Welcome to St Mary the Protectress Ukrainian
Autocephalous Orthodox Church
Our church follows the Julian (old) calendar. All Orthodox Christians are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Blessed Sacraments of Repentance and Eucharist.
On this site you will find information about our church, the Orthodox faith, and events taking place in our parish. We welcome new parishioners and always look forward to meeting you in person. We sincerely hope that you will find this site helpful. If you have any questions about our church, please feel free to contact Father Igor Krekhovetsky or Nick Sztanko, Parish Council president via email using this site.
Наша Церква дотримується Юліанського (старого стилю) календара. Всі Православні християни запрошуються і можуть брати участь в Святих Тайнах Покаянні і Євхаристії.
На цім сайті Ви знайдете інформацію про нашу Церкву, Православну віру і про всі події, які відбуваються в нашій парафії. Ми завжди раді новим парафіянам і раді познайомитися з Вами персонально. Ми щиро надіємось, що цей сайт допоможе вам. Якщо Ви маєте якісь питання про нашу Церкву, Ви можете звернутися до отця Ігора Креховецького, або до голови парафіальної управи Микола Штанько.
Life of Demetrius
Demetrius came from a noble family of the Roman province of Macedonia. Through this noble ancestry and through his own ability and virtue he rose to a high military position under Galerius Maximian, Caesar of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire (with Diocletian as the Augustus, or senior emperor). Despite this position in the still-pagan empire, he remained fervent in faith and works for Christ, encouraging many Christians to endure persecution and even bringing many pagans to the faith.
When Maximian returned from one of his campaigns to Thessaloniki, which he had made his capital, he had pagan games and sacrifices celebrated for his triumph. Demetrios was denounced by pagans who were envious of his success, and he was thrown into prison. While in prison he was visited by a young Christian named Nestor, who asked him for a blessing to engage in single combat with the giant Lyaios (or Lyaeus), who was posing as the champion of paganism. Demetrios gave his blessing and Nestor, against all odds, slew his opponent in the arena, as David had once defeated Goliath.
The enraged emperor, learning that this had occurred with Demetrios's aid, first had Nestor beheaded outside the city and then had Demetrios impaled in prison. Later Demetrios's servant Lupus was beheaded after using his master's blood-stained tunic and signet ring to work many miracles. The Christians buried Demetrius and Nestor next together in the bath where Demetrius had been imprisoned. During the seventh century a miraculous flow of fragrant myrrh was found emanating from his tomb, giving rise to the appellation Mirovlitis, the Myrrh Gusher to his name. His tomb containing his relics is now in the crypt of the Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki.
St. Demetrius is revered as the patron saint of Thessaloniki and is believed by the people as having intervened to save the city over the years from invading foreigners, from the Slavic nations, Bulgarians, Arabs, Saracens, and others. While well remembered in the Hellenic world, the memory of the Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessaloniki found an attachment in the Slavic, particularly the Russian, world from the times of the Russian Primary Chronicle.
REMEMBERING THE HOLODOMOR
Each year, on the fourth Saturday of November, Ukraine remembers the millions who died during the Holodomor, the Stalin-era famine that devastated the population in 1932-1933. Holodomor is а genocide of the Ukrainian nation committed in 1932–1933 by the leadership of the Soviet Union in order to break down the resistance of Ukrainians and to bring them under submission to Soviet rule. It is estimated that 7-10 million Ukrainians died from this artificially created famine.
Thank you to all our parishioners and friends who continue to support our parish in this difficult time by sending donations by mail. Please mail your contributions to St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church (3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617).
Дякуємо всім нашим парафіян і друзям, які продовжують підтримувати нашу парафію в цей важкий час шляхом відправки пожертвувань поштою. Будь ласка, надішліть почтою свій внесок до: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church (3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617).
The Sisterhood Food Sales are Back on October 23, November 20 and December 18.
Save time, place an advance order, which also guarantees that you'll get everything you want before it sells out. Advance orders can be placed from our Food Sale Page. (Click here to connect to Food Sale Page)
As always, frozen varenyky can be purchased every Sunday in the church hall from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Please Call Sue (820-5564) or Lydia (455-3872) in advance for your orders.
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CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?
Many churches today face decreasing membership numbers - St Mary's is no different. Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents built one of the most beautiful Ukrainian Orthodox churches in the United States!! They did it by working hard and by making contributions... in many ways. Why? To give their children and future generations a special place to worship.
Many of them are no longer with us, but their dream lives on. Your help is needed to keep their dream alive. Our annual expenses are over $125,000.00 and are growing each year. This year, in particular, we have agressively made many needed repairs: repairs to the front steps, the renovation and painting of the interior of the church, renovation of the hall kitchen, and many other areas as well. We face the difficult task of trying to pay for all those repairs. We thank our volunteers for the enormous work done to date. Please help by volunteering your time or by making a donation. Thank You!
Kindly send your donation, no matter the amount, to:
St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617-3433
** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED **
Don't have time every week or month? Just an hour or two whenever would help.
Our Sisterhood needs "crimpers" to make varenyky and if you don't know how... WE'LL TEACH YOU. Or you can make potato or cheese balls, cut out circles of dough, or help with other fun tasks. We'll provide a meal and great conversations with a terrific group of ladies. We get together monthly starting at 5:00 pm. Join us whenever you can and be ready to have fun - no appointment necessary. If you'd rather sell, serve or wash a few pots and pans, why not pop in at our monthly Food Sale - lunch will be provided. Contact Sue Ost (820-5564) or Lydia Dzus (455-3872) for the time of the next get-together.
The Brotherhood can also use volunteers. Yes, they also provide meals and something to whet your whistle too. Contact Walter (585) 748-4202 for their schedule.
Do You Want to Live Longer? Here's how...
Attending weekly religious services can add seven (7) years to your life, concluded Christopher Ellison in a study of 22,000 Americans at University of San Antonio last year.
More than 100 studies suggest that regular prayer, meditation and connection with a faith community can lower blood pressure, boost immune functions, improve sleep, enhance recovery from illness and lower the chance of heart disease and cancer. Spiritual practices can thicken the brain cortext to defend against depression as well, a 2013 Columbia University study found.
Now that you know the secret, please join us Sunday.