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Sunday Newsletter April 4, 2021

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Christ is among us!

My dear parish family and friends,

This coming Sunday April 18, 2021 we will celebrate

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Sunday of Venerable Mary of Egypt

April Calendar 2021 online


Every Wednesday Akathist Service at 7:00pm

Every Friday Pre-Sanctified Liturgy with Sorokousty panahyda service at 6:30pm

Every Saturday Vespers at 6:00pm

Every Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30am

Coast and Jackets collection for the Orphans in Ukraine

New winter jackets for Boys/Girls Sizes 2-8.  From Now – June 2021

This is the best time to buy winter apparel!

The bin is located at the entrance of the church

Every time a new coat/jacket is donated a colorful cut out boy/girl will be displayed on the churches front door vestibule windows prepared by our Children of the Church.

Our goal is 30 jackets. Help us make it happen!

Pascha Bread baking

We will have our annul Pascha Bread baking with Children on Palm Sunday April 25, 2021  after the Divine Liturgy at the Church hall kitchen.

Akathist on Zoom

We are going to have a Zoom Akathist Service of Passion of Christ offered on Wednesday April 21 at 7:00 pm on Zoom.

Those who would like to join in the service can actually participate and read the prayers, psalms, hymns by taking turns.

The text of the Akathist Service is attached in the pdf file in this email. Also a printed copy of the Akathist of the Passions of Christ is available for pick up at the front table in the church.

It is the same Akathist Service served at our Seminary of St. Sophia in the Evenings on certain days.

Akathist Service will be offered on Zoom only

Here is the link to join.

Thank you Dr. Gayle for setting this up.

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Every Friday Pre-Sanctified Liturgy with Sorokousty panahyda service at 6:30pm

Every Saturday Vespers at 6:00pm

Every Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30am

Church is open for public attendance following social distancing and state of IL regulations.

No printed materials such as bulletin calendars will be distributed according to the directives.  Information will be announced and send out electronically.

Your comfort and safety is our priority! Please follow the directives of our hierarchs attending church. More information here



Walk-ins are welcome

You will be registered at the door.

Your temperature will be taken

Please wear a mask properly and follow social distancing.

Flyer from the Orthodox Theological Society of America on Covid 19 Vaccine

Prepared by Dr. Gayle Woloschak and her associates



Coffee/fellowship hour offered after the Divine Liturgy following social distancing and having prepackaged goods.

Thank you to Barbara and Katie Bruce for sponsoring coffe hour last Sunday

All the Funds collected go towards our Children’s Jr UOL Chapter.

If you would like to volunteer, please let Mary Wisniowski or Fr. Vasyl know.

We need volunteers for coffee hour



Thank you to Victor Borachuk for helping us out in streaming High Quality Videos!

Divine Liturgy will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube

Facebook Page of Sts Peter and Paul UOC Palos Park



or on smart TV, tablet or IPad go to YouTube App in a search box type: Otec Vasyl or Sts. Peter and Paul UOC  Palos Park

Updating parish info 

We are updating parishioners’ information 

If you have recently moved or have changed your mailing address or got a new email address, please let Fr. Vasyl know or submit your new information to the church office.

Sunday School

Lesson Recap from Sunday April 11, 2021

We continued our lessons about the various parts of The Divine Liturgy.  Fr. Vasyl talked to the children about The Litany of Completion, The Kiss of Peace and The Creed. Not only did he explain the importance of what each part represented but also gave a short history lesson that went along with the topic.

Here is one such item...

“The Doors, The Doors, in Wisdom let us attend!”

Look behind you- do you know what this is referencing? If not, ask one of the children.

Yours in Christ-

-Ms. Debbie & Ms. Karen

P.S. Our Lenten Tree is blossoming!


Sisterhood of  St. Anne

God bless our volunteers

Thank you very much to all of those who have volunteered their time and effort to make an Easter Bazaar a huge success!

We are taking a break. We will be back in the kitchen this week

Monday April 19 at 8:00am Make SK balls

Tuesday April 20 Day off


Wednesday April 21 at 8:00am Make Pierogies


Thursday April 22 at 8:00am Make SK balls

Friday April 23 at 8:00am Make Pierogies


Pascha Bread Making

We will be making Pascha Breads for our parishioners on Wednesday April 28 at 9:00am. You can purchase Paskas on Thursday or Friday after that.

Please let PM Olenka know if you would like to order Pascha bread. 


Bible Study on Monday April 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Bible Study via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 919 709 5526

If you are interested in joining Bible Study, please see Fr. Vasyl

Seraphim Group

Dear Seraphim Friends,

Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

We will have our get-together with lunch this



Church Chandelier

The shipping of the New chandelier from Greece has been postponed due to Covid restrictions in Europe.


We are currently working on Church dome repair. The work will continue to waterproof the dome structure. About 75% of the work of overlaying the dome is completed.

We expect to complete the work by Pascha 2021


Donations in the Mail

Michael Cheroim - $1,200.00


SUNDAY April 18, 2021

Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Venerable Mary of Egypt (movable holiday on the 5th Sunday of the Great Lent).
Martyrs Theodulus, reader, and Agathopodes, deacon, and those with them at Thessalonica (303).Venerable Publius of Egypt, monk (4th c.). Venerables Theonas, Symeon, and Phorbinus of Egypt (4th c.).Venerable Mark the Anchorite of Athens (400). Venerable Plato, abbot of the Studion (813).Venerable Theodora, nun, of Thessalonica (892) (Greek). New Martyr George of New Ephesus (1801). Five girls martyred at Neanidor of Lesbos (Greek). Martyrs Theodora and Didymus of Alexandria (305). The Martyr Fermus. St. Derfel of Lianderfel.
Martyrs Claudius, Diodorus, Victor, Victorinus, Pappia, Serapion, and Nicephorus (Greek).


