Cathedral of Saint Michael The Archangel, Passaic, NJ


February 9, 2014

The 2013-2014 Eparchial Stewardship Appeal

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

"Every act of giving is a reward unto itself. Each time we share our gifts with others, we are glorifying God and are working for the salvation of the world. This simple belief is at the center of our faith. As Catholics, we understand that serving others is our way of constantly placing God first in our lives. As we go in peace throughout our daily lives, we must seek ways in which we can return to God what He has given to us."

We need your help to reach our Parish goal.

Stewardship is heart work.

Please remember our Stewardship Appeal

The Sanctuary Light! During the next two weeks and beyond, our Cathedral Sanctuary Lamp will burn in Loving Memory of +Mary Onufrak whose Funeral Rites will conducted in our Church this past week. May the Light of our Lord's face watch over Mary Onufrak. This intention was requested by her Daughter, Mary O. Meseke. Please remember to list the names of your deceased family members and friends on the card and envelope provided in your Parish Envelop box. Please place this list in our regular Offertory or mail this to our Rectory as soon as possible.

February 2, 2014

“SANCTIFY THOSE WHO LOVE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR HOUSE” We hear these words at every Divine Liturgy which remind us that we are responsible for the upkeep of His Church and its different aspects. Our Eparchial Stewardship Appeal for 2013-2014 is currently underway. Our Parish goal remains the same as last year, $30,400.

Please Open Your Eyes & Heart……. to the caption on the back of today's Bulletin…for the feast of the Presentation of our Lord by St Sophronius

A Special Message To The Children Of Our Religious Education Program Maybe sometimes you just don't feel like getting up out of bed on Sunday morning to go to Church and Religion class. Your Friend, Your Very Special Friend JESUS wants you to know that He loves YOU and that YOU make Him happy when YOU make the effort. Please remind Mom and Dad that you want to go to Religion Class and Liturgy at Chapel!!!

Welcome the stranger

In Charlottesville, Virginia, is an old building where, in the 18th century, visitors could eat, drink, spend the night and share their lives and thoughts with one another. In 1784 the building's owner, William Michie, wrote these words of welcome:

“Let the guest sojourning here know that in this home our life is simple. What we cannot afford we do not offer, but what good cheer we can give, we give gladly.

“What thou thinketh ye shall say, if ye wish, without giving offense. What we think, we also say, believing that truth hath many aspects, and that love is large enough to encompass them all.
“So, while ye tarry here with us, we would have thee enjoy the blessings of a home: health, love and freedom, and we pray that thou mayst find the final blessing of life. Peace.”

January 26, 2014

Hramoty – All Souls Remembrance. According to our Liturgical calendar, the first of five All Souls Saturdays is February 22nd. In the box of your Offertory envelopes is a special envelope marked, “All Souls”. Simply list the names of your beloved deceased and place this envelope in our regular weekly Offertory.

OUR PRAYERFUL CONDOLENCES The Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated this past week for the Servant of God, Celia H. Glagola. Our respect and prayerful remembrance is offered to Celia's family. Also, at the time of this printing we received word that the Servant of God, +Florence Kravec, the wife of Michael Kravec, was called to Eternal Life. Funeral arrangements for Florence are pending. We keep in our fervent prayers the souls of +Celia and +Florence.

“We are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” - Romans 8:16-17

PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF OUR PARISH ECF PROGRAM. Each Sunday morning the dedicated Teachers of our Religious Education classes appear at our Chapel for the program of educating our youth in their Faith. Parents of our God-given children are reminded of the importance of faithful attendance in these instructional classes. Immediately following the Instruction classes, children and parents are expected to fulfill their Sunday obligation by attending the 11:00 am Divine Liturgy. NOW, PLEASE CONSIDER THIS: A minister asked the children in a Sunday school class: “Why do you love God?” The answer he liked best was, “I guess it just runs in the family.”

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: Father O'Malley answers the phone and conversation goes like this: “Hello, is this Father O'Malley?” “It is.” “This is the IRS. Can you help us?” “I'll try.” “Do you know a Ted Houlihan?” “I do.” “Is he a member of your congregation?” “He is.” “Did he donate $10,000 to the church?” “He will.”

SANCTIFY THOSE WHO LOVE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR HOUSE”… We hear these words at every Divine Liturgy which remind us that we are responsible for the upkeep of His Church and its different aspects. Our Eparchial Stewardship Appeal for 2013-2014 is currently underway. Our Parish goal remains the same as last year

Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quit moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moments, thank God!

January 19, 2014

The 2013-2014 Eparchial Stewardship Appeal

Of our Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic has begun.

Building the Church: Growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord!

May Our Lord grant our Parish Family with love and generosity in this Appeal!

