March 29, 2015 Soyata — Sunday Bulletin

Volume 51; Number 13 March 29, 2015

ST MARY OF EGYPT

Our holy mother Mary was born in Egypt. She had left her parents at the age of twelve to go to Alexandria, where she spent the next seventeen years in debauchery and the greatest profligacy. Living on charity and linen-weaving, she nevertheless offered her body to any man, not being forced to it by dire necessity as were so many poor women, but as though she were consumed by the fire of a desire that nothing was able to appease.

One day, seeing a crowd of Lybians and Egyptians moving towards the port, she followed them and set sail with them for Jerusalem, offering her body to pay her fare. When they arrived in the Holy City, she followed the crowd that was thronging towards the Church of the Resurrection, it being the day of the Exaltation of the Cross. But, when she reached the threshold of the church, an invisible force prevented her entering in spite of repeated efforts on her part, although the other pilgrims were able to go in without hindrance. Left alone in a corner of the narthex, she began to realize that it was the impurity of her life that was preventing her approaching the holy Wood. She burst into tears and smote her breast and, seeing an icon of the Mother of God, made this prayer to her: “O Sovereign Lady, who didst bear God in the flesh, I know that I should not dare to look upon thine icon, thou who are pure in soul and body, because, debauched as I am, I must fill thee with disgust. But, as the God born of thee became man in order to call sinners to repentance, come to my aid! Allow me to go into the church and prostrate before His Cross. And, as soon as I have seen the Cross, I promise that I will renounce the world and all pleasures, and follow the path of salvation that thou willest to show me.”

She felt herself suddenly freed from the power that had held her and was able to enter the church. There she fervently venerated the Holy Cross and then, returning to the icon of the Mother of God, declared herself ready to follow the path that the Virgin would show her. A voice replied to her from on high: “If you cross the Jordan, you will find rest.”

Leaving the church, she bought three loaves with the alms a pilgrim had given her, discovered which road led to the Jordan and arrived one evening at the Church of Saint John the Baptist. After having washed in the river, she received Communion in the Holy Mysteries, ate half of one of the loaves and went to sleep on the riverbank. The next morning, she crossed the river and lived from that time on in the desert, remaining there for forty-seven years without ever encountering either another human being or any animal.

During the first seventeen years, her clothes soon having fallen into rags, burning with heat by day and shivering with cold by night, she fed on herbs and wild roots. But more than the physical trials, she had to face violent assaults from the passions and the memory of her sins and, throwing herself on the ground, she implored the Mother of God to come to her aid. Protected by God, who desires nothing but that the sinner should turn to Him and live, she uprooted all the passions from her heart by means of this extraordinary ascesis, and was able to turn the fire of carnal desire into a flame of divine love that made it possible for her to endure the implacable desert with joy, as though she were not in the flesh.

Read the rest of the inspiring life of St. Mary of Egypt at http://lent.goarch.org/saint_mary_of_egypt/learn/

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are Protopresbyter THOMAS HOPKO; JILLIAN HENSLEY (req by family); MICHAEL & CATHERINE MUNICH, TOM SHEA (req by Michael & Stephen Munich); STANLEY, NICHOLAS, LEONARD, BEATRICE, JOVO & ANNA (req by Karen Kovacevic) and all recent victims of natural disasters, epidemics and war.

Fr. Rastko continues to improve after his surgery, and he is resting and progressing toward health at home. Thank you for your cards and calls. Visiting Fr. Rastko is discouraged during his recuperation; however, he’s thinking about all of you each day, and is grateful for all of you at St. Stephen’s. God bless you all.

Serving for Fr. Rastko today is Proto Mihajlo Doder, retired parish priest from our Mississauga parish in Ontario. We are pleased and honored to have Fr. Mihajlo with us today. Proto will be with us on Pascha-Vaskrs to serve the Divine Liturgy- Welcome, Proto Mihajlo!

THE LAST FISH FRY will be  held at our parish Friday April 3rd, from 4–7 PM. We have had excellent attendance from our community.  If you haven’t been to one of our Fish Fries, this is your last chance!  Join us!

FLOWERS FOR THE TOMB OF CHRIST and CANDLES Donations are being accepted at the Tutor’s Stand. Pascha (Easter) is coming quickly. Make your donation today to help beauty our Church for this great Feast! Thank you!

High School class Lenten Collections continue today. Today we are collecting tooth paste and tooth brushes.. Next Sunday we will collect dish and laundry detergent.  Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving.  THE FINAL COUNT of items collected will be listed on Pascha-Vaskrs. May God see your good works and bless you all abundantly.

