Happy New Year 7526

Happy New Year to all my New Calendar friends! Happy Indiction for the year 7526!

May this year be one that is peaceful and blessed.

“O Fashioner of all creation, Who in Thine authority hast appointed the times and seasons: bless Thou the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord, pre­serving in peace orthodox Christians and Thy city, and save us through the prayers of the Theotokos.”

And remember there is only one verifiable and observable Vernal Equinox established by God and it falls on March 20 NS (March 7 OS)!

A very helpful page on liturgical time and the cycle of liturgical services, read this page.

Petitions for the victims of Hurricane Harvey

Special Petitions for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey at Divine Liturgy.  You may take one or several of these petitions in the ektenia after the Gospel.

For those who experienced the destructive forces of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding and now endure the anguish and suffering from personal injury and the loss of property, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)

For those called home to the Lord during this natural disaster of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding, may they be granted rest in the bosom of Abraham and numbered among the saints and may their grieving loved ones be comforted by Your divine grace, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)

For all those involved in serving their neighbor during this time including the first responders and those assisting in the continuing relief efforts of the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding, strengthen them in mind, body and soul and inspire all of us to be charitable with our generosity to our brothers and sisters in their time of need, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

Lord, have mercy! (3 x)

Ukrainian Independence Day Annual Dinner

The Greater Hartford Council of Ukrainian American Organizations and the Ukrainian National Home of Hartford, Inc. (UNHH) invite you and your family for the 26th Ukrainian Independence Day Annual Dinner (August 24, 1991) on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at 961 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT featuring performances by Zolotyj Promin Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Choir Lanka Halychanka and a buffet dinner after the program.

Donations: Adults: $30.00 per person, Seniors (65+): $25.00, Students (ages 13-22): $20 and children-free of charge.

For tickets and table reservations in advance, please contact the UNHH office at 860-296-5702.

Death notice of a parishioner

We regret to inform you that Bohdan Ted Les has fallen asleep in the Lord.

The wake is private for the family only.

The Funeral Liturgy will be served on Saturday, September 2,  2017 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church.

May the Holy Theotokos and the saints assist Bohdan.

Please say a prayer for Bohdan’s soul and for the family who mourns him.

Eternal Memory.

St Moses of Skete

On our liturgical calendar today, the Church remembers a saint many have not heard of, Moses of Skete in Egypt, sometimes called “Moses the black” or “Moses the Ethiopian.”

A biographer writes,

Moses must have been from Ethiopia or the Sudan, which would explain his surname. Before his conversion he lived as an outlaw in the Nitrian wilderness. The sayings about Moses in the Apothegmata stand out for their warmth and compassion, and even gentle humor.

In Skete, Moses was a disciple of Abba Isidore, and, like him, was made a priest for the monks of Skete. He was teased about being black, even on the day of his ordination, when he was robed in white, but Moses always had an answer that reflected wisdom rather than resentment.

The fathers were able to reform his character, but much of the personality of the old outlaw enlivens his stories, such as when he overcame four thieves who tried to rob his cell. He tied them up and carried them to the church. Dumping them on the ground, he asked the startled brothers, “I am not allowed to harm anyone; so, what is to be done with these?” (NS)

May St. Moses of Skete, intercede for us before God.

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

The Sacred Scripture for today’s Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26
 
Jesus never praised riches. Today he tells the people who have just seen a rich young man refuse the Lord’s invitation to follow him, “it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” This is repeated often in the scriptures. Jesus teaches, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3)” But the rich in spirit cannot love God more than themselves, and it is a simple reality that if they cannot love God, they cannot love their neighbors, created by God. Mary therefore declares, “The hungry he has filled with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. (Luke 1:53) And Abraham tells the rich man in hell, “you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. (Luke 16:25) And James admonishes his flock, who honored a rich man, “Are not the rich oppressing you? And do they themselves not haul you off to court? Is it not they who blaspheme the noble name that was invoked over you? (James 2:6-7)”
 
To be able to turn one’s back on riches is what it means to be human. As transcending the world, we should be able to see infinite and eternal realities. There is nothing wrong or bad about the material creation God has given us, but it has the power to blind us to greater riches. God does not simply take away riches, but he gives us spiritual riches beyond our understanding. This Sunday I am marking fifty years as a priest. I was not raised in a rich family, though today the poorest among us have more than the richest people at the time of Jesus. This is why it is so much more important to be able to see spiritual realities.
 
The rich young man was unable to follow Jesus’ call, but in humility I hope that I have answered the call to serve God and to see the image of God in all people, not only those I hope I have served. The gospel today, however, tells us one more thing, when describing how difficult it is for a rich man to be saved – easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eyes – Jesus says “for God all things are possible.” Everything that I may have accomplished in my fifty years as a priest was not due to my own talents or merits, but only to the grace of God. I hope to remain, though unworthy, in this calling, so that I may be “as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things. (2 Corinthians 6:10)”
 
Meditation by Archpriest David Petras

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 8/27/17    12th Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: 1 Corinthians. 15-1-11
Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26, Tone 3

Monday, 8/28/17    Venerable Father Moses the Ethiopian and Holy Father Augustine of Hippo
9:00 +Wasyl Dobczansky (Pan.) requested by the Melnyk Family

Tuesday, 8/29/17    Beheading of the Honorable and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
9:00 a.m. Special Intention

Wednesday, 8/30/17    Holy Fathers and Patriarchs of Constantinople Alexander, John, and Paul the Younger
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 8/31/17 Placing of the Precious Sash of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God in Calcoprateia
8:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 9/01/17 Commemoration of Our Holy Father Symeon the Stylite and His Mother Martha

Beginning of the New Church Year (2017-2018)

8:30 a.m. +Halyna and Ivan Lobay (Pan.) requested by Maria Lobay

Saturday, 9/02/17    Holy Martyr Mamas
9:00 a.m.   no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 9/03/17    13th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. Special Intention
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 16:13:24
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42, Tone 4

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. 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. 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. Please do NOT mail the form to the chancery office. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contribution.

5. UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY TODAY: Will be celebrated here this year on Sunday, August 27, 2017. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. A Proclamation Ceremony will take place on the New Haven Green by the flag pole at noon. The Annual Independence day picnic will commence at 1:00 p.m. at the church hall and Church garden. All are invited to attend. Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church will celebrate their Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. and join us on the New Haven Green and at our picnic afterwards. The food served will be a selection of Traditional Ukrainian foods, drinks, soups and homemade desserts. As well as some traditional American hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream for the children.

6. The last meeting for the  50th CT State Ukrainian Day Festival will be held on TOMORROW Monday, August 28, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by The Protection of the Blessed Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 255 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06608.

7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are in the process of cleaning, painting and updating the interiors of the church hall and later the Church. Right now we would appreciate volunteers to help with cleaning and painting the walls and rooms in the church hall basement. Work crews are being scheduled. Please contact Father Iura with your availability. Your efforts (elbow equity) into this project will save the Parish significant amounts of money, improve the appearance of the buildings and go towards protecting our assets for future generations.