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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.

Theophany

When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan / The worship of the Trinity was revealed, / For the voice of the Father bore witness to You / And called You His beloved Son. / And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, / Confirmed the truthfulness of His word. / O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself / And have enlightened the world, glory to You!” (Byzantine Troparion-hymn of Theophany)

The Lord “reveals” Himself; He appears unto us. That’s what He does, on this great feast of Theo-phany (θεο-φάνεια, Бого-явление, or «appearance/revelation of God»)…. He doesn’t hide Himself from us, but exposes Himself, immersing Himself into, and giving His light and “enlightenment” to, the “waters” of my world in the river Jordan.

Let me not hide myself from Him either, today, but come to Him in honesty, in some heartfelt prayer. Let me respond to His openness to me, and to His readiness to immerse Himself in all the “waters” of my life, opening my heart to His enlightening presence, and letting myself be immersed in it. Thank You, Lord, for sanctifying all our “waters,” however muddy they may be. “You have revealed Yourself and have enlightened the world. Glory to You!

Sr. Vassa
text of 2019

Holy Theophany 2021

Holy Theophany, Wednesday, January 6 –a holy day

9:15 a.m. Great Compline
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy with the Great Blessing of Water (in Ukrainian)

6:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy (in English)

Forward in Orthodox-Catholic Relations

Here is a very interesting and important conversation among the Orthodox and Eastern Catholics. I’d also include in my descriptors is beautiful. This particular presentation is the first of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute online lecture series addressing issues, obstacles, and ways forward in Orthodox-Catholic relations.

The host is Sr. Vassa Larin of “Coffee with Sr. Vassa.”

The lecture’s participants:

Fr. Cyril Hovorun (Loyola Marymount University)
Fr. Mark Morozowich (Catholic University of America)

 

Resources for Sunday of the Forefathers

Resources for Sunday, December 13, Sunday of the Forefathers

God With Us Online pulls together great liturgical catechetical resources for use in three jurisdictions of the Byzantine Catholic Church (Ruthenian, Ukrainian and Melkite).

You will notice on the link below several things:

1. prayers for the Domestic Church
2. a music file of the Resurrectional Troparion
3. Catechist resources
4. a Gospel reflection given by 2 priests.

There is something for everyone. For example, the December reflection on St. Symeon the New Theologian is brief and helpful.

These resources are given to us to help prepare for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. By tapping into what is given allows us to enter more deeply in our Catholic Faith and Ukrainian Tradition. Utilize as much as you have time for but something for your relationship with the Lord. These resources from God With Us Online are a particularly good and beautiful way to encounter the Lord in a personal way.

The Sunday of the Forefathers

 

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

9:00 a.m. +Wasyl Jureczko (2nd Anniv.) requested by the Furmanyk Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 5:9-19
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17, Tone 1

Monday, 11/30, The Holy Apostle Andrew
9:00 a.m. +Father Mark Hirniak (Pan.) requested by the Walnycky Family

Tuesday, 12/01, The Holy Prophet Nahum
9:00 a.m. no particular intention for the Liturgy

Wednesday, 12/02, The Holy Prophet Habakkuk
9:00 a.m. All Souls in Purgatory requested by Nataliia Dankevych

Thursday, 12/03, The Holy Prophet Zephaniah
9:00 a.m. All deceased of the family requested by Stefania Tsitaridis

Friday, 12/04, The Holy Martyr Barbara, the Holy Father John the Damascene
9:00 a.m. +Bohdan Antonyshyn (Pan.) requested by Maria Antonyshyn

Saturday, 12/05, Our Venerable Father Sabbas
9:00 a.m. no particular intention for the Liturgy

Sunday, 12/06, 27th Sunday after Pentecost —Our Holy Father Saint Nicholas the Wonder-worker
8:30 a.m. Akathist to the Mother of God
9:00 a.m. +Sophie Waselik (19th Anniv.) requested by the Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17
Gospel: Luke 17:12-19, Tone 2

Parish announcements

Christ is among us!

Dear Parishioners please close your phones during the Divine Liturgy. Your phones make our stream live difficult. Thank you!

This week vigil light is offered by Margaret and Stuart Maybury in memory of Stuart and Adeline Maybury

The Philip’s Fast began on November 15, the day after the Church commemorates the Apostle Philip on November14, and it runs for 40 days until Christmas Eve.

