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., May 14, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., May 17, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., May 21, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., May 24, Great Vespers with Lithiya at 7:00pm;
  • Thur., May 25, Day of Obligation: Feast of Ascension: Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., May 28, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., May 31, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Jun. 4, Feast of Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Jun. 7, Vespers at 7:00pm;
  • Sun., Jun. 11, Divine Liturgy at 10am;
  • Wed., Jun. 14, Vespers at 7:00pm;

Announcements

  • The hierarchy, clergy, religious and faithful of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA joyfully rejoice with the good news of the Holy Father Pope Francis’ confirmation of the synod’s appointment of the Most Reverend Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, M.S.U. as the Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago. Bishop Aleksiychuk has up until now served as Auxiliary Bishop of Lviv, Ukraine. He will be the 5th Bishop of St. Nicholas Eparchy, succeeding the Most Rev. Richard Seminack who served the St. Nicholas Eparchy for 13 years until his death on August 16th, 2016 from illness.
  • ENTHRONEMENT SERVICE OF THE MOST REVEREND BENEDICT (ALEKSIYCHUk):
    • Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 PM: Great Vespers with Lytiya at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (835 North Oakley Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622). Immediately Following the Service Patriarch and Bishop Benedict will meet (open to all) with clergy and lay people at the Ukrainian Cultural Center (2247 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622), for a general conference to discuss plans, share thoughts, and answer questions.
    • Thursday, June 29 at 12:00 PM: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Enthronement Service at the St. Nicholas Cathedral of the Most Reverend Benedict Aleksiychuk as the fifth bishop of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. The rite of enthronement will be led by HIs Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head and Father of the UGCC. Immediately Following the Service Banquet at the Ukrainian Cultural Center (2247 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622). To order tickets please contact St. Nicholas Cathedral – Tel.: 773-276-4537.
  • Priestly forums (parochial meeting) will take place after the Divine Liturgy on Sun., May 21st. Please join us for priestly forums and learn about financial, spiritual, and administrative report of our parish.
  • First Holy Confession and Solemn Holy Communion on Sunday, May 28. Children’s homily at the Divine Liturgy. Catechism class end of the year party after the Liturgy.
    Annual Eparchial Appeal: SHARE 2017! Please support our Annual Eparchial Appeal – SHARE 2017 as best as you can! When making a personal donation please indicate your membership at St. Sophia Parish. Parish goal will be announced in the weeks to come.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • June 4 – Pentecost Party!
  • 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 continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, for our sister churches and clergy, safety of people, and especially for all those who defend the country against foreign aggressors. An English live stream is available at http://uatoday.tv
  • Please join us for coffee and sweets after the Divine Liturgy.