Volume 51; Number 11 March 15, 2015
The Sunday of the Cross
May the Lord make us worthy that, venerating today the Precious Cross, we might receive from Him the strength and power to await Christ’s Crucifixion and Christ’s Resurrection. That the Lord, through His mercy, make us worthy of His mercy and judge us with His Cross and that we abandon our commitment to the sin of the devil, lies, curses, evil deeds, slander and the other various evil deeds which express, unfortunately, the dark depths of the uncleanliness of our souls. From this holy place I implore you – Do not give in to such attitudes, such worms, moths which eat away at the soul, the killing of the conscience, but rejoice in the Cross of the Lord, rejoice in the Resurrection. Do not allow anger to enter into our souls.
Every man is God’s creature. Whenever God sends a child into the world, every child regardless of how he enters the world, He demonstrates his faith in man. He believes in man, for this reason did He become man and remained for all eternity man. Our faith is the God-man Christ, crucified and resurrected, not the Pharisaical hypocrisy, the Pharisaical suspicion, philistinism not to mention any other and ruin this day. Faith liberates, faith does not enslave, faith expands the chest and the heart. Faith, says St. John Chrysostom, is the new, sixth sense which God gave man out of His love, since all the senses have been disgraced, bankrupted and they are bankrupt whenever they are not completed with faith in God, and faith is like electricity, like energy which is poured into man when we are united with Christ and when we believe in Christ. Faith is not a system of beliefs. Faith is not a text, it is not a faith of a book, faith is not laws but faith is the Holy Spirit who inspires us and who unspeakably prays with ineffable breaths. The holy Father Justin spoke thus: “O Lord, I kneel but I hold on to You at least with my sighing, at least with my tears, at least with my cries”. Those sighs, those tears, those cries strengthen, inwardly support the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. This is why He was given to the Church. The Church rests on the Holy Spirit, not on books, on papers, not in laws, not in texts. For had it been otherwise God would not have sent His Son but would have sent a book like the Koran – here learn, read it and abide by it. That does not save but rather the Living God saves. And then, from the Living God, through Him words and books and all other things given to the Church receive their strength.
Neka bi nas Gospod udostojio poklanjajući se danas Časnome Krstu i dobijajući od njega snage i sile da dočekamo Hristovo, kako kažu naše narodne pesme, kako još uvek u zdravicama narod kaže – Hristovo Raspjatije ( ili Hristovo raspletenije) i Hristovo Voskresenije. Da nas Gospod udostoji milošću svojim i da nas sudi Krstom svojim i da odbacimo privrženost grehu đavolu, lažima, klevetama, zlobama, ogovaranjima i raznim drugim zlim delima koji izražavaju, nažalost, tamne dubine naše nepročišćene i neprosvetljene duše. Sa ovog svetog mesta vas molim – Nemojte se podavati takvim raspoloženjima, takvim crvima, moljcima koji nagrizaju dušu, savest umrtvljuju, nego se radujte Krstu Gospodnjem, radujte se Vaskrsenju. Nemojte da nam u dušu našu zalazi mržnja. Svaki je čovek stvorenje Božije. Kada god Bog šalje dete u svet, svako dete makar kojim načinom dolazilo u ovaj svet, on ispoljava svoju veru u čoveka. On veruje u čoveka i zato je postao čovek i ostao u svu večnost čovek. Naša je vera Bogočovek Hristos, raspeti i vaskrsli, a ne farisejska licemerja, farisejska podozrenja, sitničarenja i da ne pričam dalje i ne kvarim ovaj dan. Vera oslobađa, vera ne porobljuje, vera širi grudi i srca. Vera je veli Sv. Jovan Zlatousti novo, šesto čulo koje je dao Bog čoveku iz ljubavi jer su se sva čula u čoveku obrukala i volja i srce i osećanje, i razum i sve drugo se obrukalo, bankrotiralo i bankrotira uvek kada se ne dopunjuje verom Božijom, a vera je kao struja kao energija koja se uliva u čoveka kada se spojimo sa Hristom i kada verujemo Hristu. Nije vera sistem verovanja. Nije vera tekst, nije vera knjige, nije vera zakoni nego je vera Duh Sveti koji nas nadahnjuje i koji se neizrecivo moli uzdasima neiskazanim. Tako je govorio Sv. otac Justin: „Gospode, klecam ali se držim Tebe makar uzdahom, makar suzom, makar vapajem”. Te uzdahe, te suze, te vapaje osnažava, iznutra podržava Duh Sveti Utešitelj. Zato je dat Crkvi. Crkva počiva na Duhu Svetome, ne na knjigama, na papirima, ne na zakonima, ne na tekstovima. Jer da je bilo tako ne bi Bog poslao Sina Svoga nego bi poslao knjigu kao Koran – evo vam učite, čitajte i držite se toga. Ne spasava to nego Živi Bog. A onda, iz Živoga Boga, kroz Njega dobijaju snagu i reči i knjige i sve ostalo ošto je Bog dao u Crkvi Svojoj.
