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. 46


Sunday, November 23, 2014


Matins: 8:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy: 9:00 A.M.

Epistle: Ephesians 2:14-22                      Resurrection Tone: 7                   Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

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

Altar Candles’ Sponsor: Cathy & Samantha Trumpower birthdays, offered by Doug.

Panachida service conducted at last Friday’s feastday for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +John & +Anna Hovan, offered by daughter Marlene (Hovan) Price.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servant: +Virginia Morgan, offered by: Agnes Kane, Terrence Morgan and Mary Ann Grossett.

Panachida service conducted for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants: +Elizabeth (Betty) Prepelka & +Frank Prepelka on the 7th Anniversary of their falling asleep in the Lord, offered by son, Ron.



Monday, (Nov. 24)… 9:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy for the repose of the souls of God’s departed servants, +John & +Helen Pido, offered by: Family.


Wednesday, (Nov. 26)… 7:00 P.M. Moleben of Thanksgiving on the Eve of the National Holiday of Thanksgiving Day.


Friday, (Nov. 27)… Nativity Fast Begins (Philipian Fast, Advent).



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, +Mary Lukacs, offered by the Children.



Luke 10:25-37 –

10:30 – Jerusalem is the place of peace, symbolic of communion with God.  Jericho, on the other hand, was renowned as a place of sin.  Falling among thieves speaks to the natural consequence of journeying away from God toward a life of sin.

10:31, 32 – Titles and positions are meaningless in God’s sight when good deeds do not accompany them.  “The dignity of the priesthood means nothing unless he also excels in deeds” (St. Cyril of Alexandria).  That the priest and Levite do not help the man also indicates the failure of the Old Testament Law to heal the consequences of sin.

10:33 – The Samaritan, while a despised foreigner, is an image of Christ (John 8:48), for He “came down from heaven” (Creed) to save even those in rebellion against Him.

10:34, 35 – The bandages, oil, and wine are sacramental images for (1) the garment of baptism, which delivers us from the wounds of sin; (2) the oil of chrismation, which gives us new life in the Holy Spirit; and (3) the communion of the divine Blood, which leads to eternal life.  His own animal indicates bearing our sins in His own body, and the inn reveals the Church in which Christ’s care is received.  He pays the price for that care (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23).



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.



PRAYING AND CARING FOR THE SICK IS A BENEFICIAL CORPORAL ACT OF MERCY THAT WE ESPOUSE! “Thank you to all those who have sent me get well wishes and prayers during my illness.  Your thoughtfulness is sincerely appreciated.  May God bless your for your kindness!”     - Gerry Lakatos



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 ON 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 through our church office, and encourage your loved ones to partake of this holiday repast, as well.



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.



ASSIST OUR DIOCESAN COLLEGE STUDENT TO SERVE THE POOR AT REAL BREAK ALASKA 2015!  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!



SNOW REMOVAL TEAM!  It’s that time of the year now when snow can fall on any given day.  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 keep our sidewalks and parking lot clear of snow and ice for our congregation???  Please see Tom Pingor, Doug Trumpower, or Dave Urban.



BE ATTENTIVE TO THE ICONS’ PRESENTATION WHICH SHALL TAKE PLACE DURING THE COFFEE & FELLOWSHIP HOUR ON SUNDAY, DEC. 14TH!  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.



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 be held for all Deanery worshipers, afterwards!



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