Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church

American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese

903 Ann Street

Homestead, PA 15120

Rectory Office Phone: (412) 461-3264

Church Office & Auditorium: (412) 461-9437

Web Site: www.stnichomestead.org

E-mail Address: stnic@stnichomestead.org

E-mail Address: frmzak@gmail.com

Pastor – Very Rev. R. Michael Zak, Cell phone:(412)-804-8865

Deacons – Fr. Deacons Artemius Stienstra & Marc Wisnosky

Cantor/Choir Director – Reader Andrew Talarovich Jr.

Weekday Cantors – Donald Bodnar Jr. & Michele Tomko

Sub-Deacons: David Urban & Andrew Halapin Jr.

Parish Council President: Tom Pingor

 

Vol. 2; No. 49

 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Colossians 1:12-18                    Resurrection Tone: 3                   Gospel: Luke 18:35-43

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 87-89 / Red Book: 102-105

Altar Flowers’ Sponsor: On the Feast of Saint Nicholas, offered by Cheryl & Sue.

Altar Candles’ Sponsor: 50th Ordination Anniversary of +Rev. Albert Tomko, offered by Cheryl & Michele.

Birthday prayers of good intentions are intoned for Michele Fedornock (Dec. 25).

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Tuesday, (Dec. 23)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Charles Udut, offered by himself.

 

Saturday, (Dec. 27)… 11:00 A.M. to 12 Noon: Hearing of Confessions.

7:00 P.M. Vespers

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS

Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11                      Resurrection Tone: 4                    Gospel: Luke 14:16-24

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 90-92 / Red Book: 105-107

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Luke 18:35-43 – The blind man greets Jesus as Lord, the common title for God, and Son of David, a title deeply associated with the Messiah.  Even though Jesus knows what we want before we ask, He calls us to ask freely so that we might learn of His mercy.

The Fathers also give a spiritual interpretation to this miracle, with the blind man symbolizing future generations who would come to faith only by hearing, without the benefit of seeing Christ in person.  Those who tried to silence the blind man are persecutors and tyrants who, in every generation, try to silence the Church.  Nevertheless, under persecution, the Church all the more confesses Jesus Christ.

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RECTORY OFFICE HOURS are 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday thru Friday.

EMERGENCY SICK CALLS can be made anytime.  Please notify your Pastor when someone is taken to the hospital; Sacred Scriptures remind us to call the presbyter to anoint the sick.

MARRIAGES are celebrated on Saturdays and Sundays.  Consult the Pastor at least 6 months in advance and before wedding reception plans have been made.  Marriages cannot be celebrated during Lent or Advent, or on Fridays.

BAPTISMS are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 A.M.  Two God-parents are required; at least one of whom must be an Orthodox Christian by Faith, and the other a practicing Christian.  An infant’s first or middle name must be a saint’s name.

CHURCH FUNERALS are provided for parishioners who are current in their spiritual and financial obligations to the Parish.  Otherwise, burial is from the funeral home.  The Church does not permit cremation.

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BLESSED WITH THE RESOURCES TO DONATE AN ICON IN GOD’S HOUSE OF WORSHIP, LET US READILY OFFER THIS “WINDOW TO HEAVEN” TO SAINT NICHOLAS CHURCH!  Being witness to the recent icons’ presentation to the congregation, we are privileged to have a wonderful opportunity to give a most visible and precious gift to the church in the form of a sacred image of an Apostle from the New Testament (Vine of Christ) or a saintly figure from the Old Testament (Tree of Jesse).  Following last Sunday’s proposal of the church officers, generous & conscientious parishioners approached the painting committee chairperson, Doug Trumpower, and expressed their desire to contribute the various holy pictures.  The two largest icons of Jesus Christ (Vine of Christ) and the Mother of God & the Christ-child (Tree of Jesse) have already been offered for $2,500 each.  Half of the twenty-four smaller icons of the Apostles and Saints of the Old Testament are still available to donate for $500.  Families of our parish are encouraged to combine their finances and grace our sanctuary with this befitting liturgical appointment to the church of Saint Nicholas.  Douglas T. will be most happy to record your families’ names and considerate financial gift.  And, may the Lord God sanctify you for maintaining His “holy place” of assembly!

