Українська Католицька Церква Святого Івана Хрестителя

Saint John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

124 Bridge Street / P. O. Box 206

Salem, Massachusetts   01970


 Fr. James Morris, Pastor                                Parish website:

781-632-5182 – CELL PHONE                                   EMAIL:  UKRCATHSALEM@COMCAST.NET


                                                    December 6- Jan 28, 2017

Parish Calendar

Wednesday, December 6 -  St. Nicholas The Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

Divine Liturgy  -  9:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 10  -  27th Sunday After Pentecost  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 17  -  Sunday of the Forefathers  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Parish celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas (Note date change due to snowstorm on 12/10)

Annual St. Nicholas Dinner  -  Admission $10.00 per adult.  Please bring a dish or dessert to share.  There will be a program following dinner. 

 Planning Meetings for 100th Anniversary celebration.

Sunday, December 24  -  Sunday of The Ancestors of Christ  / Vigil of Christmas

Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Monday, December 25  -  Nativity of Our Lord / Christmas / Різдво Христого

9:45 a.m. -  Cannon from Great Compline – “З нами Бог” / “God is With Us”

10:00 -  Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 31  -  Sunday After Christmas; Commemoration of St. Joseph, St. James,

and King David

Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Monday, January 1  -  Naming of The Child Jesus, St. Basil The Great, Civil New Year

Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 6  - Baptism of Our Lord / Theophany / Богоявленія

Divine Liturgy  -  9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 7  - Sunday After Theophany 

Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m. followed by Solemn Blessing of Water

Sunday, January 14  -  Sunday of Zacchaeus Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 21 - Sunday of The Pharisee and The Tax Collector –

Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Annual Shchedrin Vehar Dinner with Traditional meatless

Admission $10.00 per adult

Sunday, January 28  -  Sunday of The Prodigal Son – Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Light Refreshments, coffee and Planning Meeting for the 110th Anniversary Celebration.

Unless it is another Solemn Feast Day or Special Liturgical Season, the icon of Saint John The Baptist is enshrined on the tetrapod for most of the year.  As we enter more deeply into the Advent Season and the Nativity Fasting period, the Church calls attention to St. John The Baptist as the “Prophet and Forerunner.”  

            The particular icon on the tetrapod is painted by Dmitry Malchev, a Bulgarian Iconographer from South Portland, Maine.  This icon was a gift to the church from Gregg and Robin Buczkowski, our parishioners from Woolwich, Maine.  While it is not customary for an icon to be signed, this one is.  The name of the iconographer is in the lower right corner.

            The Gospel of Matthew begins with the words; “Behold, I send my messenger before you, who shall prepare your way.”  The Greek word for messenger is “evangelos.”  From this word comes the word “angelos” or “angel.”  As we know, an angel is a messenger of God and is generally depicted with wings.           Matthew’s Gospel goes on to describe John’s clothing as a garment made of camel’s hair.  This would be coarse garment of someone who did not live among a more cultured mainstream population.  It would be unpretentious and minimalistic in the world of the first century A.D.   John’s hair and eyes are a bit wild looking, indicating he was consumed with a passion to announce the coming of the Messiah. 

             At the left bottom of the icon is the axe which John uses to describe himself in the Gospel;

                        “And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore,

                        every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and

                        thrown into the fire.”


            The scroll held by John The Forerunner contains the scripture with the essence of John’s Preaching to the people who came to him at the Jordan River before Jesus himself approached John to be Baptized by him; “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  The Greek word “metanoia” is used here.  It does not simply mean confessing one’s sins.  It refers to a “transformation of heart,” and completely giving oneself over to God.  

            As you know, St. John The Baptist is also depicted above the altar in the icon of the Baptism of Our Lord.  He also appears in the large “Deisis” icon on the back wall of the church.  The Most Holy Mother of God is shown on one side of the enthroned Christ, and St. John The Baptist on the other. 

            In this Advent season just before we begin the 100th year of St. John The Baptist Parish in Salem, perhaps we can make a special effort heed the preaching of our parish Patron Saint. With our own efforts to give our hearts over to God’s will and God’s way. 

                                                                                                            Fr. Jim

Thank you to each and every parishioner and to many members of the extended parish family for the hours of work given for the annual food sale.  We raised nearly $1800. for the church.  The more meaningful success, however was seen in the cheerful and generous community spirit exhibited by everyone at every turn of the event. 

Likewise a sincere thank you to everyone who has been working in so many capacities to help with the preparations for the 100th Anniversary celebration (June 24, 2018).  Thank you for the time given over to meetings and to the important behind the scenes jobs. 

The three designs for new signs for the outside of the church are being sent to everyone in an email with this bulletin.   Many have seen them and expressed their preference.  If you have not please be sure to meet up with or contact Kathy Skrabut, Christine Hezzey or Fr. Jim.