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:

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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. 37


Sunday, September 21, 2014


Deacon’s Service: 9:00 A.M. with the reception of Holy Communion

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15              Resurrection Tone: 6             Gospel: Matthew 22:35-46

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 96-98 / Red Book: 111-114

Bulletin Sponsor: Larry Dunn, offered by Carol & Bill Dunn.

Altar Candles’ Sponsor: Andrew Skero in loving memory of +Mary Frances.

Extended Birthday wishes are intoned for: Mary Lou Linart, offered by her Family and to Florence Bayuzik, (Sept. 22) offered by daughter, Susan Althauser.


Wednesday, (Sept. 24)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +James Arendash, offered by the Columbus Singles Culture Connection.


Friday, (Sept. 26)… 7:00 P.M. Vespers on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, with the blessing of bread, wheat, wine and oil.


Saturday, Sept. 27)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross – Strict Fast Day (No meat products are to be eaten).

7:00 P.M. Vespers, followed by the Church School students’ “Trivia Nite” in the parish auditorium with refreshments offered, until 9:30 P.M.



Sunday, September 28, 2014


Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10              Resurrection Tone: 7            Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 99-101, 113; / Red Book: 114-117,

Wedding Anniversary prayers are extended to Robert & Mary Lou Linart, offered by the Family.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Wilson Henderson, offered by Olga Henderson.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Joseph Ganzy, offered by wife, Martha Ganzi.



Matthew 22:35-46 –

22:35-40 – The Pharisees had found 613 commandments in the Scriptures and debated about which one was central.  Jesus sets forth the first and the second, which constitute the grand summary of the Law.  Though the lawyer has come with malice to test the Lord, we know from St. Mark’s account that this man is converted by Christ’s answer (Mk 12:28-34).

22:39 – This second commandment must be understood as written: You shall love your neighbor as yourself, or more clearly, “as being yourself.”  It is often misinterpreted, “You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself,” which destroys the force of the statement.  How much we love ourselves is not the standard by which Christ is calling us to love others.  Rather, we are called to love our neighbor as being of the same nature as we ourselves are, as being created in God’s image and likeness just as we are.  As the Fathers teach, we find our true self in loving our neighbor.

22:41-46 – Christ asks this question to lead the Pharisees to the only logical conclusion: that He is God Incarnate.  They supposed the Messiah to be a mere man, and therefore reply that the Messiah would be a Son of David.  David, as king of Israel, could not and would not address anyone as “Lord” except God.  Yet in Psalm 109:1, David refers to the Messiah as “Lord.”  Therefore, the Messiah must be God.  The only possible conclusion is that the Messiah is a descendant of David only according to the flesh, yet is also truly divine, sharing His Lordship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.  The Pharisees do not answer because they realize the implications and are afraid to confess Jesus to be the Son of God.



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.



Abbot Tryphon


We must not be so self-consumed as to have no compassion for others.  Saint Basil tells us that a man who has two coats or two pairs of shoes, when his neighbor has none, is a thief.  In the Holy Scriptures we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1).  “No one can be saved, according to Saint John Chrysostom, without giving alms and without caring for the poor.  We are but stewards of what belongs to God, and must share the gifts of God’s creation with one another as much as we can.  To store up earthly possessions, according to Christ, is the epitome of foolishness, and a rich man shall hardly be saved (Luke 12:15-21).

When we turn our attention towards the needs of others, we cease to be consumed with self.  In this turning of the heart towards those in need, we are turning our hearts to God.  “Verily I say unto you, since you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me.” (Matthew 25:40)  In our fasting, increased time spent in prayer, and acts of alms giving (charity), we are energized in our battle against the passions, and our hearts become at rest in Christ.




“God judges and distinguishes between His creatures as they naturally and truly are.”


The weakest things are animals who reproduce in corrupt, damp elements.  But the most honorable things are righteousness, holiness and anything else that pleases God.  So then, are flies, midges, and frogs considered “holy” and “righteous” enough to be given honorable names, even though they don’t have such high qualities?  But up until now, we’ve never heard anything like this – the weak given dignified titles, or the great and honorable degraded by their names.  For Scripture says Noah was a righteous man, Abraham was faithful, Moses meek, Daniel wise, Joseph pure, Job blameless, and David perfect in patience.  So, then, were these people given these titles because they lived the contrary?  Or consider those who are spoken of unfavorably, such as Nabal the Carmelite, Pharaoh the Egyptian, Abimelech the alien, and all who are mentioned for their evil.  Did God honor them with dignified names?  No!  God judges and distinguishes between His creatures as they naturally and truly are.  He doesn’t call them names contrary to their natures, but gives them the appropriate titles with clear meanings.

-          Saint Gregory of Nyssa


THE ICON ABOVE THE ALTAR:  What you see is Christ living as Lord in Mary’s life, and her outstretched arms are an invitation to you and me to let Him live in our lives as He has in hers.


THE FALL FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE DOWNSTAIRS, READY TO BE PICKED UP!  If you have not already received your ducats for next month’s Autumn Fundraiser, then, proceed to the auditorium and secure them during the coffee social.



NEEDED: WORKERS FOR MAKING STUFFED CABBAGE THIS WEDNESDAY (SEPT. 24) AT 6:00 P.M. AND AFTER SATURDAY’S FEASTDAY LITURGY (SEPT. 27) AT 9:00 A.M.!  Stewards of Saint Nicholas assemble to make the delectable holupki to sell to anxious customers at the Fall Festival, Oct. 10, 11 and 12.  Your labors in creating this mouth-watering Slavic delicacy fulfills the supply and demand production of a product that you just can’t eat one of.  Please come and work for the glory of God!



