Thanksgiving Day 2022

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” (Meister Eckhart)

Thanksgiving is a time for us to recall and to deeply live the blessings of our lives, and to give thanks to God for His many gifts.

Let’s be grateful for what we have been given, both spiritually and materially, as we strive to courageously live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Ukrainian Catholics. Thank you for your stewardship and all you do to serve the Lord and others in St Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church and community!

We are particularly inspired by the superlative work done for our brothers and sisters in our beloved land of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Relief Project New Haven has been working incredibly hard and with great success. The work of so many near and far is truly a gift to relish and to keep perspective. We are grateful!

Let’s be grateful for the gift of the Eucharist that we receive when we come to the Divine Liturgy. The word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” Indeed, what a superb blessing it is to be able to receive the Lord – body, blood, soul, and divinity – in the Holy Eucharist! This spiritual food strengthens us in our daily lives and on our daily journey to the Kingdom. The Eucharist informs and forms our lives to be fully alive in God.

Volunteers with the Ukrainian Relief Project New Haven

Some of our volunteers working to help our Ukrainian brothers and sisters.
We are grateful for their time, talent and humor in this great effort.

This is only a portion of our volunteers for the Ukrainian Relief Project New Haven! So many more help in their own communities and come to St Michael’s to deepen the collaboration and coordination.

May God reward them for their good work.

Ukrainian Relief Project New Haven Update for March 26

On Friday, March 25, Carl Harvey (one of the coordinators of the Ukrainian Relief Project) was in Danbury meeting with people who are helping the Ukrainian Relief Project.

Here’s Carl Harvey’s review of Friday:

“Ihor Rudko, our UAV National Commander, CT Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and I met with the owners of a Plumbing company in Danbury this morning at 11:30. They have 6 pallets of humanitarian aid that they collected last weekend that will be coming to New Haven tomorrow (TODAY, Saturday, March 26). We also visited St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Danbury where we met with the Grade 5 and 6 students, their teachers and Principal plus Governor Lamont, the Mayor of Danbury and the state representative.

“They have collected all of the kinds of items that children in Ukraine need and packed them in a knapsack. They also included a personal note in the knapsack that they have donated.

“It is NO exaggeration when I tell you that there are at least 800 plus knapsacks in piles in this very large assembly room. It is a PHENOMENAL sight to behold. It is going to require a 40 foot container to transport all of it to a specific church in Poland to help the Ukrainian refugees that have arrived in the town where this church is located close to the border. Chris Komody and I have already discussed how we will proceed to get this shipment over there.

Ways to Give to the Humanitarian Relief Project New Haven

Dear Friends,

Some of you have asked about the ways to give. Here’s the financial ways and then there’s the volunteering ways. Come Saturday to help. More info to follow.

We ask for your support first and foremost in prayer, asking Our Lord to keep us on the right track. Rather than seeing this as fundraising, we believe God has always provided the sustenance needed to continue this humanitarian mission. Both the Ukrainian American Veterans and Knights of Columbus are non-profit, tax exempt organizations. Donations are tax-deductable. Should the Holy Spirit move you to offer assistance in feeding our sheep (literally), you can donate online (https://givesendgo.com/G2ZXR) or we can accept checks made payable to the following organizations (see below).

God bless you for your generosity.

Financial Help

For Humanitarian Help
To give online: https://givesendgo.com/G2ZXR

To mail your donation:
KofC Council 16253
St. Michael the Archangel Church
569 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511-5301
Checks payable to: KofC Council 16253
In the memo: St. Michael’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Fund

A summary of our charitable work

Here is a summary of our charitable work for the Ukrainian Relief Project New Haven.

It is important to keep a Christian perspective according to the mind of Jesus: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me” (Matthew 25: 45). Indeed, our work for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters can only make sense from the point of view service: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, providing medications to the sick, binding and cleaning the wounds of the attacked, and welcoming the stranger.

You may be aware that the Hebrew Torah instructs 36 times to care for the stranger — far more than it commands to observe the Sabbath or any other law.

Likewise, there may be awareness the Islam teaches: “Your Lord is sure to give you so much that you will be well satisfied. Did He not find you an orphan and shelter you? Did He not find you lost and guide you? Did He not find you in need and make you self-sufficient? So do not be harsh with the orphan and do not chide the one who asks for help; talk about the blessings of your Lord” (Q.93:6-11).

Ukrainian Relief Project New Haven –UPDATED

Here is an UPDATED list of items we are collecting for the Ukrainian soldiers at St Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, 569 George Street, New Haven.

Parish collection for Ukrainian soldiers —UPDATED -Sat., 3/5/22

A BIG thank you to all who came by the church hall today to make a donation of goods and cash. The need is great and we are all grateful.

We are presently collecting for the soldiers. AND our aim is to do this ASAP. Think of the human drama of fighting a war in the cold.

We will soon be collecting for women and children and refugees. The need for women and children is just as critical but the logistics are being worked out.

We are collecting the following MEN’S items:

*****NEW –not used
white tube socks
men’s underwear
men’s tee shirts
sweaters
winter coats
Aspirin
Tylenol
First Aid Kits
Neosporin
Saline Wound Wash
toothpaste and tooth brushes
bar soap
shampoo