Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church
Fr. Richard Janowicz, Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
John Patterson, Deacon
704 Aspen Street
Springfield, Oregon 97477
"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
Nativity Parish is an Eastern Catholic parish which celebrates the Byzantine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
Divine Liturgy is at 10 a.m. every Sunday Confessions before and after any service For directions to Nativity click here
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on show right at the end, like men condemned to death: we have been exhibited as a spectacle to the whole universe, both angelic and human.
Here we are, fools for Christ's sake, while you are the clever ones in Christ; we are weak, while you are strong; you are honoured, while we are disgraced.
To this day, we go short of food and drink and clothes, we are beaten up and we have no homes;
we earn our living by labouring with our own hands; when we are cursed, we answer with a blessing; when we are hounded, we endure it passively;
when we are insulted, we give a courteous answer. We are treated even now as the dregs of the world, the very lowest scum.
I am writing all this not to make you ashamed but simply to remind you, as my dear children;
for even though you might have ten thousand slaves to look after you in Christ, you still have no more than one father, and it was I who fathered you in Christ Jesus, by the gospel.
That is why I urge you to take me as your pattern.
Gospel: Matthew 17:14-23
As they were rejoining the crowd a man came up to Jesus and went down on his knees before him.
'Lord,' he said, 'take pity on my son: he is demented and in a wretched state; he is always falling into fire and into water.
I took him to your disciples and they were unable to cure him.'
In reply, Jesus said, 'Faithless and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.'
And when Jesus rebuked it the devil came out of the boy, who was cured from that moment.
Then the disciples came privately to Jesus. 'Why were we unable to drive it out?' they asked.
He answered, 'Because you have so little faith. In truth I tell you, if your faith is the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.'
When they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, 'The Son of man is going to be delivered into the power of men;
they will put him to death, and on the third day he will be raised up again.' And a great sadness came over them.
Great Vespers with Lytia
Feast for the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - 7:00 pm
The Gospel of Luke with Carl Olson - after vespers
Feast for the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God
Divine Liturgy - 9:00 am
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am
Epistle: 1st Corinthians 9:2-12
Even if to others I am not an apostle, to you at any rate I am, for you are the seal of my apostolate in the Lord.
To those who want to interrogate me, this is my answer.
Have we not every right to eat and drink?
And every right to be accompanied by a Christian wife, like the other apostles, like the brothers of the Lord, and like Cephas?
Are Barnabas and I the only ones who have no right to stop working?
What soldier would ever serve in the army at his own expense? And who is there who would plant a vineyard and never eat the fruit from it; or would keep a flock and not feed on the milk from his flock?
Do not think that this is merely worldly wisdom. Does not the Law say exactly the same? It is written in the Law of Moses:
You must not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn. Is it about oxen that God is concerned here,
or is it not said entirely for our sake? Clearly it was written for our sake, because it is right that whoever ploughs should plough with the expectation of having his share, and whoever threshes should thresh with the expectation of having his share.
If we have sown the seed of spiritual things in you, is it too much to ask that we should receive from you a crop of material things?
Others have been given such rights over you and do we not deserve more? In fact, we have never exercised this right; on the contrary, we have put up with anything rather than obstruct the gospel of Christ in any way.
Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35
'And so the kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants.
When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents;
he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt.
At this, the servant threw himself down at his master's feet, with the words, "Be patient with me and I will pay the whole sum."
And the servant's master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt.
Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, "Pay what you owe me."
His fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying, "Be patient with me and I will pay you."
But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt.
His fellow-servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him.
Then the master sent for the man and said to him, "You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me.
Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?"
And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt.
And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.'