Orthodoxy SundaySt. Josaphat’s Bulletin
Feb. 14th to 20st 

Orthodoxy Sunday
1st Sunday of Lent

Repose of Our Venerable Father Constantine the Philosopher, in the Monastic Life, Cyril, Teacher of the Slavs (869); and our Venerable Father Auxentius (457-74); and the Venerable Maron the Wonderworker and Hermit;

Prayer of Forgiveness

Lord, Jesus Christ, in Your great mercy and love for mankind, You prayed for the forgiveness of those who crucified You, and You taught us to love our enemies, to pray for those who persecute or offend us and to forgive them.

Today, with the help of Your grace, I choose to forgive those who have hurt me in the past, or those who continue to persecute or offend me this day.

A Moment to remember the persons in silence.

Lord, bless them and guide them according to Your will. Also bless me in my decision to forgive and take away any bitterness and resentment that I have in my heart. May Your forgiveness, goodness and loving-kindness be revealed in all of us, to Your praise and glory.

Amen.

Adult Faith Presentations

The following sessions for adult Christian growth and spiritual development will take place at St. Josaphat’s:

Dcn Michael BombakThe Way of the Pilgrim, the Jesus Prayer and Other Spiritual Tools
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00-8:30 PM.
Presenter: Fr. Michael Bombak

Reverened Father Peter BabejPraying the Divine Liturgy (Five Sessions)
Beginning on Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00-8:30 PM.
Presenter: Fr. Peter Babej

Edward HeckerThe Shroud of Turin (Three Sessions):
Sunday February 28, 2:00-4:00 PM
Sunday March 6, 2:00-4:00 PM
Sunday March 13; 2:00-4:00 PM.
Presenter: Edward Hecker.

Adam and Eve walk with God

In the Garden with God

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy the Church offers us a general pardon, an indulgence that is open to all, and the possibility to renew our relationship with God and neighbor. It’s an opportunity to deepen our faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.

In calling the Jubilee Year, Pope Francis focuses the attention of the world on the merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him.

Ruth Burrows, a Carmelite nun for more than 50 years, reminds us that, “God liked to walk and talk in the Garden in the cool of the day with the man and woman he created.”

The initial rite of the Jubilee Year on December 8 was the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This door is opened only during a holy year. It is shut tight during all other years.

This rite of the opening of the Holy Door illustrates the idea that, during the Jubilee Year, the faithful are offered an “extraordinary pathway” to salvation.

When we repent, it’s as if the door to the Garden of Eden is open to us once again. And we can walk in the garden with our God.

Our prayer today: My God, I have wandered far from the path you want me to follow. Thank you for your mercy in allowing me to walk at Your side once again.

PYROHY SUPPER – February 5th

Fr. Peter serving at the Pyrohy SupperFriday, February 5th
4:30pm to 7:00pm

St. Josaphat’s Parish Hall

Costs:
Adults:  $15.00  |  Children 6 – 10:   $7.00
Children 5 and under: Free!

Meal includes:
Pyrohy, Fish, Lazy Cabbage Rolls, Garlic Sausage, Caesar Salad, Pickles, Dessert, Coffee, Tea & Juice.

EVERYONE IS INVITED. TELL A FRIEND… BRING A FRIEND!

 

 

Icon of the Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son

By James Iliou

In this parable we are told and in our minds we think of the younger as being the Prodigal. But which one of these two brothers is truly the Prodigal Son? Is it the younger who leaves and comes back in repentance, or the older brother who refuses to welcome him back? I tell you it is both brothers. For if we examine the parable from a different view we will see that even though the older brother always obeyed his father, he too is constantly squandering his father’s riches.

How is he doing this? The Father has given Continue reading