Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

May 16, 2010

The preaching of the Apostles and the decisions of the Fathers established the one faith of the Church. She wears the garments of truth made by the theology from on high, and rightly governs and glorifies the great mystery of devotion. (Kondak of the Sunday)
The profession of Faith that we use in the public prayer of our Church is known as the “Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.” It is titled this way because it was written by the bishops of the Church who came together at two Ecumenical Councils. One at Nicea I in 325 AD and one at Constantinople I in 381. The teachings of the Church from these Councils are the foundation of the belief of the Church and recognized as the foundation of our belief. These Councils are remembered annually in the Ukrainian Church with special prayers and hymns on the Sunday after the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord.
“The profession by all of the divine symbol of faith signifies the mystical thanksgiving to perdure through all eternity for the marvelous principles and modes by which we were saved by God’s all-wise Providence on our behalf.” (“The Church’s Mystagogy”)
Therefore, what we believe is contained in the Profession of Faith. Our belief expressed for all times. The Profession of Faith then is based on the Holy Scriptures and proclaimed by the Church (the Body of Christ.).
Why was a summary of our faith needed? The Council of Nicea (325) was called to look into the problem of those who falsely taught that Jesus was not equal to the Father as God. To overcome this error they wrote the first two parts of the “Creed” as we have it today. But because questions still remained the Council of Constantinople was called and the bishops proclaimed that the Holy Spirit was God, Equal to the Father and the Son. (Very Rev. Archpriest Daniel L. Gurovich, “The Creed and the Holy Trinity”)

Sat. May 15 – 3:45 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary
4:00 p.m. †Louis Morika – Mr. & Mrs. Peter Morika
Followed by a short Moleben to the Mother of God
Sun. May 16 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Followed by a short Moleben to the Mother of God
Mon. May 17 – NO SERVICES
Tues. May 18 – NO SERVICES
Wed. May 19 – 9:00 a.m. Health of Bob Parker – Alice Parker
Thurs. May 20 – 9:00 a.m. †Anna Iwaniw – Mr. & Mrs. Michael Demko
Fri. May 21 – 9:00 a.m. †Daniel Kuzminski – Alice Parker
PENTECOST – GREEN SUNDAY – The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Sat. May 22 – 3:45 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary
4:00 p.m. †Nicholas Kozicki – Verna Kozicki
Followed by a short Moleben to the Mother of God
Sun. May 23 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Followed by a short Moleben to the Mother of God
1:00 p.m. Panakhyda & Blessing of Graves At the PARISH CEMETRY
Divine Liturgies for St. Vladimir (Edwardsville)
Saturday 6:00 p.m. English – Sunday 10:30 a.m. Slavonic

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!
REMINDER – KNEELING – As is our custom, from Easter until the Pentecost the faithful will stand at services during those times when they would normally kneel. In this way we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. For those whom, due to health concerns, standing for long periods is not possible, sitting is permitted.
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.
PENTECOST GRAVE BLESSING SERVICES – A Panakhyda and blessing of graves will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at our parish cemetery on Blanchard Street in Plains. Envelopes may be deposited in the collection next weekend, on Pentecost or offered at Cemetery.
L.U.C. NEWS: MAY MEETING ANNOUNCED – Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 20 Nottingham St., Plymouth, will sponsor the next meeting of the North Anthracite Council of the L.U.C., on Sunday, May 16, 2010. Prayer Service begins at 2 p.m., with meeting and fellowship social to follow. Everyone is welcome at our meetings: members, parishioners, friends, and neighbors. Members, please plan to attend, and please bring along a new member! We are also reaching out to members who have not attended in a while – please come to our May meeting! We miss you! SS. Peter & Paul Church & Hall in Plymouth are air-conditioned & handicap accessible.
COUNCILS TO MEET – Member of the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils are asked to attend a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the church basement.
ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MEETING – The May meeting of the Activities Committee will be held on Thursday evening May 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the church. All are welcome to attend this meeting.
GENERAL PARISH MEETING – A General Parish Meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in the Church Basement. All are welcome to attend.
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. 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.
ST. MICHAEL’S HAZLETON – Saint Michael Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will be celebrating its 100th Year Centennial Anniversary with a Pontifical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 31, 2010. A celebratory banquet will be held immediately following the Divine Liturgy at Carmen’s Country Inn, located in Drums, Pennsylvania. The Saint Michael Centennial Anniversary Committee will be publishing a commemorative anniversary book as part of our celebration. This book will include a history of our parish, its organizations, and the role Saint Michael Parish plays in the community of Hazleton and its environs. Interested in placing an ad contact Centennial Anniversary Committee, Saint Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 74 North Laurel Street, Hazelton, PA 18201, call (570)455-0643 or email
MONTH LONG FLEA MARKET – The Catholic Community of North Wilkes-Barre will conduct a Flea Market at St. Stanislaus Church Hall, 666 N. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. The Flea Market will be open on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 and continue through the month of May. Hours for the Flea Market will be 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on weekdays and 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturdays. The Flea Market will be closed on Sunday. Additional merchandise will arrive daily. In conjunction with the Flea Market, a light lunch will be served. Homemade haluski, wimpies, and hot dogs will be available for sale.
ST. VLADIMIR CENTENIAL – You are cordially invited to attend the Centennial Anniversary of the founding in 1910 of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, Sunday, July 18, 2010, Solemn Divine Liturgy at One Thirty in the afternoon, in Saint Vladimir’s Church, 70 Zerby Avenue. Main Celebrant will be His Grace, The Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan – Archbishop of Philadelphia. Centennial Jubilee Banquet will follow at The Knights of Columbus, 59 Parry Street, Luzerne. Roast Chicken-Breaded Pork Chop-Veal Parmigiana. Open Bar starting at 3:30 p.m. Beer & Soda only. Dinner at $:30 p.m. Banquet Tickets Adults $39.00 children under seven years free, children seven and over adult price. Advance tickets may be purchased by sending a check with full payment for the amount of guests attending to: St. Vladimir Centennial Banquet C/O Helen Nazarek, 70 Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville, PA 18704. (Make checks payable to St. Vladimir” Centennial Banquet). For more information call Helen at 570.655.2815 or Diane Stelmack at 570.817.6790. For seating purposes, please print the first and last name of each guest. ABSOLUTELY NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT PAYMENT IN FULL. The very last day to purchase banquet tickets is July 11, 2010. All ticket sales are final – no refunds.
RETREAT HOUSE – Interested in getting away from it all and meeting God in the quiet of nature? Information about the St. Clare Retreat House at the Holy Dormition Friary in Sybertsville, PA is available in the vestibule of the church.
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.
BEQUESTS TO YOUR PARISH – Please remember SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with memorial gifts and in your will.
FROZEN PYROHY AVAILABLE – Several dozen individually frozen pyrohy remain from our March Lenten Sale. They may be purchased after liturgies or by contacting Stephen Mykulyn 825-0902. $5.50 / DOZEN

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