20150301-ukraine-mem-service-jhv-lWhether you are visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish community, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith, or are interested in finding out more about the Eastern Catholic Church, we’re happy to have you here.

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.

St Nicholas the wonderworker

Our father among the saints, Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycea, the wonderworker.

There is probably more folklore surrounding St Nicholas than any other saint on the calendar, though actual biographical facts are few. He was bishop in Myra, in what is now Turkey, during the first part of the fourth century. He probably attended the first ecumenical council in Nicea.

Within two centuries of his death, his renown was such that the Emperor Justinian built a church in his honor in Constantinople. In the eleventh century his relics were stolen and taken to Bari in southern Italy, where they remain to this day. A portion, however, was presented to the Greek Church in North America in 1972.

Nicholas was the model pastor: he was a father to orphans and a protector of the oppressed; his openness and generosity to children reflect the gospel image of Christ; and finally his concern for travelers and intervention in the cause of justice are facets of divine love. In the eyes of the Church, every bishop should be an icon of this love. (NS)

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 11/21, 26th Sunday after Pentecost —Entrance into the Temple of the Holy Theotokos
9:00 a.m. +Emilia Dubno requested by the Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 5:9-19
Gospel: Luke 12:16-21, Tone 1

Monday, 11/22, Holy Apostle Philemon and those with him
9:00 a.m. + Ivan Sowa (Pan.) requested by Bohdan Sowa

Tuesday, 11/23, Holy Fr. Amphilochius and Gregory
9:00 a.m. +Dmytro Malyk (40 days, Pan.) requested by the Szymkiw and Allderige Families

Wednsday, 11/24, Holy Martyrs Catherine and Mercurius
9:00 a.m. No scheduled intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 11/25, Holy Father Clement, pope of Rome
9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy

Friday, 11/26, Our Venerable Father Alypius
9:00 a.m. +Eugenia Harvey (Pan.) requested by Carl Harvey

Saturday 11/27, Holy Martyr James of Persia
9:00 a.m. No scheduled intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 11/28, 27th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. +Sophie DeCarlo requested by the Sestretsi
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17, Tone 2

Parish announcements

Christ is among us!

This week vigil light is offered by Halia Lodynsky and family in memory of Stefan Jurczak.

If you would like to have a Confession, Holy Communion or prayer of the sick at your house or nursing home, please call the rectory at 203-865-0388

We invite you to our Christmas Bazaar, which will take place on Sunday, December 12 at 12:00 noon. At our fair you will be able to taste delicious Ukrainian dishes and spend time with friends over a cup of coffee with a variety of sweets. You could also purchase unique handmade Christmas gifts for your family and friends. Our fair will sell such goods as necklaces, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, leather bags hand-painted by a Ukrainian artist, children`s goods, handmade soap and candles, and much more. We invite sellers to cooperate with pre-registration (free of charge, just make a voluntary donation to our church) by phone 347-523-1226.

We are going to make stuff cabbage (holubtsi) for Christmas. Please place you order by calling the rectory at 203-865-0388 before December 8.

Next PYROHY PROJECT will be December 18. To make orders by December 13, call Alexis Hickerson 475-221-8399, Maria Antonyshyn 205-795-6959 or Anna Smigelski 860-302-2176.

All donations and contribution must be received by December 26 to be recorded for 2021.

BORSHT FOR SALE: $5.00 one container, $9.00 two containers $12.00 three containers.

STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL REMINDER: Please don`t forget to donate for the Charities Appeal. Please make check payable to the Byzantine Rite Eparchy of Stamford. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE. Please turn it in at the Parish. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contributions.

Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and companions –Apostles

On the Byzantine liturgical calendar today we commemorate the holy apostles, Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and their companions. Remembered as apostles and little heard of unless you are a student of sacred Scripture.

