Michael Curkan, fell asleep in the Lord

Michael Curkan, 95, fell asleep in the Lord this past Sunday. He was the beloved husband of Denise Charlier Curkan for 70 years. Michael is survived by his three loving daughters, Marie Flanagan (Michael) of Florida, Alix Elkin (Steve) of Guilford and Jackie Herbert (Michael) of Fairfield; and four devoted grandchildren, Michael and Charles Herbert, Carley and Casey Elkin.

A close friend to many people, Mike was a member of the First Division of New Haven and Bridgeport.  Mike was a constant presence working on organizing the Ukrainian Veterans events for St. Michael’s Church.

Mike worked as a technician for the Regional Water Authority for 30 years prior to his retirement in the 1980’s.

Friends are invited to attend to attend the Funeral Liturgy at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 569 George Street, New Haven, on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. There will be no calling hours. Burial at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

Celentano Funeral Home is handling all the arrangements.

Father Paul Luniw is officiating.

Please offer a prayer for Mike and for the comfort of his family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 569 George Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Eternal Memory.

150th Anniversary of Canonization of St Josaphat

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, His Beatitude Sviatoslav and the entire Ukrainian Catholic Church will celebrate 150th Anniversary of Canonization of Saint Josaphat. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on the main altar of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Saint Josaphat, bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (1618) – was Archbishop of Polotsk and founder of the Order of Saint Basil the Great. On June 29, 1867, Blessed Pope Pius IX canonized Blessed Josaphat and declared him as the Patron of Rus’. Saint Pope John Paul II called Saint Josaphat “apostle of unity”. Saint Josaphat is known as the patron of Ukraine.

Saint Josaphat, pray for us.

Parish announcements this week

Christ is our midst!

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.

1. RECTORY: The rectory office will be closed until June 22, 2017. The Pastor, Fr. Iura Godenciuc, is on vacation. In case of emergency, please call Fr. Stepan Yanovsky at (203) 468-0367; Fr. Paul Luniw at (860) 583-7588; Fr. Ivan Mazuryk at (203) 367-5054.

2. VIGIL LIGHT: The vigil light in the sanctuary is burning this week to the Glory of God.

3. MEDICAL COLLECTION: From June 5 to June 19, 2017, we will be collecting items for a container shipment at our parish, or at the Ukrainian National Home of Hartford, 961 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford CT 06114.

For more information, please contact Myron Melnyk (mmelnyk@yahoo.com ~ 203-397-2087) or Halia Lodynsky (halial@aol.com ~ 203-494-6278) in the New Haven CT area or Myron Kolinsky (myronkolinsky@yahoo.com ~ 860-563-4072) or Ivan Kebalo (ivank@onet.eu  ~ 860-299-6727) in the Hartford CT area.

4. ROOF REPAIR FUND: Please make a generous contribution to allow us to repair the leaking roof of the church hall and other roof structures adjoining the Church and the Hall. These roofs must be repaired to prevent serious water damage to our property and we cannot pay for them from regular weekly collection. Roof Repair Fund envelope 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.

5. ICE MAKER: Thanks to a donation from the Parish Knights of Columbus Council, a commercial grade ice maker has been donated to the parish. It is installed in the church hall kitchen.

6. MICROWAVE MACHINE: Thanks to a donation from the Parish Knights of Columbus Council, a microwave machine has been donated to the Parish. It is installed in the church hall kitchen. The previous unit has been retired from service.

7. PYROHY: The pyrohy’s have been fresh made yesterday. The next time that they will be made is in September. Extra pyrohy have been made and are available for sale in the church hall after the Liturgy. See or call the project director Walter Ushchak @ (203) 789-9554 for details.

8. KIELBASA: The Knights of Columbus Council have made a fresh batch of kielbasa meals yesterday. Fresh ¾ Kielbasa (Kovbasa) baked and fried, with 1+ pound of fresh cooked cabbage with a vegetable mix. A good meal for two people. Only $10.00. They will not be making them again until September. Extras were made and are available for sale in the church hall after the Liturgy. Or call (203) 789-9554 and leave a message with your order.

Second Sunday after Pentecost

On the First Sunday of the Great Fast, we heard the words from Hebrews, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. The whole forty-day journey through the Great Fast, to the Holy Week of our Lord’s Passion, and then through the fifty days of his resurrection and glorification, sending us the Holy Spirit to be with us always, we have kept our eyes fixed on Jesus. With open hearts we will find the perfection of our faith. This Epistle was repeated on All Saints’ Sunday, for those who have given themselves to Christ are the cloud of witnesses that support and strengthen our faith.

The Great Fast and the Holy Pentecostarion take up almost a third of the year of faith. Today we begin a second “third,” the proclamation of the Gospel of St. Matthew, which we read until the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. This period again begins by summoning us to always “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.” Today we are Simon and Andrew and James and John, hearing the voice of Jesus, “Come, follow me.” Today we hear the Lord calling us calling us to a life like his of caring for others and proclaiming the gospel, if not by words, by our actions and lives.

Meditation by Archpriest David Petras

Bitter Harvest in DVD

On June13, 2017, the film “Bitter Harvest” will be released on DVD in the United States! A love story, set against the backdrop of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine. Produced by prominent Ukrainian-Canadian Ihor Ihnatowycz, the film brings the tragedy of the famine-genocide to audiences around the world. (More about the film here.)

Link to the movie trailer.

We urge you to purchase this film, and if you buy it through AmazonSmile a part of the purchase price will be donated to the UCCA! Please see below for more information. In the US the DVD can be purchased as of June 13th through the following outlets:

• Amazon (link)
• BestBuy (link)
• Target (link)
• Walmart (link)

If you shop on Amazon, just use AmazonSmile and you can donate to your choice of charity organization, with no additional cost to you! Go to the link and search for Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), or other Ukrainian organizations, and select as your charity of choice.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to selected charity. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

DVD can be viewed in English or Ukrainian!

