Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 12/03/17 26th Sunday after Pentecost —The Holy Prophet Zephaniah

8:30 a.m. Akathist to the Mother of God
9:00 a.m. +Sophie Waselik (16th Anniv.,) requested by the Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 5:9-19
Gospel: Luke 18:18-27, Tone 1

Monday, 12/04/17 The Great-Martyr Barbara; Our Venerable Father John of Damascus
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 12/05/17 Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Sabbas the Sanctified
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 12/06/17 Our Holy Father Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra
9:00 a.m. Special Intention: Teodor, Olena Cholodnytschi (Panachyda) and Stefania Tisaridi

Thursday, 12/07/17 Our Holy Father Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 12/08/17 The Conception of Saint Anna, When She Conceived the Most Holy Mother of God

9:00 a.m. Special Intention
7:00 p.m. For the people of the parish

Saturday, 12/09/17 Our Venerable Father Patapius
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 12/10/17 27th Sunday after Pentecost —The Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes and Eugraphus

9:00 a.m. For the people of the parish
10:30 a.m. +Ivan and Olena Godenciuc

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

My Ukrainian American Story

Parish hosting new book signing

Adrianna Bamber will be meeting us to introduce her new book, My Ukrainian American Story on Sunday at the Ukrainian Women’s League bazaar. Bamber attended our own Ridna Shkola. As the author/illustrator, Ms. Bamber will be signing and selling her books after each Divine Liturgy in our hall on Sunday, December 10th.

Journey with female protagonist, Oksana as she shares her Ukrainian American experience. Thirty-eight pages of detailed color illustrations transport you through Oksana’s vibrant world filled with the customs, dance, food, craft, music and holiday traditions passed down from generations of Ukrainians. Oksana’s appreciation of her culture empowers children to celebrate their heritage.

You can find more information about Ms. Bamber’s new book here: www.myukrainianamericanstory.com

Parish announcements this week

Christ is among us!

1. VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to the glory of God by Luba Romaniw for a special intention.

2. AFTER DIVINE LITURGY: Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, coffee and hard rolls are available in the church hall.

3. The Philip’s Fast (Pylypivka): We are making the 40-day fast that began on November 15, the day after the feast St. Philip to spiritually prepare Nativity of the Lord. We keep the Philip’s Fast because we believe that doing so it can help us to better understand and appreciate all of God’s saving plan for each of us.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church teaches her faithful that “Penitential fasting practices, repentance and abstinence that aim to satisfy the sins committed and to achieve the highest level of perfection is the oldest tradition in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church” (CCEO: 882, §1).

To observe the Fast, we do not eat meat or foods containing meat on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Definitions: Abstinence means that we do not eat a certain type of food, for example meat and oil, or any other foods that have that as an ingredient. Fasting means that we eat less food. Those exempt from fasting and abstinence: children under the age of 14; adults over the age of 60; those who are gravely ill, pregnant women, post-partum mothers, breast-feeding mothers, travelers (if travel time exceeds 8 hours), those engaged in heavy labor, those who eat from the table of others, the poor who live from charity.

Further reading: The Winter Pascha (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press) by Thomas Hopko.

4. FOOD DRIVE: Judy Ellis leads the mercy project which provides food items to the needy. A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food. This collection will be taken every week. Father Iura will distribute the food to those in need. Thanks for your support.

5. St Gianna Center of New Haven: The parish is collecting diapers, seats, strollers and gift cards to be given to the St. Gianna Center of New Haven (www.giannacenter.org). Useful diapers sizes: 3, 4, 5. Gift cards are needed from Walmart or Target. Please place the gift card in an envelop marked “St. Gianna Center” and give it to directly Fr. Iura. Also, NEW car seats/ strollers are needed (sorry, old car seats/strollers can’t be accepted due to legislation). Items can be placed in the labeled box at the entrance of the Church. The St. Gianna Center is a ministry of Catholics in New Haven helping at-risk pregnant women and their children. Thank you for your generosity!

6. KofC: The Knights of Columbus Blessed Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Ukrainian Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Church Hall, KofC meeting room. All men of parish are invited to attend.

