Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!
:Sunday Divine Liturgy: We will resume our 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy each Sunday at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, La Casa Building, 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95621, beginning on Sunday, May 9th.
Precautions of public safety regarding the
corona virus will be observed. Hand sanitizer and towels will be available for your use. Please
wear a mask when you enter the church and socially distance in the room.
Please do not come to church if you are ill.
We thank Fr. Petro Kozar for serving our community.
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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