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Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minute November 1, 2016

 Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minute   November 1, 2016

Pastoral Council Members:  Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij, Diane Filak.  Representatives:  Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Irene Skalij, Zoriana Mangione, Diane Filak, Jo Ann Dunne and guest Frank Bellicose. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported the Society has is continuing to make regular monthly visits to our sick and homebound parishioners, making telephone calls and sending cards. In October we celebrated three 90th birthdays, Julia Adamovich on Oct. 3, who requested just a birthday card signed by members of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society. Helen Krill’s birthday was on Oct. 6. Birthday cake was enjoyed in the church hall after Divine Liturgy. Mary Caldwell’s 90th birthday was celebrated on Oct. 16 with a Moleben to the Blessed Mother at her home. Many family members and friends attended.  On the first Sunday in November we will commemorate the milestone birthdays of all parishioners who will be 95 years of age or older by December 31, 2016. There will be a combined Liturgy followed by a lunch of ziti and meatballs and a birthday cake served in the church hall. Invitations to the honorees were sent and an announcement was placed in the church bulletin. Members of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be in charge of food preparation, setting up the hall and cleanup.

Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik reported that Christmas cards for sick and homebound parishioners have been prepared and are ready to be sent out.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:

We have one more session to go, the food drive to benefit Joseph’s House in November.

October was Blanket Month to prepare for Code Blue. Under Corporal Works of Mercy “Shelter the Homeless we collected more than 50 new blankets which were given to Joseph’s House and Capital City Rescue Mission.

November will be Food Drive Month. This will be under “Feed the Hungry,” and food will be collected to be donated to Joseph’s House for Thanksgiving food baskets.

Lenten Mission for 2017 – We do not have a report on the final cost of inviting Vinny Flynn to speak. Due to the anticipated cost, we would need permission from the eparchy to invite him.  Father Mikhail spoke a priest in Long Island regarding the mission. Fr. Mikhail spoke with Very Rev. Archpriest Roman Mirchuk, who was assigned to Whippany Center and is now a Missionary in Ukraine. He is coming home during Lent after serving two years. He speaks both Ukrainian and English and Pastoral Council members agreed that we should try to invite him to do our mission. If possible we would like to schedule the mission on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 or April 2, the week before Palm Sunday.

Post Sobor – It was reported that the video of the Patriarch in Ukraine was the most important part of the Sobor. Under Vibrant Parish it told about churches in Ukraine, orphanages and refugees. Our church is global; the church addresses the needs of each area.

People Who No Longer Come to Church: Fr. Mikhail reported that Fr. Mazurik sent a text message to those that were no longer coming to his church and received positive results.  This is one idea that we may consider.

St. Mary’s Church in Crescent has a pamphlet called “Becoming an Inviting Church,” which is 20 pages long. Bernie will look through it for ideas and report at the next meeting.

We need to advertise what we are all about if we hope to attract new members. We need to educate our parishioners about the Catholic faith; some have inaccurate ideas about Catholic teaching. There will be further discussion at future meetings.

Mega churches have many members but they attract them by entertaining. We have the Eucharist.

Zoriana had an idea to invite people to church to ask all of the questions they always wanted to ask. A Friday evening meeting was suggested, serving wine and cheese. We find that non-church goers have strange ideas about what we believe.

First Sunday Luncheons – The schedule for first Sunday luncheons so far are as follows:

  • December: Zoriana will firm up a plan with Joe Proctor for the dinner. The Ukrainian School will do desserts and have a program. Natalka needs two altar boys to greet the Bishop, Father and Natalka will decide who will greet him.
  • January: There will be no luncheon on the first Sunday in January, New Year’s day, Divine Liturgy will be at 11:00 a.m.

Suggestions: There were none.

Dominican Retreat House: Bernie and Natalka are not planning to go.

Holy Land Visit: Fr. Terlecky advised that you can fly with lay overs for $1,200.00.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: We do not have plans to extend the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy.

Ukrainian Catechism in English, “Christ Our Pascha”: We will advertise in the bulletin, the cost is $25.00.

“33 Days to Merciful Love”: We will advertise in the bulletin, the cost is $10.50.

