Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 10/08/17 18th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. +Anna Docknevich requested by Martin Docknevich
10:30 a.m.  For the people of the parish

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Gospel: Luke 7:11-16, Tone 1

Monday, 10/09/17 The Holy Apostle James, Son of Alpheus
9:00 a.m. +Joseph Levitzky (Pan.) requested by Joseph M. Levitzky

Tuesday, 10/10/17 The Holy Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia
9:00 a.m. +Catherine Levitzky (Pan.) requested by Joseph M. Levitzky

Wednesday, 10/11/17 The Holy Apostle Philip, One of the Seven Deacons
9:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 10/12/17 The Holy Martyrs Probus, Tarachus and Andronicus; Our Venerable Father Cosmas of Jerusalem; Our Holy Father Martin the Compassionate, Bishop of Tours
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 10/13/17 The Holy Martyrs Carpus, Papylas and Agathonicus
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Saturday, 10/14/17 The Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius and Celsus; Our Venerable Mother Paraskeva
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 10/15/17 19th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. Special Intention
10:30 a.m.  For the people of the parish

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31:12:9
Gospel: Luke 8:5-15, Tone 2

Parish announcements this week

Christ is in our midst!

1. WELCOME ALL NEW PARISHIONERS! New parishioners are always welcome in our parish. If someone wishes to join, please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at 203 865-0388 or our Financial Secretary Natalie Chermak at 203 468-0367.

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

3. VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to God’s glory by Stefania Tsitaridis for God’s blessing and health for Maxim, Roxolana and Danylo.

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 generous support.

5. PYROHY: We will be making Pyrohy on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the church hall and we are always looking for new talent to continue this twenty-five years parish project. We will be performing prep work and peeling potatoes on Friday October 20th.  Please come and join the fun either day. Luncheon is provided on Saturday. Call the Project Director Walter Ushchak @ (203) 789-9554 for details.

6. KIELBASA: The Knights of Columbus Council will be making fresh ¾ kielbasa (Kovbasa) baked and fried, with 1+ pound of fresh cooked cabbage with a vegetable mix. A good meal for two people. These meals will be available when you pick up your pyrohy’s on October 21, 2017.  Please preorder to ensure that we make enough for everyone. Please call (203) 789-9554 only and leave a message with your order.

7. K of C: The Knights of Columbus Blessed Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Ukrainian Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall. All men of parish are invited to attend to see what the Knights are all about and what they do and what you can do with them for your parish.

8. UAV: The next meeting of the Ukrainian–American Veteran Bishop John Stock Post 33 of N. H. will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017. The meeting will begin immediately following the second Divine Liturgy. The meeting will be held in Classroom 2. For more information contact the Post Commander at 203-389-6076 or crharv384@optimum.net.

9. St. Michael’s Day: St. Michael’s day will be celebrated on November 12, 2017. On this day we will have only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have a dinner and short program. All parishioners are cordially invited to this celebration. Tickets will be available through Luba Dubno. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth between 14-18. Free for students Ridna Shkola, altar boys and for children under 12. We will be running a raffle. If you would like to donate any items to be raffled, please bring them to our church hall on Sundays before our Feast Day. Also we ask to donate cakes for a desert.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October:

That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good”

The Pope said,

We should always remember the dignity and rights of those who work, condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and help to ensure authentic progress by man and society. Let us pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 10/01/17 17th Sunday after Pentecost — Protection of the Mother of God

9:00 a.m. For God’s blessing and health for Sophie DeCarlo on her 100 birthday requested by Barbara Schwartz
10:30 a.m.  For the people of the parish

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6: 16-7:1
Gospel: Luke 6: 31-36, Tone 8

Monday, 10/02/17 The Holy-Priest Martyr Cyprian; and the Holy Martyr Justina; and Holy Andrew, Fool for the Sake of Christ
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 10/03/17 The Holy Priest-Martyr Dionysius the Areopagite
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 10/04/17 The Holy Priest-Martyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens; Our Venerable Father Francis of Assisi
9:00  +Ivan and Halyna Lobay (Pan.) requested by Maria Lobay

Thursday, 10/05/17 The Holy Martyr Charitina
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 10/06/17 The Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas
6:00 p.m.  For God’s blessing and health for Michelle Turczyk and Trinidad Perez

Saturday, 10/07/17 The Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 10/08/17 18th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. +Anna Docknevich requested by Martin Docknevich
10:30 a.m.  For the people of the parish

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9: 6:11
Gospel: Luke 7:11-16, Tone 1

Parish announcements this week

Christ is in our midst!

1. WELCOME ALL NEW PARISHIONERS! New parishioners are always welcome in our parish. If someone wishes to join, please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at 203 865-0388 or our Financial Secretary Natalie Chermak at 203 468-0367.

2. VIGIL LIGHT: This week vigil light is offered to God by Christine and Marybeth Gawron in memory of +Paul, Dorothy and Timothy Gawron.

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 generous support.

