1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit
and worship the Lord God with us. If you would like more information about our Parish and, perhaps, becoming
a parishioner, please, see Father Basil or visit our website: www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com , or phone the
rectory at 570 -343-8128. God Bless you!
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes are held each Sunday in the Center classroom following Divine Liturgy. All
students, grades pre-school through 8, are expected to faithfully attend these Orthodox religious education
classes. Parents and grandparents are asked to encourage their (grand)children to attend classes and to
supplement their religious education in the home-life with traditional, Orthodox practices of prayer and piety.
Our teachers welcome all students! God Bless!
3. THE ATLANTIC States Deanery is summoned to meet on Saturday, 1 February, 2020, at
Saint Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia. Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00AM with
the meeting to follow. Father Basil plans to attend. A report on the deanery meeting will be submitted at the
Parish Council meeting next Sunday, 2 February. Please, pray for a safe journey and a beneficial deanery
gathering. God Bless!
4. BLESSING OF HOMES: Father Basil will gladly visit and bless your home with prayer and the sprinkling of
Holy Water, which is especially sanctified on the Great Feast of Holy Theophany – the Baptism of our Lord, God
and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Please, telephone the rectory to arrange a convenient day and time for the Blessing of your home.
The rectory phone number is 570-343-8128 (If no answer, wait for eight – 8 – rings and leave a message.)
There will be no Blessing of Homes in the evening. Blessing of Homes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons are
fine. Thanks for your co-operation.
It is important to have our homes blessed at the time of Holy Theophany. The prayers of the priest and sprinkling
with Holy Water cleanses our homes from evil and the influence of the Evil One. Those who dwell in the home
are spiritually strengthened to resist sin and evil and to increase in Godly virtues. May the Lord God Bless you
and your household at this season of Theophany and throughout the entire year!
AS MANY AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST,
HAVE PUT ON CHRIST! ALLELUIA!
5. SAINTS MARTHA AND MARY SISTERHOOD is scheduled to meet today Sunday,
26 January. The meeting will be held in the Parish Hall after Divine Liturgy. All women of the parish are invited
and welcome to attend. Learn more about our Sisterhood and the good work they do for our parish. Your
questions are welcome, too. Light refreshments will be offered at the hospitality table, along with tea, coffee and
beverages. Please, support our Parish Sisterhood. God Bless!
6. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 26 January: TEAM 4: Maria Lozada, Donna Ferkile, Barbara
Ferkile, Stephen Dreater, Michael Senyk and anyone else who can help. Please, remember to care for the Holy
Icons and the main aisle before leaving church today. Thank you.
We respectfully remind our Cleaning Teams that the assigned Team make arrangements to clean the church more
thoroughly during the week (not only on Sunday, after Liturgy). If you can offer an hour or two each month to
help keep our church in proper condition, please, use the sign-up sheet at the candle-desk and let us know you
are willing to help our church. Thank you and God Bless you!
7. HAPPENING NEXT Sunday, 2 February:
- Coffee Hour will be held in the Center following Divine Liturgy, Everybody of you is invited to come and enjoy
refreshments and good fellowship.
- The February 50/50 will be held during Coffee Hour. Shares for this popular lotto are available for a donation of
one dollar per share. Maybe the extended month of February (29 days/ Leap Year) is your lucky month to pocket
- The Parish Council is scheduled to meet for its regular session. The meeting will be held in the Center. All
Council members are asked to attend. God Bless!
8. THE ROOF on our church needs to be repaired/ replaced. This is an important and major project for us which
must be addressed. The estimate for the roof repair/ replacement, as accepted at the Special Parish Meeting held
on 5 August, 2018, is $43,445.00. We need your help; please, make an offering for the Roof Fund. Thanks! God
Bless! In addition, a second collection will be taken each Sunday to benefit the Roof Fund. Your understanding
and consideration are very much appreciated. Please, pray for the success of this important work.
Initial repairs have begun! Roofing materials have been delivered. Work on replacing the roof will begin very
soon! God Bless!
