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Monthly newsletter of the Serbian
Orthodox Church of the Assumption
Fair Oaks, California
A monthly publication of the
Serbian Orthodox Church
Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary
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we love God sufficiently, that our faith
is active and fervent? That we love
DEARLY BELOVED
every man as our brother in Christ?
“I have a deep faith" That we have attained freedom from
is a platitude on the anger, meekness and humility? What
lips of all conceited, limited people who does our Christianity, then, amount to?
are weak in faith. The apostles, though Is it not true that the indifference of
they saw Christ with their own eyes and believers is something far more dreadful
touched Him still prayed: "Increase our than the fact that unbelievers exist?
faith!" The Gospels state with precision We know little, and in most cases do
the marks of profound faith: "And these not try to find out anything about our
sign shall follow
church services, about the life of the
those that believe:
Church. We should fill this gap and bein my name they
The
come living members of the Church!
shall cast out deChurch is
Few people today even realize that the
mons....they shall
alive and
so-called "choir" speaks and sings in the
lay hands upon the
will live
sick and they shall
name of the entire congregation and
forever!
recover" (Mark
that in the early Church there were
16:17-18). "Nothing
none of those specially trained, professhall be impos­sible
sional singers who now perform this
to you" (Matthew 17:20). "And all
duty." All sang, testifying to their own
things, whatever you shall ask for in
faith and with a sense of responsibility
prayer, believing, you shall receive" (Matthew 21:22). Does this
for the words they uttered. Sometimes
sound like us? We who are so cold,
we do not even know the words. And
powerless and spiritually weak? Our faith how many understand them? When we
is weak because we are indifferent to
attend a ser­vice in the Church, we
the things of God. Can we assert that
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seem to sign a letter we have not
read, to assume duties which we ignore.
How can we strengthen our life
in the Church? We are Orthodox and
all the treasures of the Church are at
our service her prayers, her sacraments. Learn to know these treasures
and be nourished by them. The direction of a spiritual father, continual contact with him. Frequent resort to the
sacraments, careful preparation before
receiving them, participation in Church
services, prayer at home, the daily
reading of the Gospels and religious
books, the observance of the Church's
cal­endar of fasts and feasts, friendship
and frequent contact with people who
believe and who belong to the Church.
Christianity is not merely a philosophical system, it is a life, a special
way of life and this must be studied
and lived continuously—literally, every
day. The Church is alive and will live
forever! Let us not hang like dry, withered leaves on this ever-living tree!
We are asking that all of you
send me an email with your
name as the subject line to
[email protected]
The emails will be used to
inform you of news and events.
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The new husband watched his wife
prepare her first ham and noticed that she
cut off a few inches from the end. It
seemed senseless so he asked, "Why?" she
replied, I really don’t know, but my mother
always did it that way." They both puzzled
over the fact that there must be a reason for
what she had watched her mother do so
many limes. She decided to call and find
out. Her mother replied, "My mother always did it that way, and I just do it because she did, I guess." So they phoned
Grandma. "Oh," said the elderly one, "I
had to always cut off a bit of the end because my pan was too small."
Grandma had a good reason for
what she did. The others had done it for no
reason at all except "I saw my mother do
it."
How many of our people celebrate their
Slava’s on Wednesday and Friday and the
Lenten season with not Lenten food -pig
and lamb. My parents and grandparents did
this way.
How true of many religious people.
They blindly follow the parents in religious
matters without ever giving any thought to
whether or not it is the proper thing to do.
Asked why they do certain things, they usually answer, "My parents believed that
way" or "If it was good enough for my
mother it is good enough for me” or "I was
just brought up that way." If you are like
that, please do some investigating
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“Ja imam
jaku veru” je
svalkida{nji izraz
na usnama svih
umi{ljenih, ograni~enih ljudi
koji su slabi u veri. Apostoli, I
ako su videli Hrista svojim
o~ima I bili u dodiru s Njim, su
se ipak molil re~ima: “Uve}aj
na{u veru!” Evan|elje ta~no pokazuje istinitu veru”. A znaci
onima koji veruju bi}e ovi:
imenom mojim izgoni}e |avole;
…..na bolesne meta}e ruke, I
ozdravlja}e” (Mk.16:17-18). “I
ni{ta ne }e vam biti nemogu}e” (Mt. 17:20). ”I sve {to uzi{tete
u molitvi veruju}I, dobi}
ete” (Mt.21:22” Dali ovo zvu~I
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jaka? Da volimo svakog ~oveka
kao na{eg brata u Hristu. Da li
smo postigli uzdr`avanje od
ljutnje, da li smo blagi I
ponizni? [ta na{e hri{}anstvo,
onda ka`e? Zar nije istina da
ravnodu{nost vernih je ne{to
mnogo stra{nije nego ~injenica
da nevernici postoje?
Mi znamo veoma malo, I
u mnogim slu~ajevima se I ne
trudimo da saznamo o
crkvenim slu`bama I `ivotu
crve. Mi treba da ispunimo
ovu prazninu I postanemo `ivi
clanovi crkve! Mali broj ljudi
danas uvi|a da takozvani
“Hor” govori I peva u ime cele
zajednica a da u ranoj crkvi
nisu postojali specijalno u~eni
peva~I koji su vr{ili ovu
du`nost.” Svi su pevali,
potvr|uju}I svoju veru sa ose}
ajem odgovornosti za re~I koje
su izgovarali. Nekada I
neznamo te re~i. Koliko od nas
kao kao I mi sami? Mi koji smo
hladni nemo}ni I duhovno
slabi? Na{a vera je slaba za to
{to smo ravnodu{ni prema
Bo`jim stvarima. Mo`emo li
potvrditi da volimo Boga dovoljno, koliko je na{a vera aktivno
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ih ustvari I razume? Kada
prisustvujemo bogoslu`enju u
crkvi izgleda kao da potpisujemo pismo koje nismo
pro~itali, I uzimamo odgovornost koju ignore{emo.
Kako mo`emo oja~ati nas
crkveni `ivot? Mi smo Pravoslavci I sva crkvena blaga su
nam na usluzi - njene molitve,
njene Svete Tajne. Nau~imo I
upoznajmo se sa ovim blagom
I hranimo se njime. Kroz
upustva duhovnog oca pristupajte crkvenim bogoslu`enjima, ku}nim molitvama, svakodnevnog ~itanja
Sv. Pisma I duhovnih knjiga,
upra`njavajte crkveni calendar,
praznike I post, dru`ite se sa
ljudima koji veruju I pripadaju
crkvi.
Hri{}anstvo nije samo
filozofija, to je `ivot, poseban
na~in `ivota koji mora da se
u~i i `ivi svakoga dana. Crkva
je `iva i `ive}e zauvek! Ne
budimo kao suvo i uvelo li{}e
na ovom ve~nom `ivom
drvetu!
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Novo o`enjeni ~ovek je posmatrao
svoju suprugu kako priprema {unku I
primetio da se~e po nekoliko centimetara
krajeve {unke. Iznena|en je upitao: “Za{to
to radi” a ona odgovori: “Stvarno neznam,
ali moja majka je uvek tako radial”. Oboje
su se zamislili {ta je bio razlog, zato supruga odlu~i da pozove majku. Kad je upitala majku, maj~in odgovor je bio: “zaista
neznam ali je moja majka uvek tako radila”
I onda odlu~i{e da pozovu baku. Bakin
odgovor je bio: “ja sam morala se}I krajeve
{unke jer nisam imala dovoljno veliku posudu za pe~enje”.
Baka je imala dobar razlog, }erka I
unuka nisu ali su ga ~inile zato {to su to
~inile njihove majke.
Koliko na{eg naroda slave svoje
Krsne slave u Sredu ili Petak kao i u
vreme posta mrsnom hranom sa prase}im i
ov~im pe~enjem a ne posnom hranom. Moji
roditelji i dedovi si ovako radili je njihov
odgovor.
Ovo je slika mnogih vernika koji
slepo prate svoje roditelje ne razmi{ljaju}i
dali to tako zaista treba ~initi, i kada ih
upitamo za{t to ~ine, obi~no nemaju odgovor i obi~no se svodi “moji roditelji su
verovali i radili tako” ili “ako je bilo dobro
za moju majku dobro je i za mene” ili
“tako sam ja nau~ien”.
Ako prepoznajete sebe u ovoj pri~i
molim vas preispitajte se.
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On the walls of
the catacombs in Rome
there is sometimes painted
the figure of a woman
praying, the Orans. She is
gazing towards heaven ,
her open hands raised with the palms upwards. This is one of the most ancient of
Christian icons. Whom does she represent the Blessed Virgin Mary , the Church, or the
soul at prayer? Or perhaps all three at once?
However it is inter­preted, this icon depicts a
basic Christian attitude: that of invocation,
calling down or waiting upon the Holy Spirit.
There are three main positions that
we can assume with our hands, and each has
its own symbolic meaning. Our hands may
be closed, our fists clenched, as a gesture of
defiance or in an effort to grasp and to hold
fast, thus expressing aggression or fear. At
the other extreme our hands may hang listlessly by our sides, neither defiant nor receptive. Or see, as a third possibility, our hands
may be lifted up like those of the Orans, no
longer clenched but open, no longer listless
but ready to receive the gifts of the Spirit. An
all-important lesson upon the spiritual Way is
under­standing how to unclench our fists and
to open our hands. Each hour and minute we
are to make our own the action of the heaven,
saying to the Spirit, COME.
The whole aim of the of the Christian life is to be a Spirit-bearer, to live in the
Spirit of God, to breathe the Spirit of God.
What happened to the first Christians
on the day of Pentecost happens also to each
of us when, immediately following our Bap-
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tism, we are in the Orthodox practice
anointed with Chrism or MYRORU (This, the
second sacrament of Christian initiation, corresponds to Confirmation in the Western tradition.) The newly baptized, whether infant or
adult, is marked by the priest on the forehead,
eyes, nostrils, mouth, ears, breast, hands and
feet, with the words, "The seal of the gift of the
Holy Spirit". This This is for each one a personal Pente­cost: the Spirit, who descended visi
­bly upon the Apostles in tongues of fire, descends upon every one of us invisibly, yet with
no less reality and power.
