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. (cell: 781-632-5182) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Very Rev. Monsignor Roman Golemba website: www.saintjohnsukr.com
Sunday, February 24 - Meat Fast Sunday / Annual Parish Memorial - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Panakhyda for All Deceased of Parishioners
Memorial Dinner following Services in the parish hall. Please bring a dish to share.
Wednesday, February 27 - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 3 - Cheese Fast Sunday - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Monday, March 4 - First Day of the Great Lent - Day of strict fast and abstinence from Meat and Dairy.
March 4 – 7 - Annual Priests Retreat for Stamford Diocese - Mt. Alvernia Retreat House - Wappingers Falls, NY.
Saturday, March 9 - First Saturday of Lent - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m. For All Parish Deceased
Sunday, March 10 - First Sunday of Great Lent - Sacrament of Confession - 9:15 a.m.
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m. / Panakhyda for All Parish Deceased / Sorokousty Devotion
Light Luncheon followed by Annual Parish Meeting
Sharing of annual Financial Report for Parish Centennial Year
Wednesday, March 13 - Stations of the Cross - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 - Second Sunday of Great Lent - Sacrament of Confession – 9:15 a.m. Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
We thank Monsignor Roman Golemba for celebrating the Divine Liturgy today in Fr. Jim’s absence.
Wednesday, March 20 - Stations of the Cross - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 - 3rd All Souls Saturday - Divine Liturgy for All Parish Deceased - 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 24 - Third Sunday of Great Lent / Veneration of the Holy and Life Giving Cross
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m. /Panakhyda for all Parish Deceased / Sorokousty Devotion
Monday, March 25 Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God / Благовіщекія Пресвятої Богородиці / Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 27 - Mid Lent / Stations of the Cross - 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 -10:00 a.m. Panakhyda for All Parish Deceased (Sorokousty Devotion)
As this edition of the parish calendar indicates, the Season of Lent begins on Monday March 4. The month of February affords us time to prepare ourselves to enter into the true spirit of Lent. Easter will be later this year (April 21 for us on the Gregorian calendar and April 28 on the Julian calendar). This, too, allows us some time to think about how we might set some spiritual goals for ourselves in the traditional Lenten practices of Prayer, Fasting and Charitable Giving or Service. We will speak more about this during those preparatory weeks in February, and perhaps offer a few practical suggestions.
Meanwhile, please keep in mind that the call to us in the season of Lent is the very message we heard in the Gospel coming from the mouth of St. John the Baptist and then taken over by Our Lord Himself: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Repentance is one of the hallmarks of our Byzantine Spiritual Tradition. We are being called to look into our own hearts with humility. With God’s help, we are being called to take responsibility for the ways we block the flow of God’s grace by our words, thoughts and actions. With the help of God’s grace, we can open our hearts in such a way that we put God first and foremost in our lives. By prayer, we can deepen our awareness of how very much we are loved by God. By fasting, we can practice relying on God and making room for God within, rather than relying on our attachment to food and other comforts and excess. By being aware of the needs of others and taking the time to give or to help when we can, we will be practicing the habits of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please keep in mind that the Sacrament of Holy Confession is available before Divine Liturgy or by appointment at other times. Both Father Roman and I are available, whenever you might wish to receive the Sacrament. We both offer you our prayerful support as we prepare to begin the 2019 Lenten journey together.
THANKS to all parishioners for remembering the importance of regular church support during the winter months, even when we may not be able to conduct Sunday Liturgy due to weather cancellations. Thank you also for remembering the costs of heating the church and for making an added sacrifice to contribute toward those costs.