Official Publication of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
VOL. 71 - No. 22 DECEMBER 19, 2010 ENGLISH VERSION
CHRISTMAS GREETING OF
HIS BEATITUDE LUBOMYR TO THE FAITHFUL OF
THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH
Dearly Beloved in Christ! Judea, “because thus was
said by the prophet” (Mt
Today – on the 2:5).
Sunday of the Holy Fathers
– the Gospel told us about Dearly Beloved in
the genealogy of Jesus Christ, I bring your
Christ from Abraham to the attention to this because
birth of our Savior. as we think over the events
Listening to this detailed list of our daily lives, we tend
of generations, it may be to think that they occur by
understand that the coming chance. We often think that
of Christ to the people was everything could be
prepared in advance, that different. Sometimes it
his appearance on the seems that everything
earth was planned by our around is unchecked, that
Heavenly Father. the Lord God forgot about
Moreover, not only the the world. However, our
birth, but also the entire faith is based on God’s
life of Jesus Christ has Revelation, which gives us
been foreseen by the an opposite response:
prophets. An example of everything that happens in
this we find again in the our personal and public
holy Gospel: when the life, except sin, corresponds
three wise men from the to God’s plan. Proof of
East stayed with Herod in This photo is taken of the iconostas that was donated this we find in the life of
order to find out where from Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Jesus Christ, from the
the new King was born, Church, Plymouth, PA, that is on display at the promise of the Messiah to
he called the scribes, who Treasury of Faith Museum, Philadelphia, PA. our first parents in the
without a doubt say that For more information on the Museum please call paradise until His glorious
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the world in Bethlehem in (Continued on next page)
CHRISTMAS GREETING OF
HIS BEATITUDE LUBOMYR TO THE FAITHFUL OF THE
UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH
(continued from previous page)
resurrection. Thus arises the opportunity to witness for Dearly Beloved in but it’s still very difficult and
next question: why does Christ and seek truth, Christ! At the end of this we must help them. Let us
the Lord God allow justice, and good. message I would like to commend to the merciful
circumstances that are convey to you one request Lord the inhabitants of this
unpleasant for us or even It would seem that which is somewhat related land on which His only
cause us great suffering? these thoughts have to the Christmas begotten Son was born
Jesus Christ in the Gospel nothing to do with the celebrations as it concerns and the Christians – His
from Luke answers this joyful Christmas time, when the land on which Jesus faithful followers. Let this
when he speaks about the people gather at a our Savior was born. be our Christmas gift to
further history and the common table, exchange Today in the Holy Land, them.
development of various gifts, sing carols, and visit particularly in Bethlehem,
tragic events that have to each other. In a fact, the Christians, who already Sincerest wishes to
happen in the future. His essence of the great feast constitute a minority, are you, blessed and joyful
words are: “This will give of Christmas is not in these in a very difficult situation. Christmas!
you an opportunity to external and fleeting These people need our
witness” (Luke 21:13). If moments, the essence of support. The faithful of the Let the Blessing of
there were no hunger, this feast is that the only Church in Ukraine still the Lord be upon you!
there would be no one to begotten Son of God remember well what
feed; if there were no thirst, came among us to oppression and Christ is born!
there would be no one’s implement fully the plan of persecution are because
thirst to quench; if there the Heavenly Father for our they suffered from them +LUBOMYR
were no strangers, there salvation. That is why my several decades ago. At
would be no one to biggest wish for all of us is the same time they I authorize to the
receive; if there were no that this truth that God is understand the pastors to read this
patients or prisoners, there with us occupied the main significance of prayer message on the Sunday
would be no one to visit. place in our Christmas support, for they asked for of the Holy Fathers: on
If there were no Christmas, celebrations, so that we such support from their December 19 in the
there would not be Good keep it in our hearts and brothers and sisters who communities that celebrate
Friday and Easter. Thus minds throughout the year at that time lived abroad. Christmas by the
everything that happens and that it makes our lives Of course, the fate of Gregorian calendar and
around us, even the most meaningful, provides Christians in the Holy Land on January 2 in the
tragic, is God’s plan for salvation at every moment is different from that which communities that celebrate
us which gives us the of our earthly existence. we had in the past years, by the Julian calendar.
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December 19, 2010 2
St. Nicholas visited the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Archpriest Daniel Troyan offered the Homily at the 11:00 Liturgy on
December 5, 2010. He spoke to the children about God’s love for us. He
said God will always be there for us and God gives us people like St.
Nicholas to remind us that it is good to be kind to one another. The most
important gift we get at Christmas and the most important gift we give at
Christmas is the gift of ourselves. When you give your mommy and daddy
a hug and a kiss and say I love you, that is worth more than any gold,
Rev. Troyan silver, diamonds or money.
At the end of the Liturgy, the
faithful sang the hymn to St. Nicholas, “O õòî, õòî Ìèêîëàÿ
ëþáèòü!”, and St. Nicholas came into the Cathedral, spoke to the
children and handed out chocolate coins.
After the Liturgy, the children went to the Ortynsky Spirituality
Center where St. Nicholas gave all the children a present. The
children performed a concert for St. Nicholas playing various
instruments and everyone sang a few Christmas Carols.
Thank you to the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God for
helping organize the event.
Watch a video from St. Nicholas’ visit on
our blog at www.thewayukrainian.blogspot.com
Rev. Ivan Demkiv gives St. Nicholas gives
candy to the children. presents to the children.
December 19, 2010 3
The Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great
Celebrate 100 Years in America
organizations, and special
invited guests joined the
hierarchy, clergy and
sisters for the grand
opening of the “centennial
year” celebrating the
arrival in America of the
Sisters of the Order of St.
Basil the Great. The kick-
off event began with a
Divine Liturgy of
thanksgiving celebrated in
Holy Trinity Chapel and a
reception at the
Motherhouse of the Sisters
of the Order of St. Basil
the Great on November
Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Bishop Basil Losten, clergy and Provincial Council.
