Third Sunday of the Great Fast –Sunday of the Holy Cross

On this the Third Sunday of the Great Fast, St. Michael’s faithful honored and venerated the Holy and Life giving Cross of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At the Divine Liturgy, we venerated the Cross as we arrived at Mid-Lent.

Fr. Iura reminded us in homily that we must, as the Lord has authoritatively taught, take up our cross. The cross is THE path to salvation.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 3/12, Third Sunday of Lent —Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross
9:00 a.m. +Ivan
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Hebrews 4:14-5:6
Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1, Tone 7

Monday, 3/13, Translation of the relics of St. Nicephorus and St Ammoria
9:00 a.m. +Halyna Lobay (Pan.) requested by Maria Lobay

Tuesday, 3/14, Our Venerable Father Benedict
9:00 a.m. +Ella Sowa (Pan.) requested by Bohdan Sowa

Wednesday, 3/15, Holy Martyr Agapius and others martyrs
9:00 a.m. No scheduled intention for the Divine Litury

Thursday, 3/16, Holy Martyrs Sabinas and Papas
9:00 a.m. +Ella Sowa (Pan.) requested by Bohdan Sowa

Friday, 3/17, Our Venerable Father Alexis
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, 3/18, Holy Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem
9:00 a.m. All deceased of the Parish (SOROKOUSTY—All Souls Saturday)

Sunday, 3/19, Fourth Sunday of Lent —the Parish MISSION
9:00 a.m. +Gregory Levitzky (68th Anniv.) requested by Joseph Levitzky
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish and the Panachyda for +Roman Lutsiuk

Epistle: Hebrews 6:13-20
Gospel: Mark 9:17-31, Tone 8

Parish Announcements

Christ is in our midst!

This week vigil light is offered by Halia Lodynsky and family in memory of Valentina Kulish Jurczak.

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.

Sestretsi will have Corporate Communion and a short meeting TODAY, March 12, after the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

We will be making pyrohy (varenyky) on April 1, We need your help on Friday, March 31 to peel potatoes and Saturday, April 1, to make Pyrohy. Please come and help.

On Sunday, March 19, Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, O.P. will have a Mission in our Parish. He is going to be in confessional during the Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. at 10:30 a.m.

The Panakhyda Service at the Gravesites will take place on Saturday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Cemetery and Sunday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Please call the rectory office for appointment.

SOROKOUSTY will be celebrated in All Souls’ Saturdays, March 18 and May 27. Please take a book found at the entrance of the church, fill it out, place it in envelope, and drop it in the collection basket. Let us remember all our loved ones who have gone to their heavenly reward. Eternal Memory!

PYSANKA —Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 26, in the church hall from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. It is open to youth and adults, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your children and grandchildren to learn their beautiful heritage. Free to parish youth and Ridna Shkola students. Charge for class is $10 to others. For more information call Gloria Horbaty at 203-269-5909.

The traditional Easter parish “SVIACHENE” will be held on April 23, following the Divine Liturgy. We will celebrate only one (1) 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 23. Tickets are $30.00 for adults, $10.00 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.

Tantsi/Ukrainian Folk Dancing for older kids,6 and up, started on Friday, February 10, with Stephanie Tomaszewsky, instructor and in partnership with Artistic Director Orlando Pagan and will be every Friday from 6:00 p.m. Any questions will be answered that night. Please contact Halia Lodynsky by text if you have any questions at 203-494-6278.

Children aged 8-12 will be accepted to the School. The nursery school has 3 groups as follows: ages 2-3 years of age – the youngest group; ages 3-5 years of age –the middle group; ages 5-6 years of age –preschool/ oldest group. This year we plan to offer Ukrainian dance instruction under the director of Mr. Orlando Pagan for children 7 years and older. Details to follow. For further information please contact School Director Halia Lodynska 203-494-6278 or Nursery School Director Natalia Dankevych 203-901-7168.

FOOD DONATIONS: A container is in our church vestibule for non-perishable food. This collection will be taken twice per month. Father Iura will distribute the food to the Little Sisters of the Poor who have offered to help in the Ukrainian crisis. Thank you for your generosity and your support.

A conversation with Ukrainian women held prisoners

This past week, the New Haven Register featured information about an upcoming Branford talk featuring two Ukrainian women who had been imprisoned by the Russians. Lyudmila Huseynova and Anna Olsen will share their captivity experiences. Iryna Solomko Bonenberger who is an award-winning Ukrainian journalist, now an American citizen and correspondent for Ukrainian Service of Voice of America will lead the conversation.

The talk will take place this Monday, March 6th at 6pm in the Blackstone Library Auditorium, 758 Main Street, Branford.

If interested, please register with the Blackstone Library, telephone 203-488-1441.

Second Saturday of All Souls

Today is the 2nd All Souls Saturday. The Divine Liturgy will be offered at 9:00 a.m. Remembering our beloved dead at the Divine Liturgy on these All Souls’ Saturdays is a supreme act of Love and Justice.

At every Divine Liturgy, we saying the profession of the Nicene Creed, “I expect the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” Our saying that our deceased loved one has “fallen asleep”, is a biblical echoing of the words of Jesus, who said of his friend Lazarus, when he was about to raise him from the tomb after four days: “our friend, Lazarus, is asleep ” (John 11:11).

Finally, one of the spiritual works of mercy is praying for the dead. That is, we ask for the Lord’s continued care for our loved ones. See 2 Maccabees 38-46.


(Attributed to St. John Chrysostom)

O God of all spiritual and corporeal be­ings,
You trampled death, broke the power
of Satan and granted life to the whole world.

Now, O Lord, grant also rest to the soul of
Your departed servant N. in a place of light,
freshness, and peace, where there is no
pain, sorrow, or mourning.

As a gracious God and loving mankind, forgive him (her)
every transgression committed by him (her)
in word, deed, or thought, since there is no
man alive who has not sinned. You alone
are without sin and Your justice is everlast­ing
justice, and Your word is always the truth.

For You are the resurrection, the life and
the rest of Your departed servant N., O
Christ our God, and we render glory to You,
together with Your Eternal Father, and Your
most Holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit,
now and ever and forever. Amen.

Darkness to Light

Doctors United for Ukraine (DU4U) charity organization from Yale has planned a poetry and music event, “Darkness to Light.”

In collaboration with Marika Kuzma (musician) we are putting an event together on March 11th on Shevchenko’s birthday/death date at 7:30pm at Legacy Theatre in Branford.

Marika will put poetry and music together. Some of the poets will be: Kostenko, Lepky, Shevchenko, Symonenko, etc. this will be recited in English accompanied by music. Should be powerful and uplifting.

We would like to reach out to Ukrainian and American communities. All donations will go to the military hospitals, we need to purchase certain medical equipment for them. It’s very targeted help.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required. We will be accepting donations.

Fr. Iura celebrates 65

Today, we celebrated Father Iura’s 65th birthday. Actually, his birthday was yesterday.

We wish Father Iura abundant blessings and many healthy years. Our prayers and best wishes to him.