Posted on September 24, 2017

16th Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel: (Lk 5,1-11):
At that time, Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
Євангеліє: (Лк. 5,1-11):
Того часу, Ісус стояв біля Генезаретського озера, побачив два човни, що стояли край озера; рибалки вийшли з них і полоскали сіті. Він увійшов в один з човнів, що належав Симонові, і попросив його відплисти трохи від землі, а сам, сівши, з човна почав народ учити. Коли він перестав говорити, сказав до Симона: “Відчали на глибінь та й закиньте ваші сіті на ловитву.” Озвався Симон і каже: “Наставнику, всю ніч трудились ми й нічого не піймали, але на твоє слово закину сіті.” Так вони й зробили, і піймали велику силу риби, і їхні сіті почали рватися. Тоді вони кивнули до своїх товаришів, що були в другім човні, щоб ті прийшли й допомогли їм. Прийшли вони й наповнили обидва човни, аж почали потопати. Побачивши це Симон Петро, припав до колін Ісуса й каже: “Іди від мене, Господи, бо я грішна людина.” Жах бо великий огорнув його й усіх, що були з ним, із-за риб, що їх піймали; також і Якова та Йоана, синів Заведея, які були спільниками Симона. Ісус же промовив до Симона: “Не бійся! Віднині людей будеш ловити.” І витягши човна на берег, кинули все й пішли слідом за ним.

October 1, 2017 we will celebrate the feast day of the Protection of the Mother of God. We will have a praznyk in our parish. After the divine liturgy at 10:15 am we will have a luncheon in our church hall beginning at 11:30. We will not have a Liturgy on Saturday September 30 so the everyone can attend the Liturgy on Sunday and the Luncheon. This will allow us to get together as a parish community. We do that because it is very important for our parish community gather together for prayers and Divine Liturgy at same time. Also, I would like to ask all our parishioners to make baskets to donate, that would be greatly appreciated. Some ideas are gift cards, lottery tickets, wine. Adults $15.00 — Children (8-12) $5. Please plan to attend this happy event.
Please call the rectory or just place a note on your weekly envelope if you are able to attend. We are also looking for donations for the theme basket raffle for our parish.

Good Samaritan Project Fund: This project is our effort to perform charit-able works within our Ukrainian Catholic community both locally and globally.The Good Samaritan Project became a continuation of the 2012-13 fundraiser, where St. Nicholas Church collected funds to assist the Lindenhurst, New York parish that was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In 2013-14,the Ukrainian Catholic community of our Buffalo-Niagara area, conducted a Good Samaritan raffle to assist those in need. During our first year’s attempt, we raised $15,900 to help those in need. In March of 2014 , over $9,700 was raised for Ukraine and sent through ZUDAK. In 2014-15, $3,000 was raised for the Seminary and orphanage in Ukraine.
In 2016, $3,616.11 was sent to Martha Charon (ailing child of priest) and $500 to help an orphanage in Ukraine. This year we sent $1,000 to an orphanage in Ukraine and $1,000 to help the needs of someone within our community. It is the goal of our local parishes in the Buffalo-Niagara area to keep this annual Good Samaritan Project alive through the Year 2020, as part of the Vibrant Parish Vision 2020.We hope the good Lord will continue to guide our endeavors through the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Please support this cause by taking the the letter regarding the fund and returning tickets for the drawing. Tickets are available and can be returned in the collection basket. Checks should be made out ot the Good Samaritan Project Fund. The parishes in the Buffalo area will have the annual drawing for the Good Samaritan Project Fund at our parish praznyk after the luncheon in our parish hall. All parishioners and friends are invited.