Each becomes an 'anointed one', a
'Christ' after the likeness of Jesus the Messiah.
Each is sealed with the charismata of the Comforter. From the moment of our baptism and
Chrismation the Holy Spirit, together with
Christ, comes to dwell in the innermost shrine
of our heart. Although we say to the Spirit
'Come", he is already within us. However careless and indif­ferent the baptized may be in
their subsequent life, this indwelling presence
of the Spirit is never to­tally withdrawn. But
unles we co-operate with God's grace- unless,
through the exercise of our free will, we struggle to perform the commandments-it is likely
that the Spirit's presence within us will remain
hidden and unconscious. As pilgrims on the
Way, then, it is our purpose to advance from
the stage where the grace of the Spirit is present and active within us in a hidden way, to
the point of con­scious awareness, when we
know the Spirit's power openly, directly, with
the full perception of our heart. I am come to
cast fire on the earth,' Christ said,' and how I
wish it were already kindled!' (Luke 12:49).
The Pentecostal spark of the Spirit, existing in
each one of us from baptism, is to be kindled
into a living flame. We are to become what we
are.
- Bishop Kallistos Ware
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Constantine's parents were Emperor
Constantius Chlorus and the Empress Helena. Chlorus had other children by another
wife, but from Helena he had only
Constantine. After his coronation Constantine fought three great battles: one,
against Maxentius, a Roman tyrant; the
second, against the Scythians on the Danube and the third, against the Byzantines. Before the battle with Maxentius,
while Constantine was greatly concerned
and in doubt about his success, a brilliant
Cross appeared to him in the sky during
the day, completely adorned with stars
and written on the Cross were these
words: "By this Sign Conquer." Astonished, the emperor ordered a large cross
to be forged similar to the one that appeared to him and that it be carried before
the army. By the power of the Cross he
achieved a glorious victory over the enemy who was superior in members. Maxentius was drowned in the Tiber river.
Immediately after that, Constantine issued the famous Edict of Milan in the
year 313 A.D. to halt the persecution of
Christians. Defeating the Byzantines,
Constantine built a beautiful capital on
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the Bosphorus which from that time on
was called Constantinople. Before that, however, Constantine succumbed to the
dreaded disease of leprosy. As a cure, the
pagan priests and physicians counseled
him to bathe in the blood of slaughtered
children. However, he rejected that. Then
the Apostles Peter and Paul appeared to
him and told him to seek out Bishop Sylvester who will cure him of this dreaded
disease. The bishop instructed him in the
Christian Faith, baptized him and the disease of leprosy vanished from the emperor's body. When a discord began in
the Church because of the mutinous heretic Arius, the emperor convened the First
Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, 325.
A.D., where the heresy was condemned
and Orthodoxy confirmed. St. Helena,
the pious mother of the emperor, was
very zealous for the Faith of Christ. She
visited Jerusalem, discovered the Honorable Cross of the Lord, built the Church
of the Resurrection on Golgotha and
many other churches throughout the Holy
Land. This holy woman presented herself
to the Lord in her eightieth year in 327
A.D. Emperor Constantine outlived his
mother by ten years. He died in Nicomedia in his sixty-fifth year in 337 A.D. His
body was interred in the Church of the
Twelve Apostles in Constantinople.
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ISN'T YOUR BAG HEAVY
ENOUGH??
One of my teachers told each one
of us to bring a clear plastic bag and a
sack of potatoes to class. For this exercise we were to think of every person
we'd refuse to forgive in our life experience, we were told to choose a potato,
write on it the name of the person, the
date of their offense to us, and put it in
the plastic bag. Some of our bags, as
you can imagine, were quite heavy.
We were then told to carry this
bag with us everywhere we went for one
week, putting it beside our bed at night,
on the car seat when driving, next to our
desk at work. The hassle of lugging this
around with us made it clear what a
weight we were carrying spiritually, and
how we had to pay attention to it all the
time to make sure not to forget it. We
also had to keep explaining it and not
leaving it in embarrassing places.
Naturally, the condition of the
potatoes deteriorated to a nasty slime.
This was a great metaphor for the price
we pay for keeping our pain and heavy
negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person,
and it clearly is for ourselves!! SO THE
NEXT TIME YOU DECIDE YOU
CAN'T FORGIVE SOMEONE, ASK
YOURSELF...
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We must create a climate of happi­
ness in the church. People must enjoy
coming to a church before it will grow.
There must be a loving climate. God
has given the world the right to judge
the church by how we love one another.
The church that would grow must
have a Bible-centered atmosphere.
The members of the church must be
enthusiastic.
There should be freedom rather than
formality in the operation of the
church. A relaxed atmosphere is essential for meaningful worship, Bible
study, and fellowship.
The growing church is evangelistic. It
must be zealous to win lost people to
Christ.
A growing church is an authoritarian
church. Its authority comes from God.
In order to grow, a church must be
daring. It must be willing to attempt
different programs and methods of
reaching people.
A growing church has great faith. Its
members have vision and the faith to
make that vision a reality.
A growing church is a praying
church. We would be better at talking
to people about God if we were more
faithful at talking to God about people.
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ustala je sva kuka i motika i digla se
raja ko
iz zemlje trava. Ali i oni u dolami kao i ovi u gunjaci jednaki su bili po junastvu i pozrtvovanju; niRece Gospod: “Blago
kada slicniji potomci pretcima, i to u vremenskom
oriima koji placu, jer ce se
razmaku od pola hi - jade godina. Nasa narodna
utesitL.
crkva uoinila je pravdu i Kosovskim i ustanickim
Tesko vama koji se smejete
junacima spojivsi njihov spomen praznovanja u
sad, jer cete zaplakati. (Mat. jedan dan - VDOVDAN. I drzava srpska, /dok je
5:5; Lk. 6:25).
bila srpska/, praznovala je svecano taj dan zajedno
Evo dana opevana, avo sa crkvom.
dana oslikana, evo dana
Muklo i necujno je skinuta sa nacijonalnog
oplakana, evo nam opet Srpskog Vi do v da na .
kalendara samo da bi se ugodilo manjini i toboz
Cudo kako jedan dan moze da promeni
odrzala drzava, i tako i Vidovdan i Savinda, presli
istoriju i sudbinu jednog naroda, pa cak i jednoga
su u iskljucivo dostojanje crkve. Zato sada placemo,
ko n ti nenta. Dan Konstantinove pobede nad Mak- I krivi i pravi i oni u Otadjbini i oni u raseljenju.
sencijem doneo je slobodu Hristovoj crkvi posle
Placu deca za ocevima svojim, majke za sinovima,
300- godina gonjenja i mucenja. Dan iznenadne
zene za muzevima. Placu pred Bogom a ne pred
smrti cara Dusana otvorio je kapiju islamskoj pop- ljudima. A Bog vidi i broji svaku suzu sirotinjesku.
lavi hrisanskog Balkana. Vidovdan je pak bio
No pitace neko : sta vredi plakat? Nije li plac osoposlednji junacki otpor toj poplavi ali i slom
bina slabih i nemocnih? Zar suze ne raslabljuju
poslednje brane protiv nje.
snagu i ne ubi- jaju energiju ljudi?
Otuda je Vidovdan dan tuge, ali i slave,
Ne, braco moja, nikako! Gle, i Hristos je
dan tuzne slave. Dugotrajni smeh smenjen je
plakao, jos je nazvao i blazeni, one koji placu.
dugotra- jnim placem. I obistinila se rec Hristova:
Plakali su apostoli Hristovi i svetitelji i svi
Tesko vama koji se smejete sad jer ce te zaplakati. plemeniti ljudi od iskona. Plakao je i Sveti Sava, i
Ot - manje velikasa o vlast nad svojim sopstvenim sasusio se od plakanja. Suhe oci su kao presuseni
narodom smenjeno je izceznucem velikasa i
izvor. Bezi od coveka koji se hvali da nikada u
robovar naroda pod tudjinskom vlascu. Tako je to
zivotu nije plakao. Suze su dar Bozji, kazu veliki
bilo i dugo je trajalo. Dugo,
pravoslavni duhovnici. Suze su lek, a ne otrov. Suze
Pod dugim robovanjem narod je poceo
snaze, a ne slabe. Suze donose utehu i mir.
citati Vidovdan ne samo kao jedan datum nego kao Nemojmo se, dakle , stideti placa, nego se stidimo
zadatak od Boga mu zadati. Odrzati veru i ponovo
sebicnosti, zluradosti i mrznji, koja je suha kao jese udostojiti slobode, tako je narod razumeo taj / - htika i susi dusu kao sto jehtika susi telo. Svaka
dovdanski zadatak. Odrzati pravu veru pod
suza nad opstom narodnom nesrecom privodi nas
iskusenjima i na mukama i udostojiti se zlatne slo- blize Bogu i blize ostvarenju naseg ideala.
bode krez pokajanje i ociscenje - ovaj zadatak,
A veliki dan Vidovdan, taj zivi spomenik nad milikoga neki nazivaju zavet, narod je bivao sve jasniji onima umrlih i jos umirucih, ne moze se ni prood kolena do kolena I iz stoleca u stolece, dok se
slaviti bez suza, i to suza zahvalnosti velikim pretnije navrsilo vreme.
cima nasim, i suza vapijucih Bogu za pomoc i
Ono sto je svilena dolama na kosovu izgubila, sel- spasenje, najzad i suza radosnica - ako Bog da, da
jacka je gunjaca u ustanku zadobila. Lazar je prok- kao sto i hoce u casu kada se ispune nasa nacionlinjao ko ne dodje u boj na Kosovo. Morao je prok- alna i duhvna nadanja.
linjati zbog razdora i rastrojstva velikasa. KaradUpokoj Gospode sve one mnogomilione zrtve od
jordje nije imao potrebe da proklinje, jer je sav
Kosova da nasih dana, koji se prinesose za veru i
narod bio slozan i jedinodusan, i na njegov poziv
slobodu.
