Bishop Richard Stephen of the St. Nicholas Eparchy      Patriarch Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church      Bishop Kevin Vann of the Fort Worth Diocese      Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Dallas Diocese      Benedict XVI, Pope of Rome
February 1st, 2018

Bishops call Christian families to morning and evening prayer

To Our Clergy, Hieromonks and Brothers, Religious Sisters, Seminarians and Beloved Faithful

Всечеснішому Духовенству, Преподобному Монашеству, Семінаристам, Нашим Дорогим Вірним

The Lord, who loves every human being in the world, gifted each one of us with a unique and unrepeatable life. When we contemplate our life, then we see how much effort we expend in order to feel happy.  In this materialistic world, each one of us associates his/her happiness with one thing or another.  All of us achieve something, however nothing satisfies us, and again, we apply immense effort to obtain and achieve the next perception of “happiness”.
Господь, який любить кожну людину у світі, подарував кожному унікальне і неповторне життя. Коли ми споглянемо на своє життя, то бачимо, як багато прикладаємо зусиль, щоб почуватись щасливими. Кожен з нас пов’язує своє щастя з тим, чи іншим у цьому матеріальному світі. Усі ми щось здобуваємо, однак ніщо не задовольняє нас, і ми знову прикладаємо неймовірних зусиль щоби здобути, і осягнути чергове відчуття “щастя”.

This is the way the rest of our entire life could pass us by.  The problem is that we identify ourselves with our body and aspire to attain happiness on the physical level.  However, the human being is comprised not only of a body, because there is also a soul. That is why, Saint Augustine, reflecting on this understanding of our nature, says: “My heart is restless until it finds its rest in the Lord”. Our dwelling with the Lord, our prayer, fills us with the understanding as to how and what we should do, what to avoid, and how to build relationships with people. In this manner, we begin to be ever more aware of what God really wants of us in this case or in a different situation. The quality of our prayer may be seen from the way we are afterwards. Our prayer puts an imprint on our entire life!
У такий спосіб може пройти ціле наше життя. Проблема у тому, що ми ідентифікуємо себе зі своїм тілом і бажаємо осягнути щастя на тілесному рівні. Однак людина складається не тільки з одного тіла, бо ще є душа. Святий Августин віддзеркалює таке розуміння нашої природи: “Моє серце не зазнає спокою, аж поки не спочине в Господі”. Наше перебування з Господом, наша молитва сповнює нас розумінням того, що і як ми маємо робити, чого уникати, та як будувати стосунки з іншими людьми. У такий спосіб починаємо все більше усвідомлювати, що дійсно від нас Бог хоче в тій чи іншій ситуації. Якість нашої молитви можна побачити з того, які ми є після неї. Наша молитва кладе відбиток на все наше життя!

We can frequently think that conversation with God, which is prayer, is a useless waste of time. The reason might also be that we ourselves do not completely understand how important it is for us to abide with our Creator. We are materialistic because we live in this materialistic world. Throughout life, we devote much time to everyday matters or concerns, although we see how little time we spend in prayer. Very often, owing to a lack of prayer, we stumble upon a mistaken conviction and make the incorrect choice. We can be certain that the root of all our negative conditions, problems, and crisis is the same ― neglect of prayer.  From personal experience, each one of us knows that, when we are “watchful” about prayer, then everything else also goes well, in harmony and uniformity with God.
Ми часто можемо думати, що спілкування з Богом, тобто молитва, є марною тратою часу. Причиною цього може бути те, що до кінця самі не розуміємо на скільки для нас важливо перебувати зі своїм Творцем. Ми є матеріалістичні, бо живемо у цьому матеріалістичному світі. У своєму житті ми присвячуємо багато часу буденним речам чи справам, однак бачимо, як мало часу проводимо у молитві. Дуже часто, з огляду на брак молитви, ми потрапляємо у помилкове переконання і робимо неправильний вибір. Можемо бути певні, що корінь усіх наших негативних станів, проблем, та криз є спільний — занедбання молитви. Кожен з нас добре знає з власного досвіду, що коли “пильнує” молитву, то тоді все інше йде також добре, у Божій гармонії та порядку.