Archbishop Stefan Soroka delivered a humorous yet
Sister’s dining room for a Jeremiah—who
presided at the Divine most touching homily insocial. The Provincial surrendered themselves to
Liturgy of thanksgiving. tribute to the foremothers
Superior Sister Dorothy the call of God and left
The Most Rev. Bishop Basil of the province and to all
Ann Busowski, OSBM their homeland to brave
Losten, Bishop Emeritus, the sisters who eventually
welcomed them with the the broad expanse of the
the Sisters’ chaplain, the followed them as a words “All of you and all ocean; who opened
Very Rev. Archpriest Daniel praying, healing, life-giving
of those whose lives we themselves to the vastness
Troyan, and numerous presence. In the midst of
have touched and have of a new language and
clergy from the his contemporarybeen touched by are part immersed themselves into
Philadelphia and Jersey references to camels and
of this celebration. I a strange culture.”
area concelebrated. Sister GPS systems he spoke ofwelcome each and every
Germaine Senita, directed the Sisters who came from
one of you who have Sister Miriam Claire
the Sisters’ Choir and Saint Ukraine to America a come today to be with us Kowal, the General
Basil Academy Madrigal century ago, who walkedand to begin this year long Superior, who had traveled
singers as they sang the a difficult path without
celebration. You are here from Rome to participate
responses, their voices modern conveniences butbecause you are important in the celebratory event,
blending with those of who nonetheless had a to us and to our history.” lauded the history and
many of the congregants deep trust in God and the
She further expressed longevity of the Province
who filled Holy Trinity direction in which God was
gratitude to the province as well as the work and
Chapel. leading them. foundresses, “those brave value of the Sisters who
women—Mother Helena continue to build on the
Very Rev. After the Divine Langewych, Sisters
Archpriest Ivan Kaszczak Liturgy all processed to the Paphnutia, Euphemia and (Continued on next page)
December 19, 2010 4
The Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great
Celebrate 100 Years in America
(continued from previous page) www.stbasils.com
solid foundation created wishing the Sisters “many who have been where the Sisters first
by their predecessors. blessed and happy years”. touched by the Sisters settled. A Divine Liturgy
After a blessing by the and have likewise will be celebrated on
Sisters’ chaplain, the Very This gathering was a touched the sisters. November 6, 2011 at
Rev. Archpriest Daniel fitting beginning of a year- Many events are being Immaculate Conception
Troyan, the Archbishop long celebration that planned for this year of Ukrainian Catholic
Metropolitan Stefan promises to bring together celebration which will Cathedral followed by a
Soroka offered a toast the various men and women end on Franklin Street banquet at Savoy’s in
Bohdanna Yaroshevych Archbishop Stefan Soroka blessing the Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak
provided Bandura music new Gospel Book held by Sister delivers the homily during
for the reception. Dorothy Ann Busowski. Bishop Basil the Divine Liturgy.
Losten, Msgr. Peter Waslo and Very
Rev. Archpriest Daniel Troyan assist.
Saint Basil Academy Madrigal singers. Sisters lift their voices in praise and thanksgiving.
December 19, 2010 5
The Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
Your Church In Our Nation’s Capital – Come Worship With Us
4250 Harewood Road NE
Washington, DC 20017
Christmas-Theophany Schedule 2010-2011
Christ is Born! Xrystos Ra]dawt;s\!
Christmas Eve Friday December 24
4:00 p.m. Confessions
4:30 p.m. Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil (Eng.)
9:00 p.m. Great Compline (Ukr. and Eng.) and Confessions
10:00 p.m. Christmas Divine Liturgy (Ukr. and Eng.)
Christmas Day Saturday December 25
10:30 a.m. Christmas Divine Liturgy (Ukr. and Eng.)
Dear Parishioners and Friends of our Holy Family Shrine:
Sunday After Christmas December 26 It is with great joy that we, your priests, greet you this
9:00 a.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy (Eng.) Christmas 2010. It hardly seems possible that another year is about to
11:30 a.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy (Ukr.) come to a close and that a New Year is about to dawn upon us. Yet,
2010 has been a year full of blessings for our parish. We have
New Year’s Day Saturday January 1 continued to grow with a vibrant and palpable spirit that renews and
Circumcision and St. Basil refreshes our faith community.
10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy (Ukr. and Eng.) We, your Spiritual Fathers, invite you to come home to your
parish and shrine to share in the Glory and Joy of Christmas as we
Sunday Before Theophany January 2 celebrate the Birth of the Savior of the World – Jesus Christ!
9:00 a.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy (Eng.)
11:30 a.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy (Ukr.) :
, , ,
Theophany Eve Wednesday January 5 2010 . ,
7:00 p.m. Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil , .
and the Great Sanctification of Water (Ukr. and Eng.) 2010 . ,
Theophany Thursday January 6 .
10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy and , , -
the Great Sanctification of Water (Ukr. and Eng.)
Sunday After Theophany January 9
10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy (Ukr. and Eng.) God Bless You All! !
Prosfora – Parish Christmas Dinner to follow Fr. Robert Hitchens Fr. Wasyl Kharuk
THE HEAVENLY GIFT
Taste and see the Heavenly Gift, O soul,
Who came to earth to help you reach your eternal goal.
Annual Festival of With thanksgiving receive Christ every day,
Christmas Carols will Let Him open wide His arms in a paternal way.
be held on Sunday, There rest on His bosom this Christmas morn
January 9, 2011 at 3 And feel the greatness of His love in a world so torn.
p.m. at the Cathedral There listen to the beating of His heart
of the Immaculate And from Christ learn meekness and humility of heart.
Conception in Words fail to express the Divinity
Philadelphia. Choirs Because you are wrapped, child, in the Divine Mystery.
from different parishes
will participate. Sr. M. Bernadette, OSBM
Everyone is welcome.