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Lazar was one of the Serbian noblemen who ruled the Serbian empire after the
death of Tsar Dushan. After the death of
Tsar Urosh, Patriarch Ephrem
crowned Lazar as the Serbian king.
Lazar sent a delegation to Constantinople with the monk Isaiah to implore
the patriarch to lift [remove] the anathema from the Serbian people. He
fought against the Turkish powers on
several occasions. Finally, he clashed
[fought] on the Field of Blackbirds
[Kosovo Polje] on June 15, 1389 A.D.
against the Turkish Emperor Amurat
where he was beheaded. His body was
translated and interred in Ravanica, his
memorial church [Zaduzbina] near
Cuprija and later was translated to Ravanica in Srem and from there, during
the Second World War (1942) was translated to Belgrade and placed in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Archangel Michael
where it rests today incorrupt and extends
comfort and healing to all those who turn
to him with prayer. [In 1989, on the occasion of the six-hundred year anniversary of
his martyrdom, St. Lazar's relics were
again translated to the monastery of Ravanica in Cuprija]. St. Lazar restored the
monasteries of Hilendar [Mt. Athos] and
Gornjak. He built Ravanica and Lazarica
[in Krusevac] and was a benefactor of the
Russian monastery St. Pantaleon [Mt.
Athos] as well as many other churches and
monasteries.
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Један од великаша српских, који
су владали царством српским после цара
Душана. По смрти цара Уроша Лазар би
крунисан од патријарха
Јефрема за цара српског.
Слао изасланство у
Цариград, са монахом
Исаијом да моли да се
скине анатема са народа
српског. Борио се против
силе турске у неколико
махова. Најзад сукоби се
на Косову пољу 1389.
године 15. јуна са турским
царем Амуратом, где буде
посечен. Тело му пренето
и сахрањено у његовој
задужбини Раваници код
Ћуприје, а доцније
пренето одатле у Раваницу Сремску,
одакле је за време Другог светског рата
(1942. године.) пренето у Београд и
положено у Саборну цркву, где и данас
нетљено почива и пружа утехе и
исцелење свима онима који му се
молитвом обраћају. Обновио Хиландар
и Горњак; подигао Раваницу и
Лазарицу; био ктитором манастира
руског Пантелејмона као и многих
других цркава и манастира. (Сада
његове свете мошти почивају у
манастиру Раваници).
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VIDOVDANSKA PROSLAVA
INVITATION TO THE
ANNUAL
VIDOVDAN COMMEMORATION
DIVINE LITURGY 10:00 a.m.
PARASTOS 11:30 a.m.
Vidovdan Memorial Service
SUNDAY — JUNE 26
LITURGIJA u 10:00 ujutro
Parastos 11:30 ujutro
12:00 noon CHILDRENS PROGRAM and
LUNCH
EVERYBODY IS WELCOME
POZIVATE SE NA GODI[NJU VIDOVDANSKU PROSLAVU
12:00 p.m De~ji Program i RU^AK
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vesna I nehoti~na. Mo`e
se desiti da
neko pogre{no
shvata verske istine
Dr. Lazar Milin
prosto iz neznanja, iz nedovoljne
obavestenosti. No, kad mu se uka`e
Otpadni{tvo je nate`I greh
na pogre{nost njegovog mi{ljenja on
protiv vere. Ali ima jo{ jedna vrsta
greha protiv vere I Crkve, to je jeres. ga se odri~e I odbacuje ga. Ali, ako on
I pokraj toga uporno ostaje pri svom
Jeres je izopa~avanje I poricanje osnovnih istina Hristove naukwe, tobo` mi{ljenju pa jo{ I druge zavodi, onda
e to prava jeres, a ne tek nehoti~na
u ime Sv. Pisma I na osnovu Sv.
nesvesna zabluda.
Pisma. Jeretik ne prelazi u neku
Jeretik gre{i ne samo time {to
drugu rel;igiju, recimo u islam, ili
judeizam, ili budizam. On smatra, I o se protivi crkvenom u~enju i zakonitoj
sebi tvrdi, da je ostaouz Hrista I da I crkvenoj vlasti, nego i time {to on
dalje veruje Sv. Pismu, ali tvrdi da je svojim jereti~kim u~enjem }utke progla{uje Hrista ili za neznalicu ili za
Crkva pogre{noprotuma~ila osnovne
istine Sv. Pisma pa on to ho}e da po- varalicu. Evo jednog primera radi ilustracije.
pravi I izvede na pravi put. Otuda
Iz Sv. Pisma vidmo da je
on odbacuju}I crkveno u~enje kao
Spasitelj poslao svoje zpostole da
“pogre{no” ili ~ak kao “protivno Sv.
kr{tavaju ljude u ime Oca I Sina I
Pismu”, odvaja sebe od crkve. ZaSvetoga Duha. Zna~I, On u~I da je
konita crkvena vlast konstatuju}I da
Bog jedan u tri lica. On govori o sebi
je neko u~enje jeres odbacuje takvo
da je On Sin Bo`ji, dakle drugo lice
u~enje, a jeretika poiva na pokajanje
Svete Trojice, jednak po bi}u sa Ocem.
I odricanje odjeresi. U koliko to ne
u~ini, on re{enjem crkvene vlasti biva Ako posle svega toka neko ka`e da
veruje Svetom pismu, a pori~e veru u
isklju~en iz Crkve.
Svetu Trojicu—opnada on time ospoTreba razlikovati versku
rava osnovne Istine Sv. Pisma I zaobizabludu od jeresi. Zabluda je neslazinim putem, }utke, prestavlja Hrista
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ili kao varalicu ili kao ~oveka koji
ne zna {ta govori. Zar je to mali
greh?
Stav Crkve prema jereticima
je zasnovan na Svetom pismu. Kad
su neki od starih jeretika poku{ali
da lukavstvom zbune galatijske
hri}ane, da ih nagovore da se vrate
na ispunjavanje starozavetnih zakonskih propisa, apostolPavle im
pie. “Ako vam ~ak I mi, ili an|eo s
naba propoveda Evan|elje razli~ito
od onoga kojee smo vam mi
propovedali, neka budu prokleti.
Kao {to smo pre kazali I sad opet
velim. Ako vam ko propoveda
Evan|elje koje se razlikuje od
onoga {to ste primili, naka budu
prokleti” (Gal. 1:8-9).
Kao {to se vidi, apostol Pavle
~istotu evangelske nauke, neizmenjivost I nepovredivost Evan|elja
smatra toliko va`nim, da dvaput
ponavlja anatemu protiv onih koji
izvr}u nauku Hristovu laznm dogmama, ili la`nimprevodima I
pogre{nim tuma~enjima Svetoga
pisma. Po{to takav posao svesnog I
namernog izvrtanja evan|elskih
istina mo`e poticati samo od
~oveka koji nema dobre namere. To
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apostol Pavle opominje svoga u~enika
Tita: “ ^oveka jeretika posle prvog I
drugog savetovanja izbegavaj, znaju}I
da se takav izopa~io I da gre{I, sam
na sebe naval~I osudu (Titu 3,10-11).
A Sv. Evangelist Jovan ka`e za
jeretike: “Od nas izi|o{e, ali ne behu
od nas, jer da od nas behu, ostali bi
sa nama; nego trebalo je da se
poka`e da nisu d nas” (1. Jn. 2:19)
Prema tome, i jeretici kao i otpadnici, iako su u po~etku bili ~lanovi
crkve, oti{li su od nje svojevoljno, bili
iz neznanja, kao {to ~ineoni koje
jereti~ki propovednici ve{tim zankama udede u “istinitost” svoga
gledi{ta, a “la`nost” ipogre{nost”
crkvenog u~enja, biloiz nedovoljnog
poznavanja i razumevanja svetog
pisma, bilo iz upornog ostajanja pri
pogre{kama, bilo iz namerno
smi{ljenih zlih planova. Ne{to od
svega toga uvek le`i u osnovi svake
jeresi i svakog osniva~a jeresi.
Lighter Moment
A man asked his boss for a salary increase, declaring that he did the
work of three men. The boss
responded that he couldn’t increase
the man’s pay, but that if he told him
the names of the three men, he’d fire
them.
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fatter who takes time to understand
what his child says when the child is
small will be able to Understand his
On this Father's Day lets re- child later in life.
member the Principles Of FatherIn listening, I would pay more
hood which were enumerated in
careful attention to my child's ques1979 by John M Drcscher, Editor
tions. It is estimated the average
of the Gospel Hearld. This checklist child asks 500,000 questions by the
for fatherhood may be too late for
age of 15. What a privilege for
SOME of us fathers, but for many
every parent-a half million opportuothers, it may help in raising their nities to share something about the
children.
meaning of life! These early years
are the years of teaching. And by
Principles Of Fatherhood
the time the child reaches age 15,
Some men MAY think Faparents have done most of their
ther's Day is just for sentimentalteaching; they know by now exactly
ists, but these principles of father- what the parents believe. From then
hood are for everyone. First, if I
on, a parent's primary opportunity
were starting my family again, I
is to be available when the child
would love the mother of my chil- comes for help.
dren more. I would be more free to
THIRD, IF I were starting my
let my children see that I love her. family again, I would seek more opLove is like a plant. It need nurtur- portunities to give my child A FEELing. We must do the things love
ING OF belonging. I would express
dictates, or it will die.
words of appreciation and praise
I would listen more. I would more. I would spend more TIME TOlisten when my child shares his lit- GETHER WITH them. In every fatle hurts and complaints, his joys,
ther's week, there are 168 hours.
and what he is excited about. The
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Happy father’s day to all fathers
in our parish.
