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: www.saintjohnsukr.com
781-632-5182 – CELL PHONE EMAIL: UKRCATHSALEM@COMCAST.NET
Sunday of The Paralytic May 7, 2017
Today, we celebrate the First Solemn Communion of
Tia Strysky and Anastasia Mahon.
The parish community congratulates our two First Communicants, their parents and their families on this joyful occasion!
Sunday, May 14- Sunday of the Samaritan Woman / Mother’s Day- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Panakhyda and one year Memorial for Lucy Verrengia (Aunt of Joseph Cesario)
Sunday, May 21- Sunday of the Man Born Blind- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 24 - Vigil of The Ascension of Our Lord- Divine Liturgy - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 28- Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 3- All Souls Saturday (Sorokousty Devotion) - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
For All Beloved Deceased of the Parish Family
Sunday, June 4- Pentecost Sunday/ Зісланія Святого Духа - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 11 - Sunday of All Saints / Неділя Всіх Святих – Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 18 - 2nd Sunday After Pentecost/ Father’s Day- Divine Liturgy – 6:00 p.m.
*****Please note time change for this Sunday only. There will not be Divine Liturgy in the morning. We will be at a Wedding out of state and were not able to engage a substitute priest.
Sunday, June 25- 3rd Sunday After Pentecost- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 29- Holy Apostles Peter and Paul- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 2- 4th Sunday After Pentecost- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 9- 5th Sunday After Pentecost- Divine Liturgy- 10:00 a.m.
Coffee, Refreshments followed by Planning Meeting for 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес! Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
We know Holy Season of Lent to be the time when we give diligent attention to our relationship to God. We seek deeper intimacy with God through the practices of prayer, fasting, charitable giving and service. On the morning of Easter, we heard the words of the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom which invite all to join in the festal celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Whether we were faithful and consistent and longsuffering in our Lenten practice or we were inconsistent and mediocre or even if we only did the bare minimum, his powerful words invited us all to partake of the banquet table so richly laden with spiritual gifts and blessings.
We are now almost at the mid-point of the Easter Season. We have celebrated our communal and festive dinner as a parish community. I confess that sometimes my experience of the remainder of the Easter Season reaches a saturation point and I look forward to a return to the “ordinary” and perhaps less celebratory liturgical season. Whether you share these sentiments or not, the Gospels of this season certainly hold limitless images on which to reflect about our membership in the Church and our own personal relationship to Christ.
On Good Friday, we stood at the foot of the cross and witnessed as Joseph of Arimathea took down the body of the Lord from the cross and Mary held the Body of Her son and wept. Last Sunday we honored the Myrrh-Bearing Women who went to the tomb to anoint the Body of Jesus with precious balms and perfumed oils. The Body of Christ is the Body of the People who have been saved by the Crucifixion. The Body of Christ is the Church. The Body of Christ includes all those who are part of our lives. It includes those we love and those we find it difficult to love. It includes rich and poor and people of every race and every nation. It includes the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and those who are considered by some as undeserving of assistance.
On Wednesday, May 10, the Byzantine Christian Calendar observes the feast of “Mid-Pentecost.” Perhaps this is a good time for us to integrate the lessons we learned from our observance of Lent with the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord. We are called to be fearless in our approaching the tomb with the Holy Women and to be ready to anoint the Body of Christ by way of compassion, charity and service. May the promise of eternal life and the dispelling of the fear of death lead us to a deeper and more meaningful integration of our faith and our daily lives.
With love and blessings,
Time for Sunday Liturgy - Please note that we are breaking with a longstanding practice of changing the time of Sunday Liturgy to 9:00 a.m. in the Summer months. It is the consensus of most of the parish community that we not make the change this year. The time of Sunday Liturgy will remain at 10:00 a.m. through the summer.
Building Maintenance - The first part of a Building Maintenance program will begin shortly with the repair of fascia boards, gutters, and downspouts as well as the installation of flashing in certain areas. Information will follow concerning the roofing and the painting of the church interior in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the parish. We have been pleased to receive some considerable donations for our Building Maintenance fund. In 2016, we received two donations (one from a parishioner and one from a friend outside the parish) totaling $1500. Thus far in 2017, we have received two donations (both from friends outside the parish community) totaling $3000. We are very grateful for these thoughtful and generous gifts which truly represent God’s providential care for our church. Please know that a donation of any amount is appreciated as we face some costly expenses with building repairs and upkeep in the months ahead.
Housekeeping- We regret the inconvenience caused by drain stoppage on Sunday, April 30 as we gathered for the Easter Dinner. The problem was taken care of during the week. We were informed by the technician who did the work that the problem was caused by build-up of debris in the line over time. The replacement of the drainage trap was recommended. We will look into this further. In the meantime, a caution was also issued that only the one-ply toilet tissue we have in the rest rooms be placed in the toilets. (There are proper receptacles for other materials in both rest rooms.) Likewise, we need to be very diligent about the kitchen sink drains to insure that no food or other debris goes into them. Thank you for your consideration of these housekeeping matters.