Parish Bulletin August 13-20, 2017

Parish Bulletin August 13-20, 2017

SAT. AUGUST 19th, FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD


JULY 31/AUGUST 13, 2017
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10TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST TONE 1
Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord. Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia.
EPISTLE: I Cor. 4:9-16; Gal. 5:22-6:2 GOSPEL: Matt. 17:14-23; Matt. 11:27-30
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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Sun., Aug. 13: MATINS – 8:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY – 9:30 AM
LITIYA FOR:
Anastasia Tapyrik by daughter, Rose & family Peter & Selma Fecina by friends
William Conco by Goddaughter, Jude Gardner & family Anna Conco Koster by daughter Jude & family
VESPERS & MATINS – 4:00 PM
Mon., Aug. 14: PROCESSION OF THE PRECIOUS WOOD OF THE LIFE-GIVING CROSS OF THE LORD
DIVINE LITURGY – 8:00 AM (Beginning of the Dormition Fast Period)
Fri., Aug. 18: CONFESSIONS – 6:00 PM VIGIL – 6:30 PM
Sat., Aug. 19: THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
(Blessing of grapes and other fruits) —– Fish, wine and oil allowed. Dormition Fast
DIVINE LITURGY – 9:30 AM
CONFESSIONS – 3:30 PM GREAT VESPERS – 4:00 PM
Sun., Aug. 20: MATINS – 8:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY – 9:30 AM
LITIYA FOR:
Samuel Tapyrik by wife, Mary John Novoczynski by Mike Gastinger
Wasco, Martha & Thomas Karpiak by friends Helen Kolanage by friends
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EVENTS:
Sun., Aug. 13: COFFEE HOUR – Mott & Michele Yarnes (food) & Missy Tolerico (coffee)
MAYFIELD LIONS CLUB invites everyone to the “Annual Concert in the Park” tonight from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mayfield Memorial Park on Lackawanna Ave. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at St. John’s Center.
Sun., Aug. 20: COFFEE HOUR – Karen, Lori, & Debi (food) & Michele Yarnes (coffee) – “Lenten”
POTATO BALLS – during Coffee Hour
Mon., Aug. 21: PIROGIE PROJECT – 8:00 AM (All help will be greatly appreciated. These pirogie are for the Bazaar.)
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ALTAR FLOWERS: IMO TIHANITCH FAMILY and PETER & SELMA FECINA. MEMORY ETERNAL!
TABLE OF OBLATION: IMO GEORGE SALITSKY & ANN SALITSKY KELLEY by Tillie Salitsky. MEMORY ETERNAL!
ALTAR VIGILS: God’s blessings upon TANYA SOROCHKA & ANNA MARIE CHWASTIAK. MANY YEARS!
HIGH PLACE: In thanksgiving for God’s blessings bestowed by St. Phanorios.
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AUGUST RADIO BROADCASTS: Parishioners of St. John’s.
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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Prizes are needed for this year’s RUSSIAN RAFFLE & CHRISTMAS CASH RAFFLE. Please start thinking about donating a prize for the Russian Raffle Tables or the Cash Raffle for the Bazaar. If you are willing to put together a basket or donate a gift, please contact Mott (570-876-0730) or Sasha Fedorchak (570-876-1927) as soon as possible. Let’s pull together to make this year’s Bazaar the best yet! Your help is needed and much appreciated. Thank you.
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NEW 300 CLUB NOW FORMING: SEE THE FOLLOWING CAPTAINS TO JOIN THE NEXT SESSION OF THE 300 CLUB: Steve Barna, Jr., Gary Brzuchalski, Sasha Fedorchak, Debbie Suchnick, Dcn. Nathaniel Sorochka, Tanya Sorochka, Mott, Joan Zaleski. Please contact any of the aforementioned Captains for your membership cards. Cost is $25 per session.
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GERTRUDE HAWK CANDY BARS: The “Youth Group” is selling the $2.00 candy bars as a fundraiser. Please be so kind to buy a few bars from them, or even better, offer to take a box to sell. Joan Zaleski will be selling them after Matins today and members of the group will be selling them after Divine Liturgy. Thank you for your support and cooperation!
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BAZAAR PREP HAS BEGUN: The first of many projects in preparing for the Christmas Bazaar was held this past Friday and Saturday. We need 15,000 pirogie for the Bazaar. In order to make the 15,000, we have to hold at least 3 or 4 pirogie projects. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you! Your cooperation will lighten the burden for all involved. We look forward to seeing some new faces at the projects — everyone is welcome to participate. The second potato ball project is scheduled for SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 during Coffee Hour. Pirogie will be made on MONDAY, AUGUST 21 at 8:00 AM. & SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, PLEASE KEEP THESE DATES OPEN!
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. On this day we bless grapes and other fruits in our churches. Our fathers and forefathers did not partake of any fruit until it was blessed on this day, for they did not consider the fruit to be fully ripened before this date. Of course, today, with modern technology, we have fruit throughout the year; however, we still continue the practice of blessing fruit on this particular feast day in thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings. The symbolical meaning in the blessing of the fruits is that as the seed of the fruit was planted and grew into a tree through many years of sunshine and rain, ever under the protection of God, and then brought forth fruit beautiful to look upon and very good for taste and nourishment; in the same way, the seed of faith and belief in God is planted in our souls, is nourished through obedience to the Commandments of God, the reception of His Holy Sacraments (Confession and Communion), the prayers of the Church for us and our own prayers, and grows into a great Christian tree of life, bearing good fruit (our virtuous deeds) for a pleasant life here on earth, the good of our souls, leading to the attainment of the everlasting life with God. In order to have good fruit and a bountiful crop, we must constantly take care of the tree that bears the fruit. Likewise, to attain the greatest of all fruits – eternal life – we must constantly improve our lives by living according to the teaching of Christ, thus giving others a good example to follow.
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