Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!
Sunday, June 5th: Divine Liturgy in English at 9 a.m. at La Casa, Christ the King Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights CA.
Sunday, June 12th: There will be no English Divine Liturgy at La Casa on this Sunday. Instead we have been invited to attend the Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church, located at 7001 Florin Road, Sacramento. The First Confession and First Solemn Communion of the children of St. Andrew's will be celebrated at this Divine Liturgy. This special day begins at 10 a.m.
Happy Anniversary, June 14th: On this day we celebrate Holy Wisdom's 20th anniversary as a mission parish. Congratulations and thank you to all who have continued to support our efforts to share our beautiful Ukrainian Catholic spiritual tradition in English with our various communities. Mnohaya Lita! Many years to our parishioners and friends!
Sundays, June 19 and June 26: We will be back at La Casa at the Retreat Center, however, we will be meeting at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. Please mark your calendars with this change! Our Sunday Liturgies will continue to be held at
11 a.m. until further notice.
On Sunday, June 19th we will offer the Divine Liturgy for the health and salvation of our living fathers and for the eternal memory and repose of our fathers who have been born into eternal life. Happy Father's Day to all!
Wednesday, June 29, Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul: We will celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's, 7001 Florin Road, Sacramento. We hope you will be able to attend.
Please continue to pray for Ukraine!
Blessings to all and thank you for your continued support of our parish!
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!
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