Bulletin June 18, 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: On Sunday mornings the Mystery of Repentence will be offered from 9:30AM until 9:50AM. Every Catholic in good standing is required to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Repentance at least once each year. Please do not withhold God’s 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 meet on Fridays. However, the traditional Apostles Fast is strict abstinence on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of the Apostles Fast and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 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.

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 Children’s 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: Statements are still in process, we will furnish these along with an estimated annual budget. There are also many projects that need to be completed to further bring our facilities up to date and to proper safety. 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 one more Sunday, 6/25. Father Deacon Bill will be celebrating Matins according to special rubrics and confession will not be available before the Divine Liturgy.

High School Graduation: Congratulations to Thomas on his completion and graduation from High School! Saint Gregory of Nyssa prays for your success and your continued faith journey. May God grant you many happy years!

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