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:

E-mail Address:

E-mail Address:

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. 28


Sunday, July 20, 2014


Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Romans 12:6-14                     Resurrection Tone: 5                      Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 93-95 / Red Book: 108-110

Altar Candles’ Sponsor: Elmer & Eleanor Konar’s 60th Wedding Anniversary, offered by their children and grandchildren.

Birthday prayers extended to: Michael Dzvonik (July 24), offered by his wife, children & grandchildren.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants: +Fr. Peter & +Pani Emily Molchany, offered by Father Peter & Pani Emily.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, the infant +William Richard Zak, offered by Adam & Jean Zak.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Margaret (Skero) Chica, offered by Andrew Skero.


Wednesday, (July 23)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Susan Behun, offered by daughter, Donna.



Sunday, July 27, 2014


Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Hebrews 13:7-16                  Resurrection Tone: 6                           Gospel: John 17:1-13

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 96, 164 / Red Book: 111, 185-186



Matthew 9:1-8

9:1 – Jesus’ own city is Capernaum (4:13).

9:2-8 – As shown by the healing of the paralytic, faith is an indispensable condition for salvation.  Faith is collective as well as personal, for the faith of the paralytic’s friends helped in his healing (v. 2).  Three signs of Jesus’ divinity are shown: (1) He knows the secrets of hearts; (2) He forgives sins, a power which belongs to God alone; and (3) He heals by the power of His word.



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.





There are two seas in Palestine.  One is fresh, and fish are in it.  Splashes of green adorn

its banks.  Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of

its healing waters.  Along its shores the children play, as children played when He was

there.  He loved it.  He could look across its silver surface when He spoke His parables.

And on a rolling plain not far away He fed five thousand people.

The River Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the hills.  So it laughs in

the sunshine.  And men build their houses near to it, and birds their nests; and every kind of life is happier

because it is there.

The River Jordan flows on south into another sea.  Here is no splash of fish, no fluttering

leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter.

Travelers choose another route, unless on urgent business.

The air hangs heavy above its water, and neither man nor beast nor fowl will drink.  What makes this mighty difference in these neighbor seas?

Not the river Jordan.  It empties the same good water into both.  Not the soil in which they lie, not the country about.

This is the difference.  The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan.  For

every drop that flows into it another drop flows out.  The giving and receiving go on in

equal measure.

The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously.  It will not be tempted into any

generous impulse.  Every drop it gets, it keeps.

The Sea of Galilee gives and lives.  This other sea gives nothing.  It is named The Dead.

There are two kinds of people in the world.  There are two seas in Palestine.

Which Sea of Galilee are you?


There are Two Seas, by Bruce Fairchild Barton.  Many thanks to John Sanidopoulos for finding and posting this article on Mystagogy.  Article found in McCall’s magazine (1928) and reprinted in the Reader’s Digest (1946).  It is reprinted here from The Bee, the Sunday bulletin from St. Michael Church in Binghamton, NY.




OUR CAMPERSHIP FUND IS ENHANCED BY THE GENEROSITY OF OUR KIND PARISHIONERS WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ONLY $205.00 short IN PAYING THE ENTIRE EXPENSE OF OUR CAMPERS! The total expense for sending (16) of our precious children to Camp this summer is: $4,090.00.  We are grateful to the considerate parishioners who have given so generously, plus, the dedicated parish organizations for their praiseworthy donations to the Fund.  If ten considerate stewards of St. Nicholas submit $20.00 each on this week that our children of the parish and youngsters of the Pittsburgh Deanery enjoy the Diocesan Camping Week, then, all funding will be complete.  Please submit an offering to the Campership Account according to your means and enable our youths to experience the “time of their life!” this year!



OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ARE KINDLY ASKED TO SIGN UP TO SERVE F.O.C.U.S.!  The clergy of the Orthodox Brotherhood of Pittsburgh, PA have been asked to help expand the list of contacts for FOCUS+Pittsburgh’s Free Health Center.  The priests can make a big impact on recruiting  support by providing two referrals to add to the present list of health care professionals (RNs, LPNs, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Medical Doctors, Medical Technicians, Physician Assistants, etc.) and other potential donors to this vital ministry.  Please sign your names to the designated paper on the table in the auditorium.  Other information needed: Your specialty, Address 1, Address 2, City and State, Zip Code, email Address, Phone Number (Landline), Phone Number (Cell).



