OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church

A Prayer for the New Year

O Master of all created things, You have established seasons and years by your power. Bless this New Year with Your bounty: Preserve this land and its people in peace, And save us through the prayers of the Theotokos.

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 January
  • Jan 1 -9:00am Liturgy - Feast of St. Basil the Great and The Feast of the Circumcision
  • Jan 5: 7:00pm Vigil Liturgy of Theophany with the Blessing of Water
  • Jan 6: 5:30pm Vigil Liturgy - Sunday after Theophany
  • Jan 7: 9:00am Sunday
  • Jan 13: 5:30pm Vigil Liturgy - Sunday of Zacchaeus
  • Jan 14: 9:00am Sunday

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



There have been 45836 visitors since Christmas 2014.

My Dear OLPH Family,

As we begin a new year, let us take time to plan and make Stewardship of time and talent a part of our lifestyle and Stewardship of treasure a part of our budget.  Your giving to the parish should be planned and consistent.  I ask you to think about your level of giving for 2018.  Are you in a position to increase your gift in the coming year or do your circumstances require you to reduce your contribution?  The important thing is that you think about your giving.

“Everyone must give according to what he has inwardly decided; not sadly, not grudgingly, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
(II Corinthians 9:7)

I also ask that as we begin the New Year you reflect on your stewardship of time and talent.  What can you do for the good of OLPH?   Talk with me and we will find something for you!

We have so much to do here at OLPH and the parish does need your contribution of time, talent and treasure.

I have been blessed by your warm welcome and I look forward to working with you to make OLPH realize its fullest potential.

You are in my prayers and I ask that you keep me in yours!
Fr. Ed


Saint Basil the Great

St. Basil was born in the year 330 AD in the city of Caesarea, Asia Minor.  He was one of six children who all became saints in our Church.  His brothers and sister became priests, bishops, and nuns.  His parents were very devoted to the faith and gave their children a great spiritual heritage, which they cultivated in their lifetime.  The family of St. Basil was the greatest Christian family of the 4th century.  St. Basil studied in Constantinople and Athens.  He studied with his best friend, St. Gregory, in the cultural centers of the world.  St. Basil was one of the greatest writers and speakers of the Christian Church.  Although his fame was spread over the entire Christian world of his day, he returned to his own home town and was ordained Bishop of Caesarea on June 14, 370 AD. Click Here to Read More or play the audio below.


The Feast of Theophany

The Feast is a celebration of an historic event, the Baptism of Christ. In addition, we celebrate all the different manifestations of God (Theophanies) to men in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. We celebrate in this Feast His mysterious union with humanity in the Church -- a union of faith and love, engendering men to a new spiritual life in Baptism. The event of the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River (Mk. 1: 9-11) serves to reveal this union in a clear and special manner.

Click Here to Read More or play the audio below.


Traditional Christmas Carols

Click the link below to go view and download Christmas Carols in English and Slavonic that we will sing in church during this festive season.

Click Here for Traditional Carols in English and Slavonic


House Blessing

As you know, it is our tradition to have our homes blessed after the feast of Theophany on January 6.  If you wish to have Fr. Ed come and bless your home, use the link below to email your name, address, phone and when you are available.   email: fredcimbala@gmail.com


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


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.

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)


Christmas in the Old Country

Click here to read about Christmas Eve in the Old Country


Fr Myron Christmas Card Address

You can send Fr Myron a card to 922 S. Woodbourne Road,Suite 417, Levittown PA 19057 and it will be forwarded to him.


Special Thanks!
The wonderful people of OLPH donated over 50 gift packages to the Angel Tree

Thank you for your support of this very special program which benefits the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey.
Envelopes and Calendars for 2018

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


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