READINGS FOR Today Third Sunday of Lent, The Cross
Epistle: Heb. 4:14-5:6; Gospels: Ss Mark 8:34-9:1.
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Heb. 6:13-20, Eph. 5:9-19; Gospel: St Mark 9:17-31; Matt. 4:25-5:12.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are RITA WESOLOWSKI (req by Amanda Szczesniak): DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC, ROSA DAMJANOVIC, NEVENKA MALINOWSKI, ANKA & BOSKO ZDJELAR, GEORGE STIPANOVICH (req by family); and all recent victims of natural disasters, epidemics and war.
Last Friday Fr. Rastko underwent surgery to remove a tumor that was pressing on his optic nerve. By the grace of God, and through your prayers, the surgery was successful and the tumor was removed. He will come home next week and will recuperate at home for about 8 weeks. Thank you for your cards and calls. Visiting Fr. Rastko is discouraged during his recuperation.
Serving for Fr. Rastko today is Fr. Stephen Gousios, who will be serving many of the upcoming weeks while Fr. Rastko is recuperating.
ST BASIL’S LITURGY is served on the Sundays of Great Lent. The Liturgy of St. Basil is longer, so expect everything to take more time during Lent. Church School classes will end by 12:15.
FISH FRIES are again being sponsored by our parish. Please come and support this effort, which will run every Friday until April 3, from 4–7 PM. Bring your friends!
High School class Lenten Collections continue today. Today we are collecting toilet paper and bar soap. Next Sunday we will collect pasta and pasta sauce. Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving. Donations to date include 52 toilet paper; 53 deodorant, 62 shampoos, 90 tuna, 82 soup cans, 8 dish detergent, 8 laundry detergent, 24 toothbrushes, 13 toothpaste, 82 bar soap, 18 spaghetti sauce & 19 # spaghetti. In addition, 37 miscellaneous food items and toiletries have been donated. May God see your good works and bless you!
PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENTS OF CONFESSION AND COMMUNION is an important Lenten effort. All our parishioners are called to prepare themselves and to receive Holy Communion as often as possible. Do not wait until the last minute to come to Confession during Great Lent. Confessions are heard after Vespers each Saturday night. Appointments for Confession can be made by calling the parish home, 823-2846. On March 29, Fr. Mihailo Doder will be serving and can hear confessions in Serbian. Put Confession in your weekly schedule and plan to come on Saturday nights or at times other than on Sunday mornings. No confessions will be heard on Pascha (Easter morning).
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 at every Divine Liturgy. (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.
SUNDAY, March 15 through SUNDAY, March 22, 2015.
This is the week of the Cross. Strict fasting is prescribed Monday through Friday. Regular fasting Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Cross. Pan Orthodox Vespers at Ss. Theodore (Williamsville) 5 PM.
Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;
Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy CANCELLED.
Friday Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; Small Compline & Akathist CANCELLED.
Saturday Parastos for Petar Tuco (Fr. Dejan will be serving). Vespers & Confession 6 PM (Fr. Stephen will be serving and hearing confessions)
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of St. John of the Ladder. Parastos for Nevenka (Nina) Malinowski; Pan Orthodox Vespers at St. George Church (Lewiston) 5 PM.
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: Popadija Nancy Hutnyan (Home); Father Thomas Hopko (PA); Father Rastko; Fr. Joseph Cervo; Metodije Damljanovic; Irene Fruhauf; Theodora Pappas; Branka Sciuk; Georgene Stevanoff (OLV); Rick Zivic; Elizabeth Korbut; Martha Masich Olka; Martin Darmstedter; Mother Ana; Ilinka Tomic; Rebecca Todd; Alexandra Lapchuk (NJ); Boranka Kajtaz (Banjaluka); Andrew Wojtaszczyk; Sam Poznanovich; Mary Ann Tomich (PA); Dan & Marilyn Wilson; Lauren Tasseff; Leisa Wheeler; Katie Repaski; Andrea Simich; Caroline Magaris; Paul Just; Kosa Opacic; Danica Opacic; Janice LeGresley; Eugenia Babitsch; Christine Schulz; 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); Dragan Reznicak (W.VA); Martha Pavlakis; Stojan Kosovac (Hamilton); Anna Tonarely (FL);.
Proskomedia: Deacon Mark Hoeplinger; Helen Biggs; Jovana Marjanovic; Fr. Christopher Rocknage; Milenko Zdjelar; Erika Tiem (Germany); Carl Heinz Blashke (Germany); Dusan Curuvija; Popadija Tamara Spasojevic Natalie Hawkins; David Preljeva; Susan McLaughlin; Doreen Szczesniak; Mirjana Pavlica; Steven Munich; James & Joann Raditic; Anna Evanoff Viruet; Svetozar Grgurevich; Tanja Trifkovic; Amanda Szczesniak; 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 & Joan 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; Ramon Murphy; Matthew Barusic; Vukica Stojanovic; Milena Corhasanovic; Dale Hauser; Basil Korbut; John Stanz; Vidosava Toskovic; Miss Mary Korach (FrBakerMan); 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); 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); 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.