Volume 49; Number 31 July 28, 2013
THE DESERT FATHERS ON HOSPITALITY
When Abba Agathon went down to the city to sell some of his baskets and to procure a little bread, he found near the market place an old, poor cripple.
“For the love of God, Abba,” the cripple began to plead on seeing the Saint, “don’t you, too, leave this poor wretch unaided. Bring me near to you.”
Abba Agathon picked the man up and sat him next to him in the place where he had set up his baskets to sell them.
‘How much money did you make, Abba?’ the cripple would ask each time that the Elder sold a basket.
“Such and such,” the Elder would tell him.
“That’s good enough,” the cripple finally said. “Won’t you buy me a little pie, Abba? That would be good of you, since I have not eaten since last evening.”
“With pleasure,” the Saint told him, immediately fulfilling the cripple’s request.
Shortly thereafter, the cripple requested some fruit. And then some sweet. Thus, for each basket that was sold, the Saint spent the proceeds, until, thanks to his patronage, all of the baskets and money were gone, without his having kept even two pennies for himself. More importantly, he did this all with great eagerness, even though he knew that he would thus go perhaps two weeks without any bread for himself.
Since he had sold his last basket, the Saint got ready to leave the marketplace.
“So you’re going?” the cripple asked him.
“Yes, I have completed all of my work.”
“Uh, do me the favor of taking me as far as the crossroads, and you can leave for the desert from there,” the strange old man again pleadingly said.
The good Agathon took the cripple on his back and carried him to the place where he wanted to go, though with great difficulty, since he was exhausted from his day’s work.
As soon as he reached the crossroads and started to put down his living burden, he heard a sweet voice say to him:
“May you be blessed by God, Agathon, both on earth and in Heaven.”
The Saint raised up his eyes to see who it was who had spoken with him. The would-be old man had completely disappeared, since he was an Angel sent by God to test the Saint’s love.
The Desert Fathers
Hospitality… the greatest of virtues. It draws the grace of the Holy Spirit towards us. In every stranger’s face, my child, I see Christ Himself. Elder Amphilochios Makris
READINGS FOR Sunday 5th Sunday/Fathers of the 1st Six Ecumenical Councils
Epistles: Romans 10:1-10; Hebrews 13:7-16 Gospels: Ss. Matthew 8:28-9:1; & John 17:1-13.
Lessons from Fr. Thaddeus
God’s power is active everywhere, and especially in those people who have turned to the Lord. God is Peace, Comfort and Joy to all. That is why I wish you peace and joy from the Lord.
Parents have great authority over their children. Whether they are good or bad – it’s their business and they will answer for it. Much of the world suffers because of the lack of respect for parents.
My father was a very good man. I had the thought that he should invest a lot more in me. I’m overly sensitive. I was born in 1914. I should not have directed such thoughts at my father. It didn’t matter that I was bright child. I didn’t see that I ruined my life. When there should have been accomplishment, instead – failure. The doctors said: He will not live more than five years. I was suffering from serious lung disease. I wanted to devote my life to the Lord, so I went into the monastery.
The Lord will open the best path for children. The Lord will forgive. The Lord is merciful. If we pray to God for the children, it is impossible that it does not affect them. Thoughts are a powerful force. Immediately a path and sign are opened to us.
A monk in days of old prayed to the Most Holy Theotoks to show him what is a monk, and the Most Holy Mother said to him, “A monk is the one who prays for the whole world.”
Pouke oca Tadeja
Božija energija svuda deluje, a osobito u onim ljudima koji su se okrenuli ka Gospodu. Bog je Mir, Uteha i Radost svima. Zato vam želim mir i radost od Gospoda.
Roditelji imaju veliku vlast nad svojom decom. Da li su oni dobri ili loši – to je njihova stvar i oni će za to odgovarati. Mnogo se u svetu strada zbog nepoštovanja roditelja.
Moj otac je bio mnogo dobar čovek. Imao sam misao da je trebalo da uloži mnogo više u mene. Preosetljiv sam. Rođen sam 1914. Nisam smeo da uputim takve misli ocu. Ne vredi što sam bio bistro dete. Nisam video da sam ja upropastio svoj život. Kada je trebalo nešto da se ostvari, a ono – propast. Lekari su rekli: Neće živeti više od pet godina. Bio sam težak plućni bolesnik. Hteo sam da posvetim svoj život Gospodu, pa sam otišao u manastir.
Gospod će otvoriti put najbolji za decu. Gospod će oprostiti. Gospod je milostiv. Ako se mi molimo Bogu za njih, nemoguće je da to ne utiče na njih. Misli su ogromna snaga. Odmah nam se otvori put i znak.
Monah se u staro vreme molio da mu Presveta Bogorodica ukaže šta je to monah, a Presveta Majka mu je rekla: “Monah je molitvenik za ceo svet.”
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: Romans 12:6-14; Gospel: Ss. Matthew9:1-8.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are SHIRLEY MONDICH (requested by M/M Paul Meosky); THOMAS HEALY, MARY CURCIO, SOPHIE MILLER, MICHAEL, JOVAN & VISA MITRE (requested by Olga Healy & family); METODY, PETRA & DIMITRI EVANOFF (requested by family); and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
SERBFEST Thank you to all parishioners and friends who are helping, and have helped, in the preparation for our Serbian Festival this weekend. It is wonderful to have everyone working together. We welcome all our guests and pray they enjoy our Christ-inspired hospitality.
