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. 47


Sunday, November 30, 2014


Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-6                      Resurrection Tone: 8                   Gospel: Luke 12:16-21

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 102-104 / Red Book: 117-119

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant: +Andrew Janicko, offered by his daughters, Helen Revak & Mary Janicko.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant: +Margaret Harris, offered by Deborah Harris.


Wednesday, (Dec. 3)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +Anna Oross and +Michael Oross, offered by children: Mary, Helen & John.


7:00 P.M. Vespers on the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, with the Blessing of Bread, wheat, wine and oil.


Thursday, (Dec. 4)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.


Saturday, (Dec. 6)… 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon: Hearing of Confessions.



Sunday, December 7, 2014


Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17                     Resurrection Tone: 1                    Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

Tropar & Kondak: Blue Book: 81-83 / Red Book: 95-99

Altar Candles’ Sponor: In memory of God’s departed servants: +Michael Tomko (45 yrs.) and +Mildred Sukul (7 yrs.), offered by Cheryl & Michele.

Birthday prayers offered for: Noah Thorn (Dec. 10), offered by Godmother, Deborah Harris.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +United States of America military personnel & civilians who died at the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the soul of God’s departed servant, +Mildred Sukul, offered by Cheryl & Michele.



Luke 12:16-21 –

12:20 – Whose will those things be which you have provided? Is the key to understanding the saving up of material goods.  St. John Chrysostom writes that the only barns we need we already have: “the stomachs of the poor.”  St. Basil the Great taught that the bread in our cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging unused belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in our closet belong to the one who has no shoes; and the money we hoard belongs to the poor.  St. Ambrose teaches, “The things which we cannot take with us are not ours.  Only virtue will be our companion when we die.”  Even when Joseph stored up grain in Egypt (Genesis 41), it was for the benefit of the whole nation.  These teachings apply to parishes as well as to each person.


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.




When judging these Your servants, O Lord, have compassion on them.  Grant that their ailments may be the means of their true repentance.  Give them the grace to live according to Your Will that they may spend the rest of their days in Your love.  Amen.


Mary Ribic

Sandi Babbie

Mary Ann Grossett

Ann Opsitos

Gary Clements


Esther Trumpower

Margaret Stemler

Mary Waselko

Emma Yuhasz

Valeria Bayurova

Janice Kerr

Olga Grimes

Brittany Williams

Ernest Vasil

Olga Smoley

Stephanie Reinsel

Charlene Atkinson

Anthony Gockel

Elmer Konar

Jason Brickner

Stephen Fucsko III

Ray Hovan

Margaret Banyas

John Herold

Thomas Buczak

William Lasobik

Curtis Miller

Paul Hreha

Helen and Michael Beres

John Michael Flaherty

Joanne Bodnar

Wendy Stahl

Thomas Tihey

Bill & Shirley Majernik

George Lavra

Irene Simko

Olivia O’Neill

Terry Morgan

Ed & Kay Popovich

Florence Kost

Bernie Buczak

Sandy Johnson

George Rohaly

Florence Bayuzik

Anna Dzuka

Larry Oleksa

Andrew Ehnot

Mary Popovich

Tom & Margaret Yawkey

Cathy Collett

Charles Michaliszyn

Helen Chupinka

Dolores Wasosky

Ron Moxson

Michael Talarovich

Marilyn Myers

Linda Hazelback

Candice Smith

Ernie J. Vasil

Anthony Ribic

Helen Haschak

Pani Betty Jean Baranik

Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger

Rev. Fr. Donald Valasek

Annie Timko

Pani Anna Marie Slovesko

Enzo Colantoni

Pete & Peter Iaquinta

Francine Osikowicz

Pani Cyndy Ellis

Anna Toczek

Leslie Sochka

Bernard Belan

Bill Brown

Holly Schiebler

Eter Holubz, Jr.

Matilda Benson

Michael Nicholas

Mary Dandar

Helen Panacelli

Martha Opsitos

Joseph Shupinka

Emma Lazorchik

Dorothy Broadright

Mary Kindya

Ann Pillich

Anna Marie Kline

Jean Rohaly

Anita Homa

Dennis Miller

Mary Ann Owens

Alexander Arendas

Protopresbyter John Gido

Mark Bodnar

Fr. Deacon Marc Wisnosky

Frannie Zatorsky

Very Rev. Robert E Lucas

Andrea Urban

Rose Jordanoff

Pani Marie Brancho

Leona Hawke

Very Rev. Michael Psenechnuk






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.



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.  We will be taking orders for the entire month of November.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to converse with Florence Davis following services.



IN SUPPORT OF OUR SEMINARY, PLAN TO ATTEND THE ST. NICHOLAS DINNER NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 7TH. There are some special reasons why you should look forward to participate in the deanery-based St. Nicholas Benefit Dinner for Christ the Saviour Seminary at Banquets Unlimited in Wilmerding, PA on Sunday, December 7th: First, there are six Seminarians to meet and greet (including our parish’s own, Sub-Deacon David Urban) on that Lord’s Day in December.  It is wonderful to have these talented, divinely-called young men at our theological school in Johnstown, PA.  Second: these young priests-to-be will be presenting the traditional Carpatho-Russian Christmas Carols, especially some very lovely melodies that have not been sung all too often.  Third, His Grace, Bishop Gregory shall be present to pray and dine with us in support of Christ the Saviour Seminary, and prepare for the Nativity Season.  Secure your tickets for this charitable event from Mary Ann Vasil and encourage your loved ones to partake of this holiday repast.




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!




Those in Holy Orders of our church and parish officers will present the proposed plan to “write” or “paint” two exquisite icons entitled, “THE TRUE VINE” and “THE TREE OF JESSE” on either side of our magnificent icon-screen in the vicinity of the two stained-glass windows near the top of the wall facing the altar (east).  We seek the attendance of all faithful members of St. Nicholas and their input concerning this renovation of the sanctuary.  The seminar will not be lengthy, but very informative and exciting to the entire congregation to hear.



THE PITTSBURGH DEANERY WELCOMES ITS YOUTHS & ADULTS TO VESPERS AT ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH AT 7 P.M. ON THURSDAY, DEC. 18TH FOR THE FEAST OF OUR PATRON SAINT! A special collection will be taken for the Clergy Benevolent Fund. Students (up to 18 yrs.) are invited to set out their boots, shoes & stockings for St. Nick to fill with treats in the hall before Vespers, and a delightful social will follow after.



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