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 Rev. Edward Higgins, Administrator
Rev. Vasyl Sokolovych, Parochial Vicar
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* (Residence) 215-968-8707*email: frvasylolph@gmail.com


Services for April

  • Apr 17 - 7:00pm – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with Anointing
  • Apr 18 - 7:00pm –Holy Thursday: Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil Followed by Confessions
  • Apr 19 - 7:00pm –Good Friday: Burial Vespers with Procession
  • Apr 20 - 7:00pm –Vigil of The Great Day/Easter NO 5:30 LITURGY. Resurrection Procession and Matins with Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Baskets
  • Apr 21 - 9:00am –The Great Day: Easter Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Baskets
  • Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) Fr. Vasyl is available for Confession on Saturdays from 4:45 to 5:15 and Sundays from 8:15 to 8:45. If these times are not convenient for you, please make an appointment with Fr Vasyl.

    Please also be aware that Fr. Higgins will be available for the Mystery of Reconciliation
    (Confession) on Saturday, April 13th, Lazarus
    Saturday, from 4 p.m. until the start of our 5:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy.



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    Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Our Lady of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as you loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and his mercy is from age to age on those who love him. Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation, we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


    A Preview of What is ahead. Please join us for this most beautiful service on Saturday April 19th at 7pm

    Resurrection Matins (English)


    Palm Sunday

    PALM SUNDAY (John 12:1218). This Sunday commemorates the triumphant entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

    The people of Jerusalem received Christ as a king, and, therefore, took branches of palms and went out to meet Him, laying down the palms in His path. The people cried out the prophecy of Zechariah: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel" (v. 13; of Zechariah 9:9).

    The celebration of the Jewish Passover brought crowds of Jews and converted Jews to Jerusalem. They had heard of the works and words of Christ, especially about the resurrection of Lazarus. All the events related to Christ had a Messianic meaning for the Jews at the time. This vexed the high priests and Pharisees.

    As usual, Christ went to the Temple to pray and teach. That evening Christ departed for Bethany. The tradition of the Church of distributing palms on this Sunday comes from the act of the people in placing the branches of palms in front of Christ, and henceforth symbolizes for the Christian the victory of Christ over evil forces and death.


    The Sacrament of Holy Unction
    Holy Wednesday Evening

    On the evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament or Mystery of Holy Unction is conducted in Eastern Catholic parishes. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. At the conclusion of the service of the Sacrament, the body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down upon each person. To learn more about it, play the audio below.


    Fasting Reminder

    The law of strict abstinence (fast) forbids the use of meat, eggs and dairy products. All of the adult faithful of the Eparchy who receive Holy Communion are obliged to observe Strict Abstinence. Strict Abstinence is to be observed on Great and Holy Friday, April 19th.


    Be Multi-Lingual This Easter

    Christ is Risen! - Indeed He is Risen!
     Christos Voskrese!  - Voistinu Voskrese! (slavonic)
    Feltamadt Krisztus! - Valoban Feltanadott! (Hungarian)
     Al Massih Kam! - Hakkan Kam! (arabic)
    Christos Anesti! -  Alithos Anesti! (Greek)
    ¡Christo Es Resucitado!  - ¡En Verdad Es Resucitado! (Spanish


    Next Coffee Social - Mother's Day

    Mother's Day Social  - Sunday, May 5th, following the 9 AM Divine Liturgy.  List of names:  Using the Mother's Day envelope dated April 28th, please submit the names of mothers, living and deceased, you wish to have read during the Divine Liturgies on May 11th and 12th.   Please submit by May 4th or, 5th to allow time for the list to be prepared.


    Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
    Music of Bortniansky

    Bortniansky (1751 - 1825), is known today for his liturgical works and his prolific contributions to the genre of choral concertos. Fr. Yuriy Oros will celebrate the Liturgy with the Theoria Chamber Choir singing the choral responses as composed by Dmitry Bortniansky. This promises to be a most memorable liturgical experience. Please join Fr. Yuriy and the Choir under the direction of Andrew Skitko at St. Mary's in Trenton (411 Adeline St) on Saturday May 11th at 4pm.


    Events/Features


    ….  If you see someone in church that you do not know – stop and say hello and welcome them to OLPH.  Your friendly greeting will help them to decide to make OLPH their spiritual home.  Make sure you introduce newcomers to Fr. Vasyl.  Don’t be shy!


    Help Clean the Church

    Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13th (Lazarus Saturday), to help clean the Church.  We are looking to dust pews, sweep beneath them in addition to cleaning the aisles and bathrooms etc. More hands means that we will be able to finish more quickly!  Thank you in advance for helping! 


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    Write to Tim: Tim Fariss, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214