OUR APOLOGIES Parishioners have observed that names were missing from the Pledger list and the Memorial Donations list in the Voice of St. Stephen. We checked, and indeed the names were inadvertently omitted in the process of laying out the issue. Please accept our apologies. The mistakes will be corrected.
Bus to Shadeland AUTOBUS ZA EPARHIJSKI DAN The St. George Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario is planning a bus for Diocesan Day in Shadeland on August 11. There are approximately 10 seats available on the bus for St. Stephen parishioners. The bus will be leaving St. Stephen Church at 6:30 AM. Price $36 per person. Sign-up by July 28 on the bulletin board.
The Federation of Circles of Serbian Sisters of the Diocese invite all to attend their Slava, Dormition of the Theotokos, which they will be celebrating on Saturday, August 24 in Shadeland. Beds will be available in the camp cabins on the evening of Friday, August 23, for persons who want to arrive then. Please contact Martha Springborn 412.860.9976, or email@example.com.
LAWN MOWING Volunteers are needed to mow the lawn. Call Mike Munich (648-9069).
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Paul Campbell, Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Jacob Monnin, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Matthew Ross, Steven Marrocco. 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, July 28 through SUNDAY, August 4, 2013;
Fasting on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM. SerbFest Noon till 10 PM. Clean up 10 PM till midnight.
Monday SerbFest cleaning up.
Friday Divine Liturgy for Prophet Elijah 9:30 AM; Sveti Ilija Kolo Slava;
Saturday Vespers 7 PM;
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM; Annual parastos for Stanley and Nicky Kovacevic.
August 11 Diocesan Day at Shadeland. No Liturgy here at St. Stephens that day.
August 14 Dormition Fast begins
August 24 Eastern Region KSS Kolo Federation Slava at Shadeland
September 8 Church School registration
September 15 Annua Sv. Ilija Kolo Tea
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! — HE IS AND SHALL BE!
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС! — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ!
Which is more pleasing to God: a life of mortification in the wilderness or works of mercy?
Two Egyptian brothers, Paisius and Isaiah, inherited a great estate from their parents, sold the estate and each took their share of the money. One of them immediately distributed his money to the poor, became a monk and withdrew into the wilderness to lead a strict life of asceticism that through patience, fasting, prayer and purifying the mind from all evil thoughts in order to save his soul. The other brother likewise became a monk, but did not want to enter the wilderness. Rather, he built a small monastery near the town, a hospital for the sick, a public refectory [dining room] for the needy and a resting place for the sorrowful. He dedicated himself completely to the service of his fellow men. When both brothers died, a dispute ensued among the monks of Egypt: which of the two fulfilled the law of Christ? Unable to agree among themselves they came to St. Pambo and questioned him about this. St. Pambo replied: “Both are perfect before God; the hospitable one is similar to the hospitable Abraham and the ascetical one is similar to Elijah the Prophet, both of whom equally pleased God.” But not all the monks were satisfied with this response. Then St. Pambo prayed to God to reveal the truth to him. After praying for several days, St. Pambo said to the monks: “Before God I tell you that I saw both brothers Paisius and Isaiah together in Paradise.” With this, the dispute was settled and all were satisfied.
Holy Bishop Nicholai
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters. Litany of Fervent Supplication: FR ZVONIMIR KOTORCEVIC; FR GEORGE YATSKO; FR. ROMAN BRAGA (MI); DANIEL PAVICHEVICH (CA); LORRAINE ROWLELY (NC); GORDANA & MIROSLAV NENADOVIC (FL); MIRJANA PAVLICA; LJUPKA PALAVESTRA; GEORGENE STEVANOFF (OrchHts)); STEPHANIE McNICHOLAS (CA); RESA WILLIAMSON (CO); VLADIMIR JOVIC; MILKA KARLOVIC; PAUL JUST (NC); OLGA TRACY (TX); ANNA SREMCEVIC; MILE ZDJELAR (home); SHARON LUTHER (FL); HELEN & EDMUND BIGGS; MELANIE & JOSEPH ROZWOOD; VALU TUMPALOFF; NICOLE DICIOCCIO; MICHALENE CONTI (FL); DRAGAN REZNICAK (W.Va); NADA ZDERO; MARTHA PAVLAKIS; JOHN LABOVSKY (CA); PAULA HUGHES; DONALD MILOSEVIC (HighPt); STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); ANNABELLE SAUER; ANNA TONARELY (FL); MILENKO ZDJELAR; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); LAUREN TASSEFF; DUSAN CURUVIJA; KELLY PAVICH; MARY ANNE HANEY; PATRICIA MOLL; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARSHA YUNKE.
Proskomedia: MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; DANIEL METZ; KARL STEFANOVICH; JOANN RADITIC; HELEN PARKER (Weinberg); BRANKO GUSKIC; CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; KATHRYN FREDERICK; DAVID PRELJEVA; CARLY SERRA; JOSEPH YORK; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; ZORICA MARIJANAC; ANNA VIRUET; STOJAN (CHARLES) SMILANICH; MILOVAN TUCO; MILAN JOVIC; 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); JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV (home); RAMON MURPHY; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; PETAR TUCO; IRENE FRUHAUF; DALE HAUSER; GLADYS HODYNSKI; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); MOTHER ANA; BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH (OrchHts); 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); 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); 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.