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He probably spends about 40
HOURS AT WORK. ALLOW another
15 hours for overtime, lunch, and
driving to and from work. SET
ASIDE 56 HOURS FOR SLEEP. THAT
leaves a fatter 57 hours each
WEEK to spend elsewhere. How
MANY ARE actually SPENT WITH
HIS FAMILY?
A group of 300 seventh and
eighth grade boys kept accurate
records of how much time their
fathers actually spent with them
over a 2-week period. Most saw
their father only at the dinner tabic
A number never saw their father
for days at a time. The average
time fatter and son were alone together for an entire week was 7.5
minutes.
ARTHUR GORDON TELLS an
interesting experience from HIS
YOUTH "WHEN I WAS AROUND
AGE 13 AND MY brother WAS 10?
father had promised to take us to
the circus. BUT AT lunch, THERE
WAS A PHONE CALL: SOME urgent
business required his attention
DOWNTOWN. MY BROTHER AND I
BRACED OUR­SELVES FOR THE
disappointment. Then we heard
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him say, "No, I WON'T BE DOWN.
IT WILL HAVE TO WAIT." WHEN
HE came back to the table, mother
smiled. 'The circus KEEPS COMING
BACK YOU KNOW". "I KNOW said
fatter, 'But childhood doesn't.
A prominent businessman asked a
friend, "Would YOU LIKE TO KNOW
WHAT I AM GIVING MY SON for
Christmas?" He showed a piece of
paper on which HE HAD written:
"TO MY SON: I GIVE you one hour
of each week and 2 hours of every
Sunday TO be used AS YOU WISH."
Sixth, if I were to start my family
again, I would laugh MORE. OSCAR
WILDE WROTE: "THE BEST way to
make children good is to make them
happy." I see NOW THAT I WAS
MUCH TOO SERIOUS. WHILE MY
children loved to laugh, too often, I
must have conveyed the IDEA THAT
being A PARENT WAS PAINFUL.
Somehow, we manage enough muscle to handle the big things OF LIFE
but forget that LIFE IS largely made
up of little things. But it is a father's
faithfulness IN the small things that
determines the happiness of his children.
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It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who
lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to 'explain God.' I wonder if any of us could have done as well?
(and he had such an assignment, in California , and someone published it,
I guess miracles do happen!)
'One of God's main jobs is making
people. He makes them to replace the ones
that die, so there will be enough people to
take care of things on earth. He doesn't make
grownups, just babies. I think because they
are smaller and easier to make. That way he
doesn't have to take up his valuable time
teaching them to talk and walk. He can just
leave that to mothers and fathers.'
'God's second most important job is listening
to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since
some people, like preachers and things, pray
at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have
time to listen to the radio or TV because of
this. Because he hears everything, there must
be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he
has thought of a way to turn it off.'
'God sees everything and hears everything
and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty
busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by
going over your mom and dad's head asking
for something they said you couldn't have.'
'Atheists are people who don't believe in God.
I don't think there are any in Chula Vista . At
least there aren't any who come to our
church.'
'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the
hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people
who didn't want to learn about God. They fi-
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nally got tired of him
preaching to them and they
crucified him. But he was
good and kind, like his father, and he told his father
that they didn't know what they were doing and
to forgive them and God said O.K.'
'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he
had done and all his hard work on earth so he
told him he didn't have to go out on the road
anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did.
And now he helps his dad out by listening to
prayers and seeing things which are important
for God to take care of and which ones he can
take care of himself without having to bother
God. Like a secretary, only more important.'
'You can pray anytime you want and they are
sure to help you because they got it worked out
so one of them is on duty all the time.'
'You should always go to church on Sunday
because it makes God happy, and if there's
anybody you want to make happy, it's God!
Don't skip church to do something you think will
be more fun like going to the beach. This is
wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out
at the beach until noon anyway.'
'If you don't believe in God, besides being an
atheist, you will be very lonely, because your
parents can't go everywhere with you, like to
camp, but God can. It is good to know He's
around you when you're scared, in the dark or
when you can't swim and you get thrown into
real deep water by big kids.'
'But...you shouldn't just always think of what
God can do for you. I figure God put me here
and he can take me back anytime he pleases.
And...that's why I believe in God.'
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Serbian Orthodox Church of the Assumption
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM 2011
Stewardship is our financial response to God and His Church. Through our financial
commitment our Parish will be able to carry on its programs for all its members. Please fill
your stewardship card and mail it to the Church office. “ God has given us everything we
have. He expects from us a generous portion of our blessings for the needs of His Church.”
Starateljstvo je ne{ finansiski odgovor prema Bogu i Njegovoj crkvi. Kroz na
{a nov~ano obavezivanje na{a parohija bi}e u mogu}nosti di ispuni sve njene programe prema svim parohijanima. Molimo vas popunite KARTU STARATELJSTVA i
po{aljite je u crkvenu kancelariju. “Bog nam je dao sve {to imamo. On i o~ekuje od
nas dobar deo od blagoslov nam dati za potrebe Njegove crkve”.
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JULY
Monday
Ponedeljak
Sunday
Nedelja
2011
Tuesday
Wednesday
Utorak
Sreda
Mariel & Clifford Addison
Rocky Antovich
Agnes Atkinson
Stevana Ausban
Mrs. Ekaterina Austin
Lilia Bliner
Bogdanka Bobocaic
Ljubinko & Nevenka Churchin
Don & Carmen Bowen
Ilija & Anna Bradaric
Margaret Chernay
Anne Cippa
Dragoljub & Andje Cvjetkovic
Pavo & Bosiljka Cvjetkovic
Biserka Delich
Donna Djordjevich
Peter Djukanovic
Desa Donahue
Boris & Rada Drca
Daisy Freeman
Kim Glazzard
Leo & Aleksandra Glebov
John Gojkovich
Robert & Zorka Gojkovich
Chris & Yuliya Johnson
Michael & Trina Jovovich
Horia & Joanna Groza
Ariadna Karnaookh
Dimitri & Luba Karnaookh
Eve Katich
Gladys Katsikis
Silvia Kentera
Vladimir & Helene Korbe
Paula Kordic
John & Nevenka Kordich
Steve & Gail Kosach
Milos Kovac
Marcia Kovac
Anna Lisnich
Mr. & Mrs. Lobodovsky
Lila T. Lukic
Borka Malkovich
Bill & Marfa Mamika
Mirjana Markovic
Aleksandar Milovanovich &
Casey McLue
Ilinka Meglmre
Carolyn Metzka
Ana Mileusnic
Savka Mileusnic
Robert F. Miller
Miroslav & Maire Milovanovich
Slobodan & Tanya Mitic
Desa Mojsich
Betty Moomey
Elsie & Pete Mrvos
Hierodeacon Panteleimon
Boris & Draginja Petrovich
Savo & Bosiljka Petrovic
Milka Pilja
Nenad & Shauna Popovic
Proto & Protinica Popovic
Milos & Mileva Radmanovich
Milanka Radosavljevic
Milivoje & Cveta Radovanovic
Ray & Adriana Radulovich
Todor I Milena Rajak
Danica Gojkovic Ryder
Mary Smilanick
Dave Sokitch
Chou & Nenad Stoich
Petar Stojadinovic
Vladimir & Ludmila Surakov
Zorka AStijakovic
Inna Telford
Bozidarka Theodorovic
Milan & Betty Tica
Slavko & Milica Turjacanin
Dragan & Michelle Vidovich
Helen Vukasovich
Ivana Krstic Watson
Fr. William Weir & Protinica
Maryann
Connie Ziacan
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We are grateful to the following Stewards of our parish family for their pledge of support to the
Church and her ministries for 2011
THE FOLLOWING PARISHIONERS
HAVE RETURNED THEIR 2011 Pledge Cards
Thur
AKATIST 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
6
5
7
7th Sunday after Pascha
Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
7-ma Nedeq po Vaskrsu
Gospel. Jn. 17:1-13;
Epistle: Acts.20:16-18;28-36;
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Pentecost Monday
Duhovski Ponedeljak
Liturgy at 9:00am
Pentecost Sunday –TROJICA
Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Nedeqa PEDESETNICE
Pentecost Tuesday
Duhovski utorak
Liturgy at 9:00am
Gospel. Jn. 7:37-52 & 8:1-2;
Epistle: Acts 2:1-11;
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1-va Nedelqa po Duhovima
Epistle: Heb. 11:33-40;
St. Peter & Paul
Fast Begins
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2nd Sunday affter Pentecost
AKATIST6:00 p.m.
Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
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Great-martyr
Lazarus
Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
No Fa
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AKATIST6:00 p.m.
Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Gospel. Matt. 10:32-33; 37-38 & 19:27-30;
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1st Sunday after Pentrcost
8
AKATIST 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
KSS
Meeting
12
Litu
St. P
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VIDOVDAN
2-ga Nedeqa po Duhovima
Liturgy at 9:00a
Gospel. Matt. 4:18-23;
Epistle: Rom. 2:10-16;
If you’re
Ako `el
VIDOVDAN COMEMORATION
VIDOVDANSKA PROSLAVA
June 26, 2011
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JULI
rsday
Friday
vrtak
Petak
2
Ascension of
Our Lord
SPASOVDAN
urgy at 9:00am
9
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ALL ALTAR BOYS ARE ASKED TO
SERVE WHEN ATTENDING CHURCH
Reader Schedule
Message to all readers:
Please make note of the days you are to
read and make plans to come to church
before 10:00 a.m.
Saturday
Subota
3
St. Constantine
& Helen
Sv. Konstantin
I Jelena
Liturgy at 9:00a
10
4
Vespers- Ve~ernje
6:00 p.m.
Confession—Ispovest-
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Memorial Saturday
ZADUSNICE
Liturgy at 9:00am
Vespers- VE^ERNJE
6:00 p.m.
Confession—Ispovest-
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Vespers- Ve~ernje
asting from 12-19 June
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Peter & Paul fast begins
June 19-July 12
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6:00 p.m.
Confession—Ispovest-
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Vespers- Ve~ernje
6:00 p.m.
