Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY, September 21, 2014
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Tone 6; Matins Gospel 4
Apostolic reading: Gal. 2:16-20; Mk. 8:34-9:1

Schedule of this week's events:

Sat 9/20 5 p.m. Intention of parishioners
Sun. 9/21 9 a.m.
10 a.m.
6 p.m.
+Eleanor Ivan by Georgine Ivan (7-5)
Potato prep
Mon. 9/22 6:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
Pirohi, early group
Second shift
Tues. 9/23 6:30 p.m. Parish bingo – What are you doing this evening?
Sat. 9/27 5 p.m. +Buddy Stanko by Mom and family (24-16)
Sun. 9/28 10 a.m. Intention of parishioners

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 Click here to read the notes from the Aug. 18 Pastoral Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for
Aug. 18.

Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection: offertory: $838.25; holy day: $73; candles: $6; Christmas: $25; building fund: $145.
TOTAL EXPENSES: $4,289.28.

Breakdown of expenses for Sept. 6-19: salaries: $3,007.92; utilities: $668.75; office: $234.25; repairs: $378.36.

Rosary: The Rosary Society will be praying the rosary in August after the Divine Liturgy in honor of the Dormition of the Theotokos on Aug. 15. All are welcome to stay and pray with us.

Parishioner birthdays this week: Kathryn Druga (26), Carolyn Szabo (26) and Deborah Obergas (27).

Anniversaries in August: John and Deborah Obergas (20) and Paul and Marilyn Firment (28).

Updates: Please notify the office of changes of address, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The annual eparchial stewardship appeal: You have received the mailing for the kick-off of the annual stewardship appeal. This is a vital part of raising the necessary money to fund the eparchial programs as outlined in the information you received. You may not feel the direct effect of the programs because many are programs to support what goes on in our parish. It is important that you assist in funding these by pledging for the stewardship appeal. Our parish goal of $5,000 is based on membership and parish financial situation and is reasonable. These programs and activities really are important for the life of our parish by providing resources we would otherwise not be able to have available to us. Remember to make your check out to St. Nicholas if you are going to put it in the collection basket.

Kitchen workers schedule:
potato prep, Sunday, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
pirohi making, Monday, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 12, Nov. 3, 10
onion prep, Monday, Oct. 10
potato prep, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Nov. 9
nut prep, Monday, Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.
nut/poppy seed roll making, Dec. 3,4,10,11
early prep, 6:30 a.m., rollers, 8:30 a.m.

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


Thank you: It’s been a very busy year and we have reached out to the community monthly. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for each of our events to make them successful. Last weekend the Liturgy was beautiful and moving thanks to such wonderful congregational singing, the Byzantine Singers, cantors and our altar servers. Thanks to Gary Stanko who had the creative idea for the flowers on the icon screen. The banquet was a rousing success. Thanks to all of the banquet committee members, especially those who made the centerpieces: Helen Ilcisko, Linda Squires, Rita Deliman, Sue Druga, Gerrie Sandor, Ronnie Kusznir, Rosemary Teleha, John Teleha, Bob Druga, Mike Naymik, Richard Shullick and Gary Stanko. A huge thanks to LaVerne Mackin for all of the work she did with German’s so that our banquet would be perfect, including the difficult job of arranging the table seating. Another thanks to Mark Teleha for preparing the video program. Thanks to all of those whose names were listed in the banquet program, who also worked so hard for our events. God grant all of you many blessed years.

Anniversary gift: In honor of the 100th anniversary of our parish, I have given the gift of the set of dark vestments that I wore on Sept. 14. When you see them worn in the future, remember the accomplishments of the past 100 years and your commitment to the future of our parish.


When you provide baked goods, please indicate on a label whether your homemade baked goods contain nuts.

Bingo bakers for Tuesday, Sept. 23: D. Stacko, G. Stanko, M. Stanko, P. Szabo, T. Szabo and C. Teleha.

Bingo bakers for Tuesday, Sept. 30: J. Teleha, M. Teleha, M. Thomas, T. Todhunter, D. Tomasic,
R. Terleck.

Thank you: We thank the parishioner households who provided baked goods for bingo on Sept. 16:
C. Sekerak, B. Skibo, L. Squires, T. Squires, Father Nick and Joe Batcha.

Thank you: We thank all who gave their time to help at bingo on Sept. 9: Mary Ann Lemley, Betty Turner, Mary Lou Lesiecki, Joe Batcha, LaVerne Makin, Erna Kodman, Frank Kodman, Adrienne Terleck, Charlie Teleha, Kat Varju, Julius Varju, Jerome Davis, Eric Celenko and Tim Taylor

We need volunteers for the following positions: kitchen, set-up, caller, instant servicers, door, miscellaneous. If you can give one to three hours a month it would help the dedicated volunteers who are there every week, all evening. Training will be provided.

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The next eparchial gathering will take place on Oct. 4 at the Cathedral. Bishop John has asked that all members of all parish pastoral councils be present. He will present the eparchial pastoral plan and parishes will begin working on their three-year plans to implement the eparchial plan.

Some chancery extensions at (216) 741-8773:
Bishop's secretary 221
Stewardship 221
Religious ed. 225
Safe environment
coordinator 228
Finance office 230
Victim assistance
coordinator 246

Silver and golden anniversaries: Bishop John cordially invites all couples in the Ohio protopresbyterate parishes who are celebrating their silver or golden anniversaries in 2014 and every fifth year past the 50th year, (e.g. 55, 60, 65, etc.) to a special Moleben to the Mother of God and banquet in your honor on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Holy Spirit church, 5500 West 54th Street in Parma. The banquet will follow the Moleben at 4 p.m. with a special presentation to the jubilarian couples. The jubilarian couples will be the guests of the bishop. Additional guests are welcome. However, we ask a $20 per person donation for adults and a $10 donation for children under 12. For registration, reservations and details, please contact your parish office. If you have any particular questions contact Archpriest Michael Hayduk (216) 661-8658. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 6.

