Holy Myrrh-Bearers Featured In Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 1, carried a great story about the merger of Saints Peter and Paul with Holy Ghost.

It ran on the front page of the business section (A1) and included a large photo of work being done inside the soon-to-be Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church, and a photo of Father John and  Archbishop Stefan outside the church.

The story can be found online here: http://www.inquirer.com/business/20141202_A_merger_of_Ukrainian_Catholic_parishes_will_bring_a_new_location.html?authenticated=1417543100304

Food Drive Through Dec. 14

Even though we are in the middle of packing and moving to our new parish facilities in Swarthmore, we are still continuing to serve our community by holding our “Annual Food Collection for the Needy”. Over the last seven years, several pickup truckloads of food were collected and provided to the community by the parish during the Christmas season. Due to the continued hard economic conditions, Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 100 South Penn Street, Clifton Heights, will hold its “Annual Food Collection” for the needy in the community from now through Sunday, December 14th. Anyone wishing to donate any canned or boxed, non-perishable food items should bring them to the Church on any Sunday before/or after the 11:00 am. English Divine Liturgy. Given the harsh economic conditions currently being experienced, we appreciate anyone’s help in this worthwhile effort. It will be through your efforts that we aim for matching or exceeding our last Christmas season’s collection. Please help us help, if you can!

The Parishioners of Ss. Peter & Paul (soon to Holy Myrrh-Bearers)

Slavic Christmas Food Deadline Is Dec. 8

As we are busy packing for the move from Clifton Heights to  our new  facilities in Swarthmore, this year’s Traditional Slavic Christmas Food Sale is the abbreviated version.

Mouth-watering, high quality kielbasa is being offered for the unbelievably low price of only $11 per ring or 4 links for $8.

Also there will be poppyseed and apricot rolls for $12 each.

Orders can be accepted via email at SSPeterandPaul@verizon.net or by calling Kathy at 610-328-4731.

Deadline is Dec. 8. Pickup will be  noon on Sunday, Dec. 14, after Mass,  at the church, 100 S. Penn St. in Clifton Heights, PA.

Update On New Church

Father John reports that the Nov. 1 and 2 opening ceremony for the opening of Holy Myrrh-Bearers have been cancelled because  architectural electrical drawings need to be done for township work permits and repairs of the beams are taking longer than expected.

He says the township is being  very cooperative.

Leiper Church Becomes Holy Myrrh Bearers

Leiper Church Becomes Holy MyrrhbearersLeiper Church Becomes Holy Myrrh Bearers

 

It’s  official.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic parishes of Holy Ghost in Chester and Saints Peter and Paul in Clifton Heights will be merging to Holy Myrrhbearers with its home at the historic former Leiper Presbyterian Church, 900 Fairview Ave., Ridley Township albeit with a Swarthmore address.

Leiber, which opened in 1819, closed Jan. 8, 2012. Among those who worshiped there were presidents Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison and James Buchanan.

It was purchased by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia in March.

Holy Ghost at 3015 W. 3rd St., and Saints Peter and Paul at 100 S. Penn St., will be closed and sold.

The first service at the new church is scheduled for Sept. 28 with a blessing ceremony the day before.

The Holy Myrrhbearers, are those involved with the burial of the Lord Jesus and the discovery of the empty tomb on Easter.

Easter Basket Blessing 2014

Christos Voskrese Easter Basket Blessing

Father John Ciurpita doing the traditional Easter basket blessing after today’s 11 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Easter Rite Catholic Church in Clifton Heights, Pa.

Christos voskrese, which means Christ has Risen, is the Easter greeting in Church Slavonic which brings the response Voistinu voskrese or Indeed, He has risen.

Easter, of course, celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus and the salvation of Man.
The date for Easter is the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox, which is always reckoned, regardless of astronomical observations, to be March 31 as per the Western churches that use the Gregorian calendar, so Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.
The dating for Easter correlates with the means the Jews once used to set the date for Passover, which correlates with Scripture since Scripture indicates that the Crucifixion of the Lord occurred as the lambs were being slaughtered for the celebration of that holiday.
In fact, in most Western languages the name for the day is a cognate of the Pesach which is the Hebrew name for Passover. In Latin it would be Pascha so Paschal lamb would be Passover lamb.
In English and German, the word comes from Eostre month, which was basically April, and which the pagans who spoke Germanic languages had named for the goddess Eostre much as our own March and April are named for the Greek god and goddess Mars and Aphrodite, respectively.
In Slavic, the holiday is called “Great Night” (Velikonoce in Slovak) or “Great Day” (Velikden in Ukrainian).
There are some caveats regarding the date. The Eastern churches that use the Julian calendar set the equinox  at April 3, and, of course, the spring equinox is based on that of the Northern Hemisphere.

So, Christos Voskrese.

 

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Homemade Slavic Easter Food Sold

Homemade Slavic Easter Food Sold

Saints Peter and Paul Byzaninte Rite Catholic Church iwill again be selling traditional Slavic foods for Easter.

Kielbasa will be sold for $11 per ring or four links for $8.

Homemade,  mouth-watering, flavorful, potato-cheese pierogies will be sold for $8 per dozen.

Traditonal Paska bread (homemade) will be sold for $10 per loaf.

Orders can be placed via email at SSPeterandPaul@verizon.net or by calling Kathy at 610-328-4731.

Pickups will be noon Saturday, April 12  and Sunday, April 13 at the Church at 100 S. Penn St., Clifton Heights, PA.

 

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Collection For Needy

Due to the continued hard economic conditions, Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 100 South Penn Street in Clifton Heights will hold a “Special Spring Food Collection” for the needy in the community from now through Sunday, April 13t.  Anyone wishing to donate any canned or boxed, non-perishable food items should bring them to the Church on any Sunday before/or after the 11:00 am. English Divine Liturgy.  Given the harsh economic conditions currently being experienced, we appreciate anyone’s help in this worthwhile effort.  It will be through your efforts that we aim for matching or exceeding our last collection.  Please help us help, if you can!

Once again, we thank all of you who have supported our small parish through our various ethnic food sales and events throughout the year.  As a result of your generous contributions to our sales and events, our small parish is able to continue our efforts to serve our fellow Delaware County residents.