March 18 - A message from Father John: Lenten message:
Good Morning beloved parishioners and friends: I realized I am alive as I woke up to see the sun, while life is wonderful...thank you Lord. O Lord grant that we who meditate upon the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ Your Son, may imitate in our own lives the love with which He gave Himself to You and to All of Us, His brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Thanks again Lord for another day with our family and friends. Amen. Love Fr. John.Beloved pray today for the H-team....as they once again will make over 1000 halupki. Over 50 lbs of groundmeat mixed with secret ingredient, and than over 1000 meat balls made, and 200 lbs of cabbage heads boiled... and in each leaf a meatball and then rolled lovingly, and then placed in the roasters, cooked for hours, and then packed in dozens... sounds like fun....try it someday....thanks to our H-team.......
A note from Fr. Dn. Jim:Good Morning to all Parishioners and Friends, Glory Be To Jesus Christ! Just a reminder that the beautiful Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts is to be celebrated each Wednesday and Friday and on the first three days of Holy Week at 6:30 pm. The Church Fathers knew that Holy Communion with Christ through the Eucharist was the only real basis for a spiritual Christian Life, so they began to celebrate the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts during Lent. In Modern practice, this Liturgy is celebrated only on Wednesdays and Fridays and the first three days of Holy Week. The exclusive Lenten use of this Liturgy, which dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries, has made it into a beautiful and moving expression of Orthodox Lenten spirituality. Please also be reminded that following the Liturgy on each Wednesday evening a Lenten covered dish meal will be served in the Church basement. For the first Wednesday on February 25, myself and Kathy will provide a salad, a meatless pasta dish and drinks. If others can bring other foods such as a soup and other meatless dishes it would be appreciated. During or after the meal we will be having round table discussions concerning issues affecting the Church today. Educational videos (Exploring The Feasts Of The Church) in the "Know Your Faith" series will also be shown as time permits. All are welcome to the Lenten Meal. Bringing food is not necessary! There is always plenty of food for all. In addition, all ages are welcome, please bring children to both the Liturgy and Lenten meal. In Christ, Deacon Jim.
Grant, O Lord that all parishioners (family) of yours may celebrate with Faith The Mystery of Your Son's suffering and death, and so feel the joy of Your forgiveness, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.