Find out more about the following announcements by visiting online

Iconography workshop: Monday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., daily at the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center, 2420 West 14th Street, across from Lincoln Park in Tremont. This is a course in traditional Russian-style Byzantine egg tempera by Nina Kouznetsov. The $700 registration includes:
9.5x12.5 prepared board; 36 hours of personal instruction; complete set of natural pigments; set of sable-hair brushes; gold leaf and clay bole; morning coffee, tea and fruit; lunch (vegan, for those observing the traditional fast); afternoon refreshments; (optional) exhibition of your icon during the Tremont ArtWalk on Friday, Oct. 10. Class size is limited to eight participants to ensure naximum one-on-one guided instruction, so register today.

Annual Women’s Retreat: The theme is The Art of Christian Forgiveness. It will be Friday,
Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Lial Renewal Center, 5908 Davis Road, Whitehouse, Ohio. Join women from throughout the Eparchy of Parma for an experience that participants called: “...the most powerful service I have ever attended;” “ understandable, relatable, and easy to pass on;” “...educational, interesting, and informative–WOW!” Be part of the annual women’s retreat, The Art of Christian Forgiveness. Embrace God’s forgiveness, and discover how to forgive God; accept the gift to forgive yourself; and open your heart to forgive others. Registration fee is $90. Space is limited. Registration forms are located on the bulletin tables.


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40 Days for Life: From Sept. 24 through Nov. 2, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life. 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Preterm at 12000 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland or Planned Parnethood at 25350 Rockside Road, Bedford Heights, or Family Planning at 54 South State Street, Painesville. Please help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: John Noall at (216) 245-9744 or email at

GCU casino trip: GCU Lodge 77 is having a bus trip to Presque Isle Casino in Pennsylvania, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The cost is $35 per person. Each entry will receive $35 in playback money at the casino. The bus will leave 8 a.m. sharp from Sheffield Center. Park near Conrad’s. There will be games and prizes on the bus. Please contact LaVerne Mackin at 233-5006 to make reservations.

10th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Vatra Festival is Saturday, September 20 from 12-8 p.m. in the Carpathian Hall at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Kecera Folk Ensemble from Jakubany, Slovakia will perform lively folk traditions from their village at 1, 3 and 7 p.m. They have won many awards in Eastern Europe and are here on their first American tour. Other groups and music throughout the day, great ethnic food and Slovak beer, vendors and genealogy information. There will be a Slavonic/English Divine Liturgy and panachida at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral. Admission is $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. This event supports Rusyn culture and the Shrine of Mariapoch. Call 440 729-2045 or visit for program schedule and more information.

Lorain County Metroparks presentation: Lorain Country Metro parks recently unveiled its strategic plan – “Connecting to the Future”. A speaker will present the vision for the park district’s future to the parishioners on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 11:15 a.m. in the church hall.

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St. Nicholas Parish Pastoral Council
Notes from the meeting of 18 Aug., 2014

The meeting opened at 7 p.m. with prayer. Present were: Father Nick, Sue Druga, MaryAnn Giamboi, Ronnie Kusznir, Linda Squires, Gary Stanko and Madeline Zaworski. Joe Batcha was excused. The notes of the April 28 meeting were approved as printed.

The first agendum was a review of the proposed calendar for September 2014 through August 2015. Some changes and additions were made. Food for Thought needs to be scheduled.

Father Nick reported about the plans for Sept. 13 and 14. On Saturday, Sept. 13, there will be both vespers and Divine Liturgy. On Sept. 14 there will be matins at the usual 9 a.m. The hierarchical Liturgy will be at 4 p.m. with the banquet to follow at German’s Villa. During dinner Cecilia Ilg will provide harp music. The program will be a video of parish history. Invitation have gone out to eparchial and local clergy as well as civil officials.

Following this were the evaluations of parish events since the April meeting.

The ethnic churches lecture was well-received and it was proposed to have David Simmer come back on April 26 to give the stained glass windows of Lorain County lecture. Father Nick will contact him.

The Mothers/Fathers brunch was well-attended and should be repeated next year. It is scheduled for May 24. Make sure the bulletin announcement notes that all are welcome whether they are parents or whether their parents now rest in the Lord.

The parish picnic was good. Next year the tent will not be set up outside since no one eats outdoors. The picnic will be on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The Killer Kings, who played for the school reunion, will be asked to provide music.

The Mariapoch pilgrimage should be better attended. Next year it will be on June 28.

The school reunion was a resounding success and people are still talking about it. It was suggested that there be another one in five or 10 years from now.

The prayer garden blessing was a nice event.

Madeline Zaworski spoke about the need for better communications and to combat the rumor mill that spreads misinformation and causes divisions within the parish. More people should be involved with helping in parish activities. Madeline pointed out that, while we are celebrating the past 100 years, we should also be stressing that we are starting the next 100 years. Gary said that, perhaps, our new theme should be, "Keep the dome glowing".

MaryAnn Giamboi expressed her appreciation for being a member of the Pastoral Council and, especially, for taking such an active part in the publicity committee for the anniversary. She has submitted her resignation from the Pastoral Council.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2014.

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