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SUNDAY,  December 14, 2014
Sunday of the Forefathers
Tone 2; Matins Gospel 5
Apostolic reading: Col.. 3:4-11; Lk. 14:16-24

Schedule of this week's events:

Sat 12/13 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Vespers
+Kayleen Brazina by the family (24-2)
Sun. 12/14 9 a.m.
10 a.m

11:15 a.m.
Matins
Intention of parishioners
Holy Name Communion
Christmas decorating of the church
Mon. 12/15 9:30 a.m. Panachida for Christy Flowers at Gluvna Funeral Chapel
Wed. 12/17 7 p.m. Communal penance service
Fri. 12/19 8:30 a.m. +John and Julia Jula, Sr. by Kate and Mike Druga (25-18)
Sat. 12/20 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Vespers
Intention of parishioners
Sun. 12/21 9 a.m.
10 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
pre-Baptismal for Amilia Grace Novisielski
+Steve and Michael Kolcun by Mary Kolcun and Ann Jewell (23-23)
High school ECF
 

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 Click here to read the notes from the Nov. 24  Pastoral Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 26 2015.

Parish
Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection: offertory: $2,146; holy day: $214; candles: $6; religious articles: $20, Horizons: $11; building fund: $422; poor:$25.
COLLECTION INCOME: $2,782.
EXPENSES: $943.85.

Breakdown of expenses for Dec. 8-12: utilities: $486.64; maintenance: $18.97; office: $370.40.

Boldog nyugalmat: In your prayers remember the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Sarady, who died on
Dec. 4 and was buried Dec. 8. Eternal memory and blessed repose grant to her O Lord.

Thank you to Barb Crawford for making the altar bread for December.

Rosary: The Rosary Society will be praying the rosary in December after the Divine Liturgy in honor of the Maternity of Holy Anna. All are welcome to stay and pray with us. If anyone wish us to pray for a special intention, please let us know.

Parishioner birthdays this week: Parishioner birthdays this week: Joseph Skrepich (13).

Anniversaries in December: Roger and Rebecca Camp (29).

Annual St. Nicholas celebration: Our parish feast day celebration will be Sunday, Dec. 7, after the Divine Liturgy. Tickets are available for purchase starting this weekend. German’s Villa will be the caterer. The cost is $20 for those 13 years and older; $6 for those six to 12 years old. No charge for those five years old and younger. Deadline is Nov. 30.

St. Nicholas Loving Tree: We will again have the names on the loving tree of the parishioners who are on our homebound list. We ask that you take a name and visit that person, bringing with you a small gift. Just as before, you will see the looks of gratitude on their faces that lets them know that even though they cannot be with us during this holy Christmas season, they are still loved and not forgotten. The tree will be available at the side entrance beginning Sunday, Dec. 7. Thank you.

Envelopes: The 2015 church envelopes and calendars are located on the religious articles case in the side entrance. Do not use them until 2015.

Christmas cards: There are lovely Christmas cards with our decorated icon screen on the front and the Christmas greetings in Old Slavonic and English on the inside, available for $10 for a pack of 20. They are in the religious article showcase.

ECF: The fourth quiz on Unit five and Lesson 24 - Nativity and Lesson 25 - Theophany will be Sunday, Dec. 28 after the Divine Liturgy.

Christmas decorating will take place Sunday, Dec. 14 after the Divine Liturgy.

50/50 raffle: Tickets are currently being sold for the 50/50 raffle drawing for January. There will be a drawing monthly. Please participate in this fund-raiser which will help pay our operating expenses.

Cabin Fever fund-raiser:  This is the first fund-raiser for 2015. Sign-up sheets for helpers are at both entrances. Also, take some flyers and pass them out in the community.

Anniversary Horizons: There are a few extra Nov. 9 editions with our 100th anniversary article on the front page. They are located on the bulletin tables. Please take one if you would like an extra copy.

Praying for you: In the Bible, Jesus prays and teaches his apostles to pray. Jesus says to present your needs to God in prayer. In response to this, Helen Ilcisko and I wish to start a prayer ministry here at St. Nicholas. We don’t know what our ministry will look like or how it will run, but we believe it will evolve according to God’s plan. We’ll pray for your needs or for friends or relatives or neighbors or anyone who asks us. Perhaps we’ll do what many churches do and start “prayer chains” for special needs. We believe in the power of prayer, especially when hearts are united. And. of course, all prayers are free. Sincerely,
s/Helen Ilcisko, 233-5947
s/Linda Squires, 988-3768

Rummage sale: You may start bringing items for the rummage sale fund-raiser (date to be determined) after the weekend Divine Liturgies and place them in classroom one. The tables are labeled according to category. Please place your items in an orderly fashion on the tables. Write the contents on your boxes and bags. Larger items can go underneath the tables. Wait until the week before the sale if you have very large items to donate.

