Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY, November 23, 2014
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 7; Matins Gospel 2
Apostolic reading: Eph. 2:14-22; Lk. 12:16-21

Schedule of this week's events:

Sat 11/22 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
+Mary Vanca by Robert and Adrienne Terleck (16-14)
Sun. 11/23 9 a.m.
10 a.m.
Intention of parishioners
Mon. 11/24 8:30 a.m.
7 p.m.
+Delores Opaenik by Frank and MaryAnn Giamboi (21-21)
Pastoral Council meeting
Wed. 11/26 8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
+Joseph Ilcisko by Helen Ilcisko (25-11)
Cookie Walk baking
Fri. 11/28 8:30 a.m. +Randy Super by the family (17-1)
Sat. 11/29 4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Intention of parishioners
Sun. 11/30 9 a.m.
10 a.m.
+Margaret Thomas by Frank and Erna Kodman (24-15)

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 Click here to read the notes from the Oct. 27  Pastoral Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for
Nov. 24

Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection: offertory: $1,398; holy day: $23; candles: $49: building fund: $5. COLLECTION INCOME: $1,426. TOTAL EXPENSES: $337.70.

Breakdown of expenses for Nov. 17-21: maintenance: $337.70.

Kitchen workers schedule:
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.

Parishioner birthdays this week: Robert Terleck (26) and Kaitlyn Knick (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.

Altar bread: Anyone interested in baking altar bread for the month of November, starting in 2015, please contact the office.

Cookie Walk: We are asking that each family donate at least six dozen festive cookies for Dec. 13. We are also accepting donations of all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar and walnuts. These items can be brought in as soon as possible. This cookie walk will be our final and much needed fund-raiser for our parish for 2014.The next planning meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. All parishioners are encouraged to attend. More information will be forthcoming.The Cookie Walk will be Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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.


Supporting the parish financially: Your contributions each week are vital to being able to pay our bills. Each week I report in the bulletin what the collection was and what the expenses were. The monthly average collection, not designated for specific purposes, is $8,800. The average monthly expenses are $16,000. Please try to increase your weekly contribution. In addition, the various fund-raising activities are also necessary to raise the amount of money needed to keep us in the black. Bingo has not been doing very well and we cannot continue to rely on it to pay our bills. In fact, if it doesn’t improve, we will be cancelling the bingo completely.

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 November. 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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Seventh annual St Mary Magdalene Byzantine Catholic Parish annual craft and gift show: 5390 West 220th Street, Fairview Park, Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 90 exhibitors, religious items and church bake sale, crafts, gifts and good food. Call Lisa at (216) 570-8201 or visit for more info.

Rummage sale: You may start bringing items for the rummage sale fund-raiser, April 9-11, 2015, 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.

The tenth annual St. Nick show: Saturday, Dec 13. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14
from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. One of the largest free admission shows in Northeast Ohio. The Byzantine Cathedral of Saint John, Parma, Ohio (corner of Snow and Broadview). Enter building through either Snow Road entrance or 1900 Carlton Road, one block south of Snow Road off Broadview. More than 140 exhibitors, live holiday music, good food, raffles, baked goods. Two floors of booths this year. Call Lisa at
(216) 570-8201 or visit for more info (216) 570-8201.

Special collection: Senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests have spent their lives ministering to others, often for little if any pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and health care. Your gift to the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious supports the day-to-day care of roughly 35,000 senior religious, providing necessities such as prescription medications and nursing care. Please give to those who have given a lifetime. The collection will be Dec. 6 and 7.


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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:
Christmas Preparation Morning Retreat
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Registration due Dec. 8. Offering: $30 and includes lunch.
Christmas Preparation Afternoon Retreat
Sunday, Dec. 14, 1:15 - 5 p.m.
Registration due Dec. 9. Offering: $30 and includes supper.
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.

Spirituality day: The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren, Ohio, are offering a Day of Spirituality on Saturday, Dec. 13 1-4:30 p.m. It will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Avenue, N. E., Warren. To register, please call (330) 856-1813 or e-mail by Monday, Dec. 8. The presenter will be Reverend Christiaan Kappes, Professor of Liturgy and Patristics at Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh. His topic will explain the relationship of the Theotokos to the Holy Eucharist and how this knowledge could transform us. There will be time for reflection, questions and refreshments and an opportunity to receive the mystery of Reconciliation. You are welcome to pray vespers with the sisters.

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.

Slovak Club: A traditional Slovak Christmas Eve dinner will be Sunday, Dec. 7. cocktails, 5:30 p.m.,
dinner, 6 p.m. at the American Slovak Club, 2915 Broadway Avenue, Lorain. It will feature the Ladies Auxiliary perch, pierohi, bobalki, sauerkraut soup, oplatky, kolacki and more. Entertainment by Ralph the Accordion Man. Open to the public. Advance ticket sales only, $20 per person. Contact Len 988-3236.

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 27 Oct.., 2014

The meeting opened with prayer at 7 p.m. Present were: Father Nick, Joe Batcha, Sue Druga, Ronnie Kusznir, Bruce Skibo, Linda Squires, Gary Stanko, Madeline Zaworski and Claudine Grunenwald Kirschner. The notes from the Aug. 18 meeting were approved as printed.

Father Nick introduced Claudine who asked what points of interest members had. Madeline said she wanted to hear the way, the how and the what that led to the Pastoral Plan. Before responding, Claudine asked the members to introduce themselves. Following that, she said that she can help with goal-setting, mission statements, etc. Some parishes are struggling and need to act now. The Pastoral Plan approaches this in a multi-faceted way. We are more than facilities and money. The four priorities are to help the eparchy and parishes move forward.

Madeline asked about the twinning of parishes and whether that had been decided yet. Claudine said that it had not yet been done and that parishes would have some input as to the type of parish with which they would like to be twinned. Part of the purpose is to have parishes have relationships with one another. They will share what they are doing well with the whole eparchy. The twinned parish will give its partner feedback on the draft three-year plans.

Father Nick asked Claudine to explain the key strategies. She said that they were to support the plan, both for clergy and for lay leaders in the parishes. It is an ongoing sharing of resources. She emphasized the importance of using technology in smarter, better ways. She said we should embrace the four priorities, understand the goals and how we can best contribute. We don’t have to do all 10 goals. There will be the survey and parishes can decide how and whether they will reach out to shut-ins, college students and inactives. There will also be different questions for parish pastoral councils and for pastors. Father Nick thanked Claudine for being present and explaining the process of the Pastoral Plan.

The next item was discussion of the annual parish St. Nicholas celebration. Father Nick asked for someone to head up the committee and Madeline volunteered. Gary and Sue will help with decorations; Ronnie and her group will work on set-up. German’s will cater.

Gary asked about having the band for the picnic. It was agreed and he will book the band.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2014.

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