207 Tompkins Street Syracuse, NY 13204

St. John the Baptist

From The Pastor

The parish Annual Tree Lighting and Caroling, sponsored by CYM, will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the rectory. All are welcome to participate.

CYM is also sponsoring a holiday food drive through December 15. Donations may be placed in the bin in the undercroft of the church, or dropped off at the Ukrainian National Home.

The Apostleship of Prayer will hold their Christmas bake sale the weekend of December 17/18. Pre-order form is available here 2022 Christmas Bakesale Pre-order form.

Deadline to place your orders is Tuesday, Decembee 13. Forms may be mailed, emailed, or put in the weekend Liturgies collection basket.

A delicious bread (no raisins) or kolach could be the perfect Christmas gift for friends, family, or yourself!

Philip’s Fast (Advent) Philip’s Fast begins November 15th and ends December 24th. Philip’s Fast (Advent) is traditionally a time for repentance and spiritual self-reflection; a holy season when we take the time to look at our lives and then seek God’s powerful love to change them. We take the time out to properly prepare to receive Christ into our hearts. We therefore invite you to join in all the celebrations of the parish preparing us for the Nativity of Our Lord. 

Upcoming educational opportunities

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Religious Education for 2022 - 2023 Classes run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Sunday. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome. Registration requires full membership in the parish and the child must be baptized. Please provide proof of baptism when registering. You may still register your young people using the form in the link.
Use this registration form:  Religious Education registration
Contact Mr. Ray Wihak, Religious Education Coordinator at [email protected] with questions.



St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church has established an Humanitarian Aid fund, to accept monetary donations for Ukraine. We are accepting both cash, and checks made payable to “St. John the Baptist UCC”. Place your donation in an envelope and mark Ukraine on the envelope. Credit Card donations can be made on the church’s website at https://www.stjohnbaptistucc.com/ click on “Give Online” which will bring you to the parish's WeShare page. Once there you can click on the Help Ukraine tab and follow the prompts.
NO amount is too small!
Links summary:
Thank you for your prayers. Our parish and the Ukrainian American community in Onondaga County thanks everyone for praying for peace in Ukraine. We ask that you continue to hold Ukraine in your prayers for a peaceful resolution to the aggression on our homeland's western border.

COVID-19 guidelines update:

Please note that updated protocols based on the new directives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), New York State, Syracuse Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford include

Effective November 2022: 

  • Face masks are not required at church services. However, attendees should feel comfortable wearing a mask if they decide to do so. Masks are still required in the school following the Governor's program.
  • Prayer books and hymnals will be available in the pews. 
  • Bulletins will be available after Divine Liturgy.

And remember: if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Newly Established Prayer Chain

Our parish has re-ignited a prayer chain for special intentions. Sponsored by the Apostleship of Prayer, please feel free to submit your special requests and also to volunteer as a member of the prayer chain. If you would like to be part of the Prayer Chain or have a prayer request, please contact:

Linda Wisnowski - (English only) at 315-451-0712; or Lesia Nowey - (Ukrainian & English) at 315-857-7281. All requests are confidential.

Saturday: 4:00 p.m. English
Sunday: Winter hours: 9:00 a.m., English and Ukrainian;  11:00 a.m.  Ukrainian
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.

Holy Days: 9 a.m. on the Feast Day; 6 p.m. Vigil the evening before the Feast.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Confessions: Confessions before and after Liturgies or by request.
Baptisms: Please contact the parish office before arranging the date.
Marriage: Call the parish at least 6 months in advance. Pre-marital counseling is mandatory.
Religious Education: Religious Education every Sunday at 10 am in the parish school. If you would like to register your children please contact Raymond Wihak.
Sacrament of the Sick: In case of emergency, call parish anytime.
Bulletin Deadline: Monday of every week.
Church Facilities: Any use of church facilities must be cleared in advance at the rectory.
Cemetery: The purchase of cemetery plots is a privilege reserved for parishioners. Please contact the rectory before any major improvements are undertaken.
Bequests: In making out your will, kindly remember your church. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Syracuse NY is our legal title.