4. FEAST DAY CELEBRATION: St. Michael’s day will be celebrated on November 12, 2017. On this day we will have only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have a dinner and short program. All parishioners are cordially invited to this celebration. Tickets will be available through Luba Dubno. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth between 14-18. Free for students Ridna Shkola, altar boys and for children under 12. We will be running a raffle. If you would like to donate any items to be raffled, please bring them to our church hall on Sundays before our Feast Day. Also we ask to donate cakes for a desert.

5. ANNUAL STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL: REMINDER: Please don’t forget to donate for the Charities Appeal. Please make your check payable to the Diocese of Stamford. DO NOT MAIL THE FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contribution.

6. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are in the process of cleaning, painting and updating the interiors of the church hall and the Church. Right now we would appreciate volunteers to help with cleaning and painting the walls and rooms in the church hall and the Church. Work crews are being scheduled. Please contact Father Iura with your availability. Your support and help is greatly appreciated and will help preserve the church for the future.

7. ROOF REPAIR FUND ROOF, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLEDGES: Please consider the immediate as well as the long term repair capital improvement projects that are being planned, both now and 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. Most of the other roofs especially the sacristy roof has serious problems. These roofs must be repaired to prevent further water damage to our property and we cannot pay for them from regular weekly collection. Roof Repair 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.

Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos

On this Sunday, we celebrate the feast of the Protection of the Theotokos. This commemorates the vision of St. Andrew, the Fool for Christ, who, during an attack, as the people kept an All-night Vigil of Prayer, saw the Mother of God holding a protecting veil over her city. We can say, then, that this feast celebrates the power of Mary, who fights on behalf of Christians, and is a mighty protector of the people. On this day we read the common Gospel from St. Luke on feasts of Mary, the story of Mary and Martha. Maybe a better gospel would be the story of the wedding at Cana in Galilee. There, at Cana, it was Jesus’ mother, a woman, who by her plea, guided God to make wine out of water, telling the stewards, and through them, saying to all of us, “Do whatever he tells you.” As his mother, she began the story of Jesus’ mission, even though he had said, “My hour has not yet come.” This truly is power given to her by God. This is still Mary’s relationship with us. She is our protector and motherly intercessor. She is the mother of all believers, for our Lord, on the cross, gave her to his beloved disciple and through him to all of us. Her message to us always, every time she appears, is “Do what my Son tells you.”

Today, we have fierce debates about the role of women in the Church. But the evidence here is for the power of women, just as Eve brought about the fall of the human race by her disobedience (Adam only ratified her decision), so Mary brings salvation into the world by her obedient decision to become the mother of God Incarnate. She said, as every Christian must also say, ““Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” And Mary receives this great power in a human way, through humility and weakness. She plays a hidden role in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles, but it is through her weakness that the Christian finds strength, it is in her humility that we find wisdom, and in her death we are given the hope of life, “O Theotokos, … in your falling asleep you did not forsake the world … and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion of the Feast of the Dormition)

Benefit for Wounded Soldiers

We invite everyone to a fundraiser benefiting  wounded Ukrainian soldiers undergoing medical treatment in the U.S. The concert/dance will be held 5:00 p.m. on October 14th at the Ukrainian American Club, 279 King Dr., Southport, CT.

Food and beverages may be purchased. Musical entertainment will be provided gratis by a trio from Ukraine that has performed over 100 concerts in Ukraine’s ATO war zone.

$25 tickets are available from Fr. Iura, Myron Melnyk (203) 397-2087, or Carl Harvey (203) 530-8232.

Father Leo Lawrence Goldade, RIP

Word has been received that Father Leo Lawrence Goldade, OSBM, 75, died today, September 27, 2017, in a New York hospital after a long fight with illness. Please, pray for his peaceful repose.

Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Josaphat, pray for Father Leo, and for us.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Luke 5:1-11

On this Sunday, we begin to read the Gospel of St. Luke, which will be the Word of God proclaimed to us in the Church Year from the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross to the coming Great Fast. It is fitting that this Sunday’s Gospel tells us what is involved in being a Christian. We all want to be called after Christ, but do we truly grasp what this will mean. One certain meaning of the Christian faith is that it is unexpected, that it brings great blessing out of the desert of the world: “After Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’ Simon said in reply, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. (Luke 5:4-6)” This is the power of faith, which was again reaffirmed after Jesus’ resurrection: “When it was already dawn, [the risen] Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, have you caught anything to eat?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ So he said to them, ‘Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.’ So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. (John 21:4-6)”

The risen Christ is with us, filling all corners of our life. St. Paul in today’s epistle, expresses this Christian paradox very forcefully, “We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things. (2 Corinthians 6:8-10)” St. Paul warns that the true believer must suffer “afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts, (2 Corinthians 6:4-5), but that “Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)” St. Peter is reduced to humility at the miraculous catch of fish and begs, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man. (Luke 5:8)” Jesus does not accept this, just as he did not accept Peter’s refusal to have his feet washed at the Last Supper, ““Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me. (John 13:8)” Instead, he makes him a fisher of men. Beloved in Christ, Jesus will also not accept our refusal to follow him, to love God with our whole heart and mind and soul, to love our neighbor as ourselves, as St. Paul exhorts us, “Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: ‘In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.’” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)