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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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:
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.…
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.
Rev. Ivan Turyk – Pastor…
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
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!