Sunday Bulletin February 24, 2013

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.

 

HOME BLESSINGS

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.

 

COMING EVENTS

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.

February 17, 2013 Sunday Bulletin

Volume 49; Number 8 February 17, 2013

VENERABLE ISIDORE OF PELUSIUM

Isidore was an Egyptian by birth and the son of a prominent family and kinsman of the Alexandrian Patriarchs Theophilus and Cyril. Having studied all the secular disciplines, he renounced worldly riches and glories and devoted himself completely to the spiritual life for the love of Christ. He was a great and ardent defender and interpreter of the Orthodox Faith. According to the statements of Nicephorus the historian, St. Isidore wrote more than ten-thousand letters to various individuals in which he reproached some, counseled some, and comforted and instructed others. In one letter St. Isidore writes: “It is more important to teach by a life of doing good than to preach in eloquent terms.” In another, he says: “If one desires that his virtues appear great, let him consider them small and they will surely manifest themselves as great.” The first and basic rule for St. Isidore was this: “First do, then teach according to the example of our Lord Jesus.” At the time of the persecution of St. John Chrysostom, the entire population was divided into two camps, one for and one against. St. Isidore, this great pillar of Orthodoxy, sided with St. John Chrysostom. He wrote to Patriarch Theophilus saying what a great light of the Church Chrysostom is and begged him to avoid hatefulness toward him. Isidore lived long and accomplished much, glorifying Christ the God with his life and his writings. Isidore took up habitation in the kingdom of Christ about the year 436 A.D.

Holy Bishop Nikolaj

Prepodobni Isidor Pelusiot

Rodom Misirac; sin uglednih roditelja i srodnik aleksandrijskih patrijaraha: Teofila i Kirila. Proučivši sve nauke svetske, on se odreče bogatstva i svetske slave i sav se predade duhovnom životu radi ljubavi Hristove. Bio je veliki i usrdni branitelj i tumač vere pravoslavne. Po tvrđenju istoričara Nikifora sveti Isidor je napisao preko deset hiljada pisama raznim licima, u kojima je jedne ukorevao, druge savetovao, treće tešio, četvrte poučavao: “Važnije je poučavati se dobrodeteljnom životu nego li krasnorečivom propovedanju”, piše on u jednom pismu. U drugom veli: “Ako ko želi da mu se vrline pokažu velikim, neka ih smatra malim, i one će se zaista pokazati velikim”. Prvo i osnovno pravilo za Isidora bilo je: prvo tvoriti, pa onda učiti, po primeru Gospoda Isusa. U vreme gonjenja svetog Zlatousta, kada se sav svet podeli u dva tabora, jedan za, a drugi protiv ovoga velikog stuba Pravoslavlja, sveti Isidor stade na stranu Zlatoustovu. On pisaše patrijarhu Teofilu, kakvo je veliko svetilo crkve Zlatoust, i moljaše ga da se okane nenavisti prema njemu. Poživeo je dugo, uradio mnogo, proslavivši Hrista Boga životom i perom i preselio se u Carstvo Hristovo oko 436. godine.

Sveti Vladika Nikolaj

READINGS FOR Sunday 37th Sunday/ Meeting of the Lord Postfeast  

Epistle: 1 Tim 4:9-15;     Gospel: St. Luke 19:1-11.

HOMILY

About the joy of Zacchaeus of little stature

“Today, salvation has come to this house” (St. Luke 19:9).

Thus it was spoken by the One Whose word is life and joy and restoration of the righteous. Just as the bleak forest clothes itself into greenery and flowers from the breath of spring, so does every man, regardless of how arid and darkened by sin, becomes fresh and youthful from the nearness of Christ. For the nearness of Christ is as the nearness of some life-giving and fragrant balsam which restores health, increases life, give fragrance to the soul, to the thoughts and to the words of man. In other words, distance from Christ means decay and death and His nearness means salvation and life.

