Upcoming Holy Days and Events
Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!
Divine Liturgy, Sunday, August 5th : We will not be able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at La Casa on this Sunday (they are pouring the cement for the handicapped ramp), so we will meet at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7001 Florin Road, at our usual time, 9 a.m. Fr. Petro has extended a warm welcome to us so I hope as many of you as possible can attend. We will not have a coffee hour afterwards, but there will be a blessing of the first fruits of the summer’s harvest, as Monday, August 6th is the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.
Bring your grapes and other fruit and vegetables to church on this Sunday for blessing to thank God who is the Giver of all good things. If your harvest is from the supermarket, that’s OK too.
Dormition Fast: This Fast may be observed in the same manner as the Fast of Great Lent. This fast is one of the Church’s four fasts in the calendar year. Those who wish to observe this fast are encouraged to do so for their own spiritual growth – it is not a mandatory fast. The fast begins on August 1st and ends August 13th.
Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, August 15: We will not be celebrating the Divine Liturgy on this Holy Day of obligation at La Casa, so please sanctify the day as best as you are able.
Sunday, August 12th, 19th, 26th: The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. as usual at La Casa, Christ the King Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights, CA. We thank Fr. Petro Kozar for serving our community! All services are followed by refreshments. Please join us! All are welcome!
Blessings to All! Thanks for
your continued support!
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The Holy Shroud (Plashchanytsya) we have was given to us by Holy Resurrection Monastery, formerly of Newberry Springs California, and its Ihumen (Head), Father Nicholas Zacharaidis, via Holy Theophany Monastery in Olympia Washington. The Shroud was originally given to the monks by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown Pennsylvania.
When Holy Resurrection received the Shroud it was already old and was probably one of the first Shrouds to be made that uses the English language for the inscription of the Troparion of the Noble Joseph. The Shroud appears to have been made by the Sisters in Uniontown, then sent to a parish and then again found its way back to Uniontown. When the Holy Resurrection Monastery was founded a number of years ago, the monks needed a Plashchanytsya and the Uniontown Sisters gave them the shroud.
A few years ago, the monks acquired a new shroud. When the Sisters at Holy Theophany Monastery needed a Shroud, Father Nicholas loaned them the Shroud given to them by the Sisters in Uniontown. The sisters in Olympia acquired a new Plashchanytsya, and Father Abbot asked them to send the one he had loaned them to Holy Wisdom.
Thus the Shroud that we used this Holy Week is a “hand-me-down” and it is a holy “hand-me-down” that shows its age, which also shows us the many blessings that have poured out from it. One quickly sees that it is worn and tattered in places. But, it has been venerated in a good number of churches by many people, and, although it is worn, it still is worthy of veneration. We are very fortunate to have been given this blessed article Please pray for all of the benefactors over the years who cherished OUR shroud and saw fit to give it to us for our services on Good and Great Friday. And that is the rest of the Story!
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