22nd Sunday After Pentecost

November 1, 2009

The man from whom the demons had come out begged to remain with him, but he sent him away, saying, “Return home and recount what God has done for you.” The man went off and proclaimed throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.  (Luke 8:38-39)

Sat. Oct. 31 – 4:00 p.m. Liturgy of Thanksgiving – Mike & Joan Labuda
Sun. Nov. 1 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Mon. Nov. 2 – NO SERVICES
Tues. Nov. 3 – NO SERVICES
Wed. Nov. 4 – NO SERVICES
Thurs. Nov. 5 – 9:00 a.m. Marlene Katulka – Rita Katulka
Fri. Nov. 6 – 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy – No Intention Offered
Sat. Nov. 7 – 4:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy – No Intention Offered
Sun. Nov. 8 – 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.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS – Birthday Greetings to Rita Katulka (11/1), Anne Findora (11/2), Barbara Brown (11/3), Michael Labuda (11/4), Michael Chudoba (11/5) and Charlie Waligun (11/7). May God grant them long life, good health and happiness. MNOHAYA BLAHAYA LITA!
APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER MEETING – The November meeting of the Apostleship of Prayer will be held on Monday afternoon, November 2, 2009 starting with the recital of the Holy Rosary at 1:00 PM. New members welcome. Hostess for the meeting is Florence Morika.
FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED – This year in conjunction with our Annual Turkey-Fest we will be conducting a food drive. For each non-perishable food item that you bring to the dinner you’ll receive a chance for one of our door prize gifts. Food collected will be donated to the Food Pantry of the Catholic Community of North Wilkes-Barre / Holy Saviour / Saint Christopher. The food pantry is an on going project of these combined churches Social Concerns Committee. Please help us to make this effort a success and help our neighbors in need.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – The Cross Valley Religious Education program began its 2009-2010 school year this Saturday. Classes are free, and are held on Saturday mornings in the church school building at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, on River Street in Wilkes-Barre, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Families with school aged children grades one through eight are invited to participate. Graduates of the program are invited to assist with the program’s various social, cultural and religious activities. A schedule is available on our church bulletin board. Please call Christine Mash at 735-1784 for more information.
HELP NEEDED – Please consider coming out to help out with our pyrohy making project in November. Breakfast refreshments and lunch are provided. Come and join in the fellowship of working to help support your parish.
TURKEY FEST RESERVATIONS – Remember if you haven’t yet made your reservation for the Turkey Dinner that you can still make a reservation by calling Verna Kosicki at 824-6090. Remember that Walk-Ins are accepted as we’ll so bring some friends and enjoy the good food and try your luck at our games. Hope to see you there. Turkey-Fest, Saturday, November 7, 2009, 2-8 PM.
BAKED GOODS NEEDED – Please remember to bring your backed goods during the Friday work session. Sheet cakes are needed for dinner desserts and any other baked goods for Baba’s Bake Sale.
TURKEY-FEST WORK SESSIONS – Please come and help out with this important fund raiser.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2:00 PM – Hall Decorating/Set-Up/Stands
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 6:00 PM – Table Set-Up, Kitchen Prep
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 9:00 AM – Turkey Roasting, Food Prep
Call Rita Katulka 822-8468 to help out at the Turkey-Fest
PARISH MEETING – Parish Meeting will change to Bi-Monthly, Starting in November. The meetings will be normally be held on the Fourth Tuesday of every other month. The November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our Monthly parish meetings are held to discuss and coordinate cooperatively the work of the parish.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-ALONG – Mark your calendars, the Choir of Saints Peter and Paul, Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre will hold their annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the church.
HALUPKI (PIGGIE) DINNER – SS. Peter & Paul, Ukrainian Catholic Church will sponsor a Halupki (Piggie) Dinner in the Church Hall, 20 Nottingham St. Plymuth, PA on Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Serving will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Take-outs from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Dinner will consist of 2 Piggies, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverage. Tickets are available $8.00 Adults and $4.00 Children under 12. Make your reservations by calling Ann at 829-4202 or Mary Ann at 779-4502.
ST. VLADIMIR SCRANTON DINNER – The annual autumn dinner sponsored by St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish of Scranton PA will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2009 beginning at 12:30pm in the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue. Menu includes a complete homemade turkey dinner. Take-outs will be available, but must be picked up between 11:00am and 12noon. Tickets: $11.00 Adults; $5.50 Students ages 6 thru 12 years; Children 5 years and younger are free. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kathleen Izak at 570 346-2414 no later than Sunday, November 8th. Divine Liturgy on that Sunday will be celebrated at 10:30am.
TURKEY BINGO – Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hanover Section, Nanticoke is sponsoring its Third Annual Turkey Bingo on Sunday, November 22, 2009. in the church hall, Bliss and Center Sts. Doors open at 12:00 with Early Bird at 1:00. Admission is $2.00 and prizes will be cash and turkeys. Food and beverages will be available for purchase along with homemade baked goods. For more information contact 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 Bingo.
