01 December 2019 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 01 - 25th Sunday after Pentecost

9:30 AM        Parishioners of St. Mary’s

 
Monday, December 02 - Habakkuk, Prophet

8:30 AM Morning Prayer

 
Tuesday, December 03 - Zephaniah, Prophet

8:30 AM Morning Prayer

 

Wednesday, December 04 – Barbara, Great Martyr / John Damascene

 

Thursday, December 05 – Sabbas, Venerable

 
Friday, December 06 – Nicholas of Myra, Archbishop

7:30 PM Divine Liturgy         Alanna by Fr. Michael

 
Saturday, December 07 – Ambrose, Archbishop

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy        +John Bozak by Gomori Family

 
Sunday, December 08 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost / Maternity of the Holy Anna

10:00 AM 
Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader : Mike Mena

12:00 PM St. Nicholas Day Potluck

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender, Ken Bosak, Julie Carlin, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla, Lupita & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Larry Goodwin, Holly Garlow, Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Jeanne Hart, Michael Hefferon, Rob Hooper, Chris Johnson, Ken Kokason, 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, Tanya Petach, Casandra Porch, Diane Romano, Paul Saucedo, Kathleen Savko, Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Karole Woods, Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger and all those who serve in the Armed Forces.

WEEKLY DEPOSIT- Nov. 24th

Collection: $1828.00; Candles: $132.75; Coffee Social: $30.00
TOTAL: $1990.75 / ATTENDANCE – 54

 

UPCOMING

  • December 6th: Feast of St. Nicholas (Divine Liturgy on Dec. 6th at 7:30pm)
  • December 8th: Feast of the Maternity of Anna & parish St. Nicholas Banquet. (Divine Liturgy 10:00am)

 

St. Nicholas (Dec. 6th) Patron of Our Byzantine Church

The Divine Liturgy for St. Nicholas will be on Dec. 6th at 7:30pm
One of the most popular and venerated Saints among the Ruthenian people is St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Asia Minor, who died in the middle of the fourth century. His name is equally honored among the Christians of the East, where he lived and died, and of the West, where his precious and venerable relics are preserved.

According to tradition, St. Nicholas of Myra was born about 270 A.D. in Patara, a small town in the province of Lycia (presently in Turkey), the only son of a rich family. Attracted to the religious life, he spurned his inherited wealth and used it for charitable work, for which he became famous from his youth. St. Nicholas lived in the period of religious persecution under Diocletian (284-305), during which he suffered imprisonment because of his Christian faith. Consequently, he was venerated as a Confessor of the Faith by the local people. At the time of Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337), he, by Divine intervention, was elected Archbishop of Myra, the capital city of Lycia.

As a Spiritual Shepherd, St. Nicholas distinguished himself for his pastoral zeal and uncommon goodness of heart. He also worked miracles that made people consider him a Saint even before his death. He strongly defended the Faith at the Nicean Council (325) and protected his flock from paganism and the Arian heresy. He assisted the poor, protected the innocent, and comforted the suffering and the sick. Several times during his episcopacy St. Nicholas saved his people from imminent starvation. He died on December 6, 345 or 352, and is commemorated in the liturgical calendar on the anniversary of his holy death.

There are many miracles ascribed to St. Nicholas. Here is one of his principal miracles: St. Nicholas, warned by God, secretly provided a dowry to three poor girls, destined by their own father to a public-house of sin to provide him with a steady income. Not to expose the father’s sinful design, the Saint secretly, during the night, left a bag of gold pieces for each girl as a dowry for them and to enable each of them to lead an honest life.
Read this whole article and many more about our faith at: https://www.archpitt.org/category/byzantine-catholic-faith/page/6/

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