February 14, 2021 bulletin
Sat. 13: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus
All Holy Ascetical Fathers and Mothers
For the Parishioners
Sun. 14: 9:00 am @ Infant Jesus
Sunday of Cheesefare
+Rose Valko from Paul and Mary Kasper
Mon. 15: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus
First Day of the Great fast
Special Service for First Day of Lent
Tues. 16: NO LITURGY
Wed. 17: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus
+Helen Yurko from Carol Dietz
Thurs. 18: 8:30 am @ Infant Jesus
Fri. 19: 4:00 pm @ St. Nicholas
+Mary & + Nicholas Terlecky
From Myron Terlecky
Sat. 20: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus
Commemoration of the
Miracle of the Great Martyr Theodore
For the Parishioners
Sun. 21: 9:00 am @ Infant Jesus
1st Sunday of the Great Fast
+Janice Salcedo from Mike Kotyuha
Week of 2/7/2021
$ 1760.00 Offertory
$ 67.00 Candles
$ 145.00 Holy Day
$ 280.00 Maintenance Fund
$ 65.00 Easter Flowers
$ 2317.00 TOTAL
Attendance from last week’s Liturgies:
Announcements and information
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR PARISHIONERS:
Ken & Bernie Litwin, Richard Kuty, Pearl Tablack, Patricia Flaherty & Bob Jonda all at home. Mary Rotunno at Assumption, Louise Macabobby at Hampton Woods, and the rest of our parishioners who are in nursing homes. May God grant to all the sick of our parish many blessed, happy and healthier years.
If any parishioner or family member is ill & would like to be on the pray list, or receive get-well wishes, call Karen or Kathy Kollar @330-272-1857.
END OF YEAR STATEMENTS:
The end of year financial statements for each family are available on the glass table in the vestibule.
Monday begins the season of the Great Fast.
Monday & Great Friday are STRICT fast-no meat or dairy products. Also, on Wednesday & Fridays during the Great fast, abstinence from meat.
Pre-Sanctified Liturgies will be on Wednesday @ 6:00 pm at Infant Jesus and on Friday @ 4:00 pm at St. Nicholas.
Holy water is available for all parishioners in the vestibule please bring you own containers.
Congratulations to our parishioners Rachel & Kyle Sheehan on the birth of their second son Declan Anthony, born on February 3rd. May God bless their beautiful family with health & happiness.
ALL SOULS SATURDAY:
Second All Souls Saturday will be February 27th, please get your Hramoty into Fr. Michael.
GCU JUNIOR BOWLING:
The Youngstown Area GCU Junior Bowling Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2021 for all boys & girls ages 5-18 who attend a Byzantine Church. It will be held at Camelot Lanes, 628 Boardman-Canfield Road Boardman, OH. Sign in is at 12:30 pm and bowling starts at 1:00pm sharp. There is no-cost bowling, plus food, prizes, and fun! Social distancing and state guidelines will be followed. Please mail in or call (330) 755-6243. Deadline for entries is Saturday March 15th.
The Sanctuary candles will be lit for the entire week for your intentions. The left Sanctuary candle is for the health & well-being of Monica Matteo and the right Sanctuary candle is for the health & well-being of Pam Kerola both from Greg & Paula Slemons.
Why no ashes for us Byzantines? I’m not discussing this is in an elitist way or in a way that is critical of our Christian brethren who have the practice of spreading ashes on their heads to mark the beginning of Great Lent. The tradition of the ashes has to do with sorrow over sins, and marking ourselves as sinners. The tradition of Clean Sunday is that while we acknowledge our sinfulness, the theme of the day is the need for spiritual cleanliness.
Many people associate Great Lent strictly with fasting, in other words with deprivation of food. While fasting is part of Great Lent, Great Lent is not only about deprivation. It is about discipline and spiritual growth. The discipline to stay away from certain kinds of food will train our minds to also stay away from certain kinds of behaviors. If we tame the thing we want the most often, food, we can tame other things that we want—greed, power, ego, lust, control, anger, etc.
Lent is a time to look at our relationship with God. Does our life reflect loyalty and closeness to God our Father, or have we squandered our faith and His gifts to us in profligate living, becoming like the Prodigal Son. Lent is also a time to look at our relationship with one another. Do we love our neighbor as ourselves? Are we concerned with his welfare—with feed, clothing, visiting and helping him?
The Lenten services provide both instruction and inspiration. The Great Compline emphasizes stillness. This service is quiet and sedate. Most of the service is the reading of Psalms of repentance. The Pre-Sanctified Liturgy provides us the opportunity to receive Christ through Holy Communion in the middle of the week, as a way to strengthen and support us in our time of fasting. And of course, each Sunday provides us with the opportunity to hear the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Even more important than giving up food, we should each give up some time each week to attend additional worship services.