“Today, salvation has come to this house” said the Lord upon entering the house of Zacchaeus the sinner. Christ was the salvation that came and Zacchaeus was the house into which He entered. Brethren, each one of us is a house in which sin dwells as long as Christ is distant and to which salvation comes when Christ approaches it. Nevertheless, will Christ approach my house and your house? That depends on us. Behold, He did not arbitrarily enter the house of the sinner Zacchaeus, rather He entered as a most desired guest. Zacchaeus of little stature climbed into a tree in order to see the Lord Jesus with his own eyes. Zacchaeus, therefore, sought him; Zacchaeus desired Him. We must also seek Him in order to find Him and desire Him in order that He would draw nearer to us and, with our spirit, to climb high in order to encounter His glance. Then He will visit our house as He visited the house of Zacchaeus and with Him salvation will come.

Draw near to us O Lord, draw near and bring to us Your eternal salvation.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

 

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: 2 Tim 3:10-15; Gospel: St. Luke 19:1-11.

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are MYRON BOGAN; MILICA JELENIC (Beograd); EVA FEDASH (NJ); 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.

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 DON’T CHEW GUM IN CHURCH During Church cleaning, gum was found on the floor, as well as under tables in the hall during the hall cleaning. Be respectful of God’s house and get rid of the gum before coming into Church. In this way, we teach our children appropriate behavior for Church attendance.  Thank you! Hvala!

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 10 through SUNDAY, February 17.

We fast on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School 10 AM; Annual Parastos for Stanley Kovacevic.

Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;

Friday Fish Fry

Saturday No Vespers

Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School 10 AM;.

 

HOME BLESSINGS

The homes of Orchard Park north, initially scheduled for Jan. 28, are rescheduled for, March 5.

 

COMING EVENTS

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

BESEDA

o sreći Zakheja maloga 

Danas dođe spasenije kući ovoj (Lk. 19, 9) 

Tako je rekao Onaj, čija je reč život i radost, i obnovljenje pravednim. Kao što se pocrnela gora oblači u zelenilo i cvet od prolećnog daha,tako se i svaki čovek, ma koliko sasušen i zacrnjen grehom, osvežava i podmlađuje od blizine Hristove. Jer Hristova je blizina kao blizina nekog životvornog i mirisnog balsama, što povraća zdravlje, umnožava život, daje miris duši, i mislima, i rečima, Jednom rečju: udaljenost Hristova znači truljenje i smrt, a blizina Njegova znači spasenje i život.

Danas dođe spasenije kući ovoj, reče Gospod ušavši u kuću Zakheja grešnika, Hristos beše spasenje što dođe, a Zakhej beše kuća, u koju On dođe. Svaki je od nas, braćo, kuća, u kojoj stanuje greh, dok je Hristos daleko, i kojoj dolazi spasenje, kada joj se Hristos približi. Da li će se pak Hristos približiti kući mojoj i tvojoj, to zavisi od nas. Gle, On NIJE samovlasno ušao ni u kuću grešnog Zakheja, nego kao najželjeniji gost. Mali Zakhej se penjao na drvo, samr da bi video očima Gospoda Isusa. On Ga je, dakle, tražio, on Ga je želeo. I mi Ga moramo tražiti, da bismo Ga našli, i želeli Ga, da bi nam se približio, i penjati se visoko duhom svojim, da bi susreli njegov pogled. Tada će On posetiti kuću našu kao što je posetio kuću Zakhejevu. A s Njim će doći i spasenje.

Približi nam se, o Gospode, približi, i donesi i nama spasenje Tvoje večno. Tebi slava i hvala vavek. Amin.

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 (rehab); ANNA SREMCEVIC (rehab); ROSA DAMJANOVIC; 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.

February 10, 2013 Sunday Bulletin

Volume 49; Number 7 February 10, 2013

VENERABLE EPHREM THE SYRIAN

Ephrem was born in Syria of poor parents during the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great. He spent his young life rather tempestuously; but all at once a change took place in his soul and he began to burn with love for the Lord Jesus. Ephrem was a disciple of St. James Nisibis (January 13). From the enormous Grace of God, wisdom flowed from his tongue as a brook of honey and ceaseless tears flowed from his eyes. Industrious as a bee, Ephrem continually either wrote books or orally taught the monks in the monastery and the people in the town of Edessa or he dedicated himself to prayer and contemplation. Numerous are his books and beautiful are his prayers. The most famous is his prayer recited during the Honorable Fast Season: O Lord and Master of my life. When they wanted to appoint him a bishop by force, he pretended to be insane and began to race through the city of Edessa dragging his garment behind him. Seeing this, the people left him in peace. Ephrem was a contemporary and friend of St. Basil the Great. Saint Ephrem is considered mainly to be the Apostle of Repentance. Even today his works soften many hearts hardened by sin and return them to Christ. He died in extreme old age in the year 378 A.D.

