Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection:
offertory: $2,375; holy day: $20; candles:
$9; Lent: $80; building fund: $205; Horizons: $67: poor: $60; Flowers:
COLLECTION INCOME: $2,821.
TOTAL EXPENSES: $2,507.10.
Breakdown of expenses for
March 3-7: property insurance (1st quarter): $1,299.00; worship
utility: $164.81; employee taxes: $320.58; office: $503.12; maintenance:
Parishioner birthdays this week: Elaine Ostang (10), Michael
S. Dillon (11), Mary Jane Engel (11),
Corey Knick (11), Michael Koscho (12), Julia Szabo (12), Martha Teleha
(14) and Michelle Moran (15).
Parishioner anniversaries for the month of March: Andrew and Anna
Novak (9), Mark and Mary Teleha (29) and Richard and Sandra Ilcisko (29)
Adult enrichment: This year’s adult enrichment sessions will
study the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Sessions will be on Tuesdays
from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. beginning on March 18 and ending on April 15. Each
participant will need a copy of the Catechism. You can purchase one
through the parish or bring your own copy. Registration deadline for us
to order your copy is March 9. Price is $10.
Rosary: The Rosary Society will be praying the rosary in March
after the Divine Liturgy in honor of the Annunciation of the Theotokos.
All are welcome to stay and pray with us.
Kitchen workers schedule:
potato prep, Sunday, 6 p.m.
Mar. 2, 16
Mondays, Mar. 3, 17
men, 7:15 a.m.
women, 8:15 a.m.
People working on the pirohi-making days can purchase a maximum of two
dozen pirohi per family.
Monday, Mar. 31, nut prep, 9:30 a.m.
nut/poppy seed roll baking
Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3
men, 6:30 a.m.
women, 8:30 a.m.
raisin prep, Monday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 10
Bingo kitchen: Due to health reasons we are desperately short
of bingo kitchen workers. Please step up and volunteer to provide this
valuable service to our bingo customers. Remember that so much of our
parish income depends on bingo.
Pysanky demonstration: Our next anniversary event begins
Sunday, March 9 with a pysanky display running through March 16 and
concluding with a demonstration at 2 p.m. on March 16 in the church hall.
Reservations are required for the demonstration. Cost is $5 per person,
payable at the door. Deadline for reservations is March 9.
Horizons: Eparchy of Parma statutes require every family in
the eparchy to receive the eparchial newspaper. There are four envelopes
designated for the Horizons in your envelope box. The annual
subscription is $12. The 2013 invoices from the eparchy totaled $1,625.
Only $616 was collected from the Horizon envelopes from parishioners.
The difference was paid out of the general fund. Please pay your fair
share if you haven’t already.
St. Nicholas School/Academy reunion update: The next meeting
is Sunday, March 16, after the Divine Liturgy. Only four months until
the reunion, Saturday, July 19. Keep sending in student info to the
parish office e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to the church office (440) 282-9185 or drop
in the reunion box at the church parking lot entrance. All updates will
be posted in the parish bulletin and also online at
www.stnicks.org. This is a reunion
for ALL students that attended St. Nicholas, not just graduates. We need
everyone’s help to have a successful and fun event. Pass the word.
Thanks. s/Gary, class of ’71.
Shoeboxes for Catholic Charities: Collection boxes are in both
church entrances. Proceeds from the bagel social held Sunday, March 30
will help defray the cost of the shoeboxes and purchase extra items
needed to complete the filling of the boxes. Sorting day is April 6.
Share the wealth: GCU Lodge 77 is sponsoring a 50/50 Share the
Wealth ticket raffle. Proceeds will benefit the St. Nicholas School
Reunion. Tickets are $1 each. The drawing will be held at the church
picnic on Saturday, June 21. Gary Stanko, LaVerne Mackin and Anne Dillon
will be selling the tickets. Tickets will also be available after the
Divine Liturgies. Your support will be appreciated.
The law of strict abstinence (fast) forbids the use of meat, eggs and
dairy products or any of their by-products.