Confession—Ispovest-
June —Juni 5
Reader: Marko Tica
Gospel. Jn. 17:1-13;
Epistle: Acts.20:16-18;28-36;
June —Juni 12
Reader: Brankica Mojsich
Gospel. Jn. 7:37-52 & 8:1-2;
Epistle: Acts 2:1-11;
June —Juni 19
Reader: Anastasija Krainovic
Gospel. Matt. 10:32-33; 37-38 & 19:27-30;
Epistle: Heb. 11:33-40;
June —Juni 26
Reader: Mirjana Kentera
Gospel. Matt. 4:18-23;
Epistle: Rom. 2:10-16;
July —Juli 3
Reader: Medesin Milovanovic
Gospel. Matt. 6:22-33; Lk. 6:17-23;
Epistle: Rom.5:1-10; Heb. 13:17-21;
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SHEPHERD
If anyone has anything they would like to
add to the Shepherd, the last day to send
information is June 15th.
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lite da se preselite na drugu adresu obavestite nas pre nego se preselite.
Write to –Pi{ite nam na Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Ako imate ne{to da bi `eleli da date
za mese~ni Pastir, zadnji dan za to je
15 Juni. Nazovite Protu Dana ili
po{aljite po{tom.
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25.00
25.00
25.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
15.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
5.00
In Memory of Bosko Ljubisavljevicb
Greta Ljubisavljevic
……………..$ 900.00
Remo & Juliana Morelli ……………..$ 250.00
Biserka Delich In Loving memory of our Kum
Bosko Ljubisavljevic - Delich Family..$ 100.00
Robert Benton ……………………...$ 100.00
Robert Hall
……………………...$ 100.00
Hilde Stijakovic ……………………...$ 75.00
Angelia Jovanovic
…………….. $ 50.00
Betty & Lester Anderson……………..$ 40.00
Robert Miller ……………………...$ 40.00
Zorka Stijakovic
……………..$ 40.00
Danica Gojkovich Ryder……………...$ 25.00
Maureen Finch ………………………$ 25.00
Daisy Freeman Endowment Fund In Memory
of Bosko Ljubisavljevic ……………...$ 10.00
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Correction:
In last month’s ShepAngelia Jovanovic …………………...$ 50.00 herd some donations made In Memory of
Danica Gojkovich Ryder …………….$ 25.00 Bosko Ljubisavljevic were incorrectly
Daisy Freeman Endowment Fund In memory of
listed under Savin Dan donations- We
Jela Bruich…………………………... $ 10.00
apologize for any inconvenience. Please
In Memory of John Milicevich
find the list of donors In Memory of
Thomas & Melanie McCleave …….$ 200.00 Bosko Ljubisavljevic below.
Milo & Dolores Colich ……………..$ 100.00
Gladys Katsikis …………….$
200.00
Fr. Bill & Protinica Weir ……$
50.00
Angelia Jovanovic In Memory of Kuma Kata
James & Helen Mixon……….$
50.00
Basarich for Merion Books………... $ 50.00 Sacramento Amateur Video & Movie
Daisy Freeman ……………………. $ 10.00 Makers
……………….$
50.00
In In Memory of Mile Gavric
Milivoje & Cveta Radovanovich $ 50.00
Helmuth & Leone Wildemann ...$ 40.00
Angelia Jovanovic…………………...$ 50.00
Nick & Andreanna Kamilos …$ 25.00
Elizabeth Gavric……………………...$ 100.00
Eli & Anna Bradaric …………$ 25.00
Velika Pejovich$
……………$ 25.00
Shepherd Donations
Joseph & Carol Lepich ………...$ 25.00
In memory of Kata Basarich
Bill Mamika
……………………...$
Eugene & Agnes Fotos ……………...$
Helen Jurisich ………………………$
Timothy & Melissa Culjak
……..$
William & Brigita Perazich
……..$
50.00
20.00
20.00
15.00
15.00
Other Church Donations
Fr. Bill & Protinica Weir Cleaning supplies
Gordon & Traci Fowlston Crab Feed donation
for fence
……………………...$ 45.00
Michael & Kathryn Passaro
……..$ 10.00
Ray & Susan Burmaster Serbian Cento $ 400.00
Proto & Protinica Popovic Western American
Diocese Books ……………………….$ 70.00
Danilo & Melana Pejakovich ……..$ 15.00
Ivan & Tatjana Maksimovich ……..$ 30.00
Timothy & Melissa Culjak
……. $ 50.00
Zagorka Radulovich
……………...$ 45.00
Празновањем Видовдана,
Српска Православна Црква и
српски народ обележавају 622.
годишњицу сећања на подвиг
српске војске која је 1389. године на
Косову бранила своје земље и
хришћанство од моћне Отоманске
империје.
Celebrating Saint Vitus' Day, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people mark 622 years since the
feat of the Serbian army which defended in Kosovo in 1389 its lands and
the Christianity from the mighty Ottoman empire.
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Easter Flower Donations
Kowolski, Zoya Ghaffari, Michael Shelby &
Serge Gaffari ………………....$ 25.00
Fr. Bill & Protinica Weir Easter Flowers for the Milica Turjacanin Easter flowers for the health
health of Kum Michael Mraovich, Boris Petof Turjacanin, Milica, Slavko, Radu, Gordana,
rovich and In memory of mothers- Ann & Mil- Zoran, Jasova, Stiv, Nikole, Danica, Zorica &
dred, fathers - Joseph & Robert, brother - JoPraunucadi
…………….……….$ 25.00
seph, Kumovi - Protinica Nina, Jovan, Stephan Judith Santrizos Easter Flowers In Memory of
and our Babas ……………………. $ 100.00 Claire & George Santrizos
…….$ 25.00
Ratko & Snezana Omcikus Easter Flowers for
Lawrence & Merrilee Mason Easter Flowers In
the health of Nebojse, Dragana, Milosa, Ratka i memory of Louis M. Golovich ……$ 25.00
Snezana.. ………………………...$ 100.00
Ana Mileusnic Easter In Memory of Stevo Mil- Miroslav Ilic Easter Flowers za pokoj duse
eusnic …………………………...$ 100.00 Jovice Radulovich, Saveter I Zivorada Ilich,
Milka Pilja Easter Flowers for the health of Mi- I Milke & Rade Radulovich……….$ 25.00
haijlo Micic, Danijela Micic Vassilev, Gabrijel Milan & Betty Tica Easter flowers Za Pokoj
Isadora Vassilev, Milka Pilja and In memory of duse nase majke I babe Petre - Milan, Betty,
Darinka Simic, Milos Sipka, Sava, Rade, Bozo, Mileva, Jovan, Aleksandar & Natasha Tica
Mimo, Smiljana, Shasa, Mira, Rajka, Vera,
……………………………………….$ 25.00
Sanja Pilja & Mariha………………..$ 60.00 Zorka Stijakovic Easter Flowers ….$ 20.00
Zarko & Nedeljka Petrovic Easter Flowers for
David Sokitch Easter Flowers for health of
the health of Jovana Petrovic, Nedeljka Petrovic Frances, David, Stephanie, Debbie, Joe, Alacen,
& Zarko Petrovic………………..…..$ 50.00 Aisling, Michael, Roman, Hannah, Nicole,
Daniel & Elena Morrow Easter Flowers for the Kerry marie, Bret and In Memory of Draginja,
health of Olga,Nikolai, Anna, David, Peter,
Francesco, Miloje, Vanja, Jovo, Marie, Buron,
George, Alexandra, Daniel, Elena, Timothy &
Zeljko, Franc, & Emery ……………...$ 20.00
Elijah and In memory of Anna, Tatiana, Ivan & Horia & Joanna Groza Easter Flowers for health
Alexander
……………………..$ 50.00 of Helen, Irina & Mary and In memory of Toma,
Maria, Horia, Maria, Victor & Maria. $ 20.00
Gary & Nancy Coleman Easter Flowers in
Memory of Borah & Violet Popovich.$ 50.00 Chris & Yuliya Johnson Easter Flowers for the
health of Chris, Yuliya & Sophia Johnson
Nada Kosanovic Easter flowers In memory of
Bosko Ljubisavljevic
…………...$ 50.00 ………………………………………...$ 20.00
Ilja & Anna, Bradaric, Easter Flowers for
Patricia Culjak Easter Flowers in memory of
mother Martha Kardum …………...$ 50.00 the health of Ilija, Ana, Juliana, Dragoslav,
Eli & Bogdan Bradaric…..………..$ 20.00
Danica Gojkovich Ryder Easter Flowers In
memory of Nane Gojkovich, Gojko Gojkovich, Anonymous Easter Flowers In memory of Milo…………………...$ 20.00
Stephen Ryder & Alesandar Mirkovich$ 50.00 rad Gavric
Miroslav
Ilic
Easter
flowers za zdravlje moga
Elsie Mrvos Easter donation for family health
brata
Bore
Ilicha
………………....$
20.00
……………... ……………$ 40.00
Hal
&
Sylvia
Kinney
Easter
Flowers
in
memory
Mirjana Markovic Easter Flowers in memory of
………….….$ 15.00
Drgoljuba Markovic
……..…….$ 30.00 of Danica Pejovich
Margaret Chernay Easter Flowers for the health
of Alexandra Fitzpatrick and in memory of Hele
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Монах Мојсије Светогорац
Током Исповести, особа се
искрено
каје и понизно исповеда своје
Исповест је једна од
грехе
пред
духовником, као пред
Светих Тајни наше Цркве. То није
самим Господом.Ни један научник, ни
формална, уобичајена радња („да бисмо
један психијатар или
били на сигурној страни", или „да бисмо се
психоаналитичар, психолог, социолог,
припремили за долазећи празник"), није
филозоф или теолог не могу заменити
насилини и неприпремљен акт, то није
исповедника.
изолована дужност и обавеза, потреба за
Ни једна Икона, чак ни она
психолошким растерећењем. Исповест
најчудотоворнија, не може дати оно
увек треба да буде пропраћена покајањем.