“As Byzantine Catholics, we have been called forth to carry on the ministry of Christ and in the fashion of the apostles and prophets, spread the Word of God through the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and to proclaim the Gospel message. Like those who have gone on before us, we are called to carry Christ's message beyond the Liturgy and to practice good and charitable works, to educate our children, our seminarians, clergy and religious and to support one another.”

Our Parish goal remains the same as last year. May Our Lord Bless the hearts and understanding of our Faithful to assist us in reaching that goal. PLEASE MARK YOUR PLAIN OFFERING ENVELOPE “Stewardship” and your check should be made payable to “Eparchy of Passaic” and place in our regular Offertory basket. GOD BLESS AND GUIDE YOUR GOOD INTENTION!

IN BLESSED REPOSE. The Servant of God, Christina (“Kitty”) Russin, was called to her Eternal Home. Wake Service this afternoon at 2:00; the Funeral Divine Liturgy tomorrow at our Chapel, Woodland Park, at 10 a.m. Now, may the Light of Our Lord's face watch over His Servant, Christina and grant her Eternal Rest and may her Memory be made eternal.

OCTAVE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY - Today marks the annual of celebration of Christian Unity. The Passaic Ecumenical Committee will host this at St. John's Episcopal Church, 215 Lafayette Ave., Passaic at 3:30 this afternoon with a celebration of Solemn Evensong (Vespers, Evening Prayer). The theme for this year's service is “IS CHRIST DIVIDED?” (c.f. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:13) . Please come and join in celebrating Christian Unity.

Today's Epistle Reading… A Message for us from St. Paul…
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.

January 12, 2014

Meeting today All members of our Parish Holy Name Society are asked to please attend the meeting immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Chapel Divine Liturgy. Please consider rearranging your schedule to make your attendance at this meeting possible.

The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

- Mathew 4:16

House Blessing? Either of the Fathers of our Parish will be happy to visit and bless your home. Please drop a note to us listing your name, telephone number and the best time and day of the week that would be convenient for this visit. You note may be placed in our Offertory basket.

A Blessed Event To Be Remembered! The Christmas/Theophany season in our precious part of the world can certainly be remembered with great joy! Here at St. Michael's we are blessed with good, pious and ready-to-help volunteers who afforded time and energy to beautify our Church and Chapel for the celebration of our Lord's Birth! You dedicated hearts, hands and energy is profoundly appreciated! We accomplished this task because we take into serious account the beauty and spotless majesty of Our Lord's dwelling place. We thank God for ALL THE PRECIOUS HELP THE HEARTS OF OUR FAITHFUL HAVE SHARED WITH OUR PARISH FAMILY!!

From Today's Gospel Reading: “Jesus heard that John has been put in prison…From that time on Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from you sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!” (Matthew 4:12, 17) A young man knelt at his bedside. It was not a sudden impulse but the result of long soul-searching. He decided the time had finally come to open himself totally to Jesus. There in the darkness of his room, he expressed sorrow for his sins and thanked Jesus for making it possible to have his sins forgiven. The next day he wrote in his journal: “Behold, Jesus stand at the door and knocks. I have heart him and how he has come into my house. He has cleaned it and how rules it.” This story and Jesus' words invite me to ask, what area of my life still needs to be cleaned and ruled by Jesus???

All you who have been baptized into Christ

have been clothed with Christ. Alleluia!

On The Lighter Side…. An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote: “They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I dead.”

And Then There's This: It was the end of the day when I parked by K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. “Is that a dog you got back there?” he asked. “It sure is,” I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, “What'd he do?”

Our Prayer of Christian Concern and Sympathy. Our good and faithful son of St. Michael's, +John Filliman was called to Eternal Life. The Wake Service will be held this afternoon at 2:00 pm/Bizub Funeral Home, Van Houten Ave., and the Funeral Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral Church, Monday at 10:00 a.m. Now, may the Light of Our Divine Lord watch over John Filliman, a good and faithful Servant of the Lord and His holy Church! Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory!

January 5, 2014

All you who have been baptized into Christ have been

clothed with Christ. Alleluia!

The Christmas/Theophany season constitues the festive celebration of the coming of God's light into our world. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He is the Sun of Righteousness who brings the light of wisdom to human beings sitting in darkness and in the region and shadow of death. Today, more than ever, we know about darkness and regions and shadows of death. We know of the events of evil circulating in every part of the world: unprecedented acts of terror and moral decay. More than ever we must fulfill our mission as Church to bring Christ to the world. May we serve as beacons of divine illumination to those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Our prayer is necessary and vital.

