OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite

Slava Isusu Christu!   Slava Na Viki!   -   Glory to Jesus Christ!   Glory Forever!


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 July

  • July 19 - 7:00pm - Divine Liturgy
  • July 20 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy 6th Sunday After Pentecost /Feast of St. Elias
  • July 21 - 9:00am – Vigil Liturgy 6th Sunday After Pentecost
  • July 26 - 7:00pm - Divine Liturgy
  • July 27 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy 7th Sunday After Pentecost
  • July 28 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 7th Sunday After Pentecost
  • 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.

     



    There have been 79929 visitors since Christmas 2014.

    “MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLES.” - Isaiah 56: 7

    If you are a visitor to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we want you to know how welcome you are; whether you have come from another part of the country, from across the world, or simply from another parish. We hope you find our worship true and reverent and our people here friendly and cordial. If you are seeking a spiritual home, we would be honored by your presence in our family. For more information about becoming a parishioner, please see me.

    Fr. Vasyl


    Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as you loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and his mercy is from age to age on those who love him. Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation, we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


    Volunteers Needed!

    Do you have an interest in compiling and communicating parish and diocesan news and events? Would you like to work with Frs. Higgins and Vasyl to establish the weekly liturgical schedule and report attendance and collection figures? If yes, a volunteering opportunity has become available regarding the preparation of our weekly bulletin. Basic computer skills (e.g create and maintain documents in Microsoft Word) are needed (or, training can be provided) as well as the ability to print, copy and .pdf. If interested, please speak with Fr. Vasyl. Thank you!!


    The Feast of St Elias

    On July 20th we commemorate the holy prophet Elijah who was taken into heaven on a fiery chariot and who was   reading scripture while in his chariot. The glorious prophet Elias is therefore known as the patron saint of vehicles,   reminding us that we must struggle to manifest holiness in our lives, especially when we travel. Elijah, meaning "My God   is Yahweh" was a prophet and a wonder-worker in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab (9th century   BC), according to the Biblical Books of Kings.

    According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh   over that of the Canaanite god Baal (which was considered as idol worship); he raised the dead, brought fire down from   the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind (accompanied by a chariot and horses of flame or riding in it).  We typically bless vehicles of all sorts on this feast.


    6th Sunday After Pentecost

    The Gospel Reading for this Sunday is Matthew 9:1-8 in which Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man. We learn that not only does Jesus have authority, but we have an account of an event that shows that He has authority to forgive sins. For Jesus the forgiving of sins and the healing of diseases are two sides of His mission, with the forgiveness of sins being the most important.

    Additionally, He defends His authority to forgive sins to the Pharisees who time and again rebuke Him. Additionally, we learn that sin can cause us "spiritual paralysis" by controlling all aspects of our lives. We see how repeatedly Jesus goes out of His way to minister to sinners and then forgive and heal them. We see the power in that and how we need Jesus in our lives to help us to help us "get us off our mats.


    Mary Magdalene

    On July 22nd each year we commemorate Mary Magdalene, Equal to the Apostles. As sited in the "Orthodox Church in America" web site, Mary was "A woman whose name has entered forever into the Gospel account was born and grew up in Magdala. The Gospels tells us nothing of Mary's younger years, but Tradition informs us that Mary of Magdala was young and pretty, and led a sinful life. It says in the Gospels that the Lord expelled seven devils from Mary (Luke. 8:2).


    From the moment of her healing Mary led a new life, and became a true disciple of the Savior. The Gospel relates that Mary followed after the Lord, when He went with the Apostles through the cities and villages of Judea and Galilee preaching about the Kingdom of God."


    Events/Features


    ….  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!


    Bulletins


    Click Here for the Present and Past Sunday Bulletins


    Altar Server Camp

    Carpathian Village, Cresco, PA, July 21-24th, 2019.  Register at www.eparchyofpassaic.com


    St Nicholas Pilgrimage

     

    Carpathian Village
    Cresco, PA, August 4th, 2019

    Stay in Touch With Tim

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