Volume 50; Number 24 June 22, 2014
What does it mean to bear witness to our Faith?
In one of the talks he gave toward the end of his life, Fr. Seraphim Rose said: “Once we are learning of the Orthodox Faith, we must be ready, as the Apostle Peter teaches, to give an account of it to those who may ask (cf. I Peter 3:15). Nowadays there is no one who is not asked at some time about his Faith. We must make our Faith something deep, conscious, and serious, so that we ourselves know why we are Orthodox — and this will already be an answer to those outside the Faith.
“And further, in our times of searching, we should be on the watch for those who are searching. We should be prepared to find them in the most unexpected places. We should be evangelical? — and this does not mean just sticking Bible verses into one’s conversation or asking everyone, ‘Are you saved?’ It means living by the Gospel, even with all our weaknesses and faults — living the Orthodox Faith. Many outsiders, just seeing that we try to lead a life different from the pagan and semi-pagan society around us, can become interested in the Faith just by this.”
To illustrate this last point, I will relate a few stories. In the early history of our brotherhood, some Orthodox pilgrims were on their way home from our monastery, when they stopped at a restaurant in Williams, California. Before the meal, they crossed themselves and prayed aloud. Some people at an adjacent table asked them what Faith they belonged to. They struck up a friendship with the Orthodox pilgrims, and went on to become Orthodox Christians themselves.
Just by doing such a simple things as making the sign of the Cross and praying, one can change the lives of those who are looking for something authentic in Christianity.
By Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen)
READINGS FOR Today 2nd Sunday after Pentecost/Nedelja 2 po Duhovima
Romans 2:10-16; Gospel: St. Matthew 4:18-23
Šta to znači svedočiti našu veru?
U jednom od svojih govora datih pri kraju svog života, o. Serafim Rouz je rekao: „Sada kada učimo o Pravoslavnoj veri, moramo biti spremni, kao što poučava Apostol Pavle, da damo odgovor svakome ko traži (1. Pet. 3,15). Danas, nema nikoga koga u nekom trenutku nisu pitali o njegovoj veri. Mi moramo učiniti svoju veru dubokom, svesnom i ozbiljnom, tako da i mi sami znamo zašto smo Pravoslavni – a ovo će samo po sebi biti odgovor onima koji su van vere.
„A na dalje, u ovim vremenima traženja, mi treba da budemo ‘u potrazi’ za onima koji traže. Treba da budemo pripremljeni da ih nađemo i na najneočekivanijim mestima. Mi treba da budemo Jevanđelisti – a to nikako ne znači da samo ubacujemo Biblijske stihove u toku razgovora ili da pitamo svakoga, „Da li si spasen?“ To znači da mi treba da živimo po Jevanđelju, i pored svih naših slabosti i padova – da živimo Pravoslavnu veru. Mnogi van Crkve, samo zbog toga što vide da se mi trudimo da živimo životom drugačijim od paganskog i polu-paganskog društva oko nas, mogu postati zainteresovani za veru.“14
Da bih bolje dočarao ovo poslednje, priložiću nekoliko priča. U najranijoj istoriji našeg bratstva, neki Pravoslavni hodočasnici su bili na povratku kući iz našeg manastira, kada su se zaustavili u restoranu u Vilijamsu, u Kaliforniji. Pre jela, oni su se prekrstili i pomolili na glas. Neki ljudi za susednim stolom su ih upitali kojoj veri pripadaju. Zasnovali se prijateljstvo sa hodočasnicima, i postali su i oni Pravoslavni Hrišćani.
Samo zbog toga što čini tako prostu stvar kao što je znak krsta i molitva, neko može da promeni živote onima koji traže nešto izvorno u Hrišćanstvu.
Јеромонах Дамаскин Кристенсен
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Romans 5:1-10; Gospel: St. Matthew 6:22-33.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are: MLADJEN KALAJDZIC, father of Jelka Kajtaz & Velinka Malinovic; departed fathers whose names arrived late for last Sunday’s commemorations;; all the victims of the flooding in the Balkans, for all victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
Collection TOTAL A total of $1,318 was collected last week for the benefit of little Katie Repaski. Our Charity Fund contributed another $500. Katie is the two-and-a-half year old granddaughter of Fr. Stevo Rocknage of McKeesport, PA. who is suffering from Castleman’s Disease. Thank you for your generous support for Katie. God bless you.
DONATIONS FOR FLOOD RELIEF: To date we have received $7,004 for flood relief in Serbia and Bosnia. This amount was sent to our Eastern American Dioces to be forwarded where needed through the Church. Donations are still arriving. The need is great. May God see your good works and bless you abundantly.
WE WELCOME TODAY KENNETH KIDD, a representative of OCMC, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. He is in town this weekend to be a part of the WALK FOR MISSIONS that is taking place this afternoon in Buffalo. Ken has a display set up in the hall, and will present a little introduction to the ministries of the OCMC during coffee hour. Ken was received into the Orthodox Church in 1997, and has served OCMC since 2006, representing the Mission Center and leading short term mission teams to Alaska, India, and Tanzania. By supporting OCMC, we support the international missions of the Orthodox Church.
WALK FOR MISSIONS The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches is holding the Walk for Missions today. We will gather at the Annunciation Greek Church at 12:30, and begin walking at 1:30 PM. We end the walk at the St. George Church by Delaware Park. All proceeds go the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Give your donation to one of our walkers.