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.   Next Meeting: Dec. 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,   Jo Ann Dunne


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Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes October 5, 2016

Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes

October 5, 2016

Pastoral Council Members:  Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij, Diane Filak.  Representatives:  Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Irene Skalij, Zoriana Mangione, Diane Filak, Jo Ann Dunne and guest Frank Bellicose. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported the Society has is continuing to make regular monthly visits to our sick and homebound parishioners, making telephone calls and sending cards. In October we plan to celebrate three 90th birthdays, Julia Adamovich on Oct. 3, Helen Krill on Oct. 6 and Mary Caldwell on Oct. 16. On the first Sunday in November we will commemorate the milestone birthdays of all parishioners who will be 95 years of age or older by December 31, 2016. There will be a combined Liturgy followed by a lunch of ziti and meatballs and a birthday cake served in the church hall. Invitations to the honorees will be sent out soon. Members of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be in charge of the food and cleanup.

Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik reported that twenty to twenty two children are enrolled with one preparing for Holy First Communion. Christmas cards for sick and homebound parishioners will be worked on next week.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:

We have two more sessions to go, the blanket drive in October and the food drive in November.

October will be Blanket Month. Under Corporal Works of Mercy “Shelter the Homeless we will collect new blankets to be given to Joseph’s House and Capital City Rescue Mission. So far we have collected 25 blankets.

November will be Food Drive Month. This will be under “Feed the Hungry,” and food will be collected for Thanksgiving food baskets. Bernie will check to find out what types of food are needed.

Lenten Mission for 2017 – Father Mikhail checked on line to find out what is required to invite Vinny Flynn to speak. It appears that the fee is $1,500 plus hotel, travel and expenses. Due to the cost, we would need permission from the eparchy to invite him.  Our backup plan is to invite Fr. Bohdan Hedz is a priest in Long Island who has been a priest for three or four years.  Provided that the dates can be worked out, he will do a mission at a parish if the parish priest agrees to do a mission at his parish in exchange.

 

Post Sobor – The Post Sobor conference on the Vibrant Parish will be held in Stamford on October 8th. An announcement has been placed in the bulletin for anyone who would like to attend. Bernie checked on line and found a vast amount of information on the Vibrant Parish and the Sobor.

People Who No Longer Come to Church: There was further discussion as to how to reach out to people who are no longer coming to church. It was suggested that we send them a letter, but it seems as though one letter would not fit all situations. We would need letters that are personal and fit the situation; they need to be carefully written so as to open up a dialogue. Has the person found another church, been offended about something, become unable to attend church, or has just been “too busy” or “too tired” to attend. No one volunteered to take on this task yet. Zoriana suggested that we may mention our Vibrant Parish activities, “see what you are missing, come and join us.”

 

First Sunday Luncheons – The schedule for first Sunday luncheons so far are as follows:

  • November: Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be in charge of the food after a Divine Liturgy for all parishioners who will be 95 years of age or older by December 31, 2016. Ziti and homemade meatballs are on the menu.
  • December: Bishop Paul will be coming to our St. Nicholas Day celebration. Details need to be worked out. Natalka will work with the children. We will have two boys and two girls greet him, two will speak in Ukrainian and two in English. Zoriana will write a bulletin announcement. Joe Proctor said that he will be able to cater. Zoriana and other members were putting together suggestions for the menu. They decided on chicken, potatoes, hot mixed vegetables, tossed salad and rolls. Zoriana needs to check with Joe regarding the final menu. We will ask the Ukrainian School mothers to provide desserts. A plan needs to be worked out so that only those who have tickets will be served. This will be discussed further at our next meeting.
  • January: Needs to be discussed at a further meeting.

Clean Up: Participation in clean up is improving, but we still need to remind them.

Suggestions: There were none.

Dominican Retreat House: The cost is $250.00 on weekends. There is one on Election Day for $25.00 to $30.00.

Holy Land Visit: Mentioned but no final plans made.

New Business: Father has just returned from clergy days. He reported that the bishop was happy about the churches being invigorated during the Extraordinary Year of Divine Mercy. He would like to continue the program during the following year.

