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10 SEPTEMBER 2017 Sunday Before the Exaltation of The Holy Cross

Thursday, September 14th, 2017



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

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

11:00 AM          ECF Classes


Monday, September 11 – Theodora, Venerable

8:30 AM          FDNY who died in the terrorist attack on 9/11/01


Tuesday, September 12 – Autonomous, Bishop-Martyr


Wednesday, September 13, – Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

7:30 PM          NYPD & NYPA on died on the 9/11/01 attack


Thursday, September 14 – Exaltation of The Holy Cross      

8:30 AM          Morning Prayer


Friday, September 15 – Nicetas, Great-Martyr


Saturday, September 16 – Saturday after the Exaltation of The Holy Cross

8:30 AM          All who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01


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

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Christine Petach; Reader: Steve Petach; Coffee Social: Alicia Fletes & Alma Gutierrez



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: $1,826.50; Candles: $48.75;  Coffee Social: $60.00; Holy Day: $100.00; Church Improvement: $365.00; Clergy Conference Refund: $910.72

TOTAL: $3,310.97 / ATTENDANCE: 64



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.



Vocations are the result of the Christian Community actively engage in prayer that “the master of the harvest will send out laborers for his harvest.”  Placing faith and hope in this command of the Lord, all Byzantine Catholic Churches in America will begin a Pilgrim Vocation Icon Program on Sunday, September 24th.  Each week the icon will be given to a household in the parish.  The family or individual accepting the icon for a week agrees to pray during that time for vocations to the Presbyterate, Diaconate and religious life.  Everyone in the parish is invited to have this ion in their home for a week of special prayer for vocations.  Please sign up on the sheet that is found on the table at the entrance to the church.



The Church fathers use the expression that God lowered the heavens so that He could reach to the earth.  “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in him my not die but may have eternal life (John 3: 16).”  God reached down from the heavens.  God sent his Son.  God made the connection.


One of the most beautiful sights is always to watch an infant.  When an infant sees his parent he just reaches out, opens his arms – he is helpless – but he knows that his parent will lift him up.  That’s how we must be before God!


That’s why in the Divine Liturgy, we are called to raise our minds and our hearts and our hands and reach out to God in openness and trust, with open minds and open hearts to praise God and bless God.  “Let us lift up our hearts!”  It is the invitation for all of us to remember and be aware that God is the one who acts in our lives, that He is giving us his Son, Jesus, to raise us up, to save us.  That’s what we live and celebrate in our faith and in our worship.


“Don’t envy sinners, but always respect the Lord. Then you will have hope for the future.”

Proverbs 23: 17 – 18