Parish announcements this week

The world-renowned Kyiv Chamber Choir returns to perform a Hartford concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20,  at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT. Tickets are available at Ukrainian National Home 860-296-5702 or online at www.universe.com or you may call Platinum Concerts International, toll-free, at 877-232-9835 and at the door. For concert information, go to www.platinumconcerts.com. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the world`s great choirs share ‘hidden treasures, from 1,000 years of Ukrainian sacred and folk music.

The organizational meeting of the newly formed Facilities Maintenance Team of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church took place on Friday evening, January 18th. The schedule of work sessions was also established for the entire year so that plans can be developed for doing all the projects and arrangements made for the purchase of required supplies and equipment. The usual time frame for the work sessions will run from 6:30 to about 9:30 p.m. There will be occasions when it is necessary to work later than 9:30 to complete some of the projects.

All parishioners who would like to become part of the team should leave your contact information with Fr. Iura after the Divine Liturgy. Forms for providing your contact information can be found in the vestibule of the church.

Awakenings —Adult Faith Formation: “I heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne … they were countless in number, thousands and tens of thousands”  (Revelations 5: 11) 

The Visible and Invisible World In Holy Scripture, angels manifest the presence of God in the world, announcing to human beings the will of God. Holy Scripture refers to some by name: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel. Angels assist human beings in their spiritual growth. The Tradition of the Church teaches that God grants every human being a guardian angel: “You appointed angels as guardians.”The unity of the visible and invisible creation –human beings and angels – become manifest in the Divine Liturgy, where the earthly expresses the heavenly, and humans serve together with angels; “Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the Thrice-holy Hymn to the life giving Trinity…” and “Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabbaoth, heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Christ Our Pascha, 117)

The first meeting of the Confraternity of Saint Lazarus will be on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm in the church hall. This is a new organization (a ministry) formed to attend to these spiritual and corporal works of mercy: praying for and burying the dead; in particular, abandoned stillborn babies and the homeless – especially homeless U.S. Veterans.