Volume 49; Number 9 February 24, 2013
THE HOLY MARTYR GEORGE OF KRATOVO
By origin, George was a Serb from the town of Kratovo. He was a silversmith by trade and, in his heart and soul, was a convinced and a devout Christian. George was eighteen years old when the Turks tried to convert him to Islam. George remained as firm as a diamond in his faith. The Turks tortured him with many cruel tortures and finally burned him at the stake. He suffered for the beautiful Faith of Christ on February 11, 1515 A.D. in Sofia, Bulgaria, during the reign of Sultan Selim and was glorified with unfading glory in the heavens.
Holy Bishop Nikolaj
Sveti mučenik Đorđe Kratovac
Poreklom Srbin, iz grada Kratova. Mladi Đorđe beše po zanatu kujundžija, a po srcu i duši uvereni i bogomoljni hrišćanin. Tek mu beše osamnaest godina kada ga Turci htedoše poturčiti. No Đorđe osta u veri tvrd kao dijamant. Tada ga Turci mučiše mnogim ljutim mukama, i najzad ga spališe živa na lomači. Postrada za lepu veru Hristovu 11. februara 1515. godine u Sofiji, za vreme cara Selima i proslavi se slavom neuvelom na nebesima.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj
READINGS FOR Sunday Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee/ St. George of Kratovo
Epistle: 2 Tim 3:10-15; Gospel: St. Luke 18:10-14.
Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
Yesterday the Gospel reading taught us persistence in prayer, and now it teaches humility, or a feeling of having no right to be heard. Do not assume that you have the right to be heard, but approach prayer as one unworthy of any attention, allowing yourself only the boldness needed to open your mouth and raise up your prayer to God, knowing the Lord’s boundless condescension toward us poor ones. Do not even allow the thought to come to your mind, “I did such and such—so give me such and such.” Consider whatever you might have done as your obligation. If you had not done it you would have been subject to punishment, and what you did is actually nothing deserving reward; you did not do anything special. That Pharisee enumerated his rights to be heard, and left the church with nothing. The harm is not that he had actually done as he said, for indeed he should have done it. The harm is that he presented it as something special; whereas, having done it he should have thought no more of it. Deliver us, O Lord, from this sin of the Pharisee! One rarely speaks as the Pharisee in words, but in the feelings of the heart, one is rarely unlike him. For why is it that people pray badly? It is because they feel as though they are just fine in the sight of God, even without praying.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: 1 Cor 6:12-20; Gospel: St. Luke 15:11-32.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are ROSA DAMJANOVIC (funeral tomorrow); MYRON BOGAN; MILICA JELENIC; MARTHA MUNICH (requested by Peter Munich); and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
GREAT LENT begins on March 18. Let’s start planning our lenten calendars now. Let’s give priority to the special lenten services on the weekdays of Great Lent. Let’s plan to make fasting the style of life during Lent. Let’s look to give our maximum to God during Lent, not our minimum.
PLEASE WELCOME Fr. Steven Gousios who is serving today. Fr. Rastko is in Pittsburgh for a family wedding this weekend.
THE DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY for our diocese will be held this coming Friday and Saturday in Lebanon, PA. Our parish will be represented by Sofia Wuslich, President, Milo Wuslich, delegate, and Fr. Rastko.
A new edition of LITTLE FALCONS has arrived. The theme is GOD’S SEEDS. Buy it today for your children.
THE LARGE BOOK CALENDAR for 2013 from the Clergy Brotherhood has arrived and is on sale at the Tutors’ Stand for $15.
The Yale Russian Chorus will perform on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:00pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the parish website peterandpauloca.com. If you purchase your tickets before March 3, they are only $10.
TORTA ROLLS and nut rolls are still available every Sunday. See Karen or Kata.
A SIGN-UP SHEET is posted for groups of people to volunteer for church cleaning. Each group would clean the church for one month.
OUR FISH FRIES have begun for the season. Please support our parish dinners and enjoy delicious fish at the same time. Thank you, workers!
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.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, February 24 through SUNDAY, March 3.
There is NO fasting this week, so that we learn NOT to fast with pride like the Pharisee.
Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School 10 AM;
Monday Funeral for Rosa Damjanovic 10 AM; Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;
Friday Fish Fry 4 PM; Diocesan Assembly in Lebanon, PA.
Saturday No Vespers
Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School 10 AM; 40-day Parastos for Myron Bogan; Baptism of Ilija Vagic 2 PM.
The homes of Orchard Park north, initially scheduled for Jan. 28, are rescheduled for, March 5.
The homes of Williamsville, scheduled for tomorrow, are being rescheduled for March 6.
March 18 First day of Great Lent
May 5 Pascha
June 1 & 2 Tammie Concert Weekend
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ
NEDELJA MITARA I FARISEJA
Juče nas je Jevanđelje učilo upornoj molitvi, a sada nas uči smirenju ili osećanju lišenosti prava na uslišanje. Ne prisvajaj sebi pravo da moraš biti uslišen, nego pristupaj molitvi kao onaj koji nije dostojan nikakve pažnje, i koji sebi daje smelost da otvori usta i da uznese molitvu ka Bogu jedino zbog beskrajnog snishođenja Gospodnjeg prema nama bednima. Neka ti ne dolazi na misao: “Ja sam to i to uradio. Prema tome, daj mi to i to”. Bilo šta da uradiš, sebe smatraj dužnikom, jer si bio dužan da učiniš [dobro]. Da nisi učinio, podvrgao bi se kazni, a pošto si učinio, nema za šta da očekuješ nagradu, budući da nisi učinio ništa naročito. Farisej je, međutim, prebrojao svoja prava na uslišanje, da bi iz crkve izašao prazan. Rđavo kod njega nije bilo to što je radio kao što je rekao: tako je on i trebalo da radi. Rđavo je što je on to iznosio kao nešto osobito. Na tako nešto, međutim, nije trebalo ni pomišljati. Izbavi nas, Gospode, od ovog fari-sejskog greha! Iako rečima retko ko govori kao on, u srdačnom osećanju retko ko mu nije sličan. Jer, zbog čega se ljudi rđavo mole? Zbog toga što sebe smatraju ispravnim pred Bogom.
