29 04 2022


MAY1, 2022

Saturday, April 30

4:00 PM       ✞Ilya & Anastasi Kondyra – John Cienki

Petitions to the Mother of God

Sunday, May 1


God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners   Petitions to the Mother of God

Saturday, May 7

4:00 PM All Living and Deceased Mother’s of the Parish

Petitions to the Mother of God

Sunday, May 8        MOTHER’S DAY


All Living and Deceased Mother’s of the Parish

8:30 AM         God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners  

Petitions to the Mother of God

PRAYER CARDS: The basket of prayer cards, for the Ukraine, in the vestibule were given to our parish for you to read, keep or return to the basket. The cards were made by the students of Holy Redeemer School. We thank the students for remembering and praying for the people in Ukraine. 

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  There is no Sanctuary Light request this week. 

BUILDING/IMPROVEMENT FUND: Donations received from: M/M Emilio Talipan, Jr., M/M Eric Talipan and Jewel Johnstone for the Building/Improvement Fund in memory of Michael Kane. Thank you, your donations are always appreciated. 

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the parish Women’s Society will meet next Tuesday May10th in the church hall at 6:00 PM. Plans for the future rummage sale will be discussed and other church doings. Please, members and new members try to be present for this meeting. 

25 04 2022



APRIL 24, 2022

Saturday, April 23

4:00 PM ✞Robert Zeroka – Toni Hellard

Distribution of Artos and Myrovania



  Distribution of Artos and Myrovania

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners   

Saturday,  April 30 ✞Ilya & Anastasi Kondyra – John Cienki

4:00 PM                     


      8:30 AM           The Myrrh-bearing women

                                  God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners   

Easter greeting: “Christ is risen! — Indeed He is risen!”

 is our proclamation of Christ’s glorious resurrection, and is the greeting used by the faithful until Ascension Thursday.



SANCTUARY LIGHT:  There is no request this week for the  Sanctuary Light. 

THANKS:  God’s blessings on all who helped to make the Holy Days possible.  May the Risen Lord bless you.


15 04 2022

APRIL 17, 2022

Saturday, April 16 Resurrection Matins / Procession / Easter Divine Liturgy

6:00 PM Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil



           11:30AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord 

Bright Monday, April 18 BRIGHT MONDAY – Myrovania 

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners


Bright Wednesday, April 20. 

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania


Saturday, April 23 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS 

4:00 PM Distribution of Artos – Myrovania

        ✞Robert Zeroka – given by Toni Hellard


Sunday, April 24 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS 

8:30 AM            Distribution of Artos Myrovania      

          God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

May the resurrection

of our Lord, Jesus Christ,
fill you with joy
this Easter season and always!

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The week of April 16 – 23 is requested by Becky Molecavage in memory of her mother Frances Bencho.

NOTE OF GRATITUDE: Fr Paul Wolensky wishes to express his heartfelt thanks to Fr Walter and all the parishioners for their prayers for his healing, and for their warmth and kindness shown to him since he has been cantoring at the 4 pm Liturgies. 

    Fr. Paul wishes for all of you and your families, a Happy and Blessed Easter for the coming 40 days of Eastertide, as we all celebrate the victory of our Risen Lord over death and evil. Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Christos Voskres! Voistynu Voskres! 

Why do we stand, and not kneel, from Easter to Pentecost?

In the tradition of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, we stand throughout the whole Liturgy from Easter to Pentecost. Despite the fact that other churches don’t this or “visitors…are surprised” does not change the fact that kneeling is not proper during this time.  In the Ukrainian Catholic Tradition, the action of kneeling and prostrating is a penitential posture. It is the position of a sinner seeking forgiveness. It is NOT a position of adoration (as it is in the West). This is why it is practiced so often in the Lenten season.

   Standing (the proper position of adoration in the Eastern Churches) on the other hand, in the Ukrainian Catholic Tradition, is the position of giving praise and thanks to God in the spirit of joy and happiness. Especially during the Paschal Season (Easter to Pentecost), the time for fasting, is over. It is the time of our salvation for “Christ is Risen!” We express our joy, thanksgiving and adoration for this fact and the fact that we who have “…been baptized into Christ and put on Christ” have also risen with Him.

A Celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection

It was love that nailed you to the cross that day
It was the love of the Father that pathed the way
It was obedience and love that you done the Father’s will
It was the power of resurrection that today you live still
It was you Sweet Jesus that paid the final cost
That whosoever will could have eternal life to not be lost
It is you that offers salvation to impart
It is you that wants to fellowship and live within our heart
It is you that sits at the right hand of the Father now
Watching over a sin sick world of many refusing to bow
Yet you with all your sovereignty knows the beginning to the end
Knowing someday every knee will bow
To You…the Lord of lords and King of kings
For you are the Alpha and The Omega, the beginning and end
The redeemer of the world that washes away our sins
The one that sticks closer to us than any brother
With agape love that can be felt like no other
So as we are here to celebrate the day of your Resurrection
I just want to send up praises for God’s perfect gift of salvation
I love you my Savior with every fiber of my being
As I look forward to the day of your face I will be seeing
I know it won’t be long for I can see the signs
As I anxiously await for my Savior Lord divine
Appearing in the clouds
Glory, honor and praise I give to you for this rebirth
Glory Hallelujah, Christ arose that day
The precious Lamb of God that takes our sins away
Glory Hallelujah, He lives forever more
And he is my Redeemer in whom I trust and adore


april 17, 2022 A. D.






