Friday, August 28, 2009

Gala Concert - Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center

The Philadelphia Ukrainian Community Committee to Comemmorate the Eighteenth Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine presented a "Gala Concert" on Monday, August 24, 2009 at the Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center in Jenkintown, PA.

Share a comment with us by clicking the "Comment" link at the bottom of this post.

Video 1 : Gala Concert (Highlights)

Video 2: Keynote Address

Photos (click photo to enlarge)

Singing of American and Ukrainian National Anthems = Ihor Stasiuk

"Voloshky" Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Reading of the Mayor's Greeting

"Holubka" Women's Vocal Ensemble

Keynote Address: Very Rev. Taras Lonchyna

Lida Bychko, Soprano

Vira Hubitska, orator

Most Reverend Stefan Soroka (Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States) is seated 1st row center. To his right is His Eminence Archbishop Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.).

"The Way" editor, Teresa Siwak, takes a video of the crowd during the performance.

-the end
Photos by Tanya Bilyj and Teresa Siwak

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ukrainian Folk Festival - Tryzub

A Ukrainian Folk Festival celebrating the 18th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence was held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at "Tryzub" Ukrainian-American Sport Center in Horsham, PA.

Were you at the festival? Share a comment with us by clicking the "Comment" link at the bottom of this post.

Video - Opening Prayer

Video - Stage Show (Highlights)

Pictures (Click photo to enlarge)

Sign for "Tryzub" Ukrainian American Sport Center, Horsham, PA


Opening Prayer - Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka

"Voloshky" Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Innesa Tymochko-Dekajlo (violinist)

"The Luna Band"

"The Kozaks" Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble

Sisters Oros Folk Duo

Surprise Performance = Magician

Pictures of the Crowd enjoying the Festival

-the end

Photos by: Tanya Bilyj and Teresa Siwak

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Holy Dormition Pilgrimage - Sloatsburg, NY

The 55th Holy Dormition Pilgrimage hosted by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate was held on August 8 & 9th, 2009. Share a comment about the Pilgrimage with us by clicking the "Comment" link at the bottom of this post.

Three Videos are below from the Pilgrimage, followed by an Article and Photos.

The 55th Annual Holy Dormition Pilgrimage.

Two thousand people attended the 55th Annual Holy Dormition Pilgrimage which was held on the property of Sloatsburg on the weekend of August 8th and 9th. This year’s theme “Behold, Your Mother: Evangelization under the Patronage of the Mother of God” was certainly evident throughout the weekend. As sisters, clergy, volunteers and pilgrims shared their faith through prayers, work, and the joy that was evident in every face, the love and presence of God was evident and tangible. From the very old to the very young, participants were Icons of Jesus to one another.

The sisters and pilgrims were blessed by the presence of Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholics in the U.S., Bishops Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford, William Skurla, Eparch of Passaic, John Bura, Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, and Basil Losten, Bishop-Emeritus of Stamford, Rev. Philip Sandrick, OSBM, Provincial Superior of the Basilian Fathers in the U.S. and many other priests and deacons of the Ukrainian and Byzantine Churches, seminarians, and religious men and women, who participated in and assisted with the liturgical services on the weekend.

The campout was a wonderful experience for 12 teens and young adults who played, prayed and had the opportunity to think about God’s wondrous creation of the stars and universe, through the facilitation of an amateur astronomer, who shared his knowledge and telescope with them. They spent the night sharing their faith with one another and learning more about the beauty of creation.

Through Molebens, Vespers, the service of lamentations to the Blessed Mother, through Matins, the Akafist, Stations of the Cross, the blessing of the Sick, of the flowers, of the religious articles; through the Divine Liturgy and the Sacraments of Confession and private devotions and prayers; by spending time with one another and sharing meals, the love of Christ and the special blessings of the Church were experienced by all who participated. The gifts of the graces received during the Holy Dormition Pilgrimage were taken home by each participant to be shared with family and friends throughout the coming year.

As they celebrate the double jubilee of the 75 years of Ministry in the United States and 50 years of the establishment of the American Province of the Immaculate Conception, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all who have supported and helped them with the annual Pilgrimage and assure you that you are remembered in their daily prayers. May God bless you richly.

-the end

Pictures and article above were submitted by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate.

Video by: "The Way"

Friday, August 21, 2009

Booksigning in Williamstown, NJ

Dr. Alexander Lushnycky presented his new book "Ukrainians of the Delaware Valley" to the parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Williamstown, NJ on August 2, 2009. (Please click on the comment link at the bottom of this post if you would like to leave a comment about the booksigning.)

Below is a 2 minute video from his presentation.

Photos (click photo to enlarge)

-the end
Photos by Tanya Bilyj

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Pilgrimage Information in Sloatsburg, NY

Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate's
55th Annual Holy Dormition Pilgrimage

Theme: “Behold, your Mother: Evangelization under the Patronage of the Mother of God ”

August 8 and August 9th, 2009 in Sloatsburg, NY

Click flyer to view larger image. (English)

Click flyer to view larger image. (Ukrainian)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy English (grotto) Rev. Joseph Bertha

Blessing of the Water (St. Mary’s Villa)

Healing Service (Dormition Chapel)

***Food Served at the Pavilion***

(under the direction of the League of Ukrainian Catholics)

7:30 p.m. Panahyda (St. Mary’s) Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford

8:00 p.m. Candlelight Procession to Grotto
Moleben to the Mother of God - English (grotto)
Most Rev. William Skurla, Eparch of Passaic

10:00 p.m. Great Vespers (St. Mary’s Chapel) - Rev. Kiril Angelov

12:00 am Lamentations to Our Lady (grotto) - Rev. Bohdan J. Danylo

Sunday, August 9, 2009

8:00 a.m. Matins Bilingual (grotto) - Rev. Edward Young

10:00 a.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy Bilingual (grotto)
Main Celebrant: Most Rev. Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in the U.S.A.

Celebrating Bishops: Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Homilist, Eparch of Stamford

Most Rev. John Bura, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop-Emeritus of Stamford

Choir: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Passaic, New Jersey

12:00 p.m. Youth Liturgy, English (St. Mary’s Chapel) - Rev. Vasyl Kornitsky

1:30 p.m. Blessing of the Religious Articles (front, St. Joseph’s Home)

Akathist (St. Mary’s Chapel) Bilingual - Rev. Maxim Kobasuk, OSBM

Healing of Sick (St. Mary’s Chapel), same time as Akathist is sung

2:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (grotto) - Rev. Roberto Lucavei, OSBM

3:00 p.m. Moleben to the Mother of God
Ukrainian (grotto) - Rev. Ihor Midzak

Blessing of cars and buses upon departure

Spiritual Moderator: Rev. Bohdan Danylo, Rector of St. Basil’s Seminary
Site Meter