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.  Light refreshments generally follow the Divine Liturgy.  We thank Fr. Petro Kozar for serving our community!

Sunday, August 11th:  There will be a blessing of the first fruits of the summer’s harvest in commemoration of the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, which is on Tuesday, August 6th. Bring your grapes and other fruits to church for blessing to thank God who is the Giver of all good things.  If your harvest is from the supermarket, that’s OK too! . Please place your fresh fruits on or near the tetrapod for the blessing. 


Dormition Fast:  This Fast may be observed in the same manner as the Fast of Great Lent.This fast is one of the Church’s four fasts in the calendar year.  Those who wish to observe this fast are encouraged to do so for their own spiritual growth – it is not a mandatory fast.  The fast begins on August 1st and ends August 14th. 


 Sunday, August 18th:  After the Divine Liturgy, there will be a blessing of flowers in commemoration of the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, which is on August 15th.  Traditionally, flowers are blessed on this Feast in memory of Mary’s tomb being empty when Saint Thomas visited it a week after her death, yet it was filled with the aroma of flowers.  Please place your flowers on or near the tetrapod for the blessing. 

Fr. Ted Seminarian Support Fund:  Father Ted fell asleep in the Lord on June 11, 2019.  Anyone wishing to honor Father Ted's memory is invited to make a donation to support the seminarians of St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy.  Contributions may be made to the Fr. Ted Seminarian Support Fund. Please make your checks out to St. Nicholas Eparchy, and on the check memo line, Fr. Ted Seminarian Support Fund.  Mail to St. Nicholas Eparchy, 2245 West Rice Street, Chicago IL 60622.

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. 


30th Annual Polish Festival – Saturday, September 7th, 2019.  Live music, folk dancers, good food!  From noon to 6 p.m. at the Polish American Club, 327 Main Street, Roseville. For more information, go to https://sacpolishclub.com

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!