MALANKA 2010 – The 6th Annual Ukrainian New Year Dinner Dance – MALANKA – will take place on Friday evening, January 15, 2010, 6:00pm to 1:00am at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. Michael Trusz and Kathleen Izak are serving as chairman and cochairman respectively. Tickets are $40 and can be obtained by calling Dr. Michael Labuda at 820-7105. Dinner buffet will include borchsh, holubchi, chicken Kyiv, kobasa, pyrohy and more, along with a cash bar. Dancing to the internationally known orchestra Fata Morgana and a late night champagne toast are also included.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS – Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:00 AM Daylight Savings Time ends. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed the night before. At this time we are also reminded to replace batteries in smoke alarms in our homes as well.
NIGHT AT THE RACES – The Catholic Community of North Wilkes-Barre will sponsor a Night at the Races on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at Sacred Heart School Gym, 607 N. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Post time will be 7:00 PM. Admission is $3.00. Food and beverages will be served. If you wish to purchase a horse, call 823-4988 for further details. For every 5 horse you sell, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100.00 VISA gift card. Two $100.00 cards will be awarded. Anyone 21 years of age and older are welcome.
HAM & KIELBASA DINNER – St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church will hold a Ham & Kielbasa Dinner on Saturday, November 14th, in their Social Hall Cafeteria, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. Menu will include Ham & Kielbasa, Potatoes, Dessert & Beverage. Adults $8.00, Children (Under 10) $4.00. Service 5-8 PM (Takeouts (3-4 PM).
125TH ANNIVERSARY IN SHENANDOAH – Fr. Oleksandr Dumenko and the Parish Family of St Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Shenandoah extend a warm and cordial invitation to all who would like to join them the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of First Ukrainian Parish in America in 1884. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2pm with Archbishop Stefan Soroka as Main Celebrant. The Jubilee Banquet will take place immediately afterwards at St. Nicholas Catering Hall, Route 901 Primrose, Minersville Pa,. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to this event, please contact Debra Blaschak at 570.544.6579 or blaschak@comcast.net.  If you have questions about the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, please contact Rev. Oleksandr Dumenko at 570.462.0809 or stmichaelsukrainian@verizon.net.
BASILIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER – The Sisters of St. Basil the Great will present a series of Advent Evenings of Reflection. The topic will be “LIVING WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY IN TODAY’S WORLD AND CIRCUMSTANCES”, Sister Marina Bochnewich, OSBM, Director of the Basilian Spirituality Center will be the presenter. The series includes three sessions, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – Touching Into Our Inner Wisdom, Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – With this Inner Wisdom Learning Boundaries and Balance, and Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – With Wisdom and Grace Reaching Out to Others. Sessions will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The donation for the series is $30.00. Please Register by November 12, 2009. The Basilian Spirituality Center is located at 710 Fox Chase Road Fox Chase Manor, PA 19046. For more information call 215-780-1227. The Sisters invite all to join them and others to reflect and pray.
UKRAINIAN DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM – The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company will perform at the Anderson Center for the Arts, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, on Wednesday, November 18th at 8pm. This choreographically explosive treat was a complete sell-out when the company previously appeared at the Anderson Center. Tickets – General Public: $41; Senior Citizen: $36; Student: $21. For tickets and information, call 607-777-ARTS or order online (http://www2.binghamton.edu/anderson-center/upcoming-shows.html). Box Office is open weekdays, noon-5:30pm.
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.
WIN A NEW CAR – Saint Michael the Archangel, Ukrainian Catholic Church, Jenkintown is Raffling off a 2010 Mercedes C300 Sedan. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling (215-206-3804 or 215-379-1377 or 267-934-4869). The drawing will be held on November 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM during St. Michael’s Praznyk Banquet at the Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center in Jenkintown, PA. Winner need not be present to win. Must be 18 or older, winner is responsible for paying all taxes, title and registration, feature and model upgrades may be purchased by the winner.
BEQUESTS TO YOUR PARISH – Please remember SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre with memorial gifts and in your will.
SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR SIGN – Donations are being sought to defray the cost of a Saints Peter & Paul Parish Sign. If you would like to make a donation for this purpose, please place the donation with the collection using a Supplemental Envelope from the back of the Church and label it “Parish Sign”.
RENOVATION FUND – Should you wish to make a contribution to this fund please use the “Special Collection for Renovations to the Church Complex” envelopes that are available in the back of the church.
Out of respect for all parish families and their deceased members, these rules and regulations were designed for the uniform appearance, ease of maintenance, safety, and cleanliness of our cemetery. Please give your full co-operation. Thank you.
All decorations, including unplanted and artificial flowers, must be removed before March 31 or be subject to removal. Christmas decorations must be removed by January 31.
All stone, metal, and other borders around monuments or memorials are prohibited. Only low borders, one inch above ground level, are permitted in front of hillside graves in order to prevent erosion.
No shrub or tree planting is allowed.
Loose stone and / or gravel are prohibited on any grave plot.
Persons causing any damage to cemetery property will be liable.
No dumping on the cemetery grounds or beyond the perimeter.
No walking pets through the cemetery.
No trespassing on cemetery property after hours. Cemetery hours are 7:00 AM to sundown.
These Rules Effective Immediately.

