OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite

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


Welcome Guests and Friends

Rev. Fr. Yuriy Oros, 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


DEAR PARISHIONERS,
ALL PUBLIC LITURGICAL SERVICES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
All weekday and Sunday services will temporarily be celebrated without our parishioners being present (e.g. privately celebrated).
We will celebrate the Divine Liturgies and other services on behalf of and for all of you - especially for the sick and their healthcare providers.

All educational programs are suspended except for online education. Every subject of the Bishop of Passaic is dispensed from the Sunday obligation to attend the Divine Liturgy for March 22 and March 29.

Divine law still requires us to keep holy the Lord's Day by prayer and avoiding unnecessary work. The Bishop cannot dispense from the Divine law.

There have been 93498 visitors since Christmas 2014.

A Message from Fr Yuriy and Fr Vasyl

Our Dear People,

We greet you during these trying times hoping you, our parishioners, your families and friends are safe and well.  Know that while we cannot be together, you remain in our hearts and prayers.  We look forward to the time when we can again, as a parish, pray to the Lord! 

Between now and then, please remember, be comforted and have hope that “Christ is among us!  He is, and always shall be!

Prayerfully, Fr. Yuriy Fr. Vasyl


In difficult times, Christians have always endured by the grace of God and their love for each other. Our prayers and support for one another set us apart and make the difference. Likewise, OLPH needs our support. Without Liturgical celebrations and the generous contributions that accompany our worship, OLPH has no means of replacing that income.

Please help with whatever you can so that OLPH can continue to meet its financial obligations during this time of disruption. No help is too small.

Contributions can be mailed PO BOX 777, Levittown, PA 19058-0777.  God bless you for your generosity and your continued support.


Correction

No Palm Sunday Blessing

There will not be any blessing of palms and pussy willows on this coming Palm Sunday as previously indicated.

The Church will be closed and inaccessible through April 30.


Palm Sunday

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.


Liturgy on Line

While we cannot gather in our church, there are multiple opportunities to “attend” liturgy virtually.  The following link, provided by the Eparchy of Passaic, notes parishes that are live streaming, as well as their schedules. Click Here for Live Streaming Information


Stay Connected!

Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected as a parish family.  Please call, connect on line or, use other technologies to minimize the isolation that can be caused by social distancing.  While we cannot be together in our church home, we can still support each other as we always have.  


During these troubled times, may we be comforted by the words of the Troparion of the Cross:  Save your people O Lord, and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to your Church over evil, and protect your people by your cross

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.

To read more about it Click here or play the audio below.


The Jesus Prayer

"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.

To read more about it Click here or play the audio below.

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!


Rev. Yuriy Oros, Administrator
Contact Number: (908) 381-2764

Should you have any pastoral needs, concerns, sick calls, funerals, liturgy intentions, etc. please call Fr. Yuriy at 908-381-2764.  Please leave a message if Father is not available and he will return your call as soon as possible.  Father will then either address your request, concern, or, need or, he will forward it to Fr. Vasyl.


Genealogy Conference

A Genealogy Conference “Discover Your Roots” will be held at St. Mary Parish Center,335 Adeline Street Trenton, NJ, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Guest speakers are genealogists who specialize in Slovak, Carpatho-Rusyn, and German ancestral research. Details will follow.


Contacting You!

We would like to update our parish records. Click below to update/share your contact information

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for the online form


Bulletins


Click Here for the Present and Past Sunday Bulletins


Stay in Touch with Tim

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