Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!
Divine Liturgy: As usual, the Divine
Liturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. during the month of March in La Casa, at Christ the King Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren
Lane, Citrus Heights CA. Light refreshments follow each Divine
Liturgy. Thank you, Fr. Petro, for
serving our community.
The Great Fast – On Monday, February 24, Lent in our tradition begins.
Do not eat meat and dairy products on Monday, February 24, the first full day of the Great Fast and on Holy and Good Friday, April 10.
Do not eat meat on Wednesdays and Fridays of Great Lent. You are encouraged to abstain on Mondays also.
Pregnant and nursing women, the very young and elderly, hard laborers, the sick and infirm and those who cannot eat Lenten food are excluded from the fast.
We are also encouraged to attend Lenten Services, abstain from distractions such as television, entertainment and maybe social media? Prayer and charitable almsgiving and good works are also encouraged.
Presanctified Liturgy – offered on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at St. Philip Byzantine Catholic Church. As we cannot offer this Lenten service at our own parish, consider attending St. Philip’s.
Pascha – On Sunday, April 12th, we will celebrate The Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ! Resurrection Matins will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Divine Liturgy and the Blessing of Paschal Foods. After our foods have been blessed, we will gather as a community for an Easter breakfast. All are welcome!
2020 Calendars in English/Ukrainian are here! They are are on the back table.
Christ Our Pascha, the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in English
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
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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