The Scripture Readings

Hebrews 9:11-14
Galatians 3:23-29 (Venerable Mary)
Mark 10:32-45
Luke 7:36-50 (Venerable Mary)

Hebrews 9:11-14


But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.


Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.


For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,


how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Galatians 3:23-29 (Venerable Mary)


But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.


Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.


But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.


For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.


For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.


There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.


And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.


Mark 10:32-45


Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:


Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles;


and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.


Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."


And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"


They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory."


But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"


They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;


but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.


And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.


But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.


Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.


And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.


For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Luke 7:36-50 (Venerable Mary)


Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat.


And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,


and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.


Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner."


And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it."


There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.


And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?


Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged."


Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.


You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.


You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.


Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.


Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."


And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"


Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

Eternal Light

In loving memory of our Mather + Magdalene by Katie & Barbara Bruce


Seven day vigil candles


For the health of Michael Gbur by Barbara & Katie Bruce

For the health of my dad Pavlo in Ukraine by Halyna Kashpar

For the health and God’s blessings of Family members by Alvine & Mike Gbur

For the health of Patti Faye, Jake, Christen, David by John Batura



For the recent repose of Emilie Larson. A loving mother and grandmother. May her memory be eternal!

~Ted, Karen, Nicole & Nathan Larson

Janet Milton in blessed memory of mother, Olga, on her birthday.


In memory of my mother Polina. Memory Eternal! Halyna Kashpar



Panahyda, Sunday April 25, 2021


In memory of our mother Leona Jaksich, on what would have been her 82nd Birthday.  Susan Hendrixson and Diana Cikauskas


In memory of Robert Redmerski and Caroline Podlecki by Carol Redmerski


In loving memory of our Parents + Michael & Magdalene By Barbara & Katie Bruce


Panahyda May 23

In memory of my husband James and parents John & Stephanie. Anniversary remembrance. Requested by Loraine Ehlert


If you would like to light a candle at the church and you are unable to attend

 please email or call Fr. Vasyl


Prayer corner for the month of April


We ask all of you to remember in your prayers the following individuals, who are in need of God's healing and grace: Louise Podlecki, Michelle, Amelie, Nicholas, Marharita, Biatris, Andrea, Mariana, Oksana, Gregriy, Andrea, Andy, Irene, Bohdan, Pavlo, Nikolai, Kevin & Polina, Borislav, Irene Belkow, Alla Grzymski, Kathy Grzymski, Joseph Kapusta, Jeanne Maack, Pani Mary Donahue,  Tony Zerebny, Nicole, Elena,  John & Patti, Michael P, Christine, Anthony, Catherine & Andrew Hladky, Barbara Patronik, Katie Bruce, Toni Marie Klavin, Michael Kimak, Chloe McKinney, Yuriy Zmysly, Dorothy Seliga, Halyna & Wolodymer Kashpar, Priest Vasyl Dovhan, Priest Petro, PM Maria, Frankie, Zachary, Orest, Oksana, Alexander, Anatoli & Pamela, Paul & Melisa, Olga.  


Pray for Our expecting mothers:

Kelli, Maria, Sophia



(If you would like to have someone remembered in our prayers, please call or email me.)




Parish Appreciation Day Sunday July 18, 2021

Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at 9:30am

Followed by Chicken and Pig Roast (Outside and inside) following social distancing.

The event is free

Festival Cash Raffle 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made by our parish to cancel this year's Annual Picnic/Festival.

Despite this cancellation, our Parish has decided to go forward with the Grand Raffle.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 200 will be sold. First Prize is $ 5,000.  Second Prize is $ 1,000.  Third Prize is $ 500. Year after year this raffle has generated income that is critical to our parish. By purchasing a ticket, you are greatly helping our parish meet important expenses during the coming year. Our goal is to sell all 200 tickets and the winning tickets will be drawn on July 18, 2021  A minimum of 100 tickets must be sold to hold the raffle. 

 The raffle will be Live streamed on our parish's Facebook page.

Tickets are currently available for purchase.  Enclosed is a raffle ticket reservation form. (File attached PDF)  

Please complete the form and indicate how many tickets you would like to purchase.  

Send the reservation form and payment to the address on the form no later than June 30, 2021.

You will then be mailed  your portion of the raffle ticket.

Any questions you have on the raffle can be directed to John Grzymski at (708) 704-6401 or

Your support is greatly appreciated.



Your Parish continues to live and function even though maybe in a different way, the way we couldn’t even imagine, but it continues to live and minister thanks to your support.

Thank you very much to all of those who have donated via PayPal online as well as sent in your donations via mail.


Your support of our ministry is greatly appreciated.

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8410 W 131st St.

Palos Park, IL 60464



3rd - Lillian Cepynsky

5th- Janet Ganske

6th - Steven Roviaro

7th- Nicholas Slobidsky

8th - Suzanne Ciapinski

9th - Karoline Ciapinski-O’Neill

13th - Kayla Drewno

14th - Markian Masur

14th – Dalena Klavin

15th - Ryan Supilowski

16th - Celia Wright

18th - Brian Ciapinski

20th - Terese Masur

20th – Dianna Cikauskas

23rd - Michael Bezney

24th – Larry Pierog

25th - Tina Palasti

27th -Christine Thompson

30th - Diana Lang

30th – Olga Kulyk




5th – Larry & Debbie Pierog


In Christ,

Fr. Vasyl

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