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.
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!!!
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!!!
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!”
Our beloved Fr. Paul Wolensky, Spiritual Director for the North Anthracite Council recently underwent surgery. Today he is asking for our prayers as he undergoes further procedures at the hospital today. With have you on this Father Paul!!! You always pray for us, now our members join together in fervent prayer for you, for your good health and for everything you need. We hope you feel our love and prayers surrounding you. Let Us Care.
Several members of Niagara Frontier Council got together for this group photo after celebrating Divine Liturgy with our National Board Spiritual Director Father Marijan Procyk, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buffalo New York.
LUC Sunday is celebrated on October 25th, 2020, the last Sunday of October in spiritual harmony with Christ the King.
Our National Spiritual Director, Father Marijan Procyk with be celebrating Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. from St. Nicholas parish in Buffalo, NY for the living and deceased members of the LUC.You can join us at St. Nicholas UCC or celebrate with us online at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHFrKKv_GWs6U-EfD7TctIA
Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast in 1925 to remind the faithful that Christ reigns as king over all things and for all time. May we be reminded of Christ’s presence in our everyday life and trust in Him.P
Please let us know if your parish is celebrating LUC Sunday also!!!
Our organization, League of Ukrainian Catholics of America was founded in 1933 by a group of like minded and concerned young Ukrainian Catholics in an effort to unify, support and maintain our spiritual traditions.
Almost 90 years later, we as beneficiaries of our founders vision and work, have organized our first virtual conference with the emphasis on unity and spiritual support which is so deeply needed during this time of ongoing Covid pandemic.
We hope you will join us for Transformation 2020 Conference: “Transforming Calamity into Unity, Dignity and Healing” on October 10th, 2020. Registration is simple and free. After registering you will be sent a link by email to view the conference.
We thank our outstanding UGCC leadership, Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Bishops Andrij Rabij, Benedict Aleksijchuk, Bohdan Danylo, and Paul Chomnycky for embracing this opportunity to spiritually support and strengthen us.