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

Christos Voskrese!   Voistinnu Voskrese!      
Christ is Risen!   Indeed He is Risen!

Welcome Guests and Friends
Very reverend Edward Cimbala D.Min - Pastor

Reverend Myron Badnerosky -Pastor Emeritus in Residence

Address: 1787 Woodbourne Rd Levittown PA 19057


Services for April/May
  • Apr 22: 5:30pm - Vigil Liturgy Sunday of St. Thomas
  • Apr 23: 9:00am - Sunday
  • Apr 29: 5:30pm - Vigil Liturgy Sunday of The Ointment Bearers
  • Apr 30: 9:00am - Sunday
  • May 6: 5:30pm - Vigil Liturgy Sunday of The Paralytic
  • May 7: 9:00am - Sunday
  • May 13: 5:30pm - Vigil Liturgy Sunday of The Samaritan Woman
  • May 14: 9:00am - Sunday
  • May 20: 5:30pm - Vigil Liturgy Sunday of The Man Born Blind
  • May 21: 9:00am - Sunday
Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) 4:15-:4:45 Saturdays, 8:15-8:45 Sundays, After all Services, or by Appointment with Fr Ed
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There have been 30826 visitors since Christmas 2014.

Welcome Visitors - Happy Easter!

We look forward to seeing you frequently throughout the year.
Fr. Ed

 

 





Prayer to St. Thomas

Almighty and ever living God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in your Son's resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN

To learn more about St. Thomas Sunday and the rest of the Paschal Season, click here to go to Traditions or listen below

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The Resurrection Icon
The Central Icon of our Faith

The Icon for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is technically the Icon of Christ’s Descent into Hades, but is commonly  called the Anastasis or Resurrection Icon. I t is the visual Gospel, the Holy Scripture written in form and picture, for all to participate in the Good News of this event.

The Icon of Christ’s Descent into Hades is not a photojournalists recording of what took place in the bowels of the earth, but rather a spiritual representation of the significance, reality and importance of what Christ accomplished.
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Resurrection Homily of St. John Chrysostom

(first preached in the late 4th century) is traditionally read during the Resurrection Matins of Easter. Beautiful and eloquent, it is as inspiriting today as it was when first preached. Listen to it below or read it by clicking here


The Artos

In the Byzantine Catholic Church it is the custom for a single loaf of blessed bread (Greek Artos) to be placed on the tetrapod throughout Bright Week in memory of the Risen Christ, before it is shared out among the whole congregation. Depicted on the top of the Artos are either the symbol of Christ’s victory over death the Cross, surmounted by a crown of thorns, or the Resurrection of Christ. On the first day of Pascha, during the Liturgy, after the Prayer Before the Ambo, the Artos is blessed by a special prayer and sprinkling with Holy Water. On Thomas Sunday  it is distributed as a blessing to the congregation.

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New Pictures from Easter and April Socials
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The Rayner Collection

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Parish Advisory Committee - Next Meeting

Sunday April 30th IN THE CHURCH Hall following the Divine Liturgy. T Join us for a focused dialogue about our church, its future and what we can do to to grow. If you are interested in participating or just want to hear what's happening, please attend.


PROPER POSTURE FOR PRAYER DURING THE EASTER SEASON

From Resurrection Matins until the Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost the proper posture for all prayer is to stand rather than to kneel.  Standing is a sign of joy. And what greater joy do we have other than the Resurrection of Christ?  After the celebration of Pentecost the proper posture for prayer during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy is to stand during the times OLPH has been used to kneeling. This is because each Divine Liturgy is a celebration of the Resurrection. All of the parishes in the Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh have been following this directive of the Bishops which was promulgated in 2006. This is a restoration of true Eastern Tradition. If it is not physically possible for you to stand, please feel free to kneel or sit. You may begin standing during the Divine Liturgies now if you wish to. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask Fr. Ed.


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 10 DAYS JANUARY 30 to FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Hosted By FR. ED CIMBALA and Fr. Charles Yastishock

ONLY $3,199 PER PERSON FROM NEWARK (Air/land tour price is $2499 plus $700 government taxes/airline surcharges)

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES: Roundtrip air from Newark, First Class hotels, Breakfast & Dinner daily, Comprehensive Sightseeing, Porterage, Entrance Fees and much more!!!

Walk where Jesus walked…Climb the Mount of Olives & view the Old City of Jerusalem… Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher…Visit Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity…Visit Nazareth…Cruise the Sea of Galilee. FOR A DETAILED BROCHURE PLEASE CONTACT: Fr. Ed Cimbala Telephone: 215-945-5122 Email: fredcimbala@gmail.com Click on this link for a copy of the brochure

Space is limited and we expect a quick sell out.
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Events/Features
Lorraine Sims
Vilma Sims
(Go to Sick list & Prayers)


Stay in Touch With Tim

Read Tim's Article in the April Edition of Eastern Catholic Life - Click to read Tim's latest email in Noelle's Nook. Write to Tim: Tim Fariss, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214


Please Pray for the Sick

OLPH Bulletins are available(click to read)


Coffee Socials

2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month, The next coffee social will be on Sunday April 23rd.

MAY MOTHER’S DAY COFFEE SOCIAL will be the first Sunday in May – the 7th – changed from the 14th.  We will celebrate Mothers Day the first Sunday and Birthdays the fourth Sunday in May. (the 28th)


Mother's Day May 14th

In today’s bulletin you will find a special envelope for Mother’s Day.  The names of the mothers submitted will be read aloud during both Divine Liturgies the weekend of May 13 and 14. Please return your envelopes for the Mother’s Day remembrance by May 7 so that the names can be listed to be read.


Contacting Father Ed

Never hesitate to contact me for any reason - especially when someone is ill at home, in the hospital or in a nursing home. Cell: 908.872.2928 or Residence: 215.969.8707 fredcimbala@gmail.com

Fr. Ed.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help NEW address

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
PO BOX 777
Levittown, PA
19058-0777


Lottery Calendars for 2017

Lottery calendars for 2017 are available. Act now before your lucky numbers are taken by someone else. See Margaret Churilla after church.