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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.
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.
The Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, the Holy Theotokos will be served at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15. There will be the blessing of flowers and herbs for the feast day.
Today is the feast of the Holy Apostle Matthias, chosen to continue the Mission.
The Church prays in her Liturgy:
Chosen by lot through the grace of the Spirit, you were numbered with the twelve divine Apostles. Proclaiming with them the Word who emptied himself in the flesh for our sake, you were filled by the Lord with wondrous powers. O illustrious Apostle Matthias, entreat him to grant to those who praise your name the remission of sins and great mercy.
Though chosen by lot, as it were, by chance, Matthias still had one supreme qualification for being added to the twelve apostles, he was, in the words of Peter, “one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
This week vigil light is offered by Kolesnik and Buciak families for a Special Intention
THE DORMITION FAST: From August 1 to August 14, we Byzantine Catholics prepare for the feast of the Dormition (Assumption) of the Holy Theotokos, the Mother of God, with a period of prayer, fasting and works of charity. Five (5) tips for a successful Dormition: Fast, Go to Church, Pray, Fast from meat and sin, Read a spiritual book, Confess your sins. The feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is on Monday, August 15.
From July 3 until September 11 we will celebrate only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Ukrainian and English languages.
The Divine Liturgy will be served for the Feast of Holy Transfiguration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 6.
“Christ took His disciples and went up on the mount, and there His face appeared shining. His vestments became white as snow, and one of the disciples said, ‘Lord it is good for us to be here.’ This was the fulfillment of all human desires, the moment of supreme happiness. … Again Christianity is joy; such is the meaning of Transfiguration. … God has given us … Himself; and this means Life, Love, and Transfiguration. He has given us the power of going with Him to Mount Tabor, and of tasting there that which He has prepared for us.”
The Ukrainian American Veterans Post 33, New Haven and the St Michael Humanitarian Relief Fund have been closely collaborating to provide medical supplies for Ukraine’s military.
We are now systematically refocusing our efforts to DIRECTLY address the immediate medical needs of those wounded on the front lines of combat . We aim to provide high quality supplies directly to those medics and soldiers on the front lines in an all out effort to save lives.
To do this we are working closely with Father Roman Manuluk and his parish outside of Lviv, Ukraine. Father Roman coordinates with the Vynnyky Veterans Hospital and its director Doctor Maxym Prykupenko to receive and distribute our supplies to where they are needed most throughout Ukraine . We know and trust both Father Roman (he is a relative of one of our parishioners) and Doctor Prykupenko personally and have worked with them throughout to guarantee that our assistance gets to those places that need it.
According to the Synaxarion, the feast celebrates the veneration of the Holy Cross in Constantinople. The early days of August were dangerous in antiquity. Because of the heat, many diseases became strong, and so the Cross was displayed in various places in the city for fourteen days. This feast was then introduced into Rus in the fifteenth century.
Today it announces the coming of the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14, approximately forty days from now. I think in may ways we misunderstand the Cross, we equate it with pain and suffering, as a negative sign that Christians were made to be miserable. That is not what St. Paul says in today’s epistle, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God …. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 18:18.23-24).