Volume 50; Number 44 November 16, 2014
The Holy Great-martyr George
On this day we commemorate the transfer of the relics of St. George, from Nicomedia, where he suffered at the time of Emperor Diocletian, to the city of Lydda in Palestine. The suffering of this wonderful saint is described in the April 23 section of the Prolog. Anticipating his martyrdom, St. George begged his servant to take his relics to Palestine, where his mother had been born, and where he had distributed his large estate to the poor. The servant did so. During the reign of Emperor Constantine, pious Christians built a beautiful church to St. George in Lydda and, upon the consecration of that church, the relics of the saint were interred there. Innumerable miracles have occurred from these miracle-working relics of St. George, the great-martyr of Christ.
Holy Bishop Nikolai, Prolog
Sveti velikomučenik Georgije.
Ovoga dana praznuje se prenos moštiju sv. Georgija iz Nikomidije u grad Lidu Palestinsku, gde postrada u vreme cara Dioklecijana. Stradanje ovoga divnog svetitelja opisano je pod 23. aprilom. Pred smrt svoju umoli sv. Georgije slugu svoga, da mu uzme telo po smrti i prenese u Palestinu, odakle mu i majka rodom beše, i gde imaše veliko imanje, koje razdade siromasima. Sluga tako i učini. U vreme cara Konstantina bude sazidan u Lidi krasan hram sv. Georgija od strane pobožnih hrišćana, pa prilikom osvećenja toga hrama prenesu se u nj mošti svetiteljeve, i tu sahrane. Bezbrojna čudesa dogodila su se od čudotvornih moštiju sv. Georgija, velikomučenika Hristova.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj, Prolog
READINGS FOR Today 22nd Sunday/Holy Martyr Nestor
Epistle: Eph. 2;4-10; Reader: Jason Delmont Gospel: St. Luke 8:26-39.
Zbog pet razloga, govore, Bog dopušta da budemo napadani od demona. Prvi razlog je, kažu, da budući napadani i braneći se, dođemo u rasuđivanje vrline i zla; drugi – da bi stekavši vrlinu borbom i trudom imali je čvrstom i neizmenljivom; treći – da, napredujući u vrlini, ne mislimo visoko o sebi, nego da se naučimo smirenoumlju; četvrti – da bi, upoznavši iz iskustva kakvo je zlo, omrzli ga savršenom mržnjom (Ps 139,22); i peti povrh svih – da ne bi, postavši bestrasni, zaboravili svoje slabosti, niti silu Onoga koji nam je pomogao.“
(Sveti Maksim Ispovednik)
For five reasons, they say, God allows us to be attacked by demons. The first reason, they say, is that by being attacked and defending ourselves, we come to discern the good and the evil. The second — to acquire virtue by struggle and effort, and then hold to it firmly and immutably. The third — that advancing in virtue, we not think highly of ourselves, but learn humility. The fourth — that coming to know from experience what evil is, we come to hate it with perfect hatred (Ps 139,22). And the fifth above all — that we would not, by becoming dispassionate, forget our weaknesses, nor the power of Him who has helped us.
(St. Maximus the Confessor)
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Eph. 2:14-22; Gospel: St. Luke 8:41-56.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are: HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH PAVLE (5 years); MARIJA TRBOJEVIC (req. by kumovi); AMELIA (MIKI) STIPANOVICH; JEAN BUNTICH; ĐURAĐ DOBRIJEVIĆ; LUDMILA TOMAN; LORRAINE ROWLEY (requested by Leisa Wheeler); PETER MALYAK (requested by Joanne Kresovich); EFTEM PAPPAS (requested by the family); and all recent victims of war, natural disasters and epidemics. May their memory be eternal!
Today is the Annual MONASTERY MARCHA dinner. Let’s welcome Mother Ana, Sister Anastasia, Father Platon, along with great monastery benefactors Nikola and Ann Borota. We are very happy that Mother Ana’s health has improved so that she can be with us today.
NOVEMBER COLLECTION OF CLOTHING for students at the International Prep School at Grover Cleveland has begun. Some of you will remember that last year, our parish collected warm clothing for the students and families of this school. Many students are refugees from countries with warm climates, and are not prepared for the Buffalo winters! Search your closets for gently used or new items that will keep the students warm: sweaters, jackets, pants, coats, hats, gloves,etc. Vice Principal Danielle Cugalj, our parishioner, also reported that one family with 6 children just lost their housing in a fire. Any bedding, kitchen supplies and other household items are appreciated to help get this family back on their feet. Three of the children are at the school, grades 7 (boy), 6 and 5 (girls). Thank you for opening your hearts to the needy!
THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE for December’s Annual Meeting is as follows: Ray Majstorovich, Desanka Bojovich and Fr. Rastko. If you would like to be considered for service on the Parish Council, or would like to nominate someone else, please see one of the members of the Nomination Committee. All officers must be regular communicants and Stewards in good standing.
The St. Nikolaj Men’s Club will be conducting a PIG ROAST again this Christmas. All orders, with downpayment, must be in by December 15. The pigs will be ready for pick up on Sunday, January 4.
PLEASE NOTE: During the service of the Reading of the Hours, about 20 minutes before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, there should be no talking in church.
!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, November 16 through SUNDAY, November 23, 2014;
We fast on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; High School Turkey Collection; Monastery Marcha Benefit Dinner; Nov. collection of clothing; Pan-Orthodox Choir rehearsal 6–8 PM.
Monday Tammies & Dancers; Serbian Adult Class 6-7 PM.
Friday Divine Liturgy for Archangel Michael 10 AM;
Saturday Vespers 6 PM
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; High Extended School Turkey Collection; Nov. collection of clothing; Pan Orthodox Choir rehearsal 6–8 PM.
November 21 Feast of Archangel Michael
November 27 Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy 9 AM
November 28 First day of the Christmas Fast
November 30 Stewardship Sunday
December 4 Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 7 Annual Congregation Assembly
December 13 Holiday Bake Sale
December 14 Pan Orthodox Choir Advent Concert here at St. Stephen’s
December 15 Deadline for ordering pigs for Christmas
MONTH OF NOVEMBER: Warm clothing collection for International Prep School students
2014 TURKEY SUNDAYS
we are extending the turkey collection one more sunday to Nov. 23, because the turkeys were not on sale earlier!
Sponsored by the St. Stephen High School Class
BRING YOUR TURKEY WEIGHING 18-24 LB, AND OUR CLASS WILL DELIVER IT TO THE ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH FOR THEIR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER TO FEED THE HOMELESS
Don’t forget: you can donate money in any amount and we’ll buy the turkey for you! Get an envelope at the Candle Stand marked TURKEY SUNDAY.
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: METODIJE DAMLJANOVIC (PghChild.Hosp); MARTHA MASICH OLKA (Mercy, surgery Tues); MARTIN DARMSTEDTER (Mercy); MOTHER ANA; SAM POZNANOVICH; MARY ANN TOMICH (PA); DAN & MARILYN WILSON; LAUREN TASSEFF; LEISA WHEELER; SERAFIMA ZDJELAR; FR. JOSEPH CERVO; FR. CHRISTOPHER ROCKNAGE; KATIE REPASKI; SERAFIMA ZDJELAR;; IRENE FRUHAUF; CAROLINE MAGARIS; PAUL JUST; KOSA OPACIC; DANICA OPACIC; GEORGENE STEVANOFF (OLV); CHRISTINE SCHULZ; MARY KRESTOS; JOAN MUNICH; JOVANA MARJANOVIC; ANGELINE PAPPAS; ZORA PALAVESTRA; STEPHANIE FRAUER; MARTA JASKULA MONDICH; MILDRED KOKANOVICH; BRADY McLAUGHLIN (FL); JOHN SCHMITZ; SPENCER CALOS; KRISTIN ENGELHART; JAMES KOVACEVIC (PA); SCOTT & MAXINE SMATLAK (PA); CARLY SERRA; CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; LINDA MORAN (MN); 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: DOREEN SZCZESNIAK MIRJANA PAVLICA; STEVEN MUNICH; JAMES & JOANN RADITIC; ANNA EVANOFF VIRUET; SVETOZAR GRGUREVICH; TANJA TRIFKOVIC; AMANDA SZCZESNIAK; DAVID PRELJEVA; MILENKO ZDJELAR SR.; STEVO JOJIC; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; MICHALENE CONTI (FL); ANNABELLE SAUER; MELANIE ROZWOOD; MILKA KARLOVIC; DAN & MARY STOJANOVICH; VLADIMIR POPOVIC; FR LAURENCE LAZAR; FR. JOHN NEHREBECKI; FR ZVONIMIR KOTORCEVIC; FR GEORGE YATSKO; FR. ROMAN BRAGA (MI); FR. STEPHEN GOUSIOS; PAULA HUGHES; JOHN MUNICH; MILAN PAJIC; LJUPKA PALAVESTRA; KELLY PAVICH; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARCIA YUNKE; 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; BRANKO GUSKIC; KATHRYN FREDERICK; ; JOSEPH YORK; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; MILAN JOVIC; STEVO SIMIC; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); JACQUELINE FUELLHART; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV (home); RAMON MURPHY; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; DALE HAUSER; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); 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); 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); DIANE & RONALD KUKAVICA; MILJAN VANOVAC; 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; VLADO, JENNIFER, PETER 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.