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Bulletin August 17, 2014

Mirovanije: On August 15th we celebrated the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God. During the Vigil Divine Liturgy bread, wheat, wine, and olive oil were blessed. In past centuries these items provided needed nourishment for worshippers who kept vigil before Great Feasts, often praying throughout the night. We have maintained this custom over time with some slight accommodations: rather than eating the olive oil with the bread, the oil (Miro) is used to anoint (Mirovanije) us and the bread is cut into small pieces and distributed at the time of the anointing. Sometimes a small amount of the blessed wine is sprinkled over the bread. Today Holy Anointing and the distribution of blessed bread is often done on the Sunday following a major feast so that more of the Faithful could be involved in the celebration.

Baking: We will begin baking kolácsi for the Food Festival this Saturday. August 23rd. With the price of the fillings (walnuts, apricot, lekvar, poppyseed, etc.) and the other ingredients it would be impossible to produce them and sell them for a profit without donations. We request your help in buying butter (salted and unsalted) and margarine (not the ‘Spreads’), all-purpose flour (name brands), evaporated milk, and large eggs. (We already have a good supply of sugar.) Help us follow the specials at local supermarkets and get the best buys on these items.

Wedding Anniversaries: The annual Eparchial wedding anniversary celebration for the Middle States Syncellate will take place at Epiphany of Our Lord Church on Saturday, 18th October at 4:00 pm. Please inform Father if you are celebrating in 2014 an anniversary of 5 years or any multiple of 5 years thereafter (10, 15, 20, 25, etc.).

Otpust: This year will mark the 80th annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, PA on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st.

Let us remember in prayer the soul of +Rev. Edward Wojciechowski, a retired priest of the Eparchy of Parma. Funeral Services will take place at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Merrillville, IN. May his memory be eternal!