207 Tompkins Street Syracuse, NY 13204

St. John the Baptist

From The Pastor

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.

During the Christmas fast, let us prepare spiritually for His coming. Create a prayer corner in your home and display an icon of the Nativity of Christ, meditating daily on the mystery of the coming of the Messiah. Let us receive the Mysteries of Holy Confession and Holy Communion during these days, especially if we did not have the opportunity to do so during Great Lent. Let us abstain from meat on Fridays, overeating and excessive use of the Internet. Let us be generous with our time and talents and serve the poor and disadvantaged as much as we can. Let us reconcile with those whom we have offended and those who have offended us. Let us always be aware that Jesus Christ will come a second time as our Lord and Judge, though “of that day and hour no one knows.” (Matt. 24:36).


Пилипівка починає 15 листопада і кінчається 24 грудня. Піст (Пилипівка) це святий час; це час каяття, духовного розважання, в якому ми шукаємо могутньої Божої любовi у щоденному житті, та приготування прийняти Христа до Вифлеєма наших сердець. Щирою сповідю ми приготуємо місце для Христа в нашому житті, переповненому щоденними завданнями і проблемами. Увпродовж Різдвяного посту зробімо наші приготування до Різдва головно духовними. Створіть молитовний куток у своїй хаті та виставте ікону Різдва Христового, розважуючи денно над тайною приходу Месії. Приступімо до святої Сповіді та святого Причастя у ці дні, особливо якщо не зробили цього під час Великого Посту. Стримуймося від м’яса у п’ятниці, переїдання та надмірного користування Інтернетом. Будьмо щедрими з своїм часом і талантами та послужімо бідним і знедоленим чим можемо. Помирімся з тими кого образили. Будьмо завжди свідомі, що Ісус Христос прийде вдруге як наш Господь і Суддя, а «про цей день і годину ніхто не знає» (Мт. 24:36).


COVID Rules Update:

Starting Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6

  • All parishioners and guests entering church for any Divine Liturgy will be required to sign in.
  • We are asking that you enter through the Sacristy door ONLY.
  • Upon entering you will be asked to giveyour name(s) and phone number(s) to the designated volunteer(s).
  • Per Onondaga County and New York State Laws, the church is required to keep track of all parishioners and guests attending any and all services. Failure to comply by the church could result in the church not being allowed to hold services.

Also remember:
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Keeping Up to Date is Important

We are currently updating our parish record getting ready for next year. If you have moved in the past year, we ask that you take a moment and update your mailing address and phone number with the Parish Office. We are also looking to update email contacts.
If you have a new email or would like to verify an existing email, please fill out the form in the bulletin and drop it either in the collection basket, at the rectory office or email information to [email protected]
Additionally, if you do not currently receive envelopes, but would like to next year, please check the appropriate box. If you do receive envelopes, but would no longer like to, due to online giving or other reason




Saturday: 4:00 p.m. English
Sunday: During present restrictions, only one Liturgy at 10:00 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.

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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 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.