Monday, October 28, 2013

Philadelphia to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Holodomor

Український Американський Громадський Комітету закликає українську громаду  м. Філядельфії і околиці до численної участи у відзначенню 80-річчя Голодомору – Ґеноциду в Україні, що відбудеться в неділю, 17-го листопада ц.р. з таким розкладом: 1:00-2:00 год. по полудні:  Маніфестація і Інсценізація біля Дзвону Свободи (People’s Square, 5th & Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106).
3:00 год. по полудні:  Жалібне Відзначення Голодомору – Ґеноциду і вшанування памяті 8-10 мільйонів невинних жертв Московського терору в Українській Католицькій Катедрі Непорочного Зачаття ПДМ при 830 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. 

По дальші інформації і зголошення на автобуси, просимо звертатися до канцелярії У.О.К. Центру на число телефону: 215-663-1166.

The Ukrainian-American community in Philadelphia will mark the 80th Anniversary of the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine on Sunday, November 17.  From 1:00-2:00 PM, a rally with famine dramatization will be held at the Liberty Bell, People’s Square, 5th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  A Solemn Commemoration of the “Holodomor” and Remembrance Service for the 8-10 million innocent victims of Moscow’s terror will follow at 3:00 PM at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

All are encouraged to attend! For more information and bus reservations, please contact the Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center main office at 215-663-1166.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Clergy Attend Workshop on October 10th in Philadelphia, PA

On October 10, 2013, the clergy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia attended a workshop at the Cathedral Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

Rev. Dr. Richard DeLillio, OSFS, Professor of Homiletics from The Catholic University of America, spoke on the theme, "Go and Make Disciples of all Nations", a day of reflection on the growing diversity in our church and what this means for Pastors and the Pastoral Ministry in the 21st century.

1) See pictures from our Archeparchy of Philadelphia Facebook page:

2) Watch a brief video from the workshop:

Photos and Video by "The Way"

Monday, October 21, 2013

"I Believe" song and lyrics...

The "Believe for Life--The Creed" video featured students singing an original song "I Believe" with words and music composed by Mrs. Jaroslava Lonchyna. Videos of the students singing the complete song in English and Ukrainian have been posted on our website.  See below pdf file for the lyrics to the song and links to the video.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

82nd Pilgrimage in Fox Chase Manor, PA

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great held their 82nd Annual Pilgrimage on the grounds of their Motherhouse in Fox Chase Manor, PA on Sunday, October 6, 2013.  The theme of this year's pilgrimage was "Accepting the Cross: Martyrs of the Ukrainian Catholic Church". The main celebrant at the 11:30 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka. The homilist was Bishop Borys Gudziak.

For more information on the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great please visit their website at .

1.  See 71 pictures from the pilgrimage on our Archeparchy of Philadelphia's Facebook page.

Bishop Borys Gudziak 

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2. Watch a video of the Liturgy on our YouTube Channel.  This video includes parts of the Liturgy including the entire homily of Bishop Borys Gudziak.

Video and pictures by "The Way"

Believe for Life - Video and Brochures

"Believe for Life - The Creed" is a video production of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of  Philadelphia.  DVDs of this video (in both English and Ukrainian languages) were mailed to thousands of households in the Archeparchy of Philadelphia.  This video is used as an evangelization approach for our church.

Please watch the video and share the link with others.

Also, please send your e-mail address to us at or . We would like to stay in touch with you, send you our "The Way" newsletter for the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, and keep you informed of other projects that we are currently working on.  Thank you.

Below are also some educational brochures that were included in the mailing with the DVD.

"Believe for Life - The Creed" DVD

“Believe for Life – The Creed” DVD (English Video) Link

"Вірити все життя"  “Believe for Life – The Creed” DVD (Ukrainian Video) Link

“Believe for Life” Brochure in English Link

“Believe for Life” Brochure in Ukrainian Link


Deacon Brochure in English Link

Deacon Brochure in Ukrainian Link

Friday, October 4, 2013

Whippany Article from "The Ukrainian Weekly"

Many thanks are given from "The Way" to "The Ukrainian Weekly" for providing the article below about the Consecration of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Whippany, NJ.

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New St. John the Baptist Church is consecrated in Whippany, N.J.

