Friday, July 1, 2022 UTC

APRIL 6, 8 & 10: SYNODAL PROCESS LISTENING SESSIONS WITH PARISH COUNCEL

    APRIL 6 – 07:15 PM (AFTER PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY); APRIL 8 – 07:15 PM (AFTER PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY); APRIL 10 – 09:15 AM (AFTER DIVINE LITURGY) & APRIL 10 – 11:15 AM (AFTER DIVINE LITURGY).

SYNOD LETTER FROM BISHOP KURT: Synod Listening Letter from Bishop Kurt (1)

SYNOD QUESTIONIER FOR PARISHIONERS: Synod Questionier for Parishioners (1)

Link to the Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment- Vademecum: Vademecum-EN-A4

Link to the Preparatory Document – For a Synodal Church: Documento-Preparatorio-EN-21

Dear Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parishioners,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for a reinvigoration of the Synodal Process throughout the Universal Church.  The intent of the Synodal Process is to provide bottom-up feedback from lay-people to better inform our Church’s decision-making processes, from the local level all the way to the Magisterium.  The requested feedback covers all aspects of the Church and the life of the Church.

As part of this effort, our Bishop Kurt has asked each parish to have its parishioners complete a survey and take part in a Listening Session (see attached letter from Bishop Kurt).  Our parish council will compile the collected feedback, both from the questionnaires and Listening Sessions, and put it into a document that will be submitted to the Syncellus, who in turn will submit a report to the Eparchy.  Our Eparchy will submit a report to the Archeparchy, who in-turn will submit a report to the Holy Father.

The Parish Council is requesting that each adult parishioner complete the attached questionnaire as well as take part in one of the below four listening sessions:
6 April – after Pre-sanctified Liturgy
8 April – after Pre-sanctified Liturgy
10 April – after 9:00 Liturgy (Religious Education Day, parents can attend while children are in classes)
10 April – after 11:00 Liturgy

Each Listening Session will be facilitated by 2-3 members of the Parish Council and will take place in the Church building.  We highly encourage all parishioners to attend one of the Listening Sessions.  Each parishioner should bring their completed questionnaire with them, with either hand-written or typed responses being acceptable (questionnaires do not need names or signatures to maintain anonymity).  If for whatever reason a parishioner cannot attend a Listening Session, they can email their questionnaire to the parish email address and their responses will be included when compiling our parish report.

Below are two links for more information on the Church’s Synodal Process.  This is an important new initiative from our Holy Father, and is an opportunity for you to provide input that will inform our Church’s decision making, please do not take this lightly!  Thank you in advance for your support for this important effort!

Very respectfully,
Fr. Vasyl Sokolovych

 

JAN 26: DAY OF PRAYER AND FAST FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

   JAN 26: PRAYER MARATHON – 2:00 AM EST IN PHILADELPHIA; MOLEBEN TO BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – 6:30 AM.

On Sunday, January 23rd, Pope Francis announced that Wednesday, January 26th, will be a Day of Prayer and Fast for peace and prevention of war in Ukraine.

In honor of this day, His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav, will be conducting a prayer marathon in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, in which every archeparchy and eparchy of our church wil take part. The prayer marathon will begin at 9AM Kyiv time (2AM in Philadelphia) and will last 12 hours. It will be streamed on Zhyve TV on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Zhyve.tv  and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=zhyve+tv.

The Philadelphia Archeparchy will be joining the prayer marathon with a Moleben to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which will be celebrated by Bishop Andriy Rabiy on Wednesday, January 26th, at 6:30AM at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Jenkintown, PA.

We invite all to this Moleben to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to pray together for the prevention of war and for peace in Ukraine.

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

    2021 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL – EPARCHY OF PASSAIC.

The annual Bishop’s Appeal is upon us. An excerpt from the November ECL from Bishop Kurt follows: “I ask once again, take care of your own needs and/or your own parish first. If you have extra and would like to help me with my work for the Eparchy, and for the weaker parishes, please consider a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal this year. God will not be outdone in generosity.” However, money will not fix our clergy shortage. It is much more important that we pray. May God grant that young men give their lives to him as
priests. + Kurt. As a parish we have been generously blessed to have a priest and deacon from our Eparchy. Bishop Kurt
is supporting our needs. Please give as generously as possible. We will reap much more than we sow. Trust in the
Lord. Please visit the Eparchy’s website for more information: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/