Exactly for this reason we call upon all Christian families to nurture shared morning and evening prayer in the family circle. Especially we encourage you to gather together and pray as a family in your homes at 9:00 o’clock in the evening (regardless of time zones). We should pray, each one for their needs: for the family as well as the parish, for the eparchy and the entire Church, for peace in Ukraine and USA, for vocations and other intentions. Therefore, let us begin this year with prayer together, with reflection on God’s Word, in selfless service to one another and with trust in God!
Саме тому, ми закликаємо усі наші християнські родини плекати спільну ранішню і вечірню молитву в родинному колі. Особливо заохочуємо Вас збиратись родиною на спільну молитву у своїх домівках о 9 годині вечора (незалежно від часового поясу). Молитись маємо, кожен за свої потреби: за родину та парафію, єпархію та цілу нашу Церкву, за мир в Україні і США, за покликання, та інші намірення. Тому разом розпочинаймо цей рік у молитві, у розважанні над Словом Божим, у жертовному служінні один одному та у довір’ї до Бога!

As a basis for our prayer we can use the Introductory Prayers starting with “Heavenly King”, through the “Our Father” and adding the “Hail Mary”.
Як основну молитву можемо вживати “Початок звичайний”, від “Царю Небесний”, до “Отче Наш”, додаючи “Богородице Діво”.

We also encourage our pastors to facilitate weekly or periodic prayer meetings with the faithful.  It can be an opportunity to share experiences about prayer and to grow in our faith.  The Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church can serve as an excellent source for learning and reflection on our faith.  Excerpts read during the prayer meetings and before or after our worship gatherings may facilitate greater insight into the power of faith in our daily life.
Ми також закликаємо наших парохів щотижня або періодично організовувати молитовні зустрічі з вірними.  Це може стати нагодою ділитися досвідом про молитву і зростання у вірі. Катехизм   нашої Української Католицької Церкви може служити чудовим джерелом навчання і роздумування над нашою вірою.  Читання уривків підчас молитовних зустрічей, перед ними чи після, може  послужити глибшому проникненню в силу віри в нашому щоденному житті.

Your hierarchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church join in solidarity with you with our fervent and steadfast prayers offered for all.  Let us gather in our families at home, and in our parish and eparchial families for shared prayer.  We love you and we pray for you.
Наші Єрархи Української Католицької Церкви приєднуються до вас у своїх щирих постійних молитвах за вас.  Збираймося нашими сім’ями вдома, в наших парафіяльних та єпархіяльних родинах для спільної молитви.  Ми любимо вас і ми молимося за вас.

+Stefan Soroka
Archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians
Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States
+Високопреосвященний Стефан Сорока
Митрополит Української Католицької Церкви у США
Архиєпископ Філадельфіийський для Укpаіїнців

+Paul Chomnycky, OSBM
Eparch of Stamford
+Преосвященний Павло Хомницький, ЧСВВ
Єпископ Стемфордської єпархії

+Benedict Aleksiychuk  (author)
Eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago
+Преосвященний Венедикт Алексійчук  (автор)
Єпископ Чіказької єпархії святого Миколaя

+ Bohdan J. Danylo
Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma
+Преосвященний Богдан Данило
Єпископ Пармської єпархії святого Йосафата

+John Bura
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
+Преосвященний Іван Бура
Єпископ-Помічник Філадельфійський

+Andriy Rabiy
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
+Преосвященний Андрій Рабій
Єпископ-Помічник Філадельфійський

September 22nd, 2013

St. Sophia Day

We had another fabulous celebration of our parish’s patronal feast day thanks to the generosity of the Lemley family!

There was great food, jet skis, tubing, shoreline exploration, swimming, more great food, live music, and a piñata to name but a few bits of the fun.

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate St. Sophia and her three martyr daughters. Our patrons have faithfully prayed for us and provided a witness to devotion to Christ we strive to emulate. We look forward to celebrating their feast again next year!

The Church celebrates and rejoices
In the feast of the three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love
And their Mother, Sophia, so named for her Wisdom;
For in them she gave birth to the three godly virtues.
Now they eternally behold their bridegroom, God the Word.
Let us spiritually rejoice in their memory and cry out:
O, our three heavenly protectors!
Establish, confirm, and strengthen us
In Faith, Hope, and Love!