7. VETERANS POST 33: The next meeting of the Ukrainian-American Veteran Bishop John Stock Post 33 of New Haven will be held on Sunday, December 17. We will begin the meeting immediately following the second Divine Liturgy. The meeting will be held in Classroom 2. For more information, contact the Post Commander Carl Harvey at 203-389-6076 or crharv384@optimum.net.

8. END OF YEAR REPORTS: All donations and contributions must be received by Sunday December 25th to be recorded on the annual statement for the Year 2017.

9. ANNUAL STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL: Please don’t forget to donate for the Charities Appeal. Please make your check payable to the Diocese of Stamford but do not send the check to Stamford, give it to Fr. Iura. We need to get proper credit for our parish’s pledge. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make a generous contribution.

10. 2017 CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

The Ukrainian Heritage Center’s Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 10, Sunday December 11, Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17 in the church hall from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. This offers you an excellent opportunity to purchase, at very reasonable prices, the Ukrainian gifts and cards (for Christmas and other special occasions) that you would like to give to family members, friends, co-workers or teachers of your children. We are also seeking volunteer sales associates that can help process the purchases that people make. If you can help during one of the times indicated earlier in this note, please call Carl R. Harvey at (203) 389-6076. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. You will be giving much needed support to sustain the operation of you Heritage Center.

The Ukrainian Women’s League of New Haven, Branch 108 will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 10, Saturday,  December16 and Sunday, December 17, after each Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Baked goods and kutia will also be available. Donations of Ukrainian or holiday items would be greatly welcome. For more information, contact Anna Salemme (203) 934-6520 or Larissa Swartwout (203) 248-9767.                                              

11. Update on Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine: U.S. Senator Blumenthal will be visiting the parish on December 10th at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will take place in the church hall. The main focus of his visit is to let our community know where things stand with the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative and our Wounded Ukrainian Soldier Project.

12. PARISH BOOK SIGNING: Adrianna Bamber will be meeting us to introduce her new book, My Ukrainian American Story on Sunday at the Ukrainian Women’s League bazaar. Bamber attended our own Ridna Shkola. As the author/illustrator, Ms. Bamber will be signing and selling her books after each Divine Liturgy in our hall on Sunday, December 10th.

You can find more information about Ms. Bamber’s new book here: www.myukrainianamericanstory.com

13. ROOF REPAIR FUND ROOF, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLEDGES: Please consider the immediate as well as the long term repair capital improvement projects, roof and physical plant (i.e., parking lot) that has been planned, both now and for the future and make a generous contribution to allow us to protect our property. The church hall roof which is 34 years old has developed major leaks. We have conducted a temporary patch to the hall roof to give us time to build up a Roof Repair Fund in a restricted account. As well as repairing the various roofs that needed treatment, especially the sacristy roof which had serious problems. These roofs have been repaired and must be maintained to prevent further water damage to our property and we cannot pay for them from regular weekly collection. Roof Repair Fund as well as Capital Improvement Fund envelopes as well as the long term pledge forms are available in the vestibule of our church for your special sacrificial gift. Thank you for helping to keep our physical structures in good condition for our use today and for the next generation tomorrow.

14. BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: The information in this bulletin is from you and for you. You comprise the bulletin. If you have items of note, please bring them to our attention so that we can let everyone know.

15. Kovbasa and Kapusta Dinners Available: The Knights of Columbus Council have made  (Kovbasa) baked and fried, with cabbage. The Kovbasa has been specially ordered from the Lasowiak. It is their “REGULAR” Kielbasa. The price for the Kovbasa meals are $12.00 each. The Price for Kapusta only is $7.00 for 2 pounds. Cash or check payable to the “KofC Council 16253.” Pickup after Divine Liturgy in the church hall.

16. Awareness for Persecuted Christians: Since 2003, millions of Christians have been forced to flee their homes as a result of war and direct persecution from ISIS. In the 14 years since the start of the war and genocide, the number of Christians in Iraq has dropped by 90 percent — leaving somewhere between 175,000 and 300,000. On November 28, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Iraq, asked Christians in the USA to pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. He encouraged his American audience to financially support the Knights of Columbus and other organizations that assist Iraqi Christians and to spread awareness about the difficult situation in the Middle East. To make a donation: https://www.kofc.org/un/en/secure/charities/hope.html, or send a donation to the Kof C —Persecuted Christians Fund, One Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510.