што исповест даје: опраштање
Један Светогорски старац каже: „Многи се грехова. Исповедник узима особу која
исповедају, али мало њих се каје!" (старац се исповеда под своју заштиту; он ту
Емилијан из манастира Симонопетра,
особу усиновљује, чини све напоре да
Света Гора).
се та особа поново духовно роди. Зато
Покајање је процес који започиње
се исповедник назива „духовним
дубоко у нама, процес кајања и туге јер смо
оцем".
се удаљили од Бога. Искрено покајање
Обично је духовно очинство
нема везе са несносним болом, претераном
доживотно, свето и моћно - чак и више
тугом и немилосрдним осећајем кривице.
него било која породична веза. Духово
То није искрено покајање, већ
рађање је један болан процес.
скривени егоизам, осећај да се наше „ја"
Исповедник мора да прати душу
гази, љутња на нас саме, љутња која
исповеђеног чеда са страхом Божијим
изискује освету јер смо понижени,
( као онај ко је за ту душу одговоран
осрамоћени, а срамота и понижење се данас пред Богом), са разумевањем, понизно
ретко могу толерисати.
и у љубави, и да особу руководи
Покајање значи промена нашег
неприметно увек узлазним путем
размишљања, нашег карактера,
Хришћанског живота.
обнављање морала и одбацивање греха.
Онај ко исповеда добио је
Покајање значи љубав према
посебан благослов од свог Епископа за
врлинама, доброчинство, жеља, спремност ову Свету Тајну. Међутим дар „ да
и јака склоност да се опет сјединимо са
свеже и развеже" грехе исповедник је
Христом кроз благодат Духа Светога.
добио још када је рукоположен у
Покајање почиње у дубини срца и
свештеника, када је тим
неизоставно кулминира у Божанској,
рукоположењем постао наследник
Светој Тајни Исповести.
Апостола. Дакле, важност тог
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сукцесивног канонског наслеђа од Апостола
преко Епископа до свештеника од централног
је и највећег значаја. Као и све остале Свете
Тајне у нашој Цркви, Света Тајна Исповести
обавља се не свештениковом вештином, не
његовим знањем, писменошћу, елоквентношћу,
енергијом, мудрошћу -не чак ни његовим
врлинама и светошћу - већ кроз канонску
важност његовог свештеничког позива и кроз
благодат Духа Светога.
Могући грехови свештеника не
ометају Божанску милост током ове Свете
Тајне. Јадни ми ако смо били у недоумици (због
недостојности свештеника) да ли хлеб и вино
заиста постају пречасно Тело и Крв Христова
током Свете Литургије! То наравно не значи да
свештеник не треба да брине о својој сопственој
„чистоћи" душе.
Дакле, не постоји „добар" или „лош"
исповедник. Сваки исповедник даје исти
опроштај. Међутим, ми имамо право да бирамо
духовника и наравно да се обратимо оном уз
кога се заиста осећамо опуштено, духовно
сигурни. Али стално мењање исповедника није
врло трезвена одлука. Ова тенденција не
открива духовну зрелост. Исповедник не би
требало да се непотребно узрујава или да
ствара проблем ако се деси да његово духовно
дете оде од њега.
То само може да значи да је духовно
чедо било превише сентиментално везано за
свог духовног оца, а не за Христа и Цркву
Његову. Духовни отац може одлазак духовног
чеда да разуме као увреду, може помислити да
не постоји нико бољи од њега, или може
мислити да духовно чедо припада искључиво
само њему, да он може да доминира над њим.
Неки духовни оци се понашају тако насилно
сматрајући да је оној други тј. њихово духовно
чедо у подређеном положају.
Напоменули смо да је исповедник духовни
отац, и да то духовно очинство и духовно
рађање подразумева тежак и напоран рад.
Дакле, природно је да духовник осећа
бол ако његово духовно чедо одступи од њега.
Међутим, боље је да уместо тих болних осећаја
духовник настави да се моли за своје духовно
чедо и његово заједништво са Црквом. Он мора
да ради за то дете, а не против њега.
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Monk Moses
of the Holy Mountain
Confession is a God-given commandment, and it is one of the
Sacraments of our Church. Confession is not a formal, habitual ("to be on the safe side", or, "in view of
upcoming feast-days"), forced and unprepared act,
springing from an isolated duty or obligation and for
psychological relief only. Confession should always be
combined with repentance. A Holy Mountain Elder
used to say: "Many confess, but few repent!" (Elder
Aemilianos of the Simonopetra Monastery, Mt. Athos)
Repentance is a freely-willed, internally cultivated process of contrition and sorrow for having
distanced ourselves from God through sin. True repentance has nothing to do with intolerable pain,
excessive sorrow and relentless guilty feelings. That
would not be sincere repentance, but a secret egotism, a feeling of our "ego" being trampled on; an
anger that is directed at our self, which then wreaks
revenge because it is exposing itself and is put to
shame - a thing that it cannot tolerate.
Repentance means a change in our thoughts,
our mentality; it is an about-face; it is a grafting of
morality and an abhorrence of sin.
Repentance also means a love of virtue, benevolence, and a desire, a willingness and a strong
disposition to be re-joined to Christ through the
Grace of the almighty Holy Spirit.
Repentance begins in the depths of the heart,
but it culminates necessarily in the sacrament of divine and sacred Confession.
During confession, one confesses sincerely
and humbly before the confessor, as though in the
presence of Christ. No scientist, psychologist, psycho-
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analyst, psychiatrist, sociologist, philosopher or
theologian can replace the confessor.
No icon - not even the most miracleworking one - can provide what the confessor's stole can: the absolution of sins. The
confessor takes the person under his care; he
adopts him and ensures he is reborn spiritually, which is why he is called a "spiritual father".
Normally, spiritual paternity is lifelong,
sacred and powerful - even more powerful
than a family bond. Spiritual birth is a painful
process. The confessor must keep track of the
confessing soul, with a fear of God (as one
who is "accountable to God"), with understanding, humility and love, and guide him with discretion in the ever-upward course of his inChrist life.
The confessor-priest has been given a
special blessing by his bishop for the undertaking of his confessional opus. However, the
gift of "binding and un-binding" sins is initially
acquired through his ordination as presbyter,
when he is rendered a successor to the Apostles. Thus, validity and canonicity in Apostolic
succession, through bishops, is of central and
great importance. Like all the other holy sacraments of our Church, the sacrament of Confession is performed (and it bestows Grace on
the faithful), not in conjunction with the skill,
the scientism, the literacy, the eloquence, the
energy and the artfulness of the priest - not
even with his virtue and holiness - but through
the canonicity (validity) of his priesthood and
through the "Master of Ceremonies" - the Holy
Spirit.
The possible sins of the priest do not
obstruct divine Grace during the Sacraments.
Woe betide, if we were to doubt (on account
of the unworthiness of the priest) that the
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bread and the wine actually become the Body
and the Blood of Christ during the Divine Liturgy! This of course does not mean that the
priest should not have to constantly concern
himself with his own "cleanliness".
Thus, there is no such thing as "good"
or "bad" confessors. Each and every confessor
provides the exact same absolution. However,
we do have the right to choose our confessor;
and of course we have the right to turn to the
one who truly makes us feel at ease with him,
spiritually. To constantly change our confessor
however, is not a very sober decision; this kind
of tendency does not reveal spiritual maturity.
But confessors should, respectively, not fret
excessively -or even create problems- when a
spiritual child of theirs happens to depart from
them.
This may mean that they were morbidly
attached to each other (sentimentally, to the
person. and not to Christ, nor to the Church).
They may also regard that departure as an
insult; one that is demeaning to them and
makes them think there is no-one better than
them, or, it may give them a feeling that the
other "belongs" to them exclusively and they
can therefore dominate them and in fact even
behave forcibly towards them, as if they are
repressed and confined subordinates. We did
mention that the confessor is a spiritual father,
and that spiritual fatherhood and spiritual childbirth entails labor.
Thus, it is only natural for the confessor to feel sorrow upon the departure of his
spiritual child. However, it is preferable for him
to pray for his child's spiritual progress and its
union to the Church, even despite its disengagement from him. He must wish for, and not
against that child.
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CO-Workers
with
GOD!
hen we
speak of
the Orthodox
Christian
Church and the
work of the Church,
we think of both God
and man. According to
God's will, cooperation is to be maintained in the
work relating to the Kingdom of Heaven. We, as
the Scriptures tell us, do the planting and watering.
The Lord assures us of the increase of our labors.
We work for the Lord, but success is dependent on
God.
In the Kingdom of
God in the Church, there are
numerous re­sponsibilities to
be fulfilled, and not one of us
is capable of doing every type
of work. We do not have equal
talents and abilities, which
means we cannot do all that is
demanded in the work of the
King­dom of God. However,
each of us is blessed with some
spiritual tal­ent. If Chris­tians do nothing, it is not
because of the lack of talent, ability or opportunity,
but only because they want to do nothing.
We are co-workers together with God, and that
makes the Orthodox Christian worker one of God's
nobility. Let none of us say that there is little for us
to do! Let none of us hide his or her candle "under
a bushel basket"!
Let none of us think that there is no place
of work for us! We may be unlim­ited, but none
of us is bereft of ability and opportunity.
In God's Kingdom, we are not ex­pected
to accomplish individually every­thing that needs
to be done for the Church.
Neither are we to choose our own methods and plans to achieve our own desired results.
We cannot do the work of the Kingdom of God
apart from God! Let us ever bear in mind that God
supplies us with whatever we need to work for Him.
Let us thus be diligent in
asking God in prayer for
these gifts. Every Or­
thodox Christian is a qualified worker in God's Kingdom for some phase of the
Church's holy work-. Recognizing this should
inspire us to a willing- ..With 5 loaves + 2 fish
ness and a sure readi- over 5.000 were fed..
ness to use our abilities for holy work. It should incite us also to greater
faithfulness in doing our share of consis­tent work
for the Church. That is important, not only for the
Church at large, but especially for the parish church
which often depends largely on consistent assistance, time and talents given freely by the faithful.
