Weekly Bulletin: October 14, 2012

weekly bulletin logo for st. elia the prophet orthodox church in akron, ohioSCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

19th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 2 –  Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council; Our Holy Mother Paraskeva

Saturday, Oct. 13

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, Oct. 14

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Reader Michael Luc
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Reader Michael Luc
  • EPISTLE: Titus 3:8-15; GOSPEL: Luke 8:5-15

Tuesday, October 16 – Longinus the Centurion who stood at the Cross of our Lord

Thursday, October 18 – Apostle and Evangelist Luke

20th   SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 3 – Venerable Hilarion the Great

Saturday, October 20

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, October 21

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Bud Graham
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Bud Graham
  • EPISTLE: Galatians 1:11-19; GOSPEL: Luke 16:19-31

THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Monday, October 15

  • Venerable Euthymius the New of Thessalonica
  • Philippians 2:12-16; Luke 9:18-22

Tuesday, October 16

  • Martyr Longinus the Centurion, who stood at the Cross of the Lord
  • Philippians 2:17-23; Luke 9:23-27

Wednesday,October 17

  • Prophet Hosea
  • Philippians 2:24-30; Luke 9:44-50
  • Fast Day

Thursday, October 18

  • Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke
  • Colossians 4:5-9,14,18; Luke 10:6-21

Friday, October 19

  • Prophet Joel
  • Philippians 3:8-19; Luke 10:1-15
  • Fast Day

Saturday, October 20

  • Great Artemius at Antioch
  • 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; Luke 7:2-10  

SISTERHOOD OF ST. JULIANA MEETING TODAY

Following the Divine Liturgy today, our Parish Sisterhood will meet.

CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX COUNCIL OF AKRON MEETING

Monday, October 15, 7 p.m., at St. Elia.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN WOMEN FALL RETREAT

Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
3204 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn

Speaker: Fr. Jonathon Cholcher
Topic:  “The Doctor is in: St. Luke, Evangelist, Healer”

Continental Breakfast & Luncheon — $12 per person

Mail Your check to:
Maria Moore, 3418 Stockbridge Road, Akron, Ohio  44313

COMMEMORATED ON OCT. 14:
OUR HOLY MOTHER PARASKEVA

Saint Paraskeva the New was born into a pious family, living during the 11th century in the village of Epivato, between Silistra and Constantinople. Her older brother Euthymius became a monk, and later he was consecrated as Bishop of Matidia. One day, while attending the divine services, the words of the Lord pierced her heart like an arrow, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself” (Mt. 16:24). From that time she began to distribute her clothing to the needy, for which reason she endured much grief from her family.

Upon the death of her parents, the saint was tonsured into monasticism at the age of 15. She withdrew to the Jordanian desert where she lived the ascetic life until she reached the age of 25. An angel of the Lord ordered her to return to her homeland, so she stayed at Epivato for two years.

St. Paraskeva departed to the Lord at the age of 27, and was buried near the sea. Because of the many miracles which took place at her grave, her relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt. They were placed in the church of the Holy Apostles at Epivato, where they remained for about 175 years.

St. Paraskeva’s relics were moved to Trnovo, Bulgaria, in 1223 and placed in the cathedral. Patriarch Euthymius wrote her Life and established the day of her commemoration as October 14. The Turks occupied Bulgaria in 1391, and her relics were given to Mircea the Elder, Prince of the Romanian Land (one of the districts of Romania). In 1394 the relics were given to Princess Angelina of Serbia (July 30), who brought them to Belgrade. For 120 years St. Paraskeva’s relics rested in Constantinople in the patriarchal cathedral.

On June 13, 1641, her incorrupt relics were transferred to the monastery of the Three Hierarchs at Jassy in Rumania, where many healings took place. On December 26, 1888, after being rescued from a fire, St. Paraskeva’s relics were moved again. This time they were placed in the new cathedral at Jassy, where they remain until the present day.

NOTE: The Holy Icon of St. Paraskeva adorns the west wall in our Church above the Seven Day Votive Candle stand.

It is customary on this Sunday at the monastery is Jassy, Rumania, that the Relics of St. Paraskeva  are carried out in Procession.  During that Procession a long sheet of cotton covers her body and the faithful are given a piece of the cotton.  We are blessed at St. Elia to have a piece of that cotton in our Reliquary on the side table.

THE HAWAIIAN MYRRH-STREAMING IVERON ICON

The Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be brought to two Cleveland area Churches:

  • St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church, 12029 Maple Park Drive, Maple Heights, Ohio, on Monday, October 22  at 6:30 p.m.
  • St. Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, 5025 E. Mill Road, Broadview Heights, Ohio, on Thursday, October 25 from  9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Prayer service at 10 a.m.

The Icon will be available for veneration and holy anointing for all who attend. A Molieben-Prayer Service will be celebrated.

The Myrrh-streaming Icon from Hawaii depicts the Mother of God holding the Christ Child.  The Myrrh that flows from the Icon in an oil-like substance possesses the fragrance of roses.  Healings, both spiritual and physical, have been attributed to it.

CHURCH SCHOOL 2012-2013

Church  School classes are held on Sunday  mornings. Following the Divine Liturgy, the children go to their classes in the Church Hall.

The theme for this year is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” A shepherd takes care of is sheep. The sheep knows the Shepherd’s voice, and they follow where he leads them.  “Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.’”  John 10:11

The adults of our community remain in Church during the Church School time for a special session of Q&A—questions and answers. Please remember that our children’s time in Church School is very precious.  During the children’s class time, please do not be in the Church Hall visiting and conversing. This is distracting for the teachers and children.

PASTORAL VISIT OF BISHOP ALEXANDER

His Grace, our Bishop Alexander, will be with us the weekend of November 10 and 11.  Chaired by Popadia Donna, the Ladies of our Sisterhood are planning a  Thanksgiving Charity Dinner with all the trimmings for Sunday, November 11.  Our freewill offerings will be given to a charitable cause as we gather to welcome our Bishop and give thanks to God for all His Blessings

THE 17TH ALL AMERICAN COUNCIL

The 17th All American Council of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, Ohio, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Feast of St. John Chrysostom. This will be a one-day gathering at which a new Primate of  the Orthodox Church in America will be nominated and elected. Our Parish Council President, Mr. John Bohush, was elected as our Lay Delegate and will represent our Parish at the Council along with our Parish Priest, Fr. Don Anthony Freude.

REMEMBER THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES

  • Anthony Freude, son of Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude
  • Egor Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmilla Cravcenco

REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

  • Mickey Stokich
  • Tom Hagerman
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Pierre Theodore
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray
  • Joseph Boyle Sr., father of Kathy Gray
  • Nicholas Dimoff

PROSPHORA OFFERING: For today, Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR: For today, Kote family

COFFEE HOUR HOSTING

To have the coffee hour on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy, volunteers are needed to host this event. Please sign up for your turn.

PARISH MEMBERSHIP

A new membership form has been put into place by the Parish Council. Membership numbers established by completed forms shall be used to establish voting eligibility and meeting quorums that are set by the Parish Bylaws, which were accepted at the annual meeting on January 29, 2012. Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Fr. Don or a member of the Parish Council.

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