My Ukrainian American Story

Parish hosting new book signing

Adrianna Bamber will be meeting us to introduce her new book, My Ukrainian American Story on Sunday at the Ukrainian Women’s League bazaar. Bamber attended our own Ridna Shkola. As the author/illustrator, Ms. Bamber will be signing and selling her books after each Divine Liturgy in our hall on Sunday, December 10th.

Journey with female protagonist, Oksana as she shares her Ukrainian American experience. Thirty-eight pages of detailed color illustrations transport you through Oksana’s vibrant world filled with the customs, dance, food, craft, music and holiday traditions passed down from generations of Ukrainians. Oksana’s appreciation of her culture empowers children to celebrate their heritage.

You can find more information about Ms. Bamber’s new book here:

Anne Applebaum’s “Red Famine”

Anne Applebaum’s book, Red Famine is spoken of as a major contribution to the public recognition of the state-orchestrated famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine during which estimated 4 million Ukrainian died. The book puts the story of the forced famine (Holodomor) in the context of the Russian imperial, early Soviet (Leninist and Stalinist), as well as post-Soviet attempts to subjugate Ukraine. Red Famine integrates newly available archival evidence into an account that is compelling and well-written. Of special value is Applebaum’s attention to the politics of memory and the relentless attempts by the Soviet and the present-day Russian government to distort, diminish, and suppress the memory of the genocide against the Ukrainian nation.

One reviewer said, “If you want to have one book in your library on the Ukrainian Holocaust of 1932-1933, this is the book to own and read. Get a copy of Red Famine.

The author is a columnist for the Washington Post and a Pulitzer-prize winning historian. Applebaum is a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics’s Institute of Global Affairs where she runs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. Previous history books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956,  Gulag: A History (for which she won a Pulitzer in 2004); as a cookbook author she has From a Polish Country House Kitchen, and a travelogue writer, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe. 

Anne Applebaum, 53, is a native of Washington, DC, she graduated from Yale University, was a Marshall Scholar at the LSE and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Anne is married to Radoslaw Sikorski, a Polish politician and writer. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.

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.

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.

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.

Parish Organization Representative Contact List

Knights of Columbus Blessed Andrey Sheptytsky Council 16253                        
Hank Lindgren, Grand Knight
Home Phone: 203-453-5760
Cell Phone: 203-494-5642

Ukrainian American Veterans Bishop John Stock Post 33 New Haven, CT
Carl R. Harvey, Post Commander
Home Phone: 203-389-6076

Ridna Shkola/Ukrainian School New Haven, CT
Myron Melnyk, Director
Home Phone: 203-397-2087

Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch 108
Christine Melnyk, President
Home Phone: 203-397-2087

Pyrohy Project
Walter Ushchak, Director
Cell Phone: 203-444-1953

MaryBeth Gawron, President
Home Phone: 203-387-6824

Special Events Coordinators
~Natalia Chermak
Cell Phone: 201-660-3408

~Volodymyr Dumalskyy
Cell Phone: 203-988-2923

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!