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) 915-0251

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. 12; No. 15

 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

PASCHA

(Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

 

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Acts 1:1-8                                                                                      Gospel: John 1:1-17

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 193-196 / Red Book: 215-219

Altar Candles’ Sponsor: Trona & Family, in memory of the Harris Family.

Easter Paschal Candle: donated in honor of: Edward & Dolores Pingor, offered by Children and Grandchildren.

Birthday prayers for the health of: Johnny Fedornock (April 23) and Nathaniel Fedornock (April 26), offered by the Fedornock Family.

 

Agape Feast takes place in the church hall, where all worshipers will partake of the customary Paschal foods and rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Bright Week Begins – No Fasting this entire 7-day period.

 

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Monday, (April 21)… Bright Monday.

9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy with Procession and Reading of the 4 Gospels.

Tuesday, (April 22)… Bright Tuesday.

9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy.  Panachida Service for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +William Kane & +Deborah Kane, offered by Agnes Kane.

 

Wednesday, (April 23)… Bright Wednesday.

9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Elizabeth Krompigel, offered by Ann Bunting.

 

Saturday, (April 26)… Bright Saturday.

9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, Joseph Grimes, offered by wife, Olga & Family.

6:00-7:00 P.M. Hearing Confessions.

7:00 P.M. Vespers

 

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

SECOND SUNDAY OF PASCHA (Saint Thomas Sunday)

Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M

Epistle: Acts 5:12-20                              Resurrection Tone:1                  Gospel: John 20:19-31

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 199-200 / Red Book: 221-223

Panachida Service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Michael Spontek, offered by Margaret Beczak.

Panachida Service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +David Arendas, offered by parents, Ann & Alex Arendas.

 

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John 1:1 – In the beginning recalls the creation story of Genesis, but speaks more clearly of the Creator Himself.  Furthermore, while Genesis spoke of the first creation, this “Prologue” of John reveals the new creation in Christ.  Was the Word: The Word is the eternal Son of God.  Was indicates existence without reference to a starting point and emphasizes the Word’s external existence without beginning.  Logos can mean “wisdom,” “reason,” and “action” as well as “word,” all of which are attributes of the Son of God.  The Word was with God: With shows that the Word – the Son of God – is a distinct Person from the Father and that He is in eternal communion with the Father.  The Word was God: The Word – the Son of God – is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father; He Himself is God with the same divinity as the Father.  Some twist and mistranslate this phrase “the Word was a god” in order to propagate their heresy that the Son God is a created being, a creature not fully divine.  Such a translation is unsupportable, false, dishonest, and deceptive.

1:3 – The Word is the co-Creator with the Father and the Holy Spirit and not merely an instrument or servant used by the Father.  Will, operation, and power are one in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Thus, the heavens and the earth are the works of the One who made them, while the Son was not made but is eternally begotten of the Father.

1:4 – Only God has life in Himself.  Thus, the Word, being God, is the source of life, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  The life was the light of men: John now introduces mankind as receiver of the divine light.  By participating in the life of the Son, believers  themselves become children of the light.  Moses saw the divine light in the burning bush; the whole nation saw it at the Red Sea; Isaiah saw it in his heavenly vision; and three apostles saw it at the Transfiguration.

1:5 – Darkness indicates both spiritual ignorance and satanic opposition to the light.  Those who hate truth prefer ignorance for themselves and strive to keep others ignorant as well.  The word translated comprehend means both “understand” and “overcome.”  Thus, darkness can never overpower the light of Christ, nor can it understand the way of love.

1:6 – This John is John the Baptist, not the author of this Gospel.

1:9-11 – Christ offers light to every person, but the world and many of His own refuse to receive Him; thus, they can neither know nor recognize Him.  Those who accept Him have His light.  In a hymn sung at the end of Liturgy, after hearing the Gospel and receiving communion, we sing, “We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly Spirit.”

1:12 – Right also means “authority” and indicates a gift from God, not an inalienable right.  Those who receive Christ become children of God by adoption and by grace inherit everything Christ is by nature.  To believe in His name means to believe and trust in Him who in his humanity took the name Jesus as Word, Son, Messiah, and Saviour.

1:13 – Adoption as a child of God is not a matter of ethnic descent (of blood) as it was in the O.T.; nor are we children of God simply by natural birth (the will of the flesh), nor by man’s own decision (the will of man).  Becoming a child of God is a spiritual birth by grace, through faith, and in the Holy Spirit.  This is accomplished and manifested in the sacrament of Holy Baptism.

