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 August

  • Aug 18- 5:30pm – Vigil Liturgy for 13th Sunday after Pentecost
  • Aug 19 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy
  • Aug 25- 5:30pm – Vigil Liturgy for 14th Sunday after Pentecost
  • Aug 26 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy
  • Aug 29: Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist (schedule tbd)

    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.



  • There have been 17982 visitors since Christmas 2014.


    Glory to Jesus Christ!

    “MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLES.”  - 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. -Fr. Vasyl

    New Rectory Phone Number, Parish email

    Please note that the old rectory phone number has been disconnected.  Please contact Fr. Vasyl by calling the new number, (215) 968-8707.  You can also contact Fr. Vasyl via his new email address, frvasylolph@gmail.com

     

    Medley to the Mother of God




    St. Call to Prayer Pilgrimage

    On Sunday, August 26th, the third annual “Called to Prayer” Marian Pilgrimage will be held at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Centralia, Pa. Four bishops:  Bishop Andriy Rabiy, Apostolic Administrator and Auxiliary Bishop John Bura, both of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg and Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic will celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 12 noon. After Liturgy, Bishop Gainer will lead the Living Rosary at 2pm and offer a reflection. Bishop John will celebrate the Akathist to the Mother of God and give a reflection at 3:00 pm. Bishop Kurt will celebrate and preach a Moleben to the Mother of God at 4:30pm.


    St. Nicholas Pilgrimage, Ordination Highlights

    On Sunday, August 5th, the 2018 St. Nicholas Pilgrimage was held at the Carpathian Village in Cresco, PA.  The Pilgrimage culminated with the clerical tonsure/ordination of 8 men to the minor orders.  During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Kurt, Father Edward Higgins, our Administrator, served as Master of Ceremonies and Father Vasyl, our Parochial Vicar, served as one of several concelebrants.  Additionally, OLPH’s Ryan Liebhaber was ordained to the Sub-Diaconate and Seminarian Tim Fariss was tonsured/ordained a LectorAxios!  Joining them for this joyous celebration were a number of parishioners from OLPH. 

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    Pictures from the Transfiguration and Blessing of Fruit

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    As Fr. Vasyl becomes familiar with pastoral life in the United States and settles into OLPH, should you have any pastoral needs or concerns, sick calls, funerals, liturgy intentions, etc. please call me, Fr. Ed Higgins at 215-334-5129.  I will then either address your request or need or, I will forward it to Fr. Vasyl. Thanks

    Fr. Ed (Very Rev. Edward Higgins, Administrator)


    Feast of the Dormition-Aug 15th

    Following the day of Pentecost, the Theotokos remained in the city of Jerusalem, comforting the infant Christian community. She was living in the house of the beloved Apostle John, later the Evangelist. At the time of her death (tradition states she was in her early fifties) many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel. All but Thomas were miraculously brought to the Virgin aloft on clouds. To learn more, Click here or Play the audio below


    Blessing of Flowers and Fragrant Herbs on the Feast Dormition

    Holy Tradition tells us that all the Apostles, with the exception of St. Thomas, were transported mystically to Jerusalem in order to be with the Mother of God – the Theotokos – as she reposed, and to be present at her burial. When the Apostle Thomas arrived the next day, the Apostles opened the tomb so that he could kiss her farewell. As the tomb was opened, the body of the Most Pure Virgin was missing, and the cave was filled with flowers and the sweet fragrance of Paradise. This was a sure sign of her great purity and holiness to the faithful. Therefore as part of our celebration of Dormition we bless flowers and fragrant herbs – and the faithful traditionally keep them in their homes. The herbs, used as natural medicine, are blessed in commemoration of the numerous healings and the extraordinary grace bestowed on the pilgrims at the blessed tomb of the Mother of God. During times of family strife or illness, it is a pious custom to place the flower petals in the house censer, together with the incense, and cense the whole house with it.


    2018 MARRIAGE JUBILEE CELEBRATION

    The Annual Marriage Jubilee Celebration for our area will take place on Sunday, September 23 at St. Mary’s in Hillsborough. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 3:00 PM and a dinner will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Center. This celebration will honor all Marriage Jubilarians beginning with their fifth wedding anniversary and every fifth anniversary thereafter. If your 5th, 10th, 15th … 50th, 60th, etc. Wedding Anniversary falls during 2018 please contact Fr. Vasil frvasylolph@gmail.com or Fr. Ed Higgins.


    Events/Features


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


    ….  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!


    27th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival 
    Celebrating the 27th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence,Sunday, August 26, 1:30 – 4:30 P.M. Ukrainian American Sport Center County Line and Lower State Roads * Horsham, PA. Ukrainian Ethnic Foods and Gifts, Live Music and Dancing

    Admission:  $15, Students:  $10, Kids <15:  Free

    Annual Pilgrimage

    The Sisters of St. Basil the Great invite you to the84th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Mary, Hope of All Generations, September 1st & 2nd, 2018 at Mount Saint Macrina, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Come and participate in: Divine Liturgy, the Mystery of Forgiveness, Children’s Procession, Candlelight Vigil, Adult Enrichment Sessions and Festal Shrine Walk. For more information, phone (724) 438-8644 or, Click here to go to the web site


    Coffee Social

    Next social will be Sunday August 26th following the 9am Divine Liturgy inn the Church Vestibule. Our next coffee social celebrates summer birthdays, Ryan Liebhaber’s ordination to the subdiaconate and Seminarian Tim Fariss’ ordination as Lector. Axios!!  Please plan on attending.


    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.


    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