All of the adult faithful of the Eparchy who receive Holy Communion are
obliged to observe Strict Abstinence. Those with valid medical reasons;
pregnant or nursing mothers are not bound to fast.
Strict Fast and Abstinence is to be observed on the
First Day of the Great Fast, Monday, March 3rd and on Great and Holy
Friday, April 18th.
Simple abstinence from meat is to be observed on all
Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.
Pastors and administrators may, for a just cause, grant to the
individual faithful and to individual families, dispensations or
commutations of abstinence and strict abstinence into other pious
FROM THE PASTOR
Salt shortage: As you may have read
in the Lorain Morning Journal, the unusually harsh winter has caused a
shortage of salt available for treating streets, parking lots and
sidewalks. Jason, who does our snow plowing, told me that the salt has
run out and only government bodies can get salt. Also, our contract with
Jason is that he plows only if there be more than two inches of snow. Be
careful, then, in this weather. As important as Sunday Liturgy is, don’t
risk falling; don’t risk your safety, health or life to come to church.
Neither God nor the Church requires you to put yourself at risk
General Assembly follow-up sessions: Our fifth session had about 25
participants. The topic was worship – our Liturgy and other services.
Many good suggestion and comments came from the discussion. One of these
is that we have one of the Divine Liturgies each week in the evening. The
next evening Divine Liturgy will be after
These sessions are an opportunity to continue renewing
our understanding of who God is, who we are in relationship to God, what
the Church is and how we are to be the Church. These sessions will
prepare us for the final session in March during which you will be
invited to offer comments, suggestions and ideas as to where the Eparchy
of Parma and, by extension, our parish, are to go in the coming years.
Those who attend the preparatory sessions will be well-prepared to offer
these ideas in a manner that is in tune with a correct understanding of
Immediately following the Liturgy there will be a time of placing
ourselves in the presence of God and then about a 20-minute prayerful
reading and reflection on the Gospel passage for the following Sunday.
Going into the parish hall, there will be light refreshments and viewing
a 45-minute DVD presentation of the day’s topic followed by discussion.
Each session is expected to end no later than 1 p.m.
The next dates and topics are:
March 9 – the nature of the Church
March 23– input session
All parishioners should consider these sessions valuable opportunities
for deepening their understanding of the Church and should plan to take
part in all of them.
Again, I cannot overemphasize the necessity of each and everyone of our
parishioners, whether you go to the Saturday or the Sunday Liturgy, to
take part in these sessions for the good of the present and future of
Bingo deposit: $3,915.20; expenses: $1,958.00. These figures do
not necessarily reflect the actual profit for the evening.
If you can give one to three hours a month it would help the dedicated
volunteers who are there every week, all evening.
When you provide baked goods, please indicate on a label whether
your homemade baked goods contain nuts.
Bingo bakers for Tuesday, March 11: The following households
can bring their baked goods to the parish kitchen on Saturday evening or
Sunday morning as well as on Tuesday: M. Mrosko, M. J. Naymik, M. E,
Naymik, A. Novak, M. Pavelschak and I. Prosowski.
Bingo bakers for Tuesday, March 18: J. Pelo, Father Nick, B.
Sandor, C. Sekerak, R. Shullick, J. S. Shumyla, T. Shumyla and B. Skibo.
Thank you: We thank the parishioner households who provided baked
goods for bingo on March 4: G. Ksenich, P. Ksenich, V. Kusznir, M. A.
Lemley, L. Mackin, M. Moran and C. Szabo.
Thank you: We thank all who gave their time to help at bingo on
March 4 : Frank Giamboi, Richard Shullick, Joe Batcha, Mary Ann Lemley,
Pat Flowers, Carol Sekerak, Carolyn Szabo, Joanne Mrosko, Linda Squires,
Becky Camp, Adrienne Terleck, Charlie Teleha, Kat and Julius Varju,
Jerome Davis, Maria Hill, Mario Mattei 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.