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 member, 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 current scholastic year are in session. Sessions are held in the upper classrooms of
the Parish Hall each Sunday after Divine Liturgy. All students in grades Pre-K through 8 are expected to attend religious
education classes. Parents and grandparents are asked to encourage their (grand)children to be in class each Sunday.
Many thanks for your continued and important cooperation. God Bless!
3. DURING THIS holy season of the Great Fast, the Church reminds and encourages us to approach the Holy Sacrament
of Confession; to make a sincere and thorough Confession of our sins and transgressions before the Lord God in the
presence of His priest and to receive forgiveness and absolution with the promise to avoid sins and to live a truly blessed
Christian life. Also, we are reminded to approach the Holy Chalice at Divine Liturgy and partake often of the Holy Body
and Blood of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. May the Lord God help
and bless us to make a sincere Confession of our sins and to receive worthily the Divine and Holy Body and Blood of our
Lord in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Confessions are heard before Divine Liturgy, after weekday Divine Service ,
following Vigil and by appointment. If you are unable to come to church to receive Confession and Holy Communion,
please, phone the rectory to arrange a convenient time for a visit. Father Basil will come and administer the Holy
Sacraments to you. The rectory phone number is – 570-343-8128 (if no answer, let phone ring 8 times then leave a
message.) God Bless us in this!
4. MISSION SERVICES are held in area parishes during the Great Fast to help and support us during this holy season.
Our parishioners and friends are encouraged to attend as many of these Vesper/Mission Services as possible. May the
Lord God help us in this effort.
The SCHEDULE FOR MISSION SERVICES IS:
24 March – 2nd Sunday of the Great Fast - Saints Peter and Paul, Scranton 5:00PM
31 March - 3rd Sunday (Veneration of the Holy Cross) , Saint Stephen, Old Forge 5:00PM
07 April - 4th Sunday of the Great Fast - Saint John Mission , Lewisburg 5:00PM
14 April - 5th Sunday of the Great Fast - Saint Basil the Great Church, Simpson 5:00PM
5. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 24 March: TEAM 2 – Maryann Capwell, Barbara Togher, Marie Vass, Mary
Orzolek 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!
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DWELL IN THY HOUSE, O LORD!
6. 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, 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,
with the completion of the roof project to happen after the winter. Thank you and God Bless!
7. OUR PARISH is sponsoring a Lenten Soup Sale during the Great Fast. Home-made Clam Chowder (Manhattan style)
and Vegetarian Vegetable Soup is available. Please, stop at the candle-desk for more information and to place your order.
8. 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!
9. 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
10. 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! A “CATHEDRATICUM”
envelope is included in your February offering envelopes.
11. 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!
12. AN ADULT Religious Education Seminar is being held on the following dates:
Tuesdays – ,26 March; 2, 9 April. Sessions will be held in the comfortably appointed upper classroom of our Parish Hall.
Each session will begin at 7:00PM and last for about one hour.
Pertinent questions will be entertained ( and maybe even answered). The subject for this seminar will be: The Mysteries
(Sacraments) of the Church. Adults high school age and beyond are welcome. YOU are welcome – come and join us! God
13. LENTEN SACRIFICE: For over seventy years our parish has encouraged our parishioners to participate in the Lenten
Sacrifice offering. We are continuing this tradition during the Great Fast. Each parishioner and friend of the parish is
asked to make a sacrificial donation to our parish during these holy forty days of the Fast. The amount is up to you – a
voluntary donation to help defray our expenses. Originally a donation of forty dollars was suggested ( one dollar for each
of the forty days of the Fast). Hopefully, in 2019 we can do much better. Whatever you can offer is greatly appreciated and
needed. Special envelopes for this Lenten Sacrifice are available in the vestibule/narthex. May the Lord God Bless and
reward your generosity! Thank you!
14. 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! ( we really need it!
15. JUST A REMINDER: With spring having arrived, keep an eye out for pussywillows! They are beginning to pop, but
still have a little way to go before they are ready for church. When they’re ready, please, cut them, trim them, and bring
the willows to church so we can use them on Palm/Willow Sunday (21 April). Thanks for your help! God Bless!
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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