1:14 – The Word became flesh clarifies the manner in which the Son and Word of God came to His people, pointing specifically to His Incarnation.  The Word became fully human without ceasing to be fully God.  He assumed complete human nature: body, soul, will, emotion, and even mortality – everything that pertains to humanity except sin.  As God and Man in one Person, Christ pours divinity into all of human nature, for anything not assumed by Christ would not have been healed.  Dwelt among us: In the O.T., God’s presence dwelt (“tabernacled”) in the ark of the covenant and later in the temple.  Here, the eternal Word comes to dwell in and among humanity itself.  His glory refers both to His divine power shown by His signs and wonders, and to His humble service to mankind, shown most perfectly on the Cross.  In both ways, Christ reveals that He is the One sent from the Father.  Only begotten of the Father: The Son has no beginning, but has the Father as His source from eternity.  He is called only begotten because there is no other born from the Father.  (The Holy Spirit exists eternally from the Father through another mystery called “procession.”)  Full of grace and truth: This phrase qualifies both the Word and His glory.  Grace is Christ’s uncreated energy given to us through His love and mercy.  Truth includes His faithfulness to His promises and covenants and to the reality of His words and gifts.

1:16 – In saying we have all received of His fullness, the Scriptures confirm that God’s grace can fill human nature to the extent of actually deifying it.  In Christ, God’s children become gods by grace without ceasing to be human.  As metal thrust into fire takes on properties of fire (such as heat and light) without ceasing to be metal, so human nature permeated by God takes on properties of the divine nature.  Grace for grace is a Semitic expression signifying an overabundance of grace.

 

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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 for the anointing of 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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WE ARE HONORED BY YOUR PRESENCE IN CHURCH; PLEASE JOIN US TO PARTAKE OF THE PASCHAL FOODS AT THE “AGAPE” FEAST AFTER THE LITURGY!  Our Paschal joy is made complete by the participation of visitors, guests and friends at the Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday.  The Pastor and faithful members of St. Nicholas welcome you to worship in our sacred temple, always, to fulfill your spiritual needs.  You’re invited to our “Agape” Feast this morning, where all worshipers shall partake of rich foods that were abstained from during the Great Fast.  There are no strangers in our Homestead parish, only friends you have not had the pleasure of meeting yet!

 

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ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH OFFICERS WILL MEET ON THE LAST MONDAY OF THIS MONTH AT 7 P.M. IN THE AUDITORIUM!  Because of the joyous celebration of Christ rising from the tomb on the third day, the parish board of elected leaders will stage their regular monthly session on the last Monday (April 28) of this month in the church hall.  All officers are kindly asked to be in attendance for this important meeting.

 

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CAMPERS: REGISTER EARLY THIS YEAR TO ATTEND CAMP NAZARETH THIS SUMMER!  Our young people (and His Grace, Bishop Gregory) are counting down the days before the start of the Diocesan Camping Weeks in July.  All of our camper-age children should register early and take advantage of the discount offered on the registration fees and contact our church school superintendent, Andrea Urban by May 4th for early bird consideration.  Considerate donations and camperships provided by our generous parishioners will go further if we take advantage of the reduced cost.

 

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SEE CATHY PAWLIK TO SECURE YOUR SHARE OF CAMP NAZARETH “FAMILY DAY” RAFFLE TICKETS!   Please purchase a raffle chance or two for $20 each, and permit our parish to, once again, solicit her allotment of ducats.  You also have the opportunity to win attractive cash prizes and reservations for a child of your choice to attend the Diocesan Camp Weeks.

 

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COME SELL YOUR “VALUABLES” AT THE JR. ACRY “FLEA MARKET” ON SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M.!  It’s spring-cleaning time to clean out your basement, attic and garage.  Display the “treasures” on a table for $25 in the spacious St. Nicholas Church Auditorium.  The Junior ACRY will be selling luncheon foods and baked goods for anxious customers.  Contact Michele at (724) 392-4075 if you are interested in having a table for your “buried goods.”

 

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ONE OF OUR CORPORAL ACTS OF MERCY IS TO BURY THE DEAD; PURCHASE A MEMORIAL BRICK FOR OUR ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH CEMETERY!  We desire to raise funds to repair and refurbish the grotto area, the focal point of the cemetery.  Your engraved bricks will replace the existing concrete walkway that approaches the grotto structure.  Be a supporter of this vital project and have your name engraved in brick as a memorial to your dearly-departed loved ones and friends.  Fill out the order form attached to this bulletin and return the information with payment to: Tom Pingor or Richard Babbie.

 

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SEND OUR CHILDREN TO CAMP NAZARETH THIS SUMMER BY OFFERING A CAMPERSHIP FOR $285.00 OR ANY MONETARY GIFT!  A donation of any amount towards a campership is appreciated by all.  Enable our young ones to live an Orthodox Christian life-style among their peers and make “friends, forever” within the confines of their Holy Orthodox Christian Church.

 

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NO FASTING FROM MEAT THIS BRIGHT WEEK AND NO KNEELING IN CHURCH DURING THE PASCHAL SEASON UNTIL PENTECOST SUNDAY, JUNE 8!  We are permitted to eat all the foods that the Lord provides this entire 7-day period, and there is no kneeling in church until the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit.  St. Basil explains this symbolizes our personal resurrection, as well as our calling to higher, heavenly things.

 

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Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church