December 19, 2010 6
March 26, 2011
Registration 9:00am Program 9:30am - 4:00pm
from around the
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P a rki ng an d Lu n ch in clud ed a t regi s t rat ion .
December 19, 2010 7
Annual Christmas Candlelight Pageant,
St. Nicholas Social Held in
BY JOHN E. USALIS
Republican-Herald Staff Writer
Published: December 6, 2010
FRACKVILLE, PA - The passages and Christmas He then requested
seventh annual candlelight songs. As each person that the audience
Christmas pageant at St. entered, they were given become part of the
Michael Ukrainian Catholic a program with the program by singing
Church had it all - Baby readings and lyrics of the the carols along
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, many carols, along with a with the children.
Magi, angels and candle, which would be lit
shepherds, along with a toward the end of the John E. Usalis/staff photo
began with the
visit from St. Nicholas. program.
singing of “O
The pageant has become “We greet you with the Come All Ye Faithful” by “Eternal God” (“Boh
a traditional Christmas words of what this season everyone as the cast Predvichny”) in English and
event in the community, is about: ‘Christ is born! processed up the center Ukrainian, followed by “Let
with children from the Christ is among us!’ For aisle. There Be Peace on Earth”
parish portraying the the seventh year, the to end the program.
As the cast assembled
earthly and heavenly young people of St.
near the iconstasis (icon Everyone went outside to
persons who were part of Michael’s will present this
wall), Mary, portrayed by watch the lighting of the
the first Christmas with the Christmas
Anya Spotts, was visited 60 ft. parish Christmas
birth of Jesus Christ in candlelight pageant.
by the Archangel Gabriel, tree. Afterward, the
Bethlehem. A brass They’ve worked many
portrayed by Abbie audience moved into the
ensemble provided weeks preparing their
Peleschak, as the narrator parish hall for a large
Christmas tunes and a roles. They love to sing,
read the gospel story. meal of many different
chorus of children led by and they love their outfits.
organist Debbie Kosick In the back, they take off foods, which was followed
Joseph, portrayed by
also sang to the audience. their shoes, but it’s one way by a visit from St. Nicholas,
Stephen Mazur, joined
to save soles,” said Fields, Archbishop of Myra, who
Mary for the trip to
The pageant told the story with the audience spoke to the children and
Bethlehem. After the birth
of the Nativity from the chuckling at the pun. gave gifts and celebrates
of Jesus, angels visited the
announcement to Mary by his feast day today,
shepherds to tell the good
the Archangel Gabriel that Fields introduced the December 6.
news, and they visited the
she would bring the pageant’s new narrator,
Holy Family. Later, the Photo: Anya Spotts
Messiah, who would be Elizabeth Peleschak, who
Magi, or three kings or and Stephen Mazur
named Jesus, into the took over for Cheryl
wise men, portrated by kneel at the manger
world, to the visit by the Bobiak, who decided to
Matthew Kenenitz, Alex with Baby Jesus as
Magi bringing their gold, pass the baton after being
Mazur and Joey Smith, Sarah Halupa holds the
frankincense and myrrh as narrator since the
brought their gifts of gold, star during the
gifts to the newborn king. beginning.
frankincense and myrrh. Christmas pageant held
The Very Rev. Archpriest “Liz was in the pageant Sunday, December 5
After the singing of “Joy
John M. Fields, pastor, for many years and has at St. Michael Ukrainian
to the World,” everyone
welcomed the crowd of really grown up into being Catholic Church in
stood up and lighted their
over 200 to the pageant the narrator,” said Fields. Frackville.
candles, singing the carol
composed of Scripture
December 19, 2010 8
Christmas Bazaar at Melrose Park, PA
A two-day Christmas bazaar was held at Annunciation of the BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church in Melrose
Park on Dec. 4-5, offering Ukrainian foods, crafts and other holiday items for sale. The accompanying
photos include a group shot of four women - two mother-and-daughter sets who worked at the bazaar,
among several dozen other volunteers who helped make the event a great success.
Photos: Russell Cooke
December 19, 2010 9
Scenes from the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception Christmas Bazaar in
Philadelphia, PA on November 21, 2010
Photos: Tanya Bilyj
December 19, 2010 10
Some of the Volunteers from the
Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception Christmas Bazaar
Photos submitted by Daria Zaharchuk
December 19, 2010 11
Men’s Spiritual Retreat
held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Passaic, NJ
On Saturday, November they are truly His
13, 2010 as part of the Commandments: one
continuing Centennial should teach that moral
celebrations, a Spiritual things are of value and
Retreat for men was held important, and not those
at St. Nicholas Ukrainian that are material.
Catholic Church in
Passaic, NJ. The theme The role a man plays in
of the retreat was “Men’s his liturgical life is also very
Role In Today’s Church important. His role in the
– The New Disciples.” The church is to change others
Spiritual Director for the ... for the good; and by
retreat was Rev. Mitred believing in oneself one will
Protobresbyter Roman succeed, remembering to grow and move the Kingdom of God one
Mirchuk, pastor of St. that being part of the forward. We should think: might ask? Our Lord and
John the Baptist Liturgical Service is like I only care about what Savior told us: “Neither
Ukrainian Catholic taking part in the life of God speaks ... not what shall they say, Lo here
Church in Whippany, NJ. Jesus Christ. One should people say. We can or, lo there! for, behold,
come to church to pray to change! ... we must only the kingdom of God is
As Fr. Roman spoke it God and thank Him for have the desire to change within you.” (Luke 17: 21)
was truly obvious, that he everything, but one should and undergo this change.
