Celebrating First Penance ( Reconciliation) and Holy Eucharist.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration of First Sacrament of Reconciliation and Solemn Holy Communion was delayed throughout parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Not wanting our students to think they have been forgotten, last Saturday eight students participated in these special sacraments, following all liturgical precautions and keeping with social distancing requirements. It was a blessed day, truly a day the Lord had chosen, and we rejoiced in it.

Повідомлення про відновлення Богослужінь.

Дорогі парафіяни нашого храму.
 
У зв’язку з послабленням карантину у Америці і завдяки Божій ласці, сьогодні  ми  відновляємо Божественні Літургії для парафіян та приятелів у нашій церкві.
 
Ми намагатимемося робити все можливе, щоб розмістити всіх у храмі, але ми ЗОБОВ’ЯЗАНІ дотримуватися адміністративних вказівок уряду і медичних рекомендацій, які теж є затверджені нашим Архиєпископом.
 
1. Усі присутні в церкві ПОВИННІ мати маску, яку потрібно взяти з собою з дому.
 
2. Також присутні на богослужіннях повинні дотримуватися соціальної дистанції між собою. Прошу займати тільки зазначені місця у лавках,  які є позначені і відкриті, та дотриматись соціальної дистанції у 1,5-2 метри.
 
3. Усі вірні повинні використовувати засоби для дезінфікування рук, які є при вході до церкви.
 
4. Богослужіння буде відбуватися  без хору і книжок у лавках.  Буде співати тільки дяк  а вірні можуть допомагати.
 
5. Святе Причастя . о. Іван  використовуватиме дві ложечки для Св. Причастя, які будуть дезінфікуватися спиртом з відповідною концентрацією  після кожного причасника. Священик  буде мати захисну маску. Уділяючи Святе Причастя, вірні мають широко відкривати вуста і не торкатися вустами ложечки.  
 
6. Після Богослужень не скупчуйтесь у притворі чи на вулиці. Пам’ятайте про заборону контактувати з іншими людьми.
 
7. Посвячені вербні галузки можна буде отримати на вулиці. Кошик з галузками  знаходиться на центральних сходах.
 
8. Вірним, які мають застереження щодо відвідування церкви, особливо людям, віком від 65 років і старшим, або тим, які мають проблеми зі здоров’ям, ми рекомендуємо  залишатись дома.
 
9. Відновляється сповідь. Якщо вам потрібно поговорити чи навідати священика, зверніться до парафіяльної канцелярії або зателефонуйте священику безпосередньо 2023682408.
 
Прошу з розумінням ставитись до  всіх  вимог ситуації пандемії. Нехай береже нас усіх  Господь.

Welcome Back Home!

Beloved in Christ,

​Jesus, You teach us to “fear no one,” but we are afraid, body and soul. There is so much fear in our world these days, from pandemic to civil unrest. It is time to cling to Christ, the Rock of ages, and His Church built upon Peter, a man transformed by the Holy Spirit. Are you clinging yet? I hope so. It’s been a challenging time but today I WELCOME you back to your spiritual home.

​In order to protect everyone, and to accommodate the needs of our Parishioners while meeting the social distancing guidelines and other guidance of health officials, we will be implementing the following steps at every Liturgy:

1. While in Church, face masks or coverings MUST be used at ALL TIMES except when receiving Communion.  Please bring your own mask.

2.     Social distancing must be observed between all present at the services. No handshakes, hugs or kissing when greeting one another. No touching or kissing of icons, venerate them with a simple bow.

3.     Some pews have been cordoned off and the pews that are open have been marked with blue tape indicating where people may sit.  Please note that family groups may sit together and are not bound by social distancing. All  should remain in place once  seated.  The church and pews are sanitized and  cleaned regularly.

4.     Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of the church.  You are also encouraged to bring your own small sanitizer.

5.     Collection Plate Location: Two Baskets for both collections (2) are located at each side of the church back wall; no baskets will be passed at this time. You can place your gracious contribution into a basket before or after Liturgies.

6.     All Hymn Books and Liturgy Books have been temporarily removed from church. You are welcome to bring your own prayer book.

7.     The cantor will assist the priest by leading the faithful in worship.  There will be limited use of singing by congregation.

8.     Communion will be given as usual out of the chalice, but once you approach the chalice, lower your mask, tilt your head back and open your mouth so that Fr. Ivan can pour the gifts in your mouth without touching. Father will use two spoons in rotation. Each spoon will be sanitized immediately after each communicant by pure alcohol (at least 60-50%). People will process to receive communion while maintaining social distance following marks on the floor. 

