Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY, July 20, 2014
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 5; Matins Gospel 6
Apostolic reading: Rom. 12:6-14; Mt 9:1-8

Schedule of this week's events:

Sat 7/19 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
+Students and staff of St. Nicholas School/Academy
St. Nicholas School reunion
Sun. 7/20
9 a.m.
10 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Elijah -- Great Prophet
Intention of parishioners
ECF quizzes
Mon. 7/21 8:30 a.m. +Mary Endrai by Rich Savinsky (201-4)
Tues. 7/22 6:30 p.m. Parish bingo – your volunteer help is vital to our parish.
Wed. 7/23 8:30 a.m.
7 p.m.
+Vernette Super by Dennis and Encie Super (3-3)
Economic Council meeting
Fri. 7/25 8:30 a.m. +Katherine Haller by Paul and Ariel Haller (6-16)
Sat. 7/26 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Intention of parishioners
Sun. 7/27 9 a.m.
10 a.m.
+Anne Squires by Mary Nahm (24-8)

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 Click here to read the notes from the April 28 Pastoral Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for
Aug. 18.

Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection: offertory: $1,659; holy day: $25; candles: $16.50; building fund: $266; poor: $13.

Breakdown of expenses for July 14-18: salaries: $871.20; employee taxes (2nd qtr): $458.27; utilities: $563.79;
maintenance: $159.78.

Parishioner birthdays this week: Jerome Shumyla (25) and Veronica Kusznir (26).

Reverse raffle tickets can be purchased at the office or from Father Nick. Deadline is Aug. 9.

Anniversary book: Samples of how your ad can look in the anniversary commemorative book which will be published after the anniversary Liturgy are on the bulletin board and on the front entrance table. Cost of ads is: full page, $100; half-page, $50; quarter page, $25. See Father Nick to arrange for your ad. Deadline is Sept. 1.

ECF: Quiz two is Sunday, July 20, after the Divine Liturgy

Upcoming events: Save these dates: Prayer garden dedication, Aug. 10; Lake Erie Crushers, Aug. 24.

Kitchen workers schedule:
onion prep, Monday, July 28, 9:30 a.m.
kitchen cleaning, Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.
potato prep, Sunday, Aug. 3, 10, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
pirohi making, Monday, Aug. 4, 11, 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


Prayer initiative: In today’s bulletin there is an announcement about a new prayer initiative in our parish. Linda Squires and Helen Ilcisko have proposed this ministry and it deserves your whole-hearted support and participation. We can never have enough prayer or people praying.

Reverse raffle: The reverse raffle is being conducted by mostly non-parishioner volunteeers. These people are willing to work for the benefit of our parish. Although you may be unwilling to work or sell tickets, at least you could purchase one ticket. Two major things need to be funded as soon as possible: re-coating the roof and fixing the parking lot. I’m in the process of getting bids for the parking lot. It won’t be cheap. Please contribute your part in continuing the mission of St. Nicholas Parish.


Bingo deposit: $1,123.20; expenses: $1,052. These figures do not necessarily reflect the actual profit for the evening.

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

Bingo bakers for Tuesday, July 22: The following households can bring their baked goods to the parish kitchen on Saturday evening or Sunday morning as well as on Tuesday: P. Brandon, T. Byers, R. Camp,
J. Collins, B. Crawford and Dr. J. Deliman.

Bingo bakers for Tuesday, July 29:
A. Demyan, C. Demyan, K. Dillon, M. Dostall, J. Dovin and S. Drew.

Thank you: We thank the parishioner households who provided baked goods for bingo on July 15: J. Batcha,
J. Varju, M. Vinarcsik, and T. Vislosky.

Thank you: We thank all who gave their time to help at bingo on July 15:,Frank Giamboi, Joe Batcha, Mary Ann Lemley, Betty Turner, Mary Lou Lesiecki, LaVerne Mackin, Erna and Frank Kodman, Adrienne Terleck, Charlie Teleha, Kat Varju, Jerome Davis, Tim Taylor and Mario Mattei.

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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Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch: All are invited to the Eparchy of Parma’s annual pilgrimage in Burton, Aug. 16-17, for a weekend of prayer and fellowship in honor of the Mother of God. This year, pilgrims will have the opportunity to make a 3.5 mile pilgrimage to the shrine, beginning at St. Edward Church in Parkman, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Life-long pilgrim, Pilgrim George, will lead us in this walk and will share his experiences on Saturday, 8:30 p.m., as well as a reflection on Sunday,
1:30 p.m. about this year’s theme: “Rejoice, O you who have borne the Guide of the lost.” The weekend will culminate with a hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop John on Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Pre-pilgrimage activities are also planned for August 14-16. Teens wishing to participate in the chaperoned camp out program must submit a release form and payment by Aug. 8. For the full schedule and other information, please pick up a postcard on the bulletin tables or visit With questions, please call the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery at (440) 834-0290. Updates are also available on the new Facebook page for the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch.

