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St.Olha Sisterhood.

sviata kniagynia olgaThe history of the St. Olha Sisterhood is forever intertwined with the life of our parish these 60 years. They chose for themselves St. Olha – Princess of Kyiv Rus and First Christian as their patron. Through the years, they have exhibited the qualities of Olha – hard work, firm commitment and piety. From the earliest days of parish life when we were located on Yemens Street (Hamtramck) the first activists - Raisa Nosovsky-Baron, Alexandra Kozin, Olga Kolodko, Anisia Fylonenko-Szwed set the tone for those who followed. A list of Sisterhood presidents include: Paulina Corley (first president) who held office in 1955 and again in 1978. Dobrodijka Nina Biletsky (1952-1956), Anna Dovsyn (1956), Eugenia Lyaschuk (1957 – 1962), Anastasia Korolishin (1959), Alexandra Kozyn (1962; 1968 – 1972), Dobrodijka Nina Lytwakiwsky (1960-1961), Anisia Fylonenko-Szwed (1963-1964), Vera Harkuscha (1965-1966), Halina Hrytsik (1967), Dora Jefimenko (1974-1975), Olena Liskiwsky (1976- 1977), Nadia Romanczuk (1979-1983, 1991-1996), Irena Poroch (1984-1990), and Georgia Kereluik (1997-present). Financial secretaries: Lydia Popov, Apollinaria Smyk, Olena Liskiwsky and Halina Prytula. 

sisterhood 1The work of the Sisterhood falls into the following categories: As stewards of religious and Ukrainian traditions - they have long maintained the aesthetic setting of our church whether it has been coordinating cleaning crews before all major holy days or organizing embroidery projects as was done in the 1950’s – the women who participated in this were Sofia Kowalenko (the initiator of the first projects), Paraskevia Zholobetska (who embroidered the majority of the cloths), A. Lototska, Natalia Vonsul, Maria Trepet, Maria Kowal, Anna Hrycyk, Anisia Fylonenko - Szwed, Anna Hidzhak, Lyusya Hrynkiw, Shayenko (mother), Helen Wolynetz, Daria Krochmal, Maria Mokienko (senior). A special mention and expressions of gratitude go to A. Szwed, Halina Prytula and Olga Liskiwsky for their stewardship and care of the church interiors. In 2002, Halina Prytula spearheaded a project to sew a complete set of ritual cloths and covers for the Lenten period. During the last 10 years the Sisterhood has worked to embroider or order new ritual cloths, they have refurbished several of the priestly vestments (including the embroidered vestment), acquired 8 new sticharion for the altar servers and restored frames around some of the larger icons. Not only are they concerned for the beauty of the sanctuary, but they have purchased furniture and carpeting for the rectory and installed carpeting and new window treatments in the school.

sisterhoodIn an effort to create an atmosphere of fellowship and to help raise funds for their work, the Sisterhood has long hosted weekly lunches in the parish hall following Divine Services. They have also catered the traditional Christmas Eve Suppers (Sviata Vecheria), baked Easter paska breads and prepared baskets for blessing to share with the shut-in’s of our parish as well as spending many days preparing traditional foods for the parish picnic on Dibrova held annually during the Transfiguration Feast Day (Spasy / Preobrazhenia) in August. Much gratitude is expressed to those who have helped with the paska baking – this includes Olena Liskiwsky, Taisa Rozhin, Wara Siryj, Olga Liskiwskyi, and Georgia Kereluik. We also must mention the dedication of Tatiana Komar who always volunteered to help chauffeur members of the Sisterhood for various food preparation activities and to Mytro Jarosh who joined the ranks of the Sisterhood, albeit he was a man. You could find Mr. Jarosh during varenyky making days always in the kitchen helping out. He often said that the Sisterhood was the most active and best organized of all the parish organizations and he enjoyed working alongside these women.

In their role as promoters of Ukrainian identity, the Sisterhood has participated in the 200th Anniversary of the U.S.A. and the 100th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration in the U.S.A. Other events included the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Women’s Movement, the Millennium Celebration of Christianity in Ukraine (1988) as well as helping prepare the food for the parish booth at the Detroit Ethnic Festivals. They have also promoted workshops of Ukrainian Easter Egg writing (pysanky) among non-Ukrainians (Garden Club, Extension Women’s Club and various public schools). In 2004, a Ukrainian embroidery exhibit was organized featuring examples of embroideries from Kyiv, Poltava, Kherson, Kuban, and Eastern Podillia.

Sisterhood 2010Since Ukraine regained her independence in 1991, the Sisterhood has also helped the needy by sending packages with clothing for the elderly and orphaned. During times of great need as with the floods in Zakarpatia (Transcarpathian region of Ukraine), the Sisterhood sent money through our Consistory. From 1991, they have helped with funds to build churches in the Cherkasy and Rivne regions as well as sending vestments to their priest. The Sisterhood was also a patron of the rebuilding of St. Michael’s Cathedral (Kyiv) and helping with donations to the Kyiv-Mohylianska Academy.

As you see there is much work to be shared. We ask and encourage our children, grandchildren, and the newly emigrated members of our parish to join the ranks of the Sisterhood and continue that work, which was started by your grandmothers and mothers. 

Halina Prytula 

(based on an article written by N. Romanczuk)

 

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Friday , April 10, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Friday , March 28, 2020)

St. Hilarion the New
St. Hilarion the New, abbot of Pelecete (754).
St. Stephen the Wonderworker, abbot of Tryglia (815).
Martyrs Jonah and Barachisius and those with them in Persia: Zanithas, Lazarus, Maruthas (Marotas), Narses, Elias, Marinus (Mares), Abibus, Sembeeth (Sivsithina), and Sabbas (330).
Martyr Eustratius of the Kyiv Caves (1097).

6th hour: Is. 66:10-24
Vespers: Gen. 49:33–50:26; Prov. 31:8-32

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Friday , April 10, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Friday , March 28, 2020)

Gen. 49:33–50:26; Prov. 31:8-32
33 And when Jacob made an end of charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

Chapter: 50

1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.
3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming: and the Egyptians wept for him three-score and ten days.
4 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.
6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.
10 And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they lamented with a very great and sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:
13 for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field, for a possession of a burying-place, of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16 And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the transgression of thy brethren, and their sin, for that they did unto thee evil. And now, we pray thee, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we are thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were born upon Joseph's knees.
24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die; but God will surely visit you, and bring you up out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
26 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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