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Spiritual Retreat into Christmas 2021

The Unfolding of a Mystery: From Annunciation to Nativity

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Virtual Spiritual Retreat 2021

Get into the true spirit of Christmas. Please plan to join us for this very special virtual retreat. Gather your family and friends and be amazed how the Mystery unfolds. The retreat is free. LUC membership is not required. Click on the green ‘Register Here’ button below.

Thank You!!! We could not have done it without the help of generous members, friends and supporters. Thank you to all who donated gift cards and cash and to everyone who bought tickets. We are all winners for supporting this great organization of ours. LUC…Let Us Care!!!

Fun For Funds Raffle Drawing will be held Sunday 08/29 at 12 noon in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY and via Zoom. Please click on this link to get your ZOOM invite so we can all be in on the FUN!!! https://forms.gle/bnXkSeLY5SNUec7B7

Still didn’t send in your raffle??? Do it now. Didn’t get a raffle??? Click on the raffle ticket below to download your tickets. Mail them right away so we get them by Friday, 08/27. Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

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Congratulations to our newest member: Bishop Stepan Sus

On January 1st, 2021 I had the distinct pleasure of presenting His Excellency, Bishop Stepan Sus with a Honorary Lifetime Membership and welcoming him into our wonderful organization. Bishop Sus was visiting the US from Ukraine, where he serves as Curial Bishop of Ukrainian Catholic Major Archeparchy of Kyiv–Halychyna. Prior to his episcopal ordination January 12, 2020 he was pastor as St. Peter & Paul Garrison Church in Lviv and head of the Military Chaplaincy Center in Lviv. He is well known and loved in Ukraine for his outstanding support and dedication to Ukrainian troops and their families. Shortly after his episcopal ordination he was appointed Chaplain General of CYM (Ukrainian Youth Organization SUM) worldwide. We are truly honored to have Bishop Stepan as a LUC member, and since Bishop Stepan lives in Ukraine LUC is now international!!!

LUC Members: Bishop Paul Chomnycky, Bishop Stepan Sus, Sophia Shchur, Bishop Bohdan Danylo

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to our newest LUC member, Bishop Stepan Sus on his First Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination January 12, 2020-2021. Axios!!!

A Spiritual Journey into Great Lent – LUC Retreat Recording

Feeling so blessed to be able to share with you the recording of our retreat: A Spiritual Journey into Great Lent. A monumental expression of gratitude to our spiritual guides for our journey today: Bishop Bohdan Danylo, Father Marijan Procyk, Father Andriy Kelt, Father Jason Charron and Father Deacon Anthony Dragani, for giving us the keen spiritual insight necessary for a journey through Lent. May God’s blessing be returned to you a thousand fold.

Garden State-St. Nicholas Chapter

THEY MADE IT HAPPEN – ST. NICHOLAS PARISH AND SCHOOL, PASSAIC, NJ

This past year proved to be a challenge in many ways. As a parish community we have been Blessed through the Grace of God during these difficult days, and in thanksgiving for this blessing, once again the Giving Tree program came to be. For the 20th consecutive year, our parish has sponsored a Giving Tree project for orphans and the disabled in Ukraine, suppling each resident with warm clothing, hygiene supplies, and children’s games. This pandemic year, a food drive project closer to home was added.

Our Eastern Catholic neighbors at St Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, Passaic, have maintained a food panty for the last decade.  The St. Nicholas Chapter of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC), with the support of our pastor, Fr. Andriy Dudkevych, invited our members, parishioners, and school children to participate in a Giving Thanks food staples drive to benefit this pantry. This is one of several food projects that the League has sponsored over the years in support of St. Michael’s pantry and the local homeless and needy.  The COVID pandemic situation has dragged on for months and the numbers of indigent in the city of Passaic has grown significantly and a great many of them are children.

Thus, the League initiated a “Calendar of Daily Giving” that was extended to the 40-day Philip Fast / Pylypywka. Participants were asked to put aside one food item daily from the list intended for the pantry throughout the Fast. The project was bolstered by the 2020 Synod of Bishops Pastoral letter urging the faithful to serve those who are closest to us and lack attention, support, and comfort – “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27).  Donations were collected in the Church vestibule. 

Sr. Eliane Ilnitski, SSMI, principal at St. Nicholas School, took this opportunity to help students prepare themselves for Christmas and to decorate their traditional Christmas Tree displayed in the school foyer. Their challenge – for every food donation brought in to help the local food pantry, the student placed an ornament on the school Christmas tree. The goal was to have all the ornaments on the tree and the donation boxes filled with food before Christmas Eve, and they made it happen!

The project was deemed a resounding success. When all was said and done, a pickup truck’s bed and a car trunk plus were filled with goods.  Delivery to St. Michael’s pantry was made on January 6th, Eve of the Epiphany, and was met with an outpouring of thanks and blessings to all who participated from their parish volunteers and Fr. Jack Custer, pastor/administrator at St. Michael’s.  

The St. Nicholas Chapter of LUC sincerely appreciates and thanks the parishioners, students and families who took part in this special project and for their generosity which truly followed the directives of our Bishops Synod –  “You will be left with one thing – what you gave to the poor!”