As we are reminded of our high calling as
co-workers in the Kingdom of the Church—laborers
together with God— let these words of the Apostle
Paul urge us to greater efforts and to more diligent
and faithful use of our abilities in the interest of
God's Kingdom: "So then, my dear brothers,
stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your
work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you
do in the Lord's service is ever useless" (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Let us all every­
where recommit our­
selves to God's service
and work joyfully for the
advancement of His Kingdom here on earth.
Will continued ……….
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On The Lighter Side
Lighter Moment
A man asked his boss for a salary increase, declaring that he did the
work of three men. The boss
responded that he couldn’t increase
the man’s pay, but that if he told him
the names of the three men, he’d fire
them.
NOT A BAD SHOW FOR
A DOLLAR
A family of for at Sunday dinner was discussing the morning service in their church.
The father complained about the length of
the sermon, the mother complained about
the noise, the daughter complained about the
choir. After the tree had voiced their negative comments, the fourth member of the
family, a 10-year-old boy, spoke up cheerfully and said, “I thought it was a pretty
good show for a dollar.
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Contribution...
A 75 year old bride was talking to
her friend. "Albert and I have decided to
get married and we've decided to pool our
assets.
Friend: You mean your two houses,
your stock and bonds, and your savings
account? Bride. No! Between us we have: 3
good ears; 2 good eyes; 2 original hips; 3
working knees and most of our teeth.
A rabbi, priest, and minister were discussing the theological question: "When does
life begin?" The priest said he believed it
was at conception. The minister said he
believed it was at the moment of birth.
The rabbi nodded and told the others that
he understood their points of view.
"But," he added, "after considerable
thought and experience, I've come to the
conclusion that life begins when the children leave home."
o A minister tried to console a parishioner who
seemed crestfallen because the pastor was
leaving. "You'll get a good new minster," he
reassured him. The man replied "That's
what they told us the last time "
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Ours is an era of secularism, of
what-you-see-is-what-you-get". The
culture in which we are immersed has
largely lost its sense of the transcendent, of that realm in which the material form of God's creation is united
with the Reality of which it is the incarnation, the embodiment.
It should come as no surprise
when blatant heretics, indeed nonChristians, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, who deny even the very divinity
of Our Lord, launch an attack upon the
Holy Cross, saying: 'There are also inani
­mate objects that if venerated may
lead to breaking God's commandments.
Among the most prominent is the cross.
(...) In a court case in Greece, the Greek
Orthodox Church even asserted that
those who reject the ‘Holy Cross' are
not Christian" [Watchtower, 5/1/89, p.
23]. Much more to the point, a recent
Idler from a monk of the Orthodox
Church calls to our attention the fact
that, even in our own midst, there are
many who find themselves uncomfortable with the veneration of the Holy
Cross, even to the point of refusing to
accord it a holy kiss.
On the face of it, the kind of argument proposed by the \Watchtower
article would appear to have some reason: "Even if we... assume that Jesus was
killed on a cross [they claim that he was
not, but rather on a stake] should it be
venerated? No, for Jesus was executed
as a criminal, like the men impaled alongside him, and his manner of death misrepresented him in the worst way. Firstcentury Christians would not have
viewed the instrument of his execution
as sacred [evidence of St. Paul notwithstanding!]. Venerating it would have
meant glorifying the wrong deed com-
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mitted on it, the murder of Jesus. If
your dearest friend were executed on
false charges, would you make an image
of the instrument of execution... and
then kiss that replica, burn candles before it, or wear it around your neck as a
sacred ornament?"
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tion, the Cross became the instrument
of our salvation. A divine trick was
played upon the self-seeking Jews and
"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the
Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks
foolishness; but unto them which are called,
both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power
of God, and the wisdom of God" [I Cor
Indeed, if we approach the ques- l:23f]
tion in that light, we find ourselves puzzled. But the puzzle arises because this the secular Romans. Where they sought
is a purely human, materialistic apto sow destruction, there came about
proach. It totally ignores the truth of
Creation. Where they thought to kill,
the matter (which, of course, the Witthere came Life. This is indeed "unto
nesses deny), which is that this was not the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the
the mere execution on false charges, as Greeks foolishness," and so it must ina common criminal, of a "dearest
evitably be to those whose eyes are
friend". Rather, it was the voluntary
blinded to the spiritual reality hidden
and life-giving Death of the Son of God, therein.
which took place on that cross. "For
God so loved the world, that He gave
But if we see what really hapHis only-begotten Son, that whosoever
pened, then the Cross itself becomes
believeth in Him shall not perish, but
the most precious of the things of this
have everlasting life" [Jn 3:16]. What
world. By it, God has given us life. Upon
took place there transformed not just
it, He has freed us from our bondage to
the cross itself, but the whole of crea- sin. Through it, He makes us sons of
tion, overcoming the separation be­
God. No wonder, then, that the Cross
tween God and man engendered by the
should be the object of our sinccrcst
disobedience of Adam, and making posveneration, so much so that one who desible, by this voluntary sacrifice
nies it indeed is not worthy of the name
("making holy"), the "making holy", the
"Christian".
divinization, the theosis of man.
Thus it is that, far from being a
mere instrument of torture and execu31
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Parish Statistics
BAPITISMS: May 6, Igor Kapor, son of Ljubomir & Raifa Kapor
May 7, Ronin Dane Popovic son of Nenad and Shouna Popovic
WEDDING: No
FUNERAL : No
PARASTOS: May 7, for Radovan Theodorovih.
Vjecnaja Pamjat – Memory eternal !
KRSNA SLAVA; May 6, St. George – Sv. Djordje
Milos Kovac family, Slavko Turjacanin family, Ratko Omcikus family,
Milan Tica family, Boro Mitrkovic family, Vesko Strugar family, Boris Milanovic family, Dragan Vidovich family, Rob Gojkovich family, Dragan Jovanvic family, Jovica
Kordi family, Boris Seljak family
May 8, St. Mark—Markovdan
Arkadije & Dragana Djukic family
Happy Krsna Slava– Sretna Slava!
CHARGES FOR RELIGIOUS RITES - TREBE
Steward
Non-Steward
Wedding
$50
$500
Baptism
Donation
Donation
Church Funeral
Donation
$300
Chapel
$50
$300
Parastos—Panihida $25
$100
Pomen
$15
$ 50
Certificates
$10
$ 20
Thanks to all those who help to
assembling Shepherd for
March 2011.
Kordic Paula, Luba Karnaookh, Ilinka Meglemre,Margaret Chernay,
Protinica Milica Popovic,
Protinica Mary Ann Weir
Plefka.
A man started up the stairs, stopped about halfway up, and couldn't remember what he was going upstairs for. "I'm going to sit right here on the
step," he said to himself," until I can remember what I'm going upstairs for." After
some thought, he couldn't remember if he was going up or down.
o Forgetfulness:
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Parishioners hospitalized, sick at home or in nursing homes…
Calendar of Events
We are publishing a calendar of events so
that you and your family
can join us for these events. All are welcome
and we hope to see you at Church,
as well as these events.
More details will follow.
June 3, Last day of Sunday School
June 11 Memorial Saturday– ZADUSNICE
June 19, Memorial Service -Parastos for departed
Fathers
June 26, VIDOVDAN Celebration
July 17, Draqzin Dan
August, 28, Church Slava
September 25, 5th Annual Cevapi Cook-off
Picnic and Registration for Sunday School
October 8-9. Serbian Festival
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Proto Miladin Garic
Nikola Dragovic
Dusko Pesevic
Persa Dragovic
Mike Mraovic
Ana Mileusnich
Olga & Irina Butin
Boris Petrovic
Greta Ljubisavljevic
Ana Bozinovic
George Melnikov
Dejan Trailovic
Nada Kosanovic
Daisy Freeman
Ana Lisnich
Marko Simic
Alexandra Fitzpatrick
Milli Matacic
Konstantin Lobodovsky
Sandy Tobe
Milos Kovac
Belko Yovanovich
Danica Ryder
Zorka Schnake
Dear Brothers and Sisters, please remember these people in your daily prayers. If you know anyone who is sick
please let Father Dane know. He would like to visit them and pray for them. His telephone number is 966-6276
or 606-8808.
We pray for your return to health and well-being.
When your are making a donation to our Church, please note on the check
(under the memo field) what it is for. This is because we have no way of knowing
your intent for the donation. Otherwise, if there is no such notation, and if you are already a steward, the donation will automatically apply towards your stewardship. If you
are not a steward, it will be applied as a church donation.
BECOME A SHEPHERD
SPONSOR FOR 2011
Please consider becoming a Shepherd Sponsor. For $ 25 you will become a
bronze Sponsor, for $ 50 a Silver Sponsor and for $ 100.00 a gold Sponsor.
Your name or the name of a loved one will be listed.
You could advertise your business thru our SHEPHERD
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KSS
Thank you for donation in memory
of your mothers, grandmothers, and God
mothers and sisters:
Nina Sadovnikov $ 40.00
Milivoje I Cveta Radovanovic $ 50.00
Biserka Delic $ 40.00
Angelija Jovanovic $100.00
Robert Miler $50.00
Dana Rayder $25.00
Rev Dane and protinica Popovic $25.00
Milan and betty Tica family $20.00
Slavko I Milica Turjacin $20.00
Zorka stijakovic $6.00
Nada Kosanovic $50.00
Borka Malkovic $30.00
Velika Pejovic $20.00
Drago Cvjetkovic $50.00
A big thank you to all who prepared lunches in April and May.
REMINDER - Our Next Meeting Sunday June 5, 2011
The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they
offered a standing $1,000 bet.
The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand
the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win
the money. Many people had over time tried to do it, but nobody could do it. One day a
scrawny little man came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said
in a squeaky voice "I'd like to try the bet" The bartender handed the wrinkled remains of
the rind to the little man. As the man clenched his fist around the lemon, six drops fell into
the glass. The crowd cheered and the bartender paid the $1000 and asked the little man
what he did for a living, the man said, "I work for the IRS."
