SUN JUNE 19 1st Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints. Tone 8
- 1ша Неділя після П’ятидесятниці. Всіх Святих.
- Liturgy. Святa Літургія @ 9:00 AM
- Apostle Heb. 11:33-12:2
- Gospel Mt. 10:32-33,37-38,19:27-30
- 40th-day Panakhyda for Julia Stepanchak and Joanne Mitchell.
- Panakhyda for Serhij Szwez, requested by Meroslava Szwez and the family.
SAT JUNE 25 INDEPENDENCE DAY EXTRAVAGANZA Fundraiser @10 AM – 5 PM
- ДЕНЬ НЕЗАЛЕЖНОСТІ фестиваль і акція @ 10ї – 5ї вечора
- (weather permitting, otherwise Moleben 5 PM)
SUN JUNE 26 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints of Ukraine. Tone 1
- 2га Нед. після П’ятидесятниці. Всіх Святих України.
- Liturgy. Святa Літургія @ 9:00 AM
- Apostle Rom. 2:10-26
- Gospel 4:18-23
- Panakhyda for our parish Benefactors. (All remain in the church and pray, please!)
СЛАВА ІСУСУ ХРИСТУ! СЛАВА НА ВІКИ! GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY NOW AND EVER!
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING: The regular monthly meeting will be held next Sunday, June 26 during “Coffee and…” in the parish hall. Council members are requested to make every effort to attend this meeting.
A SPECIAL Council meeting will be held today after services. We need to make the decision on the expenditure to renovate the bathroom on the 3rd floor of the rectory house. Council members attend, please!
INDEPENDENCE DAY extravaganza and rummage sale are being planned for Saturday, June 25 (July 9, if it rains) 10 AM – 5 PM. Many fun activities for children are planned. Half of the proceeds will go to support Ukraine’s war efforts. Please, begin bringing newer items in good condition that can be sold on that day. Small kitchen appliances, dish sets, home décor, fishing, and sporting gear, and children’s toys/games are good sellers. No clothes or shoes. Items need to be brought to the hall by Thursday, June 23. WE NEED BAKED SWEETS AND PASTRIES for our dessert table! Volunteers are needed to sort, organize and conduct this event! Monetary donations to defray the cost of the event are also welcomed! Thank you!
AID for Ukraine: Please continue to donate! There are links on our Facebook page to purchase items from Amazon and donate. Many thanks go to our Jewish friends from Adath Israel from Newtown, CT for their generous donation of $1100 for Maidan United.
2022-23 CALENDAR: Will those groups and individuals who have dates for the 2022-23 church calendar please get them to Nataliya Kyrychenko (the secretary of our parish council) by the end of June.
“COFFEE and…” Thank you to Hryhorii Protsanyn and his family for hosting “Coffee and…” last Sunday. The hostess for today is Luba Typetzka, and for next Sunday Liza Garbovska. Donations are always welcomed!
ANGELS CLUB: Congratulations to the winners of the June drawing. They are: Joan Sheffield, $25.00; Lucian Josefiak, $15.00 and Yuliya Babak, $10.00.
CEMETERY: Sidewalk, retaining wall repair – Soon we will have our sidewalk and part of the retaining wall on entering the cemetery repaired. No date yet. We have permission from our neighbor cemetery Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic to use their driveway. They ask that we drive to the back and walk over the field area to get to our cemetery. Our new landscaper Grounds Guys of Newington started on June 8th and will continue every other week until December 1st. Grass grows very quickly. Please be understanding. Overgrown vegetation will be trimmed. Bill Backes and Mike Platosz will be trimming foot stones. This will be an ongoing ambitious project. They will do it when they can, a little at a time. If anyone would like to volunteer, we would be greatly appreciative. The area can be very wet causing foot stones to sink and headstones to tilt. Work on the latter will start again. Sadly, dead animals have been dumped on our property, usually in black plastic bags or cardboard boxes. If you see anything suspicious, call the police. We have a case file with the department. Our address is 269 Osgood Ave. Give the location of the object on the premises. Any concerns, or questions, call head caretaker John Bouchard at 860-223-7802.
CAN ORTHODOX Christians celebrate a “Pride” month? In short, NO… According to Orthodox teaching “pride” is the source of all sins. Pride is selfish, disobedient, and self-righteous. No wonder the first person to exercise pride was the devil, who, being the closest angel to God, rebelled against his Creator. So, the questions we should ask ourselves are: What are we really celebrating? Should we, Christians, teach our children that pride is good and needs to be celebrated every year in June? Is pride not sin anymore? Is sexual immorality ok now??? As Orthodox Christians, we should counter the celebrated vice of pride with the often-scorned virtues of humility and true love… If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will try to do what is best for them. Can there be anything better than Heaven and eternal life with our loving Creator? Of course, not! So, we should humbly remind ourselves and those, who are involved in certain lifestyles that: “… neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor those habitually drunk, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6, 9-10). It is out of Christian charity that we should pray during this month of “pride”, that all God’s children may “be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth” (1 Tim. 2, 4). It’s out of our Christian duty that we need to remember the words of St. Paul: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret… Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as the wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Eph. 5, 11-17)