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Published: November 19, 2014






Praise be Jesus Christ!


On November 14th, we began observing ‘Pylypivka’ or St. Philip’s Fast in preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of the Birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Society around is now entering a period of aggressively attempting to increase and enhance our appetite for goods, gifts, and items deemed necessary for the celebration of Christmas.  It is difficult for most of us to withdraw from our earthly appetites as we attempt to make more time for prayer and meditation.  From whom can we get some direction?


The Blessed and Holy Martyrs of our Ukrainian Catholic Church inspire us to surrender more of ourselves.  Their sacrifice of life in the face of persecution and for God’s kingdom minimizes any excuses you and I may offer in neglecting making sacrifices for our faith in our daily life.  We are quickly becoming a generation of people feeling entitled to daily privileges and rights, and even in our journey of faith.  This attitude of feeling entitled deprives us of choosing that which has deeper and more significant meaning in our life.  We even begin to presume Our Lord by not choosing to be excitedly motivated to meet him in celebrating his holy feast in his holy Church.

Christmas is coming!  Bright lights and festivities surround us and lift our spirits.  You and I share a responsibility to brightly shine with our light of baptism.  “Pylypivka’ summons you and me to pause.  We are reminded to meditate on our journey of faith with Jesus.  Be still, calm yourself and hear the voice of Jesus in your life.  Surrender more time for prayer and thoughtful meditation.  Search for Jesus with more frequent participation in worship in your parish. Then let Jesus be the source of your energy and that which you value in your daily life.  You will enjoy peace and joy which cannot be bought or garnered in the busyness of the world around us.

You and I are called to rekindle our light of faith to call others to Jesus.  Choose to be a thankful person, rejoicing in your love for God.  Choose to be a person of hope, offering encouragement and assistance to others struggling in daily life.  You will be a source of light and renewal for others, even unknowingly at times.  The Lord’s presence and peace will descend upon others and surround them with his joy and peace.   You truly will then be preparing for the joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth.   

Thanksgiving Day provides opportunity for families and friends to gather and enjoy their common bond and love for one another.  When proclaiming Thanksgiving Day in 1789, President Washington cited the importance of our unity in rendering thanks to God, and in offering prayers and supplications for the pardon of our transgressions.  Celebrating forgiveness and seeking God’s forgiveness in the Holy Mystery or Sacrament of Confession is a life-giving way to humble ourselves before God and invite Him into our daily life.  Choose to go to confession more often so as to come nearer to God in daily life.

George Washington also called for us “to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue”.  We do this as we pray and support the many throughout the world who suffer persecution because of their faith.  Particularly we pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who face persecution and the onset of war and terrorism.  We also pray for our suffering Christian brothers and sisters in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and various parts of Africa, some of whom need to flee their homelands because of persecution and war.  You and I are called to raise our voices through our democratically elected leaders to express our outrage as to the loss of life and devastation which is occurring in various parts of the world.  Let us be thankful for the peace we enjoy in our nation with prayers and actions in defense of others who do not enjoy the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.

May your ‘Pylypivka’ journey be especially blessed with many opportunities for spiritual renewal and may you enjoy a joyful Thanksgiving!


+Stefan Soroka(author) 

Archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians 

Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States  


+Richard Seminack 

Eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago 



+Paul Chomnycky, OSBM  

Eparch of Stamford 



+ Bohdan Danylo  

Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma 



+John Bura  

Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia 





November 2014

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Ascension Manor Apartments

911 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ascension Manor is a non-profit senior citizen apartment complex for people 62 and older.  It is located one block away from the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.  It is under the direction of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.  For more information on Ascension Manor or for an application, please call 215-922-1116 or visit the website link below. 

For an Ascension Manor application and for more information click here.

Telephone: 215-922-1116

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Ascension Manor articles in THE WAY (click here)

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Our Lady of Sorrows Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery

2618 - 2637 Village Road, Langhorne, PA 19047

Conveniently located in Langhorne, PA, near the intersection of Rt. 1 and Rt. I-95.  We are just minutes from center city Philadelphia, Bristol, and Trenton.  Our plots are reasonably priced, with pre laid foundations included in the purchase price of the plot.  Contact the cemetery office for additional information.

Telephone: 215-627-0143
E-mail: ukrcathcem@ukrcap.org

Treasury of Faith Museum 

810 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(1st and 2nd levels)


The museum was founded in 2002 and was established to manifest and preserve the Catholic faith, courage, and determination of our ancestors.  It reflects the roots and history of our Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States of America.  The museum houses artifacts from parishes within the Philadelphia Archeparchy.  Contact the Treasury of Faith Museum for more information and tours.

Telephone: 215-627-3389

E-mail: tofmuseum@ukrcap.org
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Byzantine Church Supplies Store 

810 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (lower level)


In the store, you will find books, icons, crosses, Christian Incense, church supplies, various linens, priest's vestments, and more!

Business Hours:
M-F 9:30am-4:00pm

Telephone: 215-627-0660

E-mail: byzsupplies@yahoo.com
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Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia 

827 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Telephone: 215-627-0143
Fax:  215-627-0377
E-mail: ukrmet@ukrcap.org



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3) Songs from the "Believe for Life - The Creed" DVD

The Believe for Life -- The Creed video featured students singing an original song "I Believe" with words and music composed by Mrs. Jaroslava Lonchyna.

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9) A video clip of Pope John Paul II at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA on October 4, 1979. The video is courtesy of Broadcast Pioneers and WPVI.  
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Do you feel God calling you in your life?  Perhaps to a life of service as a priest, deacon, monk, or nun?  Or perhaps to help out the Church and your fellow men and women in the world by working as a layperson?  Or do you feel called to the married life?  Perhaps you feel God calling you to live a chaste and celibate life while working in His vineyard?

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