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The Paschal Celebration actually began at 11:45 p.m. Saturday night
April 23, 2011, with the final reading of
the last prayers of Lamentations. By
11:20 p.m., the Church was full of quiet
worshippers. Many people approached
Christ’s Tomb for one last time and
knelt in prayer. The mood was somber,
penitential and expectant. All knew
that the glorious words announcing
Christ’s Resurrection would soon be
heard.
As the minutes steadily crept toward midnight, the restlessness of the
faithful increased. One could physically feel the anticipation of what was
to come. For those who have never attended the midnight matins service, it is
difficult to explain such a feeling. The
beauty of the moment is not lost on anyone – no matter what their age is. Even
the smallest children in attendance
know that something glorious is imminent.
This year, ‘something’ DID happen.
Fr. Dane and Fr. Deacon Panteleimon
exited the Sanctuary at approximately 5
minutes before midnight. Fr. Dane lovingly removed the Plastianica from the
Tomb and carried it
into the Sanctuary.
It was placed on the
Alter Table. The
Plastianica will remain on the Alter Table until Ascension.
The interior of the
Church was dark.
This is when
the ‘something’ happened. While Fr.
Dane was lighting his
candle to bring out
to the people so they could then light
their own candles, it was noticed that
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St. Archangel Gabriel’s halo was
glowing! No candles or lights were
lit at the time – yet, the glowing halo
was plainly visible in the dark. (For
those who wish to see this sight for
themselves, please visit the Church’s
website and see the picture that was
taken. The photo capturing the halo is
possible from the camera’s flash that
was used.)
As the procession around the
Church proceeded, the interior of the
Church was changed from black
cloths to white cloths. The Tomb was
moved to the
side of the
Church.
White flowers replaced
any of the
purple flowers one saw
earlier.
Beautiful
white ribbons
were placed
on all the pews. Outside the Church,
the last ‘Christ Is Risen’ was sung and
Fr. Dane knocked 3 times on the
Church door. (This represents the
stone being removed from Christ’s
grave.) The Church doors were
thrown open and all the lights inside
were turned on. The dazzling brilliance after being outside in the dark
was a vivid reminder that we are all in
the dark until we come into the light
of Christ’s Salvation.
What a
wonderful feeling we all had as
St. John Chrysostom’s Sermon
was read… “Let
all then enter
into the joy of
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Feast of Feasts that we used TWO Chalices –
the first one ran out! All waited patiently for
Fr. Deacon Panteleimon to bring forth the second Chalice after the
gifts from the first
one had been consumed. How wonderful to know that
so many people had
wanted to be ‘with
the Lord’ and have
Him be PART OF them on this Holy Day! It
was a blessing shared by many.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, several hundred people gathered at the
hall to share in the Agape (Love) meal which
had been prepared by Milan and Betty Tica and
Nikola and Zorka Tica. Naturally the younger
crowd headed for the hill by the parsonage
where they ‘hunted’ for Easter eggs. The Teen
crowd headed for the Church Hall where they
assisted in serving the luncheon.
We offer
loving Thanks to all
those who assisted
singing the responses in Church,
those who brought
Eggs to be blessed,
the Kitchen workers,
the Egg Hunt helpers and those who served the
food. May God who sees all Bless Each Person who assisted in making this a wonderful
and memorable day. Pascha 2011 is now part
of our Church History.
our Lord. Ye first and last receiving
alike your reward; ye rich and poor, rejoice together…Ye that have kept the
fast and ye that have not, rejoice today…Christ Is Risen and life is liberated…To Him be glory and power for
ever and ever. Amen.” Pascha – April
24, 2011
Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Those were the words on everyone’s
lips as we began arriving for Divine Liturgy
on Pascha Morning. As we greeted each
other, the smiles were a little brighter, the
hugs a little tighter and the kisses were there
for everyone. “Christ Is Risen” and we are all
assured of eternal life. As our President, Miroslav Milovanovich, is fond of saying, “Life
is good.” Truly on that wonderful morning,
life was good for each of us.
Fr. Dane Popovic, Fr. William Weir
and Hierodeacon Panteleimon served the Divine Liturgy and our beloved retired priest, Fr.
Miladin Garic helped with the blessing of the
eggs and food baskets. The overflow crowd at
the Divine Liturgy sang the responses reverently. Protinica
Milica Popovic sang
“The Hymn to the
Theotokos” as a
solo. As her beautiful voice rose to the
top of the copula,
we all felt the power of the words. “…the Angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: Rejoice,
O Pure Virgin! Your Son is risen from His
three days in the tomb!” All in attendance felt
the beauty of the day.
As the Communion cup was offered,
the line of communicants extended to the nave
of the Church. So many people had prepared
to receive Holy Communion on this joyous
(Please visit the Church website to view
the pictures from Pascha as well as all of Holy
Week and Lent. Many family pictures were taken
at Pascha as well as many group pictures of
friends.)
Again, we say,
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Christ Is Risen!
Indeed He Is Risen!
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Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Ronin Dane Popovic,
son of Nenad and Shauna Popovic, was Baptized on Saturday,
May 7, 2011. Dedjo, Fr. Dane
Popovic and Fr. Dn. Panteleimon
performed the service. Surrounded by the love of many family members, little Ronin became
our newest Church family member with only one brief whimper when he was
dunked into the water! Father Nenad remembered,
“We expected some fussiness, but Ronin was a nice,
quiet baby except for the one whimper!” Ronin’s
Kumovi, Madison Milovanovich and Nicholas
Stojanovich lovingly shared their responsibilities.
Baba Protinica Milica, Dedjo James, Baba
Tammy, Great Baba Dolly, Great Aunt Eileen,
various Aunts, Uncles and Cousins were all in attendance. We welcome our newest Church member.
May God Grant Many Years to His newest Servant, Ronin, Kuma Madison and Kum
Nicholas
Zlatko Theodorovic has discovered a way for
our Church to ‘raise money’ without any work!
Each time you search the web, use GoodSearch!
Here is how the program works. Just download
the GoodSearch – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary – Serbian Orthodox Church toolbar at http://
www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/assumption-of-theblessed -virgin-mary-serbian-orthodox-church.
Each time you search the web with the GoodSearch’s Yahoo-powered search engine, about a
penny will be donated to our Church. Also, every
time you shop online at 1,000 participating stores
including Amazon, eBay, Target, Apple, Staples,
Expedia, etc., a percentage of your purchase will
be donated for free! The site also has thousands of
money-saving coupons! Thank you Zlatko for
establishing our account with GoodSearch.
In your prayers, please remember the
servants of God, Boris Petrovich, Michael
Mraovich and Martha Mamika as they struggle
with their illnesses.
Historical Help Requested. Father
Dane would like to form an historical record of those persons who
were responsible for our physical
Church building. If you know the
names of any of the people who
made items used in our Church OR
donated specific items for our use,
please contact Father Dane by
phone, note or e-mail. It would be
helpful if names and items made or
donated are written and handed to
him or sent in e-mail format. This
will ensure that names are spelled
correctly. Do we have a volunteer
who would like to review all the old
Glasniks for names? Again, see Fr.
Dane. Many Thanks.
The following Brothers and Sisters in
Christ are celebrating Birthdays in
June.
God Grant Them Many Years!
Alexandra Fitzpatrick,
Augustin Detres (serving in Army on
East Coast), Katarina Kentera,
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deepest sympathies to Jesse and his Family.
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7777 Sunset Avenue
Fair Oaks, California 95628
Lord on Thursday, May 19, 2011. He is
the Father of Jesse Olson. We offer our
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PERMIT NO. 576
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Marvin Olson Fell Asleep in the
Shepherd
Memory Eternal for
the Servant of God, Bozidarka
If you would like to be
the sponsor of the
next issue of the
Bozidarka Popovic Fell
Asleep in the Lord on Thursday,
May 12, 2011 in Serbia. Bozidarka
leaves behind her sons, our own
Priest, V. Rev. Stavrophor Dane
Popovic and Rade Popovic (in Serbia) and their families. We offer
our deepest sympathies to Fr. Dane
and his Family.
Please let us know
This can be in
memory or health of
A loved one
Konstantin Lobodovsky Fell Asleep in the Lord
on Monday, May 2, 2011. Konstantin and his
beloved wife, Barbara Lobodovsky, had been
spending the winter months in Arizona when Konstantin became ill. We offer our deepest sympathies to Barbara.
Memory Eternal for the Servant
of God, Konstantin
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Any Birthdays / Anniversaries /
Special Dates not noted, please let
Protinica Mary Anne know for future
publishing!
Please give Graduating Student Names
to Protinica Mary Anne –
all will be honored in July issue.
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LOST and FOUND in our Village….
The following items have been left at the
Serbian Hall and have been there for quite a while.
This notice is a final attempt to reunite the items
with their owners. In thirty days, anything that is
not claimed will be donated to a worthy cause. Call
Fr. Bill (488 – 0827)or claim in the hall office.
Thank you, Fr. Bill
1. Black hooded sweatshirt with a red bull on the
front and “NEFF” printed over the bull’s horns.
Size S
2. Girl’s white hooded cardigan sweater.
3. Girl’s black velvet- like skirt. Size 8.
4. Dark blue pullover sweatshirt, “AZ” brand. Size
L.
5. Black overcoat in a long Navy Peajacket style.
Made in Ukraine. “Donnybrook” brand. Size 10.
6. Girl’s dark blue/black Navy Peajacket style coat.
Size M/M
7. Small black umbrella.
8. Small copper cross on dark brown knotted double strand cord with metal button at back.
Many of us will be travelling this summer. As you do, whichever Orthodox Churches
you visit, please take a picture and we will have a
summer article of places our Church family has
visited. Travel safely and bring back those pictures!
Protinica Mary Anne will be collecting.
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God Grant Them Many Years!
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