Let us pray: O God of all the Nations, the One God who is and was and always will be, who in your providence willed that your Church be united to the suffering of your Son, look with mercy on your servants in Iraq who are persecuted for their faith in you. Grant them perseverance and courage to be worthy imitators of Christ. Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations to work for peace among all peoples. May your Spirit open conversion for those who contradict your will that we live in harmony. And in all things may we be united in truth and freedom to seek your will in our lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN. Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

17. SUMA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 555 George St., New Haven, CT.  Business hours: Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone: 203-785-8805; Fax:203-785-8677.

Looking at the Catechism

Bishop Peter Stasiuk, C.Ss.R. of Australia gives a keen perspective on the role and need for a catechism, the compendium of our Byzantine Faith.

Knowing our Eastern Christian faith is knowing that we are saved in Christ Jesus, loved by God and sent on mission. “Every adult must come to an awareness that, in order to attain salvation, it is necessary to continue one’s education and growth in the faith” (Catechetical Directory of the Ukrainian Catholic Church).

Does each family have a copy of Christ our Pascha?

The Holy First-Called Apostle Andrew

The feast of St. Andrew is the beginning of a new relationship of God with his people. He is the first-called, the first follower of Christ particularly as Rabbi, as Messiah and Savior. What does it mean to be Christian? It means to follow Christ without hesitation and without selfishness. This feast is truly a reflection of Christmas. Jesus is the first-born of the Father, the first-born of all creation, the new Adam, the re-Creator of the human race. Andrew is the first-called, but he is simply the forerunner of all who choose Christ, in a world that is hostile to Christ and his renewal. On this feast, we also begin the singing of Christmas stichera. At Psalm 140 of Vespers, we see that Bethlehem is filled with the fire of the Godhead, “Isaiah, dance for joy: receive the word of God. Prophesy to the Virgin Mary that the bush burning with fire will not be consumed by the radiance of our God.” At the Apostichera, we question the righteous Joseph, “Tell us, O Joseph: How is it that you bring the Maiden which you received from the Temple to Bethlehem pregnant?”
 
Through divine intervention, the sending of an angel, he sees through to the holiness of his wife. The stichera at Vespers tells us that the Light that never sets has come into the world in the town of Bethlehem, and is worshiped by the angels, the shepherds and the Magi, a theme to be repeated frequently in the Christmas feast. For us to recognize Christ, we must follow the first-called Andrew, whose first question was, “‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” [Jesus] said to them, “Come, and you will see.” This is Christ who was to say later, ““Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head. (Luke 9:58)” We have no comfortable place in this world. On Christmas, we “come and see” the Word of God in poverty, in a cave, rejected and persecuted by the world.
 
Meditation by Archpriest David Petras
Icon of St. Andrew by Father Elias Rafay

Byzantine Prayers for Persecuted Christians

This coming week is dedicated to the welfare, physical and spiritual, of our sisters and brothers who are persecuted for their faith. Here are the texts for the Litanies to be used during the Divine Liturgy.

Byzantine Litanies for Persecuted Christians

O Lord, hear our supplicating voices for the servants of God, those who are suffering persecution for our Christian faith, that the Holy Spirit may strengthen them with the courage to persevere in faith, hope and charity and for the grace to forgive their unjust persecutors, we pray you hear and have mercy. (Lord have mercy 3x)

Again and again we cry aloud for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are fleeing persecution at the hands of both the unjust heathen and the godless unbelievers throughout the world, that they may find safe haven and protection and that they rebuild their lives in safety and dignity, we pray you hear and have mercy. (Lord have mercy 3x)

We pray, O Lord, for those who provide charitable assistance to Christians fleeing persecution and violence that they may be blessed in their generosity and may continue to see the face of Christ in those who suffer and are in need, we pray you hear and have mercy. (Lord have mercy 3x)

We pray, O Lord, for all those in our Armed Forces who seek to thwart the evildoers in their plans and to protect the innocent. Look down with mercy and compassion upon every soldier who is facing a daily struggle with war, aggression and terrorism. Protect them by your Right Hand and preserve them and watch over them at every given hour. Guide their steps, give wisdom and discernment to all who are in leadership, that your holy will may prevail, and that they may return safely to their homes and loved ones. We pray you hear and have mercy. (Lord have mercy 3x)

