Newsletter-February/March 2018

A Preparation for Confession

God does not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he turn away from his sins and live. In the Holy Sacrament of Penance, we have the means whereby we may obtain forgiveness of our sins, and be restored to the favor of God, our heavenly Father.

So that you may make a good confession, it is necessary for you to prepare yourself carefully. Ask God to give you the Grace to make a thorough examination of your conscience, courage to make a sincere and complete confession, and strength to amend your way of life in the days to come.

Begin your examination at the time of your last Confession; try to recall whether you omitted anything through carelessness or lapse of memory, or from fear of embarrassment. Examine yourself with the assistance of the form of self-examination according to the Ten Commandments of God which follows.

It is most necessary that you be genuinely sorry for the sins which you have committed, and that you firmly purpose amendment of your manner of living.

Self-examination based on the Ten Commandments

First Commandment

Have I believed in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Have I failed to trust in God and His mercy? Have I complained against God in adversity? Have I been thankful for God’s blessings? Have I doubted the Christian faith and the teachings of the Church? Have I tried to serve God and keep His Commandments? Have I given way to superstition? Have I frequented the religious meetings of heretics and schismatics? Have I neglected my duties to God through fear of ridicule or persecution? Have I failed to pray to God faithfully’? Have I put myself before God?

Second Commandment

Have I made an idol of any person or thing? Have I given to anyone or anything the worship that is due to God alone? Have I set before myself the Holy life of Jesus and tried to imitate Him? Have I read the Holy Scriptures regularly? Have I been irreverent during Church Services, let my attention wander, or be insincere? Have I neglected to receive Holy Communion regularly or without due preparation?

Third Commandment

Have I profaned the Holy name of God in any way? Have I cursed anyone or anything, or sworn a false oath? Have I failed to give proper reverence to holy persons and things? Have I had due respect for the clergy of the Church or hindered them in performing God’s work? Have I broken any solemn vow or promise? Have I entered into an unlawful contract or made an illegal promise?

Fourth Commandment

Have I stayed away from Church on Sundays or prevented others from going? Have I done unnecessary work on Sundays? Have I spent the day in unwholesome fashion or profaned it by improper conduct? If I could not go to Church because of illness or other grave cause, have I prayed at home? Have I caused anyone else to profane the Lord’s Day? Have I kept the Fasts and Festivals prescribed by the Church?

Fifth Commandment

Have I respected my parents and been obedient to them? Have I been guilty of deception, or caused them pain by my words or actions? Have I neglected them or failed to help them? Have I done my duty towards my family? Have I been wanting in love or kindness towards my husband (or wife), or harmed him (or her) in any way? Have I set my children a good example and tried to bring them up properly? Have I corrected their faults with patience and not with anger? Have I over-indulged or spoiled them? Have I neglected my God-children and failed in my obligations towards them? Have I worked for my employers honestly and diligently? Have I treated fairly all those who have worked for me? Have I honored God as my Heavenly Father by treating others as my brothers, and have I honored the Church as my spiritual Mother by accepting and practicing my religion in accordance with her teachings?

Sixth Commandment

Have I caused the injury or death of anyone, or wished that I were dead? Have I done anything to shorten my own life or that of someone else by injuring health, or through evil and intemperate living? Have I given way to anger, or harmed others with words or actions? Have I slandered others who needed help, or failed to stand up for those unjustly treated? Have I been cruel to anyone? Have I mistreated animals or destroyed any life unnecessarily? Have I was unable to forgive anyone or harbored evil thoughts against them?

Seventh Commandment

Have I given way to impure thoughts, words, or deeds? Have I committed any offensive actions alone or with others? Have I degraded myself in any way, or forgotten human dignity? Have I read immoral books or magazines, or delighted in the obscenity of any kind? Have I associated with evil companions or frequented unsavory places? Have I eaten or drunk or smoked too much? Have I been lazy, idle, or wasted my time? Have I led others to commit sinful acts? Have I been unfaithful to any trust confided in me?

