Fr. John Wysochansky Falls Asleep in the Lord
The Rev. John Wysochansky fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Abington Manor, Clarks Summit, following an illness.
Born in Peckville on July 10, 1928, son of the late Joseph and Anelia Wysochansky, he was a graduate of St. Basil's Prep and was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest. After attending St. Basil's College for two years, he entered the armed forces and honorably served his country with the United States Army in Italy. After military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Scranton. He graduated from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., while attending the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington D.C.
He was ordained a priest on March 31, 1957, and served as pastor in several parishes in the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Before retirement, he served for 16 years as pastor of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Parish and Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Parish in St. Clair, Pa., and more recently, assisted with weekly Divine Liturgies in S.S. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Olyphant.
He is survived by one brother, the Rev. Walter J. Wysochansky; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Stanley, Frank, Nicholas, the Rev. Constantine Wysochansky, OSBM, and the Rev. Demetrius Wysochansky, OSBM; and five sisters, Rose Poklemba, Stephanie Warner, Carol Baranik, Olga Sembrat and Mary Bukowski.
Friends may call Sunday evening, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, 135 River St., Olyphant, with a Parastas service at 7 p.m. A Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in SS. Cyril & Methodius Church by His Grace Archbishop Metropolitan Borys Gudziak of Philadelphia on Monday, March 8, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Cyril's Cemetery, Peckville.
Due to the Lenten season, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Father John's name can be made to Sisters of St. Basil's, c/o Sister Joanne, for the orphans in Ukraine, 710 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA. 19046.
Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Liturgical Services
Please remember to support Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church by mailing your weekly offerings! Our parish has financial obligations that still need to be met. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic: our Liturgical Services are celebrated by the Priest only (without the participation of the faithful). Our Annual Baked Haddock Fish Dinner has been CANCELED. Your financial support of our parish is needed now more than ever.
To read the letter from our Archbishop regarding offerings, please click here.
Divine Liturgy (Mass) Times
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am
Weekday Divine Liturgies
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am
Holy Day Liturgies: 9:00 am
Confessions: Saturdays at 2:00 pm
St. Cyril's Church
St. Cyril's Cemetery
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.
Churches of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
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.
Divine Liturgies to Resume on Saturday, February 27, 2021
The Divine Liturgies will resume on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. The Church has been professionally sanitized and we await the return of our Parishioners. Parishioners are reminded to properly wear a mask and keep social distancing. For those of you who are still not comfortable coming to Church during this pandemic, we invite you to watch the Divine Liturgy on this website.
Guidelines for Public Liturgical Service during the Green Phase of Reopening
Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania has entered the GREEN phase on Friday, June 26, 2020. Until further notice, on Saturdays there will be Confessions at 1 pm, with the Divine Liturgy at 3 pm. On Sundays, the Divine Liturgy will be at 10 am.
Our Archbishop has issued Guidelines for Opening Parish Churches and Resumption of Public Services on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation and Weekdays during the GREEN phase. The Guidelines are as follows:
- The church should be cleaned/sanitized once a week when the public may be present, especially those areas and surfaces that are commonly used and touched (bathrooms, railings, doors, backs of pews, etc.);
- In GREEN counties of the state of Pennsylvania, there is no limit to the number of participants at the services as long as norms of social distancing are maintained;
- Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained:
- While sitting or standing in the pews - between non-family members;
- While standing or moving in the aisles in line for Communion and returning to the pews;
- Wearing masks is recommended for laity. Priests are obliged to wear masks while distributing Holy Communion;
- Veneration of icons, crosses, etc. should be done without touching or kissing them. The Holy Water fountains must be emptied;
- There should be no social gatherings after the services. People should leave the church promptly upon the completion of services;
- Please remind parishioners that if they are not feeling well that they should stay at home;
- Please remind parishioners that they are not bound by the Sunday obligation if they are ill, at high risk to contract the virus, or if for health reasons they are afraid to attend the services. Dispensation from Sunday Liturgy obligation remains valid until further notice;
- When distributing Holy Communion with a golden spoon, please instruct those who choose to receive to open their mouths wide, not touch the spoon, and not cough or sneeze upon it. The spoon must be sanitized immediately after each communicant by wiping it with a cloth soaked in antiseptic or pure alcohol (at least 65-70%) and with a dry cloth afterwards. In the absence of a deacon or servers the tetrapod or other table can be used to place upon it the articles for disinfection.
- Celebrations of weddings, baptisms and funerals are allowed if all precautions listed above are observed. Water is considered to be safe since the virus spreads from person to person via air droplets;
- While hearing confessions, please observe social distancing;
- Collection baskets are to be left in designated places so that parishioners may leave their offerings without passing around baskets;
- Please refrain from choir singing due to closeness and danger of possible infections. Instead, please encourage the faithful to recite or sing responses.
- Live streaming of Divine Liturgies and other services from your church is recommended;
- Please keep the church well ventilated by opening windows or by turning on air-conditioning;
Please consider other precautionary measures to ensure that our churches are safe and everyone’s good health is maintained.
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.