From The Pastor
In a Tweet from Pope Francis on Sunday, 1-23-22, he asks:
Why Bless Our Homes? (Find the preparation guide here. Guide to Blessing of Homes)
“Therefore, O King who loves humankind, do You Yourself be present now as then through the descent of Your Holy Spirit, and sanctify this water.”
Through sprinkling, by sealing with the sign of cross and by drinking of the blessed water, the faithful are cleansed and sanctified. The sanctified water is used for the healing of
soul and body, and for protection against evil. The Church prays in this Rite of the Blessing of the Waters: “that those who sprinkle and partake thereof may receive it for the cleansing of souls and bodies, for the healing of sickness, for the sanctification of houses, and sufficient for every need.”
The blessed water we receive on Epiphany is like the healing water that flows into our lives from the throne of God, nourishing our thirsty souls that they may bear fruit for God’s glory. The holy water that we receive at Epiphany should remind us of Jesus Who is the water of life, Who alone is able to satisfy the deepest thirst of the soul. Jesus said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” Jn.7:3738
It is Jesusthe Water of lifeWho blessed the waters of the earth when He stepped into the Jordan River to be baptized. Thus, by her consecration of the waters, the Church frees water
from the dark evil powers that reside in it. Holy water becomes the symbol of nature set free from sin and consecrated by the Holy Spirit to our blessing and the blessing of our homes.
Чому Посвячувати Наш Дім?
«Сам, отже, чоловіколюбче Царю, прийди й нині нашестям Святого Духа, освяти воду оцю.»
Віру нашої Схидньої Церкви в силу і благословення йорданської води найкраще віддзеркалює зміст молитов та обрядів Великого Водосвяття. У тих молитвах багато разів призиваємо св. Духа, щоб зійшов, очистив і освятив боду і надав їй лікувальну силу на користь душі і тіла. «Щоб освятилися води ці силою, діянням і зшестям св. Духа», щоб вода ця стала даром освячення, ізбавління від гріхів, на зцілення душі і тіла, і на всяку особливу користь», щоб була вона на очищення душ і тілес усім, що з вірою черпають і причащаються нею».
Іван Золотоустий каже: «І діється дивне явище: та вода у своїй істоті не псується від довготи часу, але зачерпнена сьогодні, вона через рік, а часто і два і три роки
остає незіпсована і свіжа.»
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
- Face masks are required at all indoor gatherings beginning today and through 1-15-22. Any change in end dates will be announced as soon as possible.
- 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: 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.
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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 Martha Wojtowycz.
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.