News and Events

Bulletin February 18, 2018

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.

Traveling Vocation Icon Program: 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. Without consecrated religious (nuns and monks), without ordained priests, we cannot benefit from the example of prayer and the administration of the Sacraments that these vocations provide us with. Without the Sacraments, and without properly trained teachers of the True Faith, our salvation will be in peril. Please pray that Christ send us more vocations, and that those He inspires to vocations have the courage to answer the call in the affirmative. Sign up sheet is in church hall.

All Souls Saturday: The next All Souls Saturday this year is March 3rd. There are usually 5 of these Saturdays throughout the year, but because of other feasts they may be transferred to another day. These Saturdays are when we pray for the deceased of our families in a special Divine Liturgy for the deceased.

Adult Education: Out new session of Adult Education begins today. We will use the Epistle to the Hebrews as our focus and see where the text will take us. For ease of attendance, we will have short sessions after the Divine Liturgies of the Great Fast. If you like, you can bring your own Bible so that you can underline or make notes, or you can use one of the church’s Bibles. We will go over some basics of Scripture, as well as how to reflectively read the Scripture and how to understand some of it’s deeper meaning.

The Great Fast—The Season of the Triodion: The Great Fast is already upon us. Please keep in mind that fasting is from midnight to midnight. During the weekdays of the Great Fast it is not permitted to celebrate the Divine Liturgy because each liturgy is a joyous celebration. We are asked to adhere to the regulations of the fast and are encouraged to go further in our fasting and to go deeper in our prayer so that we will attain spiritual benefits, and be properly prepared to celebrate Christ’s Glorious Resurrection.
Since we are required to avail ourselves of the Mystery of Repentance (confession) once a year to remain a Catholic in Good standing (and certainly availing ourselves of this sacrament once a month is ideal) it is recommended that this period of the Great Fast be that time to confess.

Financial Statement: Fr. Lewis is aware that the financial statement has been promised and has not yet been published. This is due to several factors, but be assured it is being worked on now, and will be released before the end of the Fast. It is Fr. Lewis’ intention to submit to the parish a clear and orderly statement of the financial health of the parish, but in order for this to occur, it needs to be the work of the people. Fr. Lewis has chosen members for a parish finance council, according to the guidelines in the Pastoral Handbook of the Eparchy. Thank you again for your patience.

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Walking with Jesus through Holy Week: Saturday, March 17, 10am-2pm day of recollection presented by Fr Frank Hanincik at Holy Dormition Friary in Sybertsville. We are really present at the events we remember in the Holy Week services. Walk with Jesus on his journey from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, exploring the hymns and rituals that help us truly participate in this part of the life of our Lord. Cost $25 includes full meal and opportunity for Confession. Register by March 12 at holydormition@gmail.com. Overnight accommodations available. You are welcome to join the friars for Saturday 7am Matins, and 8am Divine Liturgy. This day of recollection is sponsored by the Office of Eastern Christian Formation of the Eparchy of Passaic and the Franciscan Friars.

Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Feb. 18 Eastern Christian Formation And Adult Education Bible Study
Mar. 3 All Souls Saturday
Mar. 10 All Souls Saturday
Mar. 14 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with Prostrations
Mar. 17 Day of Recollection at Holy Dormition Friary, Sybertsville, PA
Mar. 18 March Eastern Catholic Formation Day
Mar. 25 Flowery and Palm Sunday
Apr. 1 Resurrection of Our Lord, Holy Pascha