"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"

Divine Liturgy Schedule



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



Examination of Conscience

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.

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."












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

Cindy Dinsmore, Marie Sloff, Lillian Stefano, Kitty Marchione, and Doris Crawley

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

Subdeacon Phil Dinsmore. 





Epistle:  2 Timothy 3: 10-15

Gospel:  St. Luke 18: 10-14


















The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 


There is a great difference between the Publican and the Pharisee in today's Gospel. The Pharisee didn't know who he really was. He kept telling God how different he was from other people. The Publican, on the other hand, knew exactly who he was… "I am a sinner," he said. Because he knew himself, he was able to do something about it.  He asked forgiveness. Today is the beginning of the Lenten Triodion .... three weeks of preparation for the Lenten season of repentance and renewal.  The Kontakion of the Liturgy helps us in this preparation by telling us to avoid pride and to practice humility like the Publican. Why place emphasis on humility? Because humility is the beginning of true repentance.  Eastern spirituality, following the example of Christ, has as its basic principle, the admonition that humility is an infallible sign that we are on the road to God. Let us look at the example of Christ.   He said,  "Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. " He humbled Himself to be born as a man. He was the son of a poor carpenter.  He spent His life teaching and helping others.  He washed the feet of His Apostles. In the end, He suffered the humiliation of death on the cross.  Yet even from the cross, He forgave His tormentors and those responsible for His death.  To accentuate the need for humility, the Pope, who holds the highest office in the Church, calls himself the "servant of the servants of God. "Keeping these examples in mind, we should spend as much time as we can trying to know ourselves as we really are... knowing who we really are, we can then do something about it.  (We should often say the following little prayer which is sometimes called the "Jesus Prayer": "Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. ")


Preparation for the Great Fast 


This is the first of four Sundays that lead up to Great Lent (Lenten Triodion). Following this Sunday, we have a fast free week (no fish on the calendar for Friday, January 29th), in which any foods can be eaten every day, including Wednesday and Friday.  The reason for this fast free week is to remind us of paradise, and contemplate the only way we can regain paradise fully in our lives. Then we come to the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. After this comes the Sunday of the Last Judgment, also known as "Meatfare Sunday", because this is the last day on which we can eat meat until Pascha/Easter. Then we celebrate the solemn Sunday of Forgiveness, also known as "Cheesefare Sunday", which brings us to the threshold of Great Lent, which begins the next day. We will, of course, begin Great Lent with the Solemn Forgiveness Vespers, which we will have following the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy.  The church is trying to tell us something by setting before us these Sundays that lead us into the Great Fast.  As time is fleeting and the Fast will be upon us quickly, let us "Redeem the time" by trying to learn something from the Publican and Pharisee.


What do you believe about your past that is keeping you from your future?  “’Every Saint has a past and every sinner has a future.’  This was Oscar Wilde’s observation.  Wherever you are in your journey, wherever you have been and whatever you have done, the lives of saints such as Saint Augustine remind us that God never gives up on us. … His own words sum up his journey and his destination in a single line:  ‘Our hearts are restless Lord, until they rest in you.’  … Throughout the Bible we read powerful stories imbued with relentless invitations to turn back to God.  … Augustine and so many of the saints are great beacons of hope for ordinary people like you and me.  I look at Augustine and draw hope and strength from his story.  I think to myself, ‘If he can turn it all around, surely God will work with me to turn my life around.’  … Today is a new day, and every moment is a chance to turn it all around (sort of like the Publican, in today’s Gospel).  … This might be the beginning of a new season of grace in your life.  I hope it is.  I pray it is.  And somehow, somewhere, Saint Augustine is hoping and praying for you too.  Loving Father, help us to know deep in our hearts that you are ready to remove whatever obstacles we have placed between ourselves and you in the past.  Open our hearts, minds, and souls to see the future you have imagined for us …”       

— Rediscover the Saints, Matthew Kelly

National March for Life January 29, 2021

Real Time Abortions in the United States since Roe v. Wade


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Women’s Retreat

Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center,Fremont, OH

February 19-21

Evening of Hope

To benefit the Eparchy of Parma

Saturday April 24, 2021

Byzan-Teen Youth Rally

Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD

July 1-4, 2021

100th Anniversary Celebration

August 21-22, 2021

86th Annual Pilgrimage (Otpust)

to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Uniontown, PA

September 3-6, 2021







“God With Us Online” presents another series of

Adult Education Webinars in a 3-part series entitled

Dying to Sin: "The First Steps in Askesis"

Monday, February 22, March 1, and March 8 from 8-9 pm



St Nicholas Choir on Christmas Day



2020 - 2021

Eparchy of Parma

Stewardship Appeal

I am asking you for your financial support for this year’s Appeal for the following four needs:

1. Evangelization and Ministries. Evangelization (announcing the Word of God), catechesis (teaching the Faith to children and adults), and ministries – including working with the children and youth of our Eparchy.
2. Charity. Charitable help for the poorest people in our communities and abroad. This includes some poor priests and their families.
3. Retired Priests. Financial support and gap health insurance coverage for our retired Bishop and the thirteen retired priests of our Eparchy.
4. Parishes and Missions. Support for parishes and missions in the Eparchy.

The Most Rev. Milan Lach, S.J.
Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma

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



Upcoming Events @St. Nick's

ALL public events remain cancelled until further notice

For the ECF Videos from Subdeacon Phillip

Please click on our You Tube & Facebook links below


Thursday, January 28

Rescheduled from January 26

100th Anniversary Planning Meeting

7-9 pm

Sunday, January 31

10:00 am  Adult Education class

Tuesday, February 2

The Encounter of Our Lord, God And Savior Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna

Blessing of Candles

Saturday, February 6

First All Souls Saturday


Sunday, February 7

Scout Sunday

10:00 am  Adult Education class

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


Sunday, February 14

10:00 am  Adult Education class

Monday, February 15

The Great fast Begins

Sunday, February 21

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








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