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Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

44 Benzinger St, Buffalo, NY 14206
(716) 893 0044 -office (716) 220 8724 - Fr. Vlad’s cell

Fr. Volodymyr Zablotskyy, Acting Rector Martin Napierski – Council President Linda Mucyn - Choir Director JANUARY 13, 2013 32nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Afterfeast of the Theophany. Sunday after Theophany. Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus of Belgrade (ca. 315). Ven. Irenarchus, Recluse, of Rostov (1616). Ven. Eleazar of Anzersk Island (Solovétsky Monastery—1656). Martyr Peter of Anium, at Hieropolis (ca. 309-320). St. James (Jacob), Bishop of Nisibis (350). St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers (4th c.). Ven. Maximus Kavsokalyvites (Mt. Athos— 1320).

Ephesians 4:7-13 (Epistle)
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But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended” – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Matthew 4:12-17 (Gospel)
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Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

We Are The Recipients of Great Light Fr. Vlad It is no coincident that in the middle of the coldest and “darkest” portion of the year, Mother Church has two feasts, Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord that are full of warmth and light. The darkness and cold of the winter can be overbearing and depressing. But so can be the state of our spiritual “winter”. Perhaps, our own attitude is at fault here. Take for example little kids? It seams they never are tired of winter of snow. When they look outside on a snowy day all they think is “when can I get out and play in all that snow”? In today’s Gospel Christ is addressing our “attitude” when he speaks of “repentance”. In Greek, the word “repent” (metanoeite) actually refers to the change of mind and thinking. Unfortunately, when we think of “repentance” it is always associated with the sorrow and regret over our past sins. Christ wants us to change this kind of thinking. He wants us to “change our way thinking” because He, the Great Light (Matthew 4:16), is shining upon us even in the darkest and the coldest of days. This change is required and much needed in every aspect of our life. The Light of Christ can dramatically change the dynamics existing in our marriages, in our friendships, in our work environments and even it can give us a new meaning and reason why we are here in church.

Eternal Memory! On January 8, 2013, Joseph John Janikowski fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 99. We extend our condolences and prayers to Tim and Christine Janikowski. May the Good Lord grant thy servant Joseph John peaceful repose in the abode of saints and may his memory be made eternal. Prayers for sick, home bund and those who requested to pray for them: Ann, Teresa, Marianne, Martin, Andrea, Andrew, Baby Jonas THEOPHANY HOME/BUSINESS BLESSING There is still time to make a request if you would like Fr. Vlad to come and bless your home. Please sign a form available in the back of the church. You can also call Father or fill out a request form at

HEALING SERVICE FOLLOWED BY ADULT ENRICHMENT CLASS (EVERY THURSDAY) Starting next Thursday, Adult Enrichment class will be preceded by a short healing service in the church at 6:30PM. We would like to extend this as and opportunity for anyone to learn about the Orthodox Church and have an opportunity to visit our church for the first time. Please encourage your family, friends or neighbors to attend. This healing service is not the same as the Sacrament of Unction and any one is welcomed to participate.

PARISH MINISTRIES Saturday Soup Kitchen The Parish continues to provide a hot lunch on Saturday mornings for the community. Again this week, we were so blessed to host volunteers from St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster, NY. A special thanks to Brooke, Ethan, Maria, Ashley, Ryan, Julie, Emily, Madelyn, Amber, Juliana, Liam, and Sandy from St. Mary’s, and to Kali and Skylar and the other regular volunteers who helped prepare and serve food, design and draft flyers for the Soup Kitchen, clean up and serve as hosts to our guests this week. You might want to volunteer some Friday evenings to prepare the meal or on Saturdays to serve the meal. It is a rewarding experience. Also: Please consider buying a loaf or two of Fr. Vlad’s Sourdough Bread (available after Liturgy on a “first come first serve” basis) Proceeds from the Sale are used to support the Saturday Soup Kitchen. Clothing and Linens Drive As the weather takes a cold turn this week, remember that the Church is collecting blankets, sheets and towels for families in need. Also, children’s clothing – especially little girls – for winter coats, warm clothing, mittens, boots, etc. Please contact the Church Office or bring the items to the Church.

FAITH IN PRACTICE On Sunday, January 20, 2013, during the coffee hour Subdeacon Dr. Mark Hoeplinger will make a presentation about upcoming mission trip to Guatemala with “Faith in Practice”. Faith in Practice is a group of doctors who give their time and skills to serve some of the poorest in the world. Fr. Vlad will join Faith in Practice in Guatemala as spiritual adviser this coming February.

PLEASE SUPPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS! Dr. Christine Hoeplinger, DDS 3626 Seneca St. West Seneca, NY 14224 Phone (716) 674-9444 Dr. Natalka Stachiw, MD Western NY Ear, Nose and Throat 3626 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY 14224 Phone (716) 675-5711

WEEKLY CALENDAR:           Saturday, Jan 12 4pm: Church: Vespers Sunday, Jan 13 10am Church: Divine Liturgy- Afterfeast of the Theophany Sunday, Jan 13 Noon: Hall, Sourdough Bread Sale Thursday, Jan 17 5:30p: Hall: ZUMBA –come out and join the fun! Thursday, Jan 17 6:30pm: Hall: Healing Service in the Church, followed by Adult Enrichment Class in the Hall Friday, Jan 18 6-9pm: Hall: Soup Kitchen Preparation Saturday, Jan 19 10am-1pm: Hall: Soup Kitchen Saturday, Jan 19 4pm: Church: Vespers Sunday, Jan 20 10am: Church: Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 20 Noon: Parish Hall Subdeacon Dr. Dr. Mark Hoeplinger presentation about upcoming mission trip to Guatemala

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! COMING EVENTS:  Sunday, May 5 10am: Church: Divine Liturgy-GREAT PASCHA

THE SAINTS PETER & PAUL ORTHODOX CHURCH PARISH RECIPE & COOKBOOK THANK YOU! For those who have submitted recipes for THE SAINTS PETER & PAUL ORTHODOX CHURCH PARISH RECIPE & COOKBOOK. The recipes are starting to come in and we are assembling them into categories. We really could use your recipes for the “Russian” section of the cookbook. Won’t you share them with us?  Be sure to pick up a Recipe Form from the table in the lobby of the church, fill in the details of your favorite recipe and then bring it back next week. Contact Janet or Mary for more information. Or go to the website! PARISH HALL The Parish Hall is available for rent. Contact the Office for more information NOTICES If you have a notice or event to be printed in the weekly bulletin, please send the information to by noon on Thursday.