OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church

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

Welcome Guests and Friends
Very reverend Edward Cimbala D.Min Pastor

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 19057-1721 * (Cell) 908-872-2928 * (Residence) 215-968-8707* (Rectory) 215-945-5122
email: fredcimbala@gmail.com


Services for August
  • Aug 19: 5:30pm - 11th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Aug 20: 90:00am - Sunday
  • Aug 23: Liturgy + Loraine Clark
  • Aug 26: 5:30pm - 12th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Aug 27: 90:00am - Sunday
  • Aug 30: Liturgy
  • Sep 3: 5:30pm - 13th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Sep 4: 90:00am - Sunday
Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) 4:15-:4:45 Saturdays, 8:15-8:45 Sundays, After all Services, or by Appointment with Fr Ed
11h Sunday After Pentecost
Gospel
Epistle

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Prayer to Most Holy Theotokos

Most holy Lady, Theotokos, light of my darkened soul; my hope, my protection, my refuge, my comfort, and my joy:  I thank you for enabling me, unworthy as I am, to be a partaker of the most pure body and precious blood of your Son.

     You gave birth to the true Light; enlighten the eyes of my heart.  You bore the Source of immortality; give life to me who am dead in sin.  O compassionate and loving Mother of the merciful God, have mercy on me; grant me compunction and contrition of heart, humility of mind, and the recollection of my scattered thoughts.  Make me worthy, even until my last breath, to receive the most pure and sanctifying mysteries without condemnation for the healing of my soul and body.  Give me tears of repentance and confession that I may praise and glorify you all the days of my life; for you are blessed and glorified forever.  Amen.



Medley to the Mother of God


The Feast of the Dormition August 15

Holy Tradition tells us that all the Apostles, with the exception of St. Thomas, were transported mystically to Jerusalem in order to be with the Mother of God – the Theotokos – as she reposed, and to be present at her burial. When the Apostle Thomas arrived the next day, the Apostles opened the tomb so that he could kiss her farewell. As the tomb was opened, the body of the Most Pure Virgin was missing, and the cave was filled with flowers and the sweet fragrance of Paradise. This was a sure sign of her great purity and holiness to the faithful.

For more on this feast, listen below:

The Blessing of Flowers on the Dormition

Therefore as part of our celebration of Dormition we bless flowers and fragrant herbs – and the faithful traditionally keep them in their homes. The herbs, used as natural medicine, are blessed in commemoration of the numerous healings and the extraordinary grace bestowed on the pilgrims at the blessed tomb of the Mother of God. During times of family strife or illness, it is a pious custom to place the flower petals in the house censer, together with the incense, and cense the whole house with it. At OLPH we will bless flowers that you bring on the day of the feast and the following weekend. The parish will provide flowers for you on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.


New Rectory Purchased

In order to provide the pastor with a suitable place to live, the Eparchy of Passaic has purchased a home in Cobalt Ridge.  The purchase price of $269,000 and improvements and appliance purchases of approximately $20,000 are considered to be a loan to OLPH. So, in the near future we will be responsible for a mortgage payment to the Eparchy. The monthly amount is yet to be determined.  Please know that the bishop has been extremely generous to the parish family of OLPH in covering the cost of the pastor’s rent ($24,000.00) and the purchase of furniture ($11,000.00) during this first year.   It is now time for the parish family of OLPH to step up and fully cover the cost of housing for the pastor. If you have and questions about the new rectory, please see Fr. Ed.  There will be an open house in September.


Catholic Young Adults of Bucks County

Theology on Tap Presents: HUMANAE VITAE - Wednesday, August 23 at 7PM Borghi's | 4 N. Main Street in Chalfont

Is Pope Paul VI's teaching on Human Life still relevant 50 years later? What does it mean to be a human being? Join Daniel Drain MTS, a PhD candidate at the Pope St. John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies, as he asks the unpopular and difficult questions about Church teaching and human life.

All young adults ages 21-35 are welcome. No RSVP necessary, drinks and food at attendee's expense. For more details, check out the Catholic Young Adults of Bucks County on Facebook or contact us at BucksCatholicYA@gmail.com.


OLPH Cookbook - Fundraiser

As you know we have many things that need to be done around OLPH – and it takes money to do them!  Our first major fundraiser is going to be the creation of a parish cookbook. It has been many years since we have published such a book and its time to do a new one.  We are collecting recipes from everyone in the parish. They can be ethnic or your personal favorites. 

A special feature of the new cookbook will be Heritage Section of favorites from our previous cookbook – so this will be a collection of the old and the new! We would like to have 3 or 4 from each family.  All you need to do is pick up the recipe forms found on the table at the entrance of the church – use the easy to follow format and drop it in the recipe box when you’re done.

Another feature of our book will be advertising.  We hope that everyone will also sell a few ads – these will go a long way to insure a successful and profitable cookbook project. These forms may be picked up from the table at the entrance of the church.  If you have any questions, please see Pam Trapp or Donna Rayner.    


Events/Features


Please Pray for the Sick
Lorraine Sims
Vilma Sims
(Go to Sick list & Prayers)


Fr Myron on the Road to Recovery

Please remember him and Kay who is caring for him in your prayers. You can send a card to him through the address below.

Fr. Myron Badnerosky
922 S. Woodbourne Road - Suite 417
Levittown, PA 19057


Stay in Touch With Tim

Read Tim's Article in the August Edition of Eastern Catholic Life - Click to read Tim's latest. Write to Tim: Tim Fariss, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214


Coffee Socials Resumed

Next social will be Sunday September 10th following the 9am Divine Liturgy inn the Church Vestibule or under the carport in front of the hall.


Separated/Divorced Monthly Support Group St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall 121 Belmont Ave. Croydon, PA
Thurs, August 17, 2017 @7PM
For information, contact Peg Duffy 215-788-1947


Bulletins


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