DAY CAMP VOLUNTEERS are needed in the kitchen and throughout the day. Please call Popadija Vickie if you can help. Thank you.
We welcome the Orthodox Christian Education Commission to Lackawanna for their Annual Trustees Meeting this week.
LAWN MOWING Volunteers are needed to mow the lawn. Call Mike Munich (648-9069).
shadeland CAMP Information about the 2014 camping season at Shadeland is now available on our Diocesan website. Apply early to Camp to ensure a place for campers.
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Paul Campbell, Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Matthew Ross, Steven Marrocco, Dane Gaynor. 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: SUNDAY, June 22 through SUNDAY, June 29, 2014;
We fast every day this week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM;. Walk for Missions.
Monday The first day of the Apostles’ Fast. The Apostles Fast ends on the Feast of the Holy Apostles, Ss Peter and Paul, July 12.
Thursday & Friday OCEC Trustees Meeting.
Saturday Holy Martyr Prince Lazar–Vicovdan Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM; Vespers 7 PM.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM;.
June 16 Apostles’ Fast begins.
June 22 Walk for Missions (Benefit OCMC – see bulletin board and fliers)
July 14 – 17 Day Camp
July 26 & 27 SerbFest
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! — HE IS AND SHALL BE!
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС! — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ!
Morning Prayer During the Apostles’ Fast
O Lord as we begin this Fast Day in honor of and in preparation for the memorial of Thy Holy Apostles, as Thou didst emphasize to Thy disciples that prayer and fasting are necessary for discipleship, so also instill that knowledge in us, that by refraining from earthly interests and desires as we refrain from certain foods, while increasing in prayer and charitable acts, we may prepare ourselves to imitate them in revealing Thee to the Nations by our words and deeds. For Thou art the God Who grants to each according to his talents and ability, and to Thee we give glory, together with Thine unoriginal Father and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: JAMES RADITIC; CAROLINE MAGARIS; KATIE REPASKI; PAUL JUST (NC); MIRJANA PAVLICA; KOSA OPACIC; GEORGENE STEVANOFF (OLV); MARTIN DARMSTEDTER; ANGELINE PAPPAS; JOHN MUNICH; ZORA PALAVESTRA; MARSHA CUGALJ; FR. MILAN ZOBENICA; DOROTHY BARRON (Aliq.); STEPHANIE FRAUER; MARTA JASKULA MONDICH; MILDRED KOKANOVICH; BRADY McLAUGHLIN (FL); ANNA SREMCEVIC; SPENCER CALOS; KRISTIN ENGELHART; SVETOZAR GRGUREVICH; JAMES KOVACEVIC (PA); Matushka LAURA SCHMIDT (PA); JOVANA MARJANOVIC; SCOTT & MAXINE SMATLAK (PA); CARLY SERRA; LAUREN TASSEFF; LORRAINE ROWLEY (NC); RESA WILLIAMSON (CO); CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; OLGA TRACY (TX); (CA); HELEN BIGGS; DRAGAN REZNICAK (W.Va); MARTHA PAVLAKIS; STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); ANNA TONARELY (FL); MILENKO ZDJELAR; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); DUSAN CURUVIJA; Popadija TAMARA SPASOJEVIC (Chicago).
Proskomedia: TANJA TRIFKOVIC; AMANDA SZCZESNIAK; DAVID PRELJEVA; SERAFIMA ZDJELAR; MILENKO ZDJELAR SR.; MICHAEL MALYAK; STEVO JOJIC; SAM POZNANOVICH; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; TIJANA TIMATYOS; MICHALENE CONTI (FL); ANNABELLE SAUER; MELANIE ROZWOOD; MILKA KARLOVIC; DAN & MARY STOJANOVICH; SHARON LUTHER (FL); EVELYN & VLADIMIR POPOVIC; FR LAURENCE LAZAR; FR. JOHN NEHREBECKI; FR. DAVID VERNAK; FR ZVONIMIR KOTORCEVIC; FR GEORGE YATSKO; FR. ROMAN BRAGA (MI); PAULA HUGHES; JOAN MUNICH; MILAN PAJIC; LJUPKA PALAVESTRA; KELLY PAVICH; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARSHA YUNKE; BILJANA OPACIC; KATHERINE LIPPARD; STEPHEN TODOROVICH; MILE ZDJELAR; DANIEL PAVICHEVICH (CA) VLADIMIR JOVIC; VALU TUMPALOFF; NICOLE DICIOCCIO; MILKA BOSILKOVSKI; NADA ZDERO; NICHOLAS SKIRPAN; DANIEL METZ; KARL STEFANOVICH; JAMES & JOANN RADITIC; HELEN PARKER (Weinberg); BRANKO GUSKIC; KATHRYN FREDERICK; ; JOSEPH YORK; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; ANNA VIRUET; MILAN JOVIC; STEVO SIMIC; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); LINDA MORAN (MN); JACQUELINE FUELLHART; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV (home); RAMON MURPHY; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; IRENE FRUHAUF; DALE HAUSER; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); MOTHER ANA; BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH (OrchHts); 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; 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; ARLENE SCHMITZ; PETER MITICH; DUSKO VANOVAC; ANASTASIA HILES (PA); CATHY SMILINIC; 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. 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.