had captivated his also remember as Fr. Only then will we Following the very
audience with their fullest Roman says, “I come to understand that God informative and spiritually
attention; everyone was church because you are blesses that which is given uplifting retreat, all
eager to listen to his my brothers and sisters.” to Him. Remembering the gathered to reflect upon
words of direction on following: God gives to us the topics of the day,
how to live a life that is For us to help others travel – we give to God – God while enjoying a
truly worthy and pleasing on the road to goodness, will give back to us. deliciously prepared
in the eyes of our we must first travel on it luncheon. Afterwards,
Creator. ourselves. Before we can As men of faith we have there was an opportunity
change others, we must important duties to fulfill to approach the
In an overview, it was change ourselves, we need towards God, His church, Sacrament of Confession
impressed upon, that to go through a spiritual and towards our fellow and attend the evening
man’s role was to help awakening and renewal. man. We must realize that: Divine Liturgy, which
sanctify the domestic The Holy Spirit must come The Church = The People. concluded the spiritual
church – “The family that to us so that we may But before we can fulfill retreat.
prays together, stays change. Only then we will our duties and lead by
together.” Setting a be able to truly live our example, we must Mychail
precedent for the whole faith and not be fearful of remember the words of Newmerzyckyj
family: preserving spiritual what others think of us. To Christ, “But seek ye first
traditions and leading by become new disciples we the kingdom of God, and
example. Remembering must first stop being his righteousness; and all
that God’s embarrassed ... only then these things shall be
Commandments are not will we be able to plant added unto you.”
merely advice, but that seeds that will enable us (Matthew 6:33). Where is
December 19, 2010 12
Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate
will visit the Cathedral on
January 16, 2011
The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate are coming to Immaculate 2007
Conception Cathedral (830 N. Franklin St, Philadelphia, PA) on Sunday,
January 16, 2011... attending all the Divine Liturgies and hoping to (former) Chancery staff
meet with the parishioners and former students of the Cathedral
School. The Sisters Servants spent more than 70 years in the Cathedral
School, Cathedral, Cathedral Office and Chancery offering their
As the sisters celebrate 75 years of ministry in the United States, they
come back to Immaculate Conception Cathedral to say “Thank You".
Thank you for being a part of our history, thank you for being a part
of our life in Philadelphia. Come and meet the sisters you have come 1990
to know and join them for coffee and cake plus many more surprises!
(former) Cathedral School
Events at the Cathedral
convert to the faith.
Rev. Wasyl Bunik welcomed into the Catholic church,
Nancy Claflin, a former member of the Episcopal Church,
through the sacraments of Confession, Confirmation
and Holy Eucharist, at the Divine Liturgy Saturday,
December 11, 2010 at St. Anne’s Church in Warrington.
Nancy had been instructed in the faith by Rev Archpriest
Photo (l to r): Tekla Andruchiw (Nancy's
Daniel Troyan for months prior to her reception into the
sponsor), Rev. Wasyl Bunik (Pastor of St.
Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church), Nancy
Claflin, and Rev. Archpriest Daniel Troyan.
December 19, 2010 13
A Brief Reflection on the Priesthood From a
In reflection, I have come to respect and love what
our priests do even more, for a priest is truly a heroic
man. He is a man of faith, who fearlessly preaches
the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, in
everything he does in life. His whole life is a
reflection of Christ’s word, from celebrating the
Eucharistic Liturgy, to forgiving a sinner, to comforting
a family who has lost a loved one, and so forth. He
does this in a world that is often hostile to God and to
His Word, bravely bringing Christ to all people, even
to those who genuinely want to hurt and destroy him.
At times, a priest will suffer from great sorrows and
disappointments, but he gladly bears the burden up
on his shoulders just as Jesus carried His Cross.
And in return, God fills the priest with a tremendous
joy and love that no one can take away. And it is this
joy and love that he willingly shares with all people so
that they may know God’s love in their daily lives.
Without priests, our churches would simply be old,
broken relics of a bygone era. Without priests, we
would not have someone to counsel us, comfort us,
and instruct us in sound Christian spiritual ways.
And thus, priests are priceless gifts to us from God.
Rev. Paul J. Makar
Come and Get to Know Your Clergy And
Perhaps you feel that God may be calling Religious Men and Women!
you to service in His Church?
If you would like to discuss God’s call to a
vocation in your life, do not hesitate to contact:
Rev. Paul J. Makar
Director of Vocations
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
827 North Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123-2097
Very Rev. Archpriest Daniel Troyan
Director of Evangelization and
Chaplain to the Sisters of St. Basil the Great,
Fox Chase Manor, PA
December 19, 2010 14
December PCC Article
How a bill really becomes a law
by A. B. Hill
“I’m just a bill and I’m Leader in the House of These “rank and file”
sitting here on Capitol Hill.” Representatives and the legislators can put a
If you are of a certain President Pro Tempore lot of pressure on
generation, you probably and Majority Leader in the their leadership and
learned about the State Senate. the committee chairs
legislative process from this to move or not move
memorable cartoon jingle. These leaders select the a bill. This is where
How a bill becomes a law legislators who will chair the rest of us can
is one of the basic lessons the standing committees. exercise our
everyone learns in youth. They also determine which influence.
committee will be assigned
Pennsylvania’s state a particular bill. The Legislators pay close
government works much committee chair determines attention to the attitudes members when it is time
the same way our cartoon if the bill will get a hearing and opinions of the voters to act. Members of the
friend describes it. A bill or be considered for a in their district. We can ask Network are tipped off
follows a deliberate vote. The leaders and them to vote yes or no on when speaking out will
procedure of committees, committee chairs have legislation that matters to have the most impact.
caucus discussions, floor significant influence over us; but it is equally
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navigate the political in the Pennsylvania affect Catholic education, Pennsylvania Catholic
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Republicans, House dignity of the human affairs arm of
Last month’s election was Democrats, Senate person, marriage, family, Pennsylvania’s Catholic
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December 19, 2010 15
A Necessary and Solemn Commemoration
77th Anniversary of the Genocidal Famine in Ukraine
Written by Melanie Lawrence.
In August and October of 1932 and
January of 1933, Joseph Stalin, ruler of
the Soviet Union, ordered increased
mandatory quotas of foodstuffs to be
shipped out of Ukraine and to other states
of the Soviet Union. This was done until
there was no food remaining in Ukraine,
known as the breadbasket of Europe.
