OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church

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

The Feast of St. Nicholas - December 6

 

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 December
  • Dec 6: 8:30am - Feast of St. Nicholas
  • Dec 7: 7:00pm - Maternity of Holy Anna (Immaculate Conception)
  • Dec 9: 5:300pmVigil Liturgy 27th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Dec 10: 9:00am - Sunday
  • Dec 13: 7:00pm Liturgy +Edward Zapala by wife Mary
  • Dec 16: 5:300pm Vigil Liturgy Sunday of the Forefathers
  • Dec 17 9:00am - Sunday
  • Dec 20: 7:00pm Liturgy
  • Dec 23: 5:300pm Vigil Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas - Ancestors of Christ
  • Dec 24 9:00am - Sunday
  • Dec 24 - Christmas Eve : 7:00pm Compline followed by Vigil Liturgy for Christmas at 7:30pm
  • Dec 25: 9:00am Christmas

Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) Christmas Schedule: Dec 16th 4:30-:5:15, Dec 17 8:00-8:45 Sundays, After all Services, or by Appointment with Fr Ed



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PRAYER TO ST. NICHOLAS

O Saint Nicholas, bountiful Father and special Patron of our Byzantine Catholic Church. You are a shepherd and teacher to all who invoke your protection, and who, by devout prayer, call upon you for aid. Hasten and save the flock of Christ from ravenous wolves; and by your holy prayers protect all Christians and save them from worldly disturbances, earthquakes, attacks from abroad, from internal strife, from famine, flood, fire, sword, and sudden death.

As you had mercy on those three men in prison and saved them from the king's wrath, now also have mercy on me who by word, deed, and thought have sunk into the darkness of sin, Save me from the just anger of God, and from eternal punishment. Through your intercession and aid as well as through his own mercy and grace, may Christ our God allow me to lead a tranquil and sinless life, and save me from standing at “his left,” but deem me worthy to stand at “his right” with all the saints. Amen.


St Nicholas Banquet - Fantastic Time for All

A HUGE thank you to Joseph Pieszala and Margaret Churilla
Organizers of the Event, Debra Churilla-Pipe, Jane Powanda-Morris,
Betty Powanda-Purich, Cobblers who helped make the special shoes for the St. Nick Gifts , Robert Donatelli – St. Nick’s Gift Wrapper, Jennifer and Dan Starrs – St. Nick’s Elves, Michael, Thomas, Allison and Abigail Swider - 50/50 Sellers, Dr Dan Tisak(St. Nick ), for all the hard work that mae this such a joyful and wonderful St. Nicholas celebration!


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Baptism of Thomas Michael Malone

OLPH welocmed its newest member with the baptism of Thomas Michael Malone on Sunday, November 26th. He is the son of Christopher Malone and Tarah (Grant) Malone, Grandson of Deborah Grant, and great grandson of Thomas and Victoria Koval. Please remember hima and the family in your prayers.


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The Feast of St. Nicholas - Dec 6th

Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanies and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God. Click Here to Read More


Immaculate Conception / Maternity of Holy Anna

St. Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary, was the youngest daughter of the priest Nathan from Bethlehem, descended from the tribe of Levi. She married St. Joachim who was a native of Galilee. For a long time St. Anna was childless, but after twenty years, through the fervent prayer of both spouses, an angel of the Lord announced to them the Conception of a Daughter, Who would bring blessing to the entire human race. The Conception by St. Anna took place at Jerusalem, where also was born the Most Holy Virgin Mary by name.


Advisory Meeting

Sunday December 17th following the 9am Divine Liturgy. All parishioners are welcome.


Danube River Cruise
With Fr. Ed Cimbala

I am pleased to announce my next trip. Over the years many people have expressed an interest in going on a river cruise.  After much research, I believe that I have found the ideal trip.

A Fantastic Itinerary at a Fantastic Price! Imagine a cruise along the beautiful Danube River – breathtaking sites – gorgeous scenery – amazing food and best of all … once we are on the ship you only need to unpack once and enjoy the leisure of a floating hotel! 

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Prayer Before Meals

We have a very beautiful prayer to be said before all meals, especially on this holiday season. In case you have not memorized it, the text is below:

May the poor eat and be satisfied. May those who seek the face of the Lord rejoice and in their hearts find life. Christ, God, Bless the food and drink of your servants, those who prepare it, and those who receive it, for you are Holy, Our God, and we give glory to you, Father Son and Holy Spirit now and ever and forever. Amen.


PERSONAL ASSESSMENT


You may remember, last year when we had the Personal Assessment campaign Fr. Ed expressed his optimism that such a program would not be necessary in the future.  Unfortunately, Fr. Ed’s hope that the OLPH Parish Family would increase their giving throughout the year to make up the amount of the assessment didn’t happen. As we come to the end of the year we need to have an extra push to make up the shortfall in income.  If you did not have the opportunity to increase your giving during 2017, please consider making an extra contribution at this time to help OLPH with its financial needs.  THANK YOU!  


Vocation Icon Program

“The harvest is truly plentiful but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that he send laborers into his harvest.” (Matthews 9:37-38)

We all have a responsibility to foster future leaders of the Church, priests, sisters, deacons and laity alike, dedicated to serve God’s people. Beginning on Sunday October 1, 2017, we will be participating in the Metropolitan-wide Pilgrim Vocation Icon Program. Parishioners will be able to take the icon home and pray daily for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The program will run from October 1, 2017, until the Sunday of All Saints, May 27, 2018.  A sign-up sheet is available at the back of the church, and families can sign up for more than one week in a row if desired.


Events/Features


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


Fr Myron Christmas Card Address

You can send Fr Myron a card at 922 Woodbourne Road, Box247, Levittown PA 19057 and it will be forwqarded to him.


Lottery Calendars for 2018

Lottery calendars for 2018 are available. Act now before your lucky numbers are taken by someone else. See Margaret Churilla after church.


Angel Tree


Take a tag from the tree and LOOSLEY attach it back on your gift package so we can collect the tags for next year. Please mark the age and sex of the child on the outside of the wrapped package. Gifts are due before the Divine Liturgy on Dec 17. Thank you for your support of this very special program which benefits the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey.


Decorate the Church

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16
at 11:00 AM
All Invited to Help! Lunch will be provided!


Envelopes and Calendars for 2018

Available in the back of the church. Check your number - it may have changed.


Separated/Divorced Monthly Support Group St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall 121 Belmont Ave. Croydon, PA
Thurs,De 14, 2017 @7PM
For information, contact Peg Duffy 215-788-1947


Bulletins


Click Here for the Present and Past Sunday Bulletins


Stay in Touch With Tim

New Article!

Read Tim's Article in the October 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