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St. Michael’s is a faith-filled people of the Ukrainian Catholic tradition. We strive to make the Divine Liturgy the heartbeat of our faith community and we stand ready to bear witness to the Lord with our life.

Saint Michael’s is a parish rooted in Jesus Christ, active in our love of neighbor, on the path toward salvation in the Holy Trinity.

Sunday of Zacchaeus

1 Timothy 4:9-16; Luke 19:1-10

Though there is no special office for this Sunday, it is commonly seen as the beginning of our preparation for the Feast of our Lord’s Resurrection. Today we must be Zacchaeus. When Jesus came to Jericho, “Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.” Today is where we start our search for God, who is coming to take away the sin of the world. Today we must be filled with the desire to see God, as was Zacchaeus. Today we must acknowledge our sins, for Jesus is coming to St. Stephens in Phoenix, today he is coming into our homes, more exactly, into the home of our heart. What a contrast between Zacchaeus and the Blind Man of last week’s gospel, who could not see and begged Jesus for sight. Zacchaeus could see and yet climbs the sycamore tree to get the best possible view. What a contrast between Zacchaeus and the rich young man of two Sundays ago.

The rich young man could not let even one penny of his riches escape his grasp, but Zacchaeus says, “Half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” Today, Jesus tells us, “Salvation has come to this home.” It is already Pascha, if we turn to our Lord in his mercy, if we seek him with the zeal of Zacchaeus.

Today St. Paul’s promise is fulfilled, “We have set our hope on the living God, who is the savior of all, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). Today we must be among those who believe.

Meditation by Archpriest David Petras

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Sunday, 1/14/18 32  Sunday of Zachaeus
9:00 a.m. +Nicholas Muryn requested by Michael and Mary Muryn
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Timothy 4:7:13
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10, Tone 6

Monday, 1/15/18 Our Venerable Fathers Paul of Thebes

Tuesday, 1/16/18 The Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and Illustrious Apostle Peter
9:00 a.m. +Hanna Yarmolenko (Pan.) requested by Olga Pospolita

Wednesday, 1/17/18 Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the Great

Thursday, 1/18/18 Our Holy Fathers and Archbishops of Alexandria Athanasius and Cyril

Friday, 1/19/18 Our Venerable Father Macarius of Egypt

Saturday, 1/20/18 Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Euthemius the Great
9:00 a.m. + Dorothy Gawron (Pan.) requested by Christine Gawron

Sunday, 1/21/18 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee —Our Venerable Father Maximus the Confessor
9:00 a.m. For the people of the parish
10:30 a.m. +Dario Aponte requested by the Czabala Family

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10:15
Gospel: Luke 18:10-14, Tone 7

Parish announcements this week

Christ is among us!

1. AFTER DIVINE LITURGY: Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, coffee and hard rolls are available in the church hall.

2. VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to God’s glory by Dionizia Brochinsky in memory of +Daria Fedoriw.

3. Asleep in the Lord: +Robert Hickerson. Please remember him in your prayers. ETERNAL MEMORY!

4. St. Michael’s Parish and UNWLA Branch 108 will hold its annual PROSFORA, traditional Christmas luncheon on Sunday, January 21, 2018. On that day we will celebrate only one Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, free for children Ridna Shkola and altar servers. We will be running a raffle. Please donate items for raffle and sweet for coffee.

5. SOROKOUSTY: The Memorial Service for All Souls will be observed on February 3 and 17, March 3 and 10,  and May 19. Please take your book of names found at the entrance of the church (or ask Father Iura for a new book), fill it out, place it in envelope and drop it in the collection basket. Let us remember all our loved ones who have gone to their heavenly reward. Eternal Memory!

6. KOLIADA: Dear parishioners, in this week’s bulletin you will find special Koliada envelops. If you would like to make a donation to the Koliada (Ukrainian Christmas Carols), please enclose your donation, write your name on the envelope and drop the envelope into the collection basket during the Divine Liturgies. Thank You!

7. Dear Parishioners: As you may know, Mr. and Mrs. Yuriy Faryna have recently suffered a tragic loss when their house burned to the ground. They have lost their home and most of their possessions. As they struggle to get back on their feet, I would humbly ask that you all consider making a gift donation to help them. There are gift envelops in the vestibule of the church. If you would like to assist this family, please place your gift in these envelops and place them in the collection baskets. Checks should be made out to “Yuriy Faryna” or you may give cash. All gift donations will be forwarded directly to the family. Thank You! Fr. Iura Godenciuc.

8. Know your Byzantine Catholic Faith: Christ Our Pascha, the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church is now available online in English, www.royaldoors.net. We are working to get the print edition when it is available.