We also pray for the unjust heathen and godless unbelievers who persecute Christians and other religious minorities throughout the world, that the light and truth of Jesus Christ and His Gospel of mercy may penetrate the hardness of their hearts so that they might come to believe in the true path of righteousness and peace, we pray you hear and have mercy. (Lord have mercy 3x)

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 11/26/17 25th Sunday after Pentecost —Our Venerable Father Alypius the Stylite
9:00 a.m. Special Intention
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians 4:1:6
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17, Tone 8

Monday, 11/27/17 The Holy Martyr James of Persia
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 11/28/17 The Venerable Martyr-Stephen the New
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 11/29/17 The Holy Martyr Paramon and the Holy Martyr Philomenus
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 11/30/17 The Holy and All-Praiseworthy Apostle Andrew the First-Called
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 12/01/17 The Holy Prophet Nahum
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Saturday, 12/02/17 The Holy Prophet Habakkuk
9:00 a.m. +Ivan and Halyna Lobay requested by Maria Lobay

Sunday, 12/03/17 26th Sunday after Pentecost —The Holy Prophet Zephaniah
8:30 a.m.  Akathist to the Mother of God requested by the Sestrichi
9:00 a.m. +Sophie Waselik (16th Anniv.) requested by the Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Ephesians  5:9:19
Gospel: Luke 18:18-27, Tone 1

Parish announcements this week

1. VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to God’s glory by Mary Ann and Allan Yursha   in memory of  +Michael Kurylo.

2. LITURGY AFTER DIVINE LITURGY: Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, coffee and hard rolls are available in the church hall.

3. FOOD DRIVE: Judy Ellis leads the mercy project which provides food items to the needy. A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food. This collection will be taken every week. Father Iura will distribute the food to those in need. Thanks for your support.

4. BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dear parishioners. The information in this bulletin is from you and for you. You comprise the bulletin. If you have items of note, please bring them to our attention so that we can let everyone know.

5. End of the Year Donations to the Parish: All donations and contributions must be received by Sunday December 25th to be recorded on the annual statement for the Year 2017.

6. KofC: The Knights of Columbus Blessed Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Ukrainian Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church hall, KofC meeting room. All men of parish are invited to attend.

7. Update on Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine: U.S. Senator Blumenthal will be visiting the parish on December 10th at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will take place in the church hall. The main focus of his visit is to let our community know where things stand with the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative and our Wounded Ukrainian Soldier Project.

8. VETERANS POST 33: The next meeting of the Ukrainian –American Veteran Bishop John Stock Post 33 of New Haven will be held on Sunday, December 17. We will begin the meeting immediately following the second Divine Liturgy. The meeting will be held in Classroom 2. For more information, contact the Post Commander Carl Harvey at 203-389-6076 or crharv384@optimum.net.

9. St Gianna Center of New Haven:  We are organizing a drive to collect diapers, seats, strollers and gift cards to be given to the St. Gianna Center of New Haven (www.gianna center .org). The Center says the diapers sizes 3, 4, 5, are in greatest demand. Please put a gift card in an envelop marked ” St. Gianna Center” and give it to directly Fr. Iura. Also, NEW car seats/ strollers are needed (sorry, old car seats/strollers can`t be accepted due to legislation). Your donations are greatly appreciated. Items can be placed in the labeled box at the entrance of the Church beginning on November 19th . The St. Gianna Center is a ministry of Catholics in New Haven helping at-risk pregnant women and their children. The Generosity of the Center and its ability to operate relies directly upon the generosity of its benefactors. The mission of the Center relies on your kindness and prayers. Thank you!

10. The Philip’s Fast (Pylypivka): The pre-Christmas fast began the day after the feast of the Holy and All-Praiseworthy Apostle Philip. The Fast is a period of 40 days of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Nativity/Theophany cycle of the liturgical (Church) year. Historically, the Philip’s Fast (Pylypivka) was a period of strict fasting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday –days of strict fasting without meat, dairy products or oil (in Slavic countries). Now the bishops have indicated that the Fast is lessened a bit also to include fasting, works of penance and doing charitable work. BUT today we observe the Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays by an abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church teaches her faithful that “Penitential fasting practices, repentance and abstinence that aim to satisfy the sins committed and to achieve the highest level of perfection is the oldest tradition in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church” (CCEO: 882, §1). Recall, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church maintains that “Abstention from meat and meat products is to be observed on all Fridays of the year except for compact weeks, patronal feasts and the twelve major feasts” (CCEO: 882, §4).