Holy Bishop Nikolaj

Prepodobni Jefrem Sirin

Rođen u Siriji od siromašnih roditelja u vreme cara Konstantina Velikog. Svoju ranu mladost proveo dosta burno, no najednom nasta prelom u duši njegovoj i on počne sav plamteti ljubavlju prema Gospodu Isusu. Bio je učenik svetog Jakova Nisibijskog (13. januar). Od velike Božje blagodati lila se mudrost s jezika njegovog kao medeni potok, a iz očiju su mu neprestano tekle suze. Trudoljubiv kao pčela Jefrem je neprestano ili pisao knjige, ili usmeno poučavao monahe u manastiru i narod u gradu Edesi, ili pak sam se predavao molitvi i razmišljanju. Mnogobrojne su njegove knjige, prekrasne su njegove molitve. Najpoznatija mu je ona molitva uz Časni post: Gospodi i Vladiko života mojego: Kad su ga hteli silom uzeti za episkopa, on se napravi lud i počne juriti kroz grad Edesu vukući za sobom haljinu svoju. Videvši to ljudi, ostave ga na miru. Bio je savremenik i prijatelj svetog Vasilija Velikog. Sveti Jefrem je uglavnom apostol pokajanja. Njegovi spisi i dan-danas mekšaju mnoga srca otvrdla od greha, i vraćaju ih Hristu. Upokojio se u dubokoj starosti 378. godine.

Sveti Vladika Nikolaj

READINGS FOR Sunday 36th Sunday/ St. Ephraim the Syrian  

Epistle: 2 Cor. 6:11-18;     Gospel: St. Matthew 15:21-28.

On Friday we celebrate the MEETING OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLE

The fortieth day after His birth, the All-Holy Virgin brought her Divine Son into the Temple of Jerusalem, in accordance with the Law, to dedicate Him to God and to purify herself. (Exodus 13:2).  (Leviticus 12:2-7). Even though neither the one nor the other was necessary, nevertheless the Lawgiver did not, in anyway, want to transgress His own Law which He had given through Moses, His servant and prophet. At that time, the high-priest Zaccharias, the father of John the Forerunner, was on duty in the Temple. Zaccharias placed the Virgin, not in the temple area reserved for women but rather in the area reserved for virgins. On this occasion, two unusual persons appeared in the Temple: the Elder Simeon and Anna, the daughter of Phanuel. The righteous Simeon took the Messiah in his arms and said: “Now, Master, You may let Your servant go in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation” (St. Luke 2: 29-30). Simeon also spoke the following words about the Christ-child: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel” (St. Luke 2:34). Then Anna, who from her youth served God in the Temple by fasting and prayers, recognized the Messiah and glorified God and proclaimed to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about the coming of the long-awaited One. The Pharisees present in the Temple, who having seen and heard all, became angry with Zacharias because he placed the Virgin Mary in the area reserved for virgins and reported this to King Herod. Convinced that this is the new king about whom the Magi from the East spoke, Herod immediately sent his soldiers to kill Jesus. In the meantime the Holy Family had already left the city and set out for Egypt under the guidance of an angel of God. The Feast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple was celebrated from earliest times but the solemn celebration of this day was established in the year 544 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Justinian.

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: 1 Tim 4:9-15; Gospel: St. Luke 19:1-11.

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are MYRON BOGAN; MILICA JELENIC (Beograd); DOROTHEA DEVRNJA; DRAGAN PRLILJEVA & DOROTHY SMILANICH (requested by Leppy Gjurich); ROBERTA JOY TORBIC; and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!

Thank you to all who generosity donated last Sunday to the St. Sava School of Theology.