Though the number has been estimated to
be anywhere from 2.6 million to 10 million,
most scholars agree that approximately 7
million people died as a direct result of this
This Ukrainian tragedy was recognized by the Joint Statement of the 58th Plenary Session of the United Nations
General Assembly. Sixty-three countries supported this document. In 1985, a United States Commission on
the Ukraine Famine was established. They interviewed survivors and published several volumes of eyewitness
testimony. The 1932-1933 famine was found, by this Commission, to be an act of genocide. In April, 1988,
Commission director and historian James E. Mace presented their findings to Congress.
In Ukraine, November 26 is the day set aside each year as The Day of Victims of Famine. On Sunday,
November 28, 2010, parishioners of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary were in communion with their brethren throughout the world as they prayed for those who perished in
the famine. Father Ivan Turyk, pastor, spoke to those in attendance of the need to remember the millions that
died. It was a stirring and touching eulogy.
A memorial wreath of predominantly yellow flowers with black ribbons
was carried into church by Khrystyna Hrebeshenko and Taras Horbatyuk
and placed before the iconostas. Seven children each carried one votive
candle; each candle represented one million deaths. Father Ivan led the
congregation in a memorial service called “Panahyda” which ends with
the words “veechnaya pamyat” meaning, eternal memory.
Immediately afterward, instead of the coffee and rolls that usually
accompany the fellowship parishioners enjoy between liturgies in the
church hall, everyone was offered only bread and water. It was a
symbolic and meaningful gesture that united the congregation with those
who have passed.
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption, established in 1908, has
been part of the Perth Amboy community for 102 years. A church,
rectory, school, and convent occupy a block between Alta Vista Place
and Jacques Street. For more information, please call 732-826-0767.
December 19, 2010 16
Holodomor Victims Commemoration Day marked in
The Day of Memory of the Holodomor Victims in Ukraine of 1932-1933 was commemorated on November
27, 2010 in Washington D.C.
Commemorative event took place at the Embassy of Ukraine to the United States with the participation of
Ambassador of Ukraine Olexander Motsyk and Spouse, representatives of Ukrainian clergy, Ukrainian
American Community as well as Embassy’s staff.
At the beginning of the event a solemn requiem service was performed by the clergy of Ukrainian Churches
in Washington D.C.
Ambassador of Ukraine Olexander Motsyk informed the audience about Holodomor commemorative events,
which were held on November 27th in Kyiv with the participation of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
Ambassador also mentioned the Statement by the Head of State to the people on the Day of Memory of
Ukraine’s Holodomor Victims, as well as the Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn
Gryshchenko to the Ukrainian Diaspora on the 77th anniversary of Ukraine’s Holodomor of 1932-1933.
“Ukraine will do its utmost to reveal the entire truth about the Holodomor, so that each and every innocent
victim of this crime was counted and commemorated respectfully
according to the Christian tradition”, emphasized Ambassador of
Participants of commemorative event-requiem lit candles of
remembrance at the Embassy and honored the memory of
Holodomor Victims by observing a minute of silence.
Embassy of Ukraine
Rev. Wasyl Kharuk, Rev. Taras Lonchyna, Ambassador Olexander Motsyk
Rev. Robert Hitchens
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UCCA Commemorates 77th Anniversary of Ukraine’s
Genocide of 1932-1933
On November 20th, the anniversary year, …to Genocide and that he read a statement from
UCCA held their annual keep the flame of would do everything to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister,
commemoration of remembrance alive. It is help erect this significant K. Hryshchenko.
Ukraine’s Genocide at St. our duty as citizens of this monument. Additionally, he Subsequently, H.E.Yuriy
Patrick’s Cathedral in New great democracy, as reminded the gathered Sergeyev, Ukraine’s
York City. This year’s members of this generation that NY State textbooks still Permanent Representative
commemoration took on and those to come, to do not mention Ukraine’s to the UN thanked his
special significance as the spread the truth to the genocide and that we must colleagues at the UN for
International Prayer and world about the work towards changing their solidarity and help in
Remembrance Candle, Holodomor, so that such this so that future spreading the truth about
which began its journey in heinous crimes are never generations learn about the Holodomor, stating,
Ukraine and will travel repeated.” the Holodomor. “the world community
throughout 33 countries, needs to realize that it is
was present at the The next to speak was Ukraine’s former Minister impossible to prevent
commemoration. To the William Pope, Sr. Advisor of Defense, Anatoliy crimes against humanity in
melodious voices of the to the U.S. representatives Hrytsenko, offered a the future, if those that
Dumka Choir of New to the UN, who provided personal reflection to the were committed in the
York, the service began remarks on behalf of the commemoration as he past are not denounced.”
with a procession of U.S. government. He spoke of his father’s
Ukrainian children and stated “the Holodomor immediate family whose His Eminence Archbishop
Holodomor survivors was a man-made tragedy members bore witness to Antony of the Ukrainian
carrying wheat stalks and in which millions starved the Genocide and Orthodox Church of the
candles. The procession to death… This was a succumbed to starvation in USA concluded the service
traveled up the central calculated attempt to 1932-1933. Ukraine’s by thanking St. Patrick’s
aisle of the Cathedral, and break the will of the peoplediplomats also addressed Cathedral and challenged
ended at the altar where of Ukraine and to end their those gathered. H.E. those assembled to
the Remembrance candle desire for self-Oleksandr Motsyk, question how in today’s
was placed in a position Ukraine’s Ambassador to world anyone could deny
determination. But it failed,
of honor before the because the people of the U.S. stated: “We are that the Holodomor was
assembled. His Grace, Ukraine never gave up gathered in this sacred an act of Genocide.
