OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite
Christos Voskrese!   Voistinnu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen!   Indeed He is Risen!

Welcome Guests and Friends

Very Rev. Edward Higgins, Administrator
Rev. Vasyl Sokolovych, Parochial Vicar
Reverend Myron Badnerosky -Pastor Emeritus

1773 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA 19057
Mail Address - BOX 777, Levittown, PA 19058-0777
Residence – 2 Coral Rock Road, Levittown, PA 19057* (Residence) 215-968-8707*email: frvasylolph@gmail.com


Services for May

  • May 15 - 7:00pm – Liturgy - Mid Pentecost
  • May 18 - 5:300pm –Vigil Liturgy Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
  • May19- 9:00am – Divine Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
  • May24 - 7:00pm – Liturgy
  • May 25 - 5:300pm –Vigil Liturgy Sunday of the Man Born Blind
  • May 26- 9:00am – Divine Liturgy Sunday of the Man Born Blind
  • Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) Fr. Vasyl is available for Confession on Saturdays from 4:45 to 5:15 and Sundays from 8:15 to 8:45. If these times are not convenient for you, please make an appointment with Fr Vasyl.

     



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    My Dear People,

    “This is the resurrection day! Let us be enlightened by this Feast, and let us embrace one another.  Let us call brethren even those who hate us, and in the resurrection forgive everything; and let us sing: Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death, and to those in the graves He granted life!” - (Resurrection Matins)

    Easter commemorates the victory of Christ over every worldly evil including sin and death. His resurrection from the dead placed the seal of divinity upon His teachings. That is why Easter is one of the most significant feast days of the Church.  It marks the accomplishment of the Redemption of mankind. Truly it is the day that Lord has made. It is the feast of the glorious triumph of our holy faith. It is the condemnation of the exclusion of God from human thinking and living, which is at the root of the world’s travails today.

    Enter with our suffering Savior into the spirit of the sorrowful day of Holy Week!  Receive Holy Communion on Easter Sunday and rise triumphantly with our Risen Savior on that glorious morning!

    Deepest thanks to you for your kindness and generosity at this time. May the blessing and peace of our Risen Lord come into your heart and home on Easter Sunday and abide with you always.

    ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС! ВОІСТИНУ ВОСКРЕС!
    CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

    Fr. Vasyl




    The Samaritan Woman

    The fifth Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pascha is observed by the Eastern Church as the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. The day commemorates the encounter of Christ with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. The biblical story of this event and the dialog between Christ and the woman is found in the Gospel of Saint John 4:5-42. Listen below or click here to read more about it.


    Tim fariss Ordained to Sub-Diaconate

    On Thursday, May 2nd, our Seminarian Tim Fariss was ordained tothe Sub-Diaconate by His Grace Metropolitan William (Skurla) during a hierarchical DivineLiturgy at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Munhall, Pennsylvania.  Our congratulations to Sub-Deacon Tim as well as the others who were either tonsured or, ordained during that same liturgy.  Axios!


    Pictures from Mother's Day Social


    Music of Pascha

    Resurrection Matins (English)

    Selected Easter Excerpts Sung in Slavonic


    First Responders
      Giving What We Have Received

    A Day For Men

    Saturday, June 15th , 2019 at  St. Michael’s Cathedral Chapel, 415 Lackawanna Avenue, Woodland Park, NJ.  Special Guest Presenter:  Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, a Byzantine Catholic  pastor in Colorado  and co-host of the popular podcast Catholic Stuff You Should Know.

    The day will begin at 10 AM and conclude by 4 PM.  A barbecue lunch will be served.  Men and boys (12 and over) are welcome.  Reservations are required and registration  must be completed by June 11th.  Cost is $20 per person.  Registration forms will be available in the vestibule.


    Byzantine Woman’s Day of Recollection


    Women in the Bible
    and in the Church Today

    This event will be held at Holy Dormition Byzantine Franciscan Monastery in Sybertsville, PA on July 13th, 2019.  It starts at 8:30 AM with Divine Liturgy.  Group activities end at 3:00 PM with the opportunity to stay on the grounds for more private prayer and quiet time.  The celebrant and speaker is Father Jerome Wolbert, OFM. 

    Cost:  $40 which includes coffee and pastry in the morning and a light lunch.  For information or, to register, call:  Carol at (570) 969-1756 or, call or email Gina at (570)956-9272/  gmr7@ptd.net.  The deadline to register is July 6th, 2019.


    Events/Features


    The Rayner Collection

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    ….  If you see someone in church that you do not know – stop and say hello and welcome them to OLPH.  Your friendly greeting will help them to decide to make OLPH their spiritual home.  Make sure you introduce newcomers to Fr. Vasyl.  Don’t be shy!


    Coffee Social
    Mother's Day

    Thank you!  Thank you!!...To all who helped with setup, breakdown, cleanup, food catering and preparation for our recent Mother’s Day Coffee Social.  A good time was had by all!


    Coffee Social For Father's Day

    The Father's Day Coffee Social,will be Sunday June 9th following the 9am Divine Liturgy. More details to follow as we get closer to the date.


    Patronal Feast Day Celebration

    Patronal Feast Day.  Sunday, June 23rd following the 9 AM Divine Liturgy.  Details to follow. 


    Bulletins


    Click Here for the Present and Past Sunday Bulletins


    Stay in Touch With Tim

    Write to Tim: Tim Fariss, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214


    Standing is the Proper Posture For Prayer During The Easter Season

    From Resurrection Matins until the Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost the proper posture for all prayer is to stand rather than to kneel. Standing is a sign of joy. And what greater joy do we have other than the Resurrection of Christ? After the celebration of Pentecost the proper posture for prayer during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy is to stand during the times OLPH has been used to kneeling. This is because each Divine Liturgy is a celebration of the Resurrection.

    If it is not physically possible for you to stand, please feel free to sit.