9.     The floor is  taped to reflect appropriate social-distancing of 6 ft. for the Communion line. We ask communicants from the center pews of the church to be first in line for Holy Communion. Then communicants from the side pews to follow. Please, no cutting through center aisle pews.

 10.   Dismissal will be permitted out the front and side doors; The main and side  doors will be open for exit after the Liturgy.

11.   There will be no in-person coffee hour fellowships.

12. Parishioners  who are  sick or symptomatic must stay at home.

All these procedures were established for your protection. Thank you for your cooperation and please pray for each other.

Many Thanks to All!

Dearly beloved parishioners of Assumption church, in my sixteen years as a priest, this is the first time I have celebrated Holy Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services without the people of God in God’s house. Regardless of the restrictions of this time due to the Covid-19 coronavirus,  I continue to pray and offer services for you every day. Please remember, that while we cannot be filling our beautiful church together,  we can still worship together, by you  joining  our live streaming  services on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ivan.turyk
Our Archbishop Borys and bishop Andriy encourage everyone to take time for prayer on Sundays and to take advantage of the live-streamed Liturgies in our parish or the cathedral in Philadelphia.
To make your online worship experience an expression of our “Church of the Home,” please consider the following:
• Watch the services in a special place of your home.
• Prepare yourself as if you were coming to the church, perhaps even dressing as you usually do for service at the church.
• Turn off distractions such as other media and your phone.
• Most importantly, tune in spiritually as participants, not just observers. This is still your church!

The responses to our streaming Lenten services and Sunday’s Liturgies have been overwhelmingly positive and grows each week.  At this time, I want to thank Deacon Paul Makar, Thomas Dochych, Anna Lawrence, Sub deacon Alex Bricki and his mother Terri for helping with cantering all our services.  Thanks to our secretary Anna for her work at the parish office, to  Maria Alvarez for changing altar linens and Colette Baginsky for baking the Artos bread.  I am grateful to you for remembering me in your prayers  and for enthusiastically responding to my phone calls. I also want to thank all of you who have continued your financial support of our parish. Your labors, time, and offerings did not go unnoticed but instead are greatly appreciated!  May the Risen Lord bless you all!

Testimonials + Metropolitan-Archbishop Emeritus Stephen Sulyk.

Here are some of the Testimonials written  by parishioners of Assumption Church about  + Metropolitan-Archbishop Emeritus Stephen Sulyk, former Pastor of Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption, Perth Amboy, NJ 1962-1981

 
By:  Mrs. Melanie Fedynyshyn.
I was very close to my grandmother, Melania Slahetka, and when she died of a massive heart attack in 1974, I was beside myself. Msgr. Sulyk offered words of comfort which I never forgot. In essence, he explained that her dying on the eve of Palm Sunday should provide me with great consolation knowing that the upcoming week would lead to the Resurrection. He told me to focus on how Jesus would be bringing my grandmother with Him to heaven. He explained that Holy Week was the best time of the year to die, adding that he would wish that for himself. As it happens, Archbishop Sulyk died on the very same day, April 6, forty-six years to the day.
 
By: Mrs.Marcella Massopust.
 When I first met Fr. Sulyk, I was moderator of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We began our journey caring for the youth of the parish. We worked on many projects involving the religious education of the girls in the Sodality. I found Fr. Sulykto be a deeply religious priest. The education of the youth was very important to him.
 
He baptized both my children and they received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion from him.
 
He was left with the task of completing the newly constructed Ukrainian Assumption School. For the first years of the operation of the school, he gave up his rectory to the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God to establish a convent.
 
An excellent administrator, he was able to open the doors of the school on September 1, 1963. My two children: Katherine and Anton both attended and graduated from the school in the 1980’s.
 
He was very conscientious with the church’s funds. My husband, Anton was president of the PTA. They worked together very hard with the sisters on many projects for the benefit of the school. He always appreciated the work of all the families of the parish. He took on the task of educating the children in both religion and academics.We went to Philadelphia to witness Msgr. Sulyk’s ordination as an Archbishop Metropolitan realizing that he would face new challenges in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy and prayed for his success. Archbishop Stephen Sulyk’s hard work and dedication will always be remembered. Eternal Memory.
 
