dance will be held on Friday evening, January 15, 2010 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, Scranton.  Please RSVP before Sunday, September 20th by phoning Paul Ewasko at 563-2275 or by email –  Let’s have another successful Ukrainian zabava.
BERWICK CENTENNIAL – A cordial invitation is extended to join Saints Cyril and Methodius in Berwick on the occasion of their centennial celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2009, beginning with a divine liturgy concelebrated by his grace Metropolitan Stefan Soroka at 2:00 p.m. at the Church.  Cocktails will follow at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Best Western Genetti’s, 1441 North Church Street, Hazleton, PA.  Tickets are $40.00.  Reservations must be made by calling Bill or Barb Nagy at (570) 389-0585 no later than October 4th.
SLOATSBURG JUBILEES – During the next two years the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate will be celebrating two milestones in their history.  December 8th will mark the 50th  anniversary of the establishment of the American Province, under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception and during the coming year 2010, they will celebrate 75 years of ministry in the United States.  The celebration of this double jubilee will take place during the weekend of December 11-13, 2009, being highlighted by a special Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving and a banquet.  Adds are being sold for a remembrance book, please pick up a copy of the ad form in the back of the church.  In addition the Sisters are embarking on a project to build a shrine to Blessed Josaphata (their foundress) on the grounds of their home in Sloatsburg.  The small chapel will be a place of prayer, open year round, where people could come to light candles and pray to Blessed Josaphata for her intercession before God.  Memorial Pavers for the walkway leading to the chapel will be sold to help defray the costs of the construction.  Forms to sponsor those pavers are also available in the back of the church.
BERWICK CRAFT SALE – SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Warren Street & First Avenue, Berwick will hold their Annual Craft Sale on Saturday, October 31st from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Come shop for the holidays.  Lunch will be available from 11:00 AM with a variety of ethnic foods and baked goods.  Interested crafters should contact Janina (570)759-2824 (after 5:00 p.m.) or email:  Tables are $15 per 8 foot table.
SPAGHETTI DINNER – Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hanover Section, Nanticoke is sponsoring its Annual Spaghetti Dinner to be held on Sunday, October 4, 2009 in the Church Hall, Bliss and Center Sts., from Noon – 4:00 PM.  Tickets are $8.00 and may be purchased in advance until Wednesday, September 30th.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  However, all advanced sale tickets will be entered in a drawing for a bottle of wine and a quart of Mr. Gagliardi’s Secret Sauce.  For tickets or more information, please call Jill Gagliardi at 824-4603.  A Ukrainian Auction, featuring theme baskets – each with a homemade or handcrafted treat – is being held in conjunction with the dinner.
CARD PARTY/SOCIAL – The Blessed Virgin Mary Guild of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church will sponsor its 77th Annual Card Party/Social on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. A variety of door and nonplayer prizes will be awarded. Coffee and cake will be served. Admission $5.00. Tickets available at the door. Doors open at 1:00pm. Players are encouraged to bring their own cards and table games. The public is invited to attend. For information phone Kathleen Izak at 346-2414.
A TRADITION 78 YEARS IN THE MAKING – Since 1931, the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great have hosted an annual Pilgrimage that focuses on the healing power of prayer and refreshing one’s spiritual self.  This event, held on the Sister’s property in Jenkintown, PA brings together over 1,000 attendees each year.  This year the Pilgrimage, Under the Protection of the Mother of God will be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 6 PM to 10 PM and Sunday, October 4th from 10 AM to 5 PM.  The full schedule of the day is available on the Sisters’ website –  The theme this year is, “Mother of God, Omophor of Life”, prompting us to see how Mary, the Mother of God, loves us, cares for us, and works to protect each of us and all life.  Join us for this fantastic weekend – come for one service or stay all day!  The services will be bilingual; Ukrainian and English.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
6:00 PM    Mystery of Reconciliation (Confession)
7:00 PM    Candlelight Procession
7:15 PM    Akathist to the Mother of God
8:00 PM    Young Adult Dialogue
Sunday, October 4, 2009
10:00 AM    Mystery of Reconciliation (Confession)
10:30 AM    Gather for Procession
11:00 AM    Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
1 to 5 PM    Food Service
1:45 PM    Children’s Program
2:45 PM    Procession / Moleben / Mystery of Holy Anointing (Healing)

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