The Ukrainian Weekly

WHIPPANY, N.J. – The solemn consecration of the new St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church took place here on Saturday, September 21, with hundreds of parishioners and clergy in attendance.
Officiating at the consecration was Archbishop Stefan Soroka, metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in the United States. Also participating were Bishops Paul Chomnycky and Basil Losten (emeritus) of the Stamford Eparchy, as well as the Rt. Rev. Mitred Protopresbyter Roman Mirchuk, pastor of St. John’s, and visiting clergy.

The occasion was marked by three days of services and ceremonies with the faithful attending en masse in their Ukrainian embroidered finery. Also present at various times during the celebrations were a number of elected officials, among them U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Hanover Township Mayor Ronald F. Francioli and Township Committee Members John L. Ferramosca and George Coppola.
On Friday evening, September 20, the new church’s cornerstone was blessed after a vesper service next door, in the temporary church housed in the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey. The new church’s consecration and a gala banquet at the UACCNJ took place the next day. On Sunday, a pontifical divine liturgy was celebrated in the new church and was followed by a community banquet at the cultural center.

The consecration of the new St. John the Baptist Church took place nearly seven years after the grand opening on November 10-12, 2006, of the UACCNJ, which is affiliated with St. John’s Parish; indeed, it housed the congregation’s temporary church when the parish moved from its old church on the corner of Route 10 and South Jefferson Road to the center on North Jefferson Road.

The three-day event in 2006 encompassed the blessing of the parish rectory, the dedication of the cultural center followed by a grand opening banquet, and the blessing of the temporary church and the first liturgy there.

The continuity of parish life is perhaps best symbolized by the iconostasis, the work of Christine Dochwat, that was moved from the old church to the temporary church and now into the new St. John the Baptist Church.

The new church, designed by architect Taras Dobusz of Bridgewater, N.J., stands on land between the UACCNJ and the rectory. It is a contemporary design with features of the traditional Hutsul style seen in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains. On consecration day, two of the church’s golden domes were in place; three were yet to be erected. Nonetheless, the new church, both its exterior and its spacious interior, won high praise from parishioners and guests alike.

On the day of the consecration, Saturday, September 21, the church hierarchs, clergy and faithful processed from the temporary church to the new church, circling it thrice. Metropolitan Soroka blessed the church’s exterior.

Once inside, the consecration rites continued in the sanctuary, as the altar was established, washed and consecrated, and relics of saints were placed inside its four corners. The faithful were able to see these unique proceedings as they took place behind the iconostasis on two large TV screens inside the church.

The foundation charter of the new church was then read in the Ukrainian and English languages.

Some 370 people attended the grand banquet that evening which featured a photographic history of the 92-year-old parish; performances by the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble – including an original dance choreographed for the occasion by Natalia Ejova; pianist Laryssa Krupa Slobodyanik; baritone Oleh Chmyr; and a song by children of the parish. The Rev. Mirchuk spoke to thank all who had made the day of the church’s consecration possible.

Sunday’s afternoon banquet – held after the first liturgy to be celebrated in the new St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church – featured Iskra, pianist Ms. Krupa Slobodyanik and violinist Andriy Gavrysh (who performed individually and as a duo), the Buniak Trio of singers, the parish choir directed by cantor Oksana Telepko, as well Ms. Telepko accompanied by children of the parish in a vocal performance. Also part of the program were videotaped reflections of St. John’s parishioners.

 The story above is reprinted with permission from The Ukrainian Weekly ( It appeared in that newspaper’s September 29 issue.

Holodomor Memorial Service 2012 (VIDEO)

Holodomor Memorial Service from 2012

(80th Anniversary of the Holodomor)

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
November 17, 2012

The video starts at the 7:50 minute mark.

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Video is from website:

Read an article about the Holodomor Service in "The Way".

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Archeparchial Wedding Anniversary Jubilee

The Archeparchial Wedding Anniversary Jubilee was held on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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1) See pictures from the event on our Archeparchy's Facebook page.

2) Video 1 of 2 - Video Clips from the Procession, Gospel, and Metropolitan Stefan's Homily

3)Video 2 of 2 - Video of the Vows & Reception


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