Single Ukrainian patriarchate?

Is there a future “single” patriarchate in Ukraine a realistic possibility? John Burger shines some light on “a wind of hope that we are moving into new circumstances and that new opportunities will be created for dialogue and concrete cooperation for the sake of unity in action.” Will unity be possible with atholics and Orthodox?
 
Read John Burger’s article for Aleteia.

Parish announcements this week

Christ is in our midst!

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS! New parishioners are always welcomed in our parish. If someone wants to register with our parish please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at (203) 865-0388 or our financial secretary Natalia Chermak.

VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to God’s greater glory by Chris Komondy for all the deceased of Komondy family.

Events

UKRAINIAN AMERICAN VETERANS:  The next meeting of the UAV Post 33 will be held on January 20. The meeting will be held in Classroom 2.

The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch 108 New Haven and St. Michael Parish will be preparing a Prosphora, a traditional Ukrainian Christmas meal, on Sunday, January 20 after the only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, free for students Ridna Shkola and altar boys. We will be running a raffle. Please donate items for raffle and cakes for desert. Tickets are on sale in the church hall every Sunday after both Divine Liturgies. You can buy tickets from Luba Dubno or members of UWLA Branch 108. Please buy tickets in advance.

SOROKOUSTY will be celebrated on All Souls’ Saturdays, February 23rd, March 16th, March 23rd, March 30th, and June 8th. Please take a book found in the entrance of the church, fill it out, place it in envelope, and drop it in the collection basket.

Needs

If someone would like to buy a frozen pierogies (varenyky) during the week please call the rectory at (203) 865-0388.

The organizational meeting of the newly formed Facilities Maintenance Team of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church will take place on Friday evening, January 18th starting at 6:30 p.m. During this meeting, the team will discuss what maintenance or repair projects will be worked on during this New Year. The schedule of work sessions will also be 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.

Once the projects have been determined and prioritized, the group will spend the rest of this “meeting” beginning to work on the first project. 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.

Parish announcements this week

Christ is Baptized!

THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD: At Your baptism in the Jordan River, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was proclaimed: the voice of the Father bore witness to You by calling You “My beloved Son.” The Spirit, in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of this declaration. O Christ-God, manifested Light of the world, glory to You.

Parish Facilities Maintenance Team Formed

The organizational meeting of the newly formed Facilities Maintenance Team of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church will take place on Friday evening, January 18th starting at 6:30 p.m. During this meeting, the team will discuss what maintenance or repair projects will be worked on during this new year. The schedule of work sessions will also be established for the entire year so that plans can be developed for doing all of the projects and arrangements made for the purchase of required supplies and equipment.

Once the projects have been determined and prioritized, the group will spend the rest of this “meeting” beginning to work on the first project. 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 Father Iura after the Liturgy. Forms for providing your contact information can be found in the vestibule of the church.

Awakenings —Adult Faith Formation: “Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you,”1 Peter 3:15.

Adult Faith Formation at St Michael’s strives to create an environment and opportunities that foster adult learning, addressing the varied dimensions of Byzantine Catholic life and the spiritual life. Our Byzantine tradition is rich and we aim to deepen our understanding so as to inform the way we live.

As a result of the leadership of His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav from his letter that we heard last week, we are aiming to address the hopes of the Patriarch to generate a new appreciation for the beauty of the Byzantine tradition of faith that we have inherited. Beginning now, we will offer a word from the Catechism of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Christ Our Pascha  and a word from one of the Fathers of the Church on a weekly basis. It is our hope that these words will awaken a new hope in the promises of our Savior, Jesus Christ, for communion with the Holy Trinity.

The Freedom of the Creator: Holy Scripture begins the account of the creation of the world with these words: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). God was, is, and remains always “in the beginning” of everything created, and all that comes forth in time. The evangelist John writes about God as the beginning of everything: “ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8). St. Irenaeus of Lyons writes that all things came forth from the hands of God, by the Word and the Holy Spirit. (Christ Our Pascha, 103)

In Communion: From the Christmas Sermon of St Gregory Palamas

Parish Facilities Maintenance Team Formed

The organizational meeting of the newly formed Facilities Maintenance Team of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church will take place on Friday evening, January 18th starting at 6:30 p.m. During this meeting, the team will discuss what maintenance or repair projects will be worked on during this new year. The schedule of work sessions will also be established for the entire year so that plans can be developed for doing all of the projects and arrangements made for the purchase of required supplies and equipment.

