Mini Slavic Food Fest
"SAVE THE DATE" We will be hosting a (Take Out) "Mini Slavic Food Fest" & More on August 21, 2021 from 11am - 5 pm. An organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 23, at 7 pm in the parish hall. All are welcome!!! More information to follow. Prep Work for the food fest starts on June 22 at 9 am.
COVID 19 Guidelines for our Churches
Following the pandemic
In keeping with advice from the CDC, and the local authorities, the following guidelines replace previous Covid rules.
1) A mask should be worn by anyone distributing communion or assisting to distribute communion.
2) The celebrant should use precautions when handling the gifts or singing or speaking near the gifts. These precautions may include wearing a mask, keeping the gifts covered, standing at a distance from the altar, and sterilizing the hands before touching the gifts.
3) The clergy should not drink out of the same chalice that is used for distribution before distribution. They may use a separate chalice, or receive by intinction.
4) Distribution of communion should continue using single-use spoons, either individual metal spoons that are sterilized, or spoons that can be burned.
5) Beginning Friday, May 28, people in the congregation are not required to wear a mask. People are free to wear a mask for personal protection or as a courtesy to the vulnerable.
6) People are still encouraged to practice safe distancing in the pews.
7) No one should ask whether or not someone is vaccinated.
8) Your local laws may supersede these. Your pastor will inform you if that is the case.
Dispensation from the obligation to attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday or Saturday evening.
1) Keep in mind, the bishop cannot dispense from Divine Law. The Ten Commandments require us to keep the Lord’s Day holy. From the beginning, Christians have obeyed this commandment by attending the Eucharist on Sunday, the day of the Resurrection. We are also required by Divine Law to refrain from work if possible and to avoid commerce if possible.
2) Beginning on Sunday, June 6, the dispensation from attending the Divine Liturgy is revoked within the Eparchy of Passaic. Watching a livestream does not fulfill the obligation to attend the Eucharist.
3) Just as before the pandemic, anyone is relieved of the obligation for a serious reason such as sickness, immobility, fear, caring for someone else, to protect your own health or the health of others.
Most Rev. Kurt Burnette
Bishop of Passaic
May 26, 2021
- Eparchial ByzanTEEN Youth Rally will be held Friday, July 30, through Monday, August 2. Theme: “Be not afraid; Christ. Not Covid.” Attendance will be limited to 20 boys and 20 girls for dorm social distancing.
- Watch Party will be on July 3rd at St. Mary Byzantine Church in Nesquehoning, PA.
- Altar Server Congress: August 8-12.
*** Any questions about these events, contact Jonathan ***
Silence of Mary Home - urgent appeal for personal hygiene items
The Silence of Mary Home mission is providing a Christian family home for God’s abandoned and neglected people of all ages and to support the community. Throughout this unprecedented year, volunteers have diligently worked to address the needs of the community, but as life begins to normalize the need for hygiene items has escalated! To many of the Home’s guests, a shower is a luxury. The following items have been selected to assist in this urgent outreach appeal: men’s and women’s deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Please place items in the Silence of Mary bin located in the Church vestibule. A small gesture on your part can make a profound impact on another’s life. Many thanks!
St. Ann Family Day
St. Ann Family Day will be on Sunday June 27th at Knoebel's Amusement Park. Family Day is open to ALL parishioners. A SIGN-UP sheet will be put up in the back of Church.
Thank you very much for your support and help for the two young priests and their families in Bohdan and Berezovo in the Eparchy in Mukachevo.
Thank you very much and God bless you.
I BELIEVE: A Study of the Creed of the Church
Do you know the Creed? - I BELIEVE: A Study of the Creed of the Church - will be presented on-line on Wednesdays, April 14 - June 16 @ 8 - 9:30 p.m. ET by by Rev. David Anderson via GOD WITH US ONLINE, an outreach project of the Eparchial Directors of Religious Education (ECED) and the Eastern Catholic Associates (ECA). Please register here: https://godwithusonline.org/events/i-believe/
Message from Father Taras about Confession
I am available for confession any time—before and after Liturgy, before and after any other church services, and any other time you want. If anyone who is sick or having difficulty with the pandemic situation would want me to visit for Confession and Communion during the Lenten season, please call the office at 717-652-1415 or call me at 717-525-2909 to make arrangements. I am available at any time, and I will follow the CDC guidelines. You are obligated to go to confession and receive Holy Communion at least once a year from the beginning of Lent up to the celebration of Pentecost. I am happy to serve you whenever you need me. ~ Father Taras
Saint Ann Parish is happy to now offer the safety and convenience of online electronic giving as an option to our parishioners and friends.
This is now available through the Tithe.ly service. You can use this option along with all the traditional ways of supporting your parish: envelopes, cash and checks. We have been testing this service for several weeks and are confident in how it works. We believe that if you choose to use it, you will find that it is easy to use. You have many options to choose from. You can give one time or set up a recurring weekly or monthly donation. This can be from a credit card or a checking account. The choice is yours. Many choose to give online to save the hassle of repeated check writing or mailing in their donations. Even if you make online donations, you can still use paper envelopes at ANY time.
Online Giving - Instructions
Instructions to setup Tithe.ly account