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.   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).

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR OUR UPCOMING HOLY DAYS

Saturday April 4–10 AM  – Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy. Confession will be heard in both Serbian and English beginning at 9 AM

5 PM –  Vrbica-Procession with Pussy willows immediately followed by Vespers of Palm Sunday (Confessions heard in both Serbian & English)

Sunday, April 5 –10 AM Divine Liturgy for Palm Sunday. Confessions will be heard in both Serbian and English beginning at 9 AM. Please call the parish home to say if you will come to Confession on Sunday morning.

Tuesday, April 7–10 AM Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation. Blagovesti.

Services will be held on Holy Wednesday, April 8th (Holy Unction service, 7 PM); Holy Thursday, April 9th (Divine Liturgy 10 AM & Passion Gospels 7 PM); Great and Holy Friday, April 10th (Vespers 3 PM & Matins and Lamentations 7 PM); Great and Holy Saturday April 11 (Divine Liturgy with the reading of the 15 Old Testament readings at 10 AM); Paschal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 12th at 10 AM. 

 

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.

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR:

SUNDAY, March 29 through SUNDAY, April 5, 2015.

 

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Confessions at 9:00 AM in both Serbian & Englsih. Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.

Pan Orthodox Vespers at St. George, Buffalo.

Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;

Friday Last Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; HOLY WEEK CHOIR REHEARSAL WILL BE HELD at 7 PM

Saturday 10 AM Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday. Fr. Thomas Kazich, our honored guest, will be serving, and will hear confessions at 9 AM in either Serbian or English.

5 PM Vrbice Procession with willows, children receive bells and wear them in Church. Vespers & Confession follow Vrbice, with confessions heard in either Serbian or English

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday. Antiphon practice at 9:30 AM for Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy. Vespers will be held at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Niagara Falls, Ont.

 

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33. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE

Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and

sisters.

Litany of Fervent Supplication: Fr. John Tkachuk; Paula Hughes; Sofia Wuslich; Father Rastko (Home); Popadija Nancy Hutnyan; Fr. Joseph Cervo; Archmandrite Roman Braga (MI); Metodije Damljanovic; Irene Fruhauf; 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; 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. 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.

March 22, 2015 Soyata — Sunday Bulletin

Volume 51; Number 12 March 22, 2015

ST JOHN OF THE LADDER

Today, brothers and sisters, on this fourth Sunday of Great Lent, we remember Saint John Climacus who is known as Saint John of the Ladder. The icon of The Ladder of Divine Ascent in our church shows the monks that are climbing up towards Jesus Christ. It is a metaphor for our life and for how we must continually ascend, we must continually add virtue to virtue.

But where should we begin? The Lord gives us a place to begin. He says to us, “Blessed are the poor in spirit because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  This is the beginning.
Pride destroys anything that is good. To be poor in spirit is to be humble, to recognize what is in yourself, to recognize how strong you are, that you are weak without Christ. It is to recognize that you are like the man who looks in the mirror but unlike the one in the scriptures, remembers when he leaves what he still looks like. It is to be the person who knows that he owed ten thousand talents and had it all forgiven. This is to be poor in spirit.

This is not a small step. It is the beginning, but it is a great step because it is in direct contradiction to the world. The world is full of pride, full of arrogance, blind and self-centered self-love.  And unfortunately we should not be of the world, but we are, and so we are like that as well. We love ourselves more than others. We think of ourselves more highly than others. We continually put ourselves in advantageous positions. If you look at your life carefully, you will see that you’re far from being poor in spirit, and this is only the first rung. But to at least begin is a good thing.

So let us remember that we are the person who did owe the ten thousand talents. We are the person that was formerly far off in exile and has now been brought near to Christ, and by grace we have been saved through faith and that it is not of ourselves.
If we remember those things, then there will be opportunities in our life when we somehow by the grace of God and not of ourselves that we recognize the kind of person we are, and that recognition motivates us to do the right thing at the right time.

Borrowed from St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

McKinney, TX

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READINGS FOR Today Third Sunday of Lent, The Cross

Epistle: Heb. 6:13-20;  Ephesians 5:8-19     Gospels:  Mark 9::17-31; Matt. 4:25-5:12

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are Protopresbyter THOMAS HOPKO; NINA MALINOWSKI and all recent victims of natural disasters, epidemics and war.

Last Thursday Fr. Rastko came home from the hospital after having a tumor successfully removed.  As you can imagine, Father is in need of rest to get his strength back. He will be getting therapy at home for the next 8 weeks. Thank you for your cards and calls. Visiting Fr. Rastko is discouraged during his recuperation; however, he’s thinking about all of you each day, and is grateful for all of you at St. Stephen’s. God bless you all.