FROM THE PASTOR

Communal penance service: On Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. we will have our pre-Christmas penance service. Father John Retar from St. Vincent dePaul Parish and Father Larry Martello from St. Joseph Parish will join with me in hearing confessions. A brief service will precede and follow the opportunity for individual confessions. This is a prime opportunity to receive this important holy mystery.

Anniversary book: I am continuing to work on the anniversary book and probably won’t have it ready for the printer until mid or late December. Mark Teleha and Mary Jo Thomas are working with me on this project and we want it to be a truly attractive and historical publication.

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Eparchy

March for Life: We’re meeting at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, spending two days in Washington, D.C. and returning to the cathedral Thursday, Jan. 22. In addition to the annual march, we also will visit the national Holocaust Museum, the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, tour D.C., and participate in the opening mass of the national prayer Vigil for Life. The total cost is $80. Brochures are on bulletin tables. For complete details and registration materials, visit www.byzcathculturalcenter.org. Tickets and space are extremely limited. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
     There is also a one day adult (18 or older) bus trip to the same event, departing Thursday morning, Jan. 22 leaving from the cathedral. Cost is $50.Complete details at Web site listed above. Same deadline as above. Don’t miss this chance to be the voice of the voiceless and speak on behalf of preborn children who need you desperately.
 

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Community

Teacher job fair: Please join The North Coast Shared Services Alliance for its first annual regional recruitment event, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard, Independence, Ohio. Over 20 school districts throughout Lorain, Cuyahoga and Columbiana counties are seeking certified and substitute teachers to become a part of their schools. All recent graduates in education, credentialed teachers and substitute teacher candidates are encouraged to attend. Be sure to bring a resume and be prepared to make it count.
 

Mt. St. Macrina House of Prayer: The program schedule:
Poustinia Weekend, Feb. 20-22
Friday, 7 p.m. to Sunday, 11 a.m.
Registration due Feb. 13. Offering: $85.
Lenten Morning Retreat
Saturday, Feb. 28, 9:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Registration due Feb. 23. Offering: $30 and
includes lunch.
Lenten Afternoon Retreat
Sunday, March 1, 1:15 - 5 p.m.
Registration due Feb. 24. Offering: $30 and includes supper.

Croatian Club: Their annual Christmas party is Dec. 20 at 4846 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain. Dinner is from 5-6:30 p.m. and includes lamb roast, ham, stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash,cabbage and noodles, side dishes and desserts. Live music by Ed Klimczak and dancing from 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $20 per person and must be paid for no later than Dec. 16. Tickets are limited to 100 and are first come first served. Contact the club at 960-5211 or stop in for tickets.

A grave matter. On Friday, Oct. 20, Father Nick, Father Michael (St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Parish) and Father Basil (Ss. Peter and Paul Parish) blessed the new Eastern-rite section in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, North Ridge Road. The special introductory cost of a plot is $1,500. This offers ends on Dec. 31, 2014. A map and photo of the new section are posted on the bulletin board.

Christmas concert: The Amherst Community Chorus will present “Christmas Classics”, a medley of traditional and modern carols for the public on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph social hall in Amherst. The chorus is in its 19th year under the direction of Steve and Simone Gall. Tickets are available at the door only. Adults $6, seniors $5, students $4 and children under 5 are free. Refreshments will follow the program.

Breath of Heaven: There will be a live Nativity presentation at Grace Lutheran church, 310 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, 4-8 p.m. Walk-through presentations approximately every 15 minutes. Please bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Oberlin Community Food Shelf and First Lutheran Church in Lorain. Performances by the Firelands High School Select Choir. See live animals in the manger.

 
 

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St. Nicholas Parish Pastoral Council
Notes from the meeting of 24 Nov., 2014

The meeting opened at 7 p.m. with prayer. Present were: Father Nick, Sue Druga, Ronnie Kusznir, Bruce Skibo, Linda Squires, Gary Stanko and Madeline Zaworski. Joe Batcha was absent.

The first item was a report on plans for the parish’s St. Nicholas celebration. Father Nick asked whether plates and flatware had been arranged. Madeline said she would check with LaVerne. Father also said that the post cards had been sent to inactive parishioners inviting them to the celebration.

Gary Stanko reported that the band has been booked for the parish picnic.

Linda Squires said that all of our parishioners should make the effort to meet and talk with people who are new in church. She also suggested putting their names in the bulletin on the following Sunday.

There was a question about having a polka party. It was noted that Lent is coming up soon. Gary said that the Cleveland polka party attendance has shrunk; perhaps they’re not so popular anymore.

The next portion of the meeting was occupied with collating the responses from the parish survey.

Before adjournment, Madeline initiated a discussion about future fund-raising projects.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m


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