Bulletin June 11, 2017

Altar Candles: The altar candles are burning in the month of June for: Lawrence Becka and Phyllis Becka-Reynolds.

Let Us Remember in Prayer: Those who are ill or convalescing. May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician and Healer of souls and bodies, grant them peace and good health for many blessed years.
Please let Fr. Lewis know if anyone should be added or taken away from this prayer list.

The Mystery of Repentance: Every Catholic in good standing is required to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Repentance at least once each year. Please do not withhold Gods forgiveness by avoiding this Sacrament of Healing. “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Matt. 3:1-2).

Byzantine Catholic Inquiry Classes: We will be using the Ukrainian Catholic Catechism, which offers the Byzantine Catholic approach to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Those who are interested, please let Fr. Lewis know.

The Apostles Fast: There are three minor fasts in the Church year in addition to the Great Fast. The Metropolia does not have any extra requirements for The Apostles Fast above and beyond the normal abstinence from meat on Fridays. However, the traditional Apostles Fast is strict abstinence on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays of the Apostles Fast (this also means that these days are aliturgical: days on which the Divine Liturgy is not to be celebrated). Fr. Lewis would encourage fasting from meat on Wednesdays as well as Fridays during this Fast. The Apostles Fast runs from Monday, June 12th until Wednesday, June 28th—the Feast of SS. Peter & Paul is on Thursday, June 29th.

Questionnaire for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment: Following is the Questionnaire which the Vatican has issued in preparation for the Synod. You can complete it right on this website by following this link www.eparchyofpassaic.com. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. Kindly go all the way to the end and remember to mark DONE, so your responses can be included in the document which I will present to the Synod.
Thank you for your cooperation and time,
Archbishop William Skurla
Synod Father

Men’s Retreat in Arbutus: Fr. Lewis will be assisted by Seminarian Timothy for a Mens Retreat on Saturday, June 17th. Seminarian Timothy will be assigned to Patronage of the Mother of God in Arbutus for his first summer assignment. The retreat will cover regaining silence in our busy lives so that we can hear the voice of God. All men are invited.

Saint Nicholas Pilgrimage at Carpathian Village: The Saint Nicholas Pilgrimage will take place at the Carpathian Village / Saint Nicholas Shrine on Sunday, July 9th, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 7 PM. Opportunities for Confession will be available along with an Anointing Service. A special procession with the miraculous Icon of Mary the Helper of Mothers is also scheduled. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with nine ordinations to the Minor Order of Lector will be celebrated by Bishop Kurt at 3:00 PM. Food service will be available. Golf Club Car Service will be provided for those with difficulty walking as well as restroom facilities for those with physical disabilities. A special Childrens Program will be held at 1:00 PM. The Carpathian Village is located at 802 Snow Hill Rd., Cresco, PA 18326. Note that the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy fulfills your Sunday obligation.

Financial Statements: Official financial statement for our parish are very close to completion. Some have been asking for this so that we can correctly know the state of our parish. This has taken so long to produce because of the repairs and renovations that needed to be done in both the church and the rectory. But now that the office is in general working order, these statements are almost ready. Thank you for your patience.

Gaithersburg Mission: Fr. Lee Gross injured himself and has not been able to celebrate the Divine Services for the mission. Fr. Lewis will have to substitute at the mission for three Sundays: 6/11, 6/18, & 6/25. Father Deacon Bill will be celebrating Matins according to special rubrics. Confession will not be available before the Divine Liturgy.

Upcoming Parish AndEparchial Events
June 11 Third session of Byzantine Catholic Inquiry Classes
June 17 Men’s Retreat at Patronage of the Mother of God in Arbutus, by Fr. Lewis and Seminarian Timothy
July 9 St. Nicholas Pilgrimage at Carpathian Village
August 5-9 Altar Server Camp at the Carpathian Village
August 6 Sybertsville Pilgrimage for Peace and Feast of the Transfiguration
August 12-13 Pilgrimage with the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate in Sloatsburg, NY
Sept. 1-4 Pilgrimage with the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown, PA

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