The Protection of the Holy Theotokos Parish
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
1031 Fullerton Avenue, Allentown, PA, 18102
HOAGIE SALE
Hoagie Sale

St. Mary's will be selling Hoagies starting in August, 2024.  We will start taking orders on August  7th.  Orders must be received by St. Mary's no later than 4:00PM  Thursday, August 22nd.  (Please no special orders).

Pick up for ordered hoagies will be on Thursday, August 29, 2024 between 11am and 2pm.  Attached is the order list.

Hoagie Order Form

Ukrainian Independence Day
Ukrainian Independence Day Event

Please join us on Friday, August 23, 2024 at 10:00 at the Payrow Plaza in downtown Bethlehem to commemorate Ukraine's Independence Day.

Fr. Jendras' Fifth Year of Ordination Anniversary
Fr. Jendras' Fifth Year of Ordination Anniversary

St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be hosting an anniversary celebration for Fr. Jendras on July 28, 2024 following Divine Liturgy.  A lunch will be served in St. Mary's Fellowship Hall (1031 Fullerton Ave., Allentown, PA  18102).  All are invited.  Please RSVP by July 14, 2024 if you are coming so we can plan the appropriate meal size.

A Very Important Update
A Very Important Update

Our Hierarchs granted their approval and blessings to transition to the New Julian Calendar effective April 23, 2024.  See the official letters here.files/A-UKR_Page_1.jpg (280kb)  files/A-UKR_Page_2.jpg (149kb)   files/A-ENG_Page_1.jpg (277kb)   files/A-ENG_Page_2.jpg (99kb)

Here is the New Calendar changes

New Julian Church calendar effective April 23, 2024 – the feast of Holy Glorious Great-martyr George.

Click on the St. George Icon (Left side) to read the Northampton document from Archbishop Daniel. 

Click on the oldest known depiction of Saint George as dragon-slayer (Right side) to read the Letter to our Parishioners

The new Julian calendar "pushes back" all dates by 13 days. This means that the dates of important church holidays will now be as follows:

*Circumcision of the Lord - Jan 1 (instead of Jan14)

* Epiphany - Baptism of the Lord - Jan 6 (instead of Jan 19)

* The meeting of the Lord - Feb 2 (instead of Feb 15)

* Annunciation of the Virgin Mary — Mar 25 (instead of Apr 7)

* St. George's Day — Apr 23 (instead of May 6)

* Nativity of St. John the Baptist — June 24 (instead of July 7)

* Apostles Peter and Paul - June 29 (instead of July 12)

* Prophet Elijah - July 20 (instead of Aug 2)

* Maccabees (Honey Savior) — Aug 1 (instead of Aug 14)

* Transfiguration of the Lord — Aug 6 (instead of Aug 19)

* Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Aug 15 (instead of Aug 28)

* Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Sept 8 (instead of Sept 21)

* Exaltation of the Holy Cross — Sept 14 (instead of Sept 27)

* Pokrova-Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Oct 1 (instead of Oct 14)

* Archangel Michael — Nov 8 (instead of Nov 21)

* Entry into the Church of the Most Holy Theotokos — Nov 21 (instead of Dec 4)

* Andrew the First-Called — Nov 30 (instead of Dec 13)

* Saint Nicholas Day — Dec 6(instead of Dec 19)

* Christmas Eve - Dec 24 (instead of Jan 6)

* Christmas - Dec 25 (instead of Jan 7)

* Sobor of the Most Holy Theotokos - Dec 26 (instead of Dec 13)

Welcome to the God-loving and God-protected parish of Pokrova!

For first time visitors to our site, and to our Church, we welcome you! This page contains some basic information about our parish and Orthodox worship for those who haven’t experienced it yet.

The visitors and members of our Church are as varied as the culture around us. Our experience is that expectations vary widely (and sometimes wildly!), so this page will get you started!

What is Orthodox Christianity?  We are catholic, but not Roman. We are Orthodox, but not Jewish. We are evangelical and charismatic, but not Protestant or Evangelical. We are not a denomination, we are pre-denominational. The Orthodox Church is the original Church, an ancient faith for a modern world tortured by doubt, despondency, and loneliness; and searching for something real, eternal, and salvific.  

