Liturgy Schedule Resumes May 18
4:00 PM Anticipated Sunday Obligation with Vespers
8:30 AM Slavonic / English mix
11:00 AM English
Weekdays and Holy Days please consult the bulletin
Between Liturgies or by appointment
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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.
Effective Monday, May 18th, Bishop Milan has given his permission for us to resume the public celebration of the Divine Services, with safety precautions that will be put into place to ensure the safety of all who attend. If you don’t feel well, or do not yet feel safe attending services at church, you are not obligated to attend. Services will continue to be live streamed from our Cathedral and a multitude of Byzantine Ruthenian parishes at http://liveliturgy.com. All other non-liturgical activities, fundraisers, and social gatherings remain suspended for the public.
Scroll down for links to live streamed Divine Liturgies & other resources.
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:
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.
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Epistle: Romans 10: 1-10
Gospel: St. Matthew 8: 28-9:1
The direct hit that Jesus scores against the unclean spirit in today's Gospel proves that the Holy One of God is not going to let himself be dazzled or dismayed by an array of devilish howls, growls, and scowls. Jesus gives not an inch or a second to his enemy's antics. That unclean spirit surely knows the answer to his own stupid question, "Have you come to destroy us?" Of course Jesus has come to destroy the demonic. He is the exorcist par excellence. Identifying the Devil As he exercises his authority to cast out the unclean, Jesus gives us a valuable lesson in identifying the devil in our own lives and times. The demonic, the devilish, and the dirty blow their cover and reveal their presence by the way they act. They act in a harsh, violent, and destructive way. There is nothing calm, serene, peaceful, or constructive about their operational procedures. They cannot speak quietly — they shriek and holler. They cannot act gently or tenderly — they convulse, twist, contort. The Sights and Sounds of Violence Look for and listen to the sights and sounds of violence in our society today and you will see the misshapen shadows and hear the shrieks of the unclean spirits of the twenty-first century. Violence is the age-old trademark of the demonic. Whenever and wherever we participate in, encourage, or tolerate violence — on the highways or athletic arenas or on TV and cinema screens or on social media — we do the devil's work and make the world a hell of a place to live. "Be Quiet!" Jesus' substitute for detente with the demonic is his brisk rebuke: "Be quiet!" We can be sure that the unclean spirits neither want to be quiet themselves nor do they want us to be quiet. To be quiet, to be at rest — and does anyone remember that Sunday is the Day of Rest? — is the first condition for hearing God's voice. Because God is a lover, he does not shriek or scream or shout. So be quiet. "If today you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
Happy Birthday America!
Your flag waves proudly in the free air - a symbol of all that makes you great. Whether at a ball game, political rally, concert, or worship service, she still sends a chill up and down our spine.
Our currency carries the motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST.” May we learn to transfer this motto from our coins to our hearts! No nation on earth will long endure that does not depend on God. How can we transfer this motto from our coins and put it into our hearts? I think the answer lies in Psalm 33.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), approved the Declaration of Independence. Its purpose was to set forth the principles upon which the Congress had acted two days earlier when it voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee's motion to declare the freedom and independence of the 13 American colonies from England. The Declaration was designed to influence public opinion and gain support both among the new states and abroad, especially from France.
On Independence Day (and the time around this national holiday, maybe even this weekend), we might find ourselves picnicking, barbecuing, enjoying the company of friends and loved ones, or perhaps just relaxing in the backyard. When it gets dark, though, and we are watching the fireworks with our family, you might want to take a moment to appreciate that maintaining our independence as a nation has sometimes come at a steep price. Our brave men and women, those in uniform, on and off the battlefield, have risked their lives, and often sacrificed their lives, to protect us and keep us all safe. Have a fun and memorable Fourth of July week. Enjoy your family and friends, the good food and the sights and sounds of the holiday. And if you get the chance, don't forget to walk up to a veteran and thank them for their service.
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The high personal cost of signing the Declaration of Independence
Freedom isn't Free
The St. Nicholas You Tube channel is now Live
Here you can view all current and archived videos
2020 Ladies Tea
Smartphone Prayer App
Uniontown Pilgrimage (otpust) Cancelled for 2020
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!
St. Nicholas Parish will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary!
Spread the word!
We are already preparing by requesting current and past parishioners and friends of the parish to send in photos and memorabilia.
Upcoming Events @St. Nick's
Sunday, July 12
10:30 am Akathist to the Mother of God — for our parish and eparchy
Monday, July 20
Sunday, July 26
10:30 am Akathist to the Mother of God — for our parish and eparchy
Thursday, August 6
Saturday, August 15
Holy Day of Obligation
Save the Date
Sunday, August 16
Eparchy of Parma
Shrine of our Lady of Mariapoch
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