FYI - The members of our parish pray collectively and individually this week for those who are ill, those in the Armed Forces currently serving our country with bravery and distinction here and throughout the world: Anna Nosal, GALINAAlipova, SOPHIE Zubura, MARK Wolchko, NICOLE Berezny, JOAN Yakimik, VALERIA, DOROTHY Hnatkow, JOHN and DOROTHY Genoni, MARY Lisovsky, JENNIFER, HASMIK Barth, ANTON Chaikovsky, NINA, MIKE and HELEN Bojcik, DONNA Miller, KARISSA Douglas, MARINA Troshina, NATALIA, ALEXANDER Hnatkow, IRINA Kostina, EMIL Overmere, ANDREW Miketzuk, Daniel Walsh, Sgt. ALEKSEI Kovaleuski, private TIMOPHEI Koval, private NIKITA Fenko and private ALEXANDER Parchomchuk, youth LUKE, youth DANIEL, ANNE Holowach, STEVE Pinchak, MARY Gambal, HELEN & YURI Metelow, MICHAEL Ksenich and LeROY Knowles.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 22nd following the Divine Liturgy. Every Annual Parish Meeting calls us to review the accomplishments of the past year. It also calls us to look at areas of parish life where improvement is needed. Your participation is very important. A common direction and vision for our parish life will be set for the year 2015. Worship, education, outreach and fellowship are the hallmarks of healthy parish life. A creative encounter with the Holy Spirit at this time will assure us that we fulfill our responsibility to be good stewards of all of God’s blessings, doing His Will and on His terms.
BLESSING OF THE HOUSES Please, call: 973.930.3514 to schedule a convenient time to have your house blessed. If I'm not in the office leave your name and phone number on the tape machine and I will call you back. Please, contact me as soon as possible so I can efficiently visit you all. FG
Getting Ready for Home Blessing - Christ, by entering the Jordan, sanctified it, and with it all creation. Material creation once again became "very good" as it was in the beginning. The central sign of God's sanctification of all things through the feast of Epiphany is the act of blessing the homes of faithful Christians. The priest visits all members of the Church to pray with them in the place where they live, and to bless their surroundings with Holy Water. He asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil and to fill it with every blessing. Thus the house itself, together with the living persons of the family, is "filled with all the fullness of God". To prepare for the priest's visit to bless your home: > Make a list of the first names of those family members you wish to pray for when the priest arrives, with the living and the deceased in separate columns. > On your dining room table or family altar, place a lighted candle, a Epiphany icon or icon of Christ, and a wide bowl (to hold the holy water the priest will bring). Be sure your prayer list is there, too! > Turn on a light in each room, so the priest can see where he is going. > Turn off all TVs, stereos, and computers. > Secure any pets that might jump up on the priest or family, or "get underfoot" as you move from room to room. (Pets may be blessed, too!) Everyone in the house when the priest arrives should gather around the table alter and join in the singing of the troparion. The children may lead the priest around the house with a lit candle.
Singers needed: Please come sing with us in the Choir! All skill levels are welcome at this time! We especially need men to sing bass and baritone!
FYI - There will be no parastas served on the second Sunday of each month. Fr. George visits the children in Sunday School.
FYI - Hospital Reminder - Because of privacy law (HIPAA), Fr. George is not notified by hospitals any longer. They do not give out information to non-relatives without express permission, so, if you want the priest to know yours or your loved one’s condition, you must inform the hospital or nursing home in writing.
Pray for our Soldiers: Although we do not have any members of our Three Saints community on active duty now, there are many Orthodox Christians in the Armed Forces and serving in the War. Please keep them and all our soldiers in your prayers.
FYI - Consider the Church in Your Will: Please consider including our Church of Three Saints of Garfield in your will. There are many advantages in making the Church one of your beneficiaries. It is possible to structure the bequest so that there is little loss to the estate. Please contact Fr George for more information.
Love, care and Support of people in our church: Is something that should fall on the shoulders of us all. All of us must take seriously our responsibility to keep track of those whom we do not often see, giving them a call or dropping them a note. Every one of us should reach out to those shut-in or in need of assistance, letting them know that we care. The opportunity to be on both the giving and receiving ends of this kind of concern and support is one of the reasons that we exist. As we move through the summer months, let us continue to nurture the connections among us as a safe and caring community. May we not limit that caring, concern, and commitment to those within our walls, but strive as well to reach out to all who cross our path and to all in the world who need our care.
