24th Sunday After Pentecost

November 15, 2009

Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”  Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  (Luke 10:36-37)

November 21st
Presentation in the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
An ancient tradition relates that Mary’s parents, Saints Joachim and Anna, were childless for many years.  They implored God to send them a child, for a childless family was looked upon as cursed by God.  They also promised to dedicate their child to God’s service, if their petition was granted.  God heard their prayer and Anna gave birth to a girl whom they called Mary.  When Mary was three years old her parents took her to Jerusalem and presented her to the High Priest in the temple where, according to tradition, she was educated.  Mary was educated in the temple with other girls.  Her daily life consisted of prayer, work and other services.  (Rev. Michael Schudlo, CSsR, My Divine Friend)

Sat. Nov. 14 – 4:00 p.m. †Varwara – Carl Drapievsky
Sun. Nov. 15 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Mon. Nov. 16 – 9:00 a.m. †Nicholas Katulka – Rita Katulka
Tues. Nov. 17 – NO SERVICES
Wed. Nov. 18 – NO SERVICES
Thurs. Nov. 19 – 9:00 a.m. †Varvara – Karl Drapievsky
Fri. Nov. 20 – 6:00 p.m. Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple Solemn Feast
†Varvara – Karl Drapievsky
Sat. Nov. 21 – 4:00 p.m. †Seniuk, Williams & Nadzan Families – Marion Williams
Sun. Nov. 22 – 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.
THANKS – Our thanks to everyone who came out to help with the Turkey-Fest last weekend.  Thanks also to all those who donated to the event and who came out to patronized the event.
HELP NEEDED – Please consider coming out to help out with our pyrohy project on November 17th and 18th.  Breakfast refreshments and lunch are provided.  Come and join in the fellowship of working to help support your parish.
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 at 6:30 p.m. due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Our Monthly parish meetings are held to discuss and coordinate cooperatively the work of the parish.
ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MEETING – The November Meeting of the Activities Committee will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the church.  All are welcome to attend and participate.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – There will be classes again next weekend, Saturday, November 21st in the church school building from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
SPECIAL COLLECTION – Please see the insert letter from the Archbishop with this bulletin.  It contains an urgent request for financial assistance to aid victims of the H1N1 flu in the Ukraine.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING ALONG – Our Choir’s Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along will be held Sunday, December 13, 2009, starting at 2:00p.m.  All are invited to join in the joyous singing of our traditional Ukrainian Koliada (carols) as well as many other, in anticipation of Christmas.  Carols will be sung in the church followed by a cold buffet reception in the lower level of the church.  Saint Nicholas will also pay a visit.  Mark your calendars and plan to make this part of your celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.
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.
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.
CEMETERY RULES & REGULATIONS – 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.
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.
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”.

Philip’s Fast (Pylypivka)
From earliest times, the feast of Christmas was given equal rank with the feast of the Resurrection (Easter).  For this reason the Typicon looks upon the Nativity of Christ as another Pasch (Easter).  In old typicons and liturgical Psalters, under the 25th of December, there is this note: “The Pasch, a three day feast.”  Thus, just as the faithful prepared themselves for the feast of the Pasch with prayer and fasting, so too, they prepared themselves for the coming of Christ the Savior with the Christmas fast. (Julian J. Katrij, OSBM, A Byzantine Rite Liturgical Year)
Philip’s Fast (Pylypivka), the pre-Christmas fast which begins with the feast of Saint Philip (November 14th), is a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Nativity/Theophany cycle. At one time a period of strict fasting, it has now been abrogated in favor of voluntary fasting, works of penance and almsgiving. (Typikon)

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