Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ukrainians React to Plane Disaster

Here are links to various articles on reaction from Ukrainians on the Plane Disaster.    Some articles are from the local Philadelphia area and some are abroad.





















Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ascension Manor Celebrates Independence Day



July 2, 2014

scension Manor  Residents Celebrate Independence Day with Flag Ceremony and Barbeque;
23 Nationalities are Represented in this North Philadelphia Residential Apartment Complex

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Wednesday, July 2, the date in 1776 when the resolution for independence from Great Britain was actually approved, the residents of Ascension Manor on North Seventh Street in North Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day with a flag ceremony followed by a barbeque social.

At twelve noon, 23 flags, representing the 23 nationalities of the residents were displayed on the manor’s grounds.  The community consists of residents representing the following nations:  Albania, Central African Republic, China, Columbia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Republic of Peru, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States of America.

Ascension Manor, consisting of two towers with 279 apartments and presently home to 307 residents, is sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka believes the diversity of the population of Ascension Manor truly represents the America story. “Every day our residents, representing 23 nations, live the greatness and uniqueness of the United States.  They are living the story of the United States “e pluribus unum”—“from the many, one.”

July 2, 1776 is the date that the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, in what would become known as Independence Hall, voted to approve a resolution for independence from Britain.

On that same day, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published this headline: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States.”

John Adams, who would eventually serve as the second president of the United States, on July 3, 1776 wrote a letter to his beloved wife Abigail with this prediction:“the Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”

This year is the 238th anniversary of those historic days in Philadelphia in July, 1776, days that gave birth to a new nation, the United States of America.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last Liturgy in Williamstown, NJ

Last Liturgy in Williamstown, NJ

On Sunday, June 29, 2014, Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Williamstown, NJ, held its' final Liturgy.  Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka was the main celebrant and homilist at the Closing Divine Liturgy.  Msgr. Peter Waslo concelebrated the Liturgy and proclaimed the Gospel.

Over 30 faithful attended the final Liturgy in Williamstown. Some of the faithful explained how they traveled great distances to witness the closing Liturgy. One of the faithful explained  how she used to have family in the area who she would visit and she described she felt as though the Closing Divine Liturgy was an end of a complete cycle.  She was present on the happy occasion when the parish first opened, and explained how she wanted to come back and witness the end of the parish, a day filled with much sadness.

During the homily, Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka spoke about Saints Peter and Paul whose Feast Day it was that day.   Metropolitan Stefan explained that the parish was closing due to lack of attendance and much needed repairs of the building.  Metropolitan-Archbishop encouraged the parishioners to attend St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Cherry Hill, NJ or other Ukrainian Catholic Churches.  Metropolitan Stefan also explained how the various icons in the church will live on in other Ukrainian Catholic parishes such as the church being built in Toms River, NJ.  Other items from the church will be put on display at the Treasury of Faith Museum in Philadelphia as well.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy a special Closing Prayer Service was offered by Metropolitan Stefan followed by an anointing of the faithful with myrovania oil.  The last hymn sung by the parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church was "O Spomahay Nas."

-Teresa Siwak

Video http://youtu.be/GWP_j10kmo0


Icon of Saints Peter and Paul on the Tetrapod.

The last bulletin in Williamstown.

Msgr Peter Waslo proclaimed the Gospel.

Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka's homily.

The Closing Prayer Service.

The final prayers.

After the Liturgy, a few climbed up in the choir loft and rang the bell of the church.  They are posing with the string that is connected to the bell in the bell tower.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Video Rev. Walter Pasicznyk Ordination

Videos of Rev. Walter Pasicznyk's Ordination to the Priesthood on June 22, 2014 at the Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA.





Fortnight for Freedom across the State

Fortnight for Freedom across the State

Please read the article on Fortnight for Freedom posted on the Pennsylvania Catholic  Conference website in the link above.
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