Many thanks to Roman for the pictures!
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December 4th, 2012

O Who Loves Nicholas the Holy?

MykolayaOn Sunday December 9, at 11:30AM, St. Nicholas will be at St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church to visit with the children, and the ones who’ve been good all year will get a gift. Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring their children!

Parents, please note a requested donation of $10 per child, or $25 for families with 3 or more children, would help cover the costs including:

  • Each child will receive a pancake and sausage breakfast along with a drink and cupcake
  • A picture of your child/children with St. Nicholas will be mailed to their home in a special folder
  • A small gift from St. Nicholas (parents please do NOT bring a gift for your child because St. Nicholas will already provide one)

Festivities will begin at 11:30 AM starting with the breakfast for the children. Adults may also have breakfast for $5 per adult.

There will also be Christmas carols sung, art activities for the kids, and an opportunity for children to perform their talents in the spirit of the season.

All are also welcome to attend Divine Liturgy at 10AM-11AM. Fr. Pavlo Popov will present a children’s homily that will pique interest in the younger crowd.

St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church
5600 N. Colony Blvd.
The Colony, TX 75056

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM-11:15 AM
St. Nicholas event: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Please direct any questions to Janet Bogdon (972-618-3852 home, 972-522-9513 cell).

April 5th, 2012

Shevchenko Celebration 2012 was a blast!

Mykola recites poetryOn Sunday March 25, we hosted a Tribute to Taras Shevchenko with the Ukrainian American Society of Texas.  There was a drawing contest, a poetry reading contest, performances by the Ukrainian singing ensemble Veselka and the Ukrainian dance ensemble Zorya, and delicious food.

We hope you join us for Shevchenko 2013! You can get in the spirit through the year by reading Ukrainian poetry at Ukrainian Poetica. The website might also have poetry with themes inappropriate for children so caution is advised.

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March 19th, 2012

Save the Date! Encounter 2012

  Encounter 2012

Jesus Pantocrator Drawing "Eastern Catholic Churches" "Together in Christ!"


Clergy and Laity in the vineyard of Christ….



“All you who have been baptized into Christ,
have put on Christ. Alleluia”


September 20-23, 2012 Mid-West Cleveland, OH
October 11-14, 2012 East Hillsborough, NJ
November 1-4, 2012 West Los Angeles, CA

Please visit the Eastern Catholic Eparchial Directors of Religious Education of the Eastern Catholic Associates’ webpage ( for more information!

March 19th, 2012

October Baby Youth and Young Adult Showings

Catholic Pro-Life Committee E-Alert

Hannah_-_October_Baby.jpg October Baby: Bringing Life
to Theaters March 23

If you believe that every life is beautiful and that a beautifully told story can touch hearts – and even save lives – then you will be excited about the impact that OCTOBER BABY can have when it opens in theaters on March 23.
OCTOBER BABY tells the story of Hannah, a young woman who learns that her life is much different than what she’s known up until now.  After learning she was actually adopted – after a failed abortion attempt – Hannah embarks on an incredible journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for her unknown future.  Watch trailer here.
Are you in high school or a young adult?  Then join us for:

YFL Movie and Lunch (age 14+), March 24: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at AMC Stonebrier and Buca di Beppo in Frisco, $20 per person includes movie and meal (more info), RSVP: jsmith@prolifedallas.orgsponsored by Youth For Life

Young Adult Afternoon at the Movies, March 25:  Lunch at 12:30 p.m. at The Whiskey Cake, Plano, and 1:55 p.m. movie at Cinemark West Plano (more info), RSVP: voices@prolifedallas.orgsponsored by Voices 4Life 

Not in high school or can’t make these events, then grab a friend and enjoy anytime next weekend! Click here to buy your individual tickets.

Can a movie make a difference? Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, says:
What a remarkable movie. This is a significant story, beautifully told. OCTOBER BABYweaves together an uplifting and inspiring look at redemption and the true meaning of love. It’s even funny too. It’s really a wonderful movie.”

The producers of OCTOBER BABY have assigned 10% of the profits of the movie to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will distribute funds to frontline organizations helping women facing crisis pregnancies, life-affirming adoption agencies, and those caring for orphans.