Easter reminds us of the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date each year, as many holydays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year

    The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil.. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.





An Easter Prayer

Of all of God’s gifts
Easter shows us our fate
Forgiven we will rise
And pass through Heaven’s gate

This Easter remember
The sacrifice of a Son
And through His resurrection
Eternal life we have won

This Easter I pray
That the love of God
Is resurrected
Reborn, renewed

8 04 2022


APRIL 10, 2022

Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 9/10      Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches  

                                                          Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oi  

Tuesday, April 12 – 4:00PM          Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Thursday, April 14 HOLY THURSDAY

3:00PM Matins of the Holy and Saving Passion of our Lord

Friday, April 15 Good Friday 

  1:00PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud. 

Saturday, April 16 HOLY SATURDAY 

1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets in parish hall 

Holy Saturday, April 16 Services of Resurrection 

6:00 PM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, 

                                                         Blessing of Artos, Myrovania. 

Blessing of Paschal Food. 


           11:30AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord 


Bright Monday, April 18  8:30 AM   Divine Liturgy, Myrovania. 

Bright Wednesday, April 20    9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania. 

Transfiguration of Our Lord

Holy Wednesday, April 13 6:30 PM The Presanctified Liturgy with Anointing,


Holy Thursday, April 14 6:30 PM Matins of the Holy and Saving Passion of our Lord. 

Good Friday, April 15 5:30 PM Vespers with Placement of the Holy Shroud. 

Holy Saturday, April 16 

PASCHA, April 17 7:00AM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania 

Lazarus Saturday – day before Palm Sunday

Jesus Christ wrought many miracles none was so rich as the resurrection of Lazarus.

This miracle marks the apex of Christ’s self-revelation as God.  The magnitude of this miracle and the publicity attending it were the immediate cause of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen your faith in the divinity of Christ and in your own resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day dead Lazarus from the dead, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. He Himself assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he die, shall live!”


The festival of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is among the oldest feast days in the Eastern Church.  

In our liturgical books this day is called, “Sunday of the Palms”, “Flowery or Blossom Sunday”, or “Blossom-bearing Sunday”. Our people call this Sunday the “Sunday of Pussy-Willows or Willow Sunday. All these names are associated with the custom of blessing and distributing palms on that day in church. Because no palm or olive trees grow in Ukraine, we have the venerable custom of using pussy willow branches, a tree that is the first to blossom in the spring.

The spiritual meaning of Palm Sunday

 The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory.  Accordingly, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead gave them clear proof of His divinity, power and glory so they welcome him in triumph into Jerusalem. When He entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus the Savior from Nazareth of Galilee.’”  

The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession because this Jesus was not the “savior” the people wanted. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, a few days later cry out: “Crucify Him.”

Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to enter into everlasting triumph, joy and resurrection


THE FIRST WORD                                        Luke 23:33-34 

     When they came to the place called “The Skull”, they nailed

     Jesus to the cross, and the two criminals, one on His

     right and one on His left. Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! 

     They do not know what they are doing.” 

Meditation on the First Word

“They do not know what they are doing” 

They do not know?  They …who killed Jesus?

Who is “they”?

It is so easy to name others, to blame others, the Romans, the crowd, Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas, they all played their part and conspired against Jesus, or simply followed orders, to maintain the peace to keep Jesus’ kingdom from infringing on theirs. 

And yet where are we when Jesus’ kingdom infringes on ours? 

On our peace and our order? 

On our comfort, prosperity and our security?

Where are we when the victims of our peace cry for justice? 

When those disenfranchised by our order call for compassion?

When the hungry and the lonely beg us to share our prosperity our security, our power? 

Where are we when Christ is crucified among us? 

Surely He should have raged at the sinners who nailed him to the tree. Surely He should have raged at us for the evil we do, the evil we do both knowing and unknowing.

Yet compassion is there in the first words that He utters.

He intercedes for us before the Father.

Compassion that put Him into his mother’s womb 

Compassion that He offers on the cross. 

Compassion that offers incredible, unbelievable grace.

Compassion that echoes through the centuries to all who participate in the killing of Christ. 

Compassion that cries out from the cross: 

     “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing”

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 9 – 16 by Mary Ann & David Youells in memory of their daughter Christine Youells.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the Parish Women’s Society will be held Tuesday, April12th in the church hall at 6:00 PM. All members are urged to be present and new members are always welcome. 

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 3:00 PM, Good Friday, 1:00 PM and Service at the Grave Holy Saturday, 6:00 PM. Help will be needed to set up the grave after the Holy Thursday services. Try to lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spend with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM. 

