ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
1301 Newport Avenue
Northampton, Pennsylvania 18067
April 2, 2020
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Christ is amongst us! Is and always shall be!
On Wednesday, April 1, a videoconference was hosted by our Hierarchs, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, and His Eminence, Archbishop Daniel. As a member of the Clergy and as President of our Parish Board, we attended along with other representatives of the Eastern Eparchy parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
During the conference, our Hierarchs assured us we are all in their prayers during this terrible coronavirus threat. And, reluctantly, and in order to keep us safe and to be in accordance with the restrictions of the federal, state and local authorities, they announced the following directives, for the remainder of Great Lent and the upcoming Paschal season:
• All Liturgical services will be served by Father Oleg behind closed doors in our church for the duration of the viral threat.
• On Palm Sunday, April 12, Father Oleg will celebrate Liturgy behind closed doors. Willows/palms will be blessed and will remain in church until we can safely return to parish life.
• All Holy Week services and Paschal Liturgies will be served behind closed doors.
• In order to maintain the tradition of blessing Paschal baskets, Father Oleg will offer prayers and bless his own basket on behalf of all of us. We are encouraged to bless our baskets with our own Holy Water.
Please refer to our Parish website, www. holyassumption.org., for the weekly Bulletin to check the schedule of services and any additional updates. Hopefully Father Oleg will be able to livestream our services via the Parish’s Facebook page. Also, St. Sophia Seminary and the UOC of USA will be livestreaming services via their Facebook pages. Visit www.uocofusa.org. for instructions on how to connect to these sites.
Should you wish to continue monetary contributions to our Parish, please send your weekly envelopes with checks (no cash!) via the USPS to:
Assumption of the Virgin Mary UOC
1301 Newport Ave.
Northampton, PA 18067
Your support will be most greatly appreciated!
During this difficult time, please remember that we are still a Parish Family. Although we cannot be physically together, we are always together in faith and spirit. Please feel free to contact us should a need arise. Please stay safe and healthy!
Father Oleg Kravchenko
Parish Board President Martha X. Misko
NOTE: If online connections are not available to you and you would like to have a hard copy of our weekly Bulletin, please contact Fr. Oleg.