Serving for Fr. Rastko today is Fr. Stephen Gousios, who will be serving Vespers next Saturday night. Today is the last Sunday prior to the Feast of Pascha/Vaskrs that Fr. Steven will be with us. He will be serving in Michigan for Holy Week. Please greet Fr. Steven and wish him a blessed Pascha. We hope to see him after Pascha again. God bless your journey to the Upper Peninsula for Holy Week, Father Steven!

RED EGG DYE is on sale at the Tutor’s Stand. $2.00 each or 3/$5.00.

FISH FRIES are held at our parish every Friday through April 3, from 4–7 PM. We have had excellent attendance from our community. Only two more Fish Fries are left this year. If you haven’t been to one of our Fish Fries, it’s not too late.

FLOWERS FOR THE TOMB OF CHRIST and CANDLES Donations are being accepted at the Tutor’s Stand. Pascha (Easter) is coming quickly. Make your donation today to help beauty our Church for this great Feast! Thank you!

High School class Lenten Collections continue today. Today we are collecting pasta and pasta sauce. Next Sunday we will collect tooth paste and tooth brushes. Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving.  Donations to date include 92 rolls of toilet paper; 65 deodorant, 79 shampoos, 90 tuna, 84 soup cans, 32 dish detergent, 18 laundry detergent, 55 toothbrushes, 35 toothpaste, 111 bar soap, 18 spaghetti sauce & 19 lb. 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.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR:

SUNDAY, March 22 through SUNDAY, March 29, 2015.

 

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 (Lewiston) 5 PM.

Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;

Friday Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; HOLY WEEK CHOIR REHEARSAL WILL BE HELD

Saturday Vespers & Confession 6 PM (Fr. Stephen will be serving and hearing confessions)

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.

 

SIGN UP FOR ROASTED LAMB, WHICH IS AGAIN BEING SPONSORED BY OUR TAMMIES AND DANCERS PTO. JOIN IN THIS DELICIOUS PASCHAL TRADITION AND SUPPORT THE TAMMIES AT THE SAME TIME!

 

ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE

Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and

sisters.

Litany of Fervent Supplication: Paula Darmstedter; Father Rastko (Home); Popadija Nancy Hutnyan; Fr. Joseph Cervo; Archmandrite Roman Braga (MI); 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; 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. 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.

March 15, 2015 Soyata — Sunday Bulletin

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.

Bishop Atanasije

Krstopoklona nedelja

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.

Vladika Atanasije

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.

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR:

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.

March 8, 2015 Sunday Bulletin — Soyata

Volume 51; Number 10 March 8, 2015

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.

The second time Gregory secluded himself in a monastery he was writing his Principles of Orthodoxy. On the eve of the Feast of St. Anthony the Great, the monks summoned him to the all-night vigil service, but he remained at his work in the cell while all the brethren went to church. St. Anthony suddenly appeared to him and said: “Perfect stillness is good, but sometimes it is necessary to be with the brethren.” Convinced by this revelation, Gregory immediately went into church to the joy of all the monks.

Holy Bishop Nikolaj, Prolog

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.

Drugi put Grigorije se zatvorio bio u jednom manastiru i tu pisao svoja Načela Pravoslavlja. U oči dana sv. Antonija Velikog pozovu ga monasi na bdenije, no on ostane pri svom zanimanju u keliji. Bratija sva odu u crkvu. Na jedanput mu se javi sv. Antonije i reče: „dobro je i savršeno bezmolvije, no ponegda je neophodno i opštenje s bratijom”. Ubeđen od ovog otkrovenja Grigorije se odmah uputi u crkvu na radost svih monaha.

Sveti Vladika Nikolaj, Prolog

READINGS FOR Today Second Sunday of Lent, St. Gregory Palamas
Epistle: Heb. 1:10-2:3; Heb. 7:26-8:2;        Gospels: Ss Mark 2:1-12; John 10:9-16.

READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Heb. 4:14-5:6; Gospel: St Mark 8:34-9:1.

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today is the child CHRISTOPHER JERNIGAN.

A message from Fr. Rastko:
On Tuesday, March 10, [postponed to Friday, March 13] I will have surgery to remove a tumor that is pressing on my optic nerve. My doctors tell me I will be out for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Please keep me in your prayers.
U utorak, 10 marta,[odloženo do petka, 13 marta] moraću se operisati da se ukloni tumor koji pritiskuje na mome očnom živcu. Lekari mi kažu da će oporavak trajati minimum šest do osam nedelja. Molim vas setite se mene u svojim molitvama.

