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Nativity of the Mother of God
Ukrainian Catholic Church

Fr. Richard Janowicz, Pastor
rjano@aol.com
John Patterson, Deacon
Cantor: Joe Escobar

704 Aspen Street
Springfield, Oregon 97477
(541) 726-7309
Nativity Parish is an Eastern Catholic parish which celebrates the Byzantine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
"We believe that the venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ's Church . . . the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition..."
- Pope John Paul II, Orientale Lumen, "Light of the East" (1995)
"That the Eastern Catholic Churches and their venerable traditions may be known and esteemed as a spiritual treasure for the whole Church."
- Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer Intention for November 2011
This Week (August 9 - August 15)
Sunday:
  10th Sunday after Pentecost
  • DIVINE LITURGY - 9:00 am [Live Streamed] and 11:00 am
     Divine Liturgy Text Tropars
Monday:
  • First Hour - 7:00 a.m.    First Hour Text Weekday Tropars
  • Sixth Hour - 12:00 p.m.    Sixth Hour Text Weekday Tropars
Tuesday:
  • Paraklis at 7:30 p.m.
Paraklis is a service seeking the intercession of the Mother of God for times of need, either specific needs or in general. The time before the Dormition is a traditional time to use this prayer service. Texts for this service, and the Dormition, will be sent out later.
Wednesday:
  • First Hour - 7:00 a.m.    First Hour Text Weekday Tropars
  • Sixth Hour - 12:00 p.m.    Sixth Hour Text Weekday Tropars
Thursday:
  • First Hour - 7:00 a.m.    First Hour Text Weekday Tropars
  • Sixth Hour - 12:00 p.m.    Sixth Hour Text Weekday Tropars
Friday:
  • Great Vespers for the Dormition at 7:30 p.m.
Flowers and herbs will be blessed at Vespers and Liturgy for the Dormition.
Saturday:
  • Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
Holy day of obligation.
  • The Crowning in Holy Matrimony of Derek Day and Maribel (Gomez) Frickey
    at 11:00 a.m.
All the above will be live streamed.

Links: Streaming Video

Future Events in August:
• August 15th: 11:00 a.m. - Wedding of Derek Day and Maribel (Gomez) Frickey

• August 29th: 1:00 p.m. - Wedding of Michael Anheluk and Jennelle Swartley
Glory to Jesus Christ! Слава Ісусу Христу!

August 2, 2020
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Dear Parishioners,

For this Sunday, again,
Liturgies:
--Parishioners with last names A through K, if you are coming, come to the 9:00 Liturgy. This Liturgy will also be LIVE STREAMED.
--Parishioners L through Z, please come to the 11:00 Liturgy.
(If you need to switch times, please ask me.)

I will also distribute Holy Communion at 10:20 to those who cannot come to Liturgy yet want to receive. BUT you must contact me for this to take place.

Today: At 12:30 we will celebrate the Holy Baptisms of Daphne Lyon and Luca Anthony Réal. Remember them and their families in your prayers today, please. God grant them many years!

Congratulations: John Paul Morton and Bernadette Hockel were Crowned in Holy Matrimony yesterday. Please remember them in your prayers. Many years!

Masks: We ask everyone, for the time being, to wear a mask, face covering or face shield when coming to Liturgy. You are excused if you are under 5 years of age or have a medical or other condition that makes it too difficult or even dangerous to wear a mask. Thanks for your cooperation!

WHAT WAS DONE THIS WEEK: Church cleaning: Claudia May, Galina Groza; mowing: Tony Escobar; front yard mowing: Dave Haggard; weeding: Claudia May; wedding: Fr. Richard

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Health for Jon and Kathy Rawitzer; Pam Escobar, Craig and Bernadette May, Patie Leong, Joe Kremers, Daniel Goff, for David (req. by Regina Smith), Don Krofcheck and for a parish family in need of prayer.

BIRTHDAYS: Doug Heather Olson (Today!), Marcus Parker (Monday), Michelle Brunader (Tuesday). Many years!

Our eparchy’s new website: chicagougcc.org Check it out!

Ukraine Drive: Ann Palanuk is ready, with her great helpers, to send another shipment of clothes, toys and over the counter medicines to Ukraine this fall. We have done this many times, so nearly everyone knows the drill. You can leave your items at church in the lobby.

Dormition Fast: Yesterday began the two week fast before August 15. Tradition calls for strict fasting on weekdays and lesser fasting on Saturday and Sunday. Please consider a type of fast that will be helpful to you. (Possible example: No meat on Monday and Wednesday, strict fast on Friday.) Whatever you do fasting, do it for the good of your soul and then give glory to the Lord.

God be with you!
MASKS: As you have probably read, the Governor has ordered the use of masks, face coverings or shields for all people who are inside buildings open to the public. So I ask you all to please be wearing this type of protection when you come to church. Those under the age of 12 do not need to wear masks, and those who have good medical or other reasons for not wearing a mask are also exempt.

The cantors, Fr. Deacon and I are exempt during the Liturgy. Please bring your own mask, but we do have some here for those who need them.

I understand this is not pleasant for anyone, but I ask that you consider the welfare of your fellow parishioners as the virus continues to spread in Oregon. It is certainly a better thing to cover our mouths than to risk having the churches locked down again. However, as I have thought and prayed about this the past few days, I think we can do even better.

I suggest that we wear our masks in a spirit of penance for our sins and for the sins of our nation, and we offer this as a sacrifice to the Lord, especially when we put them on as we gather together to pray—to make this specific intention to the Lord. The priest and deacon say certain prayers when putting on vestments. Let us also have a prayerful intention when putting on the mask for worship.

This is not a great sacrifice, but it is still a sacrifice. As we offer this small penance to the Lord, let us specifically be aware of the words that come out of our mouths in sin, and ask His help to convert them to words of sincere worship, expressions of gratitude and Christian encouragement to others, especially those most in need. Let our masks even become a reminder that our first thought should not be about a virus, but about the Divine Physician, the Healer of Bodies and Souls.

And perhaps we can also hold to this thought: "If we can do it for Costco, we can do it for Christ." Thank you for your continued cooperation and your faithfulness!