Friday, December 28, 2012

Caroling for the Metropolitan


Members of CYM (Ukrainian American Youth Association) Philadelphia Branch caroled for Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka at his Residence on December 27, 2012 on the Feast of St. Stephen.

Thank you to all the groups who caroled to Metropolitan Stefan this holiday season!



http://youtu.be/vQgRP0hlYgk

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012 at Cathedral in Philadelphia

Here are the videos from Christmas 2012 at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA with Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka.


http://youtu.be/rTdAqI9BIXs


 
http://youtu.be/5863d01lt6I


 
http://youtu.be/xxqZy-YNFPA

Video by: The Way

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Liturgy Schedules

Here are some the Christmas Liturgy Schedules for some of the parishes in the Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

http://www.ukrarcheparchy.us/way/SCHEDULEFORCHRISTMAS.pdf

Parish Schedules of Liturgical Services for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

As you come home for Christmas, you are invited to celebrate with us the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, For some, our church may be the home of your youth; for others our church welcomes you to join with us as we greet the newborn King and experience the joy of Our Eternal God being with us. The following Christmas liturgy schedules are those that were shared by many of our churches inviting you to join with their parish families this Christmas season.

May you have a Holy and Blessed Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!





Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

9:00 PM-- Great Compline followed by Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (Ukr/Eng).

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM-- Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

11:00 AM Divine Liturgy(Eng.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr/Eng).

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr/Eng).



St. Michael the Archangel Church

Baltimore, Maryland

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

10:00 PM-- Great Compline followed by Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

10:30 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

10:30 PM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

10:30 AM—Divine Liturgy


Ss. Peter and Paul Church

Curtis Bay, Maryland

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

8:00 PM-- Great Compline followed by Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy



Assumption of the B.V.M. Church

Bayonne, New Jersey

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2012

8:30 AM - Great Compline

9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy



St. Mary’s Church

Carteret, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

9:00 AM Great Compline and Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

10:30 AM. Divine Liturgy


Saint Vladimir Church

Elizabeth, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

8:30 PM-- Great Compline (Children’s Procession) Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

10:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)



St. Nicholas Church

Great Meadows, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

6:00 PM-- Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy



St. Michael the Archangel Church

Hillsborough, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

9:00 PM-- Great Compline (Ukr.)

10:00 PM-- Christmas Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

1100AM-- Christmas Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

8:30 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

8:30 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)



Immaculate Conception Church

Hillside, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

4:00 PM-- Great Compline (Children’s Procession) Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

8:45 AM-- Divine Liturgy (Eng.)



Saints Peter and Paul Church

Jersey City, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

10:00 PM-- Great Compline

10:30 PM-- Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

11:00 AM-- Christmas Divine Liturgy



St. Nicholas Church

Millville, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

3:30 PM-- Great Compline

4:00 PM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr./Eng.)



St. John the Baptist Church

Newark, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

5:00 PM Divine Liturgy (Еng.)

10:00 PM Great Compline Christmas Caroling, Confessions

11:00PM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Ukr./Eng.)

7:00 PM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

7:00 PM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)



Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

7:45 AM—Great Compline (Ukr.)

8:30 AM-- Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

10:30 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

10:30 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)



St. Nicholas Church

Passaic, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

10:00 PM-- Great Compline

10:30 PM--. Divine Liturgy

Tuesday Christmas Day December 25

8:30 AM. Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

10:30 AM. Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Wednesday December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Thursday December 27, 2012 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM. Divine Liturgy



Assumption of the BVM Church

Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

4:00 PM—Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

9:30 PM-- Great Compline (Eng.)

10:00 PM-- Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

11:30 AM-- Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr/Eng)

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr/Eng)



Saint Paul Church

Ramsey, New Jersey

Tuesday Christmas Day December 25

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy



St. Stephen Church

Toms River, New Jersey

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy (Eng.)

10:00 AM -- Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr./Eng.)

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy (Ukr./Eng.)



Saint Josaphat Church

Trenton, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

9:00 PM-- Great Compline

10:00 PM-- Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

7:00 PM –Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy



Saint John the Baptist Church

Whippany, New Jersey

Monday, Christmas Eve, December 24

9:00 PM - Great Compline

10:00 PM - Divine Liturgy (Ukr.)

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2012

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

Wednesday December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

7:00 PM - Divine Liturgy

Thursday December 27, 2012 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy



Assumption of the B.V.M. Church

Centralia, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

10:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy





Holy Ghost Church

Chester, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

9:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

10:00 AM—Divine Liturgy



Saints Peter and Paul Church

Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

4:00 PM-- Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

10:00 AM—Divine Liturgy



Ss. Peter and Paul Church

Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

8:00 PM-- Great Compline followed by Traditional Christmas Caroling

9:00 PM-- Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

8:00 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

6:00 PM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

6:00 PM—Divine Liturgy



Ss. Peter and Paul Church

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

5:00 PM-- Great Compline followed by l Christmas Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

10:00 AM-- Christmas Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy



Holy Ghost Church

West Easton, Pennsylvania

Monday, Christmas Eve December 24

8:30 PM-- Great Compline and Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25

1100 AM-- Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God

11:00 AM—Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen

11:00 AM—Divine Liturgy

Friday, December 21, 2012

Metropolitan Stefan's Christmas Greeting Video


Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka recorded a Christmas Greeting in both Ukrainian and English languages.

1.  Metropolitan Stefan's Greeting in Ukrainian


http://youtu.be/HGlfOOBNSy0


2.  Metropolitan Stefan's Greeting in English



http://youtu.be/CacSfX9-mro


Video by "The Way."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Reflection Letter in Ukrainian - Tragedy in Sandy Hook


Роздуми перед лицем трагедії в містечку
Сенді Хук


Митрополит Стефан Сорока


Наші серця й думки сповнені душевного хвилювання, що супроводжує трагічні події в початковій школі містечка Сенді Хук, де двадцять дітей та шестеро дорослих були позбавлені життя. Ми, як і громада містечка, шоковані тим, як таке страхіття могло взагалі статися. Зворушує звернення до молитви людей, які прагнуть утішити зболених важкою втратою. Засоби інформації постійно показують, як багато людей, збираючись громадами в своїх Церквах, звертаються в молитві до Бога, щоб підтримати один одного.

