Holy Thursday Services 2018

Holy Thursday Services including the Traditional Washing of the Feet of Twelve Priests by the Bishop will be held March 29, at 10:30 AM in Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Pa.; All the Faithful from the Archeparchy are Invited to Attend

On Holy Thursday March 29, the traditional foot washing of twelve priests by the bishop will be part of the Holy Thursday services that will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 131 North Beech Street, Mt. Carmel (Northumberland County) Pa. This custom commemorates Our Lord washing the feet of his disciples as recounted in the Gospel of John. This Divine Liturgy also commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Priesthood. All the faithful from throughout the archeparchy are invited and encouraged to attend this Divine Liturgy on Holy Thursday in Mt. Carmel, Pa.


THIRD SUNDAY OF GREAT FAST 2018 Metropolitan Stefan Soroka

Daily we are bombarded with messages which reveal the steadfast rivalry between various political and social groups.  Each contends that they are acting in the interests of all in society. Panels of media “experts” debate the merits of what people in power say and do. Yet, there is a reluctance to surrender to some common ground. Where is the gift of sacrifice in the interests of the other, the common good?  St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Philippians, exhorts us to “do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5).

The veneration of the Holy Cross on the third Sunday of Great Fast reminds us of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for you and for me.  Jesus died voluntarily for our salvation.  As you venerate the Holy Cross, resolve to live with greater humility.  Let go of rigid attitudes and perceptions.  Resolve to show greater understanding for the benefit of the common good. Participate in the special Lenten services, being a part of a community of faith.  A Blessed Journey in Great Fast!




You will recall that our Chancery moved into the former Cathedral school building, allowing for leasing out our former building to earn revenue for the archeparchy.  The original plan envisioned an addition to accommodate an elevator.  The cost was prohibitive – well in excess of $ 400,000 or more.  We proceeded to adapt the school building and to transfer the Chancery without providing for an elevator.  So as to provide for those who need assistance to visit our offices, we are installing two chair lifts at a total cost of $ 25,000.  One will provide for access to the main floor at the front entrance from the parking lot.  The second will provide access to the top floor offices via the wide stairway on the 8th Street side of the building.  This will assist in providing for persons who need assistance ascending between the floors.  It is important that everyone feels welcome and able to visit our Chancery offices.  We humbly ask your help in meeting this cost.  Your contribution will assist in meeting the cost while at the same time, indicate your support for ensuring that physically challenged people are welcomed equally in the Chancery.  God bless you for your concern, and for your anticipated understanding and generous assistance.  Your donation can be sent to the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, 810 N Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.  Thank-you!

+ Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan-Archbishop