Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Cross

September 12, 2010

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)

Sat. Sept. 11 – 3:30 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary
4:00 p.m. †Pauline Zurek – the Choir of Saints Peter & Paul
Sun. Sept. 12 – 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy – God’s Blessing for Parishioners
Mon. Sept. 13 – NO SERVICES
Tues. Sept. 14 – 6:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy, Myrovania
†Pauline Zurek – Mr. & Mrs. Michael Demko
Wed. Sept. 15 – 9:00 a.m. †Walter & †Anna Hrynkiw – Walter S. Hrynkiw
Thurs. Sept. 16 – 9:00 a.m. †Betty Duda – Pauline Skillinge
Fri. Sept. 17 – 9:00 a.m. Katulka & Dobish Deceased – Rita Katulka
Sat. Sept. 18 – 3:30 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary
4:00 p.m. †John & †Mary Waslasky – Waslasky & Hall Families
Sun. Sept. 19 – 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

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
“We extol you, O Lifegiver Christ,
and honor your venerable Cross, by which you saved us
from the slavery of the enemy.”
(Hymn of Praise in the Matins Service of the Feast)

“The veneration of the Holy Cross of the Lord,”- says the Servant of God Andrew Sheptytsky in his pastoral letter on the Holy Cross-“is one of the most significant aspects of the worship of the God-Man… Signing ourselves with the sign of the Cross is one of the oldest customs of Christians.”
The Holy Cross is an ever living symbol of God’s everlasting love toward us sinners, a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and Satan. By venerating the holy Cross we honor Christ’s sacrifice, passion and death. Whenever we sign ourselves with the sign of the holy Cross, we profess our faith in our Saviour.
(Julian J. Katrij, OSBM, A Byzantine Rite Liturgical Year)

Hymn to the Holy Cross

O Lord, we bow down
To Your Holy Cross, O Master,
And we glorify Your Holy

Khre–stu tvo-ye-mu
Po-kla-nya-yem sya, Vla-di-ko,
Ee svya-to-ye vo-skre-se-nee-ye
Tvo-ye sla-vim.

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.
MARRIAGE BANNS (1st ANNOUNCEMENT) – Jessica Lynn VanDyke of West Nanticoke, PA, daughter of William and Rose VanDyke, Pittston, PA and John Robert Lawzano of West Nanticoke, PA, son of John and Ann Marie Lawzano, Wilkes-Barre, PA announce their banns of marriage. The couple will be married in our church on October 16, 2010.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS – Birthday Greetings to Dolores Demko (9/14). May God grant her long life, good health and happiness. MNOHAYA BLAHAYA LITA!
ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MEETING – The September Meeting of the Activities Committee will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the lower level of the church. All are welcome to attend and participate.
RUMMAGE SALE POSTPONED – Please note that our Rummage sale has been postponed. However Rummage sale items are STILL being accepted. Please bring your items to the school hall before or after the liturgy. Save your brown paper grocery bags and bring them with your rummage as well.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR PARKING LOT UPDATE – Stell Enterprises continues its work on our entrance and parking lot. The total cost of these projects is $28,978.00. Please consider making a special contribution to help defray the costs. Special Collection envelopes are available in the church vestibule.
HELP NEEDED WITH CEMETERY – Father Orest is seeking a volunteer to help manage cemetery matters. Those interested should contact Father to discuss duties and responsibilities.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – If you are interested in assisting with religious education instruction during the 2010-2011 school year, please contact Christine Mash, at 735-1784, or 239-8893.
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.
EWTN BROADCAST– Ukraine-Seeds of Faith, on October 15th at 3:00 AM & 6:30 PM. Explore the challenges and blessings with the influx of seminarians in Ukraine in recent years.


SCRANTON PYROHY SALE – Homemade Pyrohy Sale, Sponsored by St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Completely made from scratch – all fresh ingredients, not frozen. Saturday, October 2, 2010, pickup beginning at 1:00pm. $7.00 per dozen. St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. Advance orders please: call 346-4164. Order deadline: Monday, September 27th.
SPAGHETTI DINNER – Transfiguration Church, Nanticoke, announces their Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010 in the Church Hall. This year it will be all-you-can-eat spaghetti (eat-in only) served with meatballs, salad, rolls, butter, our delicious homemade desserts, beverage and complimentary glass of wine. Tickets are $8.00 in advanced and $10.00 at the door and are on sale now. You may purchase tickets in the Church basement after Liturgy this Saturday from Johanna Longenberger, from Gerry Adamchak or by calling Jill Gagliardi at 824-4603. All advanced sale tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
BERWICK CRAFT SALE – SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Warren Street & First Avenue, Berwick will hold their Annual Craft Sale on Saturday, October 23rd 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.
RUMMAGE SALE – Items are Still Needed for our Rummage Sale. New or Used HELP US FILL THE HALL!
ANNUAL TURKEY-FEST – Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre will hold their Annual Turkey-Fest, Saturday, November 6th in our school hall. MARK YOUR CALENDAR.


SPAGHETTI DINNER – The Catholic Community of Northeast Wilkes-Barre will sponsor a Spaghetti & Meatball dinner on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at St. Stanislaus Church Hall, 666 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre from 11:30am to 4:00pm. Take outs will be available. Tickets are $8.00 and will include dinner, salad, bread & butter, choice of homemade dessert, and coffee or tea. For tickets call 823-4988.
SPAGHETTI DINNER – Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, 591 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre will host an All You Can Eat, Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner. Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 11:45am to 1:30pm, featuring an all you can eat salad bar. Cost of dinner is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Call 822-7725 for tickets and reservations! Bake sale will also be held in conjunction with the dinner.
SLAV FESTIVAL – Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 310 Mifflin Avenue, Scranton will hold a Slav Festival, September 30th through October 2nd, 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Rain or Shine. Ethnic Lunch, Thursday & Friday 11:00am to 2:30pm. Live music each evening, culminating Saturday evening with John Steaven and the Double Shot Orchestra! Beer tent, steamed clams, basket raffles, the Wheel and more.
VISITING ICON – Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, 591 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be visiting from Hawaii as a blessing of the faithful and a consolation to the ill and afflicted. Monday, October 25th. Entrance of the Iveron Icon and Service of Intercession at 6:00pm. Following the service all present will have the opportunity to venerate the Icon and receive anointing with the Holy Myrrh.

The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great invite you to join them to celebrate the Seventy-Ninth Annual Pilgrimage to the Mother of God. Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:00 PM – 8 PM, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 10 AM – 5 PM. Guest homilists; Saturday – Very Rev. Robert Hitchens; Sunday – Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, OSBM. With the presence of The Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan-Archbishop, Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy and Clergy. Theme: Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Surrender to God’s call.

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