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Whether you are visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish community, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith, or are interested in finding out more about the Eastern Catholic Church, we’re happy to have you here.

St. Michael’s is a faith-filled people of the Ukrainian Catholic tradition. We strive to make the Divine Liturgy the heartbeat of our faith community and we stand ready to bear witness to the Lord with our life. Saint Michael’s is a parish rooted in Jesus Christ, active in our love of neighbor, on the path toward salvation in the Holy Trinity.

Join us today in supporting the St. Michael’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Fund!

Your gift today will provide food, medical supplies, clothing, and items for children. These items will all be immediately distributed, and 100% of your gift will go directly to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. No amount is too small.

Sunday of the myrrh-bearers

Two weeks ago we celebrated Pascha, the holy resurrection from the dead of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Why do the myrrh-bearers factor into our theological formation?

Recall that Jesus encounters myrrh twice: at the beginning and the end of his life. The gifts of the Wise Men were of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Myrrh is an aromatic oil that was used in burial to cover the stench of death. In the Middle East the oder of death is unforgettable in the heat. This practical gift, while thoughtful, also had a deeper, mystical meaning for Jesus and for us who follow him: the wise men foretold that the death of Jesus would be his glory, as we see especially in the Gospel of John. Theologians will say “It was his glory because his death on the Cross was the revealing manifestation of God’s infinite love for his creation. By death Jesus showed forth the victory of love, “trampling upon death by death and granting life to those in the graves” (DP).

One of the troparia sung today is dedicated Joseph of Arimathea, a secret follower of Jesus who becomes a caretaker of the mortal remains by taking the body off the cross, wrapping it in pure linen, anointing the body with spices (myrrh) and laying the Lord in a new tomb. Joseph’s mercy is remarkable because he brings us into deeper focus as to who Jesus was and who he is to become: The Christ —the Messiah (the Anointed One).

First Joseph and now the women. The anxiety of getting the body Jesus attended to fast due to political concerns meant that Jesus burial process was completed by Joseph. The women’s intentions were interrupted by an angel saying that on the third day, Sunday, “He is not here, he is risen.” The Myrrh-bearers have their mission changed from anointing to announcing the resurrection.

Why do the myrrh-bearers factor into our theological formation?

As so often happens in the Gospels: what was expected on the human level is changed by the Divine. The paradox is beautiful. Women who were not well respected in their own right by men all of a sudden receive the gifts of trust and courage and love to convey THE most important message of all history: He is not here, He has risen from the dead. The women are bears not merely of myrrh but that of the Good News that Death has been killed.

Why do the myrrh-bearers factor into our theological formation?

The apostle and evangelist Mark gives us the key to interpret the facts of Jesus’ preaching with the preaching myrrh-bearers: we must have the courage to complete the women’s task, we must proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah, not by spices and oils, but by our witness to the world and our worship of Jesus Christ —The Messiah!

Let’s connect the dots: Thomas teaches us to why to profess that Jesus is “our Lord and our God.” The Myrrh-bearers teach us to have the intimate love sustained by trust and courage in the face of opposition so that we can keep the great commandment: “If you love me, keep my commandments,” and the commandments are these: love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole mind and with your whole soul,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.”

As the Holy Myrrh-bears, so for us.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Sunday, 4/14, Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7
Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8, Tone 2

Monday,  4/15, Holy Apostles Aristarchus and Pudens
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Bohdan Sowa requested by the Sestretsi

Tuesday, 4/16, Holy Martyrs Agapia, Irene and Chionia
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Liturgy scheduled

Wednesday, 4/17, Our Venerable Father Simeon
9:00 a.m. +Teodor Czabala (40 days, Pan.) requested by the Czabala Family

Thursday, 4/18,  Our Venerable Father John the Disciple of Gregory
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Liturgy scheduled

Friday, 4/19, Our Venerable Father John the Ancient Hermit
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Liturgy scheduled

Saturday, 4/20, Our Venerable Father Theodore
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Liturgy scheduled

Sunday, 4/21, Sunday of the Paralytic
9:00 a.m. Special Intention
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42
Gospel: John 5:1-15, Tone 3

Parish announcements

This week vigil light is offered by Oleschuk family in memory of Roman Oleschuk.

No April pryohy making. See schedule for future pyrohy orders here.

If you would like to have a Confession, Holy Communion or prayer of the sick at your house or nursing home, please call the rectory at 203-865-0388.

