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, 2022

Dear Parishioners & Friends:  


Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory to Him Forever!

 

Divine Liturgy: Don't forget our new Divine Liturgy time! We will be meeting each Sunday in July and August at La Casa at 11 a.m. Thank you, Fr. Vasyl Miziuk, for serving our parish.


On Sunday, August 7, we will celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord. We bring our fruits, vegetables and herbs for blessing on this special feast day as we thank God who is the Giver of all good things. Please place your baskets on or near the tetrapod for the blessing.


After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Vasyl will be hearing Confessions in Ukrainian.


On Sunday, August 14, we will celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God. 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.


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.


Please continue to pray for Ukraine!


Blessings to all and thank you for your continued support of Holy Wisdom 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!