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 for the ensuing academic year are set to begin next Sunday, 22 September. 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 for the coming year! God Bless!
3. BUON APPETITO! TODAY, SUNDAY, 15 September, our parish is sponsoring a PASTA DINNER at the
Parish Center after Divine Liturgy. Enjoy your pasta with a savoury tomato sauce, home- made meatballs and
other accompaniments. Serving is from high noon until 2:00PM. Take-outs will be available. Tickets at the door.
Everyone is welcome! Mangia bene! Enjoy!
4. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 15 SEPTEMBER: TEAM 3: Sandra Wallick, Sonja Czachor, Mary
Ann Hogan 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!
HOW LOVELY IS THY DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!
5. 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! With the weather’s co-operation, temporary patches have been applied to strategic areas on the
church roof. This will prevent further damage. The completion of the roof project is to begin very soon(???) .
Thank you and God Bless!
6. PATRIARCHAL PARISHES CONVOCATION:
With the blessing of His Excellency Bishop MATTHEW, the Fourteenth Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes
will be held at Antiochian Village, (Ligonier)Bolivar, Pennsylvania, from
30 September through 3 October, 2019. Official documents regarding the Convocation have arrived and been
properly returned. The delegates from our parish are:
Archpriest Basil Micek – pastor and member of the Bishop’s Council
Timothy Micek – delegate
Please, continue to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit upon these Convocational deliberations so that the
salvific labours of our Holy Russian Orthodox Church may have a positive, spiritual and saving effect on our
nation under God. God Bless America!
7. Next year, 2020, marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United
States. How shall we celebrate this special event? Give it some thought and let your ideas and suggestions be
known. Contact Father Basil or the Parish Council with your ideas. Thanks! Please, pray for a fruitful and
productive Convocation. God Bless!
8. THE PARISH COUNCIL is next scheduled to convene on Sunday, 6 October, for its regular session. At that
time, a report will be presented concerning the happenings at the 14th Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes.
Coffee Hour and the October 50/50 will precede the meeting.
- The Annual Parish Meeting of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania, is
slated to be held on Sunday, 27 October, 2019. The session will take place in the Parish Center following Divine
Liturgy. Parishioners are asked to complete any outstanding financial matters before 30 September. Thanks and
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!
14. “THANK YOU!” to the men and women of our parish who help keep our parish properties in admirable
condition. The landscaping around the church, rectory and parish hall
always looks fine and “professional” and the parish cemetery is kept in proper and reverent condition. “Thank
you” to all who are involved in this holy task. You all deserve an “Atta Boy!”
(or “Atta Girl!”) for your much appreciated efforts! God Bless you!
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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