AED/DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING:  Saint John’s Church of East Pittsburgh is putting together a certification and training session on the use of an AED automatic defibrillation device.  While many AED’s are “self-directed,” and theoretically can be used by a completely non-trained person, it is recommended by the Red Cross and insurance companies that trained personnel should use the machine in the event of cardiac arrest.  A near date (an afternoon or evening with a trainer for this device from one of the local ambulance companies) is wished. 10-15 people are needed for the training session and a nominal fee will be charged to each person.  Please phone Fr. Tobias at (412) 824-0246 if you wish to participate.




THE SUNDAY COFFEE SOCIAL WE ENJOY!  Every week one or two members of the ACRY, Choir, Mothers and Daughters Guild, or the Church volunteer to order, pick-up and deliver over 14 dozen of donuts or other breakfast pastries to the church for our Sunday coffee social.  The cost of supplying coffee and donuts for this intimate time of camaraderie is approximately $160.00 a week.  We receive about $60.00 in the depository each week, leaving the organization to cover the remainder of the cost ($100.00).  The coffee social was established as a means for us to greet each other after worship and spend time in Christian fellowship.  It was not intended to be a gift from our organizations to the congregation.  We are in jeopardy of losing this wonderful avenue of communications because the parish support groups cannot afford to pay out $100.00 to sustain the coffee social.  Please do not let it fade away!  So, remember when you partake of a pastry or beverage to put a monetary donation in the box to cover the expenses.  Thank You!  -  The members of the ACRY, Choir, Mothers & Daughters Guild and the Church Board of Officers



HAVE YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR MOTORCYCLE BLESSED IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT FOLLOWING THE FEAST DAY LITURGY OF ST. ELIAS ON SATURDAY, AUG. 2ND; THEN, STAY AND BLESS THE CHURCH BY HELP MAKING PIROHI IN THE PARISH HALL FOR THE FALL FESTIVAL!  Wash and shine your vehicle for the traditional sanctification of cars and trucks on the holy day of the glorious and illustrious prophet Elijah of the Old Testament.  In thanksgiving for this blessing with holy water of your means of transportation, join the tireless workers and culinary extraordinaire of St. Nicholas in preparing the delectable and irresistible potato-cheese filled dumplings to freeze and save for the Fall Festival, Oct. 10-12, 2014.  Satisfied customers cannot get enough of our ethnic delicacies, and the more pirohi we prepare in advance, the greater our profits shall increase because of the popular kitchen foods.  Everyone has an important job to do whether you’re an expert or novice in preparing Slavic dishes.  And, the labor that you expend for the sake of our sacred temple of worship is seen by Our Father in heaven.  “Receive a blessing, and give a blessing.”  May you adopt and manifest this mantra on Sat., August 2nd.



RESERVE THE DATE OF: SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014 FOR THE TIME OF OUR ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC!  Slated to take place, once again, at the spacious Westinghouse Lodge, the fun-filled summer outing begins at 12 noon and concludes at approximately 6 P.M.  The attractive agenda includes: Chinese Auction, competitive Bingo Games, exciting games on the big Ball Fields, pleasing social exchange and Christian fellowship, appetizing picnic foods and beverages to partake of.  Our faithful are kindly asked to bring desserts or salads of their choice.  Be ready, for soon tickets will be sold for the faithful of our parish.




CHURCH ETIQUETTE – PROPER CHURCH ATTIRE (as appears in the parish bulletin of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of Rahway, New Jersey)

For Men: Long pants, and a collared shirt (t-shirts, sleeveless shirts or shirts with advertisements or sayings are inappropriate).  It is customary to wear our “Sunday Best”, be it a Suit & Tie, Sports Coat or pressed slacks and a shirt.  Men are to enter the Church with heads uncovered.  For Women: Dresses, Skirts or modest pants are appropriate: blouses should be modest as well (short skirts & Sun Dresses are not appropriate).  Women may cover their heads when entering the Church for prayer; this is a time honored and pious custom.



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