Today is our Parish’s traditional Easter dinner — “SVIACHENE” following the 10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy. We will celebrate only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. We will not sell tickets at the door.

Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, a social hour with coffee and hard rolls and assorted snacks are available in the church hall. Please feel free to join us.

Our Ukraine aid volunteer organization, NHCTUAHA, is continuing its fundraising campaign to provide EXPANDED humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. We are currently raising funds to cover costs for shipping our 12th container to Ukraine, to purchase specialized medicines requested by doctors at the Veterans hospital in Vynnyky, and to potentially help fund the purchase of a 3-D printer solution for manufacturing desperately needed prosthetics in Lviv. We encourage everyone to assist with monetary donations by contacting Carl Harvey (cecbts64@gmail.com) or Myron Melnyk (mmelnyk@yahoo.com) We thank you for your ongoing and generous support.

PARISH HUMANITARIAN AID “BOOTSTRAP PROGRAM” is a new way to help recent Ukrainian immigrant families. As part of our ongoing programs, we have develop a ”Bootstrap Program” for refugee families who are in this country. They are willing and able to work, but transportation is a challenge. We have one four door sedan car currently available to help a family out. Please contact Chris Komondy at 860-759-2723 for details.

FOOD DONATIONS: A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food. Please give generously new items within the expiration date. These items will be given out to the poor in our community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Thomas Sunday

Today is the eighth day of the celebration of the eighth day. Pascha! The Resurrection of our Lord! The Feast of Feasts!

Today we hear the Gospel reading of the Apostle Thomas coming to the Risen Lord and realizes in truth who Jesus is: the Messiah.

Today also marks the institution of the Lord of the Mystery (sacrament) of Reconciliation –the confession and forgiveness of sin. Just as the Lord institutes the Mystery of the Eucharist on what we call Great and Holy Thursday, the Church teaches that today is a commemoration of this divine act of Mercy: forgiveness of sins. Together we say with St. Thomas, My Lord and my God.

Christ is risen. Truly he is risen!

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Christ is risen!

Sunday, 4/7, Thomas Sunday
9:00 a.m. For the people of the parish — Distribution of Artos and Anointing
10:30 a.m. +Vladimir Kindrat requested by Anna Smigelski — Distribution of Artos and Anointing

Epistle: Acts 5:12-20
Gospel: John 20:19-31, Tone 1

Monday, 4/8, Holy Apostle Herodion and other apostles
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Jaroslaw Paluha

Tuesday, 4/9, Holy Martyr Eupsychius
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 4/10, Holy Martyrs Terence, Pomplus and companions
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 4/11, Holy Hieromartyr Antipas
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 4/12, Holy Bishop Basil
9:00 a.m. +Stefan Pospolita (Pan.) requested by Daria and Roman Jakubowski

Saturday, 4/13, Holy Hieromartyr Artymon
9:00 a.m. +Stefania Stadnicki (Pan.) requested by Alexandra Altrui

Sunday, 4/14, Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women
***NOTE there is only one (1) Divine Liturgy today
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7
Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8, Tone 2

Parish announcements

This week vigil light is offered by Chris Komondy in memory of Maria Heinrich.

If you would like to have a Confession, Holy Communion or prayer of the sick at your house or nursing home, please call the rectory at 203-865-0388.

The traditional Easter parish dinner — “SVIACHENE” —- will be held on Sunday, April 14 following the 10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy. We will celebrate only one Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. 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 “Sviachene” or on Sunday, April 14. Tickets are $35.00 for adults, $15.00 for youth from 12 to 18. Free for altar boys, and under 12. Also we ask you to donate cakes for desert. We trust that all parishioners will join this parish gathering and through their presence attest to cherishing in our hearts a love for one another which builds our PARISH.FAMILY. We will not sell tickets at the door.

Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, a social hour with coffee and hard rolls and assorted snacks are available in the church hall. Please feel free to join us.

New parishioners are always welcomed in our parish. If someone wants to register with our parish please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at 203-865-0388 or our financial secretary Natalia Chermak.

