Liturgical Schedule

Divine Liturgy: Sunday 10:00 AM (please join us for food and fellowship following Sunday Liturgy)
Vespers: 7:00 PM on Wednesdays outside the Great Fast (please check the announcements)
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: 7:00 PM every Wednesday and Friday through the Great Fast
Feast Days: 7:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM on Saturdays (please check the announcements)

Sacramental Life

Reconciliation: 30 minutes prior to any scheduled service or by appointment. In front of the icon of Christ or in the north transept either one, except when the church is busy then confession is only offered in the north transept.
Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist: Please notify the pastor when a child is born/adopted to arrange the dates for the proper prayers and blessings in addition to the baptism.
Marriage: Please notify the pastor at least six months before the anticipated date to allow for adequate preparation for this lifetime commitment.
Visiting the Sick: Please notify the pastor if a family member is in the hospital or unable to attend services due to illness and would like a visit. It is the responsibility of the immediate family to notify the pastor.
Funerals: Please notify the parish office before making arrangements with a funeral director.

Full Parish Catechesis

September’s Catechetical Focus: Creation Day 1. God Separated the Light from the Dark; Jesus is the Light of Life. (Gen 1:1-5 and John 8:12)
September Homework:
Get the home packet here. Pray morning prayers (included in the home packet in English and Ukrainian), which take 2.5 minutes to pray. Learn the Sign of the Cross in a new language. Learn this month’s Bible verse. Please ask your catechist for details specific to your class.
2016-17 Dates:
September 11, October 16, November 13, December 4, January 15, February 12, March 12, April 2, May 7, June 4. Meet in the church at 11:40, after a brief meal in the parish hall. Classes run until 1:40. Help with food, art, environment, and supplies are always appreciated. Visitors and newcomers are welcome!

Service

We are always welcoming to volunteers as there is always a need for Christian service. You will find that in volunteering, there is satisfaction, fulfillment, joy and strength. Our doors are always open. Call (972) 370-4700

Parish Registration

Conversion: Our doors are open for everyone! If you are considering converting to Catholicism, you are invited to discuss with the pastor the process and any needed preparation.
Reversion: Welcome home! If you are a non-practicing Catholic, you are invited to discuss your return to sacramental life in the fullness of the church with the pastor.
New Parishioners: To help us serve you better, new parishioners are asked to fill out a registration card which can be obtained from the pastor.

Reminders

Please buy Manna Cards and support your church. Manna Cards  generate profit for the church at no cost to you! Please contact Daria to place an order.
Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program: St. Sophia’s NPO number is 90702. Please register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Remember: your purchases will not count until after your card is registered. It costs no extra money for the parishioners to participate but gives the parish a percentage from your purchases. Last year it was very successful and the parish benefited greatly from it. Thank you for supporting your church!
St. Sophia has a Good Neighbor Tom Thumb reward account. Please go to the customer service desk and ask them to connect your reward card to Good Neighbor account 9448. At no cost to you, 1% of your purchase will go to St. Sophia.

Father Pavlo Blessing Students

Liturgical Calendar

  • Sun., Jul. 30, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Aug. 2, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Aug. 6, Feast of Transfiguration: Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Aug. 9, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Tue., Aug. 15, Feast of Dormition: Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm;
  • Wed., Aug. 16, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Aug. 20, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • No Vespers on Wed., Aug. 23;
  • Sun., Aug. 27, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Aug. 30, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Sep. 3, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Sep. 6, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Sep. 10, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Sep. 13, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Sep. 17, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • No Vespers on Wed., Sep. 20;
  • Sun., Sep. 24, Consecration of the Altar: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am:
  • No Vespers on Wed., Sep. 27;

Announcements

  • Reminder: Each year the Church observes a two week fast which starts on Aug. 1st and ends on Aug. 15th. This fast is called the Dormition Fast because it ends on the Feast of Dormition on Aug. 15th.
  • Congratulations to Eamon Ambrose Fitzwilliam McElroy, his parents, grandparents, and all family members on the occasion of receiving the sacraments of Christian Initiation and joining the Christian family. May Almighty God grant Eamon heath, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing and many blessed years!
  • Varenyky Making: Sat., Aug. 19, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please come and help us to make varenyky. We also need volunteers to help prepare onions for varenyky. Please consider responding to our call!!!
  • Mark your calendars: Our Parish Feastday and Bp. Venedict visitation and consecration of the new altar will be on Sun., Sept. 24, 2017. We will need much help to prepare for the parochial celebration and episcopal visitation. There are sign-up sheets in the church hall.
  • Please sign up for the Sunday Coffee Social for 2017. In order for this wonderful tradition to continue we need volunteers to fill every available spot. Sign-up sheet can be found in cafeteria.
  • The Sisters of St. Basil are again inviting volunteers to come to western Ukraine next summer and teach English to middle school children at their one-week English Catechetical Summer Day Camps. For more information, please contact Sr. Ann Laszok at 412: 260-1607, or by email at: srannl@aol.com.
  • Important notice!!! New Star is on line. As of now, this is the only option. You may access our official eparchial publication at esnucc.org/new-star. You may print the entire issue on 8 ½” x 11” paper. It is your choice for color or not, single-side or double sided. You may choose only one language or both, it is up to you. Or, you may read it from your monitor, and/or store it on your computer for further reference. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please inform Fr. Pavlo.
  • Parishioners that are home bound: If you or a member of your family cannot make it to Church, І would be more than pleased to visit at your home, in the hospital, at a nursing home, or any other place. It is no inconvenience at all. Please be sure to let me know and we can schedule a visit.
  • Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program: St. Sophia’s NPO number is 90702. Please re-register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com –> Community –> Kroger Community Rewards –> Reenroll Now/Sign In. REMEMBER, your purchases WILL NOT count toward our church until after your card is registered. It costs no extra money for the parishioners to participate but gives the parish a percentage from your purchases. Thank you for supporting your church!
  • Parochial Catechesis: catechetical classes in our parish for all ages. Classes will take place once a month on Sun. after the Divine Liturgy. Classes for adults are offered in Ukrainian and English. Please talk to Fr. Pavlo for more detailed information or if you would like to enroll into the catechetical program.
  • Reminder: Parents of the young children, please make sure to check on the play room after kids are done playing there. We need to keep that room clean so that next week our children can continue to play there. 
  • Varenyky on sale! Please call parish office to place an order.
  • Reminder: Mystery of Confession should be received by all faithful Christians on a regular basis or whenever the conscience is burdened, and at the very least during the Great Fast and Pascha season. If you have not availed yourself of this life-giving sacrament, please be sure to do so. To schedule a confession, please talk to Fr. Pavlo.
  • Please join us for coffee and sweets after the Divine Liturgy.