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
+Kayleen Brazina by the family (24-2)
Intention of parishioners
Holy Name Communion
Christmas decorating of the church
Panachida for Christy Flowers at Gluvna Funeral Chapel
Communal penance service
+John and Julia Jula, Sr. by Kate and Mike Druga (25-18)
Intention of parishioners
pre-Baptismal for Amilia Grace Novisielski
+Steve and Michael Kolcun by Mary Kolcun and Ann Jewell (23-23)
High school ECF
Navigate to the portion of the bulletin you want to view:
here to read the notes
from the Nov. 24 Pastoral Council meeting. The next
meeting is scheduled for Jan. 26 2015.
Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection:
offertory: $2,146; holy day: $214; candles:
$6; religious articles: $20, Horizons: $11; building fund: $422;
COLLECTION INCOME: $2,782.
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
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
Envelopes: The 2015 church envelopes and calendars are located on
the religious articles case in the side entrance. Do not use them until
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
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
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.
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
or this week's
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,
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
or this week's
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
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
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.
or this week's
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
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
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m
or this week's