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May 21, 2017

Saint Christopher Alumni Association is hosting a Wiffle Ball Tournament to be held Sunday, May 21st, 2:00 pm in the church parking lot. Players need NOT be Alumni, but must be 21 years of age to play. Get a team of three or four players together and join us for a great day. Team Registration can be completed online at Registration fee of $160/team includes food, beer, t-shirt and at least 4 games for players. All teams must be registered by 5/17. This is a “rain or shine” event. We are looking for volunteers to help out the day of the event. Please call Kate Whalen at (215)673-5787 ext 17 with any questions or to make a donation.

May 29, 2017

Ukrainian-American Veterans Post # 1

Gravesite services in memory of all fallen war veterans will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fox Chase, PA on Memorial Day—next Monday, May 29, 2017 beginning at 10:00 AM with a General Panakhyda at the Main Cross, followed by individual grave blessings

11:00 Am we will gather at Oakland Cemetery to serve Memorial Day Panachyda as we commemorate all veterans and soldiers who have fallen asleep. Please join us.

Since Memorial Day of 2016, the following veterans have passed away:

Stanley Wlodarczuk: US Army World War 2 veteran who served with the 752nd Tank Battalion. (Oakland Cemetery)
John Sassman: US Coast Guard World War 2 veteran. (Oakland Cemetery)
Wladimer Huculak: US Marine veteran who served in Viet Nam. (St. Mary's Cemetery)
Ihor Smolij: US Army veteran who served during the Korean War (St. Mary's Cemetery)
Walter Kieba: US Army veteran who served with the 4th Battalion, 57th Artillery during the VietNam War. (St. Mary's Cemetery)
Zeno Semkiw, Sr.: US Marine veteran who served during the VietNam War. (St. Mary's Cemetery)
John Stefanic, Jr.: US Army veteran who served with the 3rd Armored Division during the VietNam War (St. Mary's Cemetery)
John Duda, Jr.: US Navy veteran who served with the 1st Carrier Group aboard the USS Midway (St. Mary's Cemetery).

St. Mary's Cemetery is the final resting place for deceased veterans who died in Viet Nam; veterans who died in training with the Army Air Corps before and during World War II; veterans who served during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War.

Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for countless veterans who served during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. It is also the final resting place for a veteran of the British Royal Navy who served aboard the HMS Hood during the pursuit of the German battleship Graf Spee (the young man joined the Royal Navy as a 16 year old in Belfast, Northern Ireland).

Visit with Post # 1 on Memorial Day, 2017 and pay your respects to all our Veterans.

June 11, 2017


Limelikn Golf Club
Route 152 (˝ Mile North of Route 463)
Ambler, PA 19002

First Tee Time: 11:30 AM

Entry Fee: $120.00 includes greens fee, cart, trophies, door prizes, 2 drinks (beer, wine, soda) and dinner.

Banquet and Awards Ceremony:
Tryzub Lodge, Horsham, PA

Awards for low gross, two flights low net (Calloway), longest drive, closest to the pin.

Entry fee must be received by Friday, June 2, 2016. Starting times will be set by order of receipt of entry fee. You will be notified of your starting time by e-mail or phone. If your fee is late or all tee times are taken prior to you sending in your registration, you will not be guaranteed a spot in the tournament field.

Tournament Registration
Send checks payable to “Tryzub Golf” to Joe Homick at 1277 Burnett Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. If you have any questions please call 215-914-1251.

Golf Committee: Joe Homick, Roman Jarymovych, Andrij Zajac, Orest Lesiuk, Bohdan Anniuk, Alex Wolosczuk, Gene Luciw

Sponsors: Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home

June 16, 2017

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

It’s time for our Annual Parish Get-Together! Come out and enjoy a fun filled day of rides, entertainment and water fun with your family, friends, teachers and classmates.

Ticket Order Deadline: June 9, 2017
For more information contact Debbie Parker:
215 651 2107 or or Kathy Giantomaso 215 421 3630.

June 18, 2017

Tryzub Sports Club
County Line & Lower State Rds.
Horsham, PA


Excite your senses with a pageantry of beautiful colors, sounds, and flavors!

Along With:


Enjoy the best in US Amateur soccer competition

The popular Father’s Day Ukrainian Folk Fest will commence at 1 PM.

A stage show featuring THE VOLOSHKY SCHOOL OF UKRAINIAN DANCE, ACCORDIONIST WALTER SYZONENKO, and SINGERS: Sophia Pitula, Maksim Shcherbatyuk, and Dianna Savchyn; and Pianist, Petro Pitula will commence at 2 PM. A Zabava - Public Dance to the tunes of WALT SYZONENKO will follow the stage show. There will be plentiful homemade Ukrainian ethnic foods (pierogies, kielbasa, and holuptsi) and baked goods, as well as standard picnic fare and refreshments.


USASA National Championship Games: On this same day, Tryzub will also host the US Amateur Soccer Association’s US Open and Amateur Cups (Men’s, Women’s, Over 30) Region I Championship Games. There being 4 regions in the US, these games are the quarterfinals for the overall American Championships. The National Championship Final Game for the Under 23 tournament will take place as well. Play will progress from 10 AM through 7 PM each day; some of the best amateur soccer teams in America will compete.


FOR FURTHER INFO: Gene Luciw: 267.664.3857 (EMAIL:

Facebook and Twitter: Please follow and be friends with Tryzub UkrainianClub


Basilian Volunteer Program

For more than twenty years, Sister Mary Bernarda Arkatin, OSBM, a member of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, initiated summer journeys of goodwill to the needy, orphaned and handicapped of Ukraine. Bearing gifts (material, financial, etc.) and treats as well as compassion and love, Sister became a frequent and welcomed visitor as she traveled from site to site, from institution to hospital, to orphanages and to campsites.

