The new pastor of the Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God (St. Mary’s) Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port, Vasyl Petriv, will observe his 52nd birthday on Saturday.
My wife Katrusia and I wish our pastor and spiritual father the best of everything, especially health, success in revitalizing our parish, numerous God’s graces, and “Mnohaya Leeta” (many, many years).
Unfortunately, the Rev. Vasyl will not be able to celebrate and really enjoy his birthday because his pastoral duties mandate that he officiates at the funeral service for a recently departed, longtime parishioner and active worker for our church, Ostap Dykyj. The services, commencing at Farley Funeral Home, and followed by the divine liturgy (Mass) and “panakhyda” (requiem service) at St. Mary’s Church, will end late in the afternoon with burial service at Venice Memorial Gardens, where the late Ostap’s wife, Anna, who died several years ago, is waiting for him to join her.
A group of parishioners headed by Olya Hron and Roxolana Yarymovych is planning to hold a reception in Father Vasyl’s honor this Sunday after the divine liturgy in the Parish Center located next to the church. The details are unavailable at the time of this writing.
All are invited to attend.
Traditionally in Ukraine, birthdays were not celebrated nor recognized. The Patron Saint’s Days were the occasions for celebration, well wishes and presentation of gifts at festive dinners, often including music and dancing.
I am mentioning this tradition, because on July 28, the Rt. Rev.
Mitrate Archpriest Wolodymyr Woloszczuk, pastor-emeritus, will observe his Patron Saint’s Day of St. Volodymyr of Kyiv, ruler of the mighty Kievan Rus’ Empire, who made Christianity a state religion in his empire 11 centuries ago.
Katrusia and I, as well as many other parishioners and friends of Rev. Woloszczuk, want to express our sincere best wishes and “Mnohaya Leeta!” Our best wishes also to all individuals named Volodymyr, Wolodymyr and Walter.
Ukrainian American Veterans National Commander Ihor W. Hron, and UAV Post 40 Commander Col. Roman Rondiak, USA (Ret.), remind all veterans and interested non-veterans that the formal blessing and dedication of the UAV National Monument, honoring all members of the U.S.Armed Services at St.
Andrew’s Cemetery in South Bound Brook, N.J., will take place Oct. 3. It is necessary to make hotel reservations now, as well as travel arrangements.
The dedication of the memorial will be in conjunction with the 68th UAV National Convention, which will be held Oct. 1-3 in Somerset, N.J. The traditional convention banquet, with the introduction and installation of new UAV national officers will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset.
Banquet reservations must be submitted as soon as possible.
Katrusia and I wish to welcome home our youngest son, Lt. Col.
Ihor Kobryn, who has been serving our country overseas over the past six weeks. We, his wife Angelita and 5-year-old son Bohdan are very happy with his return.
Atanas Kobryn covers the Ukrainian community for the North Port Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Neighbors — The Ukrainians
by Atanas Kobryn