Bishop Chomnysky of the hope that their homeland place to pray together for
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy would be free.” the innocent souls of those Article:
of Stamford, provided the who perished during the UCCA Bulletin,
requiem’s opening New York’s Senior Senator horrible famine in Ukraine December 2010
remarks, eloquently Charles Schumer then in 1932-1933.” He then www.ucca.org
underscoring the reasons delivered his words of
for the gathering. support, expressing his
gratitude to former
Following the requiem President Bush, for signing
service, UCCA President, into law the allotment of a
Tamara Olexy, opened plot of federal land in
the program with brief Washington, DC for a
remarks highlighting the monument to the victims
extent of the loss to the of Ukraine’s Genocide. He
Ukrainian nation and, in stressed that it was very
closing stated, “Let us vow important to spread the
here today during this 77th truth about the Ukrainian
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Sunday before Christmas –
Sunday of Holy Fathers
This is the genealogyof Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of
Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and
Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the
father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of
Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was
Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. David
was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, Solomon
the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father
of Asa, Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah, Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the
father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, Hezekiah the father of
Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and
his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim,Eliakim the
father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, Elihud the father
of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the
husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. Thus there were fourteen
generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the
exile to the Messiah. This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged
to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace,
he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him
in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what
is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through
the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means
“God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took
Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave
him the name Jesus. (Ìt. 1, 1-25)
In a few days the world years. All the mysteries of cave; the throne of in contemplating the
will pause to remember the man and nature as child’s Cherubim, a virgin; and the Christmas mystery. Faith,
birth of its Savior. The play when compared with manager an honorable and only faith, prompted
world will take time to God’s great mystery of the place in which lies Christ the Magi to fall down in
reflect for just a little while Incarnation. The unknown God, the worship before the Christ-
on Christmas mystery, to writer of the Canon of our Incomprehensible! child. A similar faith will
grasp the love of a God- Christmas Matins help us penetrate the
become-man and to learn beautifully expresses in the Most certainly Christmas is brilliance of the Christmas
to become like Him. ninth Ode sentiments of the feast of faith. With mystery, see divinity
Indeed Christmas is the deep wonder: “I will faith burning in our souls, clothed in humanity. Faith
world mystery that has contemplate a divine and we approach the crib of will unfold this paradox of
seized the minds of millions marvelous mystery: Christ. Only faith can
for almost two thousand heaven has become a guide and accompany us (Continued on next page)
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Sunday before Christmas – Sunday of Holy Fathers
(continued from previous page)
Christmas. Saint John appear in majesty when to life in Christ, so that we a way of life – our way of
Chrysostom explained it time will be no more. might be in Him new life.
this way: “The Son of God, creatures and new images.
who is the God of all With faith and hope we Therefore, through this Pope Saint Leo the Great
things, is born a man in now draw nearer to the new participation in the life exhorted his people to
body. He who holds the Christmas mystery which of Christ, now let us put seize the grace of
heavens in His hand will happen in just a few off the old man with his Christmas to better their
permits Himself to be days. If we approach this works and renounce the lives. This is what he had
placed in a crib. He mystery with unquestioning works of the lustful flesh. to say “Dearly beloved, lift
whom the world cannot faith, we will return with its Recognize, O Christian, up your hearts to the
contain is confined in a peace. The condition of your dignity! Now that shining grace of the
manager. He whose voice peace was contained in you are a partaker of the everlasting light, and
in the hour of His passion the angels’ hymn: “Glory divine nature, do not adoring the precious
caused the whole earth to to God in the highest and return to the old misery by mysteries of man’s
tremble is heard in the on earth peace to men of an evil way of life. Be redemption, give earnest
voice of a wailing infant . good will” – so that only mindful of whose head thought to what has been
The Magi, beholding a to men of good will God and body you are a done for you. Love the
child, profess that this is grant peace. member! Now that you purity of chastity because
the lord of glory, the lord have turned from the Christ is the Son of virginity.
of majesty, whom Isaiah When we gaze into the power of darkness Refrain from carnal desires
has shown was child and crib and know who He is remember that you have which war against the
God and king eternal: who cries as a baby yet been born with Christ into soul… In malice to like
“For a child is born to us, rules as Kyrios (Lord of the the light and kingdom of children because the Lord
and a son is given to us, universe), we realize more God. of glory has subjected
and the government is deeply the need of moral Himself to the childhood
upon his shoulder: and his reform, especially in Christmas will be ever a of moral man. Follow in
name shall be called today’s amoral world. In mystery because it was, is the way of humility, which
wonderful, counselor, God this Christ, “set for the rise and always shall be the the Son of God designed
the mighty, the father of and the fall of many, “ we unfolding of God’s love, to show His disciples.
the world to come, to discover who we are. In the story of God’s loving Clothe yourselves with the
prince of peace.” His Life, we find our life; man, and, out of love for strength of patience in
for this reason Christmas man, becoming man for which you shall have the
Christmas is also the feast will continue to be man’s sake. It is God’s power to posses your souls
of hope. It is more than celebrated until the end of eternal love song, God’s because He who is the
an historical event, even time. always recurring love Redeemer of all men is also
though it be the greatest story. It is a story ever- the strength of all men.
event of history. It looks Pope Saint Leo the Great ancient, ever-new; no one Mind the things that are
to the future as well as to urged his people to give will ever fully comprehend above, not the things on
the past. It began in thanks on the holiest of that love. earth. Walk in
paradise and will end only nights: “Thanks to God steadfastness along the
in heaven. The Christ who the Father through His Son, The lessons Christ teaches way of truth and life. Do
came as the child of in the Holy Spirit, who has by His birth are types and not let the things of earth
Bethlehem is the same had mercy on us because symbols for us to follow. ensnare you for whom the
mighty savior promised at He has loved us so much. Christmas is to be lived. things of heaven are
Eden’s gates and the same Even when we were dead More than a day or a prepared.”
eternal judge who will by sin, he has restored us month or a year; Christ is
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CHRISTMAS PASTORAL OF THE HIERARCHS OF THE UKRAINIAN
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
To Our Reverend Clergy, Reverend Religious, Seminarians, and to the Faithful,
Christ is Born!
