St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church
719 Roosevelt Ave. ● Carteret, NJ 07008 ● (732) 366-2156
Rev. Vasyl Vladyka


Sunday, March 19th, 2017 ● Veneration of the Holy Cross ● Tone 3
Apostle Hebrews 4:14-5:6 ● Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1

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Please remember in your prayers all those who are homebound, in care
facilities or impeded by illness. May our Lord restore them to complete health.

Just a thought: When the weather outside is frightful, we encourage you to make safe decisions. Be aware that it isn’t just the roads that may be slippery- so too the church steps and sidewalks.


Rev. Vladyka will be available on Tuesday, March 21st beginning 9:00AM for Confession, Holy Communion and Anointment to the homebound. Please call the rectory to schedule a visit.
We will hold a brief Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:30PM. Please attend to discuss the upcoming Easter Holiday.
Pyrohy – We will be selling pyrohy this week both Thursday and Friday, both March 23rd and March 24th. Price is $7.00 per dozen. Volunteers will be needed on the following days. Please come by 9:00AM.

  • Monday, March 20:  Peel / Chop Onions
  • Tuesday, March 21: Fry onions at K of C Hall
  • Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24: Cook, pack-out and sell pyrohy.

Attached to today’s bulletin, you will find a meditation in both English and Ukrainian by Metropolitan Stefan for the Third Week of the Great Fast. To read it, please click here.
If you should be in need of a church donation statement for your income taxes, please let Rev. Vasyl know and one will be made available to you.

Spiritual Regulations for the Great Fast: Although our Church traditionally prescribed abstention from meat and dairy products in days gone by for the entire duration of the Great Fast, the following are the minimal Lenten regulations today:

  • Abstinence from meat and all dairy products on the First Day of the Great Fast and on Good Friday.


  • Abstinence from meat only on all Fridays of the Great Fast as well as Holy Saturday.  It is also traditional to abstain from meat on Wednesdays during the Great Fast.


  • Reception of the Holy Mysteries of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist during the period from the onset of Great Fast to the Wednesday before Ascension Thursday.


  • The Fasting and Abstinence regulations are not binding on persons 60 or older, the very poor, sick, nursing or pregnant women, children below the age of 14, and those who engage in physically very hard labor.  However, all are urged, if able to do so, to observe the fasting and abstinence regulations.


  • All the faithful are urged to attend the Lenten services such as the Presanctified Liturgy and the Commemoration of the Deceased (Sorokousty).


  • Such good deeds as almsgiving, visitation of the sick, Bible reading and praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life are most earnestly recommended to all the Faithful.


The Great Fast is once again upon us.  As in the past, we will celebrate Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays, and we will honor the memory of our deceased with Sorokousty Memorial Services at 9:00AM on Fridays during Lent. Please take the time to remember your deceased family members- they hope for our prayers, and in turn, they pray for us. Envelopes are included in your donation envelope set. Please place in the collection basket by Sunday, February 26th in order that the name of your deceased is included in the services.
Confessions may be heard half an hour before each Divine Liturgy.
How do we receive Confession? There are 5 things we need to do to receive absolution of our sins:
1) We must think of our sins. This involves an examination of ourselves. It takes time and effort. We   want to see ourselves, not as we appear to others, but as we truly are, and as God sees us.
2) We must be sorry for our sins. This is contrition. It means to wish we had not done these sins.
3) We must confess the sins, that is, tell them during the sacrament, and we are to confess them all.
4) We are to arouse a purpose of amendment. This involves a desire and promise not to sin again.
5) We do a penance the priest imposes on us during the Sacrament. This is not to make right the wrong. This can never be done by us. But penance serves to aid us in the falling into sins again, and reflects our deep gratitude for God’s love. 

The doors for forgiveness are always open. We need to come home to Christ and let Him embrace us with His outstretched arms.

The Carteret Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, in conjunction with its Neighborhood Watch Program, will be presenting ‘Burglary and Car Theft Prevention’ on Tuesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Community Center/Library Bldg., 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret. For further information, contact Sue on (732) 541-4127 or click here.

2017 Parish Collection Envelopes are available for pick-up in the church hall. Please check that you are picking up the correct name. If you are new to the parish and would like envelopes, please see Father Vasyl or call the rectory on (732) 366-2156. Please be sure to check off or clearly write in amount of your donation on the envelope, so that we can maintain accurate records of your donations. Also, please check that you have placed money inside the envelope as we receive a few empty envelopes every week.
Victim Assistance Ministry: The Archeaparchy of Philadelphia is offering assistance for those affected by the sexual abuse of a priest, deacon, other minister, employee or volunteer of the Archeaparchy. For further information, please
click here.
Compassionate and quality care of our elderly parents and family members is offered by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate at St. Joseph’s Home in Sloatsburg, N.Y. The need for such facilities among our elderly parents and family members, and within our Ukrainian American community is great. The addition of a new wing and the upgrading of the existing facilities will enable the Sisters Servants to offer elevated medical care and service for the elderly. There will be increased capacity to admit more people needing care. The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate have historically offered such quality and compassionate care throughout our history in America (75 years in 2017). We need to help them to continue to fulfill this mission and to enable a much needed expansion of St. Joseph’s Home in Sloatsburg. Please help by providing your generous donation to enable the building of the expanded facility to care for our elderly. Please choose to be an instrument of God’s mercy for those who are in need of His care. Thank you! Kindly send your (tax deductible) donation to:


St. Joseph’s Adult Care Home, Inc.
P.O. Box 8
Sloatsburg, New York 10974.




With the events taking place in Ukraine, we offer the following petitions in today’s mass to our brothers and sisters:
O good and loving Master, look down with compassion, heal, comfort and protect Your servants who are wounded and suffering in Ukraine, and receive the souls of all those who have lost their lives from the violence, let us pray to the Lord. We also pray that the Holy Spirit may open the hearts and minds of all in Ukraine to wisdom, grace and prayer so that sincere dialogue may lead to peace and reconciliation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord have mercy (3 times)


A Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
Heavenly Father, Your Son taught us
“Blessed are the Peacemakers for
they shall be called Children of God.”
At this hour, we fervently pray that
Your Holy Spirit may inspire men and
women in Ukraine to become Peacemakers.
May they seek reconciliation and dialogue
and end the violent confrontation and killing.
May they restore tranquility to their nation
and restore human rights, democratic principles
and religious liberty to their troubled land.
God, our Father, we beseech you to comfort
the suffering, heal the wounded and accept the
souls of the departed into Your Heavenly Kingdom.
And may the Most Holy Mother of God, extend her
Blessed Mantle of Protection over Ukraine.
And may each of us always live our lives
as instruments of Your Peace.


Saturday 03/18 5:00 PM …+ Elaine Kutsup By Leo Kutsup
Sunday 03/19 9:00 AM  

Veneration of the Holy Cross

For All Our Parishioners

Monday 03/20 9:00 AM      
Tuesday 03/21 9:00 AM      
Wednesday 03/22 6:30 PM   Stations of the Cross  
Thursday 03/23 9:00 AM      
Friday 03/24 9:00 AM …+ Sorokousty  
Saturday 03/25 5:00 PM …+ Annunciation of the Annunciation of the Theotokos
Great Brina and Panahyda


By Seniuk and Stadnyk Families

Sunday 03/26 9:00 AM   For All Our Parishioners