What is Ukrainian Orthodoxy?  It is the ancient faith as developed within the context of Kyivan Rus' and Ukraine, and now - here in the United States.  The process of "baptizing all nations" does not homogenize local cultures; rather it blesses them, giving even more depth of goodness to those things that are already good within a culture and weaning out those things that are not.  This is what happened in Ukraine after King Volodymyr of Kyiv invited Greek Orthodox missionaries to baptize his nation of Kyivan Rus' and it has been happening here in the community of St. Mary's in Allentown for the past 100+ years.  Orthodoxy is unchanging, but it is always experienced and preached within its local cultural and linguistic context.  For example, 100 years ago our community worshipped exclusively in Church Slavonic but now it worships almost exclusively in English.  This adaptability is one of the beautiful things about Orthodoxy in general and a great charisma of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in particular.

That sounds great, but what about me?  

To start with, we want you to know at least this much:

  • You are welcome here. We are always honored to have visitors join us for prayer and worship.  You do not have to be Orthodox to pray and worship with us nor do you have to be Ukrainian to become a member.  Our priest was not born Orthodox and has no Ukrainian ancestry.  Everyone is welcome here.
  • You won’t be asked to do anything which would make you uncomfortable.  You may not be familiar with ritual actions like crossing yourself, kneeling, or kissing the cross; no one expects you to do them or minds that you do not.  If you would like to learn why we do these things and how they are done, Father Anthony would love to teach you - but for now, please just open your heart to the way Christ presents himself to you and loves you here in this parish.
  • We don’t expect visitors to contribute anything to the financial support of our parish or our programs.  You are our guests; please enjoy our hospitality!
  • Our children worship with us. If you have young children, they are welcome here, too. If your children cry, fuss, or fidget; or you need to step to the back of the Church with them for any reason, you are not disturbing us. We love having children with us - not "perfect" children who never move or make noise, but real children who wiggle, laugh, sing, and cry.  We are saved in community (the Church!) and their presence helps them, you, and us grow in perfection through Christ.  
  • Our facilities are handicap accessible. We have handicap parking in the rear and an elevator.  If you need any assistance at all, please let us know. We are here to be of service to you.
  • If you are an Orthodox Christian, and you have prepared yourself to receive Holy Communion according to your Spiritual Father’s direction, be sure to introduce yourself to our priest before the service. You are welcome to approach the chalice.

We are part of the worldwide Orthodox Church – the oldest Christian Church in the world. This is not a theological statement, it is an historical one. And in every part of the world, there are Orthodox Christians, Churches and missions: in traditionally Orthodox countries like Ukraine, Greece, Russia, Romania, Serbia, and the Middle East, but also in India, Japan, China, the Philippines, throughout Europe including Poland, Germany, France, Finland, across the British Isles, throughout the African continent including Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and across Central and South America.

In fact, the only religious structure of any kind on the entire continent of Antarctica is the Orthodox Christian one!

Click here for our Schedule of Services and Activities

 

1031 Fullerton Avenue, Allentown, PA 18102   610-820-0821   fatherrichard@pokrova-allentown.org

 

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Priest - Father Richard Jendras

President - Robin Bodnar

Vice President - Mary Kennedy

Treasurer - Yaryna Pukalo

Financial Secretary - Svitlana Brazzo

Inventory Control - Barbara Hutzayluk

Volunteers - Liliia Baranova

                       Susan Cooke

                       Oksana Pukalo

                       Olena Ridlovsky

                       Sandy Ritter

                       Nadiya Shapovalova

 

                      

Choir

Priest - Father Richard Jendras

Cantor - John Koretski

Members - Steven Amey

                     Ryan Anderson

                     Daniel Anderson

                     Hayden Arp

                     Richard Bodnar

                     Robin Bodnar

                     Susan Cooke

                     Nikolai Fartuch

                     Alex Mackiewicz

                     Andrea Mackiewicz

                     Mary Ellen Mackiewicz

                     Daniel Petrovich

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