Every Sunday the Divine Liturgy is live-streamed on parish Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. (in English) and again at 10:30 a.m. (in Ukrainian). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelnewhaven

If you would like to have Confession and/or Holy Communion please call the the rectory at (203) 865-0388.

If anyone needs help such as going to the store to buy groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment or the pharmacy, or any other type of special assistance, you may contact the rectory at (203) 865-0388 and arrangements will be made to help you.

All donations and contributions must be received by Sunday, December 27th to be recorded on the annual statement for the year 2020.

Dear Parishioners: I wish to express a special thanks to all of you. Despite the restrictions placed on your attendance at Divine Liturgy and the various special Liturgical celebrations, your attendance via Facebook, your responses, your thoughts and prayers, your support for parishioners in need as well as the continued financial support that you have mailed in to the Parish is greatly appreciated. Together with the help of God we will survive this National crisis and come out of it stronger than ever spiritually and emotionally. May God bless you all, Fr. Iura Godenciuc

Dear Parishioners: Following all of the regulations, we are making stuffed cabbage (holubtsi) with mushrooms, meat and buckwheat. We are taking orders for these three items until December 9. Please call the Rectory at (203) 865-0388 and leave your order on the answering machine or send an email to stmichaels@snet.net. We are only making enough to cover the orders, so please be sure to call or email your order. Pick it up your order on December 12. Thank you for your support in these unusual times.

The parish would like to thank Natalia Lyalka, Natalia Chermak, Nadia Ivantsiv, Svitlana Nakonecnyj, Galina Gali, Ganna Oliynyk and Christopher Komondy for cooking the stuffed cabbage, borsht and cabbage and sausage. May God bless you!

STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL
REMINDER: Please don’t forget to donate for Diocesan Charitable Fund. The forms are designed for each family of our parish. Attached to the form is an envelope into which you can place your contribution. The form along with your contribution, we ask you enclose in the envelope and place it in the collection basket during church services. Please make check payable to the BYZANTINE RITE DIOCESE OF STAMFORD. DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contributions.

The Philip’s Fast message from the US Ukrainian Bishops 2020

PHILIP’S FAST (PYLYPIVKA) PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE U.S.A. TO OUR CLERGY, HIEROMONKS AND BROTHERS, RELIGIOUS SISTERS, SEMINARIANS AND BELOVED FAITHFUL,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

St. Philip’s Fast or Pylypivka is about to start. It is a joyful 40-day fast, which begins on November 15, the day after the feast of the apostle St. Philip, and lasts until December 24, Christmas Eve. This fast is meant to prepare us spiritually for the great and solemn holyday – the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the time given to us to deepen our understanding and awareness of God’s mystery – the Incarnation of the Son of God and the coming of the Messiah, the King of Peace, Emmanuel and the Light of the world. It is time for us to find and rediscover true joy of the Nativity of Our Lord through prayer, meditation, and acts of charity, not like it is in the artificial atmosphere of Christmas parties, buying and exchanging gifts and enjoying specially prepared holiday delicacies.

We may think that the coming of Christ is a completed event and a historical fact of the past, and the anticipation of His coming is only symbolic for us. It is not! Christ always comes to us. He is constantly born spiritually in the heart of every person who believes and expects Him. He comes to us in prayer and the Holy Mysteries, especially in Holy Confession and Communion. Today He comes to be with us and among us.

This year, St. Philip’s Fast and the understanding of the coming of Christ and His presence among us takes on a special meaning and significance for us. In the midst of the relentless COVID-19 pandemic, the suffering of many from this deadly illness, often resulting in the sad and tragic loss of family members and friends, political discord and instability, riots, wars and human rights abuses around the world, we are thirsty for a deep awareness and conviction that Christ the Lord is truly present among us and that His grace is life-giving and necessary.

