Bulletin November 26, 2017

Altar Candles: The altar candles for the month of November are burning for the repose of +Nicholas Patchan.

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.

2017 Annual Bishop’s Appeal: The new Bishop’s Appeal has already begun. As stated in the packet, this drive is the major sources of funds that help to sustain the Eparchy’s many projects that help to build-up our churches—seminary expenses being one of them. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the Eparchy because whatever our parish donates over our goal we will receive a 40% rebate of that amount. We have gone over this goal the past two years that I am aware of, and the extra funds were greatly needed. Please remember that checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Passaic, and not to the parish.

Saint Gregory’s Slavic Food Festival: We do still have plenty of kolásci left for purchase, as well as marble rye bread, Italian rolls, and hot dog rolls. These can be purchased after liturgy—please tell your friends and family that they still have an opportunity to purchase our kolásci— this will only increase our festival profits.

Traveling Vocation Icon Program: Our Metropolia is embarking on a traveling Vocation Icon Program for all of the faithful of our Churches to pray for and encourage vocations to the religious life: presbyterate, diaconate, consecrated life of men and women monastics. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our faith in God and when we pray fervently with full trust in God, our prayers will be answered. Please consider bringing the Vocation Icon into your home for a week and praying for vocations to strengthen our church and to lead us all to heaven. Sign up sheet is in church hall.

The Women’s Community Club of Beltsville Holiday Food Donations: This year the Women’s Club of Beltsville will not be accepting donations of food or turkeys. Rather, they are accepting monetary donations for a new program where they will purchase Aldi’s Gift Cards to distribute to those in need. Please have donations in by December 17th.

Phillips Fast: For some major Feast Days in the Church we are asked to fast, pray, and give alms in order to properly prepare ourselves to experience the splendor of the Feast. The Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ is just around the comer. And in order to fully prepare ourselves to celebrate the Incarnation, the Coming of Christ in the Flesh, the Church Fathers have prescribed the 40 days preceding this Feast as a period of fasting and penance. However, in order to remain a Catholic in good standing, there is currently no fasting prescribed beyond abstinence from meat on Fridays in our Metropolia. However, the faithful are always encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements for their spiritual benefit and for the benefit of the whole church. One may choose to add more fasting through the week, or more personal prayer and reading of Sacred Scripture. The Emmanuel Moleben will be offered each week leading up to The Nativity which will focus on Old Testament Prophesies of the Savior as well as the Gospel passages leading up to Christ’s birth. The beginning of the Fast was November 15th.
During the fast there are certain aliturgical days, days on which the Divine Liturgy is not to be celebrated. This is one reason why the normal parish schedule has been altered. Other services are suggested for these aliturgical days with an emphasis on penitential services.

Saint Nicholas Festivities: Please consider coming to our Saint Nicholas parish event and dinner on Sunday, Dec. 3 after the Divine Liturgy. We will have a meal and Saint Nicholas will visit the children. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall in which families can let us know which dishes they will bring to share. This is a very joyous event and fun for the whole parish family—join us!

Parish Calendar and Liturgical Schedule: For those who use electronic calendars and would like to know when Saint Gregory events and liturgies are going on, an email will be sent soon with the link to a Google calendar that can be imported into whichever calendar program you use. This same calendar will also be on the website. Liturgies will be scheduled for the month. However, liturgy intensions will not be visible on the electronic calendar unless request- ed.

Nativity Schedule: Since the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ falls on a Monday this year, the traditional Strict Fast the day before Christmas has been transferred to the previous Friday, Dec. 22. This means that the traditional Holy Supper should also be transferred to this Friday.

Friday, 12/22 10:00AM Royal Hours
Sunday, 12/24 8:50AM Matins
10:00AM Divine Liturgy
9:00PM Divine Liturgy
Monday, 12/25 10:00AM Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 12/26 10:00AM Divine Liturgy
Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Nov. 30 Divine Liturgy at Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD at 4PM
Dec. 3 Saint Nicholas Celebration
Dec. 6 Feast of Saint Nicholas
Dec. 10 Eastern Christian Formation Classes (children)
Dec. 22 Christmas Eve Strict Fast transferred to this day.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve—8PM Great Compline; 9PM
Dec. 25 Christmas Day—10AM Divine Liturgy

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