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The Good News: “It is the day of Resurrection; let us be like the angels in their splendor for the festival, and let us embrace one another, calling everyone our brothers [and sisters], let us speak also to those who hate us and let us forgive all things. And so, then let us cry: Christ has risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”

Response 1 (the way of hard path, birds and the devil): I don’t know why I bother going to church. I guess if it makes my family happy, I’ll go. It’s just that it is such an old, tired myth. I mean, it just seems so pointless and dated. I could think of five other things I could be doing, but I’ll do this, just to keep my family happy. And as far as the rest goes, all that doing unto others stuff is a nice sentiment, but let’s get real. We need to take care of our own. If we don’t no one else will.

Response 2 (the way of rocks and no water): I love the feeling I get from coming to mass at Christmas and Easter. It is so joyful and colorful and the music is great. I can’t get over that they don’t use instruments! I’m so glad I can make it because it’s nice to touch base and remember the old traditions. Too bad it doesn’t have any relevance in my daily life. How in the world could something that happened nearly 2000 years ago have any impact today, especially when they keep doing the same stuff over and over again? My life and my problems are real and I don’t see how doing some ritual will make it better in any way. I suppose I could make more of an effort to attend and understand, but my kid has games on Sunday and Meet the Press is on, and then the Steeler’s pre-pre-pre-game show is on. I’ll just take what I get from the preachers on TV. They help me cope, sometimes.

Response 3 (the way of thorns and worldly cares): I love church. I attend as often as I can. I know that I am there more than just about anyone. I love to serve the church too. But sometimes there is more fantasy in the church than reality and chaos reigns. You just have to lay down the law to keep things in control. People are selfish, careless and sinful and you must meet strength with strength and unfortunately sometimes you have to do the same thing in the church. It’s just the way it has to be. Otherwise people will just run all over you and the things you worked so hard to build and preserve will be demolished. We must take care of our own as the world teaches us. We have to fight or risk losing everything.

Response 4 (the good soil): It is the day of Resurrection! Every day is. We need to live this out in everything we do, be it in church, in church-related activities, or in our daily lives. We need to love our enemies. We need to be kind to everyone. We should lend expecting nothing in return. We need to follow the Scriptures, so we know the way of Christ is a way of humility, love, self-emptying, kindness and generosity. We strive to bring a little joy to everyone we see – a friend, a church member, a stranger. The Gospel is light and we want to shine that joyful light on everyone we meet. This the Gospel message: Christ has overcome the world; and we need only to partake of that joyful message. May it bear fruit.
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At the request of Bishop Thomas: Information about liturgies being done in Arabic in the Western PA deanery. Any questions, the contact information for the priest serving these liturgies is included in the flier. ...

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A deep and sincere thank you to everyone who made today a success: the church volunteers, the people who supported us though giving their time or their donations of materials or supplies, to everyone who came out and joined us for food and fellowship. We really appreciate it! God bless you all.

- Fr. Kevin
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Readings, Feasts and Saints
Monday, October 21, 2019

Oct
21
Mon
Intercessory Prayers
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Adult Religious Study
Oct 21 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Oct
22
Tue
Bread Baking
Oct 22 @ 4:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct
26
Sat
Vespers
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Oct
27
Sun
Sunday School for Kids and Adults
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Oct
28
Mon
Intercessory Prayers
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Adult Religious Study
Oct 28 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Oct
29
Tue
Bread Baking
Oct 29 @ 4:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nov
2
Sat
Vespers
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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