Назадовго ми проголосимо, що з нами Бог у Різдві! Бог є з нами в безмірній опіці й переживаннях за людей, яким було завдано болю. Бог є з нами в щирих молитвах за родини. Бог є з нами в засвідченні захоплення й вдячності тим вчителям та працівникам школи, які в критичний момент виявили неабияку відвагу. Бог є з нами через тих професіоналів, які покликані помогти подолати наслідки трагедії, і які залишаються з родинами і громадою. Бог є з нами у спільному горі й стражданні всього народу.

Бог є з нами в надихаючому прикладі такої людини як директор школи, яка пожертвувала своїм життям. Це вона щодня нагадувала своїм учням, що потрібно бути добрими до інших. Це свідчить про те, ким вона була. Її порада є живим свідченням про неї і закликом до зрозуміння й доброти, які треба спільно шанувати кожного дня. Репортери повідомляють як багато людей розповідало, що прийшовши додому, під впливом почутого про трагедію, зайвий раз обняли своїх дітей і близьких. Вони говорять про свої прагнення проявити свою любов до дітей і до тих, хто віддано служить в школі та в громаді. З’явилося так багато закликів: «Обніми сьогодні вчителя!»

З нами Бог, мої брати і сестри в Христі! Бог говорить до нас через гарячий вибух почуттів, сердечне виявлення подяки і мудрість поради – дорожити кожною хвилиною життя з найближчими й тими, кого Бог посилає нам на життєвій дорозі. Найкращим захистом, який ви і я можемо протиставити життєвим трагедіям, - це досягати повноти життя, випромінювати доброту, вдячність та любов. Так долається зло. Так приборкується гнів. Це допомагає відвернути подібні страхіття в майбутньому. Бог помагає нам переживати такі трагедії і не допускати їх повторення. Бог є з нами, щоб вислухати нас в горі. Він дає нам сили для взаємної підтримки та любові. Він заохочує нас вибирати повноту життя з тими, кого Він посилає нам для любові й опіки.

Засоби інформації розповідають про те, як люди в Сенді Хук намагаються не дати трагедії заступити їм святкування народження Ісуса. Навпаки – останні події перетворюються в надзвичайне запрошення бути з Ісусом і з близькими, яких вони люблять, у святкуванні Різдва. Вони показують нам, як перетворити трагедію в нагоду прислухатися до того, що Бог шепоче їм, вам та мені. Вони обирають прислухатися в Божій присутності. З нами Бог! Поєднаймося з ними у побожній молитві. Оберімо також свято на бенкеті життя – багатство життя в Ісусі Христі в нашому святкуванні Різдва.

Оберіть повноту життя в святкуванні Різдва в своїй святій церкві. Оберіть висловити свою вдячність за дар життя і дар любові, посланий Богом вам і мені в Ісусі, і за дар життя та любові розділений з нашими близькими. Благословенного вам Різдва!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reflection Letter in English -- Tragedy in Sandy Hook

A REFLECTION AMIDST THE TRAGEDY IN THE COMMUNITY OF SANDY HOOK


Metropolitan Stefan Soroka

Our hearts and minds are filled with emotions surrounding the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School where twenty children and six staff lost their lives. We, like that community, are in shock at how such an awful thing could occur. It is heartwarming to see many turn to prayer in their desire to seek comfort for those who were painfully struck by loss. The media have consistently shown how many people have turned to God in prayer, and have gathered in their various Churches in the community to offer mutual support.

We will shortly proclaim that God is with us at Christmas! God is with us through the immense care and concern being shown to the many people who are hurting. God is with us through the heartfelt prayers offered for the families. God is with us through the testimony of admiration and appreciation being shown for the teachers and staff who showed such bravery in a very difficult time. God is with us through the many professional people who have been involved throughout the time of dealing with the tragedy, and who will continue to journey with the families and with the community. God is with us in the sharing of grief and anguish on a national scale.

God is with us through the inspiring example given to us by people such as the school principal who lost her life. She offered daily reminders to the children of her school to express kindness to others. This speaks loudly of who she was. Her words of advice are a living testimony of her and a call for our understanding and goodness to be celebrated with others daily. Reporters shared how many people spoke of going home and giving extra special hugs to their children and to their loved ones upon hearing of the tragedy. They spoke of their intentions to express their love for their children and for others who serve with dedication in the schools and in the community. So many signs of “hug a teacher today”.





God is with us, my brothers and sisters in Christ. God is speaking to us through the vivid expression of feelings, the heartfelt expression of gratitude, and the wisdom of advising everyone to cherish every minute of life with loved ones and with others God grants us to journey with throughout life. The best testimony you and I can give to the lives so tragically lost is to live fully, expressing kindness, gratitude, and love. It conquers evil. It overcomes anger. It helps to prevent more such sadness in life. God helps us to deal with such tragedies and to do our part in helping to prevent other such tragedies. God is with us to listen to our grief. He enables us to offer mutual support and love. He encourages us to choose to live more fully with others He gives us to love and to care for in life.

The media reports shared how the people of Sandy Hook are committed to not let the tragedy take away from their celebration of Jesus’ birth. It has become an even more special invitation to be with Jesus and to be with others whom they love, to celebrate Christmas together. They are showing us how to turn a tragedy into an opportunity to listen to the whispers of God to them, to you and to me. They are choosing to listen and to realize God’s presence. God is with us! Let us join with them in holy prayer. Let us also choose to celebrate at the banquet of life – the abundant life in Jesus Christ in our celebration of Christmas.

