ACS Holiday Bazaar

Assumption Catholic School will be holding its 2008 Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, November 9 from 11:30 am – 5 pm.

"Preparations for the holiday bazaar are in full swing and it looks to be a fun day for all," says Glenys Bilolohowski, president of the ACS Family and School Association (FSA). “Our Bazaar Committee and parents are working hard to prepare a fun day for all. There will be games of chance, raffles, crafts and prizes. As usual, the kitchen will be open serving all kinds of delicious foods. Make a day of it and spend it with us. All are welcome. Bring your friends.”

ACS has been running an annual holiday bazaar since 1968, one of the longest running bazaar's in the area.

If anyone is interested in being a vendor at the bazaar, call the school at 732-826-8721.

See everyone on November 9 at the bazaar!…

Parishioner to be Ordained Subdeacon


On Sunday November 2, 2008 our parishioner Seminarian Paul J. Makar will be ordained subdeacon in his home parish.
The ordination Liturgy will be 11 AM with the our choir singing the responses. There will be no 9 AM Liturgy that Sunday.

Parishioners and guests are invited to a luncheon that will follow the Liturgy.
What a great day for our parish.  Mark the date on your calendar!

Jubilee Book for Sale

Now is the time to order your copy(s) of our parish's Centennial Jubilee Book – 1908-2008. There will be no ads in the book, so your purchase is the sole support of this important record of our parish's, indeed your family's, legacy.
Post-production quantities of the book will be extremely limited, so one cannot count on purchasing a book after publishing.
To order: place a check for $75 per book in an envelope, include your name and phone number and either drop it in the rectory mail slot, deliver the check in-person to the rectory or a book committee member, or mail the check to the rectory:
Assumption Parish
Centennial Jubilee Book
684 Alta Vista Place
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Reminder: If you sponsored a Family Page for $100, you will be receiving one free copy of the book.
Picking up where the hugely-successful 75-year book left off, this full-color book will be packed with history, rare photos, articles about our societies, parish statistics and reference information, family pages, and much more.

As a unique feature, this book will include touching first-hand parishioner reminiscences. 
We are targeting the first weekend in December as a pick-up date, just in time to be a nice Christmas present!
Place your order now – so you don't miss out.
Example images shown: Front cover and the first page of the Senior Citizen's Club article.

Most Reverend Walter Paska, D.D., J.C.D. (1923-2008)

Bishop Walter Paska, retired auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, fell asleep in the Lord on August 16, 2008. Bishop Paska was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 29, 1923. He studied at St. Basil College in Stamford, CT, St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, MD, Fordham University in New York, and Catholic University in Washington, DC. Bishop Paska was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1947 in Philadelphia, PA.

In 1952, he obtained a master’s degree in Medieval English Literature from Fordham University. He is a former teacher at St. Basil Prep School and St. Basil College, both in Stamford, CT. In 1975, he earned a Doctorate in Canon Law from Catholic University. He had served as a Professor of Canon Law at Catholic University and as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Redaction of the Code of Oriental Law from 1975-1978. From 1979 to 1984, Bishop Paska was the rector of St. Josaphat Seminary in Washington, DC.

He has held various pastoral assignments including Hempstead, NY, Brooklyn, NY; Chester, PA; Elizabeth, NJ; and Stamford, CT. When he was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop on March 19, 1992, he served as pastor in Cherry Hill, NJ and Williamstown, NJ. Later he served as rector of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA.

Bishop Paska has served in various administrative roles. He was the first chancellor and vicar general of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago from 1969 to 1971. He has served as vocations director of the archeparchy and as judicial vicar of the archeparchy from 1975 until 2006.   

In 1963, Bishop Paska was named Prelate of Honor by Pope Paul VI and given the ecclesiastical title of Monsignor.  Most recently, he served as Defender of the Bond of the Metropolitan Tribunal and was working on a translation of Ukrainian Church history.

Vichnaya pahmyat!

Photo – Then-Msgr. Paska visiting our parish school ca. 1972

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:

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."