*October Baby star John Schneider and film director Jon Erwin will be appearing in Dallas on April 14 at the annual pro-life dinner hosted by Bishop Kevin Farrell.  For more information and to purchase tickets to this spectacular event, visit*

March 7th, 2012

Tribute to Taras Shevchenko 2012

On Sunday March 25, we’re coordinating a Tribute to Taras Shevchenko with the Ukrainian American Society of Texas, complete with food and a poetry contest. More info is available in the attached flyer. Visitors and guests are welcome!

You can see some Ukrainian poetry at Ukrainian Poetica. The website might also have poetry with themes inappropriate for children, so caution is advised.

Please RSVP at

January 13th, 2012

Roe Memorial Events

Roe Memorial Events – January 21, 2012
On January 21, 2012, Dallas will mark the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision of January 22, 1973, legalizing abortion in America and leading to the death of over 50 million unborn children.  Roe v. Wade started here, and what started in Dallas must end in Dallas.  Come and be a voice for LIFE!

7:30 a.m.: Buses at the Cathedral are boarded for the Roe Memorial Rosary to be prayed with Bishop Mark Seitz outside the Routh Street abortion center, 4321 Central Expwy., Dallas.

10:00 a.m. Roe Memorial Mass:  In memory of the more than 52 million babies who have died and in prayer for the mothers and fathers who have been hurt by abortion, a bilingual Mass will be concelebrated by the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas; Auxiliary Bishops of Dallas Mark Seitz and Doug Deshotel; the Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth; and diocesan clergy at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave. at Pearl St., Dallas, with homilist Fr. Jason Cargo and music led by Curtis Stephan.

10:00 a.m. Alternative: Praise & Worship Service at First Baptist Dallas, 1707 San Jacinto.

12:00 p.m. Dallas March for Life and Ecumenical Rally: The Dallas March for Life begins at downtown Cathedral Plaza, 2215 Ross Ave. at Pearl St., proceeds to First Baptist Dallas, 1707 San Jacinto, and continues to Rally outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse where Roe v. Wade was first filed in 1970.

1:45 p.m. Pro-Life Ministry Fair at First Baptist Dallas.

Bishop Farrell would like for as many families and young people as possible in the diocese to participate in this great witness for Life!  Bring your family-friendly signs and club or school banner for the Dallas March for Life!  For more information, visit or call 972-267-LIFE (5433).

December 17th, 2011

St. Nicholas’ Visit

We had a children’s homily in Liturgy, which was followed by a yummy lunch, music, and a visit from St. Nicholas!

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November 12th, 2011

Parish Picnic Fall 2011

The parish picnic was a great success! A few of the activities we had were face painting, temporary tattoos, a hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, cake walk, a lollipop pull, our delicious food, Christmas cards for soldiers, singers, cotton candy, a reptile petting zoo, and our delicious food! And Liz was the lucky winner of a Kindle!

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for next year’s picnic! If you have pictures to add, please email them to the webmaster and they’ll be posted!

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November 12th, 2011

Look what’s going on at the parish picnic!

The parish picnic is going on right now.

Here are just a few snapshots of what you’re missing if you aren’t there!

It’s a reptile petting zoo!

More to come…

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October 30th, 2011

Fall Festival 2011

Following the Divine Liturgy which included a children’s homily, we had a fantastic Fall Festival for the children.

After church, they changed into their costumes and made their way through fishing, basketball, pin the tail on the donkey, and a trick or treat parade before they headed out onto the playground to play in the gorgeous weather.

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October 3rd, 2011

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Your trash is another man’s treasure!
Turn your used grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Please leave clean and dry shopping bags of any size or color in the designated blue bin at the office.

Recycle Plastic Bags At St. Sophia'sThe recycled bags will be cut into strips which will be used as plastic yarn, or plarn. A bag that would sit indefinitely in a landfill unable to biodegrade, or which would have blown as litter through our streets to land in a sea turtle’s stomach, or some other similarly tragic outcome, will instead become a vulnerable person’s sleeping mat which will repel parasites and be moisture resistant, durable, lightweight, easy to store, and a great temperature barrier from the cold. How cool is that?

The first Plarn Party will coincide with the October 22 Pirogie Party. Bags will be turned into plarn and all interested, especially the youth, will be taught how to single crochet the mat. It’s the only stitch on the entire mat, so anyone can do it!