Volume 48; Number 35 August 26, 2012
READINGS FOR today 12th Sunday /Leave-taking of the Transfiguration/Odanije Preobraženja
Epistle: 1 Cor.25:1-11 Gospel: St. Matthew 19:16-26
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
It is hard for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt.19:23). Here is meant a rich man who sees himself as the cause and source of his own prosperity. But as soon as one who has many possessions cuts off all attachment to them, extinguishes within himself all reliance on them, and ceases to see them as his sustenance, then in his heart he is the same as one who possesses nothing—for thus is the road to the kingdom open. Riches are then not a hindrance, but a help, for they provide the means for charitable works. Riches themselves are not the misfortune, but rather reliance upon riches and attachment to them. This thought can be generalized in this way: whoever relies on something and is attached to something is rich in that thing. Whoever relies on the one and only God, and cleaves to Him with all his heart, is rich in God. Whoever relies on something else, and turns his heart to it instead of God, such a person is rich in this other thing, but not in God. From this it follows that he who is not rich in God has no entrance into the kingdom of God. That “something else” can be such things as family relations, friends, the mind, status, career, and so forth.
St. Theophan the Recluse
NEDELJA DVANAESTA PO DUHOVIMA
Teško je bogatome ući u Carstvo nebesko (Mt.19,23). Ovde se misli na bogataše koji u sebi samima vide uzrok i moć svog blagostanja. Međutim, bogataš koji odseče svaku pristrasnost prema imanju, koji u sebi ugasi svaku nadu na njega i prestane da u njemu gleda svoju istinsku potporu, u srcu postaje kao i onaj koji ništa nema. Njemu se zbog toga otkriva put u Carstvo. Bogatstvo tada ne smeta, već pomaže, budući da daje mogućnost da se čini dobro. Nije bogatstvo nesreća, već uzdanje u njega i pristrasnost prema njemu. Tu misao je moguće uopštiti: čovek se bogati onim na šta se nada i onim prema čemu je pristrasan. Ko se u jedinoga Boga nada i uz Njega se svim srcem prilepljuje – obogatiće se Bogom; a ko se nada u nešto drugo, i prema njemu okpeće srce, postaće njime bogat, a ne Bogom. Odatle proizilazi: ko nije bogat Bogom, ne može yći u Carstvo Božije. To drugo mogu biti: srodničke veze, poznanstva, um, činovi, krug delatnosti itd. Sv. Teofan Zatvorenik
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: 1 Cor.16:13-24 Gospel: St. Matthew 21:33-42
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: KATHLEEN CRIDER; FLORENCE GOEKJIAN; KONSTANTINOS MAZARIS & EFTEM PAPPAS (requested by Angeline Pappas & family); recent victims of natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!.
PLEASE WELCOME Fr. Steven Gousios, who is serving for Fr. Rastko today. Fr. Steven is the son of Sister Anastasia, who is at Monastery Marcha with Mother Ana. Fr. Rastko will have several stents inserted in the arteries of his heart this Wednesday. Keep him in your prayers.
NUT, POPPY & TORTA ROLLS AVAILABLE every Sunday. See Karen Kovacevic or Kata Pajic
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS This year our Church School Program will begin with Kindergarten. Those pre-school students who attended church school last year and are still in pre-school may participate in church school. However, no new pre-school students will be enrolled. This year we will have four church school classes in all, K through 12.
BISHOP MITROPHAN WILL HIMSELF BE LEADING THE PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND. October 12 to 20, 2012. $3,098.00 per person departing from Newark. The travel agency will be accepting reservations to September 1st. Call the agency at 800-842- 4842. Or call Fr. Malich at 412-372-4454
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Jacob Monnin, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Matthew Ross. These soldiers are remembered at the Proskomedia (Service of Preparation) before every Divine Liturgy. If you have names to contribute to this list of servicemen serving overseas, please share them with Father. See bulletin board.
MEN’S CLUB NEWS Volunteers are needed to sign up for lawn mowing. See Mike Munich. All men are invited to join this on-going effort.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, August 26 through SUNDAY, September 2, 2012
The Dormition Fast lasts until Tuesday, the Feast of Dormition. We fast on Wednesday & Friday as usual.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM; Leave-taking (last day) of Transfiguration
Tuesday The Dormition (Uspenje) of the Mother of God, Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Saturday No Vespers
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM;
September 8 Diocese Chapel Slava in Mars, PA
September 9 Church School Registration
September 10 Tammies begin rehearsals. Children ages 5 and up are welcome to join.
September 11 Beheading of St. John the Baptist Liturgy 10 AM
September 16 Church School Begins
September 21 Nativity of the Theotokos Liturgy 10 AM
September 23 Annual Sv. Ilija Kolo Tea
September 27 Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross Liturgy 10 AM
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ
Our parish website at www.saintstephenlackawanna.org ; see new parish photos from the SerbFest under “Events”
Fr. Rastko e-mail address: FrRastko@saintstephenlackawanna.org
Website of the SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA www.easterndiocese.org
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