Definitions: Abstinence means that we do not eat a certain type of food, for example meat and oil, or any other foods that have that as an ingredient.

Fasting means that we eat less food. A general rule is that for a day of fast, the amount of food of the main meal is less than the other two meals combined.

Those exempt from fasting and abstinence are:

Children under the age of 14; Adults over the age of 60; those who are gravely ill, pregnant women, post-partum mothers, breast-feeding mothers, travellers (if travel time exceeds 8 hours), those engaged in heavy labor, those who eat from the table of others, the poor who live from charity.

On December 24, the Vigil of the Nativity, there is an abstention from meat, dairy and eggs, and foods that contain these ingredients. When we arrive at the Nativity on December 25, until January 4, there is no fasting or abstinence.

We keep the Philip’s Fast because we believe that doing so it can help us to better understand and appreciate all of God’s saving plan for each of us.

At the Divine Liturgy you will notice that the priest will wear dark vestments as the norm for this penitential season with exception of Saturdays, Sundays and first class feasts.

Further reading: The Winter Pascha (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press) by Thomas Hopko.

11. 2017 CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

The Ukrainian Heritage Center’s Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday,  December 10, Sunday, December 11, Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 in the church hall from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. This offers you an excellent opportunity to purchase, at very reasonable prices, the Ukrainian gifts and cards (for Christmas and other special occasions) that you would like to give to family members, friends, co-workers or teachers of your children. We are also seeking volunteer sales associates that can help process the purchases that people make. If you can help during one of the times indicated earlier in this note, please call Carl R. Harvey at 203-389-6076. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. You will be giving much needed support to sustain the operation of you Heritage Center.

The Ukrainian Women’s League of New Haven, Branch 108 will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 10, Saturday, December16 and Sunday, December 17, after each Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Baked goods and kutia will also be available. Donations of Ukrainian or holiday items would be greatly welcome. For more information, contact Anna Salemme 203-934-6520 or Larissa Swartwout 203-248-9767.

12. ANNUAL STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL: Please don’t forget to donate for the Charities Appeal. Please make your check payable to the Diocese of Stamford. Do not send them to Stamford. We need to get proper credit for our parish’s pledge. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make a generous contribution.

13. Kovbasa and Kapusta Dinners Available: The Knights of Columbus Council have made (kovbasa) baked and fried, with cabbage. The kovbasa has been specially ordered from Lasowiak’s. It is their “REGULAR” kielbasa. The price for the kovbasa meals are $12.00 each. The price for kapusta only is $7.00 for 2 pounds. Cash or check payable to the “KofC Council 16253.” Pickup after Divine Liturgy in the church hall.

14. ROOF REPAIR FUND ROOF, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLEDGES: Please consider the immediate as well as the long term repair capital improvement projects, roof and physical plant. (i.e., parking lot) that has been planned, both now and for the future and make a generous contribution to allow us to protect our property. The church hall roof which is 34 years old has developed major leaks. We have conducted a temporary patch to the hall roof to give us time to build up a Roof Repair Fund in a restricted account. As well as repairing the various roofs that needed treatment, especially the sacristy roof which had serious problems. These roofs have been repaired and must be maintained to prevent further water damage to our property and we cannot pay for them from regular weekly collection. Roof Repair Fund as well as Capital Improvement Fund envelopes as well as the long term Pledge forms are available in the vestibule of our church for your special sacrificial gift. Thank you for helping to keep our physical structures in good condition for our use today and for the next generation tomorrow.

15. SUMA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 555 George St., New Haven, CT.  Business hours: Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone: 203-785-8805; Fax:203-785-8677.

Update on Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine

U.S. Senator Blumenthal will be visiting the parish on December 10th at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will take place in the church hall.
 
The main focus of his visit is to let our community know where things stand with the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative and our Wounded Ukrainian Soldier Project.