When St Paul wrote his letter to the Romans he was staying in Corinth. Erastus was the treasurer of that city and a supporter of St Paul. Rodion, or Herodion, is greeted by Paul as a compatriot in the same letter. Olympus is another of the saints singled out for a special greeting. He and his companions were the core of the Church in Rome. (NS).

Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and their companions, pray for us.

Synaxis for the archangels

The Church commemorates today the Synaxis for the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, and all the bodiless powers of heaven.

“The role of angels, or spiritual powers, is evident from their appearance in both the old and the new testament. St Paul says: “They are all spirits, whose work is service, sent to help those who will be the heirs of salvation.”

“While the Church honors these divine ministers as guardians and messengers each Monday, today we feast especially Michael and Gabriel. Michael, whose name means “one like God,” was revered in the Old testament. In the book of Revelation he is depicted as the captain of the angelic army” (NS).

James Michael Thompson writes of today’s feast: “The Synaxis of the Chief of the Heavenly Hosts, Archangel Michael and the Other Heavenly Bodiless Powers: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel was established at the beginning of the fourth century at the Council of Laodicea, which met several years before the First Ecumenical Council. The 35th Canon of the Council of Laodicea condemned and denounced as heretical the worship of angels as gods and rulers of the world, but affirmed their proper veneration.

A Feastday was established in November, the ninth month after March (with which the year began in ancient times) since there are Nine Ranks of Angels. The eighth day of the month was chosen for the Synaxis of all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven since the Day of the Dread Last Judgment is called the Eighth Day by the holy Fathers. After the end of this age (characterized by its seven days of Creation) will come the Eighth Day, and then “the Son of Man shall come in His Glory and all the holy Angels with Him” (Mt. 25:31).”

Commanders of the heavenly hosts,
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us
beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm,
for you are the commanders of the powers on high!” –Troparion – Tone 4

We Christians invoke St Michael for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle. He conquers all spiritual enemies.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 11/07, 24th Sunday after Pentecost
10:15 a.m. Lytija and Blessing of Bread
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish, +All members of St. Michael Society, Anointing -Myrovann

Epistle: Ephesians 2:14-22
Gospel: Luke 8:41-56, Tone 7

Monday, 11/08, Synaxis of St. Michael
9:00 a.m. +Volodymyr (19th Anniv., Pan.) requested by the Iastrubchak Family

Tuesday, 11/09, Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphryius
9:00a.m. +Olha Pospolita (Pan.) requested by Daria Jakubowski

Wednesday, 11/10, Holy Apostles Erastus and Olimpia
9:00 a.m. +Olga Pospolita requested by Gina Wells

Thursday, 11/11, Our Venerable Father Theodore and the Martyr Victor
9:00 a.m. +Olga Pospolita requested by Christine Pouliot

Friday, 11/12, Holy Priest Martyr Josaphat
9:00 a.m. +Leonard Jankowskyj (40 days, Pan.) requested by the Family

Saturday, 11/13, Holy Father John Chrysostom
9:00 a.m. +Patricia Burger (1st Anniv.) requested by the Burger Family

Sunday, 1/14, 25th Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 a.m. For the people of the parish
10:30 a.m. +Bogdan Bodnar requested by John Bodnar

Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-6
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37, Tone 8

Bible Study on Genesis

God With Us Online has new 3-week study of Genesis starting TONIGHT, November 3rd at 8 PM ET! It’s not too late to register or invite someone else to join us!

Join us as we immerse ourselves in the study of Genesis, which St. Ephrem the Syrian called “the treasure house of the Ark, the crown of the Law.” With Saints Ephrem, John Chrysostom, Basil the Great & Gregory of Nyssa as our guides, we will dive deeply into the Sacred Word which created the world in the beginning.

Dr. Hayes has asked that we provide a handout for you for this week’s class, which will focus on St. Ephrem. You can find it among the resources on the registration page!

Most importantly… don’t forget your Bible! We don’t have Bible studies at God With Us Online without Bibles!