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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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