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 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.

PLEASE DON’T CHEW GUM IN CHURCH During Church cleaning, gum was found on the floor, as well as under tables in the hall during the hall cleaning. Be respectful of God’s house and get rid of the gum before coming into Church. In this way, we teach our children appropriate behavior for Church attendance.  Thank you! Hvala!

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 10 through SUNDAY, February 17.

We fast on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Tammie Brunch; 40-day Parastos for Milos Vukas.

Monday Rescheduled visit of class from Amherst Christian Academy 10 AM; Tammies & Dancers 6 PM; Teachers Meeting

Tuesday Divine Liturgy for Three Hierarchs 9 AM

Friday Divine Liturgy for Meeting of our Lord 9 AM; Fish Fry 4 PM

Saturday Annual Parastos for Nikola Tumpaloff 10 AM; Vespers 6 PM

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Annual Parastos for Stanley Kovacevic.

 

HOME BLESSINGS

The homes of Orchard Park north, initially scheduled for Jan. 28, are rescheduled for, March 5.

 

COMING EVENTS

February 10 Tammie Brunch

February 15 Fish Fries begin

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE

ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ

U petak slavimo Sretenje Gospodnje

U četrdeseti dan po Roždestvu donese Presveta Deva svog božanskog Sina u hram jerusalimski da Ga, shodno zakonu, posveti Bogu i sebe očisti (Levit 12, 2-7; Ishod 12, 2). Iako ni jedno ni drugo nije bilo potrebno, ipak Zakonodavac nije hteo nikako da se ogreši o Svoj Zakon, koji je On bio dao kroz Svoga slugu i proroka Mojseja. U to vreme držao je čredu u hramu prvosveštenik Zaharija, otac Jovana Preteče. On stavi Djevu Mariju ne na mesto za žene, nego na mesto za devojke u hramu. Tom prilikom pojave se u hramu dve čudne ličnosti: starac Simeon i Ana, kći Fanuilova. Pravedni starac uze na ruke svoje Mesiju i reče: “Sad otpuštaš u miru slugu svojega, Gospode, po riječi svojoj…” Još reče Simeon za Hrista Mladenca: “Gle, ovaj leži da mnoge obori i podigne u Izrailju, i da bude znak protiv koga će se govoriti” (Lk 2, 29 i 34). Ana pak koja od mladosti služaše Bogu u hramu postom i molitvama, i sama poznade Mesiju, pa proslavi Boga i objavi Jerusalimljanima o dolasku Dugočekanoga. A fariseji, prisutni u hramu, koji videše i čuše sve, rasrdiše se na Zahariju što stavi Devu Mariju na mesto za devojke, dostaviše to caru Irodu. Uveren da je to Novi Car, o kome su mu zvezdari s Istoka govorili, Irod brzo posla da ubiju Isusa. No u međuvremenu božanska porodica beše već izmakla iz grada i uputila se u Misir, po uputstvu angela Božjeg. Dan Sretenja praznovan je od samog početka, no toržestveno praznovanje ovoga dana ustanovljeno je naročito 544. godine u vreme cara Justinijana.

ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters. Litany of Fervent Supplication: JOHN MUNICH (Mercy); DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC (rehab); SHIRLEY MONDICH (rehab); ANNA SREMCEVIC (rehab); ROSA DAMJANOVIC; KARL STEFANOVICH; OLGA TRACY (TX); MIRJANA PAVLICA; NADA ZDERO; MARTHA PAVLAKIS; EDMUND BIGGS; GORDANA & MIROSLAV NENADOVIC (FL);  MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; JOHN LABOVSKY (CA); HELEN & FRED PARKER (Weinberg); PAULA HUGHES; DONALD MILOSEVIC (HighPt); 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; RAMON MURPHY.

Proskomedia: 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; 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.