Choose to live life fully in celebrating Christmas in your holy Church. Choose to express your appreciation for the gift of life, the gift of love shared by God with you and with me in Jesus, and the gift of life and love shared with our loved ones. A Blessed Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Prayer Petitions for the Victims of the Newtown, Conn. School Shooting

Special Petitions for the Victims of Newtown, Conn. Massacre


These may be taken in the ektenia after the Gospel


For all those called home to the Lord from the senseless act of violence against the children and teachers in Connecticut, may they be granted rest in the bosom of Abraham and numbered among the saints and may their grieving loved ones be comforted by Your divine grace, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)



We also pray for Your healing compassion and seek Your understanding, as we mourn the victims, weep with their parents and families and pray for all those whose lives have been shattered by this act of evil, we pray You, here us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)



We also pray for an end to the violence and senseless killings that have ravaged our nation, that all of us, as a people may be inspired to respect all human life, and that You may bless our nation and our troubled hearts with Your peace, we pray You, here us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cathedral's Feast Day Celebration - 50th (Philadelphia, PA)

The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA, held a Feast Day Celebration on December 9, 2012 (the Feast of the Conception of St. Ann.) This was a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Announcement of building of this Cathedral.


Choir "Dzvin" led the responses to the Liturgy.


See pictures from the Liturgy on our Facebook page.


Here are videos from the Liturgy. 



http://youtu.be/8GMV0M_1j2s


http://youtu.be/fCYW9TgSUs8





http://youtu.be/jbZD23j3ZXw




http://youtu.be/xzN2xrzAmn0

Videos by T. Siwak from "The Way"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ceremony of Enthronement of Bishop Borys Gudziak Held in Paris

02-12-2012

The ceremony of enthronement of Bishop Borys Gudziak as Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainian Greek Catholics in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland was held on 2 December at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Source RISU

http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/catholics/ugcc/50435/

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Liturgy at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church in Williamstown

November 12th is the feast day of St. Josaphat Kuntsevych (Йосафат Кунцевич), the Martyr of Christian Unity (Ecumenism).   On November 12, 2012 at 7pm a Divine Liturgy was offered at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Williamstown, NJ.   Faithful from several parishes around New Jersey came to pray together.

In Fr. Paul Makar's Homily he spoke of how Josaphat Kuntsevych promoted the unity of church.   Unity that was embraced by diversity.   Fr. Paul said, "We open the doors of our Ukrainian Catholic Church to you all in the spirit of ecumenism."


http://youtu.be/C_s9kOz4glA







Friday, November 9, 2012

Melrose Park, PA, 50th Anniversary


Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Melrose Park, PA, celebrated their 50th Anniversary on October 28, 2012. 


Rev. Ihor Royik is the pastor of the church and is also a member of the staff of "The Way."

In the parish bulletin Rev. Ihor Royik wrote, "My Dear Parishioners and Guests, I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to every one of you on this occasion of the Golden Jubilee of our Church and at the same time I invite you to celebrate together.  This is not only a historic event, but it is also a time to pay tribute to all of our pioneers who, throughout 50 years, set new paths for us to follow.  Let us give thanks to our Almighty God for all pioneers who helped build this Church and everyone who helped to maintain it.  They gave future generations the very generous gift of their faith, their values, and their traditions.  Let us value this!  May this generous gift remain a shining example for us to follow and may it be a source of inspiration so that we may have the courage to set new paths for future generations..."



Photos

You can find photos from the 50th Anniversary Liturgy on October 28, 2012 on our "Archeparchy of Philadelphia" Facebook page at.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.429527670433972.107539.197564070297001&type=1


Videos (There are 5 videos).

Video 1 - Procession


http://youtu.be/TUfdcM1yiOY


Video 2 - Gospel


http://youtu.be/-Ncce3zrVzg

Video 3 - Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka's Homily


http://youtu.be/0xZtDTRMuO4

Video 4 - Liturgy after the Homily


http://youtu.be/I1z0bSi1Hx4

Video 5 - Mnohaya Lita at the Conclusion of the Liturgy


http://youtu.be/nwc6WLSS1Ms


Photos & Video by T. Siwak from "The Way"

Eastern Church Studies Conference at Villanova University

Eastern Church Studies Conference, Villanova University, Sat. November 10, 2012.



Eastern Churches Study Conference: Martyrdom In Our Time-- Martyrdom in the contemporary history of the Church in Greece, the Middle East, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine is the theme of a FREE conference that will be held Saturday, November 10. 2012 at Driscoll Hall, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. The conference will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.


The conference is sponsored by Villanova Universtiy and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Russian Area Studies Concentration, and the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadlephia.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Basilian Sisters from Ukraine visiting our Archeparchy

OSBM Sisters Visit

Basilian Sisters from Holy Trinity Province in Ukraine will be visiting a number of parishes within our Archeparchy in the coming months to solicit financial support for their ministry in Yavoriv (in the Lviv region of western Ukraine). They are desperately in need of providing a suitable monastery for Sisters who are involved in catechetical ministry, youth work, educating orphans and children, visiting the sick, and providing retreats for faithful. Interestingly, Basilian Sisters who originally came to minister in the USA were from this monastery. Let us help them in their time of need so as to enable their valued and needed ministry. Their need is essential for their well- being and enabling their ministry to spread to neighboring cities and villages beyond the boundaries of Yavoriv.