Once the projects have been determined and prioritized, the group will spend the rest of this “meeting” beginning to work on the first project. 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 Father Iura after the Liturgy. Forms for providing your contact information can be found in the vestibule of the church.

Theosis Magazine: Monthly Reflections and Daily Prayers

Theosis magazine is published as a collection of short spiritual readings on various topics and the prayers for the Saint of the Day according to the Byzantine calendar. It is full color with many illustrations and icons of each saint. It is pocket-size to carry with you and read when you have time. Some of the essays are short excerpts from books published by Eastern Christian Publications as an ongoing series. Other essays are especially written for that month, season or featured topic by various contributors. Each month also usually includes commentary from an Eastern Father like St. John Chrysostom, and a homily by a well-known Byzantine Catholic priest.

The print edition, $7.00 per month, is available as a single subscription for 12 or 24 months, or can be paid month-to-month through the website. Bulk orders are also available for quantities of five or more per shipment for parishes to make available to their faithful for spiritual reading, education and prayer. An electronic “ezine” version is available through the ECPubs app (Apple or Android), or by email at no cost (but we ask for voluntary stipends of $5-10 per month).

Subscribe to the print version, register for the electronic email version, or offer a monthly stipend on our website here: https://ecpubs.com/theosis-monthly-magazine/

Divine Liturgy on January 1, New Year’s Day

Christ is born!

“O Jesus enthroned on high together with Your eternal Father and divine Spirit ….”  (Troparion of the Circumcision)

Divine Liturgy on January 1, New Year’s Day. On Tuesday, we liturgically remember that 8 days ago we celebrated Christmas. Today according to Jewish custom, we recall Jesus underwent the Circumcision.

It is also the feast day of Our Father Among the Saints, Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Father Iura will use the Eucharistic prayers of St. Basil.

~10:45 a.m. Lytia and blessing of Bread
~11:00 a.m. For the people of the parish with the Anointing – Myrovann

Following the Divine Liturgy we will have some champagne in the church hall; please bring something sweet to eat to celebrate the —New Year’s Day 2019!

PS: the image is of St Basil the Great from our parish.

Parish announcements this week

Christ is in our midst!

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS! New parishioners are always welcomed in our parish. If someone wants to register with our parish please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at (203) 865-0388 or our financial secretary Natalia Chermak.

PARISH COFFEE HOUR: Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, coffee and hard rolls are available in the church hall.

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

2019 NEW YEAR: Best wishes to all our parishioners for a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! May God shower you with all His blessings for a joyous and peaceful 2019. Fr. Iura and Family

***Note: No fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Leave-taking of Holy Theophany (January 14, 2019).

***Note on Saturday, January 5, Theophany Eve: Today is a day of fasting (meat may not be eaten; however, eggs and dairy products are permitted).

ASLEEP in the LORD: Vira Walnycky. Please remember her in your prayers. Eternal Memory!

Schedule for New Year’s Day, Holy Theophany on January 6 and

Christmas (Julian Calendar) on January 7

~New Year’s Day: Divine Liturgy at 11:00 a.m.

~Holy Theophany January 6: 9:00 a.m. Great Compline followed 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy and 11:15 a.m. Great Sanctification of Water

~Christmas (Julian Calendar) January 7: 9:30 a.m. Great Compline and 10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL REMINDER: Please don’t forget to donate for the Charities Appeal. Please make your check payable to the BYZANTINE RITE DIOCESE OF STAMFORD. DO NOT MAIL THE FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE IN STAMFORD. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contributions.

If someone would like to buy a frozen pierogies (varenyky) during the week please call the rectory at (203) 865-0388.

The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch 108 New Haven and the Parish will be preparing a Prosphora, a traditional Ukrainian Christmas meal, on Sunday, January 20, after the one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, free for students Ridna Shkola and altar boys. We will be running a raffle. Please donate items for raffle and cakes for desert. Tickets are on sale in the church hall every Sunday after both Divine Liturgies. You can buy tickets from Luba Dubno or members of UWLA Branch 108. Please buy tickets in advance.

SESTRECHI will be enjoying our winter recess during the months of January and February 2019. The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on March 10, 2019. The meeting will be held in the church hall classroom after the 9:00 Divine Liturgy.

Blessed Christmas 2018

Today, the virgin gives birth to one beyond all created essences, and the earth presents a cave to this God beyond our reach. All heaven’s angels join with the shepherds to sing his praises, and men of learning make their way to him with a star. For God eternal comes for all mankind as a newborn child. (Kondakion)

Merry Christmas!