Ukrainian Catechism in English: There is now an Eastern Rite Ukrainian Catechism Book available written in English, which costs $25.00. Since many Pastoral Council members expressed interest in buying the book, Father will order about 20 copies to sell and if more is needed we will order more. He will consider conducting adult catechism classes at a later date if there is sufficient interest.

New DVD of the Divine Liturgy: Diane Filak asked about the possibility of doing a new DVD recording of the Divine Liturgy using modern technology in a simple format so that it would be available to our people who are unable to come to church. Frank Bellicose suggested hiring professionals to do the recording. Our lack of a choir has prevented us from recording any new DVD in recent years. No decision was made at this meeting.

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.

Next Meeting: Nov. 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne


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Prayer for Ukrainian Families

PRAYER BY METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY FOR FAMILIES

Great God, O God of our Fathers!

Grant to our nation many good and holy Christian families.

Give us fathers who will loudly and openly confess your holy Gospel and be in Your service.

Give us fathers who will be a good example of Christian life for their children, true protectors and good leaders in life.

Grant us mothers who will be capable of bringing up their children in a Christian way, and a help and joy as well as good advisors for their husbands.

Grant us children who will be the pride and joy of their parents and the splendour of their nation. Almighty God, bless us.

Grant us the grace to faithfully serve You and one day to be granted the eternal reward in heaven. For You are a good and loving God, and we give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever and ever.


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Prayer for Clergy

PRAYER OF THE SERVANT OF GOD

METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY

FOR GOOD UKRAINIAN CLERGY,

Lord, O Lord, look down from heaven and visit the vineyard which was planted by Your hand.

May Your all-powerful hand be always on this people which You have loved. Give it, Eternal God, in every generation, until the end of the world, holy bishops and priests, filled with Your Spirit — pastors and teachers of Your law, who would be able unchanging to keep the truth of Your holy revelation and with love to teach and to lead this great people.

Grant to the Ukrainian clergy the grace to be never afraid of sacrifice, where the only matter is Your glory and the good of this people.

Set on fire in the hearts of Ukrainian priests the spirit of zealousness for the salvation of souls. Open before their eyes the wisdom of Your revelation and give them high feeling for the holiness of those things to which you called them. Bless their work and their intentions. Protect them from every misfortune. And unite them with Your blessings, so that in love they be one – as you, Father with Your Son and the Son with You.     Amen.


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Prayer for Divine Wisdom

he Prayer of the Servant of God Metropolitan Andrey  for Divine Wisdom

O Great and Almighty God, send down upon me from Your high and holy heavens and from the throne of Your holy glory, Your holy wisdom, that sits at Your side.

Grant me the wisdom of Your good pleasure so that in my life I may know how to desire fervently, seek wisely, acknowledge in truth and fulfill perfectly that which is pleasing to You, to the glory and honour of You holy Name, “to the praise of the glory of Your grace.”

Grant me, O God, the wisdom of my state, so that I may do what You desire; grant that I may understand my obligations, grant me the wisdom of my duties, and grant that I may do them as they ought to be done and as is fitting of Your glory and for the benefit of my soul.

Grant me the wisdom of Your ways and the wisdom to walk the paths of Your holy will.

Grant me the wisdom of success and failure so that I would know how not to exalt myself in the former and not to be downcast in the latter.

Grant me the wisdom of joy and the wisdom of sadness; may I rejoice only in that which leads to You and be sad only in that which separates from You.

Grant me the wisdom of everything that passes and everything that lasts; may the first decrease in my sight, and the second grow.

Grant me the wisdom of work and the wisdom of rest; may work for You be luxury for me, and rest without You – fatigue.

Grant me the wisdom of a sincere and straight-forward intention, the wisdom of simplicity, the wisdom of sincerity. May my heart turn to You and seek You in all things all my life long.

Grant me the wisdom of obedience for Your law, for Your Church.

Grant me the wisdom of poverty, so that I would never value goods in any other way except according to their real worth.

Grant me the wisdom of chastity according to my state and vocation.