The Sisters will be visiting St. Nicholas Church in Passaic on Nov. 4th; Annunciation of Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Melrose Park on November 11th; St. Michael the Archangel Church in Frackville on Nov. 11th; National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC on November 25th;and St. John the Baptist Church in Newark on December 23rd. Presentations by the Sisters will be made generally following the Liturgies, and will include a short video. I ask all of our pastors to look kindly and generously on the needs of these Basilian Sisters and encourage the financial generosity of the parishioners. I encourage the parishes to consider giving a donation from the parish funds as a thoughtful observance of the upcoming St. Philip’s Fast.

The Basilian Sisters have provided more information to the parishes via a separate mailing. Please inform your parishioners of their need and invite their generosity in charity. Thank you. God bless in ways only He can those who respond generously to needs of others. The heartfelt thanks and prayers are offered by Metropolitan Stefan for all who share from their abundance.





Сестри Василіянки з Провінції Пресвятої Тройці в Україні, в наступні місяці відвідають кілька парафій нашої Архиєпархії з метою зібрати пожертви для свого служіння в Яворові (Львівська область, Західна Україна). Вони вкрай потребують допомоги на добудову монастиря для Сестер, які займаються катехизацією, молодіжним служінням, навчанням сиріт та дітей, відвідуванням хворих, організацією реколекцій для вірних. Цікаво, що перші Сестри Василіянки, які прибули для служіння в США, були власне з цього монастиря. То ж, допоможемо їм у час гострої потреби, щоб вони могли здійснювати своє таке важливе й потрібне служіння. Їхня потреба є суттєвою, бо їхній забезпеченість дозволить розширити служіння на містечка та села в околицях Яворова.

Сестри відвідають церкви: святого Миколая в Пасейку – 4 листопада; Благовіщення Пресвятої Богородиці в Мелроуз Парк, - 11 листопада; Архангела Михаїла в Фраквілл, - 17 листопада; Український Католицький Крайовий Собор Пресвятої Родини у Вашінгтоні, ОК, – 25 листопада; Івана Хрестителя в Нюарку, - 23 грудня. Зустріч з сестрами відбуватиметься по завершенні Літургії. На ній буде демонструватися коротке відео про їхнє життя. Я прошу всіх парохів із зрозумінням та щедрістю відповісти на потреби цих Сестер Василіянок, і заохотити до фінансової щедрості всіх парафіян. Я заохочую парафії, з огляду на наближення Пилипівського посту, розглянути можливість надання пожертви також з парафіяльних фондів.

Окремим листом Сестри розішлють по парафіях розширену інформацію. Просимо поінформувати ваших парафіян про їхні потреби і запропонувати відгукнутися щедрими датками. Дякую. Нехай Господь щедро благословляє лише Йому відомим чином тих, хто щедро відгукуються на потреби інших.

Сердечно дякую та молюся за всіх, хто щедро ділиться своїми добрами.

+Стефан Сорока

Митрополит-Архиєпископ

Friday, November 2, 2012

Divine Liturgy petitions for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy



Special Petitions for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy



These may be taken in the ektenia after the Gospel


For those who experienced the destructive forces of hurricane Sandy and now endure the anguish and suffering from personal injury and the loss of property, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)


For those called home to the Lord during this natural disaster, may they be granted rest in the bosom of Abraham and numbered among the saints and may their grieving loved ones be comforted by Your divine grace, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)


For all those involved in serving their neighbor during this time including the first responders and those assisting in the continuing relief efforts, strengthen them in mind, body and soul and inspire all of us to be charitable with our generosity to our brothers and sisters in their time of need, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)



Особливе благання за потерпілих від урагану Сенді
Може бути додане до єктенії після Євангелія


За тих, кого спіткав руйнівний наступ урагану Сенді і хто тепер переживає біль і страждання через тілесні пошкодження та втрату майна, молимось Тобі, вислухай і помилуй.

Господи, помилуй! (3 рази)


Тим, які були покликані в дім Господній цим страшним стихійним лихом, нехай буде даровано вічний спочинок на лоні Авраама й місце між святими, а їхні згорьовані близькі утішаться Твоєю божественною благодаттю, молимось Тобі, вислухай і помилуй.

Господи, помилуй! (3 рази)


За всіх тих, хто в цей важкий час відгукнувся на біду своїх близьких: рятувальників та невтомних помічників, - укріпи їхні думки, тіла і душі та надихни всіх нас бути милостивими у своїй щедрості до наших братів та сестер у потребі, молимось Тобі, вислухай і помилуй.

Господи, помилуй! (3 рази)

Head of UGCC offers condolences to Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy

Article in English about His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk offering condolences to Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy.  (Article is on the RISU website.)


Greek Catholic head offers condolences to Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Providence Association 100th Anniversary, Philadelphia, PA

The Providence Association celebrated their 100th Anniversary with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on October 21, 2012 at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA.  Among the Bishops celebrating were Bishop Richard Seminack, Bishop John Bura, Bishop-emeritus Basil Losten and Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka.  "Accolada Chamber Choir" sang the responses to the Liturgy.   Video by T. Siwak from "The Way" www.ukrarcheparchy.us


See pictures from the Liturgy on our Archeparchy of Philadelphia Facebook page.






2.  Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka's Homily



3. Communion Video





4.  Parts of the Liturgy , Gospel, Accolada  Choir, Closing Hymn,...




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Baltimore, MD Parish - Centennial Celebration

(click flyer to enlarge or visit their website)


St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore, MD is having a Centennial Celebration on November 11, 2012.  For more information please visit their website at  http://www.baltoukrainiancathparishes.org/index1_Events.html

Friday, October 12, 2012

HHS Mandate/Vice Presidential debat.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement regarding the HHS Mandate after the Vice Presidential debate. 

http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-163.cfm

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Video about Novena service offered by Msgr. Hrynuck

A video about the Novena Service that Msgr. Hrynuck celebrated for over 60 years in Olyphant, PA is posted on the WNEP website.  http://wnep.com/2012/09/26/monsigner-celebrates-final-novena-after-60-years/

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Providence 100th Anniversary


Providence Association, Philadelphia, PA


Providence Association to mark its 100th Anniversary
Metropolitan Stefan Soroka invites all clergy, religious and faithful to participate in the 100th anniversary celebration of the Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics of America. A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 1pm on Sunday, October 21st at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, followed by a festive concert program. All are welcome. The Providence Association of American was instrumental in the growth of many parishes throughout the past 100 years through the provision of mortgage loans. The Ukrainian newspaper “America” continues to keep Ukrainians informed in religious, cultural and political aspects of life.

