Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Metropolitan Soroka's 10th Anniversary - Videos from 2001

On Februrary 27, 2011 we celebrate 10 Years that The Most Reverend Stefan Soroka became the Metropolitan-Archbishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

May God grant you many Happy and Blessed Years! Mnohaya Lita!

Below are videos from his Enthronement Divine Liturgy from 10 years ago on February 27, 2001.

Video 1 - Procession (February 27, 2001)

Video 2 - Axios! (February 27, 2001)

"Axios!" means worthy. By singing this response, the faithful affirm the worthiness of the installation of the metropolitan. The Apostolic Nuncio said "Receive this pastoral staff with which you are to shepherd Christ's flock entrusted to your care. Axios!" The Apostolic Nuncio hands the pastoral staff to Archbishop Stefan. The pastoral staff or crozier is a symbol of the archbishop's spiritual authority over the archeparchy. The choir sings a song of thanksgiving and during the singing, the priests of the Philadelphia Archeparchy approach Archbishop Stefan, kiss his hand, epignation and omophor on the right shoulder and return to their places.

Video 3 - Beginning of Liturgy (February 27, 2001)

Video 4 - Ukrainian Homily (February 27, 2001)

Video 5 - English Homily (February 27, 2001)

Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary! Mnohaya Lita!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Women's Day

Women's Day

When: March 26, 2011
Where: Cathedral Hall, 827 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA

Theme: God's Presence in the Seasons of a Woman's Life

Click here for Registration Form (English).

Click here for Registration Form (Ukrainian).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cardinal Husar resigns

On Thursday, February 10, 2011, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI, accepted the resignation of the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych His Beatitude Patriarch Lubomyr Husar.

Here are a few links if you want to read more articles related to Cardinal Husar.[tt_news]=4530&cHash=e3d56b05b3f4bac3a7074be371f13ce1

Letters from Bishop Ihor Voznyak

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blessing of Candles on February 2, 2011

Rev. Myron Myronyuk, Cathedral Assistant, blessed candles at the 9am Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA on February 2, 2011. The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple/Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna.

About the Feast Day...

According to the Law of Moses, all Hebrew parents must bring their first born son on the fortieth day after birth to the Temple to be consecrated to God. In fulfillment of this law, the Mother of God with Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Thus, forty days after Christmas, on the second of February, the Church celebrates the feast of the presentation called the Encounter (Meeting or Presentation).

It was revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen Christ the Lord.

When Mary with Joseph brought the infant Jesus, Simeon met the Child, took Him in his arms, and glorifying God said, “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou has prepared before the face of all peoples, a light of revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Perth Amboy - Catholic School Week Celebrations

Assumption Catholic School Open House

Assumption Catholic School in Perth Amboy will host an Open House on Sunday, February 6, from 1pm to 4 pm as part of its Catholic Schools Week celebrations. The school, located at the corner of Meredith and Jacques Streets, serves students ranging from PreK (4 year old) and Kindergarten to the eighth grade. Light refreshments, school tours, and a Power Point presentation will be available for prospective parents and students during the Open House.

Middle States Association accredited since 1996, Assumption Catholic provides a small school atmosphere with big school goals. Students are afforded a progressive academic program enriched by many extra-curricular activities. Before Care and After Care is available.

Varied activities are planned for Catholic Schools Week. School-wide activities include Liturgy on Monday, a Carnival on Tuesday, a Pep rally on Wednesday, Faculty vs. Eighth grade Volleyball on Thursday, and a Talent Show on Friday. Grades 6,7, and 8 will hold a Battle of the Classes, Grades 4 and 5 will be involved in a Scavenger Hunt and a Multiplication Bee, Grades 2 and 3 will be treated to a Movie and Popcorn, while Grades K and 1 will enjoy guest story readers. Grade 3 will be involved in an Academic Olympics all week. The Family/School Assn. will provide a special lunch for all students on Wednesday. The Faculty will host a Pasta Dinner on Thursday, February 3, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All are invited. Tickets at the door are $10 and $5 for children.

Please contact 732 826-8721 or for more information about the school, registration, or any of the events. Visit our website at

+Mother Nadia Baranik's Funeral

Mother Nadia Baranik, MSMG, 80, fell asleep in the Lord at Philadelphia, PA on January 21, 2011, in her 65th year of Religious Life, the last eight of which she served as Mother General of her monastic community, the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God.

Her viewing was held on January 26th and her funeral was held on January 28th.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Missionary Sisters of Mother of God, 711 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

If you think you are being called to the priesthood or religious life, please contact the Vocations Office at the Chancery at

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