9. Adult Faith Formation: What is adult faith formation? “The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. To be faithful and effective it will offer, over time, a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice—a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life.”

We are building a formation plan that will take into account actual life experience, diverse adult learning needs, the study of Scripture, and the beautiful and essential teaching of our Byzantine tradition. Stay tuned.

10. VETERANS POST 33: The next meeting of the Ukrainian-American Veteran Bishop John Stock Post 33 of N.H. will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018, church hall, classroom 2 immediately following the second Divine Liturgy. For more information, contact the Post Commander Carl Harvey at 203-389-6076 or crharv384@optimum.net

11. Welcome to attend the musical performance entitled “LITURGY” by NOVA OPERA from Kyiv, Ukraine at St. Basil Seminary, January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Please be informed that NOVA OPERA is a group of young Ukrainian musicians searching for the new ways of developing music theatre. The create new synthetic genres and experimenting with untypical music and stage performances.

12. ST. GIANNA CENTER: Have you made a gift that will help at-risk mothers and their children? We are in need diapers for ages 3, 4, and 5. A box at the front is available for these items. Thank you!

13. BULLETIN UPDATES: Dear parishioners. As you may have noticed their have been some changes and improvements to your parish bulletin over the past six months. In a continuing effort to make the bulletin more parishioner friendly, I call upon you to let me know what else you would like to see and or change. And as always I appreciate the various information materials that you are providing. I look forward to your responses. Father Iura.

14. Etiquette for using a cell phone in Church: Check device settings BEFORE entering the church (most will usually do this on the way to church). Disable the pesky notification center banners, popups, badges, and sounds by switching to airplane mode. As a double precaution, turn vibration off for all events that you normally select to vibrate when on silent mode (incoming calls, emails, etc.). Keep your device out of sight until needed. Reading your messages or Facebook page, just like reading the bulletin during the homily is impolite. Your discretion is called upon in the sacred place.

15. CHURCH AND BUILDING REPAIRS: As you may have noticed there is an ongoing program of repairs being conducted on the property. The entire interior of the Church is having its wall repaired, re-plastered and then completely repainted with a semi gloss white paint. The work is in its ninth week of progress and has had numerous difficult challenges to overcome. In addition the handicap door to the church has been repaired. The Church front door lock and latches have been updated and repaired. The steeple door locks have been rekeyed and repaired. The three outbuildings, Heritage Center, Rectory and Rental Property has had repairs completed to the damaged soffits, gables aluminum siding and gutters. We brought in aerial lifts to complete the work and completely replaced the gutters on the Heritage Center. The Heritage Center also has had some of their aging windows replaced with new energy efficient windows. The property has had all its fire extinguishers upgraded, tested and repaired as needed with additional extinguishers installed to cover all possible issues. An inspection was conducted by the Municipal Fire Marshal. The doors to the church hall have been repaired so that they open and close easier. In the church hall the lower level meeting room has been completely upgraded, repaired and painted with new ceiling tiles installed as part of a mold abatement program. The lower level bathrooms and hallways are in the process of being repainted. And of course you have all noted that the front entrance to the church hall has a brand new burgundy carpet. A special thanks to the KofC member volunteers who provided countless hours of donation labor in helping to complete some of these projects. All these items are in addition to the massive outside repair/protection work that has been conducted this year. The roofs and the blue panel repairs on the church hall. These efforts have been expensive and we are currently facing a severe financial shortfall by end of year. Unfortunate, but necessary to maintain the physical plant of the property. These were items that could not be put off anymore. The delaying of these repairs would only have caused more damage and been more costly in the future. Please take note that there is additional expensive and extensive work scheduled for next year.

16. March for Life 2018: You are invited to join the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC, Friday, January 19. Thousands of Americans travel to the Nation’s Capital every year around the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade to remember the more than 59 million Americans who have been lost to abortion. This year will be the 45th Annual March for Life.

Reservations are required in advance. Limited seating is still available. The Rally Bus will depart from St. Teresa Church (Trumbull). This sponsored bus trip on January 19 begins with Mass at 3:30 a.m. The bus leaves St. Teresa’s parking lot at approximately 4:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 10:30 p.m. that evening. The cost for the trip is $77.00. To register http://rallybus.net/marchforlife/from/trumbull-ct For more information contact: Dave Janny or Mary Beth DeSantis at (203) 261-3676. Please join this great witness to God’s gift of life!

17. SUMA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 555 George St., New Haven, CT.  Business hours: Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone 203-785-8805; fax: 203-785-8677.

