Sunday, September 17 – Sunday after the Exaltation of The Holy Cross

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s


Monday, September 18 – Eumenius, Bishop         

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, September 19 – Trophimus and Other Martyrs              

11:00 AM          Intention of Fr. John Kovach


Wednesday, September 20 – Eustace and Other Martyrs


Thursday, September 21 – Codratus, Apostle


Friday, September 22 – Phocas, Bishop-Martyr                         

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Saturday, September 23 – Conception of John the Baptist                      

8:30 AM          Helen Stroka – 100th Birthday


Sunday, September 24 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost          

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Mike Mina; Reader: Ken Bosak; Coffee Social: Nancy & Mark Sumandra

11:00 AM          ECF Classes



Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John, 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: $1,869.00; Candles: $42.51;  Coffee Social: $30.00; Holy Day: $145.00; Property Rental: $205.00

TOTAL: $2,291.51  /  ATTENDANCE: 70


  •  October 1st:  The annual collection for the Priests’ Insurance Fund will be taken on this day.  Next Sunday, September 17th, a letter from Bishop John and a special collection envelope will be distributed along with the bulletin.  Please contribute to this worthy collection to the best of your financial ability.



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.



“The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that he send laborers into his harvest (Matthew 9: 37-38).”  We all have a responsibility to foster future leaders of the Church, priests, sisters, deacon and laity alike, dedicated to serve God’s people.  One way we can all be involved in vocation ministry is through prayer.  Next Sunday, September 24th, begins a special effort of Prayer for Vocations for all Byzantine Catholic Churches in the United States. This effort will begin with a special program of prayer on that day for the Pilgrim Vocation Icon.  Everyone in the parish is invited to have this icon in their homes for a week of special prayer for vocations.  Please sign up on the sheet that is posted in the foyer of the church.



In the course of history no symbol has expressed the mentality of Christians more faithfully than the Cross.  The Cross is the concrete expression of the Christian mystery – glory through humiliation, life through death.  It is the symbol of a life that is not afraid to look to the height, breadth and depth of things because its arms are remained out-stretched in every direction.


Because the pagan world, in the time of the early Church, could not understand the mystery of the “foolishness” of the Cross, early Christians hesitated to use the sign openly.  Christians of the early Church did sign themselves with the Cross, but using a small gesture on the forehead.  By the 6th Century in the East, likely due to heresies that denied the two natures of Christ, two fingers began to be used to trace the Sign of the Cross, now not only on the forehead but more boldly with a larger sign on the body.  Succeeding centuries saw further modifications emanate from Eastern tradition as a desire to more explicitly profess the Trinity increased.  Thus developed the current Byzantine use of joining the first fingers for the Trinity and to fold in the palm of the hand the last two fingers for the two natures of Christ.  As Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, so do we cross ourselves with our right hand and by going to the right shoulder before the left after forehead and chest.

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