Volume 49; Number 14 March 31, 2013
Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
Gregory’s father was an eminent official at the court of Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus. The gifted Gregory, completing his secular studies, did not want to enter the service of the imperial court, but withdrew to the Holy Mountain and was tonsured a monk. He lived a life of asceticism in the Monastery of Vatopedi and the Great Lavra. He led the struggle against the heretic Barlaam and finally defeated him. He was consecrated as Metropolitan of Thessalonica in the year 1347. He is glorified as an ascetic, a theologian, a hierarch and a miracle-worker. The Most-holy Theotokos, St. John the Theologian, St. Demetrius, St. Anthony the Great, St. John Chrysostom and angels of God appeared to him at different times. He governed the Church in Thessalonica for thirteen years, of which he spent one year in slavery under the Saracens in Asia. He entered peacefully into rest in the year 1360, and took up his habitation in the Kingdom of Christ. His relics repose in Thessalonica, where a beautiful church is dedicated to him.
Holy Bishop Nicholai
Sv. Grigorije Palama Arhiepiskop Solunski
Otac Grigorijev bio znatan činovnik na dvoru cara Andronika II Paleologa. Daroviti Grigorije svršivši svetske nauke ne hte poći na dvorsku službu nego se udalji u Svetu Goru i zamonaši. Podvizavao se u Vatopedu i Lavri. Vodio borbu sa jeretikom Varlamom i najzad ga pobedio. Posvećen za mitropolita Solunskog 1347. god. Proslavljen i kao podvižnik, i kao bogoslov, i kao jerarh, i kao čudotvorac. Javljali mu se naizmenično: Presveta Bogorodica, sv. Jovan Bogoslov, sv. Dimitrije, sv. Antonije Veliki, sv. Zlatoust, angeli Božji. Upravljao crkvom Solunskom 13 godina, od kojih jednu godinu proveo u ropstvu kod Saracena u Aziji. Upokojio se mirno 1360. god. i preselio u carstvo Hristovo. Mošti mu počivaju u Solunu, gde se nalazi i krasna crkva njegovog imena.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj
READINGS FOR Sunday St. Gregory Palamas/2nd Sunday of Lent
Epistles: Heb. 1:10-2:3 & 7:26-8:2; Readers: Conor Sullivan & Cara Jernigan
Gospels: St. Mark 2:1-12; & Jn. 10:9-16
St. Gregory Palamas learned the importance of Christian Education
After St. Gregory had spent three years in stillness in a cell of the Great Lavra, it was necessary for him to go out among the people and benefit them with his accumulated knowledge and experience. God revealed this necessity to him through an extraordinary vision: One day, as though in a light sleep, Gregory saw himself holding a vessel in his hand full to overflowing with milk. Gradually, the milk turned into wine which likewise spilled over the rim, and drenched his hands and garments. Then a radiant youth appeared and said: “Why would you not give others of this wonderful drink that you are wasting so carelessly, or are you not aware that this is the gift of God’s grace?” To this Gregory replied: “But if there is no one in our time who feels the need for such a drink, to whom shall I give it?” Then the youth said: “Whether there are some or whether there are none thirsty for such a drink, you are obligated to fulfill your debt and not neglect the gift of God.” Gregory interpreted the milk as the common understanding of the people regarding moral life and conduct, and the wine as theological knowledge.
Holy Bishop Nicholai
Sv. Grigorije Palama je naučio potrebe veronauke.