“COME AND SEE” WHAT’S NEW AT THE PARISH BOOKSTORE… - a collection of Festal icons painted by monk Theophanes the Cretan in 1546 at the Stavrinikita Monastery on Mount Athos; - Icon and embroidered greeting cards, and beautiful note cards with Medieval illuminations imported from Italy; - stretch prayer bead bracelets for children and teenagers, made of semi-precious stones and crystals with a tri- bar cross; - books for children, young adults, families and for independent Bible study.



ENABLE THE ACRY TO REACH OUT TO THOSE IN NEED BY SUPPORTING THE 2015 ANNUAL PUBLICATION!  The Diocesan “Yearbook” is a “must have publication” for your home library.  Insure that this excellent journal of parish news, photos, diocesan information and enlightening articles concerning our precious Orthodox Christian Faith is written and distributed yearly to all faithful members.  Become a Patron or offer a Memorial Listing for $6.00; be recognized as a Booster for $3.00.  Cathy Pawlik will gladly accept your monetary contribution.



CLERGY BENEVOLENT FUND!  The Diocese has established a “Clergy Benevolent Fund” to aid our Priests and Panis in cases of catastrophe.  The John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation, through the efforts of our Diocesan Trustee, Attorney Steven M. Laduzinsky, who is Vice President of the Foundation, has gifted our benevolent fund with a donation of $25,000, together with the pledge of matching funds up to that amount that may be made by our clergy and organizations from May 13 to Dec. 1, 2014.  If you are able to make a contribution, please make checks payable to: ACROD Clergy Benevolent Fund and mail to the Chancery Office, 312 Garfield St., Johnstown, PA  15906.



HAVE YOUR NAME APPEAR IN THE FALL FESTIVAL PROGRAM BOOK!  In preparation for the Fall Festival, we are compiling a program book that we desire to be bigger and better than last year’s publication.  We are asking the families of our parish to assist us by sponsoring a family ad, becoming a patron or being listed as a booster.  Please see Michele Tomko for ad prices and Melissa & Nick Ditmore for patrons ($5) and boosters ($2).  Also, if anyone has a donation for the Basket Raffle at the fundraiser, then, see Pani Debbie during this morning’s fellowship hour.



ENJOY THE “CALENDAR PARTY” AT ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH IN RANKIN, PA, TODAY!  Doors open to the downstairs parish hall at 12:30 P.M. and a luncheon meal will be served at 1 P.M.  Plan to attend and support this fund-raising project of our sister Pittsburgh Deanery parish. Expect plenty of fun, games and fellowship for a donation of $15. For tickets, see Cheryl Tomko



ATTEND SATURDAY EVENING VESPERS AND PARTAKE OF A DELICIOUS CATERED DINNER WITH OUR BISHOP GREGORY ON OCT. 4TH AT 5 P.M. IN ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, EAST PITTSBURGH, PA!  Very Rev. Jonathan Tobias is happy to invite us to this Vesperal service with our beloved hierarch in attendance, and then, enjoy a delectable buffet dinner in St. John’s Church hall, afterwards.  The cost of the dinner is $15 for adults, and $7.50 for children 12 and under.  The buffet includes roast beef, stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and assorted desserts.  The buffet will be brought by the folks at Cooked Goose, and they are very, very good.  Sign your name to the designated paper in the auditorium, worship and dine with His Grace on his first episcopal visitation to the East Pittsburgh, PA parish.  September 28 is the deadline for you to make reservations for this joyous occasion.



YOU, THE PEOPLE OF ST. NICHOLAS IN HOMESTEAD, PA ARE “DISTINGUISHED” BY YOUR PRAISEWORTHY GIVING TO THE DIOCESE!  The Distinguished Diocesan Donor Program has become an instrumental source of funding for the expansion and maintenance of Camp Nazareth, Information Technology, Christ the Saviour Seminary and other Diocesan Apostolates and Ministries, having raised over $2.5 million dollars.  Without the support of the DDD Program, it would be impossible for our Diocesan ministries to properly fulfill their apostolic mission.  Now, more than ever, in the spiritually challenging times of the 21st century, we need your support to further grow our existing ministries and establish new ones to keep our faithful, and especially our youth, connected to Christ and His Holy Church.  We invite you to become a part of the momentum that drives the Distinguished Diocesan Donor Program.


ARE YOU READY FOR SOME SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS NEXT SUNDAY, HOSTED BY THE SR. ACRY?  The A.C.R.Y. will have a Spaghetti Dinner Sunday, September 28, 2014 after Divine Liturgy in the St. Nicholas Church Auditorium.  Donation is $8.00 per person; children 5-12 are $5.00; children under 5 are free.  Take-out orders are available upon request!  See Aaron Zak for your reservation ticket.



SNOW REMOVAL TEAM!  Let it snow!!!  Fellow parishioners of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead, PA:  It is never too early to think about snow.  We are looking for a few good men to agree to be on our snow removable team for this winter.  Won’t you agree to help to keep our sidewalks and parking lot clear of snow and ice for our congregation?? Please see Tom Pingor, Doug Trumpower, or Dave Urban.




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