On Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. Lenten Vespers were sung at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA. Father Roman Pitula, pastor of the Cathedral, was the main celebrant. Father Roman Petryshak and Father Roman Sverdan concelebrated the Vespers Service assisted by two altar servers. Father Paul Makar and Deacon Michael Waak were among those who helped lead the responses to the service. Father Ihor Bloshchynskyy, pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Melrose Park, PA was the guest homilist.
During his sermon, Father Bloshchynskyy offered a reflection on fasting. He said that fasting is more than rules about meat, fish or giving up something for Lent. First, fasting is a means of humbling ourselves. Secondly, fasting is evidence of true repentance. Father Bloshchynskyy also spoke about how the church commemorates St. John Climacus on the 4th Sunday of Great Lent who wrote a book called the “Ladder.” Father Bloshchynskyy concluded that our Lenten Fast is a time to practice humility. It is a hard world and it is easy to fall from it; but what St. John has to say is encouragement for the last weeks of Lent. Do not be surprised if you fall every day. Do not give up. Stand your ground. While a wound is still fresh and warm it is easy to heal. But old neglected ones are hard to cure. Many from long neglect become incurable; but with God all things are possible.
The Lenten Vespers Service concluded with a social in the Cathedral Hall.
Ascension Manor is a non-profit senior citizen apartment complex for people 62 and older. It is located one block away from the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia. It is under the direction of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. For more information on Ascension Manor or for an application, please call 215-922-1116 or visit the website link below.
Conveniently located in Langhorne, PA, near the intersection of Rt. 1 and Rt. I-95. We are just minutes from center city Philadelphia, Bristol, and Trenton. Our plots are reasonably priced, with pre laid foundations included in the purchase price of the plot. Contact the cemetery office for additional information.
810 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (1st and 2nd levels)
The museum was founded in 2002 and was established to manifest and preserve the Catholic faith, courage, and determination of our ancestors. It reflects the roots and history of our Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States of America. The museum houses artifacts from parishes within the Philadelphia Archeparchy. Contact the Treasury of Faith Museum for more information and tours.
After careful consideration, and with the input of the Review Board, the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia's "Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People" (commonly referred to as the sexual abuse policy) and the brochure "Victim Assistance and Support Ministry" have been updated. Revised copies will be distributed to parishes and schools, as well as being available on the web site, available under the link to Child Protection. (Archeparchial Sexual Abuse Policies.)
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A video clip of Pope John Paul II at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA on October 4, 1979. The video is courtesy of Broadcast Pioneers and WPVI. Please note: we found it best to view the video from Internet Explorer. If you have a dial-up connection or a MAC computer, you might not be able to play the video. This video is copyright, we are only permitted to share the link to the video which will open as a .wax file.