Statement of Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka on the Suffering and Hardships as a Result of Hurricane Harvey and its Aftermath
Metropolitan Stefan Soroka, together with Bishop John Bura and Bishop Andriy Rabiy, clergy, religious and faithful, pray for those suffering as a result of the damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, especially in Texas and Louisiana. Let us remember in our prayers those who died and their grieving families and community. Let us also remember those who suffered loss of their homes and earthly possessions as we ask Our Lord to give them His grace, wisdom and courage as they move forward with their lives and look forward to a new day filled with hope. Let us offer prayers of gratitude for the many first responders and the medical professionals who so quickly rendered life-saving help to rescue many of the victims, especially those from the flooded communities.
We pray that the victims may find comfort in the reassuring words of the Prophet Jeremiah: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you... plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” (Jer. 29:11).
Several years ago, a Domestic Disaster Recovery Fund was established by our Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy to aid victims recovering from such disasters as Hurricane Harvey. These disasters remind all of us of the fragile nature as we witness our neighbors suffering loss of life and material possessions. In times such as these, we are called to assist our neighbors in need. If you would like to make a donation for the humanitarian needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, please send your gift to the attention of this fund:
Domestic Disaster Recovery Fund
c/o Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
810 N. Franklin Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19123
Income tax receipts will be issued. While such donations may be made at any time, they are especially needed following the occurrence of tragic events in the United States. We become instruments of His healing as we pray and assist others in their difficult times of need.
May God bless you for your prayers and financial generosity for the needs of our neighbors at this time.
Divine Liturgy (Mass) Times
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Weekday Divine Liturgies
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.
Holy Day Liturgies
9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. (for Holy Day of Obligation)
Confessions on Saturday at 10:30 am & 2:00 pm.
St. Cyril's Church
St. Cyril's Cemetery
Churches of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Good Friday 2017
Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and Ukrainians in the USA attended the Divine Liturgy at 4:00 p.m on October 15, 2016 in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, Pa. Metropolitan Soroka was greeted at the Church doors by the youth of the Parish who were dressed in the traditional Ukrainian clothing.
Day for Vocations
The Sunday of the Paralytic Man, May 7th, 2017, has been designated as a Day for Vocations for all parishes and institutions in the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Just as Our Lord raised the Paralytic Man and healed him of his infirmity, so to are we called to lift up those who may be open to God’s call to service in His Holy Church. Please be sure to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life on this day.
If there is someone in your family, or you have a friend (or even yourself!), whom you think God might be calling to a challenging, but extremely rewarding and fulfilling, life as a Ukrainian Catholic priest, deacon, or religious monk or nun, be sure to pray for them. Have your priest talk with them and pray with them over their call. For more information, be sure to check out our new vocations website at www.ukrainiancatholicvocations.com.
There are short "Vocations Videos" available at:
Why I Come To Church
"Why I Come to Church" was produced by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. This video may be viewed on YouTube by clicking this link.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Visits Cathedral in Philadelphia
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk celebrated Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. During the Divine Liturgy, the religious renewed their vows. Also, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk and concelebrating Bishops blessed the new mosaics of Blessed Josaphata Hordashevska, SSMI and Venerable Servant of God Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky. After the service, His Beatitude blessed the new bell tower that houses the original bell from the old Cathedral. The YouTube video may be viewed by clicking this link.