Eighth Commandment

Have I stolen anything or wished to do so? Have I kept anything that did not belong to me? Have I tried honestly to find owners of lost articles I have seen? Have I cheated anyone? Have I paid my debts? Have I lived on my income, and not wastefully and extravagantly? Have I given to charitable causes in proportion to my means? Have I been honest and upright?

Ninth Commandment

Have I told lies, or added to or subtracted from the truth? Have I made inaccurate statements or speak evil of anyone? Have I mentioned any secrets entrusted to me, or betrayed anyone? Have I gossiped about anyone or harmed their reputation? Have I concealed the truth, assisted in carrying out a lie, or pretended to commit a sin of which I was not guilty? Have I tried to see the good in others rather than their shortcomings?

Tenth Commandment

Have I envied anything good that has come to others? Have I been jealous of another’s good fortune? Have I wished for anything that was another’s? Have I damaged or destroyed the property of others? Have I wished for things God has not given me, or been discontented with my lot? Have I been stingy? Have I held back anything due to another? Have I hoped for the downfall of anyone so that I might gain by it? Have I failed to be gracious and generous to anyone? Have I expected God to give me that which I would refuse one of my fellow men?

From the Holy Fathers:

“When the first order of angels fell from the angelic glory and became demons, the other nine orders humbled themselves and worshipped the All-Holy Trinity, and remained in their place and rejoice forever. We, too, my brethren, must reflect what an evil thing pride is – that it cast down the devil from angelic glory and he will always burn in Hell – and that humility kept the angels in Heaven, and they rejoice perpetually in the glory of the Holy Trinity. Let us then, my brethren, avoid pride, because it is the first daughter of the devil, it is a path that leads to Hell; and let us have humility, because it is angelic, and is a path that leads to Paradise”.

To a Great Lent,
Fr. John
cc: you can find this summary of the ten commandments in the little red prayer book.

Current Fundraisers

Our Valentine’s Day fundraiser is off to a great start. To date, we have sold 65 of the 150 box quota. Our bakers are going to be gearing up here shortly. If you are available to help with baking, cleaning, and boxing, please volunteer by calling Tina Faigl at 307-354-8283 and she will let you know what needs to be done.

Vasalopita

On January 28, Vetta Kallas and Mary Fischer made two beautiful Vasilopitas. We were able to raise $103.00 for St. Basil’s Academy. Thank you to all those who donated and a special thank you to Vetta and Mary for baking for us.

Pascha

Easter is coming right up. We only have two months and one week. Planning will soon begin. Please make room in your schedule to worship together as well as prepare for our annual dinner.

Donation

It has been brought to my attention that I have overlooked a donation recognition. In October 2017, our parish received a $7,000.00 donation from the Thomas & Mary Kourbelas Charitable Trust. The donation was applied toward the installation of the chair lift going into the church hall and repair of the outside lift. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the family of Thomas & Mary Kourbelas and their continued support for our church.


February 2018

Friday, February 2, 2017
Presentation of Our Lord
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Prodigal Son
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saturday, February 10, 2018
1stSaturday of Souls
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Judgement Sunday
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saturday, February 17, 2018
2nd Saturday of Souls
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Forgiveness Sunday
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Monday, February 19, 2018
Lent Begins

Saturday, February 24, 2018
3rd Saturday of Souls
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am


March 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018
Salutation to Theotokos
6:00 pm

Sunday 4, 2018
St Gregory Palamas
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Presanctified Liturgy
6:00 pm

Friday, March 9, 2018
Salutation to Theotokos
6:00 pm

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Sunday of Holy Cross
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Presanctified Liturgy
6:00 pm

Friday, March 16, 2018
Salutation to Theotokos
6:00 pm

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Sunday of St. John Climacus
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Presanctified Liturgy
6:00 pm

Friday, March 23, 2018
Salutation to Theotokos
6:00 pm

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Annunciation
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Lazarus Saturday
Annunciation
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

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