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!

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!…

News about Parish and School Youth

Besides featuring parish events and announcements, the "News" section of the parish website will feature achievements of our parish and school youth.

If you know of a youth's achievement, such as: making the Dean's list, a sports honor, performances, acceptance into societies, teams, or groups, founding a business, military service, community service, ethnic activities, or high school or college graduation, please send the name, achievement, and a bit of background to the rectory e mail.

Assumption Parish aims to support our youth; which after all, is our future!…

St. Anne’s Gift Auction this Sunday

The annual Gift Auction sponsored by St. Anne's Society will be held on Sunday, March 9. Doors open at 12:00 noon and the Auction starts at 2:00 p.m. There will be lots of gift baskets, super and grand prizes. The Wii system is a featured prize! Coffee and cake provided. Kitchen will be open for lunch. Donation is $5.00.…