Grant me the wisdom of patience, the wisdom of humility, the wisdom of gladness and seriousness, the wisdom of the fear of the Lord; the wisdom of truthfulness and of good deeds; may I be patient with no complaining, humble without the least pretending, joyful without inordinate laughter, serious without severity; that I may fear You without the temptation to despair; that I may be truthful without the shadow of duplicity; may all my good deeds be free from self-complacence.

Grant me the wisdom to admonish my neighbour when necessary without exalting myself; grant that I may edify in word and deed without hypocrisy.

Grant me, O Lord, the wisdom of vigilance, attention and wariness; may no vain thought lead me astray.

Grant me the wisdom of nobleness; may I never be brought down by any impure and unworthy attachment.

Grant me the wisdom of what is right; may no selfish intention ever lead me away from the path of my duties.

Grant me the wisdom of courage and strength; may no storm overthrow me.

Grant me the wisdom of freedom; may no powerful passion ever enslave me.

Grant me the wisdom of the theological virtues and the moral virtues: faith, hope, love, prudence, devotion, temperance and fortitude.

Grant me, O Lord, the wisdom of the apostles, the wisdom of the martyrs; grant me a priestly and pastoral wisdom; grant me the wisdom of preachers and teachers; grant me the wisdom of those who administer the Holy Mysteries; grant me the Eucharistic wisdom and mystical wisdom – the wisdom of prayer and spiritual wisdom, and above all, O Lord, grant me the wisdom of sincere repentance, imperfect and perfect contrition; grant me the wisdom of to know myself in my weakness and malice; grant me the wisdom of mortification and fasting; grant me the wisdom of self-denial and self-sacrifice; grant me the wisdom of sacrifice, the wisdom of the Cross, the wisdom of Blood.

O God, grant me, finally, that wisdom which, in accord with Your holy purpose, leads to the unity of churches under one supreme pastor, the Universal Pontiff; grant me the wisdom to cherish the work of holy unity, to love it and to consecrate my life to it.

Grant me the wisdom of our Eastern rite, to hold it, to renew it and develop it. Grant me the wisdom of the Fathers of the holy Eastern Church and all the great ecclesiastical teachers.

Grant me the wisdom of Your great apostle, Paul, so that I would at least well understand his epistles, remember them and know how to explain them to Your people.

Grant me the wisdom of Your first Vicar that I may understand the designs of Your Divine Providence, which governs the Church through the Roman Pontiffs; grant me the wisdom of obedience to them and to the Universal Catholic Church; grant me the wisdom of church history and theology; grant me the wisdom that I and my people lack; grant me the wisdom of true satisfaction, true happiness. Amen.


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Immoveable Feasts

Category : Parish Worship

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Feasts/Holy Days

Category : Parish Worship

Twelve Great Feasts

The following feasts are listed here to remind us of our obligation to gather with the Church and to foster means of spiritual growth and conversion.
Pascha (Easter)  – The Resurrection of our Lord, Holy Pascha (“Passov er”), is the greatest feast of the Church. It is the centre of the
liturgical year.

The Twelve Great Feasts

There are eight great feasts in honor of our Lord and four great feasts in honor of His Mother. Together, they are called “The Twelve Great Feasts
.” The immovable cycle of the liturgical year begins September 1.
  1. September 8   –   The Nativity of the Mother of God
  2. September 14   – The Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross
  3. November 21   – The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple
  4. December 25   –  The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)
  5. January 6         –  Theophany (The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan and the Manifestation of the Trinity)
  6. February 2       –  The Encounter of the Lord in the Temple
  7. March 25         –  The Annunciation to Mary
  8. Palm Sunday  –  Entry into Jerusalem (The Sunday before Pascha)
  9. Ascension        – The Ascension of the Lord (Forty days after Pascha)
  10. Pentecost        – The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Fifty days after Pascha)
  11. August 6         – The Transfiguration of Our Lord
  12. August 15       – The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Mother of God

Holy Days of Obligation

While the tradition of the Eastern Churches stresses the importance of the Twelve Great Feasts, the following are those holy days that constitute a kind of “minimum” for Eastern Catholics. Canon 880 par. 3 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern (Catholic) Churches states: Holy days of obligation common to all
the Eastern Churches, beyond  Sundays, are:
  • December 25    – The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • January 6          – Theophany of our Lord
  • Ascension          – The Ascension of our Lord
  • June 29              – The Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
  • August 25          – The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God
Source: The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Ottawa, 2004, pp.18\ -19.

