Ss. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church
Rev. Roman Petryshak, Pastor
706 N. Warren Street
Berwick, PA 18603

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Sunday, November 25
th, 2018 - 27th Sunday after Pentecost

READINGS:    Epistle - Eph. 6:10-17  *   Gospel - Luke 13:10-17

CONFESSIONS:   Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.   *   Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.

Saturday, November 24th,  2018 - 27th Sunday after Pentecost  -  5:30 pm - +Barbara Nafranovich - Ruth Larcom

Sunday, November 25th,  2018 -  27th Sunday after Pentecost - 10:30 am - Health and Blessings for Matthew David - Beverly and Richard David

Monday, November 26th, 2018  - 8:30 am - Good Health and God's Blessings for Daniel Nicollella - Pat and Gina McLaughlin

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018  - 8:30 am - Good Health and God's Blessings for Gale Ferraro on the occassion of her birthday - Veronica Milo

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018  - 8:30 am - +Mary Bauer - The Tapsak Family

Thursday, November 29th, 2018  - 8:30 am - +Mary Lopashanski - Barry Lopashanski

Friday, November 30th, 2018 -  8:30 am - +Nicholas Lopashanski - Barry Lopashanski

Saturday, December 1st,  2018 - 28th Sunday after Pentecost  -  5:30 pm - +John Jurbala - Bill and Barbara Nagy

Sunday, December 2nd,  2018 -  28th Sunday after Pentecost - 10:30 am - God's Blessings and Good Health on all Parishioners; Children's Divine Liturgy and Social

Pastor's Welcome

Come into this Church.
Bring all you are, no need to check your failures at the door.
There are no perfect people here.
You are invited:come.
Come in seeking; come in wondering; come in hurting.
Come into this house of worship, companionship, and compassion.
Come in. You are welcome here.
Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church opens its door to you
and in the name of Christ, our Lord, bids you welcome.

Vibrant Parish Prayer

    O Lord Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, as you once gathered lost sheep that they might hear Your voice and be your flock, so also today graciously look down from heaven upon our parish community, and send down on it your Holy Spirit, that it might be a place to receive the joy of Your Good News. Strengthen us with your presence, and always gather us together in prayer. Grant us the spirit of serving others, so that in our parish all might encounter You, the merciful God. Bless our spiritual leaders with Your wisdom, and inspire us to generously give of our time, talents and treasure for the building up of Your Kingdom. Unite us in peace and harmony, as befits Your community of love. Instill in us a missionary spirit, and let our parish community shine with the light of the Gospel, with prayer and good works, inviting all to share in the divine life, so that Your Name, O Savior, may be praised, together with Your eternal Father, and your most-holy, good and life-giving Spirit. Amen.

A Prayerful Atmosphere

    There are people who come to church early to pray and meditate before the Divine Services begin. There are also those who choose to stay afterwards to do the same. Please refrain from unnecessary talking, both before and after the Divine Services, so that an appropriate atmosphere of prayer in God's Holy House may be maintained.

Contributions for the Week of Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Sunday/Holy Days: $1,619.00
Candles: $93.0
Heat/AC: $20.00
Flowers: $30.00
Andrew's Pence: $10.00
Cemetery: $100.00

Upcoming Events

December 2nd - Children's Divine Liturgy and St. Nicholas Celebration (more information to follow)
December 6th - Sacred Heart Meeting, 6:00 pm
December 7th - Pyrohy Sale - **Please note the change in date!**
December 12th - Christmas Caroling for sick and shut-ins (more info to come)

Sick List    

    Please remember in your prayers those who are sick or infirm in our parish: Ceola Coleman, Helen Mackes, Petro Panczyszyn, Mae Sylvia, Joan Serafin, Sophie Maliesky, Catherine Kalanick, Gloria Schechterly, Ann Zinich, Lottie Fedorco, Dorothy Koscelnick, Mary Ezzyk, Katie Eckhart, Peter Horvat, and Albert Everett.  In the event of an emergency you may contact Fr. Roman at 570-855-5141.

Divine Liturgy Intentions

Divine Liturgy intentions are available for not only the deceased, but for other intentions such as Good Health on birthdays, anniversaries, for the ill or hospitalized or any special intention you may have.  Please see Fr. Roman after Divine Liturgy to schedule your intentions.

Altar Flower Sign-Up Sheet

Parishioners are reminded of the sign-up sheet for weekly altar flowers on the bulletin board in the vestibule.  Our Parish has the custom of remembering deceased loved ones, anniversaries, etc. by sponsoring flowers to decorate our church.  If you desire a particular week, please sign your name and dedication as soon as possible before it is taken.

Preparation For Holy Confession

    Holy Confession is appropriate whenever an Eastern Catholic Christian feels the need for it.  It is also part of our total spiritual preparation during the fast periods leading up to the great feasts of Easter, Christmas, Dormition of the Theotokos, and the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul.  However, Holy Confession is especially necessary:
1. When a serious sin has been  committed;
2. When a habitual sin has overwhelmed a Christian, or
3. When a Christian has stopped growing spiritually and needs a reexamination of priorities.
    How can one prepare for Holy Confession?  Preparation for Holy Confession is a prayerful examination of feelings, throughts, words, acts, attitudes, habits, values, priorities, goals, direction, and way of life.  This prayerful self-examination includes not only personal religious life, but also family relationships, social activities, job conduct, business dealings, political commitments and even recreational pursuits.  Our entire existence should be lived under the light of the Holy Spirit in order to affirm our true selves in Christ who has given us access to God's mercy and forgiveness and who has taught us to live for God's glory.
Prayers and Cards Requested

ox Tops for Education for Holy Family

   Please help Holy Family by clipping box tops for Education from a variety of commonly used household products.  Please place box tops in the envelope on the bulletin board in the back of the Church.
e Proper Reception of Holy Communion

   The proper way to receive Holy Communion in a Ukrainian Catholic Church is as follows: approach the priest closely so that he does not have to reach too far, tilt your head back slightly, open your mouth wide (just like at the dentist) and do not extend your tongue. The priest should be able to drop the precious Body and Blood into your mouth from a golden spoon without touching any part of your mouth.  Hands are recommended to be crossed over your breast and a sign of the cross should be made immediately before the reception of Holy Communio   Altar FlowersAlAlAlhen Ill or Hospitalized
Rules of Fasting and Abstinence

    Days of Abstinence

Recently, several people have asked about the fasting and abstinence rules of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Each Sui Iures Church within the communion of the Universal Catholic Church is responsible to set it's own fasting and abstinence rules. Therefore, the rules of the Roman Catholic Church, for instance, will vary from the rules of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Briefly, for members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, all Fridays of the year are days of abstinence from meat except those Fridays called "Free Fridays" when abstinence is not prescribed. These usually follow major Holy Days such as Easter and Christmas and are recognized by the absence of a fish on our Parish calendars that we distribute each year. Other days of abstinence include Christmas Eve, the eve of Theophany, Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th and Holy Saturday. Days of fast from meat and dairy products include the first day of Lent and Good Friday.

Boyer's Caring and Sharing
Boyers Caring and Sharing

    Please remember to continue to use your Caring and Sharing key chain card upon checkout whenever shopping at Boyers IGA. This program gives 1% of all purchases back to our church twice a year.
Collection for Humanitarian Aid for Ukrain
Posture in Church
. Maximus the Confessor, 580-662 A.D
Peace of Soul - St. Seraphim of Sarov
Keep in Your Prayer