Christmas begins with the joyful proclamation of good news. An angel of heaven announces to the
shepherds that the Savior has been born. It is good news which cannot be contained. It is announced and
celebrated in heaven and on earth by glorious choirs and lowly shepherds. We joyfully proclaim in our
beautiful traditional way that “God is among us!” It is constantly repeated many times during the evening
Compline Service. It is as if we cannot say it enough!
The angel announced to the shepherds the birth of Jesus and led them to the manger. The angel also
directed the three kings or astrologers to search for the newborn Jesus. Both the simple shepherds and the
well studied astrologers heeded the proclamation of Jesus’ birth in the world. They re-arranged their lives
to search for Jesus. They made personal sacrifice to greet Jesus into the world. Their hearts were open to
the hand of God amidst them.
The ruler at the time, Herod, was also blessed to hear of the newborn King, Jesus. His heart and mind
were not open to God’s presence. He regarded Jesus’ authority as a threat to his own authority. Pride does
that to any person. The self takes on greater importance and significance than God Himself. The person ends
up losing the privilege of coming to know God. The angel of the Lord directed the astrologers to take a
different route home to avoid revealing to Herod the place of the Child Jesus.
God continually intervenes through people in His love and concern for the welfare of all peoples. Yet,
there are those who choose to allow pride and selfishness to overtake their hearts. They diminish the light of
Jesus in the world. Reflect on how you yourself reveal the light of Jesus Christ in your life. Can you say of
yourself that you are a hopeful person? Do you reflect God’s love in your words and actions with others?
Or, do you allow selfishness and pride to dominate your choices in life? Do you radiate God’s love or do
you diminish it?
Choosing to love God and to share the light of Jesus Christ will bring you to a closer journey with Jesus
in your earthly life and in eternity. Allow yourself to be the bright light of Jesus’ love and care in the word
around you and with the people you were given to love and to nurture in Jesus’ name. You will come to share
in the blessedness of our Blessed Mother who will intercede for your needs with Her Son, Jesus. You will then
truly celebrate Christmas!
God grant you a most blessed Christmas celebration, filled with much joy shared with others. Know
of our love for you and of our remembrance of you in our prayers. May you be blessed with good health,
happiness, and much contentment in all of your endeavors in the coming year!
Christ is Born! Let us glorify Him!
+Stefan Soroka +Richard Seminack +Paul Chomnycky, +John Bura
Metropolitan-Archbishop Eparch of St. Nicholas in OSBM Apostolic Administrator
of Philadelphia Chicago Eparch of Stamford of St. Josaphat in Parma
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HEAD OF UGCC CALLED FAITHFUL TO PRAY
FOR QUICK COMPLETION OF BEATIFICATION
OF METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKYI
The Servant of God, Metropolitan which will shine as an example not
Andrey Sheptytskyi is a figure, for only for our nation but also for other
which we must thank God, because, of the Greek Catholic Church. He
ones, is coming to its end. Let
as Cardinal Tisseran once said worked relentlessly to reconcile
everyone pray that the day of his
addressing Ukrainians, he is an different ethnic groups and left a
glorification on the Earth should
adornment of our Church and our rich heritage of works on social
come as soon as possible,” wrote
nation. Metropolitan Sheptytskyi was problems and spirituality. He
the head of UGCC.
a teacher of our nation,” said developed new methods of ministry.
Patriarch Lubomyr in a greeting He founded the Redemptorist Order
In addition, in his letter, he
address to the participants of a of the Ukrainian Rite and monasteries
encouraged all the people, both
celebratory academy in of the Studite Order in Ukraine and
spiritual and secular ones to study
Khmelnytskyi. On 5 December, other religious associations. He
the life of Metropolitan Andrey as
2010, in the Khmelnytskyi became a founder of a hospital,
an example of a spiritual and
Philharmonics, a celebratory event National museum, Theological
national leader, a true Christian and
dedicated to Metropolitan Andrey Academy, supported various
Sheptyskyi was held. So reported religious, cultural and educational
the Information Department of the institutions.
Information of RISU:
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Metropolitan Andrey
Metropolitan Andrey was a sponsor
Sheptytskyi (1901-1944). For
“In the first half of the last century, of artists, students, including many
44 years, the metropolitan led the
when our nation had to pass through Orthodox Christians and a pioneer
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
such times as invasion of our land of ecumenism.
and the Ukrainian Galician society
by the Austrian and Russian regimes, at the time of two World Wars and
the short period of struggle for He mastered Hebrew so that he
survived seven regimes: the Austrian,
independence, invasion of the was able to communicate with the
Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Soviet,
Western Ukraine by the Polish state Jews. During his pastoral visits of
Nazi and another Soviet one.
and then by the Nazi and Bolshevic- towns, the Jewish communities met
Soviet dictatorships, Metropolitan him with Torah. Under the Nazi
He was born on 22 July, 1865 in
Andrey Sheptytskyi proved to be a regime, he hid hundreds of Jewish
the village of Prylbychi in Lviv Region.
true father of the people and children in his chambers. At that
He was of an ancient noble
defended his people wherever and time, the metropolitan wrote a
Ukrainian family, which in the 19th
whenever he could. And during the pastoral letter “Thou shall not kill,”
c. was polonized and converted to
genocide of the Jewish people, on which was a bold protest against
Roman Catholicism. Despite a strong
his initiative and with his direct the Nazi atrocities.
opposition of his father, he decided
participation, approximately four to return to his roots and become a
hundred Jewish children were Metropolitan Andrey died on 1
monk of the Basilian Order in order
saved,” stressed the head of the November, 1944. He is buried in a
to serve the Greek Catholic Church,
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. crypt of St. Yur’s Cathedral in Lviv.
which at that time was popularly
called “Peasant” one.