BUILDING FUND:  A donation was received for the memory of Michael Kane by

 Tony & Cheryl Deutsch. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

THANKS:Our thanks to those who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciative. God’s blessing to all. 

ST. VLADIMIR RECTORY UPDATE: The rectory for Saint Vladimir in Edwardsville has been sold and the closing date is scheduled for May 9th.  Saints Peter and Paul Parish is to receive a check to open a checking account for Saint Vladimir Cemetery.

8 04 2022



APRIL 3, 2022

Saturday, April 2

          4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

  Sunday, April 3


                                  God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, April 8    

4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, April 9

4:00 PM Allison Poullard – Poullard Family

Sunday, April10 PALM SUNDAY

        8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners


Saturday Liturgy is 6:00 PM  – Sunday Liturgy is 10:30 AM 


St. Mary of Egypt

The Fifth Sunday of Lent recalls St. Mary of Egypt, the repentant harlot.  An Egyptian by birth, Mary was a frivolous actress. She lived in Alexandria, leading a sinful life. After her conversion she fled into the desert beyond the river Jordan, where she spent the remainder of her life doing penance for her past sins. She reached such a high degree of perfection that she became a beloved disciple of Christ and a model for all penitent sinners. Mary tells us, first of all, that no amount of sin can nor is it ever too late, either in life or in Lent, to repent.  Christ will gladly receive all who come to Him in authentic repentance, even at the last minute of their lives.  However, their coming must be in serious and sincere repentance.


 Lord Jesus, For the sake of Your Sorrowful Passion,

help me to lead a holy life and have mercy on all the 

souls who are separated from You. Pardon me from

all my sins by Your sacred wounds and fill me with

the mercy of Your Heart that bled for me on the Cross.

With faith, with hope and with courage, let me be an 

everlasting witness to  Your covenant. Cover me with 

the purity of the Holy Spirit so that I may dwell in the 

light of God’s grace until I take my final breath.


Recognize the joy that comes from the simple things in life

like a smile, a hug, or a good meal.

Lord, help me think about the good things in my life

and how my life would change without the


Today is the last Sunday of Lent. Even though there remains one whole week to run the course of these special days of prayer and fasting, the Church, as if impatient to begin Holy Week itself, urges us to anticipate the glorious entrance into Jerusalem. She does this by prescribing Saint Mark’s account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem before His passion.  (Mark 10:32-45)

Saint Mark describes how Jesus takes the twelve apostles aside to tell them that He will be betrayed, condemned and put to death, and that He will rise from the dead. At this threshold of Holy Week, we can put ourselves into the very places of those twelve men and allow ourselves to be taken aside by the Savior for a talk in which He explains to each of us the mystery of Redemption.

The apostles were asking Jesus to help them understand at greater depth of what will happen. Two of them, the brothers, James and John, quite ambitiously were looking out for their own glory. Jesus challenged that ambition and explained that true glory lies in serving others. Jesus emphasizes that He Himself is here not to be served but to serve.

We can almost feel the disappointment of James and John and the indignation on the part of the other ten apostles. What we see among the twelve is a good example of self-interest: What’s in it for me?  What’s the pay-off?  What do I get?

This last week of Lent we have the opportunity to exchange places with James and John and the other apostles, to be with the Lord as He approaches Jerusalem.

We, however, have an advantage those twelve men lacked: we know already what lies ahead for Jesus. We know about the spiritual nature of His Kingdom. We can use the next seven days to renew our own efforts at making our lives deeply spiritual too.

Why do we come to Church?  Why do we assemble as Church?  Why will we celebrate the Eucharist once again, and then again, and again and again?

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested this week April 1 – 9 by Geri Kolotelo in memory of her mother Anna Kolotelo.

ALTAR CANdles:The Altar Candles will burn in the month of April in memory of Michael Sirak requested by daughter Michaelene Ostrum.

BUILDING FUND:Our thanks for the donations received in memory of Michael Kane: Mary & Bill McGuigan, Susan & Ron Smith, Maurine & Paul Sutton, Mrs. Linda Schwartz, Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kosek, the Ostrum Family. All the donations to the Building/Improvement Fund are greatly appreciated. 

CHURCH CLEANING:Many thanks to thevolunteers who came out last week to clean the church for the Easter season. Your time and effort are appreciated.

HOLY WEEK: Please remember that help will be needed to participate in the Holy week services. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday. Sign up to spend some time with the Lord at the grave. 

 A sign up sheet is in the vestibule for adoration of the grave. Please try to fill every hour.


Holy Tuesday, April 12 

4:00 PM The Presanctified Liturgy, Confessions. 

Holy Thursday, April 14 

3:00PM Matins of the Holy and Saving Passion of our Lord. 

Good Friday April 15 

1:00PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud. 

Holy Saturday – Food Blessing in Hall, 1:00 PM

Holy Saturday, April 16 Services of Resurrection 

6:00 PM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania and Blessing of Paschal Food. 


Sunday, April 17 11:30AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord with Blessing of Paschal Food. 

Bright Monday, April 18 

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania. 

Bright Wednesday, April 7 

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.