Welcome!

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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.

Memorial Day 2024

Today our nation honors our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Take a moment to remember in prayer that freedom isn’t free and that we owe everything to these heroes.

While Memorial Day may be a day off from work for some, but for many others it is a solemn day to remember the friends and family who laid their lives down in a foreign land so we can be free.

May the angels and saints intercede for our deceased military men and women.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 5/26, Sunday of All Saints — Moleben to the Mother of God
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Stefania Sadiwsky
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Hebrews 11:32-21:2a
Gospel: Matthew10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30, Tone 8

Monday, 5/27, Holy Hieromartyr Terapontus
9:00 a.m. +Evhenia Dobczansky (Pan.) requested by the Melnyk family

Tuesday, 5/28, Holy Bishop Nicetas
6:00 p.m. +Jan Korenovsky and all deceased of the family requested by Stephanie and Melanie Korenovsky

Wednesday, 5/29, Holy Virgil Martyr Theodosia
9:00 a.m. +Teodozia Schudlak (3rd Anniv. Pan.) requested by Oksana Leavitt

Thursday, 5/30, Our Venerable Isaac of Dalmatia
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 5/31, Holy Apostle Hermes and the Martyr Hermeas
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Saturday, 6/1, Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy
10:00 a.m. Moleben to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 6/2, Sunday of Ukrainian Martyrs — Moleben to Jesus Christ
9:00 a.m. +Rosemary and Michael Waselik requested by Marion Piggott
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Romans 2:10-16
Gospel: Mathew 4:18-23, Tone 3

Parish announcements

Christ is among us!

This week vigil light is offered by Chris Komondy in memory of Fr. Diego Borgatello.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS! 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.

PARISH COFFEE HOUR: 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.

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.

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.

Sestretsi will be having Holy Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy on June 2, and a short meeting to follow. See Barbara Schwartz for more information.

STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL: Please don` t forget to donate for Charities Appeal. The forms are designed for each family of our parish. Attached to the form is an envelope into which you can place your contribution. The form along with your contribution, we ask you enclose in the envelope and place it in the collection basket during church services. Please make check payable to the Byzantine Rite Eparchy of Stamford. DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contributions.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 5/19, Pentecost Sunday —Moleben to the Mother of God and Myrovann (anointing)
8:45 a.m. Lytija and blessing of Bread
9:00 a.m. +Edward Corfin requested by Chris Komondy
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 2:1-11
Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12, Tone 7

Monday, 5/20, Monday of the Holy Spirit
9:00 a.m. Special Intention

Tuesday, 5/21, Sts. Constantine and Helen
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 5/22, Holy Martyr Basiliscus
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 5/23, Our Venerable Father Michael
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 5/24, Our Venerable Father Simeon, Nicetas
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Saturday, 5/25, 3rd Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist
9:00 a.m. +Maria Begej (Pan.) requested by Irene Morgan

Sunday, 5/26, Sunday of All Saints — Moleben to the Mother of God
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Stefania Sadiwsky requested by the Sestretsi
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Heb.11:32-12:2a
Gospel: Mathew 10:32-33, 37-37, 19:27-30, Tone 8

Parish announcements

Glory to Jesus Christ!

This week vigil light is offered by Chris Komondy in memory of Fr. Diego Borgatello.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS! 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.

PARISH COFFEE HOUR: 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.

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.

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.

STAMFORD CHARITIES APPEAL: Please don` t forget to donate for Charities Appeal. The forms are designed for each family of our parish. Attached to the form is an envelope into which you can place your contribution. The form along with your contribution, we ask you enclose in the envelope and place it in the collection basket during church services. Please make check payable to the Byzantine Rite Eparchy of Stamford. DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE. We sincerely ask all parishioners to make generous contributions.

Children praying for children: A special Event to Support the Children of War-torn Ukraine. On Saturday, June 1st a special church service/Moleben will be held at 10AM at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Haven. This national event organized by the Ukrainian Womens’ League of America(UWLA) will bring children together on that day to support their peers in Ukraine amidst the ongoing war on Ukraine perpetrated by Russia. The service aims to create a sacred space for children to join in prayer, solidarity and compassionate action for those affected by the tragic circumstances of the war. All are invited to attend.

All Souls

There are 5 All Soul’s Saturdays. 2, 3, and 4 were on Saturdays during the Great Fast on days that had no other commemoration (e.g. the Miracle of Theodore and Akathistos). This is due to the liturgical law that fasting periods are more conservative and retain ancient customs. Saturday, the day our Lord was in the tomb was a day for remembering the departed, and that has persisted until the present in Lent.

