06 August 2017 Transfiguation of Our Lord

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Sunday, August 6 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s


Monday, August 7 – Domitius, Venerable Martyr

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, August 8 -  Emilian, Bishop / Confessor

8:30 AM          Deceased members of the C.R.


Wednesday, August 9 – Matthias, Apostle


Thursday, August 10 – Lawrence, Archdeacon / Martyr


Friday, August 11 – Euplus, Martyr               

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Saturday, August 12 – Photius and Anicetus, Martyrs

8:30 AM          +Mike & +Jerry Sumandra by Paul Sumandra


Sunday, August 13 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost                

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor – Mike Mina

Reader – Matthew Wiggins

Coffee Social – Helen Stroka & John Michnya




Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, Julie Carlin, Christine Di Nubila, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Aurora Garcia,  Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Marilyn Hawse, Michael Hefferon, Rev. Gregory Helminski, C.R., Rob Hooper, Frank Horey, Rev. Ed Jaskula, C.R., Chris Johnson,  Patricia Kurczak, Bishop Robert Kurtz, C.R., Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Marg Mauro, Juan Gabriel Martinez, Diane McDonald, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike,  Shannon O’Neill, Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Suzanne Reinhart, Nicholas Rodriguez, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Vidal Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger, Henry Zugger, all those who serve in the Armed Forces.




Collection: $1,216.00; Candles: $39.50; Coffee Social: $20.00; Church Improvements: $70.00; Holy Day: $20.00

TOTAL: $1,415.50  ATTENDANCE: 40




August: Theosis inserts will not be found in the weekly bulletin during this month as the publisher, Eastern Christian Bulletin Service, has decided not to print them.

August 14th:  Vigil of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (day of obligation for all Byzantine Catholics), Vespers and the Divine Liturgy at 7:30 PM, followed by the blessings of flowers.

August 15th:  Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM.

August 18th – 20th: 18th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Olympia, Washington.  The shrine is located on the grounds of St. George’s Byzantine Catholic Church.  For details and amenities offered, brochures are available in the small hall.  This would be an ideal destination for your summer holiday.

August 20th: Last day for registration for the 2017 – 2018 ECF classes, see Fr. Mel for registration and calendar of classes.

September 2nd & 3rd: 83rd Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount Saint Macrina, Uniontown, PA.  This year’s theme is: “Mary: Life-Giving Spring.”  Brochures with the full weekend schedule may be found in the small hall.




All of us are familiar with the word “struggle.”  To struggle is to fight someone or something.  A struggle takes place between two opposing forces. Two boxers struggle in a ring to decide who is more powerful.  Two nations struggle over land to decide who will govern it.


What is it, however, that struggles with faith?  Doubt is the opposing force of faith.  And doubt is caused by fear.  The struggle between faith and doubt is good because it challenges us to grow [spiritually].  Out trust in the power and faithfulness of God is stretched by anxious doubt and fear that God will not protect and care for the person who has made a commitment to God.  This not an intellectual assent to faith, but a daily living of faith that constantly struggles with doubt.


Of course, there is no struggle for the person who put God in a box.  Such a person has created God in his or her image and likeness.  There cannot be any struggle because faith is protected and God is limited.  And, there cannot be any growth either.


In Matthew 14: 22-33, Peter is presented as the one who struggles with doubt and fear.  Peter, the solid rock, hero, apostle, leader of the early Church, is also the greatest doubter.  Jesus, also, struggled with doubt and faith.  Both Matthew and Mark, in their gospels, tell us that Jesus’ last words were: ”My God, my God why have You abandoned me?”  These are the words of struggle.  Just as Peter and Jesus learned and grew through the struggle, so, too, do we.  As we struggle with faith and doubt, we discover new life, which enables us to trust again…if only for a little while.


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