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.                                                                                

                     Mobile phone:  781-632-5182                                                                         

 Parish Calendar

 ***Sunday, June 23 - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Divine Liturgy - 8:30 a.m.

Please note change in time for this Sunday only.  Fr. Jim will be celebrating the Liturgy at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jamaica Plain at 11:00 a.m. 

Monday, June 24 - Birth of St. John the Baptist - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m. 

Saturday, June 29 – Holy Apostles Peter and Paul - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, June 30 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, July 3 - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, July 7- 4th Sunday after Pentecost – Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Official closure of the 100th Anniversary Year 

Luncheon in the parish hall - Please bring a dish to share  

Wednesday, July 10 – St. Anthony of the Monastery of the Caves, Kyiv - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, July 14 - Fathers of the Six Ecumenical Councils – Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, July 17 – Divine Liturgy – 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, July 21 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost – Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

 Wednesday, July 24 – Saints Borys and Hlib, Martyrs – Divine Liturgy – 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday, July 28 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.  

Sunday, August 4 – There will not be a celebration of the Liturgy on this day.

Fr. Jim and Joy will be on a vacation trip and family visit to Pennsylvania August 1- 10. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact us by cell phone.  We encourage parishioners to consider visiting another church for Liturgy or Mass this weekend. 

 Sunday, August 11 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost – Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

 Thursday, August 15 – Dormition of the Mother of God / Успенія Пресвятої Богородиці

Divine Liturgy – 9:00 a.m.

Dear Parishioners,       

            Please join in prayerful gratitude on this Pentecost Sunday as Archbishop Borys Gudziak celebrates his first Divine Liturgy as newly installed Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Philadelphia.  There are a number of videos from the June 4 Installation Services available on  They include a very inspiring homily by His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav as well as the beautiful words by Archbishop Borys at the end of the Divine Liturgy.   To be sure, the Ukrainian Catholic Church is at a very different place in the United States than it was one hundred years ago.  Patriarch Sviatoslav and Archbishop Borys share a dynamic vision of the future of our Church in the United States and throughout the world.

            On Thursday, June 6, a Conference was held at Catholic University of America in Washington DC under the leadership of Archbishop Borys on the topic of the Future of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.  We look forward to exploring the Discussions which were opened up at this Conference, as they, no doubt, will become topics for the Clergy of all Ukrainian Dioceses in the United States.  Furthermore, the announcement of a Program of Ukrainian Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America was made at this Conference. 

             It has long been my belief that our parish in Salem is a very diverse community where we share the richness of our Traditions with all who join to worship, pray, and share fellowship with us.  In this sense we are already a microcosm of that which the Ukrainian Catholic Church is becoming.  May this Pentecost Sunday be the occasion of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our new Metropolitan Archbishop, as well as upon all who participate in the life of our Beloved Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. 

                                                                                                                                    Fr. Jim

Please note the change in time for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 23 in the parish calendar.  Liturgy here in Salem on that Sunday will be at 8:30 a.m.

It is important that we observe an official “closure” of the 100th Anniversary Year of St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Salem.  We will be moving that celebration to Sunday, July 7.  We invite you to bring a dish to share at a luncheon buffet after a Liturgy of Thanksgiving to God for all the Blessings to our parish in its century of existence.  Included in our prayers of gratitude that day will be for the successful 100th Anniversary event held on June 24, 2018. 

By this time, there are four parishioners who have attended various Presentations and Workshops that concern issues of security and readiness for churches, Temples and Houses of Worship.  These events in Rockport, Andover and Peabody have been sponsored by Police and community organizations as a response to the recent invasions and shootings in churches, temples and mosques in various places in the world and this country.  We are in the process of planning an information session that will include ways we can make our own church more secure.  More information will be forthcoming.