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
Intention of parishioners
+Eleanor Ivan by Georgine Ivan (7-5)
Pirohi, early group
Parish bingo – What are you doing this evening?
+Buddy Stanko by Mom and family (24-16)
Intention of parishioners
Navigate to the portion of the bulletin you want to view:
here to read the notes
from the Aug. 18 Pastoral Council meeting. The next
meeting is scheduled for
Supporting the mission of our parish: Sunday collection:
offertory: $838.25; holy day: $73; candles:
$6; Christmas: $25; building fund: $145.
COLLECTION INCOME: $1,081.25.
TOTAL EXPENSES: $4,289.28.
Breakdown of expenses for Sept.
6-19: salaries: $3,007.92; utilities: $668.75; office: $234.25;
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
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.
s/Helen Ilcisko, 233-5947
s/Linda Squires, 988-3768
FROM THE PASTOR
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,
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
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
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
Religious ed. 225
Finance office 230
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
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;” “...so
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 www.crs.org 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
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
Following this were the evaluations of parish events since the April
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
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
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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