What is the spiritual message of the fallen leaves in autumn?
And why does God make leaves transform into beautiful, magnificent colors just before they loosen from the tree, float to the ground, and die?
God shows us beautiful leaves during the introspective season of autumn because He is reminding us of positive and pure actions that we have overlooked. We have accomplished greatly during the past year, yet we do not usually give ourselves credit for meaningful and righteous deeds. We need to know that we have much to build on for the coming year, and we should take pride in who we are and what we have done. Yes, we need to improve and eliminate some misguided deeds and character traits — but we can only do that by building on the positive accomplishments of the past year.
We must also realize that even though we have many good deeds under our belts, we can never rest on our laurels. The beautiful leaves fall and the tree remains bare to show that we must start to build new and better deeds in the coming year.
Yes, we rake in all of our leaves, all of our hundreds and hundreds of magnificent holy actions, but we must renew and start again to grow new leaves. We must make all our actions, all our leaves, “for healing” — for helping others and ourselves achieve great heights — as the prophet proclaims: “So its waters will grow from the Sanctuary, so its fruit will be for food and its leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:12)
In a week or two, we’ll be heading outside with rake in hand. But instead of feeling frustrated by the mounds of leaves, let’s try to contemplate our actions, one by one, leaf by leaf. Let’s gather all of our deeds from the previous year, and look to create more of those healing leaves that cure, one by one, the spiritual darkness and disease in our lives.
(an excerpt from Mystical Autumn Leaves by Rabbi Boruch Leff adapted by The Cathedral Bulletin, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia)

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