About Pilgrim George: For the past 43 years, Pilgrim George has spent four months each year walking on pilgrimage around the world (43 countries, 41,000 miles) in faith (without money) lifting up the cross of Jesus. The other eight months of each year he lives as a poustinik, spending four days a week in prayer and the other three days offering his time and service to the local Christian Community. He carries a cross-tipped staff, a Bible, an icon, a tent and basic supplies. He relies mostly on people along the way to meet his daily needs. His message is very simple: “Trust in God. He loves you very much. If you open your heart to his love for you, you will find peace, joy and happiness now and forever.”

European festival: St. Mary Magdalene Byzantine Catholic Parish, 5390 West 220th Street, Fairview Park, will hold its Fifth Annual European Festival, Saturday, Sept. 6, from
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be live musical entertainment throughout the day with performances from groups of various European heritage,. European cuisine, hand-pinched pirohi and homemade bakery, a Bier Garten with selections from Europe, a Craft fair and religious goods available for sale, children’s activities, bounce houses, basket raffles and cash prizes. There will also be church tours and guest speakers Reverend Michael Lee and Reverend Larry Ober. Church services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. For more information, visit the parish website, or contact (216) 906-3463


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St. Nicholas Parish Pastoral Council
Notes from the meeting of 28 April, 2014

The meeting opened at 7 p.m. with prayer. Present were: Father Nick, Joe Batcha, Gary Stanko, Sue Druga, Ronnie Kusznir, Linda Squires and Madeline Zaworski. MaryAnn Giamboi was excused. The notes from the 24 March meeting were approved as printed.

The first item was evaluation of recent activities and programs. The communal penance service was beautiful. The recorded music was good. The timing was good and there were about 30 participants. It should be done again during the Peter and Paul Fast and the Great Fast. Father Nick said that the Latin-rite priests were impressed. Gary asked if the Latin-rite priests know about us and Father said they do. Joe Batcha pointed out that the laity do not.

The panachida and choral program at the mausoleum was beautiful. Joe asked whether we could do it once each year. There were about 75 people present and they made good comments. Linda noted that there were two people from Cleveland; they had heard about it on WCLV. There was also a Methodist couple present and they said they had no idea there was such beautiful music anywhere.

The shoe box collection did not have a very good turnout; not much stuff donated. About 15 people helped sort. $400 was donated to buy items. There are 12 boxes for the infant classes. People need to shop, nut just give money. Linda said she would go with Sue and Barb Crawford to shop. Madeline suggested forming a committee to do this. Sue said the project started as an ECF project, then it was just she. Linda asked if we could just give the money to Catholic Charities. Madeline said they are excited when they see the delivery of items. It may be the poor response was because there is so much going on this year at the parish and staffing problems. Perhaps Rev. Madsen and his congregation could join with us next year.

The Easter egg hunt had five children take part. Madeline said that they were very excited and also got better acquainted with one another.

The Thomas Sunday brunch had only 31 people participate; about half of previous years. Sue said that the chef at German’s cannot prepare for less than 50 people. The question was raised whether we should try doing a pot luck. Gary asked if we should suspend it for a year or two. Madeline said that good things were happening at the parish, with some new families, and the
socials are important. It was decided to suspend the brunch for a year or two.

The next agendum was the ethnic churches of Lorain lecture schedule for May 18. Refreshments should be served and available at the beginning. Sue said that there were muffins and bagels saved from the bagel social and also nut and poppy seed rolls that we can use. Madeline said we should set up tables the way they were for the General Assembly follow-up sessions so that people have a place to set their food.

Gary Stanko reported on progress of the school reunion plans. He said that the 50/50 raffle was going well. If we keep it going we will get the GCU matching funds quota. The committee meetings went well; next one is in June. Everything is in place, we just need to get responses. Only three confirmed so far. The information and reservation forms are on the parish Web site. Reservations are needed in order to know how much food to prepare. We should not cancel the band. Linda asked if invitations were sent out and Gary said only to the non-social media people.

For other items of discussion, Madeline asked about the commemorative book. Father said it is in progress. Madeline suggested reaching out to local businesses for ads. She also asked whether we would have a float in the International Festival parade. Father said yes. He then gave a report on progress with the commemorative book. Photos have been scanned, Mark Teleha is working on this; papal blessing arranged; information for parishioner memorial ads will be coming in June. Finally, Sue presented information about the living Stations of the Cross and a suggestion that we host it here. Father responded that the Stations of the Cross were not an Eastern devotion and the statutes of the Eparchy of Parma prohibited non-Eastern devotions being prayed publicly in our churches. There was some objection to this.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22.

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