Please remember our Stewardship Appeal 2013-2014 To make things very, very easy, simply mark your envelope “Stewardship” with your check payable to “Eparchy of Passaic” and place in our Offertory basket. God ess you for the kindness which you now demonstrate as you have with your faithfulness in past years!

December 29, 2013

Our Prayerful Sympathy. Our Parish family has been blessed for the past many, many years with the heart, hands and life of a devoted, faithful parishioner bearing the name Alice Bereznak. The Rite of Christian burial for Alice was celebrated in our Cathedral Church on December 20 th . To Alice's family we offer our profound gratitude for her many, many years of dedicated service to our parish. May this woman of God's love on this earth be abundantly rewarded for all eternity!

Also, the Servant of God, Jeffrey Gogoy was called to Eternal Life. The Rite of Christian Burial will be offered in our Cathedral Church on Monday, December 30 th at 11:00 a.m. May Alice and Jeffrey now rest in the Eternal Home of the Lord!

December 22, 2013

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas……. such a wonderful time of the year—filled with Faith, Hope and Love, it tells our faith story to the world! Very Special Christmas Greetings are shared with each and every good Soul of St. Michael's Parish from Bishop Kurt, Father Jody, Father Dave, and Father Marcel. May the Lord Jesus fill your hearts and souls with His love this Christmas Season!

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY The Holy Name Society will be hosting their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, January 4 th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. It is open to all of the Men and their sons of the Parish.

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love;
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai,:
come to rescue us with you mighty power!

O Root of Jesse's stem
sign of God's love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God's Eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church!
come and save man, whom you
formed from the dust!

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of Eternal Light, sun of Justice!
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the Shadow of death!

December 15, 2013

Our Work of Love and Charity: Corrections for our Homebound List. Please delete the name and Address for Ann Chabra. She obviously moved and has not informed us of her new address.

Also, PLEASE include the following:

Marge and Joe Mihalik, 68 Seger Ave; Clifton, NJ 07011

Barbara Grubiak 50 Sade St., Apt. #N326 Clifton, NJ 07013

Maryann Halik 619 Highland Avenue Little Falls, NJ 07424

Dorothy Crowley 62 Alconquin Trail . Wayne, NJ 07470

A NOTICE FROM OUR BISHOP. Located in the vestibules of our Church and Chapel are Questionnaires our Holy Father, Pope Francis has ask us to provide him with our own personal response. The Questionnaire is eight pages, so be prepared. Please pick your copy of this request from Pope Francis, and once completed, PLEASE MAIL IT DIRECTLY TO OUR BISHOP KURT. Address : Bishop Kurt Burnette; Chancery Office ; 445 Lackawanna Ave., Woodland Park, NJ 07424. Thanks!

Also, please be mindful: ASAP before December 31 st !!!

December 1, 2013

THE SANCTUARY CANDLE for the entire month of December is lit in Loving Memory of +Peter Michael Korotky requested by Janice & Bill O'Brien .

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 7 th , 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. It is our Annual Children's Christmas party celebrating St. Nicholas Day. Once again, our Holy Name Society will provide a yummy breakfast for all of us to enjoy. The kids will make crafts and get ready for a special visitor. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Adults - $10.00 each, kids are Free!!! Contact Paulette Rude at 973.686.7747 or for tickets and reservations.

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have been clothed in Christ.”

The Rite of Christian Initiation will be celebrated this coming Saturday, December 7th, at 12:00 Noon at our Chapel, Woodland Park for the Servant of God, Raymond Francis Xavier Dhondt, IV, new born son of Raymond and Mary Ann Dhondt. May Raymond and Mary Ann, along with their “Gift from Heaven”, now continue to grow in the knowledge, love and grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, PASSAIC. You are cordially invited to the Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 15 th ; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Center, 240 Hope Ave., Passaic.
A wonderful European Kitchen serving tons of good food!

PRAYERFUL AND GOOD WISHES…. and especially BIRTHDAY WISHES ARE SHARED THIS WEEK FOR OUR BISHOP-ELECT KURT BURNETTE as he marks and celebrates his Birthday on December 7 th! ! “Grant, O Lord, to your Servant, Bishop Kurt,, peace, health and abundant happiness for many, happy and spiritually fruitful years!

Among the saints In God in the Moment, Kathy Coffey retells the story of a priest who fielded this question: “How many people were at the early celebration of the Eucharist last Wednesday morning?”

The priest replied, “There were three old ladies, the janitor, several thousand archangels, a large number of seraphim and several million of the triumphant saints of God.”

Coffey writes: “Such a ‘cloud of witnesses' answers a deep human urge to be part of something larger, to not stand alone, to give our little lives meaning. One drop of water, left alone, evaporates quickly. But one drop of water in the immense sea






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