Pope Francis to meet the Ukrainians in Rome

Holy See Press Office Director Greg Burke issued a statement today, January 12, stating that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Archbishop Major of Kyiv-Halyč of the Ukrainians and, on Sunday, January 28 at 4 pm, will visit the Basilica of Santa Sophia in Rome and meet with the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic community.
 
(picture from a visit of the Ukrainian bishops at the Holy See)

St Theodosius

On the weekly liturgical calendar for this week you may have noticed that today’s saints is Theodosius, the Venerable Father and founder of monastic life lived in community.

He was known to heal the sick and being “extremely compassionate.”

Today, we need his witness and guidance in the manner in which we live our Christian life with others (family, friends, fellow parishioners, coworkers, and our enemies).

He died on this date in AD 529.

Here is a 2 minute video on St Theodosius introducing his life.

Prayer for New Year

Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonder of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever. Amen.
 
(At the conclusion of the 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy today this prayer was prayed. In the coming week, pray it again and again.)
Image by J. Rego

45th Annual March for Life

Info for those attending the MARCH FOR LIFE on Friday, January 19, from Father Robert of the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Shrine: Christ is born! Glorify Him!

“We will have a Divine Liturgy celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, JANUARY 19 (church will be open at 9:00 a.m.), at Holy Family. It will be in English. You are all most welcome to join us. After the DL, we will be heading down to the Rally and March, so the church will not be open.

We will also be participating in the “Big Mass” at the Basilica on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. So, the church will not be open.” www.ucns-holyfamily.org

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Sunday, 1/07/18 Sunday after Theophany —the Synaxis of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

9:00 a.m. +Mychajlo Kuchnij requested by Jaroslaw Paluha

Christmas —Julian calendar

9:45 a.m. Great Compline
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish
~followed by Anointing with oil

Epistle: Galatians 4:4:7
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12, Tone 5

Monday, 1/08/18 Venerable Father George the Chosebite; Venerable Mother Domnica; and Emilian the Confessor

Tuesday, 1/09/18 Holy Martyr Polyeuctus

Wednesday, 1/10/18 Holy Father Gregory, bishop of Nyssa

Thursday, 1/11/18  Venerable Father Theodosius, Founder of the cenoebitic monastic life

Friday, 1/12/18 Holy Martyr Tatiana

Saturday, 1/13/18 Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus

Sunday, 1/14/18 Leave-taking of the Feast of the Holy Theophany — Sunday of Zachaeus
9:00 a.m. +Nicholas Muryn requested by Michael and Mary Muryn
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Timothy 4:7:13
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17, Tone 6

Parish announcements this week

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to God’s glory by Luba Romaniw for a special intention.

AFTER DIVINE LITURGY: Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, coffee and hard rolls are available in the church hall.

SOROKOUSTY: The Memorial Service for All Souls will be observed on February 3 and 17, March 3 and 10,  and May 19. Please take your book of names found at the entrance of the church (or ask Father Iura for a new book), fill it out, place it in envelope and drop it in the collection basket. Let us remember all our loved ones who have gone to their heavenly reward. Eternal Memory!

KOLIADA: Dear parishioners, in this week’s bulletin you will find special Koliada envelops. If you would like to make a donation to the Koliada (Ukrainian Christmas Carols), please enclose your donation, write your name on the envelope and drop the envelope into the collection basket during the Divine Liturgies. Thank You!

KofC: The parish KofC Council will hold its next regular meeting on TOMORROW, January  8 at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. All men of parish are invited to attend to see what the Knights are all about and what they do and what you can do with them for your parish.

St. Michael’s Parish and UNWLA Branch 108 will hold its annual PROSFORA, traditional Christmas luncheon on Sunday, January 21, 2018. On that day we will celebrate only one Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, free for children Ridna Shkola and altar servers. We will be running a raffle. Please donate items for raffle and sweet for coffee.

VETERANS POST 33: The next meeting of the Ukrainian-American Veteran Bishop John Stock Post 33 of N.H. will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018, church hall, classroom 2 immediately following the second Divine Liturgy. For more information, contact the Post Commander Carl Harvey at 203-389-6076 or crharv384@optimum.net

Know your Catholic Faith: Christ Our Pascha, the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church is now available online in English, www.royaldoors.net. We are working to get the print edition when it is available.

Holy Theophany at St Michael’s 2018

Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ
Saturday, 6 January 2018

9:15 a.m. Great Compline
10:00 a.m. The Liturgy intention is for the people of the parish

~Great Sanctification of Water AND at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy there will be a Myrovannia (anointing with oil)