Family Page Deadline is August 31

The response for Family Pages in our Centennial Jubilee Book has been excellent.

However, time is rapidly running out to have your family represented.  Call the rectory right away at 732-826-0767 and someone on the book committee will call you back and assist you in the process.

Sorry, the final date for Family Page submissions will have to be Sunday, August 31.

Plan for the Pilgrimage

The annual Dormition Pilgrimage in Sloatsburg, NY will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10, 2008.

Run annually by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI), the pilgrimage usually attracts some 4,000 pilgrims. This is the largest annual religious gathering of Ukrainian Catholics in the US. On the main day, Sunday August 10, a Pontifical Divine Liturgy will be concelebrated by our bishops at 10 AM.

There is also an annual supervised youth camp out on Saturday evening, August 9.

Information and schedules in English and Ukrainian are available on the SSMI website: www.ssmi-us.org

Sloatsburg is just over an hour from the Perth Amboy area. Plan to attend, they have wonderful facilities and it's a nice family day out.…

No one went home hungry

About 150 parishioners and guests attended our parish jubilee-year picnic on Saturday June 14.

The food was great, the company was fine, the rain held off just long enough, and no one went home hungry.

A special thanks goes out to the Holy Name Society (Charles Boyko and Peter Baralecki – co-chairmen)  and St. Anne's Society; and to John Grausam for arranging for the tents!

Memorial Day Memories

Our traditional Memorial Day morning ceremony was held at the parish cemetery on Florida Grove Road in Hopelawn, NJ – as it has been for many decades. The American-Ukrainian Veterans began by laying wreaths near the monument listing those twelve parishioners who died in action. Following was a religious service and a three-gun salute and taps led by parishioner and US Army Sergeant First Class – John Grausam. Some 350 American flags had been caringly placed on veteran's graves the day before by the Holy Name Society.

It is a testament to the patriotism of those in our parish that so many have served their country in the US military.

To our dear veterans who have passed away, especially those who died in action, we say, "Vichnaya Pahmyat – Eternal Memory."

Family Pages Available

Make sure your family is included in the parish 100-year Jubilee History Book by buying a Family Page! You get a full page to put family photos and what family genealogical information you wish to include. Extra pages are available for different branches or generations of your family.

See Family Page Procedures and the other helpful documents below. Representatives of the book committee are available to assist you after Liturgies and to accept forms and payment.

Don't miss out on this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Documents
Family Page Procedures (PDF)
Jubilee Book Family Pages Order Form (PDF)
Family page example (PDF)
Family Page Questionnaire (PDF) …

First Confession and First Solemn Communion

Seventeen children of the school and parish had First Confession and received First Solemn Holy Communion on May 10. Our sincerest congratulations and best wishes are extended to: Kayleen, Eliah, Kyle, Gabriella, Adrian, Yancarlos, Krista, Maksym, Oleh, Eugene, Michael, Cassandra, Julian, Andrew, Samantha, Alexandra, and Jaydah.

Ekumen Chorale Offers Rousing Renditions

Our parish was treated to the rich sounds of a fine choir this past Sunday afternoon. Twenty members of the Ekumen Chorale from Pennsylvania gave a one hour plus concert of sacred choral masterworks from Ukraine and Russia. Featured were baroque and romantic pieces by Ukrainian composers such as Bortnyansky as well as choral pieces by the famous composers Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

An unusual arrangement was found in the Lenten piece in which the choir and a single bell droned a note behind a bass solo. The rousing renditions of Mnohaya Lita at the end were

  special and earned the chorale two standing ovations.

The Ekumen Chorale authentically performs sacred works by Eastern European composers in their original language. Before it is performed, each piece is introduced to offer background on both the composer and the era in which the music was composed.

Thank you to Director Patrick Marcinko, and to the Ekumen Chorale that he founded, for keeping this rare and beautiful sacred music alive!…

Zabava on May 10!

A “Spring Dance” sponsored by the church will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 7 PM in the school auditorium. There will be a full buffet dinner and the band “Halychany” will play. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling the rectory at 732-826-0767.…

Ekumen Chorale in Concert

The Ekumen Chorale will perform a special 100-year Jubilee concert at our church on April 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM. The Ekumen Chorale is a unique and exciting choir from northeastern Pennsylvania that specializes in the sacred music of Eastern Europe.

You don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind concert at our parish.

Invite your friends and relatives. There is no charge.

See you there!…

Funny five featured in “Forum” farce

Five parish school graduates have roles in the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" with the St. Joseph High School Theatre Company. This classic comedy is a hilarious farce set in ancient Rome.

The actors are: all three Castro sisters! – Rebecca, Jessica, and Marisa; Jacqueline Somogyi, and Alexander Mosko, who plays the lead character, Pseudolus. Alas, this is the last time to see parishioners Rebecca and Alexander in a high school production!

Evening performances are: March 27, 28, 29 and April 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinee's are March 30 and April 6 at 3 PM. The St. Joseph Theatre is behind the main school building at 145 Plainfield Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Tickets are available at the door.

Please support our talented parish and school youth!…