Please join in this celebration of gratitude for the dedicated leadership and service of The Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics of America. “Многая Літа” to Providence!


100-ліття заснування Союзу Українців Католиків Америки “Провидіння”Митрополит Стефан Сорока запрошує все духовенство, монашество та вірних взяти участь у святкуваннях 100-ліття заснування Союзу Українців Католиків Америки “Провидіння”. Подячна Архиєрейська Божественна Літургія буде відправлятися в 1 годині пополудні в неділю, 21 жовтня, в Українській Католицькій Катедрі Непорочного Зачаття. Опісля відбудеться святковий концерт. Усіх ласкаво просимо завітати на свято. Упродовж 100 років Союз Українців Католиків “Провидіння” відіграв провідну роль у зростанні багатьох парафій через надання їм морґеджевих позик. Його газета “Америка” продовжує інформувати українців про релігійні, культурні та політичні аспекти життя.

Просимо вас приєднатися до святочних виявів вдячності за віддане провідництво та служіння Союзу Українців Католиків Америки “Провидіння”. Многая літа “Провидінню”!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fox Chase Manor, PA, Pilgrimage 2012

On September 30, 2012 a Pilgrimage to the Mother of God was held on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great in Fox Chase Manor, PA.   Among the celebrants of the Liturgy included Bishop Paul Chomnycky and Bishop-emeritus Basil Losten.  The choir was from Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chester, PA. 
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See pictures from the Liturgy on our Archeparchy of Philadelphia Facebook Page at:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.416457325074340.104072.197564070297001&type=1



Here are some videos from the Liturgy 
1.  Video during the Cherubicon.


2.  Msgr. Martin Canavan Homily - only a portion of the homily, not the entire homily.




3.  Procession/Communion/Sr. Dorothy Ann's, OSBM Speech,...




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Friday, September 28, 2012

50th Anniversary of Annunciation of the BVM, Melrose Park



Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1204 Valley Road, Melrose Park, PA will be celebrating 50 years of its founding on Sunday, October 28th. A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be offered at 1:00 pm by Most Reverend Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, followed by the Jubilee Banquet at Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland, PA.

Rev. Ihor Royik and the parishioners of Annunciation of BVM extend an invitation to you to participate in this festive and historic jubilee. If you desire to have your name placed on the banquet invitation list or would like additional information, please call (215) 635-1627. Deadline for reservations for the banquet is October 5, 2012.


Українська Католицька Церква Благовіщення Пречистої Діви Марії, 1204 Valley Road, Melrose Park, PA відзначатиме святкування 50-річчя заснування в неділю, 28-го жовтня. Митрополит-архиєпископ Стефан Сорока відслужить архиєрейську Божественну Літургію о 1:00 год. пополудні. Після Літургії відбудеться ювілейний банкет в Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland, PA.

о. Ігор Роїк і парафіяни запрошують Вас взяти участь у цьому святковому та історичному ювілеї. Якщо ви хочете, щоб ваше ім'я було в списку запрошених на банкет, або хотіли б отримати додаткову інформацію, прохання телефонувати (215) 635-1627. Крайній термін зголошення на банкет – 5-го жовтня 2012 року.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

(Former) St. Nicholas School, Philadelphia, PA - Reunion

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Philadelphia, PA

(FORMER) ST. NICHOLAS UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PHILADELPHIA, PA, GRAND REUNION  - Saturday, October 6, 2012

11 am - Divine Liturgy in memory of all who have passed at  St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church
24th & Poplar Streets - Philadelphia, PA 19130

New time and location for the Reception...
12:30 to 5 pm  - Mennonite High School, formerly St. Nicholas Elementary School,
860 North 24th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Please pass along the information to all former STUDENTS, PARENTS, & TEACHERS

If you want to attend, please RSVP by September 23, 2012 to:
St.Nicholas.Skola.Reunion@gmail.com

For more info or to join the organizing committee please contact:
Helene Zadworniak Michalko at halamich56@aol.com  OR
Marc Zaharchuk at marczaharchuk@juno.com  OR
Call Marc Z. at 215-497-2219.

Please note: the Wooden Statue, which welcomed you to St. Nicholas School is now located in the church.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Discernment Weekend at the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great

(Click on the flyer to enlarge image.)

The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great are holding a Discernment Weekend on September 21 - 23, 2012 at 710 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA.    "Might God be calling you to this path? Come! Discern!"

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Synod of UGCC to Be Held in Canada

Synod of UGCC to Be Held in Canada

31-08-2012
The next Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is to be held in Winnipeg (Canada) on 9-15 September on occasion of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Greek Catholic bishop in that country.
Source RISU


http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/catholics/ugcc/49391/

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Blessing of Flowers at Cathedral 2012

On August 15, 2012 Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka blessed flowers on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA.

Video 1 = Msgr. Peter Waslo proclaims the Gospel>







Video 2 = Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka blesses flowers.


http://youtu.be/ZKxc3bI_guQ




Photo:
Photo: Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka blesses flowers at the Cathedral.







