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Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church

Divine Liturgy (Mass) Times

Sunday Divine Liturgies
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)

Wednesdays & Fridays of Great Lent
6:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Confessions on Saturday at 10:30 am & 2:00 pm.

Office Hours

Although we certainly welcome visits to the Parish Office during business hours, it is a courteous gesture to call ahead (570-291-4451) to be sure someone is in the office to receive you and that you will not be interrupting anyone else who may be there at the same time.

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Archieparchial Holy Thursday Services at Holy Myrhh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church in Swarthmore, PA

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, the Archieparchial Holy Thursday Services were held in Holy Myrrh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church in Swarthmore, PA.  The YouTube video of these services can be found by clicking here.

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.

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2019 Christmas Schedule

Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve:
9:00 pm Great Compline
10:00 pm Divine Liturgy for Christmas

Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Day:
10:00 am Divine Liturgy for Christmas
Sung by St. Cyril's Choir

Thurs. ., Dec 26, Synaxis of the Mother of God
9:00 am Divine Liturgy

Fri. Dec. 27, Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr:
9:00 am Divine Liturgy

Wed., Jan. 1, New Year's Day; Circumcision of Our Lord:
10:00 am  Divine Liturgy

Pope Francis Accepts the Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop John BuraText

Philadelphia, Pa.--The Holy Father Pope Francis on Friday, November 15, 2019 accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, presented by Bishop John Bura.

 Bishop Bura, who reached the canonical retirement age of seventy-five in June, submitted his resignation pursuant to the provisions of Canon 210 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

 Archbishop Borys Gudziak, of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States commented that "Bishop John is a kind and noble man who has served God, the Church and the community-at-large with dedication, both as a priest and as a bishop. Throughout a life that began in great danger and hardship he remained faithful. In my first months of service Bishop John has been for me a most valuable and reliable guide for understanding the pastoral history and current issues of our archeparchy. Our prayers are that the Lord will grant him good health and longevity in retirement as he begins this new chapter in his life."

 Bishop John was nominated on January 3, 2006 auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia by Pope Benedict XVI upon the recommendation of the Ukrainian Catholic Synod of Bishops.

 He was ordained a bishop by His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar on February 21, 2006 in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia and Bishop Michael Kuchmiak, C.Ss.R. of Great Britain.

 Bishop John was named the Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma on July 29, 2009 and served in that capacity until 2014, when Bishop Bohdan Danylo was named bishop of that eparchy.

 Bishop Bura was born to Hryhoriy and Maria Bura on June 12, 1944 in Wegeleben, Germany. His parents were refugees on the move from Ukraine, who like hundreds of thousands of their countrymen where caught between the genocidal policies of the Nazis and Soviets. They were forced from their home in the midst of World War II. Bishop John's childhood was marked by devastation and displacement. Yet, throughout his life he was a man of serenity. In 1950, his family moved to the United States and settled in Jersey City, NJ.

 After completing elementary and middle school, he entered St.Basil Minor Seminary in Stamford, Ct.

 From 1965 to 1970 he studied theology at The Catholic University of America and resided at St. Josaphat Seminary in Washington, DC. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 14, 1971 for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia by Metropolitan Ambrose Senyshyn, OSBM.

 Following ordination he served in various administrative positions including teacher of religion and the Ukrainian language and Vice-Rector of St. Basil Minor Seminary, Stamford, Ct. and rector of St. Josaphat Seminary in Washington, DC.

 Some of his pastoral assignments included St. Michael's Church, Shenandoah, Pa., Holy Ghost Church, Chester, Pa. and St. Nicholas Church, Wilmington, De.

 While he was serving as pastor in Shenandoah, Pa., home of the first Ukrainian Catholic parish in the United States, on Easter Monday April 7, 1980 the landmark church and adjacent rectory were completely destroyed by a devastating fire. As a young priest, Bishop John provided the fatherly compassion to guide the parish family through this tragedy and provided the leadership for the rebuilding task. On November 27, 1983, the blessing of the cornerstone and first Divine Liturgy were held in the newly constructed church.

 The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and has a total Catholic population of 13,944.

Memorial Services at the Cemetery

Visit from St. Nicholas

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.