OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church

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

Due to the Weather Conditions and the Weather Emergency,

The Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts for today, Wednesday , March 21,
has been CANCELLED.

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 March
  • Mar 21- NOON: Office of Christian Burial for Anselmina Basheda
  • Mar 23- Noon: Lenten Moleben
  • Mar 24- 8:30am: Liturgy - Lazarus Saturday
  • Mar 25- 5:30pm Vigil Liturgy - Palm Sunday and Feast of the Annunciation
  • Mar 26- 9:00am Sunday. Festal Anointing in celebration of Flowery Sunday following the weekend Divine Liturgies.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

  • Mar 28- 7:00pm – Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts & Holy Anointing
  • Mar 29- 7:00pm – Vespers with the Liturgy of St. Basil for the Last Supper
  • Mar 30- 7:00pm –Burial Vespers and Procession for Good Friday
  • Mar 31- 7:00pm – Resurrection Matins with the Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of Easter Baskets. Please note that there is NO 5:30 Divine Liturgy on this day.
  • Apr 1 - 9:00am – Easter Sunday. Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of Easter Baskets
  • Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) Fr. Ed is available for Confession on Saturdays from 4:45 to 5:15 and Sundays from 8:15 to 8:45. He is also available before and after the services on Wednesday and Friday and during Holy Week after all services. If these times are not convenient for you, please make an appointment with Fr. Ed.

    There have been 49347 visitors since Christmas 2014.

    - Isaiah 56: 7

    If you are a visitor to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we want you to know how welcome you are; whether you have come from another part of the country, from across the world, or simply from another parish. We hope you find our worship true and reverent and our people here friendly and cordial. If you are seeking a spiritual home, we would be honored by your presence in our family. For more information about becoming a parishioner, please see Fr. Ed

    The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

    O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter.

    Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love.

    O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen

    During the period of holy and Great Lent, the prayer written by St. Ephrem is said frequently. It is truly a prayer on which each and every one of us should carefully mediate, as in many ways it reflects the pattern of our own everyday lives.

    Click here to read more or play the audio below.

    Anselmina Basheda Funeral

    Former parishioner Anselmina Basheda passed away peacefully on March 16, 2018, surrounded by family at the Virginia home of her oldest son. She was 90 years old.

    There is no viewing. Office of Christian Burial will begin at NOON - Note the Change., Thursday March 22, 2018, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, followed by the Rite of Committal at Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

    Resurrection Matins & Divine Liturgy
    Friday Saturday March 31st 7:00pm

    Over time, OLPH has drifted from the joyous celebration of Resurrection Matins. These services are the most important of the Liturgical Year.  This is the culmination of your Lenten Journey; it is what makes our prayer, fasting and alms giving complete. It is the hallmark of our redemption. If there is only one service in a year that you will go out of your way to attend, this is the one!

    We will celebrate Matins and Divine Liturgy as one service.  The Matins portion with the procession takes the place of what is the beginning of the Liturgy and after that we continue as usual with the singing of “All you who have been baptized” and the readings.  Fr. Ed hopes that the church will be jam-packed with hundreds of people singing Christ is Risen! Invite your family and friends for this beautiful celebration.

    Blessing of Baskets

    The blessing of the Easter Baskets will take place in the Church. Please keep your baskets in your car and you will have the opportunity to bring them in after the services.
    March Coffee Social - A Good Time for All
    Click on the Picture for an Enlargement.

    The Jesus Prayer - Our Lenten Theme

    O Lord, Jesus Christ Son of God
    Have Mercy on
    Me a Sinner

    This prayer has the potential to transform your consciousness and bring you closer to God. It is a prayer rooted deeply in the tradition of the Church. It is a prayer to be repeated over and over, many times. You can begin to develop the use of this prayer by incorporating a number of repetitions in your daily prayer rule. It is a simple prayer and you can learn to say it everywhere and at any time. In fact, your aim should be to make it an unending prayer. In this way your whole life becomes a life of prayer. Click Here to read more or play the audio below


    if you know of anyone who is homebound, please call them and ask if they would like a visit from Fr. Ed.  Then let him know and he will visit them.

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

    Advisory Meeting

    Sunday March 18th 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! 

    Click Here for Details and a Brochure

    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.


    March 24th Cleanup

    Following the 8:30 Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday Volunteers needed to clean up the grounds of OLPH to make it attractive for Easter.  Bring your rakes, brooms, shovels and whatever you like to use for yard work.

    Easter Baskets for the Needy

    If you know of anyone (even yourself) who could use a special basket of Easter foods, the Knights will be distributing the prior to Easter.  Please let Fr. Ed or Dr. Dan Tisak know.

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

    SAY HELLO ….  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. Ed.  Don’t be shy!


    Due to the extreme cold our fuel costs have skyrocketed. We are using in two weeks what we used in three weeks last year. Please consider making a special donation in your energy envelope to help us make up this cost of keeping you comfortable in church. THANK YOU!

    Fr Myron Address

    You can mail cards and letters to Fr Myron at 922 S. Woodbourne Rd ,Suite 417, Levittown PA 19057 and they will be forwarded to him.


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    Stay in Touch With Tim


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