Bulletin September 3, 2017

Altar Candles: The altar candles are burning during the month of September in memory of +Deacon Paul Pipta.

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.

83rd Annual Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Every year the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great hold a pilgrimage on their grounds in Uniontown, PA to honor Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This is a very spiritual weekend where all who attend can participate in the many liturgical services offered as well as see old friends and make new ones. There are accommodations available on the grounds with newly renovated pilgrim halls. Camping via RV or tent is also available with full shower facilities. Fr. Lewis will again be attending this year’s pilgrimage and our Divine Liturgy schedule will not be altered from its normal time.

Wedding Anniversary Celebration: The Middle States Syncellate will be honoring married couples celebrating their 5year interval anniversaries on Saturday October 14 at Epiphany of Our Lord in Annandale, VA. If you are celebrating this anniversary please let Fr. Lewis know so that he can submit your names to the Chancery Office for invitations.

Parish Directory and Family Photography: I am very excited to offer everyone an opportunity to get a free professional photograph as well as a parish directory. These directories are free, however, those interested in getting family photographs may purchase from their packages. But it would be really great if we can get every possible parishioner and family member photographed for a comprehensive parish directory. The photo session dates have changed and will be on October 1 and 2. You may now schedule your photography session on the sign up sheet in the church hall.

Hurricane Harvey Relief: The United State Conference of Catholic Bishops has authorized a collection for those afflicted by Hurricane Harvey. Our Eparchy will be participating in this collection on the weekend of September 9. Please make checks payable to the Eparchy of Passaic, with a note for Hurricane Harvey. Thank you in advance for helping those in need.

Slavic American Festival: The 43rd Annual Slavic American Festival sponsored by Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Annandale, VA will be on Sunday September 10th from 12 noon till 6 PM. Festival includes traditional Slavic foods, childrens events, rummage sale, silent auction, religious folk art, farm market, Polka dance lessons, bake sale, and more.

Saint Gregory’s Slavic Food Festival:

Food Festival Update, August 27, 2017

Our last baking will be on Saturday September 9, when we will finish up with nuts and the other fillings. Time will be 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.
If you have pre-ordered any type of kolácsi, you may pick them up today or any other Sunday. Try to give Sue a call during the week before. Cost is $14 each, regardless of filling. Payment is due at pick-up. See Sue or Ellie.
Raffle tickets will be available in early October. Food Festival November 4. Please, if possible, plan to give our parish 1 to 3 hours of your time.
Thank you for your monetary donations to our festival fund. They pay for on-going needs for supplies and perishable and non-perishable items. Every dollar donated decreases expenses.
The profits from our Food Festival are used to help pay for our parish’s insurance premiums. Net Festival proceeds do not cover the entire amount of these premiums, but do help lower the impact on our parish. Thank you for your generosity.
Kolácsi: Saturday September 9
Holupki: Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21
Haluški: Tuesday October 31 and Wednesday November 1
For more information, contact festival coordinator Sue

Introduction to Biblical Greek at Laurel College Center: John, one of our parishioners, is teaching a course in Biblical Greek at the Laurel College Center in Laurel beginning September 11 for 10 weeks. The class will meet at the College on Monday evenings from 7-9pm under Prince Georges Community College’s Adult Continuing Education program. The course comprises the original language of the Koine Greek of the New Testament. A presentation of Greek grammar accompanied by selected passages from the Greek Gospels will be included. This is not a course in religion of the Bible, but rather a grammatical analysis of the text and translation techniques. To register for the course, contact the Laurel College Center, 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205.

Fr. Lewis Away: Fr. Lewis will be going to the 83rd Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Uniontown, PA. He will leave on Friday, September 1 and return late on Monday, September 4th. Fr. Alexei Michalenko will be substituting for the Divine Liturgy and Matins will be led by Deacon Bill. If pastoral emergencies arise, during this time please call your local Roman Catholic priest. However, if anything dire does occur, please also call Fr. Lewis’ cell phone to let him know.

Eastern Christian Formation: ECF classes will resume this year. Please let Fr. Lewis know if your children will be participating and what grades they are in. There will be one high school class. More on this soon.

Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Sept. 1-4 Pilgrimage with the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown, PA
Sept. 9 Third Kolácsi Baking Day 8:30AM
Sept. 10 Slavic American Festival at Epiphany of Our Lord in Annandale, VA Noon to 6PM
Oct. 1 First Day of photo shoot 11:30AM to 6PM
Oct. 2 Second Day of photo shoot 2pm to 9pm
Oct. 20 Holupki making Day 1
Oct. 21 Holupki making Day 2

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