Parish Celebrates its patron saint

Today, our parish celebrated the feast day of St Michael the Archangel and All the Angels. We do this to keep in front of us the spiritual reality of St Michael and what he means to the Church –that is, to all of us– on a personal level.
St Michael the Archangel’s feast day is November 8.
St Michael is one of the named 4 named archangels in God’s heavenly court who protects us from evil, gives hope, and keeps us in the objective truth. Angels are pure spirits; angels don’t have bodies regardless what Hallmark and some artists say. As the name “angel” means, “messenger,” the angels govern creation by keeping order, and do God’s will. Hence, we believe this fundamental fact: angels are deployed by God to do supernatural things –they are heavenly beings; God’s messengers, working for Him and they work for the ultimate benefit of mankind. Angels are given to us for our benefit. Therefore, we pray for their help, and celebrate theeir presence. That’s why we gathered today to pray the Divine Liturgy and had a beautiful festive meal with our parish family.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Father Iura who also preached in Ukrainian, Father Stepan, Father Al, and Father Jordan, OP, who preached in English.
Our food, the table set-up and clean-up was done by many good and devoted people.
Here are some action pics.

John Larson and State Leaders to Join Ukrainian American Community

TUESDAY: Larson and State Leaders to Join Ukrainian American Community in Condemning Republican Commitment to Cut Support for Ukraine

Hartford, CT – On Tuesday, October 25th at 10:00 AM, U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) will join members of the Ukrainian American Community at the Ukrainian National Home in Hartford to condemn the newly announced commitment by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to cut U.S. support for Ukraine against Russian aggression if Republicans win control of Congress.

Congressional Democrats, led by Connecticut’s delegation, have supported more than $60 billion in direct aid to Ukraine in the face of Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Grand Opening of Restaurant Transilvania

You are invited this Saturday, October 22, starting at 12 noon, to the Grand Opening of Restaurant Transilvania, a Romanian cuisine restaurant in East Haven, CT owned by Romanian immigrants from Transylvania, where you can also meet some of our Ukrainian beneficiaries under the “Connecticut for Ukraine” Refugee Matching Program.

Father Iura will impart a blessing on the restaurant.

The restaurant occupies an old historical building (c. 1706) in East Haven, CT with well documented history around its walls, which is a reason alone to visit.

You will likely enjoy the authentic Romanian decorations based on the real historical figure of Vlad Ţepes (Dracula) whose history you can learn at the event. There will be free Romanian food and wine/ drinks with a side of speeches from state and local officials and yours truly. This restaurant hired a Ukrainian chef who came through our Connecticut for Ukraine refugee matching program, and thus besides Romanian food, you will also get to eat some Ukrainian dishes (Romanian and Ukrainian food have some dishes in common anyways, such as stuffed cabbage). Governor Lamont made a stop at this restaurant last week and was particularly touched by their ability to hire Ukrainian refugees.