 

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AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS GIFT TO FAVOR A LOVED ONE AT THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST IS A “LOTS-OF-LUCK” CALENDAR!  Sponsored by the National ACRY organization, the attractive date booklet affords lucky recipients the opportunity to win cash prizes throughout the year.  Carol Dunn is soliciting the “Lots-of-luck” calendars within our parish for $25.00 each. See her in the parish hall after the Divine Liturgy.

 

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CONSIDER RADA CUTLERY ON YOUR NATIVITY GIFT LIST!  There are far more products that this distinguished company has to offer than its excellent cutlery: dips, soup mixes, desserts, etc.  Booklets and order forms are located on the table in the auditorium.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to converse with Florence Davis following services.

 

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ASSIST OUR DIOCESAN COLLEGE STUDENT TO SERVE THE POOR AT REAL BREAK ALASKA 2015!  Angela Novak is a member of St. John the Baptist Church in East Pittsburgh, PA and a second year student at California University of Pennsylvania, studying Forensic Science and a minor in Leadership.  Her spring break is March 7-14 and Angela desires to work on community service projects in Eagle River, Alaska with the needy and homeless in the surrounding areas, as well as at St. John’s Orthodox Cathedral.  Angela, foremost, asks for our prayers for her group of Orthodox Christian Fellowship members.  She does not have all the financial resources to do this charitable work.  She must raise $1,500 by the New Year in order to go.  Please offer to make a contribution to ease her financial burden.  Checks or many orders can be made out to: St. Nicholas Church (write: Angelo Novak on the memo line) and submitted to the parish office.  Her address is: 132 Elm Drive, Trafford, PA 15085.  And, she can’t wait to share with our congregation how God used the OCF when she returns!

 

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AS THE END OF THE YEAR DRAWS NEAR, ARE YOUR CHURCH DUES PAID IN FULL?  During the Nativity Fast all members of Saint Nicholas are encouraged to partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Confession and Holy Communion.  Your pastor will hear your confession on three consecutive Saturdays, beginning on Dec. 20, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 from 11 A.M. until 12 noon.  Do not forget your financial obligations to the parish, as well.  As the civil year come to a close, make certain that your church dues are paid in full for this year.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, speak with our financial officers, Sue Semancik or Cheryl Tomko.

 

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ENJOY A BOUNTIFUL BRUNCH ON THIS LORD’S DAY AS WE CELEBRATE OUR PARISH’S PATRON SAINT AND WITNESS THE CHURCH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ST. NICHOLAS PRESENTATION!  Plan to dine with us at this free-will offering repast.  The saintly bishop of Myra will make a guest appearance to favor our youths with treats-filled holiday bags and a gala raffle drawing shall take place featuring wonderful prizes and attractive gift cards.  Purchase plenty of chances (3 for $5) in hopes of securing these fantastic awards and be charitable in your giving to the Church in imitation of our Patron Saint, Nicholas the Wonder-Worker.

 

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CHRISTMAS ETHNIC FOOD SALE TOMORROW AT ST. JOHN’S IN EAST PITTSBURGH (211 CABLE AVENUE)!  Patronize this fund-raising event of our sister parish in the Pittsburgh Deanery on Monday, December 22 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Potato Cheese Pirohi (cooked or frozen) $7/dozen.  Halushki $7/quart; $4/pint.  Cheese Palachinki $7/dozen; $4/half-dozen; $2 for 3.  Holiday Cookie Plate $6/dozen.  All orders made by December 15 are guaranteed.  Make your order by calling 412-829-2261 or Emailing janotec77@gmail.com.

 

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FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF A SEMI-EXPERIENCED PRIEST:  Once said of a popular preacher: “He can preach Christ better, but he cannot preach a better Christ.”  This applies to a parish priest: others may surpass him in liturgics, administration, or working the crowd; but their chalices do not commune a better Body and Blood of Christ.

 

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