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Pastoral Council Minutes May 11, 2016

Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes

May 11, 2016

 

Pastoral Council Members:  Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij.  Representatives:  Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Irene Skalij, and Jo Ann Dunne. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with Pope Francis’ prayer for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Divine Mercy.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported the Society has is continuing to make regular monthly visits to our sick and homebound parishioners. We will be celebrating three 90th birthdays this year; Julia Adamovich, Mary Caldwell and Helen Krill, all in October.

Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik reported that graduation of religious education students will be celebrated on Friday, May 20th with a Moleben to the Mother of God.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: The June meeting for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy planning will be combined with the Pastoral Council meeting. Marymargaret and Frank will need to be notified of the change. Paper bags for the food drive will need to be filled and donated by the end of May. The Soup Kitchen has sufficient volunteers at this time and is not seeking extra help.

Regarding going through the Holy Doors for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Divine Mercy, Bernie visited the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge recently. At 1:00 p.m. they had Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 1:30 p.m. recitation of the Rosary, 2:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy and at 3:00 p.m. the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Natalka would like the women of our parish to be able to participate. She will prepare an announcement for the bulletin, and hopefully schedule something on a weekday in June.

We will be advertising a conference for men at Siena, the “Road to Emmaus,” which will be held on June 11th. Those wishing to attend will need to register by May 27th and will need to pay a fee of $25.00. The church will pay the rest. The church will pay for men of college age and under.

Easter Dinner – Forty to fifty people attended the Easter Dinner.

The Easter Bazaar generated income of approximately $9,500.00. A report will appear in the bulletin.

Kitchen Blessing – The blessing the newly renovated kitchen and reception honoring those who contributed was a success. The food was very good, the atmosphere was nice and the decorations were pretty. It was a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. The wine disappeared quickly. There was a suggestion to do something like this again for people who work for the church.

Church Picnic – This year we will not be having a parish picnic by ourselves, but will be joining the one held by the Ukrainian Club. Father reported that a picnic to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence will be held at the Ukrainian Club on August 27th. It will be like a festival. Tentative plans are to have face painting, a Bouncy Bounce, games, music, picture taking with props and temporary tattoos. Beer will be served at the club and venders probably will be selling food. We can add to the food by having our own kapusta and hot dogs. They will be having a tent and closing the road. We should do something about filling the pot holes at the school grounds before the picnic. Paving would cost $12,000.00 to $20,000.00. A study will be made. There is a picnic planning meeting scheduled at the club on May 18th . They will have various committees and we can submit our ideas to their head.

Trip to Kiev – Father will check whether it is possible to organize a Christian trip to Kiev to celebrate Ukrainian Independence, or whether it is too late.

Suggestions: None

Mission – We need to start planning for the Lenten Mission soon if we want to secure a good speaker.

Garage Sale: The city is having their city wide garage sale on June 3rd, 4th and 5th. We will have our garage sale on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th in the church hall as a fund raiser for a special event. Announcements will be in the bulletin and we will volunteers to set up and to sell, and will need some new donations.

Bible Study: Fr. Deacon Tom is in charge of conducting Bible Study in English. Fr. Mikhail would also like to have Bible Study in Ukrainian.

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.

Next Meeting: June 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jo Ann Dunne


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Pastoral Council Minutes April 6, 2016

Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes

April 6, 2016

 

Pastoral Council Members:  Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij.  Representatives:  Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Zoriana Mangione, Irene Skalij, Frank Bellicose and Jo Ann Dunne. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with a prayer.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported the Society has started making Easter visits to our sick and home bound parishioners, singing “Christ is Risen.” We will be giving Easter gifts of ceramic plates created and donated by Chris Levy to all.

Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik said that Easter cards have been sent out to our sick and homebound parishioners by one second grader and the third and fourth grade religious education students.

Time and Talent of Parishioners: Jerry and Irene Skalij have been bringing the donations for the food pantry to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and all appears to be going well.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: There were two sites approved in our Eparchy where we may enter the Doors of Mercy; one in Sloatsburg and one in Stamford. The Doors of Mercy in Rochester have now been dedicated. Consideration is being given to requesting permission of Bishop Paul to approve our church.

Archbishop Shevchuk has written a ten page letter in Ukrainian outlining some of the things that may be done monthly to commemorate the Jubilee. Briefly, he covered reconciliations, returning to the church, having priests available daily to have Eucharistic services, anointing of the sick, injustice in Ukraine, alcoholism, attacks against marriage, attacks against unborn children or different lifestyles, etc. During the Year of Mercy we will welcome them as a people and help them to heal. Also, feed the hungry, ransom the captive, forgive offenses. There is much more in his letter. There are enough choices so that everyone can find something to do. There is also a Moleben to Christ the Merciful. Father Mikhail will try to start a translation.

Natalka suggested putting something on our website to educate our parishioners about understanding and participating in the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy. Father showed us an icon of the Divine Mercy which he would like to have framed and brought into the church on the day of Solemn Holy First Communion. Natalka suggested having the children who greet bring in the icon.

Fr. Deacon Tom suggested praying in silence for various intentions after Divine Liturgy, such as prayers for the deceased.

There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. to give suggestions as to how our church can take part in the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy. There will be an announcement in the church bulletin.

Parish Mission: Very Rev. Dr. Robert Markovich conducted an extraordinary parish mission on March 5th, 6th and 7th.

Giving Tree – Approximately $3,850 was collected so far for outfitting the church kitchen.

Easter Dinner – The choir was exceptional on Mercy Sunday. The food at the Easter Dinner was excellent, but attendance was low. The February luncheon was also great.

Kitchen Blessing – Father said that the kitchen will be blessed. There will be a reception on a date to be announced to thank everyone who has donated to the church kitchen.  Invitations will be sent to contributors.

Church Picnic – This year we will not be having a picnic by ourselves as we had in the past. Instead, we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence by having a joint picnic along with the Ukrainian Club. As far as we know, they plan to have it on the school grounds and in the club. They will be having a tent and closing the road.

First Solemn Holy Communion – Will be held May 1st.

Suggestions: None

Garage Sale: We will think about having a garage sale when the city-wide sale is held, or by ourselves.

Bible Study: We will have Bible study. Plans are being made. A program for Divine Mercy will be developed. Fr. Deacon Tom mentioned “33 Days of Glory.”

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.

Next Meeting: May 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne


Calendar

  • May 21, 2017
    6th Sunday of Pascha: Sunday of the Man Born Blind; Holy Great Rulers Constantine (337) and Helen (330), Equals-to-the-Apostles; Acts 16:16-34; Acts 26:1-5, 12-20; John 9:1-38; John 10:1-8

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  • May 22, 2017
    The Holy Martyr Basiliscus (286-305); Acts 17:1-15; John 11:47-57

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  • May 23, 2017
    Our Venerable Father and Confessor Michael, Bishop of Synada (826); Venerable Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Hegumena of the Monastery of the Holy Saviour (1173); Acts 17:19-28; John 12:19-36

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  • May 24, 2017
    Leave-taking of Pascha; Venerable Father Simeon of the “Mountain of Wonders”; Acts 18:22-28; John 12:36-47

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  • May 25, 2017
    Ascension of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ; Third Finding of the Precious Head of the Holy, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; Passing into Eternal Life (1951) of Blessed Mykola (Nicholas) Tsehelsky, Priest and Martyr; Acts 1:1-12; Luke 24:36-53

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  • May 26, 2017
    Post-feast of the Ascension; The Holy Apostle Carpus, One of the Seventy Disciples; Acts 19:1-8; John 14:1-11

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  • May 27, 2017
    Post-feast of the Ascension; The Holy Priest-Martyr Therapontus (254-59); Acts 20:7-12; John 14:10-21

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