STATEMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF BISHOPS OF THE UOC OF THE USA AND DIASPORA TO ALL CLERGY AND FAITHFUL OF THE CHURCH:
We are obliged to direct that all our churches are now closed for public worship for the duration of this threat to all of us. We make this decision also in consideration of the ever-increasing restrictions being announced daily by federal, state and local government bodies. We are headed into the most dangerous part of the coronavirus threat and we all must be extremely careful.
We do permit our clergy to celebrate Divine Liturgy in their churches – behind closed doors – with at least a cantor or reader to assist them. We ask these clergy to use their own good sense, in particular about their own health and the health of the cantor or reader when making a decision about whether to serve or not. Please Fathers, follow your own conscience in making your decision. Be certain about one thing, however – NONE OF THE FAITHFUL FROM YOUR PARISH OR FROM ANYWHERE ELSE MAY BE PRESENT IN CHURCH FOR THE LITURGY. This permission is granted so that the Eucharist and our special prayers may be offered in “behalf of all and for all” our faithful and all mankind.
For the latest directives from the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, visit the following website: https://www.uocofusa.org/news_200502_2
За останніми директивами від Ієрархів Української Православної Церкви США відвідайте такий веб-сайт: https://www.uocofusa.org/news_200502_2
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.
DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS, WE'VE TAKEN STEPS TO PROVIDE A SAFE PROCESS FOR THE FOOD SALE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 16, 2020. 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.
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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 Maria Ulici (760-4323)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.