Kazka Celebrates 25 Years of Song and Dance


Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble
Celebrate 25 Years of Song and Dance

          
Twenty five years ago, four young friends with a love of all things Ukrainian banded together to form the Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble.  Incorporated in Schuylkill County in 1987 Kazka (which means folktale in Ukrainian) is dedicated to the preservation and performance of the songs and folk dances brought to the anthracite coal regions by the Ukrainian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th century.  The founding members include the vocal quartet of Joseph Zucofski, Michael Duda, Sandra Minarchik Duda and Paula Duda Holoviak.  Kazka’s vocal and instrumental repertoire encompasses traditional folk songs and modern Ukrainian composers as well as folk carols and liturgical selections.  Kazka has produced three recordings including Kazka, Timeless Traditions and God Sees All featuring Ukrainian Christmas music.
          
The ensemble also currently has over twenty young dancers who perform choreography from the Hutsul, Transcarpathian, Lemko, Boyko, and Poltava regions of Ukraine.  Numerous talented individuals have contributed choreography to the group including Mykola Bojczuk and Helena Kozak (Philadelphia), Ken Rylance (Canda), and David Woznak (Cleveland)   The ensemble’s current choreography is Andrij Dobriansky of New York City.  Andrij has studied with the renowned Roma Pryma-Bohachevska and has been named as a Master Traditional Artist by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.
           
Kazka has received numerous accolades and awards and has traveled the globe.  Kazka has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts and the Institute for Cultural Partnerships.  Currently, Kazka is on the roster for the Commonwealth Speakers program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.  Kazka has performed throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland as well as at Disney World in Florida.  In 1992, Kazka performed in three Ukrainian cities as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian emigration to the United States.
           
Kazka will mark this 25th anniversary celebration at the Ukrainian Festival at the Ukrainian Homestead in Lehighton, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19.  The group will perform at the festival shows and will host a zabava (dance) open to the public at 8 PM on Saturday evening with music by Walter Syzonenko.  All members past and present are invited to attend, to reminisce and to view picture from the past twenty five years.  For more information on the festival reunion, visit  www.kazkaensemble.org or www.ukrhomestead.com. 
           
Kazka looks forward to many more years of song and dance.  Dance rehearsals are held throughout the summer months on Wednesdays at 6:30 at the Ukrainian Homestead.  New dancers are always welcome.  Come and join the tradition.

(Click on photo to enlarge)
Photo credit: Kathleen Park 
Kazka performing at Ukrainian Seminary Day 
in Minersville, July 29, 2012.
Photo credit:  Kathleen Park 
Kazka singing at Ukrainian Seminary Day 2012 
Michael Duda, Sandra Duda, Paula Holoviak, 
Joseph Zucofski (left to right)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blessing of Fruit on the Feast of the Transfiguration



Msgr Peter Waslo blessed Fruit on the Feast of the Transfiguration on Monday, August 6, 2012.  There were 2 Liturgies at the Cathedral that day.

http://youtu.be/_NlBAP-Ax8M

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Bishop for France

Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University nominated Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France

21-07-2012

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has a new bishop. Pope Benedict XVI nominated the rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University Rev. Dr. Borys Gudziak as Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France and appointed him as Titular Bishop of Carcabia. This is officially informed by the Vatican Press Service.

Source RISU

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

+ Sister Barbara Terefenko, O.S.B.M. fell asleep in the Lord

 Sister Barbara Terefenko, O.S.B.M., 77, fell asleep in the Lord in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, July 15th 2012, in her 15th year of Religious Life.

Born in Mt. Carmel Pennsylvania, Sister Barbara was the daughter of the late Henry Jackson and Julia (nee Chato) Long. Wife of the late Walter Terefenko of Shamokin, PA., she leaves behind her children: Barbara, Walter, Inez and Henry, her grandchildren and great grandchild in addition to her Sisters in the Order of Saint Basil the Great.

Before her entrance into the Order of Saint Basil the Great in September of 1997, she was a parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Cohoes, New York where she was working as a cosmetologist and home health aide.

While in the community of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, Sister professed her final vows on April 1st 2006. She worked with the office of Religious Education in Ambridge, PA as a Pastoral Minister; Saint Josaphat Parish in Philadelphia and at the Motherhouse in Fox Chase.

Her viewing 5PM until 7PM will be held on Thursday (July 19) in the Holy Trinity Chapel at the Motherhouse, 710 Fox Chase Road, Fox Chase Manor, PA.  Parastas prayers will be sung at 6:30 PM. Her funeral will take place on Friday (July 20) with her Requiem Liturgy being celebrated at 11:00 AM, viewing being at 9AM in the Holy Trinity Chapel. Burial will follow at the Sisters Convent Cemetery, Fox Chase.



http://www.funeralplan2.com/nasevich/Obituaries?id=251845

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka celebrated his 30th Anniversary to the Priesthood at a reception at the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great


In Celebration of a Dedicated Life to the Church

On June 20, 2012, the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great (Fox Chase Manor, PA) hosted a reception honoring His Grace, Most Reverend Stefan Soroka on his 30th anniversary as a priest. After a communal opening prayer, Provincial Superior Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski welcomed the Archbishop with a brief speech. Drawing from the words of the apostle Matthew on the theme of calling, she encapsulated the Archbishop's life and deeds in the realm of the Lord’s work.

Drawing from Scripture, Sister Dorothy Ann opened her remarks with an allusion to the Archbishop’s entry into the religious life. “Thirty years ago,” she observed, “Jesus whispered to you, ‛Come follow me, and I will make you a fisher of people.’” (Mt 4:19). She then noted that by accepting Christ's invitation, the young priest had begun a life of giving and that over the course of three decades, many “have been beneficiaries of the gifts you have received.” 