9. VISIT OUR new and improved parish website www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com
Keep up with news and Divine Services, photos, links to Orthodox sites and more.
Be a website Sponsor for a donation of just $15 per month. Sponsorship forms are available in the narthex. We
need donations to keep our parish website on-line. PLEASE, favourably consider sponsoring the website for a
month or more. God Bless you!
10. THE HOLY FIRE, from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, burns brightly in the lampadas in our
church. If you wish to make a donation for the burning of the Holy Fire in the Altar (Sanctuary) or Nave (main
body) of our temple, please, stop at the candle-desk. Offering intentions may be made for the health and
salvation of family and friends, or for the blessed repose of departed Christians. A donation of $25 per month is
requested to cover the cost of candles. God Bless! [A “link” has been included on our website for more
information about the HOLY FIRE. Log-on to it when you have time.)
11. JUST A reminder: Our annual contribution for the Cathedraticum to the Patriarchal Parishes is fifty ($50.00)
dollars per parishioner per year. This is more than reasonable (only one dollar per week). Please, actively support
our Russian Orthodox Church in the USA by faithfully using your “Cathedraticum” envelopes. God Bless!
12. LIVE-STREAMING, and encore viewing, of the Divine Liturgy is available at- www.stjohnsmayfield.org
and in living colour on the radio at 94.3 FM from Saint John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, -
Sunday at 9:30AM.
- www.holytrinityorthodox.com from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore,
(Archpriest John Vass). – Sunday at 10:00AM
This is offered for those who, for a serious reason, cannot come to church on Sunday for the celebration of the
Divine Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine Liturgy in church on Sunday. God Bless!
13. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY: The Parish Council has favourably considered a proposal to begin the process
of securing a Parish Veterans Memorial Plaque in our church vestibule. This plaque will contain the names (and
other vital information) of members of our Parish who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of
America during time of war or peacetime, active service or reserve. We ask your help in finding their names,
dates of service, branch of service, medals awarded, engagement in major military campaigns and any other
information you may provide. A sample plaque will be available for inspection before the final plaque is
fabricated*. Your help is very much appreciated. Nomination forms are available in the church vestibule.
Completed forms may be returned to the candle-desk. Please, contact George Kofira, Chairman, with any
questions. God Bless America!
*The proposed plaque is available for inspection in the vestibule. If you have any questions or any additional
information concerning the names on the plaque, please, see George Kofira.
Can you help with information about these veterans?: Charles Bullick,jr., George Cherbenco, Joseph
Dzierkowski, John Kleha, George Papach, Benny Scherbenko, John Smedana. Please, see George Kofira with
any information you might have to offer. Thanks for your help! God Bless!
14. WINTER is making its visit to NEPA. Time to get out the snow shovels, ice melt, put the “chains” on the
tires, etc. But be of good cheer – the Vernal Equinox (Spring) will come to Scranton on Thursday, 19 March,
2020AD at 11:49PM Daylight Saving Time!!! It’s only
54 days until Spring! We’re getting’ there! Pitchers and Catchers report on 12 February (NYY/Tampa)! Glory
Pilgrimages in 2020
From ancient times, Christians went on pilgrimages to see places connected to our Savior’s earthly life, to pray at
the Holy Sepulchre. Also, from the first centuries of Christianity, monasteries of Palestine, Egypt, Syria were
born and became places of pilgrimage for believers. As a part of the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the
Founding of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, we will conduct pilgrimages to the Holy Land in March 2020
and to St. Petersburg Russia in July 2020. The itineraries are posted on https://www.orthodoxpilgrimagetours.
com/. RSVP to Irina Pakhomova 215-816-8132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informational flyers are available in the narthex.
GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!
[A word to our Parishioners and Friends: When making your Last Will and Testament, please, be sure to include Saints Peter and Paul
Russian Orthodox Church among your beneficiaries. The Church has helped, guided and nourished you throughout your entire life.
Making a final bequest to our Parish will help you and it will help your Parish. Pray and consider this. God Bless you!]
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