St. Philip’s Fast recalls for us the Old Testament and the world, which froze in anticipation of the coming of Christ, the Light of the world. We will hear readings from the books of the ancient prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, Daniel, and Isaiah, who prophesied of His coming eight centuries before He was born. They wrote that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, about the escape of the Holy Family to Egypt and the return to Nazareth, about His healing of the sick, about His rejection by the chosen people, about His betrayal and taking thirty silver pieces by one of the apostles, about His crucifixion among robbers, about His side being pierced, about His Resurrection and Ascension to Heaven. Later, the holy evangelists, while writing the Gospels inspired by the Holy Spirit, will include these prophecies to show us that Jesus Christ is the Messiah that everyone expected and that He is truly the Son of God.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 11/22, 25th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. +Iwan Sowa requested by Bohdan Sowa
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-6
Gospel: Luke 12:16-21, Tone 8

Monday, 11/23, Holy Fathers Amphilochius and Gregory
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 11/24, Holy Martyrs Catherine and Mercurius
9:00 a.m. +Patricia J. Burger (Pan.) requested by Andrew and Katia Bamber

Wednesday, 11/25, Holy Hieromartyr Clement
9:00 a.m. All Souls in Purgatory requested by Nataliia Dankevych

Thursday, 11/26, Our Venerable Father Alypius
9:00 a.m. +Eugenia Harvey (7th Anniv., Pan.) requested by Carl Harvey

Friday, 11/27, Holy Great Martyr James
9:00 a.m. +Vasyl Lupsac (Pan.)

Saturday, 11/28, Holy Venerable Martyr Stephen
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Richard and Lisa requested by Larissa and Lance Swartwout

Sunday, 11/29, 26th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. +Wasyl Jureczko (2nd Anniv.) requested by the Furmanyk family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-6
Gospel: Luke 12:16-21, Tone 8

Parish announcements this week

Christ is among us!

Dear Parishioners please close your phones during the Divine Liturgy. Your phones make our stream live difficult. Thank you!

This week vigil light is offered by Mary Ann Mikosky in memory of Eugenia Harvey.

The Philip’s Fast began on November 15, the day after the Church commemorates the Apostle Philip on November14, and it runs for 40 days until Christmas Eve.

Every Sunday the Divine Liturgy is live-streamed on parish Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. (in English) and again at 10:30 a.m. (in Ukrainian). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelnewhaven

If you would like to have Confession and/or Holy Communion please call the the rectory at (203) 865-0388.

If anyone needs help such as going to the store to buy groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment or the pharmacy, or any other type of special assistance, you may contact the rectory at (203) 865-0388 and arrangements will be made to help you.

All donations and contributions must be received by Sunday, December 27th to be recorded on the annual statement for the year 2020.

Dear Parishioners: I wish to express a special thanks to all of you. Despite the restrictions placed on your attendance at Divine Liturgy and the various special Liturgical celebrations, your attendance via Facebook, your responses, your thoughts and prayers, your support for parishioners in need as well as the continued financial support that you have mailed in to the Parish is greatly appreciated. Together with the help of God we will survive this National crisis and come out of it stronger than ever spiritually and emotionally. May God bless you all, Fr. Iura Godenciuc

Dear Parishioners: Following all of the regulations, we are making stuffed cabbage (holubtsi) with mushrooms, meat and buckwheat. We are taking orders for these three items. Please call the Rectory at (203) 865-0388 and leave your order on the answering machine or send an email to stmichaels@snet.net. We are only making enough to cover the orders, so please be sure to call or email your order. Thank you for your support in these unusual times.

STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL
REMINDER: Please don’t forget to donate for Diocesan Charitable Fund. The forms are designed for each family of our parish. Attached to the form is an envelope into which you can place your contribution. The form along with your contribution, we ask you enclose in the envelope and place it in the collection basket during church services. Please make check payable to the BYZANTINE RITE DIOCESE OF STAMFORD. DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contributions.

Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

“And so the child of God then enters [and] stands among the horns [of the altar], after both her begetters had given thanks and the priest was about to give a blessing. Again her parents cry to the priest, ‘Receive the one who will receive the immaterial and incomprehensible fire; receive the one who ill be designated as the receptacle of the Son and Word of the Father and only God; take the one who destroyed the reproach of our childlessness and sterility; usher into the sanctuary the one who will introduce us into our ancient inheritance of paradise; take charge of the one who, in her own birthgiving, will take charge of our own cowardice that is bringing in the power of death and the tyranny of Hades; … consecrate to God the one who has consecrated us, as a divinely perfected [being] for the expectation of [our] hopes.”

Wider than Heaven, SVS Press, 2008, pp. 153 154.