Sister continued by extolling Archbishop Soroka's achievements as a priest, enumerating his spiritual successes in the context of the Living Water that is the overarching symbol of those who choose the path of the Fisherman. "Your warm gift of welcome is like a lighthouse whose beams invite all into the warmth of its confines. You cast a net far and wide capturing those that the Lord has given to you, never throwing back what you catch. And you have a way of calming the stormy waters . . .  making each struggle seem surmountable. . . . "

Sr Dorothy Ann presented Metropolitan Soroka with a Fishing net and said, "You cast a net far and wide capturing those that the Lord has given to you, never throwing back what you catch."

The Provincial Superior closed by expressing her community's delight in sharing this special occasion with His Grace, recalling his personal interest in the well-being of the community and each of its members, his cooperation and goodness, his support of and participation in the Sisters' pilgrimages, jubilees, and the recent celebration marking the centennial of their work in the United States. "In all instances," she concluded, "you affirm us and show a confidence in what we are presently doing and indicate a hope in our future endeavors."  ----------------------------------------
See more photos from the 30th Anniversary Reception on our Archeparchy's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.386372374749502.95269.197564070297001&type=1
 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Fox Chase Manor, PA - Annual Pilgrimage


SISTERS OF THE ORDER OF SAINT BASIL THE GREAT
FOX CHASE MANOR, PA – ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE


MARK YOUR CALENDARS


THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE MOTHER OF GOD
TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012


THEME:  Pilgrimage 2012 – A Time to Encounter Christ


SCHEDULE

11:00 – 12:30 AM   SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION       
  1:00 – 2:30 PM   DIVINE LITURGY WITH HOLY ANOINTING (Bi-Lingual)
  4:00 – 4:30 PM   MOLEBEN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD WITH VENERATION OF RELICS            

FOOD SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOON

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Plast Scouts help Sisters Servants with Spring Cleaning


Plast Scouts Perform Spring Cleaning Good Deed in Sloatsburg, NY
By Christian Patti

On June 8, 2012, the Plast group Sokoly (Falcons), part of the 31st kurin (unit) honoring Ivan Vyhovsky from Passaic, NJ, helped with spring cleaning at the grounds of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate in Sloatsburg, NY. The five scouts, pictured below, moved and arranged 85 picnic tables and their benches, as well as 9 park benches, for the sisters.

The Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate rely on volunteer support from the Ukrainian Catholic community. These scouts responded to the request of Sister Kathleen Hutsko, SSMI, Provincial Superior, to help in preparation for the yearly pilgrimage, this year on August 11 and 12, 2012. Sister Kathleen said, “There is so much preparation needed to be done and we can’t do it without volunteers. We’re grateful to the Plast youth for coming to assist us.”

In photo  (left to right): Christian Patti, Paul Temnycky, Daniel Wanio,
Sr Kathleen Hutsko, SSMI, Alex Rybchuk, Pavlo Kravchuk.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Спільність в Христі - Encounter 2012 (Ukrainian Text)



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Спільність в Христі – зустріч 2012 р.

Цього року Єпископи Східних Католицьких Церков США спонсорують три Зустрічі наших Церков, які відбудуться в трьох місцях:  Клівленді, Огайо,  (20-23 вересня), Лос Анджелесі, Кал., (1-4 лиспопада) і в Візантійській Католицькій церкві св. Марії в Гілсборо, Н. Дж., (11-14 жовтня) для східно-американських штатів. Усі ці зустрічі, й особливо та, що відбудеться в Гілзборо, призначені для мирян та духовенства і їх темою буде:

“Together in Christ – the Spirituality of Discipleship: A Call to Holiness” (Спільність в Христі – духовність апостольства: заклик до святості)

Такі зустрічі – це можливість для всіх східних католиків зустрічатися і зростати в Господі, вивчати теми, які будуть сприяти духовному та виховному розвитку їхніх парафій.   Проведення зустрічі в нашому регіоні полегшить участь в ній більшої кількості мирян та духовенства.  Заплановані по регіонах зустрічі та програми забезпечать зростання наших Церков, оскільки парафії Східної Традиції мають так багато спільного. 

Напередодні зустрічі вихідних днів буде проведено спеціальний день для духовенства, яке має пасторальні зобов’язання в парафіях.  Зустрічі вихідних днів (від п’ятниці вечора до полудня неділі) в основному  призначені для мирян, яких ласкаво просимо прибути й поселитися в п’ятницю. Головна увага буде зосереджена на суботі та неділі. У ці дні відбудуться чотири пленарні сесії.

Першу сесію під назвою: “Who is the Church?” (Хто є Церквою?), проведе Всечесний отець Дамон Гейгер з Єпархії Нютон.  Другу сесію: “Activity of the Royal Priesthood” (Діяльність Царського священства) - доктор Маурін Дадонна з Єпархії Пасейку. Третю сесію: “Blueprint for Church Growth” (Проект церковного зростання), - проведе сер Марла Марі Лукас, з Єпархії св. Марона.  Головна сесія під назвою: “How and What of Lay Leadership: Action – Put on Christ!” (Як? і Що? від провідників мирян:  в діянні  покладіться на Христа!) буде преставлена Високопреосвященним  Петром  Лібассі,  з  римо-католицької  Дієцезії  Манчестера, Н.Г.  

У неділю будуть відслужені Утреня та Божественна літургія з основним посланням:  “Servant Leadership: Be All That You Can Be!” (Службове провідництво: будь усім, чим ти можеш бути!) – яке виголосить Високопреосвященний Ніколас Самра, Єпарх Мелхітської Церкви Єпархії Нютона.

Реєстрація на зустріч складає 75 доларів.  Скидка за попередню реєстрацію п’яти, чи більше осіб з однієї парафії – 50 доларів з особи.  Перебування та харчування включені в ціну реєстрації.  Вітається розгортання продажу східно-католицьких книжок та ікон, що оживить зустріч.