Serving with Fr. Rastko today are Fr. Stephen Gousios, who will be serving many of the upcoming weeks while Fr. Rastko is recuperating. Also serving is Deacon (Dr.) Mark Hoeplinger, a long standing friend of our St. Stephen community.

ST BASIL’S LITURGY is served on the Sundays of Great Lent. Follow the beautiful prayers in your prayer book. The Liturgy of St. Basil is longer, so expect everything to take more time during Lent. Parents should expect the Church School classes to end by 12:15.

The Pan Orthodox Vespers this evening at 5 PM will be served at our own St. Stephen Church. Plan on being here to welcome our friends from surrounding Orthodox parishes. Please prepare a posno dish to serve during our fellowship after the service. As always, help in the kitchen is gratefully accepted.

Immediately following the Vesper service, there will be a short Prayer Service (Moleban) for the health of Fr. Rastko.

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 deodorant and shampoo. Next Sunday we will collect toilet paper and bar soap. Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving.  Our goals is to collect 100 of each item. Donations to date include 30 toilet paper; 20 deodorant, 21 shampoos, 60 tuna, 65 soup cans, 8 dish detergent, 8 laundry detergent, 16 toothbrushes, 8 toothpaste, 20 bar soap, 8 spaghetti sauce & 8 # spaghetti. In addition, 30 miscellaneous food items and toiletries have been donated. May God see your generous spirit and bless you abundantly.

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 (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, March 8 through SUNDAY, March 15, 2015.

This is the third week of the fast. Regular fasting, strict fasting only on Wednesday and Friday.

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas. Pan Orthodox Vespers here at St. Stephen’s 5 PM.

Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;

Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy CANCELLED.

Friday Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; Small Compline & Akathist CANCELLED.

Saturday Vespers & Confession 6 PM (Fr. Stephen will be serving and hearing confessions)

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.

Check our website calendar for any last minute changes in scheduling.

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! — HE IS AND SHALL BE!
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС! — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ!

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; 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.

March 1, 2015 Sunday Bulletin — Soyata

Volume 51; Number 9 March 1, 2015

The veneration of icons

The veneration of icons is an integral part of Orthodoxy from which it cannot be separated. That the veneration of icons appears to some people the same as idolatry is no proof against icons. To the Jews, it seemed that Christ worked miracles by the power of Satan and not God, and to the Romans, it seemed that Christian martyrs were ordinary sorcerers and magicians. Saint Nicephorus said to Leo the Armenian the iconoclastic emperor: “The icon is a divine thing and not to be worshipped.” Following this, he explained “how God commanded Moses to make a serpent of brass and to raise it in the wilderness even though, just before this, He had commanded: “Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image” (Exodus 20:4). He commanded this in order to save the chosen people from the idolatry of the Egyptians and He commanded that He, the One and Most High God, would manifest His power through a visible thing.

Thus in the same manner He manifests His power through icons. That is His holy will and our aid for salvation. If icons are things of little significance or even idolatry, why would many of the holiest and most spiritual men and women in the history of the Church have suffered to the death for icons?

Holy Bishop Nikolaj, Prolog

Ikonopoštovanje 

Ikonopoštovanje je sastavni deo Pravoslavlja, od koga se ono ne može odvojiti. Što se nekim ljudima učini da je ikonopoštovanje isto što i idolopoklonstvo, to nije nikakav dokaz protiv ikona. I Jevrejima se učinilo, da Hristos tvori čudesa silom satane a ne Boga; a Rimljanima se učinilo da su hrišćanski mučenici obični volšebnici i mađioničari. „Ikona je stvar božestvena no ne obožena,” rekao je sv. Nikifor ikonobornom caru Lavu Jermeninu. Zatim mu je objasnio kako je Bog naredio Mojsiju da napravi zmiju od bakra i uzdigne je u pustinji, mada je pre toga zapovedio bio: ne gradi sebi lika rezana. Ovo je zapovedio da bi spasao narod izabrani od misirskog idolosluženja, a ono je zapovedio da bi On, Bog jedini i svevišnji, pokazao svoju silu kroz stvar vidljivu.

Tako On pokazuje Svoju silu i kroz ikone. To je Njegova sveta volja a naša korist ka spasenju. Da su ikone stvar maloznačajna, ili čak idolska, zar bi mnogi od najsvetijih i najduhovnijih ljudi i žena u istoriji crkve postradali za ikone do smrti.

