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

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 July / August

  • July 26 - 7:00pm - Divine Liturgy
  • July 27 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy 7th Sunday After Pentecost
  • July 28 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 7th Sunday After Pentecost
  • July 29 - 10:30am Funeral Divine Liturgy for Eleanor Stevens
  • Aug 2 - 7:00pm - Divine Liturgy
  • Aug 3 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy 8th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Aug 4 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 8th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Aug 6 - 7pm - Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration with the Blessing of Fruit
  • 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 81599 visitors since Christmas 2014.

    “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. For more information about becoming a parishioner, please see me.

    Fr. Vasyl


    Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as you loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and his mercy is from age to age on those who love him. Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation, we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


    Eleanor Stevens Passes

    Eleanor Marie Stevens “Baba”, 84, of Bristol, PA passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 21, 2019 at St Mary Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Bristol Borough, where she remained a lifelong resident. 

    After graduating from Bristol High School, Eleanor was employed as a secretary for 3M. She then retired from the Grundy Library after 20 years of service. She was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where she coordinated various church functions throughout the years. She enjoyed teaching catechism for 20 years and coached CYO basketball and softball. Eleanor coached Bristol Borough Little League Softball for many years. She coached the 1982 softball team in the Little League World Series. Ellie’s true passion was her devotion to her faith, family and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. 

    She is preceded in death by her husband Raul, whom she loved for 70 years, her parents Michael and Mary Timko and her granddaughter Ryanne Mancuso.  Eleanor will be greatly missed by her children Bruce Stevens and his wife Alexis, Patricia Mancuso and her husband Rick, Lynn Ciotti and her husband Tony, her grandchildren, Bryan, Michael (Kelcie), Ashlyn (Connor), Steven, Nicholas, Danny. 

    Relatives and friends are invited to call Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm and Monday morning from 8:30 – 9:45 am at the Galzerano Funeral Home, 3500 Bristol – Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, PA 19057.  Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1773 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA 19057.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.


    7th Sunday After Pentecost

    In today's Gospel Reading, Matthew 927-35, Two Blind Men are Healed. Today's Gospel reading speaks of truths that
    are of great importance to our everyday lives. It speaks of the love of God for man and of the love of man for God; of the fact that God never leaves us without His merciful assistance. Two blind men, ay out "Have mercy on us, Jesus!" They are very persistent They know and believe in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ without any doubt whatsoever.

    They plead: "Heal us!" The Lord asks them: "Do you believe in Me? Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They reply"Yes, Lord, of course we believe'" Then He touches their eyes and they are penned - the blind men recover their sight We all resemble these two blind men not only in our spiritual blindness, but our bodily infirmities, which torment us as did theirs and we ask for things from the Lord: for the alleviation of suffering, for our healing, for the return of our heaven and the joy of life, which we have somehow lost But we do not always resemble the blind men in their faith in the Lord and in His power.

    The Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth very long ago, healing every infirmity and disease in people, just as He healed these two blind men of the Gospel who had unwavering faith in Him. Let us believe Him and be faithful, as the two blind men believed Him.


    The Feast of the Transfiguration

    On the sixth of August we celebrate the solemn feast of the Holy Transfiguration in commemoration of the glorious change in appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ on a "high mountain" (Mt. 17:1), which, since the fourth century, Christian tradition identifies with Mt. Tabor. The Fathers refer to Christ's transfiguration as to His "second epiphany" or the second manifestation of His divinity. For this reason the Fathers during the Christo- logical disputes adduced the transfiguration of Christ as a certain proof of His divinity. The establishment of the feast then followed. To learn more about it play the audio below or Click Here

    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!


    Bulletins


    Click Here for the Present and Past Sunday Bulletins


    Blessing of Fruit on the Feast of the Transfiguration

    The blessing of grapes, as well as other fruits and vegetables on this day is the most beautiful and adequate sign of the final transfiguration of all things in Christ It signifies the ultimate flowering and fruitfulness of all creation in God's Paradise where all will be transformed by the glory of the Lord.


    St Nicholas Pilgrimage

     

    Carpathian Village
    Cresco, PA, August 4th, 2019

    Stay in Touch With Tim

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