Попередні зустрічі відбувалися в 1999 р. в Бостоні та в 2006 р.  в Чикаго.  Проводилися вони в основному для єпископів та спеціально запрошеного духовенства та мирян.  Цьогорічна зустріч відкрита для всіх, хто хоче навчатися, молитися і зростати в Христі задля будівництва Тіла Христового.
 
Східні Католицькі Єпископи, які формують національний корпус, є регіоном Конференції Католицьких Єпископів США.  Вони належать до таких Традицій: Вірменської; Візантійської (Мелхітська, Румунська, Рутенська та Українська Церкви); Сирійської (Халдейська, Маронітська, Сиро-Малабарська та Сиро-Маланкарська Церкви).

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Together in Christ - Encounter 2012 (English text)




TOGETHER IN CHRIST – ENCOUNTER 2012

The Eastern Catholic Bishops of the USA are sponsoring three Encounters of our respective Churches this year which will take place in three locations: Cleveland, OH (September 20-23), Los Angeles, CA (November 1-4) and for the Eastern United States at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough, NJ (October 11-14). These gatherings and the one in Hillsborough in particular, are geared for the laity and clergy with the theme:

TOGETHER IN CHRIST – THE SPIRITUALITY OF DISCIPLESHIP: A CALL TO HOLINESS

An Encounter is a time for all Eastern Catholics to meet and to grow in the Lord, and to study themes that would assist them in fostering more spiritual and educational growth in their parishes. By having an Encounter in our region, it will be easier and convenient for more participation of the laity and clergy. Also, follow up meetings and programs within a certain region will provide more growth for our Churches since parishes of Eastern Traditions have so much in common.

A special day for clergy who have pastoral commitments in parishes will precede the weekend. The weekend Encounter (Friday evening through Sunday brunch) is mainly geared for the laity who are asked to arrive on Friday for a welcome and hospitality. The main focus will be on Saturday and Sunday. Four plenary sessions will be held.

The first session, entitled Who is the Church? will be led by Rt. Rev. Damon Geiger of the Eparchy of Newton. The second session, Activity of the Royal Priesthood, will be led by Dr. Maureen Dadonna of the Eparchy of Passaic. The third session, Blueprint for Church Growth, will be led by Sr. Marla Marie Lucas, MSCL, of the Eparchy of St. Maron. The main session entitled, The ‘How” and ‘What” of Lay Leadership: Action – Put on Christ! will be presented by the Most Reverend Peter Libasci, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Sunday, Matins and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated followed by the keynote address entitled, Servant Leadership: Be All That You Can Be! presented by the Most Reverend Nicholas Samra, Eparch of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton.

Registration is $75.00 per person for the Encounter. A discount for early registration of five or more from one parish is available at $50.00 per person. Hospitality and meals are included in the registration fee. Vendors of Eastern Catholic books and icons are being invited to complement the Encounter.

Previously, Encounters were held in 1999 in Boston and 2006 in Chicago. They were held mainly for bishops and invited clergy and laity. This year’s Encounter is open to all who want to learn, pray and grow in Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ.

The Eastern Catholic Bishops have formed a national body are a region in the US Catholic Conference of Bishops. They represent the following traditions: Armenian, Byzantine – Melkite, Romanian, Ruthenian and Ukrainian; Syriac – Chaldean, Maronite, Syro-Malabar, and Syro-Malankara.  

For more information and registration, visit the website, www.Encounter2012EasternCatholicChurches.org

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Liturgy in Wildwood Crest, NJ


Summer Ukrainian Catholic Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in Wildwood Crest, NJ on Sunday's during the months of July and August.

Celebrated at:

Crest Community Church

5901 Pacific Avenue (intersection of Pacific Avenue and Crocus Road)

Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

(609) 522-1618

Sunday Evening 6:30 pm

During the month of July and August

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom - text "Freedom"


Below is the text about spreading the message of religious freedom through the social network. We are asked to promote the cause through texting. As explained below, if one texts the word Freedom to 377377, one will be part of the growing group of members of the Church and citizens of the US protesting the violation of a basic right.

After texting, one will be asked their email address and their zip code. Updates will be sent to the email address rather than the text number.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY SUPPORTERS TO TEXT ‘FREEDOM’

Catholic communities nationwide join text message campaign Promote education, action in support of First Amendment Support Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops launched a text messaging campaign June 21 to provide a new way for people to join the national campaign for religious freedom.

Catholics and supporters of religious freedom from all other faiths around the nation now can send the text message “Freedom” to 377377 to join the movement. Texters can then receive information regularly on how to help protect religious freedom worldwide.

“Across America, our right to live out our faith is being threatened — from Washington’s forcing Catholic institutions to provide services that contradict their beliefs, to state governments’ prohibiting religious charities from serving the most vulnerable,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “We encourage all supporters around the country to text the simple, meaningful word ‘Freedom’ (for English) or ‘Libertad’ (for Spanish) to 377377 to join the movement.”

The U.S. bishops have issued a call to action to defend religious liberty and urged laity to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights.

In one major initiative, the Fortnight for Freedom, from June 21 to Independence Day, July 4, dioceses and parishes will commemorate this special two-week period of prayer, study and public action to emphasize both the Christian and American heritage of liberty.

The U.S. bishops plan to communicate with supporters by SMS (short message service) about twice a month. Standard text message and data rates may apply. Reply STOP to opt-out. Reply HELP or contact FREEDOM@USCCB.ORG for help.

Bulletin inserts about the texting campaign can be found at

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/upload/fortnight-for-freedom-bulletin-insert.pdf

(English) or

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/upload/fortnight-for-freedom-bulletin-insert-spanish.pdf

(Spanish). Visit http://www.fortnight4freedom.org/ for more details.

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