Is Anyone Sick? “Let him call the presbyters,” as it says in the Epistle of St James. If you know anyone who needs attention please let Fr George know. Is Anyone Better? If you have sub mitted any names for the list of prayers for the sick and that person has recovered, let us know, so we can keep the list a manage able length.
Altar Flowers - Remember your loved ones with a floral arrangement in the Altar. Flowers may be given to honor someone living or in memory of those who have fallen asleep. The name of the donors and their loved ones will be published in the bulletin. If you have a special date in mind, please contact Mary Lisovsky to make the necessary arrangements. Thank you in advance and God Bless.
If you are a guest at today’s Divine Liturgy, we invite you to break a fast together with us. You are always welcome to share in worship and fellowship here at the Church of Three Saints. If you would like to become an enrolled parishioner, please call our pastor Fr. George at 973-478-7202. Everyone is welcome today and always!
A PRAYER AGAINST EVIL THOUGHTS- "O Master, Lord my God, in Whose hands are my lots, help me according to Thy mercy and do not allow me to be destroyed with mine iniquities, nor permit me by my will to follow the desires of my flesh against my spirit. I was fashioned by Thee; do not forsake the works of Thy hands. Turn not Thy face, have pity, do not despise me, neither forsake me, O Lord, for I am weak; and it is to Thee, my protecting God, that I have come for refuge. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. Save me for the sake of Thy mercy, for upon Thee have I cast myself from my very youth. May those who war against me be put to shame, and may those who seek to separate me from Thee through immodest acts, unseemly thoughts, and unprofitable reflections be turned back. Chase far from me every filthiness which is superabundance of evil. For Thou alone art holy; Thou alone art mighty; Thou alone art immortal, having unfathomable power against all things; and it is through Thee that every power is given against the Devil and his forces. Unto Thee is due all glory, honor and worship, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen." From the Trebnic
Тo the families of our college students: Please forward the e-mail and mailing addresses of your student to Fr. George firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer for a Student- Christ my Lord, the Giver of light and wisdom, who opened the eyes of the blind man and transformed the fishermen into wise heralds and teachers of the gospel through the coming of the Holy Spirit, shine also in my mind the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Grant me discernment, understanding and wisdom in learning. Enable me to complete my assignments and to abound in every good work, for to You I give honor and glory. Amen.
Prayer for the Terminally Ill - Lord, Jesus Christ, Who suffered and died for our sins that we may live, if during our life we have sinned in word, deed or thought forgive us in Your goodness and love. All our hope we put in You; protect your servant (name) from all evil. We submit to Your will and into Your hands we commend our souls and bodies. For a Christian end to our lives, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good account before the awesome judgment seat of Christ, we pray to you O Lord. Bless us, be merciful to us and grant us life eternal. Amen.
Prayer for Love - Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.
Prayer for a sick person - Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, Who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal also Your servant (name) from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant him (her) patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. I pray, heal Your servant (name) and grant to him (her) the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer to the Guardian Angel: O Holy Angel of God, guardian and protector of my soul and body, forgive me every transgression which I have committed this day. Deliver me from all evil influences and temptations, so that I may not anger my God by any sin. Pray for me that the Lord may make me worthy of His grace and to become partaker of His eternal Kingdom with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints. Amen.
Prayer for Acceptance of God's Will - Lord, I do not know what to ask of You. You know better than me what my needs are. You love more than I know how to love. Help me to see clearly my real needs which I do not see. I open my heart to You. Examine and reveal to me my faults and sins. I put all trust in You. I have no other desire than to fulfill Your will. Teach me how to pray. Pray in me. Amen.
Sick Calls - Please remember to call the Rectory (973-478-7202) if you know of a parishioner who needs to be visited by Fr George, whether at home, in the hospital, or at a specialized care facility.
Hospital Reminder - Because of new privacy laws (HIPAA), Fr. George is not notified of hospital admissions, even if he is cited at the time of hospital registration. The same is true for nursing homes. Therefore, if you want Fr. George to visit during a hospitalization or during a stay in a nursing home, please have a family member call him at the Church Rectory. I care about you and would like to be there for you but I must first know that you are in the hospital. Fr George KTo the families of our college students: Please forward the e-mail and mailing addresses of your student to Fr. George at email@example.com.
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