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

 

                                                   

32nd Sunday After Pentecost  /  Sunday of Zacchaeus                       January 14, 2018

Divine Liturgy -10:00 a.m.  – Prayers for Blessed Repose of Emery Bennett (father of Peter Bennet)

Following Liturgy – Coffee, Refreshemnts and General Planning Meeting for 100th anniversary.

 

Parish Calendar

Sunday, January 21  -  Sunday of The Publican and the Pharisee  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Seasonal Christmas and Theophany Parish Dinner / “Shchedriy Vechir”

Traditional Meatless dishes / admission ticket $10.00 per adult for parish support

 

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

 

Sunday, February 4  -  Meat Fast Sunday  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Memorial Sunday for All Parish Deceased  -  Panakhyda;  All Deceased remembered by name

Parish Luncheon following services  -  Please bring a dish to share

 

Sunday, February 11  -  Cheese Fast Sunday  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Light Refreshments and coffee followed by individual committee meetings for 100th Anniversary Preparations

Monday, February 12 -  First Day of Great Lent  -  Day of Fast; abstinence from meat and dairy

 

Sunday, February 18  -  First Sunday of Great Lent  -  Sacrament of Confession / сповідь – 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.  /  Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great   -  10:00 a.m.

Panakhyda for All Parish Deceased / Sorokousty Devotion

 

Sunday, February 25  -  Second Sunday of Great Lent  -  Sacrament of Confession / сповідь – 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.  /  Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great  -  10:00 a.m.

Reception and catered luncheon in the Parish Hall in celebration of 25th Anniversary of Ordination of Fr. Jim.  All are most cordially invited.  More information to follow.

 

Sunday, March 4  -  3rd Sunday of Great Lent / Veneration of The Holy and Lifegiving 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  -  Divine Liturgy  -  10:00 a.m.

Welcome to Father Michael Moisin from the Romanian Catholic Diocese, who will celebrate Divine Liturgy today. 

*****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). *****

 

Saturday, March 17  -  Akathistos Saturday  -  Divine Liturgy  -  9:00 a.m.

 

Sunday, March 18  -  5th Sunday of Great Lent  -  Sacrament of Confession – 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. /

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great  -  10:00 a.m.  Light Refreshments and coffee followed by Annual Parish Meeting  Financial Report will be shared.  All parishioners are encouraged to attend.

Dear Parishioners,

            This season of limited sunlight hours, extreme cold and winter weather conditions, can also be a season with a unique spiritual opportunity.  Those familiar with the agrarian way of life understand that winter provides a respite from work and an opportunity to gather indoors around the hearth with loved ones.  Likewise, winter offers us a unique opportunity to take advantage of some time for reflection.  What better time for us to enjoy the warmth and blessing of our home and spend some time reviewing the past year in light of our spiritual journey as a Christian?  In what ways have we experienced God in the events and ordinary activity of our lives?  In what ways have we experienced the flow of God’s graces as we take up our work each day or and as we care for those we love?  How has God surprised us with gifts, with good news, or with challenges or not so good news?  These questions might be a way to reflect on the events of 2017.

            As we journey into the New Year of 2018, what lies ahead?  Where will we put our energies this year?  How will we discern God’s unique call for us in the circumstances of our lives this year?  What do we hope to achieve?  What do we need to let go of? 

            Perhaps you have questions of your own and perhaps you have already done some reflecting upon them.  As members of this parish family, you are not alone on your journey of faith.  Let us pray for each other as we begin this New Year’s journey. 

            On the day of Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River, the Gospel tells us that “the heavens opened” as the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove and the voice of God the Father was heard, calling Jesus “beloved son.”  The opening of the heavens signaled a new beginning for humanity; a new world and new opportunities.  It signaled God’s dramatic presence among us and immersed in the experience of humanity.  We are not alone because we have each other.  More importantly, we are not alone because “God is with us.”  Let us open our hearts to respond to God’s unique call for us as part of our plans for the New Year. 

            February 16, 2018 marks the twenty-fifth Anniversary of my Ordination to the priesthood.  It also marks twenty-five years as parish priest here at Saint John’s.            Joy and I would like to invite all of you to join us in thanking God for the Blessings of those twenty-five years of priestly ministry by joining us for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, February 25.  Following Liturgy all are invited to a Catered Luncheon in the Parish Hall.  We would ask you to be kind enough to let us know if you will be attending by sending an RSVP emai to either joypmorris@comcast.net or ukrcathsalem@comcast.net by February 19, 2018.                  With love and Blessings,

                                                                                                Father Jim

 

THANK YOU to each and all for your continued participation in the life of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church.  As we begin the New Year, we take stock of the continued blessings of a small yet very spirited and vibrant parish community.  We were pleased to close the books on 2017 with a new roof on the building and look forward to a new and more distinctive sign in the weeks ahead.  The participation of children in our St. Nicholas celebration was a clear sign of vibrant parish life. 

Please know how important your financial support of the parish continues to be.  Unfortunately, due to the poor weather conditions, the attendance at services on Christmas consisted of thirteen brave faith filled souls!  While we do not wish for anyone to be in harm’s way in bad weather conditions, the bills and expenses do not stop for these circumstances.  Thank you to those parishioners who continue their envelopes and donations even when they are unable to attend. The Church Committee plans to have individual parishioners’ financial statements available on January 21 at the Shchedriy Vechir Dinner.  A full accounting of financial details for 2017 will be available in March at the Annual Meeting.  Please simply know that at this juncture every donation is crucially important to us.  Thank you for your continued faithfulness in these matters.