Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Williamstown, NJ is Closing!

It was announced on May 24, 2014 by Msgr. Peter Waslo that Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Williamstown, NJ, is closing at the end of June 2014 due to financial reasons.

The last Liturgy for Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Williamstown, will be held on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9am.
Msgr. Waslo encouraged the parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul to attend St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 675 Cooper Landing Road, Cherry Hill, NJ or St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 824 Carmel Road, Millville, NJ after Saints Peter and Paul, Williamstown, closes at the end of June.

View from the Choir Loft.

Photo from the Liturgy on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3pm.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

UGCC article link

A link to an article in Ukrainian.

A conference was held at LaSalle University sponsored by St. Sophia Society regarding the topic of the underground church.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Golden Jubilee Celebration Sr. Ann, OSBM and Sr. Monica, OSBM

Congratulations to Sr. Ann Laszok, OSBM and Sr. Monica Lesnick, OSBM on their Golden Jubilee Celebration as a Sister of the Order of St. Basil the Great.  A Liturgy was held on May 17, 2014 at Holy Trinity Chapel, Fox Chase Manor, PA.

Rev. Daniel Troyan offered a Homily based on Vocations.  Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka congratulated the Jubilarians at the end of the Liturgy.

Mnohaya Lita Sr. Ann and Sr. Monica!

Sr. Monica and Sr. Ann


Photos and video by "The Way"

To find out more about the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great please visit their website at

Archbishop Paglia visits Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Philadelphia

Photo by Teresa Siwak from The Way

World Meeting of Families to be Held in Philadelphia in 2015;
Expectations are High that Pope Francis will Attend

Philadelphia, Pa.—September 22-27, 2015, the City of Brotherly Love will host the World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw one million people and will be viewed around the world.  The World Meeting of Families organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the council, is held every three years. 

His Holiness, Pope Francis has been invited to the 2105 meeting and hopes are high that he will be able to attend.  The last papal trip to Philadelphia was that of St. John Paul II in October, 1979, which included a visit to  the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The theme of the 2015 meeting was announced at a press conference held Tuesday, May 13 on the veranda at the Independence Visitor Center at the site of the Liberty Bell..  With Archbishop Paglia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, joined by Metropolitan Stefan Soroka, of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the theme is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

Archbishop Paglia commented that  "I would like that this event would be an international event, an ecumenical event, and an interreligious event. . . I think it is really important that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia.   The city, the nation and the world would celebrate the importance of family . . . for all people."

During his brief three day visit to Philadelphia, Archbishop Paglia visited religious and historical sites in Philadelphia as possible locations for events during the 2015 meeting and for an expected papal visit.

Included in his itinerary was a visit to the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Franklin Street in North Philadelphia. Archbishop Paglia offered prayers for peace in Ukraine, joined by his delegation and members of the chancery staff.  He greeted all with the Paschal greeting Христос воскрес! Khrystos Voskres!

Some of the other sites he visited included the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, the Shrine of St. John Neumann, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where on the steps he struck the iconic Rocky pose.

After leaving Philadelphia, his travels took him to New York City to visit the United Nations.


Video by Teresa Siwak from "The Way"

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