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


 Parish Calendar


Sunday, March 4  -  3rd Sunday of Great Lent / Veneration of The Holy and Life-giving Cross

Please note that Divine Liturgy will not be celebrated today, as Father Jim will be away this week.

Since we were not able to enlist a substitute priest, we encourage everyone to attend Divine Liturgy or Mass in another church this weekend.


Sunday, March 11  -4th Sunday of Great Lent  - Sacrament of Confession  / Таїнство Покаяння–сповід - 9:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy  of St. Basil  -  10:00 a.m.  Coffee and light refreshments following Liturgy. 

Welcome to Father Michael Moisin who will celebrate Divine Liturgy today.

Members of Father Michael’s Congregation of the Romanian Catholic Mission will be attending Divine Liturgy with us.

 We ask our parishioners to bring light  refreshments to share following Liturgy.

*****PLEASE NOTE Daylight Saving Time 2018 will begin on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2:00 A.M.  Remember to “spring forward” and set your clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour). *****


Sunday, March 18  -  5th Sunday of Great Lent - Sacrament of Confession  / Таїнство Покаяння –сповід - 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great  -  10:00 a.m., Panakhyda for all Beloved Deceased / Sorokousty Devotion

Light Refreshments and coffee followed by Annual Parish Meeting  Financial Report will be shared.

All parishioners are encouraged to attend.

 Saturday, March 24  -  Lazarus Saturday /  Cубота Лазаря  -  Divine Liturgy  -  9:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 25  -  Palm Sunday, Annunciation of the Mother of God / Квітна Неділья, Благовіщення Пресвятої  Богородиці  - Divine Liturgy  of St. John Chrysostom  -  10:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 29  -  Great and Holy Thursday -  Liturgy of the Mystical Supper  - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30  -  Great and Holy Friday / Good Friday  -  Great Vespers and Burial Procession  -  4:00 p.m.

Saturday,  March 31  -  Great and Holy Saturday  -  Vigil at The Tomb / Quiet Prayer /  Sacrament of Holy Confession  / Таїнство Покаяння –сповід -  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 1   -  Easter Sunday / Pascha  / Великдень

                                                                                Procession and Paschal Matins  -  9:00 a.m.

                                                                                Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

                                                                                Blessing of Artos, Easter Bread, Easter Foods and Baskets


Saturday, April 7  -  Bright Saturday  -  Divine Liturgy – 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 8  -  Thomas Sunday  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m. 

Blessing and distribution of Blessed Pascha (Easter Bread)

Wednesday, April 11 -  Divine Liturgy  -  9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April  15  -  Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Annual Easter Dinner / Свячення

Traditional sharing of Blessed Easter Foods / Admission - $10.00

 Wednesday, April 18 – Divine Liturgy  -  9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 22 -  Sunday of the Paralytic -  10:00 a.m.

Coffee and light refreshments  -  Opportunity for Committee Meetings for 100th Anniversary


Thank you for your continued financial support of the church.  The special collections and appeals during Lent are more than at other times.  Again, your kind consideration is greatly appreciated.  A reminder that the renewal of subscriptions for the Diocesan newspaper, THE SOWER is now due.  The annual rate is $20.00.  

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust for power and idle talk.

Grant instead, the spirit of patience, humility, chastity and meekness to your servant.

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own transgressions and not judge my brother or sister; for blessed are you for ever and ever.  Amen.


Молитва Святого Єфраїма

Господи і Владико життя мого, дух млявости, недбайливости, владолюбства й пустослів’я віджени від мене.

    Дух же доброчесности і смиренномудрія, терпіння й любови даруй мені, недостойному рабові Твоєму.

Так, Господи Царю, дай мені зріти мої прогрішення і не осуджувати брата мого, бо Ти благословен єси на віки віків. Амінь.



            During the period Great Lent, the prayer written by St. Ephrem the Syrian is said frequently. It is a prayer on which everyone should carefully meditate. Allow the prayer into your heart and mind, and it will inevitably speak to you. Each of us can relate to this prayer, allowing it to raise many issues in our hearts. It reminds us that God is the Master of our lives, and asks God to free us from the sins of everyday life, like pride and gossip and laziness and greed. In it we ask God to give us humility and love of our neighbor, awareness of our own sins, and disinterest in the sins of others. It asks for the gifts and graces we need to lead a holy life.

            This prayer also acts as a warning to us. We need to spiritually be on our guard, avoiding the temptations that each day brings, and making amends for our failings, first by recognizing them, and then bringing them before our Lord God with humility and in repentance. To emphasize the theme of this prayer– changing our lives –we accompany it with Great Prostration , kneeling and touching the forehead to the floor.

            Often we have become lazy, and even faint-hearted, in our prayers, meditations and readings. This season of Great Lent reminds us to be awake, alert, concentrating anew on the Glory that has been revealed to us.  What we should really be doing, during this period of Lent, is seeking to overcome our faults, and learning to love Christians! This is a time to look at our own errors, to honor our Lord God in prayer, seeking out humbly our repentance.  What a blessed time this is for us! Let us now begin humbly, and with love to pray as we continue our journey to Holy Pascha.

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