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters. Litany of Fervent Supplication: JOHN MUNICH (FrBakerMan); DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC (rehab); SHIRLEY MONDICH; ANNA SREMCEVIC (rehab); KARL STEFANOVICH; OLGA TRACY (TX); MIRJANA PAVLICA; NADA ZDERO; MARTHA PAVLAKIS; EDMUND BIGGS; GORDANA & MIROSLAV NENADOVIC (FL); MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; JOHN LABOVSKY (CA); PAULA HUGHES; FR. STEVO ROCKNAGE; DONALD MILOSEVIC (HighPt); JAMES SALASNY; DANIEL METZ; STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); MARYELLEN D’ELIA (PA); ANNABELLE SAUER; GEORGENE STEVANOFF; ANNA TONARELY (FL); MILENKO ZDJELAR; NEVENKA MALINOWSKI; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); LAUREN TASSEFF; DUSAN CURUVIJA; KELLY PAVICH; MARY ANNE HANEY; PATRICIA MOLL; FRANK STEPNICK; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARSHA YUNKE;.
Proskomedia: HELEN & FRED PARKER (Weinberg); BRANKO GUSKIC; JAMES & JOANN RADITIC; CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; KATHRYN FREDERICK; DAVID PRELJEVA; CARLY SERRA; JOSEPH YORK; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; MELANIE ROZWOOD; KIM HENSLEY; ZORICA MARIJANAC; ANNA VIRUET; GREGORY KORBUT; PETER MAGARIS; STOJAN (CHARLES) SMILANICH; MILOVAN TUCO; VLADIMIR JOVIC; PETER BARUSIC; STEVO SIMIC; KATHERINE LIPPARD; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); LINDA MORAN (MN); ELIZABETH TABONE; JACQUELINE FUELLHART; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; DON BIVOLCIC (AR); JOAN MUNICH; JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV; RAMON MURPHY; BRANKO TOMIC; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; PETAR TUCO; IRENE FRUHAUF; DALE HAUSER; GLADYS HODYNSKI; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); NADA RAKIC; MOTHER ANA; BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; LORRAINE ROWLEY; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH; MARTIN DARMSTEDTER; LEISELOTTE SILJEGOVIC; DRAGANA SALOM (IL); ROBERT SETTER; CHRISANTE GASSETT; ZARKA POPOVIC (CA); ROBERT BOLLER; THOMAS JOUSMA; MARGE SPANO, ANTHONY DIPIANO; JEANETTE STANLEY; MARY KAROLEWSKI; MARIJA TRBOJEVIC (IL); GALE MAUS (FL); ROSANN TEDEROUS; ISO BJELANOVIC; DUSAN SAMARDZIJA; DRAZEN JOKANOVIC; MARY PARILLO (MA); WYATT & TONY LAMB; CAROL MAGARIS; KATHY HANNY (FL); JANE GLASS (Hamburg); ANNAME GRACER; DANIEL DiCIOCCIO; JOANNE HAMILTON; CHRISTINE MADEJ (MA); JOEL THOMAS; LEISA WHEELER; DIANE & RONALD KUKAVICA; MILJAN VANOVAC; MIKI STIPANOVICH (IN); RICHARD WYSE; DANYL OUSS (OrchardBrooke); ARLENE SCHMITZ; PETER MITICH; DUSKO VANOVAC; ANASTASIA HILES (PA); CATHY SMILJANIC; OLGA YANDRICH (Pgh); BRADLEY FREDERICK; STEPHEN ENGLE; DOROTHY BARON (PA); DANIELLE WILLIAMS; PATRICIA MALETICH (OH); RICHARD CARNEY; JENNIFER POPOVICH; DAVID DONALD (PA); LJUBICA JEVTIC; MARY BETH BUNTICH (NM); FR. SRBOLJUB BULICH (Belgrade); FR ALEXANDER ATTY; FR. MILAN ZOBENICA; FR. HERMAN SCHICK; FR. MILADIN GARICH; FR. MICHAEL ZAPARYNIUK (FL); FR. DENNIS PAVICHEVICH; JOANNE MARKEY; JOSEPH ROZWOOD Jr; ROSE GARDINA; ELAINE DAMINSKI; PAULA RUSSIAN (FL); GREGORY SMITH (DC); DAN NEARY; MARGARET NIGRELLI; ADAM BREVNER(LI); RICHARD LOCKWOOD; CHRISTINE MARX (IL); ARTHUR REIS; VERA SREDANOVIC (CA); RONALD BEDE (OH); MARY LOU BREMMER; HELEN TANNER (FrBakerMan); and any ill or hospitalized parishioners we may have missed.