The All Souls’ Saturday before Meatfare Sunday was due to the Church Year. Meatfare Sunday was the Gospel of the Last Judgment and, in a way, concluded the regular cycle of Gospel beginning with Pascha and lasting until the next Great Fast (beginning with Cheesefare Sunday). It was natural, therefore, to remember the departed as we pray for all before the final and last judgment. The fifth All Souls’ Saturday the day before Pentecost does not have clear origins. Some have said that it is the Christianization of the pagan feast of Rosalia, which remembered virgins who have died a violent death. Their souls were locked in trees and were released on this feast day.

The Christians generalized this into a general feast for all the departed. Some find this controversial, since the ideology is that Christians owe nothing to pagans. We have no concrete evidence one way or the other. It might be connected with All Saints, which in the Byzantine Church was the Sunday after Pentecost, but this does not explain the one week delay. At any rate, though Pentecost is the Christian feast of the 50th day, corresponding directly to the Jewish feast of the Mt. Sinai covenant (note the Upper Room), it was also called Rusalka (in Slavonic) since it happened closely to the pagan feast.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Christ is risen!

Sunday, 4/28, Sunday of the Samaritan Women
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Margaret Maybury requested by the Sestretsi
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 11:19-26, 29-30
Gospel: John 4:5-42, Tone 4

Monday, 4/29, Nine Holy Martyrs of Cyzicus
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 4/30, James, brother of John the Theologian
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 5/1, Holy Prophet Jeremiah
9:00 a.m. +Sofia Brodycz (Pan.) requested by Anna Salemme

Thursday, 5/2, Holy Archbishop Athanasius
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 5/3, Our Venerable Father Theodosius of the Caves
9:00 a.m. +Teodor Czabala (Pan.) requested by the Ivantsiv family

Saturday, 5/4, Our Venerable Mother martyr Pelagia
9:00 a.m. +Vladimir Korenovsky (Pan. Requested by the Ivantsiv family

Sunday, 5/5, Sunday of the Man Born Blind —Moleben to the Mother of God
9:00 a.m. +Hugo Annard requested by Chris Komondy
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 16:16-34
Gospel: John 9:1-38, Tone 5

Parish announcements

Christ is risen!

This week vigil light is offered by Chris Komondy in memory of all deceased people of Ukraine.

On May 12, we will celebrate only one Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in the English and Ukrainian languages and after the Divine Liturgy the Knights of Columbus members and men from our Parish invites all women in the church hall for luncheon and celebration Mother’s Day.

We will make pyrohy on May 18.

On May 18, at 8:00 a.m. we will celebrate Divine Liturgy and Sorokousty. The Panachyda service at the gravesites will take place on Saturday May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at All Saints Cemetery and May 19th at 1:00 p.m.. at Saint Lawrence Cemetery.

Our Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Organization, NHCTUAHA, thanks Father Iura and all of the organizers of the very successful Sviachene- Easter luncheon. We thank pani Natalia Lyalka and her kitchen helpers, the Ukrainian School leaders, teachers, and children for performing a wonderful concert program, Mr. Lubomyr Chermak and pan Ihor Yuziuk for their fine musical entertainment and all supporters of our traditional annual parish Easter event. The Sviachene was a great success. This week we received word that our 12th container arrived in Ukraine with supplies for hospitals and for communities in war-torn regions. To help with distribution Father Roman has requested yet another van for his team. We are now preparing this vehicle for shipment to Ukraine, using our share of proceeds from the Sviachene. We thank everyone for their generosity and support.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Divine Liturgy for the coming week
Christ is risen!

Sunday, 4/21, Sunday of the Paralytic
9:00 a.m. +Fr. Diego Borgatello requested by Chris Komondy
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

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

Monday, 4/22, Our Venerable Father Theodore of Syceum
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 4/23, Holy Great Martyr George
9:00 a.m. Special Intention

Wednesday, 4/24, Holy Martyr Sabbas
9:00 a.m. +Vladimir Stadnicki (Pan.) requested by the Stadnicki and Altrui families

Thursday, 4/25, Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 4/26, Holy Priest Martyr Basil
9:00 a.m. Special Intention

Saturday, 4/27, Holy Priest Martyr Simeon, Fr. Stephen
9:00 a.m. No particular intention for the Divine Liturgy

Sunday, 4/28, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
9:00 a.m. God’s blessing and health for Margaret Maybury requested by the Sestretsi
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 11:19-26, 29-30
Gospel: John 4:5-42, Tone 4

Parish announcements

Christ is risen!

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

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.

A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food for the needy. 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.

The Pyrohy Project is canceled for April. We will make pyrohy next time on May 18. See schedule for future pyrohy orders here.

The Panachyda service at the gravesites will take place on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at All Saints Cemetery and May 19th 1:00 p.m. at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. On May 18, at 8:00 a.m. we will celebrate Divine Liturgy and Sorokousty.

On May 12, we will celebrate only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in the English and Ukrainian languages and after the Divine Liturgy the Knights of Columbus members and male from our Parish invites all women in the church hall for luncheon and celebration Mother’s Day.

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.