A parish of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian (Byzantine) Catholic Eparchy serving the greater Sacramento area. 

Holy Wisdom Eastern Catholic Parish

A Parish of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian (Byzantine) Catholic Eparchy of Chicago

Holy Days and Events, 2019

 Dear Parishioners & Friends:  

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory to Him Forever!


The Divine Liturgy - We continue to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sundays at

9 a.m. at La Casa, Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center during April and May.  Light refreshments generally follow the Divine Liturgy.  Please note, however, that we will not be meeting on Sunday, April 21 (Pascha on the Gregorian Calendar) or Sunday, April 28 (Pascha on the Julian Calendar).


Pascha – On Saturday, April 20, we will celebrate The Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ!  Resurrection Matins will begin at 5:30 p.m. Matins will be followed by the Divine Liturgy and the Blessing of Paschal Foods. Because of the lateness of the hour, we will not remain for refreshments afterwards.  Services will be in English. Christ Is Risen!  Indeed He Is Risen!   Happy Easter to all!

Sunday, May 5 -  After the Divine Liturgy we will cut and share the Artos, which will have been blessed on Pascha.  We wll enjoy fellowship at a pot-luck luncheon afterwards. Please bring a dish to share!


Fish Fry and Pirohy Dinner - At St. Philip’s on Saturday, April 13, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.  $12 adults; $6 children; family special, $35.  Includes fish, pierogi, fries, salad and dessert.  Sounds like a fun event!  A benefit for St. Philip Byzantine Catholic Church

Christ Our Pascha, the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in English

We have copies of the recently released Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in English.  Copies are $26 plus $5 for mailing and handling.  If you would like to purchase a copy, please go to the contact button on this site so we can send you a copy.  Or you can save the mailing and handling costs by picking up a copy after our Sunday Divine Liturgy.  

Blessings to all and thank you for your continued support of our parish!


About our Holy Shroud
The Plashchanytsya

The Holy Shroud (Plashchanytsya) we have was given to us by Holy Resurrection Monastery, formerly of Newberry Springs California, and its Ihumen (Head), Father Nicholas Zacharaidis, via Holy Theophany Monastery in Olympia Washington. The Shroud was originally given to the monks by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown Pennsylvania.

When Holy Resurrection received the Shroud it was already old and was probably one of the first Shrouds to be made that uses the English language for the inscription of the Troparion of the Noble Joseph. The Shroud appears to have been made by the Sisters in Uniontown, then sent to a parish and then again found its way back to Uniontown. When the Holy Resurrection Monastery was founded a number of years ago, the monks needed a Plashchanytsya and the Uniontown Sisters gave them the shroud.

A few years ago, the monks acquired a new shroud. When the Sisters at Holy Theophany Monastery needed a Shroud, Father Nicholas loaned them the Shroud given to them by the Sisters in Uniontown. The sisters in Olympia acquired a new Plashchanytsya, and Father Abbot asked them to send the one he had loaned them to Holy Wisdom.

Thus the Shroud that we used this Holy Week is a “hand-me-down” and it is a holy “hand-me-down” that shows its age, which also shows us the many blessings that have poured out from it. One quickly sees that it is worn and tattered in places. But, it has been venerated in a good number of churches by many people, and, although it is worn, it still is worthy of veneration. We are very fortunate to have been given this blessed article Please pray for all of the benefactors over the years who cherished OUR shroud and saw fit to give it to us for our services on Good and Great Friday. And that is the rest of the Story!