By: Rev. Deacon Paul Makar
The Assumption parish has a great deal of gratitude, love and admiration for Archbishop Steven Sulyk.  I can remember the nearly 20 years that he spent here in Perth Amboy.  His achievements and successes were quite significant.  He also had his share of difficult challenges  to overcome.  I remember him telling  me that it wasn’t easy for him in the early goings of his pastorate, taking on the parish committee which managed the parish.  His job was to establish a new management platform  forming a corporation giving the pastor control of the parish, and there was opposition.  During this same time period he began a major project to complete the construction of our new parish school.  He did this in two stages beginning with the 1st floor and then the 2nd.  In addition, he converted the original rectory into a convent.  During this interim period, before the completion of the new rectory, he took up temporary residency in the school.  He also renovated the interior of the church with superb art work: beautiful mosaics and frescoes.  I can’t forget the beautiful mosaic shrine to the Mother of God between the rectory and church and a large mosaic of the Resurrection of Christ at our refurbished cemetery.  I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for sending us Fr. Stephen Sulyk and that I was able to witness these accomplishments.  These achievements will never be forgotten!    I can also remember when I was an altar boy.  For several years in a row, he would rent a station wagon and take a small group of us to our Cathedral in Philadelphia to see the ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood.  It is interesting because 15 years later, Archbishop Stephen’s replacement as pastor in Perth Amboy would be Rev. Roman Dubitsky.  Also, during Archbishop Stephen’s time in Perth Amboy, my wife and I received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  Afterwards our three children received the Sacraments of Initiation.  Not too long after leaving Perth Amboy for his new assignment, Metropolitan-Archbishop Stephen came back to Perth Amboy and ordained me a deacon. He was a deeply spiritual man.  I remember a time during my early ministry as a deacon, I would accompany him on parish visitations and pilgrimages.  I would usually be driving.  During our travels, he would always have his Chaso Slav to recite his daily prayers.  He was active outside his role as a pastor.  He also loved to play golf and go bowling.  I can remember seeing him with Fr. John Stevensky (his assistant), when I went with my father to bowl at the Majestic Lanes.  He was an avid golfer and attended many of our Eparchial golf outings that Fr. Roman Dubitsky and I would arrange at the Ramblewood CC in Cherry Hill, NJ.    He was a very special individual.  May his memory be everlasting!  He will be missed by all who knew him and never forgotten in Perth Amboy.  He was truly a gift sent to the parishes of our Archeparchy by God.  Rest in peace.  Job well done!      
                   
By: Mrs. Phyllis Kwiecinski  

Archbishop Emeritus Stephen Sulyk, my former pastor and friend of sixty years to myself and my family.  A person of goodness and generosity to all he knew which were reminders of the true meaning of God.  Thank you for being the blessing you were to all who knew you. You will Always be with us.

Liturgy Live Stream on Facebook

Beloved in Christ,
I can only hope and pray that all of you are well and out of harm’s way during these days of confinement and restrictions. I pray that our Lord, whom apostle Paul calls the “The God of All Comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:1-11) comes and comforts you and gift you with the faith, perseverance and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be informed that even though there is no access to public worship in our parish church ( because of social distancing) the Lenten Services and the Sacred Liturgy – the Holy Eucharist is being offered on the sacred altar in our church. During these private services you and yours are remembered at the holy table and there also your special intentions both for the living and the deceased are being offered, mentioned and fulfilled. As your Pastor, I humbly ask that you unite yourself with me by making a fervent “Act of Spiritual Communion”.

We are reminded that there is no better prayer than the Divine Liturgy at which we commemorate our Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross and his Resurrection from the dead, that transcends the limitations of time, space and location.

On Sunday, March 29th at 9:00 am, the Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian/ English) from our parish will be live streamed on my Facebook page. Join us online!
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Don’t hesitate to call me if you need any help, the Parish Office 732-826-0767 or Fr. Ivan’s cellphone 202-368-2408

Liturgical Services Live Streaming Schedule in Philadelphia Archeparchy

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – Philadelphia, PA

The Divine Liturgy (bi-lingual) will be live streamed Sunday, March 22 10:30 AM
with Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak presiding.
Click on Archieparchial Facebook page to watch: https://www.facebook.com/archeparchyphilly/
Click on Cathedral Facebook page to watch:
https://www.facebook.com/Philadelphia-Ukrainian-Catholic-Cathedral-of-the-Immaculate-Conception-139284692765626/

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family – Washington, DC

The Presanctified Liturgy will be livestreamed Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00 p.m. Bi-lingual
The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bi-lingual beginning Sunday, March 22
Click on this link to watch: https://www.facebook.com/holyfamilyshrine/

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church – Whippany, NJ

The weekend Divine Liturgies will be broadcast live through the application Zoom on the internet. This is the YouTube link that shows how to install Zoom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhAEoCF7jg&feature=emb_rel_end
After installation, you should click on the “join the meeting” link and the system will walk you through a quick installation on how to have it up and running: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3432721570
The Divine Liturgy in English will be broadcast at 5 PM on Saturdays and in Ukrainian/English at 10 AM on Sundays for the time being, beginning the weekend of March 21-22.

Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church – Bridgeport, PA

The Divine Liturgy will be live streamed Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am beginning
the weekend of March 21-22 and every weekend until further notice.
There are two ways to watch.
1. Click on the YouTube Link to begin watching https://youtu.be/KCMD73t8F0g
2. You can also click on this link to go to Father Ron’s YouTube Channel.…

Coronavirus and Church Services

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

All services will be temporarily celebrated by the PRIEST ONLY and WITHOUT the participation of the assembly of the faithful in the church. 

But, Church is not cancelled.  I will celebrate ALL SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SERVICES for the intentions of the faithful, but sadly without your presence. 

All weekday Lenten Services will be celebrated by the PRIEST ONLY.

These temporary extraordinary measures find their basis not in lack of faith but in obedience to God, who commands that we care for the least of the brethren through self-sacrifice and obey our civil authorities and follow the directives of our Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in the USA.

This week, our church will remain open for Private Prayer on Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Confessions by appointment only.  For an emergency, please call the Parish Office 732-826-0767 or Fr. Ivan’s cellphone 202-368-2408.  For information, visit our parish website, www.assumptioncatholicchurch.net and see the latest posted bulletin.

Rev. Ivan Turyk – Pastor

Pastor’s Corner: Coronavirus Vs Church

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Assumption Parish.
Many of you have questions regarding the status of our parish liturgical life during the coronavirus crisis. Please know that ‘The Church is not canceled’, but all weekday Lenten Services will be celebrated temporally WITHOUT the participation of the assembly of the faithful. I will celebrate ALL Sunday services for the intentions of the faithful sadly without your presence. This action is in compliance with governmental authorities and the directives if our Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in the USA. If you wish to come to the church to pray in private, or receive the Sacraments of Penance or Anointing of the Sick and for general information, please contact the parish office 7328260767 or visit our parish site www.assumptioncatholicchurch.net

Дорогі брати і сестри парафії Успіння Пресвятої Богородиці.
У зв’язку з поширенням небезпечного захворювання коронавірус, наш розпорядок богослужінь на час карантину буде змінений. Усі богослужіння під час Посту і Недільні Літургії відправлятимуться у храмі тільки священиком і без присутності парафіян. Прошу Вас із розумінням та повною серйозністю поставитися до вказівок і рекомендацій які ми отримали від нашого Архиєпископа Митрополита Бориса Гудзяка і церковної ієрархії нашої Церкви у Сполучених Штатах Америки. Щоб отримати більше інформації, просимо дзвонити 7328260767 або відвідати наш сайт www.assumptioncatholicchurch.net

Archbishop Borys Gudziak visits Assumption Parish and School

On Sunday, January 26, 2020 His Eminence Archbishop Metropolitan Borys Gudziak made his first archpastoral visit to Assumption Catholic Church and School in Perth Amboy, NJ. As His Eminence arrived to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, he was warmly greeted by the parish financial officers Michael Raab Jr and Michael Lawrence with the traditional bread and salt and by the parish children presenting him flowers. Then Rev. Ivan Turyk, pastor of Assumption Parish welcomed the Archbishop and presented a Cross asking him to lead the parish family in the Divine Liturgy.
Serving at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Archbishop were also Fr. Bogdan Zablotskyi from Ukraine, Deacon Paul Makar, Deacon Volodymyr Radko from Philadelphia, a seminarian Bohdan Vasyliv and parish altar servers.The parish’s choir “Boyan” prayerfully chanted the liturgical responses.
Archbishop Gudziak delivered an inspiring homily which touched the hearts of all present and at the conclusion of the Liturgy presented two Assumption Catholic School students with one year free tuition scholarship from the Scholarship Raffle the Archeparchy conducted for the parish schools. These two hard working and dedicated students were selected for being a living models of our school’s vision To Know, To Love, To Serve God.
The Liturgy was beautiful and Archbishop Borys was particularly impressed by the beauty of the church masterpieces, including extensive mosaic iconography and a rare painted biblical mural iconography by Jacques Hnizdovsky. Following the Divine Liturgy the parish provided a bountiful meal in honor of Archbishop.
At the reception His Eminence took the time to personally greet and bless many people, emulating the love of the Gospel through his words and actions. He was especially engaging with the youth, and encouraged them to remain close to the Church and to stay strong in their faith.
This special visit from Archbishop to the parish during Catholic Schools Week, was a special treat for students of Assumption Catholic School, who enthusiastically greeted the Archdiocesan shepherd as he was escorted through the school by the Principal Mrs. Lissette Shumny, pastor and members of the Family School Association.
It was a blessing and honor for the faithful of Assumption Community in Perth Amboy, NJ have His Eminence Archbishop Borys visit us within such a short time following his Enthronement in June. Thank you Vladyko and May God bless You in your ministry!