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. 41

 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9              Resurrection Tone: 2                   Gospel: Luke 7:11-16

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 84-86 / Red Book: 99-102

Altar Flowers’ Sponsor: Trona & Bob Paganico’s 45th Wedding Anniversary, offered by Children and Grandchildren.

Altar Candles’ Sponsor: Michael & Helen Beres’ 55th Wedding Anniversary, offered by Children and Grandchildren.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Helen Simko, offered by Agnes Kane & Mary Ann Grossett.

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Wednesday, (Oct. 22)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +George Petro of Clymer, PA, offered by Barb & Marian Paulina.

 

Friday, (Oct. 24)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Elizabeth Bigda, offered by Helen Beres.

 

Saturday, (Oct. 25)… 3:30 P.M. Sacrament of Holy Matrimony administered to Jessica Kadlec & Tim Krchmar.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE SEVENTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Hebrews 13:7-16             Resurrection Tone: 3                    Gospel: John 17:1-13

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 87-89, 114-115 / Red Book: 102-105, 130-131

Wedding Anniversary prayers intoned for Michael & Helen Beres on their 55th Anniversary of Holy Matrimony.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +Anna Brugos, on her 15th Anniversary of falling asleep in the Lord, and for +Shirley M Brugos (Birthday).

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +Ann Yurcisin, +John Yurchisin & +Michael Banosky, offered by Family.

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Luke 7:11-17 – This is one of three resurrections performed by our Lord as recorded in the Gospels.  They confirm the promise given to the prophet Ezekiel that God will one day open the graves and raise all the dead (Ezk. 37:1-14).  Many people have exercised authority over the living; only the Son of God “has power over both the living and the dead” (funeral service).  While Christ has power through His word alone (John 11:4), here He also touched the coffin to show that His very body is life-giving.  This event also prefigures Christ’s own Resurrection.  As Mary would weep for Jesus at the Cross, yet her tears would be turned to joy by the Resurrection, here a widow’s only son is raised from the dead, putting an end to her weeping (AmbM).

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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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CHURCH OFFICERS SHALL MEET ON MONDAY AT 7 P.M. IN THE PARISH AUDITORIUM!  The monthly session of St. Nicholas Church Board will be conducted tomorrow evening at 7 P.M. in the parish hall.  All duly-elected leaders of the church are kindly asked to be in attendance for this important meeting.  If for some reason you are unable to attend, then, please notify Father Michael or Tom Pingor, beforehand.

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THIRD AND FINAL BANNS OF MARRIAGE ARE ANNOUNCED FOR JESSICA KADLEC & TIM KRCHMAR!  The couple shall be united as one in Christ in the Mystery of Holy Matrimony this Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 P.M. in St. Nicholas Church.  If anyone has a legitimate reason why this man and woman should not be administered this sacrament of the church, then, please notify the Pastor, Fr. Michael Zak, immediately!

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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SNOW REMOVAL TEAM!  We are looking for a few good men to agree to be on our snow removable team 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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NATIONAL JUNIOR ACRY WEEKEND ENCOUNTER AT CAMP NAZARETH, NOVEMBER 7-9, 2014!  The National Junior ACRY would like to invite you to our annual Fall Weekend Encounter at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA.  The activities during the weekend will include: a campfire, an exciting religious talk, a Saturday night dance, The Divine Liturgy, a game of flag football, some time to relax and hang out with your friends, as well as many other fun activities.  You do not have to be a member of the Junior ACRY to attend!  If you want to try out camp for the first time, this is your perfect opportunity!  Cost to attend is: $70; Don’t Hesitate!  RSVP by October 29th!  If you have any questions or wish to RSVP for the event please contact Rachel Pribish at rprib89@yahoo.com or (908) – 247-2269.  Parents are also reminded that they have to fill out the parental consent forms and medical information sheets, available on the internet at the Diocesan Web-site.

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CAMP NAZARETH ALUMNI REUNION – SATURDAY, NOV. 1ST FROM 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M!  Experience a day in among the mountains with friends old and new.  Tailored specifically to C.N. Alumni, this is the Camp’s way of bringing the entire family back together for a day of relaxation, fun and surprises.  Spouses are welcomed!  This is the Camp’s way of getting connected and staying connected to: Former Campers, Staff, Clergy and Volunteers, and all who have been involved and continue to be involved in the life of Camp Nazareth since its founding.  This event is Free of Charge to our Alumni, so RSVP by Oct. 26, 2014.

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“WOMEN RECEIVED THEIR DEAD RAISED TO LIFE AGAIN” (HEBREWS 11:35).  Saint Paul has reason to say this reality.  This passage (like today’s gospel) throws a veiled light on one aspect of the spiritual ministry of women.  The conversions of sinners is similar to raising from the dead, for the prayer of women, and especially of mothers, and of women whose lives are entirely offered and consecrated to God, often has intercessory value of remarkable efficacy, and, in this way, a hidden and contemplative life can be an apostolic life.

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FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF A SEMI-EXPERIENCED PRIEST: Parishioners with burdens on their conscience are slow to come to Confession for fear that the priest will forever remember their sin.  Not so: the grace that descends to wash away transgressions, I find, wipes clean my memory also.

 

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