Українська Католицька Церква Святого Івана Хрестителя

Saint John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

124 Bridge Street / P.O. Box 206

Salem, Massachusetts   01970

                 Celebrating 100 years of Parish Life!


      Rev. James F. Morris, Jr.                                                                                  Email:

                     Mobile phone:  781-632-5182                                                                           website:

          Third Sunday of Great Lent                                                   March 24, 2019

Veneration of the Holy and Life Giving Cross.  Vigil of the Annunciation of the Mother of God.  Panakhyda / Sorokousty Remembrance of All Deceased after Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

Lenten Discussion Group will meet in the church immediately following Services.

 Parish Calendar

Monday, March 25 - Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God / Благовіщенія Пресвятої Богородиці / Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Wednesday, March 27 - Mid Lent / Stations of the Cross and Lenten Prayers - 4:00 p.m.

 Saturday, March 30 - 4th All Souls Saturday - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, March 31 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent - Divine Liturgy of St. Basil - 10:00 a.m.  / Panakhyda for All Parish Deceased (Sorokousty Devotion) 

 Wednesday, April 3 - Stations of the Cross and Lenten Prayers - 4:00 p.m.

 Sunday, April 7 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - Divine Liturgy of St. Basil - 10:00 a.m. / Panakhyda for All Parish Deceased (Sorokousty Devotion)

 Wednesday, April 10 - Stations of the Cross and Lenten Prayers - 4:00 p.m.

 Saturday, April 13 - Saturday of Lazarus / субота Лазаря - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, April 14 - Palm Sunday / Квітна Неділя - Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - 10:00

Blessing and Distribution of Palm and Pussy Willow Branches

First Solemn Reception of Communion of Mia Joy Morris

The Morris Family extends the invitation to parishioners to join them for a reception in celebration of Mia’s First Communion immediately after Services.

Wednesday, April 17 - Great and Holy Wednesday / Велика середа - Blessing of Healing Oil and Sacrament of the Sick - 4:00 p.m. 

 Thursday, April 18  -  Great and Holy Thursday /  Великий Четверг  -  Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great  /  Liturgy of the Mystical Supper  -  5:00 p.m.

 Friday, April 19 - Great and Holy Friday / Велика П’ятьниця - Great Vespers, Burial Procession and Veneration of the Plashshanytsya – 4:00 p.m.

 Saturday, April 20 - Great and Holy Saturday / Велика Субота - Vigil at Tomb of Our Lord / Sacrament of Confession / Святий Сповід - 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. 

 Sunday, April 21 – Resurrection of Our Lord /Pascha / Easter Sunday / Великден

                                    9:00 a.m. - Procession to the door of the church and Resurrection Matins  

                                   10:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy 

Blessing of the Artos / Pascha / Easter Bread, Blessing of Baskets of the Faithful

Wednesday, April 24 - Bright Wednesday - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, April 28 - Thomas Sunday - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.

 Wednesday, May 1 - Holy Prophet Jeremiah / St. Joseph the Worker - Divine Liturgy – 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, May 5 - Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.

Annual Parish Easter Dinner / Свячення

Blessing and sharing of the Traditional Easter Foods

Admission for adults - $10.00

 Wednesday, May 8 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, May 12 - Sunday of the Paralytic / Mother’s Day - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.

 Dear Parishioners,

            As this bulletin is being prepared we are already approaching the Wednesday known as “Mid-Lent” on March 27. This is a good time to remember that it is up to each of us to take responsibility for engaging in the Traditional Practices of prayer, fasting and charitable giving or service.  There are many practical suggestions we might make, but the goal of Lenten practice is ultimately to help us deepen our relationship with God.  Prayer is the way we communicate with God, but it can take many forms. 

            On the parish calendar which is distributed each year at church, there are listed scripture readings for each day.  On the table in the entrance to the church there are some flyers that have been prepared to offer meaningful ways of reading scripture.  Setting aside even twenty minutes a few times a week to read from the Bible, can be a time of deeper awareness of the ways God is at work in our lives.

            Eight parishioners have taken part in the Wednesday Stations of the Cross Devotion we have been offering.  The opportunity to reflect on the suffering of Our Lord is also a way of understanding that our own suffering or pain can take on greater meaning when we see it as part of our journey in this world as a follower of Christ.   This devotion also reminds us of others who are suffering in our world who need our prayers.  

            The Lenten Discussion Group which is being offered under the leadership of Evelina and Terrence Vaughan, is a way in which we can direct the conversations we have with one another after Sunday Liturgy, toward the topics of how we live out our Christian Faith during the Lenten Season. A special thank you to Evelina for offering us the experience with the particular kind of Discussion Groups she has experienced and her desire to share that experience.  We have set aside time after Divine Liturgy on the Third and Fourth Sundays of Great Lent (March 24 and March 31) for these Discussion Groups.  All are invited.  No prior experience is necessary! 

             As we continue our Lenten Journey of 2019, perhaps we can offer to the Lord whatever our own humble efforts at Lenten Practice might be as we await the joyful hope of experiencing the joy of Christ’s Glorious Resurrection.                                                                            

            On another matter, this edition of the bulletin contains the schedule for the second half of Great Lent, Holy Week and Easter.  We welcome everyone’s participation in the special services to the extent that you are able to participate.  We are all grateful to our parish Cantor John Mandzy for his leadership and for those who have been assisting and giving of their time to learn music and chants.  As we enter this very sacred season, it is important to note that Liturgical singing in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is such that no one voice should be heard over another, nor should any of us be singing or reciting at our own pace.  The tempo and cadence of the prayers is set by the priest and Cantor.  The congregation follows that tempo.  In particular, I ask that when we recite the Nicene Creed that we pronounce each word and be mindful of what we are saying.

Thank you for your attention to these details that help to make our time in church to be as meaningful as possible.                                                                                                  Fr. Jim