February 3, 2013 Sunday Bulletin

Volume 49; Number 6 February 3, 2013

VENERABLE MAXIMUS, THE CONFESSOR

Maximus was born in Constantinople and at first was a high-ranking courtier at the court of Emperor Heraclius. After that he was a monk and abbot of a monastery not too far from the capitol. He was the greatest defender of Orthodoxy against the so-called Monothelite heresy which proceeded from the heresy of Eutyches. That is to say: As Eutyches claimed that there is only one nature in Christ [Monophysitism], so the Monothelites claimed that there is only one will in Christ [Monothelitism]. Maximus opposed that claim and found himself as an opponent of the emperor and the patriarch. Maximus did not frighten easily but endured to the end in proving that there were two wills as well as two natures in Christ. Because of his efforts, a council was held in Carthage and another in Rome. Both councils condemned the teachings of the Monothelites. The suffering of Maximus for Orthodoxy cannot be described: he was tortured by princes, deceived by prelates, spat upon by the masses of the people, beaten by soldiers, exiled, imprisoned, until finally, with a severed tongue and hand, he was condemned to exile for life in the land of Skhemaris [near Batum on the Black Sea] where he spent three years in prison and gave up his soul to God in the year 666 A.D. Holy St. Maximus, pray to God for us.

Holy Bishop Nikolaj

Prepodobni Maksim Ispovednik. 

Carigrađanin po rodu i najpre visoki dvorjanin na dvoru cara Iraklija, a potom monah i iguman jednog manastira nedaleko od prestonice. Najveći branilac Pravoslavlja od tzv. monotelitske jeresi, koja se iščauri iz jeresi Evtihijeve. Naime: kao što je Evtihije tvrdio, da je u Hristu jedna priroda, tako su monoteliti tvrdili, da je u Hristu jedna volja. Maksim se opre tome tvrđenju i nađe se kao protivnik i cara i patrijarha. No on se ne ustraši, nego istraja do kraja u dokazivanju da su u Gospodu bile dve volje kao i dve prirode. Njegovim nastojanjem održi se jedan sabor u Kartagini a drugi u Rimu, i oba ta sabora anatemišu učenje monotelita. Stradanje Maksimovo za Pravoslavlje ne da se opisati: istjazavan od kneževa, obmanjivan od prelata, pljuvan od mase narodne, tučen od vojnika, progonjen, zatvaran, dok najzad, sa odsečenim jezikom i rukom, ne bi osuđen na doživotno progonstvo u zemlju Skitsku, gde tri godine provede u tamnici, pa predade dušu Bogu, 666. godine.

Sveti Vladika Nikolaj

READINGS FOR Sunday 35th Sunday/ St. Maximus the Confessor  

Epistle: 1 Tim. 1:15-17;     Gospel: St. Luke 18:35-43.

HOMILY

About how men must become like children in order to be sons of God

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (St. Matthew 18:3).

Thus speaks the Lord and His word is holy and true. What kind of advantage do children have over adults? They have three advantages: in faith, in obedience and in forgiveness. The child asks the parent about everything and whatever the parent replies, the child believes its parent. The child is obedient to its parent and easily subordinates its will to the will of the parent. The child is forgiving even though he provokes easily, but the child forgives quickly. Our Lord requires these three from all men i.e., Faith, Obedience and Forgiveness. He seeks that men believe in Him unconditionally, as a child believes in its parent. To be unconditionally obedient to Him as a child is to its parent and to be forgiving in relation to one another, not to remember evil and not to render evil for evil.

Faith, Obedience and Forgiveness are the three main characteristics of a child’s soul. In addition to that, comes purity and joy. A child is not greedy; a child is not lustful; and a child is not vain glorious. The child has an eye unspoiled by vices and a joy unspoiled by worries.

O brethren, who can make us over again into children? No one, except the one Christ. He can make us over into children and help us to be born again and, that by His example, by His teaching and by the power of His Holy Spirit.

O Lord Jesus, perfect in obedience and meekness, Eternal Child of the Heavenly Father help us to become as infants by faith in You, by obedience toward You and by forgiveness one toward the other.

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: 2 Cor. 6:11-18; Gospel: St. Matthew 15:21-28.

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are MYRON BOGAN; MILICA JELENIC (Beograd); DOROTHEA DEVRNJA; JULIE MANCUSO (requested by children); and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!

A Special Collection for the benefit of the St. Sava School of Theology will be taken TODAY. Thank you for your generosity.