According to Patriarch Lubomyr, www.risu.org.ua
Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytskyi is At the age of 36, Andrey Sheptytskyi,
a holy man. “The process of his who was gifted with extraordinary
beatification for all his heroic virtues, spiritual charisma, became the head
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St. Nicholas visits the children of
St. George’s in Pittsburgh
Even though it was a snowy
Sunday morning on
December 5th, it did not stop
St. Nicholas from visiting the
children at St. George’s in
Pittsburgh, PA. At the
conclusion of the Divine
Liturgy, St. Nicholas entered
the Church as we all sung
together that beautiful hymn
“Îé, õòî, õòî Ìèêîëàÿ
ëþáèòü” - “Those who love
Nicholas the saintly”. Following
this, the celebration continued
in our Church hall where the
children received gifts and
chocolate coins from St.
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Christmas Traditions of Ukraine
CHRISTMAS, WHICH have survived a thousand by the family with “Slavite Day, December 19th, has
TAKES ITS NAME from years and now form a part Yoho!” (Let Us Glorify Him!) generally been replaced by
Christ’s Mass, was first of today s Christmas In some families the Old the Christmas date.
celebrated on various dates celebrations. Slavic form Khristos
from about 200 A.D. but razhdayetsya is used. MALANKA OR
SVIATA VECHERA OR SHCHEDRY VECHIR on
was finally set on December
“HOLY SUPPER” is the AT THE END OF THE January 13th according to
25 by Bishop Liberus of
central tradition of the SVIATA VECHERA the the Julian calendar is
Rome in 354 A.D. The
beautiful Christmas Eve family often sings celebrated as Ukrainian
December date, which
celebrations in Ukrainian Kolyadky, Ukrainian New Year’s Eve in many
almost coincides with the
homes. The dinner table Christmas Carols. In many cities. On this, the last night
winter solstice, became a
sometimes has a few wisps communities the old of the year, New Year’s
popular festival of West
of hay on the embroidered Ukrainian tradition of carols called Shchedrivky
Europe during the Middle
table cloth as a reminder carolling is carried on by are sung. One of the most
Ages. But as late as the
of the manger in groups of young people famous of these is the
Bethlehem. Many and members of popular”Shchedryk” by
Christmas celebration was
Canadian and American organizations and Leontovich which is known
suppressed in Scotland and
families wear their churches calling at homes in English as “The Carol of
New England because of
Ukrainian embroidered and collecting donations. the Bells.”
some religious differences.
shirts on this occasion.
All Christian nations have The favorite Ukrainian carol While Christmas is a
When the children see the is Boh predvichny (God religious event, Malanka is
traditions which have
first Star in the eastern Eternal) which has a very a secular, merry-making
become a part of the
evening sky, which beautiful melody and Iyrics. celebration. In some
Christmas season. For
symbolizes the trek of the Some Ukrainian carols are communities Ukrainian
example, England has
Three Wise Men, the Sviata unusual because they professional and
contributed the decorations
Vechera may begin. In mention Ukraine while businessmens’ clubs or youth
of holly and mistletoe,
farming communities the others are ancient pagan organizations sponsor a
carolling and gift giving.The
head of the household songs of a thousand years dress up Malanka Banquet
Christmas tree is a medieval
now brings in a sheaf of ago which have been and Ball.
German tradition and the
wheat called the didukh converted into Christian
immortal carol “Silent Night” The traditional Christmas
which represents the carols.
also comes from Germany. customs of Ukraine add
importance of the ancient
The United States first made CHRISTMAS IS A color and significance to the
and rich wheat crops of
Santa Claus popular in New JOYOUS DAY which winter festival of Christmas,
Ukraine, the staff of life
York, popularized the opens for Ukrainian and Ukrainian Christmas on
through the centuries.
Christmas card about 1846 families with attendance at January 7th is usually a
Didukh means literally
and made the major Church. Ukrainian peaceful and quiet event.
“grandfather spirit” so it
contribution to Churches offer services This celebration reminds us
symbolizes the family’s
commercializing Christmas. starting before midnight on of the baby in a Bethlehem
ancestors. In city homes a
When Ukraine under King few stalks of golden wheat Christmas Eve and on manger whose 1,975th
Volodymyr (St. Vladimir) in a vase are often used Christmas morning. birthday we celebrate. But
accepted Christianity from to decorate the table. Christmas supper, without whether Christmas is
Byzantium in 988 A.D. Lenten restrictions, does not celebrated on December
A prayer is said and the have as many traditions 25th or on January 7th the
many pagan traditions
father says the traditional connected with it as Sviata message is the same:
were in existence which
Christmas greeting, Vechera. The old tradition “Peace on Earth! Good
were adapted by the
“Khristos rodyvsya!” (Christ in Ukraine of giving gifts will towards men!"
Church to the new religion.
is born!) which is answered to children on St. Nicholas www.infoukes.com
Some of those traditions
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On December 15, 2010, Kimberly Hawthorne Savage from VKG Associates, Inc. led a computer
training class at the Chancery. Archbishop Stefan Soroka along with representatives from
various offices of the Chancery participated in the class.
Archbishop Stefan Kimberly Hawthorne Savage instructs the class.
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On the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, on His
Grace Stefan’s Feastday and the start of the New Year the staff
of ‘’The Way’’ wishes Metropolitan Stefan Soroka God’s blessing,
good health, and fruitful work in the Vineyard of Christ for the
greater Glory of God, Church, and the people of God.
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December 31, 2010: Zabava – New Year’s Eve January 14, 2011: Malanka (Dance), St. Vladimir
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Eve Dance to be held in the school auditorium on
Friday, December 31, 2010. The fabulous buffet January 16, 2011: Sisters Servants of Mary
dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m. and available all Immaculate will visit the Cathedral, Philadelphia,
evening. Music will be provided by the band PA.
“HALYCHANY”. Champagne toast is included but
you can also ‘Bring Your Own Bottle.” Advanced January 22, 2011: Malanka (Dance), St. Mary's
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