Members of the Eparchial Youth Committee coordinated a youth ministry training seminar April 9-10, 2016 at St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Mission in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA).

Parma, Ohio - Five Eparchial Youth Committee (EYC) members: Fr. Lubomyr Zhybak, head of the committee and pastor of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, OH and St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, OH; Fr. Joseph Matlak, Assistant Pastor at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Parma, OH; Subdeacon Joseph Zappernick of St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma, OH; Michael Levy and Joseph Levy of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, PA were welcomed by Deacon Matthew Hanes, Deacon Kevin Bezner and the parishioners of the community (the pastor of the mission, Very Rev. Mark Shuey was not present due to health reasons).

The training began on Saturday with an overview of the EYC mission that was followed by a detailed explanation of the annual youth events organized by the committee, namely the Lock-In Retreat, the Acolyte and Youth Convention and the Fall Youth Retreat. The presenters shared their knowledge and experience in planning youth activities with those present. A Question and Answer session followed the presentations.

The EYC representatives joined the English speaking community in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Saturday evening. The Liturgy was presided over by Fr. Joseph Matlak (who also delivered a homily) and concelebrated by Fr. Lubomyr Zhybak. Deacon Matthew Hanes and Deacon Kevin Bezner assisted at the altar. Subdeacon Joseph Zappernick, Joseph Levy and Candidio Labra (a young adult from the parish) served during the Liturgy while Michael Levy provided the responses. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Fr. Lubomyr addressed the parishioners and summarized the topics that were covered during the youth training seminar. Afterwards, members of the EYC and the parishioners gathered for fellowship in the adjacent room.

On Sunday, the EYC members participated in the Divine Liturgy, celebrated for the Ukrainian speaking community. Fr. Lubomyr Zhybak presided over the Eucharistic celebration, during which he delivered a homily.  Fr. Lubomyr also had an opportunity to speak to the parishioners and encouraged participation in parish and eparchial youth activities.

The parishioners of St. Basil the Great Mission were very grateful for the visit and were excited to work with the EYC in future youth projects.

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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When despondency seizes us, let us not give in to it. Rather, fortified and protected by the light of faith, let us with great courage say to the spirit of evil: "What are you to us, you who are cut off from God, a fugitive for Heaven, and a slave of evil? You dare not do anything to us: Christ, the Son of God, has dominion over us and over all. Leave us, you thing of bane. We are made steadfast by the uprightness of His Cross. Serpent, we trample on your head." 

St. Seraphim of Sarov