MANY THANKS to all who made our St. Sava and St. Stephen celebration\ a success. Special thanks to those who work with our young people in the Tammies and Dancers, to Diane Sullivan who prepared the children with their recitations, to our Sv. Petka Kolo for the delicious meal they prepared, and to the ladies who made the kolaches and kolivo. Most of all, thanks to our children for their excellent performances! Ziveli!

The sign-up sheet for the Tammie Brunch next Sunday is posted. Sign-up now and support our Tammies! Hvala!

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 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. A short training will be held for each group. Volunteer for this needed project!

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 3 through SUNDAY, February 10.

We fast on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Special collection for the St. Sava School of Theology; St. Petka Kolo and SerbFest Meetings

Monday Visit of children’s class from Creekside Assembly Church 10 AM; Tammies & Dancers 6 PM; Parish Council Meeting

Saturday No Vespers

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Tammie Brunch; 40-day Parastos for Milos Vukas.

 

HOME BLESSINGS

The homes of Orchard Park north, initially scheduled for Jan. 28, are rescheduled for, March 5.

 

COMING EVENTS

February 10 Tammie Brunch

February 15 Fish Fries begin

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE

ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ

BESEDA

o tome kako ljudi moraju biti kao deca da bi bili sinovi Božji 

Zaista vam kažem: ako se ne povratite i ne budete kao djeca, nećete ući u carstvo nebesko (Mat. 18, 3) 

Tako govori Gospod, i reč je Njegova sveta i istinita. Kakvo to prevashodstvo imaju deca nad odraslim? Imaju tri prevashodstva: u veri, u poslušnosti i u nezlobivosti. Dete pita roditelja o svemu, i ma šta roditelj odgovorio, ono veruje roditelju svome. Dete je poslušno roditelju svome, i lako potčinjava volju svoju volji roditeljskoj. Dete je nezlobivo, i mada se brzo srdi, brzo i prašta. To troje zahteva Gospod od svih ljudi, naime: veru, poslušnost i nezlobivost. On traži da ljudi veruju Njemu bezuslovno, kao što dete veruje roditelju svome; da budu bezuslovno poslušni prema Njemu, kao što je dete poslušno roditelju svome; i da budu nezlobivi u odnosu jedan prema drugom, da ne pamte zlo i ne vraćaju zlo za zlo.

Vera, poslušnost i nezlobivost glavne su odlike detinje duše. Uz to još dolazi: bestrasnost i radost. Dete nije srebroljubivo; dete nije pohotljivo; dete nije slavoljubivo; ono ima oko nepomućeno porocima, i radost nepomućenu brigama.

O braćo, ko nas može ponovo učiniti decom? Niko osim Hrista jedinoga. On nas može ponovo učiniti decom i pomoći ponovnom rođaju našem i to: primerom Svojim, naukom Svojom i silom Duha Svoga Svetoga.

O Gospode Isuse, savršeni u poslušnosti i nezlobivosti, večni mladenče Oca nebesnog, pomozi nam biti kao mladenci verom u Tebe, poslušnošću prema Tebi i nezlobivošću jednog prema drugom. Tebi slava i hvala vavek. Amin.

ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters. Litany of Fervent Supplication: JOHN MUNICH (Mercy); DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC (rehab); ANNA SREMCEVIC (rehab); ROSA DAMJANOVIC; KARL STEFANOVICH; OLGA TRACY (TX); MIRJANA PAVLICA; NADA ZDERO; MARTHA PAVLAKIS; EDMUND BIGGS; GORDANA & MIROSLAV NENADOVIC (FL);  MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; JOHN LABOVSKY (CA); HELEN & FRED PARKER (Weinberg); PAULA HUGHES; DONALD MILOSEVIC (HighPt); 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; RAMON MURPHY.

Proskomedia: BRANKO GUSKIC; JAMES & JOANN RADITIC; CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; KATHRYN FREDERICK;  DAVID PRELJEVA; CARLY SERRA; JOSEPH YORK; SHIRLEY MONDICH; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; MELANIE ROZWOOD; KIM HENSLEY; ZORICA MARIJANAC; STACY MARZULO; 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; 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.