Sveti Vladika Nikolaj, Prolog

A Church Where the Theotokos Confirms the Practice of Fasting

In the village of Lithines, located in the Seteia district of Crete, there is an ancient Church dedicated to the Panagia [Most Holy Theotokos], which celebrates its Feast Day on September 8th [The Nativity of the Theotokos].

Conspicuous among the Temple Icons is that of the Panagia of Lithines (or Lithinon), which is framed by innumerable votive offerings, since it has worked many miracles.

The church has a large courtyard and guesthouse. The village residents frequently pass through the forecourt of the church, using it as a shortcut to their homes.

If, however, they buy meat during a fasting period and go through the courtyard, the meat is infected with easily discernible worms!

This miracle did not only take place in bygone ages.

Certain disbelievers in our days carried out the following experiment: They bought fresh meat during a fasting period and passed through the forecourt of the church. They, too, noticed that the meat turned maggoty!

Once, a butcher tried passing through here while carrying half a lamb. Halfway through the courtyard, however, his legs were paralyzed and he fell down, calling out in fright!

In this way, the Theotokos has confirmed the practice of fasting in the consciences of the faithful.

Mystagogy

READINGS FOR Today First Sunday of Lent, Sunday of Orthodoxy
Epistle: Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40, 12:1-2;        Gospels: St John 1:43-51.

READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40, 12:1-2; Gospel: St John 1:43-51.

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are JOHN BUTZ; MARY KRESTOS; JACOB VIA (Req by Ann Mitich): and all recent victims of natural disasters, epidemics and war.

ST BASIL’S LITURGY is served on the Sundays of Great Lent. Follow the beautiful prayers in your prayer book. The Liturgy of St. Basil is longer, so expect everything to take more time during Lent. Parents should expect the Church School classes to run as long as 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! All proceeds benefit St. Stephen’s congregation.

Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Orthodox parishes of Western NY will gather for the annual celebration at the Ss Peter & Paul Church, 45 Ideal Street, in the Lovejoy district of Buffalo. All Orthodox Christians are called to participate in these beautiful Lenten Vespers, followed by a presentation, and Lenten refreshments. Come and enjoy this fellowship with our Orthodox brothers and sisters from across Western NY.

The Pan Orthodox Vespers next Sunday will be served at our own St. Stephen Church. Plan on being here to welcome our friends from surrounding Orthodox parishes. Please prepare a posno dish to serve during our fellowship after the service. As always, help in the kitchen is gratefully accepted.

High School class Lenten Collections begin today. Today we are collecting cans of tuna fish and cans of soup. Next Sunday we are collecting sticks of deodorant and bottles of shampoo. Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving.  Our goals is to collect 100 of each item.

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, before Pre-Sanctified Liturgy on Wednesdays, or by appointment wit the priest at other times. Sunday morning confessions are reserved only for those who travel a great distance, or who are truly unable to come on Saturday nights. Put Confession in your weekly schedule and plan to come on Saturday nights or at times other than on Sunday mornings.

Please join our HOLY WEEK CHOIR which rehearses Fridays after the Akathist service. Help to beautify our Holy Week services, and sing praises to our Lord as He sacrifices Himself for us. Singers of all ages are welcome.

LITTLE FALCONS  The latest issue of Little Falcons children’s magazine is available for $2. Parents should purchase them for their children. The theme of the current issue is Holy Canons!

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, March 1 through SUNDAY, March 8, 2015.

This is the second week of the fast. Regular fasting, strict fasting only on Wednesday and Friday.

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Sunday of Orthodoxy. Pan Orthodox Vespers Ss Peter & Paul Church, Buffalo, 5 PM.

Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM; Parish Council meeting 7 PM.

Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy 5:30 PM; Lenten pot luck supper and discussion follow.

Friday Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; Small Compline & Akathist 7 PM; Holy Week Choir rehearsal.

Saturday Vespers & Confession 6 PM

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas. Pan Orthodox Vespers here at St. Stephen’s 5 PM.

 

Check our website calendar for any last minute changes in scheduling.

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! — HE IS AND SHALL BE!
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС! — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ!

ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.

Litany of Fervent Supplication: Popadija Nancy Hutnyan (Home); Archpriest Thomas Hopko (PA); Metodije Damljanovic; Irene Fruhauf; Branka Sciuk; Rick Zivic; 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;  Fr. Joseph Cervo; Katie Repaski; Serafima Zdjelar;  Caroline Magaris; Paul Just; Kosa Opacic; Danica Opacic; Georgene Stevanoff (OLV); 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.