"And we went into the Greek lands, and we were led into a place where they serve their God,

and we did not know where we were, in Heaven or on Earth"

Liturgy Schedule

 

Saturday

4:00 PM Anticipated Sunday Obligation with Vespers


Sunday 

8:30 AM Slavonic / English mix

11:00 AM English

 

Weekdays and Holy Days please consult the bulletin

 

Confessions 

Between Liturgies or by appointment

 

 

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the St Nicholas Church website.

Feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit.

We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.

The Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church's life. "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church."

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!  GLORY FOREVER! 

 

SLAVA ISUSU CHRISTU! 

SLAVA NA VIKI!

 

 

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for the sick and shut-in of our parish: Anna Uhrin

Ray Huddas, Marie Sloff,Lillian Stefano, Kitty Marchione, and Doris Crawley

and continue to give support and prayers for the future ordination of

Subdeacon Phil Dinsmore. 

 

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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 

 

 

 

Epistle:   2 Corinthians 9: 6-11

Gospel:  St. Luke 5: 1-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In today’s Gospel

 

Jesus calls Simon Peter to become an Apostle, to be a fisher of men. On the one hand, the church has always believed that a vocation is something that only certain people receive; that is, those who are called to the priesthood or religious life.  On the other hand, in God’s providence, however, everyone is called to a vocation — to the vocation of sanctity. It was our Lord Himself who said, “This is the will of God: your sanctification!” Here we have a call to imitate Christ and to grow in His likeness, a call to duplicate in our lives the virtues Jesus practiced. Holiness, therefore, is our end, our goal, our true vocation. 

The path to holiness

 

Without Christ, the fishermen labored the whole night and caught nothing. With Christ, "the enclosed a great number of fish, but their net was breaking. And they came and filled both boats so that they began to sink." Jesus was with them. This made the difference. He showed them where to fish and they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.   Psalm 23 tells us what it means to have Jesus with us. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures He gives me repose. Beside restful waters He leads me; He refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for His name’s sake. Even thought I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for You are at my side. With your rod and your staff that give me courage…"  Suppose we arrive by car in a strange city and are looking for a certain street number. We stop at a gas station to inquire. But the directions we receive are complicated. It would be difficult to find and we could easily get lost. A young man overhears our conversation. He offers to lead the way to his car. Within a short time we arrive at our destination and thank him.  This is exactly what Jesus does for us. "He guides me in right paths." But this path is the way to holiness. It is the only road that leads to our destination. Jesus Himself said: "You, therefore, are to be perfect, even as your Heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt. 5:48).  "Blessed are they who fear the Lord and who walk in his way…blessed are you, and it shall be with you." The Lord be with you! Every way and every day!

 

 

God delights in obedience 

 

Have you ever made a decision to obey God as a way of life? I’m not talking about obeying once in a while but in every area to the best of your knowledge and ability. Or, do you find that there are times when you struggle to do what you know is right and in keeping with His principles? Solomon admonished us to “catch the foxes.” He went on to explain that it is the “little foxes that are ruining the vineyards” (Song 2:15). Often the smaller decisions bring about the biggest consequences. A decision to tell a little white lie is very costly because it leads to sin and usually the next step, which is deception. Jesus knows our hearts, and He makes it clear from page one of His Word that obedience to Him should be our central focus. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and suffered the loss of everything they knew as right and good.  However, just as you can track disobedience down through the generations, you also can trace the benefits of obedience. God provides a perfect contrast between the two in His Word:   “If you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. … But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country” (Deut. 28:1-3, 15-16).

“Give and gifts will be given to you” 

 

In the Gospels, Jesus instructs us in the fine art of giving and receiving.  His emphasis is on the giving; the surprise is the overflowing return.  We are to give without expectation of results.  We are to give out of true generosity, not to inflate our ego or plump up our feathers.  Our giving is not to make ourselves “look good.”  When we are the recipient of another’s gift, we must not protest.  We must accept the gift wholeheartedly with gratitude. 

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events or special Liturgy schedules

A “Come and See” Weekend of Discovery, which is a Retreat for discerning Byzantine Catholic Men, 18 to 35 years old, single or married, and hosted by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, will be held virtually online. 

It begins on Friday evening (4 PM), Nov. 6, 2020 and concludes on Saturday afternoon (8 PM), Nov. 7, 2020. 

The deadline for registering is Oct. 28, 2020. 

For more details and to register go to www.bcs.edu 

You may also contact B.C.S. at 412-321-8383 or rector@bcs.edu.

Now for Sale!

Face masks beautifully embroidered by one of our parishioners

with a gold Byzantine 3 Bar Cross

All proceeds to benefit St Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

 

 

 

 

 

The St. Nicholas You Tube channel is now Live

Here you can view all current and archived videos

 


 

 

 

 

Smartphone Prayer App

 

There are so many for whom we pray, Oh God.

This day, in a special way, we lift to you all first responders.
We pray for nurses and firefighters; for police officers and counselors;
for ambulance drivers and emergency room doctors;
and for all those who rush in at times of tragedy or crisis.

Through their skilled and generous care,
may those whom they serve sense YOUR loving presence.
Please, God of all goodness, protect them.
Grant them wisdom. Sustain them.
And grant peace of heart to all who worry about them.

With all our hearts we lift to you our first responders.
We pray, in faith, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Coming in August 2021!

Our parish’s 100th Anniversary celebration will be held the weekend of August 21-22, 2021, with the main Divine Liturgy and formal banquet scheduled for the Sunday afternoon and evening, August 22nd.  Please mark your calendars with this date, and pass this along to all of your family members, friends, and anyone else that may be interested.  

100th Anniversary

 

1921-2021

Upcoming Events @St. Nick's

ALL public events remain cancelled until further notice

Sunday, September 27

10:00 am  Adult Education class

10:30 am Akathist to the Mother of God — for our parish and eparchy

 

Thursday, October 1

Protection of the Theotokos

 

Sunday, October 4

10:00 am  Adult Education class

Sunday, October 11

10:00 am  Adult Education class

10:30 am Akathist to the Mother of God — for our parish and eparchy

 

Sunday, October 18

10:00 am  Adult Education class

 

Sunday, October 25

10:00 am  Adult Education class

10:30 am Akathist to the Mother of God — for our parish and eparchy

Sunday, November 1

Daylight Savings Time Ends

10:00 am  Adult Education class

 

Sunday, November 8
10:00 am  Adult Education class

10:30 am Akathist to the Mother of God — for our parish and eparchy

 

 

Bishop Milan's Weekly Word Video

List of Live Streamed Liturgies & Other Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the beginning

God created heaven and earth.

Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.

God said, 'Let there be light,'

and there was light.

God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness.

God called light 'day',

and darkness he called 'night'.

Evening came and

morning came: the first day.

Genesis 1: 1 - 5

 

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

23300 King Drive 

Clinton Township, MI 48035

586-791-1052      

 

stnicksbyzantine@yahoo.com

frrepko@ameritech.net

 

Fr. Joseph J. Repko   

 

Sub-Deacon Phillip Dinsmore      

 

Cantors: George Nagrant, Nicholas P. Nagrant, Joseph Wanchik, Steve Terlescki,  John P. Minarish

 Subdeacon Phillip Dinsmore & Richard Baranko Cantor Emeritus

 

Choir Director: Nicholas J. Nagrant

 

Catechetical Director: Suzanne Swanney      Youth Directors: Adam Digon and Kimberly Kaufman