Kada je Sv. Grigorije proveo tri godine na bezmolviju u jednoj keliji Sv. Lavre, trebalo je da izađe među ljude i koristi ljudima svojim sabranim znanjem i iskustvom. To mu Bog stavi do znanja kroz jedno vanredno viđenje. Jednoga dana kao u polusnu vide Grigorije samoga sebe gde drži u rukama sud prepun mleka, no toliko prepun, da se prelivaše, ali postepeno mleko se pretvori u vino, koje se takođe prelivalo preko ivica suda i kvasilo njegove ruke i haljine. Tada mu se javi svetli mladić i reče mu: „zašto ne bi dao i drugima od toga divnog pića, koje tako traćiš bez pažnje? Ili valjda ne znaš, da je to dar Božje blagodati?” Na to Grigorije odgovori: „ali ako u današnje vreme nema nikoga ko oseća potrebu u takvom piću – kome dati? Tada mu mladić reče, da bilo ne bilo žednih za takvo piće, on je obvezan ispuniti svoj dug i ne prenebregavati darom Božjim. Mleko je protumačio Grigorije kao običnu pouku masi narodnoj o moralnom životu i vladanju, a vino kao nauku dogmatskog karaktera.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistles: Heb. 2:11-18; & Heb. 4:14-5:6; Gospels: St. Luke 1:24-38; & Mark 8:34-9:1.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC; FRED PARKER; NEVENKA MALINOWSKI; SAVUNA RISTIĆ ; ROSA DAMJANOVIC; KATHLEEN HEAD; KURT BRYCHTA (requested by Ann Mitich); and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
FR. THEODORE IS LEAVING Fr. Theodore, with the help of his son Joseph, is making great progress in the altar and will be probably be finished this week. This is the completion of the frescoing of our church. We are grateful to Fr. Theodore for the great love and care he invested in painting the icons of our church. We enjoyed his presence these six years and we will miss him. God grant Fr. Theodore and his family good health and many more years of service to God. Mnogaja Ljeta!
FISH FRY Friday 4–7. Eat in our take out. Phone orders taken from 4 to 7 at 825-9364. The fish fries will continue throughout April. Please support our parish dinners and enjoy delicious fish at the same time. Thank you, workers!
THE OPEN HOUSES HAVE MOVED. The Teachers met last Monday and changed the schedule of the Church School Open Houses. The two lower classes have been rescheduled to Palm Sunday, April 28. Please examine the schedule below and plan to attend the Open Houses:
Sunday April 14: Grade 5–7
Sunday April 21: Grade 8–12
Palm Sunday April 28: Grade K–2 & Grade 3–4
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, March 31 through SUNDAY, April 7.
The third week of the fast: Regular fasting is prescribed all week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School 10 AM; 40-day Parastos for Rosa Damjanovic; Lenten Vespers at the Ss Peter & Paul Church, Ideal Street, Buffalo, 5 PM.
Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM; The Parish Council Meeting was postponed.
Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy 5:30 PM, followed by posno pot luck dinner & discussion
Thursday Pan Orthodox Choir rehearsal 6 PM
Friday Fish Fry 4-7 PM; Small Akathist 7 PM;
Saturday Vespers & Confession 6 PM.
Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School 10 AM; St. Petka Kolo Meeting; Lenten Vespers at the St. George Church, Lewiston, 5 PM.
April 8 Veronauka za odrasle
April 14 Pan Orthodox Vespers at St. Stephen’s
April 27 Lazarus Saturday, Vrbice
April 28 Palm Sunday (Cveti)
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
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED canned goods, toiletries and paper products to the High School Class’s drive for the needy. So far we have collected: 74 tuna fish cans; 69 cans of soup; 10 deodorant; 20 shampoo; 20 toilet paper; 10 bars of soap; 5 lb. pasta; 5 jars pasta sauce; 5 toothpaste; 10 toothbrushes; 5 dish detergent; 10 peanut butter & jelly; 1 can of beans. The drive continues through Palm Sunday, so there is plenty of time to contribute if you have not done so already. TODAY’S DONATION ITEMS are deodorant & shampoo. NEXT WEEK’S ITEMS are toilet paper and bars of soap. May God see your good works and bless you abundantly!
St. Stephen’s Tamburitzans Annual Easter Lamb Roast
Place: St. Stephens Serbian Orthodox Church, Abbott and Weber Rds., Lackawanna
Time: 12:00 P.M. Following Church Services
Price: $12.00 per Lb.
The Sign up Sheet is located on the Church Hall Bulletin Board or contact Mark Vranjes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-1028 by 4/21/13
ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY
Help support the Tammies and Dancers
Sign up for your lamb order today
Proskomedia: MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; DANIEL METZ; EDMUND BIGGS; KARL STEFANOVICH; HELEN 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; WAYNE & 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. GEORGE YATSKO FR. MILAN ZOBENICA; FR. HERMAN SCHICK; FR. MILADIN GARICH; FR. MICHAEL ZAPARYNIUK (FL); FR. DENNIS PAVICHEVICH; FR. STEVO ROCKNAGE; 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.