03 SEPTEMBER 2017 Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 3 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

 

Monday, September 4 – Babylas, Bishop-Martyr

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour

 

Tuesday, September 5 – Zachary, Prophet / Elizabeth

 

Wednesday, September 6 – Miracle of the Archangel Michael

 

Thursday, September 7 – Sozon, Martyr   /   Vigil of the Nativity of the Theotokos

  7:30 PM          Rybarczyk family

 

Friday, September 8 – Birth of the Theotokos             

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer

 

Saturday, September 9- Synaxis of Joachim and Anna

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

 

Sunday, September 10 – Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Mike Mina, Coffee Social: O’Neill Family

11:00 AM          ECF Classes

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, Michael Brait, 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.

 

WEEKLY DEPOSIT

Collection: $1,222.25; Candles: $33.00;  Coffee Social: $40.00; Holy Day: $30.00; Church Improvement: $55.00

TOTAL: $1,380.25 / ATTENDANCE: 49

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • September 13th: Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Vespers and Divine Liturgy at 7:30 PM
  •  Thursday, September 14th:  Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM
  • October 1st: ANNUAL FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION AND THE PARISH OBSERVANCE OF HELEN STROKA’S 100TH BIRTHDAY!

 

ANNUAL FAMILY DAY

Our Annual Family Day this year, Sunday October 1st, will be enhanced by the parochial observance of Helen Stroka’s 100TH BIRTHDAY.  The festivities begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM; followed by a pot-luck luncheon in the large hall.  Sign-up sheets may be found in the small hall.  The deadline for signing-up is Sunday, September 24th.  Once again Family Day will be a joint venture of the Proto-Cathedral of St. Mary and the Presentation of Mary Romanian Catholic Mission.

 

WHAT’S EXPECTED OF US?

What fruit or harvest does the Lord expect from us?  As workers in the vineyard of the Lord and the children of God, we are expected to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  These fruits, or virtues, are: wisdom, justice, patience, moderation, faith, hope and love.  These are the fruits we are to bring forth to the altar in the vineyard of Christ.  Of all these attributes, love will be the most important of the harvest.  “By this [love] all will know that you are my disciples.  If you have love for one another (John 13: 35).”

 

An illustration may assist our understanding of the harvest that is expected of us.  A church had two beautiful stained glass windows that were exactly the same, except on opposite sides of the church.  The sun only shone through one of them producing a wonderful effect while the other one seemed dark and unremarkable because the rays of the sun were not reaching it.  The light of the sun made the difference by producing the beautiful effect that was expected of a stained glass-window.

Does the light of Christ shine through our lives?  Do our lives as Christians produce the expected beautiful effect?  Or does the light of Christ shine through some of us while others are dark and unremarkable?  Jesus said: “Let your light shine before men…(Matthew 5: 16).”  People should be able to tell that we are the stewards of his holy vineyard, that we bear fruit and present the harvest in due time to God, and that the virtues of wisdom, justice, patience, moderation, faith, hope and love allows the Holy Spirit to shine through us.  This is the harvest that our Master is expecting from us, the workers of his Holy Church!

 

“All of the Lord’s ways are loving and true for those who follow the demands of his agreement.”

Psalm 25: 10

 

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