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 6/18/17  Second Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m.  For all fathers of the Parish, living and deceased requested by Sestrichi
10:30 a.m. For the People of the Parish

Epistle: Romans 2:10-16
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23, Tone 1

Monday, 6/19/17 Holy Apostle Jude, Brother of the Lord According to the Flesh
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 6/20/17 Holy Priest-Martyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 6/21/17 Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 6/22/17 Holy Priest-Martyr Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 6/23/17 Holy Martyr Agrippina
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m. Moleben to Jesus Christ

Saturday, 6/24/17 Nativity of the Honorable and Glorious Prophet John, Forerunner and Baptist of Christ
9:00 a.m. Special Intention

Sunday, 6/25/17 Third Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. +Rosemary Waselik (8th Anniversary) requested by the family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Romans 5:1-10
Gospel: Matthew  6:22-33, Tone 2

Medical and Clothes Drive to Benefit Kyiv Military Hospital

Representatives of the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC) in New Haven and Hartford are conducting a two week Medical and Clothes Drive to Benefit the Main Military Hospital in Kyiv Ukraine.

From June 5 to June 19, 2017, we will be collecting items for a container shipment at the St Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church hall 569 George Street, New Haven, CT  06511 or the Ukrainian National Home of Hartford 961 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT  06114.

For more information, please contact:

in the New Haven CT area:

Myron Melnyk (mmelnyk@yahoo.com or 203-397-2087)
Halia Jurczak Lodynsky (halial@aol.com or 203-494-6278)

in the Harford CT area:

Myron Kolinsky (myronkolinsky@yahoo.com or 860-563-4072)
Ivan Kebalo (ivank@onet.eu or 860-299-6727)

Clothing:

Tank tops
Underwear
Pajamas
Socks
T-Shirts
Sports sweat pants
Sport shoes

Hygiene Products:

Tooth brushes
Tooth paste
Combs
Hygiene pads for girls (age 11 – 15)
Shampoo for lice

Medical Supplies:

Blood pressure meter
Height measuring device
Thermometers
Elastic bandages
Elastic cuffs for shins & wrist

Any toys would be nice.

Here is a breakdown of kids ages / boys and girls grade 1 – 9.

6 – 7 year old: 4 girls and 6 boys
7 – 8 year old:  5 girls and 11 boys
8 – 9 year old:  3 girls and 9 boys
9 – 10 year old:  7 girls and 8 boys
10 – 11 year old:  5 girls and 8 boys
11 – 12 year old:  6 girls and 7 boys
12 – 13 year old:  6 girls and 6 boys
13 – 14 year old:  4 girls and 9 boys
14 – 15 year old:  3 girls and 7 boys

All Saints Sunday

Over the last fifty-some days, we have celebrated the Paschal mystery – the central mystery of our faith, from our Lord’s crucifixion, resurrection, ascension to his sending the Holy Spirit on his followers. This Sunday, after all that has been proclaimed, we add a great “Amen!” “So be it!” This “Amen” will be great only if we make it more than just words but also actions. The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples that they might be witnesses to the Paschal mystery – our Lord’s death and resurrection, and the Greek word for “witness” is “martyr.” This Sunday was originally called the Sunday of All Martyrs – because those who witnessed to Christ had to be ready to give their lives for him. Many Christians did and still do. This is what it means to be a saint – the readiness to give our lives for the Lord. Therefore the Lord says in today’s Gospel, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10:32)” We should not seek to be killed for the gospel, but our priorities should be: 1) God; 2) God’s people, the “others” in our lives and 3) ourselves. Being human, and living in an individualistic society, we often reverse these priorities: 1) ourselves, no. 1; 2) others and 3) God, and putting God third is a practical atheism.

We often have the misconception that to be a “saint” means only a life of misery and self-denial, but people who put their own pleasure and comfort first usually end up all “messed up.” A saint is really someone who has their life in the right order, and so is full of the joy of the Spirit: “a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).”

Meditation by Archpriest David Petras

Pavel Gintov in New Haven

Pavel Gintov will be in New Haven on June 17th.

Do not miss this amazing Ukrainian concert pianist at Lyric Hall Theater, 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven.

Pianist Pavel Gintov has been described as “a poet of the keyboard” by Marty Lash of the Illinois Entertainer and as a “musical storyteller” by the Japanese publication Shikoku News.

In this concert, Pavel Gintov will perform a breathtaking program of seldom-heard works by Lyatoshynsky, Kosenko, Drozdoff, Skoryk and Bortkiewicz.

More information here.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 6/11/17 First Sunday after Pentecost — Sunday of All Saints
9:00 a.m. Special Intention
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2
Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30, Tone 8

Monday, 6/12/17 Venerable Father Onuphrius the Great
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 6/13/17 Holy Martyr Aquilina
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 6/14/17 Holy Prophet Elisha
9:00 a.m.  + Joseph Levitzky (Pan.) requested by Joseph M. Levitzky

Thursday, 6/15/17 Holy Prophet Amos
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 6/16/17 Our Father and Wonderworker Tychon of Amathus
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m.  Moleben to Jesus Christ

Saturday, 6/17/17 Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael
8:00 a.m. no intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 6/18/17 Second Sunday after Pentecost — Father’s Day
9:00 a.m.  For All the Fathers of the Parish, living and deceased requested by Sestrichi
10:30 a.m. For the People of the Parish

Epistle: Romans 2:10-16
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23, Tone 1