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, GALINA Alipova, SOPHIE Zubura, MARK Wolchko, NICOLE Berezny, JOAN Yakimik, DOROTHY Hnatkow, JOHN and DOROTHY Genoni, MARY Lisovsky, JENNIFER, HASMIK Barth, ANTON Chaikovsky, NINA, MIKE and HELEN Bojcik, DONNA Miller, KARISSA Douglas, baby LAINEY Madeline Santaella, 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.
FYI - Thanksgiving Day: A Service of Thanksgiving will be served at 10:30 am on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th. Let us remember why we celebrate this day, and dedicate it to thanking the All-Good Lord for all the benefits He has bestowed on us this past year.
FYI - We would like to welcome into Orthodoxy the newly illumined (baptized) baby Mark Balakirev, who was brought into the love and grace of God’s family through the Sacraments of Baptism & Chrismation on Saturday, November 22, 2014. We pray that the Lord’s hand will guide him throughout his future years and keep him healthy and faithful in His ways and in His word and prayer. Many Years — Многая Лета!
Nativity Fast (Advent): The Nativity Fast begins on Friday, November 28th and continues until Christmas Day, 7 January. During this time we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy products. On Wednesdays and Fridays we also abstain from fish, wine and oil. Some keep a strict fast Mondays. The fast becomes stricter on the day after St. Spyridon and St. Herman, 25 December, after which we do not eat fish until Christmas Day.
FYI - Today, Sunday the 23rd after Liturgy, the Sunday School PTA will hold an important meeting. All are urged to attend.
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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