Helping the poor —The Director of the St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter in Waterbury wrote to us requesting assistance in collecting bath soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, Q-tips, men’s underwear for the ministry to the homeless. We will have this collection for the poor through Pentecost (June 9).
These items can be put in the basket at the entrance of the church in the marked box.
Can we follow the example of the Lord who exhorted us to care for the poor? Let us follow the holy example of the Venerable Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky who heroically lived a life of Christian virtue with his commitment to the poor. Pray to Venerable Metropolitan Sheptytsky for guidance in living a holy life.
Paul Zalonski (of our parish) will drive the donations to St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury Homeless Shelter in Waterbury (www.svdpmission.org).
Thought you’d be interested in reading this interview with His Beatitude Sviatoslav. In particular, he says a few words at the end about our KofC Council’s patron, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. Thanks to John Burger for highlighting this interview.
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.
One of the resolutions of the 2016 Synod of Bishops of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) which met September 04-11, 2016, in Lviv-Brukhovychi, is the following:
In order to evoke an interest to the social ministering among faithful of UGCC and behave a virtue of sacrifice and mercy, to announce in UGCC:
- Sunday of a Prodigal Son – Day of the extreme care for prisoners; Sunday of Meatfare – Day of Social service and charity;
- Restoring a tradition of Social days initiated by righteous Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky;
- To organize days between Sundays, mentioned as previous points as Social days and be involved in intellectual and charitable activities at the parishes.
November 1st is the anniversary of the repose of our great shepherd Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.
Our Knights of Columbus Council is under the spiritual patronage of Metropolitan Andrey.
An excerpt of a prayer for Divine Wisdom cherished by Metropolitan Andrey:
Grant me, O God, the wisdom of my state, so that I may do what You desire; grant that I may understand my obligations, grant me the wisdom of my duties, and grant that I may do them as they ought to be done and as is fitting of Your glory and for the benefit of my soul.