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Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!
The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sundays December 9, 23 and 30th at
9 a.m. in La Casa, at
Christ the King Retreat Center. Light
refreshments follow each Divine Liturgy.
You may have noticed that we skipped Sunday,
December 16th. That is
because we will not be meeting that Sunday but rather will meet on Saturday,December
15. At that time our parish will welcome His
Grace, Most Reverend Benedict Aleksiychuk, Bishop of St. Nicholas Eparchy.
The Divine Liturgy welcoming Bishop Benedict will be celebrated at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a pot-luck dinner and meeting when we will have to opportunity to visit with our new Bishop. We look forward to this special day!
If you plan to join us on this special occasion, you are invited to bring a dish to share at the pot-luck celebration.
Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 11:30 a.m. - The Celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ – We will begin with a celebration of selections from Great Compline for Christmas followed by the Divine Liturgy for Christmas Day in La Casa at Christ the King Retreat Center. We will share cookies and beverages after the Divine Liturgy. If you can, please bring some of your favorite Christmas treats to share!
New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 – We will not serve the Divine Liturgy on this date. However, we wish all of you a Happy and Blessed 2019!
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 at La Casa after our Sunday Divine Liturgy.
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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