Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Healing upon Healing
Galatians 6:11-18; Luke 8:41-56

Many people are squeamish at the sight of blood, some even faint away. This is because of fear – we know that loss of blood can lead to loss of life. The blood flowing in our veins is life. In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord encounters a woman who has had a hemorrhage for twelve years – life is slowly seeping away from her. But death cannot remain in the presence of Christ, and merely by secretly touching his garment, she is healed by his power. Today’s Gospel contains this healing within a healing, a raising form the dead. Our Lord is on his way to raise the twelve-year old daughter of Jairus, where he redefines death as sleep, ““Do not weep any longer, for she is not dead, but sleeping. (Luke 8:52)” See that for God, time is without meaning, for the woman with the hemorrhage, twelve years seems an eternity, but for the little girl, twelve years is much too short. For the Jews at the time of Jesus, blood signified life. When animals were sacrificed, the blood was poured out as a libation, for the life belongs to God. While our Lord stopped the flow of the blood for the woman, and gave life to the little girl, he instead shed his own blood for the life of the world and died on the Cross to bring us all resurrection. He invites us to share in his blood, “Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.’ (Mark 14:23-24)”

What would seem to be a curse, the shedding of blood unto death, becomes a blessing for the life of the world. Jesus once asked his disciples, James and John, “Can you drink the cup that I drink ? (Mark 10:38)” This is interpreted that we too must share in suffering for others as did the Lord, but it is also a blessing, for we drink the cup of our Lord’s blood in Holy Communion “for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.” In the Epistle, St. Paul, who asks us to be imitators of Christ as he is (1 Corinthians 11:1), tells us, “But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world….. I bear the marks of Jesus on my body (Galatians 11:14.17)”

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 11/05/17 22nd Sunday after Pentecost —The Holy Martyrs Galaction and Epistemis
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing & health for Mary Ann Yursha requested by Sestrichi
10:30 a.m.  For the people of the parish

Epistle: Galatians 6:11:18
Gospel: Luke 8:41-56, Tone 5

Monday, 11/06/17 Our Holy Father Paul, Archbishop of Constantinople and Confessor
8:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 11/07/17 33 The Thirty-three Holy Martyrs of Militene
8:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 11/08/17 Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers of Heaven
9:00 a.m. Special Intention –in Ukrainian
7:00 p.m. For the people of the parish –in English

Thursday, 11/09/17 The Holy Martyrs Onisiphorus and Porphyry; Our Venerable Mother Matrona; the Venerable Theoctista of Lesbos.
8:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 11/10/17 The Holy Apostles Erastus, Olympus, Rodion and companions
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Saturday, 11/11/17 The Holy Martyrs Menas, Victor and Vincent; Our Venerable Father and Confessor Theodore the Studite
9:00 a.m. no special intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 11/12/17 23rd Sunday after Pentecost —The Holy Priest-Martyr Josaphat, Archbishop of Polotsk
10:00 a.m. Lytija & Blessing of Bread
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish AND Myrovania-Anointing of Holy Oil

Epistle: Ephesians  2:4:10
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37, Tone 6

Parish announcements this week

Christ is among us!

1. WELCOME! 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 Nadia and Vasyl Ivantsiv in memory of +Eva.

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. Sestrichi will have Corporate Communion TODAY at the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, followed by meeting in the church hall. All are invited to attend.

6. 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.

7. St. Michael’s Day: St. Michael’s day will be celebrated on November 12. 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.

8. 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.

Pope Francis prayer intention for November

Uniting ourselves in prayer with Pope Francis, this month’s intention is for Evangelization: To witness to the Gospel in Asia.

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

Though the intercession of the Holy Theotokos and all saints, we pray.

Remembering Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky

Remembering Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky, OSBM, today.

The Servant of God Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky (29 July 1865 – 1 November 1944) the long-serving, courageous and holy leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. As we have heard before, and bears repeating again today, Yale Professor Yaroslav Pelikan said, “Arguably, Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky was the most influential figure… in the entire history of the Ukrainian Church in the twentieth century.”

Of note, the parish KofC council is name for Sheptytsky; likewise a noteworthy theological institute in Toronto is also name for him: The Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies.

For more information read this wiki article.

Holodomor’s 85th commemoration

The 85th Anniversary of the HOLODOMOR Genocide will be commemorated Saturday, November 18.
March of Remembrance 11:30 a.m. from St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church, East 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), NYC. Also, the Holodomor Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral 5th Avenue (between 50th and 51st Streets).
Bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Ikea parking lot, New Haven.
The cost per person is $35.00 for adults, $15.00 for students. For more information call Maria Antonyshyn (203)-795-6959.

Harvey, Lodynsky and Melnyk lead efforts for Ukrainian Soldiers

Our parishioners, Carl Harvey, Halia Lodynsky and Myron Melnyk, have been leading the efforts to gain healthcare for Ukrainian soldiers wounded in war. This is a mission and a work of charity along the lines of Matthew 25. Myron wrote an article outlining the work with Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal in CT and in DC.

Patriarchal Catechetical Commission U.S. Meeting

Ukrainian Catholic Patriarchal Catechetical Commission Meets with U.S. Bishops and Eparchial Representatives in Stamford, CT

By Father John Fields, Archeparchy of Philadelphia

Stamford, CT—The Patriarchal Catechetical Commission of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, under the chairmanship of Bishop Peter Stasiuk, C.Ss.R., Eparchy of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, held a two day meeting here, October 23-24, 2017 with the hierarchs and catechetical representatives of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States. The meeting is one of a series of meetings that the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission is holding throughout the world with eparchial catechetical commissions to assess the present status of catechetical formation and evangelization in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The findings will be presented at the Patriarchal Synod of Bishops in 2018.

The Monday session began with a welcome address from Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka from the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

In his remarks, Metropolitan Soroka expressed his optimism for the future of catechetical instruction and formation.

Metropolitan Stefan stated, “We need to inspire new approaches to sharing the faith in life-giving and relevant ways. My hope for this gathering is that we will focus on imaginative ways we can share the excellent catechism material which has recently been developed within our Ukrainian Catholic Church. I am fearful that if we confine ourselves to traditional methods of teaching catechism, the results will continue to be minimal. Can we develop creative ways by which we can entice parents to seek catechism material on various websites? Can we provide for the parents to study the material with their children and then to meet periodically in a group with a catechism teacher or with their parish priest? Can we develop appealing short messages which might raise the interest of young minds and their parents to know more about their faith? Such messages could be shared on websites, facebook, twitter, and other such sites.”

Bishop Stasiuk addressed the topic, “We Have the Catechism (Christ, Our Pascha)—What Next?” In his presentation he candidly expressed many of the difficulties that exist in parishes, from size, to lack of children, to commitment of parents, to secularization, that must be confronted in the present age. He cited the need to transform parish life from one of maintenance to one of mission, drawing upon the central theme from the book of Father James Mallon, Divine Renovation: Bringing your parish from Maintenance to Mission.

Rev. Dr. Bryan Kelty, made a presentation about the importance of Sacred Scripture in Catechetical Service and the interrelationship of both in the lifelong formation of Christians.

Parishioners working for healthcare for Ukrainian soldiers

Carl Harvey and Myron Melnyk had a meeting last week with Senator Blumenthal who is the person, along with Senator John McCain that drafted this provision and got it passed in the Senate by a vote of 89 to 8. the purpose of the meeting was so that the 2 Ukrainian soldiers could presonally thank him for all that he has done for all of the veterans to get them the treatment that has “made thier life whole again”.