Basilian Volunteer Program:
After Sister Bernarda retired at 90 years of age, the Sisters decided to continue the humanitarian work and handed the baton to Sister Ann Laszok and Sister Joann Sosler to continue the tradition of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The program is called the Basilian Volunteer Program.

In 2012, Sister Ann with three young women volunteers joined Sister Bernarda on her humanitarian mission. During their two week mission, the group visited “Emmaus Oselia," a homeless shelter that has a community of about 30 people; the Village of Zalochin where Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate have a foster home for 9 children and Brother Ivan’s foster home for mentally challenged persons. The group then met with the six children living at a foster home in Sambir, which is run by the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate. They also visited Sambir's psychiatric institute for children, which currently housed 76 children. The next stop was Cunovudnomu where the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great operate a foster home; the group drove to Ivano-Frankivsk to visit a government run infant orphanage, run by a local doctor, with 30 infants.

At St. Nicholas Village of Mercy, a model orphanage run by the Incarnate Word Sisters the
group played with 50 children up to age 12. From there the group went to Zalucha Children's Institute, a psychiatric institution for children, which has improved a hundredfold in recent years and houses about 70 children that range from totally disabled to mildly afflicted with Downs Syndrome. They also visited Pohon, a psychiatric institute for adults which houses about 70 people.

Then it was on to Yaremche, a town in the Carpathian mountains, which boasts two summer
camps predominantly for orphans founded by Father Swischuk from the Chicago Eparchy. The
final destination was a school in Ivano-Frankivsk that is run by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great. For more information see:

In 2013, along with four young women volunteers, Sisters Ann and Joann visited St. Nicholas Village, run by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word; Synovidne, a foster home administered by the Basilian Sisters; an adult psychiatric center in Pohoniv; Bukovo near Starei Sambir, with 70 residents of the Children’s Psychiatric Institute. The “missionaries” then traveled to Zaporizhia in
Eastern Ukraine. Here they were greeted and guided by Nazar Kraivskyi, Director of The Rays
of Light Social Center which offers educational and developmental, consultative, professional
and vocational training to orphaned or abandoned children and young adults. Nazar guided us to several orphanages where we spent time with the children doing crafts and gifting them with toys and clothing. For more information see:

In 2014, the unrest in the eastern sector of Ukraine forced the Sisters to cancel their plans to travel to Ukraine but a donation was sent to the Sisters of Holy Trinity Province to hold a summer camp.

In 2015, because many people feared that the war in eastern Ukraine was not safe to travel, only two male volunteers joined Sisters Ann and Joann on their mission trip to Ukraine. The
previous year the Sisters had decided to organize a one week English camp for orphans and local children. In collaboration with seven Sisters and seminarians of Ukraine, the four Americans held a week long Berlitz-style English camp for 48 children with classes in reading, grammar, phonics and writing. Following the English camp, the team then went on their usual visits to seven orphanages,
halfway houses, adult and children’s psychiatric institutions, homeless shelters, etc. engaging with about 200 children and adults. For more information see:

In 2016, due to the popularity of the English camp in 2015, Sister Ann was asked to organize
four English camps in four different regions of Ukraine: Lviv, Mukachevo,Ivano-Frankivs’k and
Zhytomyr. Accompanying Sisters Ann and Joann for three weeks were fifteen volunteers from
three different Eparchies and five different States: seven were from St. Josaphat Eparchy; seven from the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, and one person from the St. Nicholas Eparchy of Chicago. Many in Ukraine added to the success of the mission. These were drivers who transported the group, those who coordinated and organized the on-site councilors, the Sisters of Holy Trinity Province who provided the room and board. Over 200 children attended
the four camps with participation of six orphans from Eastern Ukraine who traveled to the Rudno camp with their councilor. Over 300 persons visited by a team of seven who accompanied Sister Ann to orphanages, halfway houses, adult and children’s psychiatric institutions and homeless shelters. Videos produced by Michael Haritan, one of our volunteers who is a professional photographer can be viewed on

Volunteer Application Process:
Volunteers are asked to apply. If accepted, volunteers provide their own airfare to Lviv where they are met by the Sisters. The Sisters provide room, board and transportation within Ukraine during the three weeks of ministry.

For an application and additional information for Come and Serve with the Sisters in Ukraine
contact Sister Ann Laszok OSBM or 412-260-1607. Anyone wishing to help
the Sisters financially can donate by sending a check payable to: Sisters of St. Basil the Great c/o Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM,
710 Fox Chase Rd. Jenkintown, PA 19046.


The Ukrainian League is assisting with the initiative to collect non-perishable foods (e.g. canned soup, chili, canned tuna, canned beans, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned meats, pasta, rice, cereal, buckwheat, etc.). Any type of canned, non-fragile item that can withstand shipping and transportation by sea will do.

The collection bin is located in the bar downstairs, at the entrance.

This aid will be delivered to the volunteers in Kyiv, who are working to provide for soldiers in 92nd, 80th, and 79th battalion brigades, as well as The Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor).

Shipping will be done via Ukraine Express at a discounted rate.

Please do not hesitate to contact the League with any questions.

In addition to canned food, other items needed are:
550 Military Paracord Rope (for survival bracelets)


Warm Camo clothing

While these items are optional - the primary focus is the food drive - they are also important and necessary in the field. If you were inclined to purchase paracord rope, following are some of the links to give an idea of what is needed:

1000 feet rope (will make 60-75 survival bracelets)

300 feet rope (will make 18-21 bracelets)

100 feet rope (will make 6-7 bracelets)

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