09 September 2018 – Sunday Before the Exaltation of The Holy Cross

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Sunday, September 9 -Sunday before Exaltation of the Holy Cross

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

11:00 AM          ECF Classes


Monday, September 10 – Menodora and Others, Martyrs


Tuesday, September 11 - Theodora, Venerable

8:30 AM          FDNY who died on 09/11/01


Wednesday, September 12 – Autonomous, Bishop-Martyr


Thursday, September 13 – Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross / Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection

7:30 PM          NYPD & NYPA who died on 09/11/01


Friday, September 14 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross             

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer


Saturday, September 15 – Saturday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross / Nicetas, Great-Martyr

8:30 AM          Christine Petach


Sunday, September 16 – Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Mike Mina, Coffee Social: Alicia Fletes & Alma Gutierrez



Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, Julie Carlin, Andrea Castaña,  Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores,  Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Michael Hefferon,  Rob Hooper,  Rev. Ed Jaskula, C.R., Chris Johnson, Patricia Kurczak,  Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Toni Martin, Marg Mauro, Juan Gabriel Martinez, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike,  Shannon O’Neill, Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Tanya Petach,  Fred Reinhart, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Edith Waddell, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger, Henry Zugger, all those who serve in the Armed Forces.



Collection: $1,125.00; Candles: $44.13; Coffee Social: $10.00; Holy Day: $200.00; Church Improvement: $395.00; Property Rent: $205.00

TOTAL: $1,979.13 / ATTENDANCE – 41


  • September 9th: Beginning of Eastern Christian Formation classes for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Registration forms are available from Fr. Mel.
  • September 14th: The Vigil for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Vespers and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 13th.  On Friday, September 14th, Morning Prayer will be at 8:30 AM



Our Annual Family Day this year will be on Sunday, September 30th.  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 23rdOnce again Family Day will be a joint venture of the Proto-Cathedral of St. Mary and the Presentation of Mary Romanian Catholic Mission.



“The proof of God’s love for us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5: 8).’  St. Paul also gives us the highest reason for hope when he wrote: ‘If, when we were alienated from God, we were reconciled to him by the death of his Son, how much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life! (Romans 5: 10).’  It is this, above all, that made Paul so proud, so happy, so full of joy and exaltation that he wrote to the Galatians: ‘God forbid that I should glory in anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 6: 14).’

The John the Evangelist words telling us that the Holy Spirit had not yet come because Jesus was not yet glorified, calling the cross glory.  And when John wanted to show God’s love, he pointed to the cross, say: ‘God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that all who believe in him might not perish but have eternal life (John 3: 16).’

Paul also writes: ‘Since He did not spare his only Son, but gave him up for us all, how can He fail to lavish every other gift upon us (Romans 8: 32).’  And in his exhortation to humility, Paul uses the example of Jesus, saying: ‘You should have the same dispositions s you find in Christ Jesus.  Although his nature was divine, He did not cling to his equality with God, but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave.  Bearing the human likeness, sharing the human lot, He humbled himself and was obedient even to point of dying; dying on a cross (Philippians 2: 5-8)!’”

-St. John Chrysostom


Definition of a Christian: 

A Christian is a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.  Does this define us?

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