Our Ukraine aid volunteer organization, NHCTUAHA, is continuing its fundraising campaign to provide EXPANDED humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. We are currently raising funds to cover costs for shipping our 12th container to Ukraine, to purchase specialized medicines requested by doctors at the Veterans hospital in Vynnyky, and to potentially help fund the purchase of a 3-D printer solution for manufacturing desperately needed prosthetics in Lviv. We encourage everyone to assist with monetary donations by contacting Carl Harvey (cecbts64@gmail.com) or Myron Melnyk (mmelnyk@yahoo.com) We thank you for your ongoing and generous support.

PARISH HUMANITARIAN AID “BOOTSTRAP PROGRAM” is a new way to help recent Ukrainian immigrant families. As part of our ongoing programs, we have develop a ”Bootstrap Program” for refugee families who are in this country. They are willing and able to work, but transportation is a challenge. We have one four door sedan car currently available to help a family out. Please contact Chris Komondy at 860-759-2723 for details.

FOOD DONATIONS: A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food. Please give generously new items within the expiration date. These items will be given out to the poor in our community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Christ is risen! Christos voskres!

Sunday, 3/31, Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ
9:15 a.m. Procession and Paschal Matins
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish
Blessing of Artos and Anointing*Myrovann
Blessing of Easter Foods

Epistle: Acts 1:1-8
Gospel: John 1:1-17

Monday, 4/1, Bright Monday
10:00 a.m. For the people of the parish

Tuesday, 4/2, Bright Tuesday
9:00 a.m. +Ivan (Pan.)

Wednesday, 4/3, Bright Wednesday, Our Venerable father Nicetas
9:00 a.m. +Teodor Czabala (Pan.)

Thursday, 4/4, Bright Thursday, Our Venerable Father Joseph and George
9:00 a.m. +Teodor Czabala (Pan.) requested by Walter and Chrystia Czebiniak

Friday, 4/5, Bright Friday, Holy Martyrs Theodulus and companions
9:00 a.m. +Teodor Czabala (Pan.) requested by the Yanovski family

Saturday, 4/6, Bright Saturday, Holy Bishop Methodius
9:00 a.m. +Yaroslava Kalynec (Pan.) requested by Sokhan family

Sunday, 4/7, Thomas Sunday
9:00 a.m. For the people of the parish
Distribution of Artos and Anointing
10:30 a.m. +Vladimir Kindrat requested by Anna Smigelski
Artosa-Myrovann

Epistle: Acts 5:12-20
Gospel: John 20:19-31, Tone 1

Parish announcements

Christ is risen!

This week vigil light is offered by Chris Komondy in memory of Hemut Heinrich.

If you would like to have a Confession, Holy Communion or prayer of the sick at your house or nursing home, please call the rectory at 203-865-0388.

The traditional Easter parish dinner — “SVIACHENE” —- will be held on Sunday, April 14 following the 10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy. We will celebrate only one Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. 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 “Sviachene” or on Sunday April 14. Tickets are $35.00 for adults, $15.00 for youth from 12 to 18. Free for altar boys, and under 12. Also we ask you to donate cakes for desert. We trust that all parishioners will join this parish gathering and through their presence attest to cherishing in our hearts a love for one another which builds our PARISH.FAMILY. We will not sell tickets at the door.

Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, a social hour with coffee and hard rolls and assorted snacks are available in the church hall. Please feel free to join us.

New parishioners are always welcomed in our parish. If someone wants to register with our parish please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at 203-865-0388 or our financial secretary Natalia Chermak.

Our Ukraine aid volunteer organization, NHCTUAHA, is continuing its fundraising campaign to provide EXPANDED humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. We are currently raising funds to cover costs for shipping our 12th container to Ukraine, to purchase specialized medicines requested by doctors at the Veterans hospital in Vynnyky, and to potentially help fund the purchase of a 3-D printer solution for manufacturing desperately needed prosthetics in Lviv. We encourage everyone to assist with monetary donations by contacting Carl Harvey (cecbts64@gmail.com) or Myron Melnyk (mmelnyk@yahoo.com) We thank you for your ongoing and generous support.

PARISH HUMANITARIAN AID “BOOTSTRAP PROGRAM” is a new way to help recent Ukrainian immigrant families. As part of our ongoing programs, we have develop a ”Bootstrap Program” for refugee families who are in this country. They are willing and able to work, but transportation is a challenge. We have one four door sedan car currently available to help a family out. Please contact Chris Komondy at 860-759-2723 for details.

FOOD DONATIONS: A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food. Please give generously new items within the expiration date. These items will be given out to the poor in our community. Thank you for your generosity and support.