March 21, 2022
Glory to Jesus Christ!
My dear friends in the Faith,
Today the news of the war can be too painful to watch. I wanted to let you know what our church and others are doing for the refugees. People are arriving every day in Transcarpathia escaping the carnage, especially women and children while the men stay behind. One of our own priests in the Eparchy of Passaic told me the news from his family. His brother is a priest in a village. He has today eleven refugees living in his own house along with his wife and children. There are four women and six children and one elderly man who arrived. In addition, he has eight people living in the basement of the church. Last week, he had more, but some have moved on. When people arrive, he sits down with them with his wife to find out what they need. They have no money or food, and also need things for hygiene such as t-shirts and underwear. The day care centers have been turned into shelters for refugees to live in. The high school is also a shelter, but the high school does not have showers. The priest is using his own money to install showers in the high school. He also needs to buy a new refrigerator and a new washing machine to take care of so may people in his house. The same priest of our Eparchy of Passaic told me that his cousin is also a priest in a village. He has a large rectory, and he has forty refugees in his rectory! He had 52 last week, and more in the church.
Although men of military age are not allowed to leave Ukraine, our priests are able to cross the border and return with supplies. The church in Slovakia is providing clothing and food that the priests are allowed to carry back into Ukraine. Before yesterday’s collections, our Eparchy already sent $57,000 to assist the refugees. Then last Friday we sent an additional $31,000 from donations sent to the chancery here in Woodland Park. We are able to send money immediately by international wire transfer to a bank in the European Union where the bishop is safely able to purchase necessities to bring back into Ukraine. It is always risky to send money into a situation of chaos and war, but it is reassuring that we can send money in a way that we know it is being used directly to help people. There are no administrative costs or bureaucracy involved. There is a small bank fee for the transfers which our own Eparchy pays.
Today, our Eparchy received a generous check for $5,000 from Spencer Savings Bank of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, which will be sent to eastern Europe without delay. All of our parishes took a collection on March 20 at the order of our Metropolitan Archbishop. I will let you know soon how much was sent. (By the way, it is easy to send money to eastern Europe; we are NOT sending clothing and food.)
Thank you to everyone for your generosity! God will not be outdone in generosity.
Bishop Kurt Burnette
Do you wish to send money to help refugees? It is difficult to know whom to trust. Our Eparchy of Passaic can send money directly to our bishop in eastern Europe who is helping refugees right now. We know where that money goes, and we trust the people who are using it. You may send a check to our office, made out to "Eparchy of Passaic" with "refugees" in the memo. Mail the check to Eparchy of Passaic--refugees,
445 Lackawanna Ave, Woodland Park, New Jersey, 07424. You will receive a tax letter at the end of the year as for Bishop Appeal.
You may also donate online to Aid To The Church in Need at churchinneed.org
Byzantine Outreach in Fort Mill, SC
A Byzantine Catholic community is forming at St. Philip Neri RC Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, South Carolina (about a half hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina). Please join us as we grow our community and celebrate together the Byzantine Divine Liturgy.
Father Steven Galuschik of All Saints Byzantine Catholic Church in North Fort Myers, Florida began celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the community at the end of October, 2017. This community will serve the northern part of South Carolina as well as Charlotte, North Carolina.
Please share this information with your friends and family, especially those who have moved "down South." The Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to participate in any way, or have questions please contact Ron Somich at 440-477-6389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at https://carolinabyzantine.com for news, upcoming gatherings and service times.
Living in or near Brooklyn?
The Divine Liturgy is now being celebrated in Brooklyn, New York!
Sundays at 8:00 a.m. at:
Saint Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church
215 Exeter Street
Brooklyn, New York 11235
Come, pray with us and see our growing community!
For more information please contact Father Iaroslav Korostil
Byzantine Catholic Outreach
The Villages, Florida
Served from Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church,
New Port Richey, Florida.
“A loving, praying community giving Glory to Jesus Christ!”
Divine Liturgy Every Saturday, 11:00 AM.
Served by Father Oleksiy Nebesnyk
Christ Lutheran Church, 15699 SE 80th Ave, Summerfield, FL 34491
Outreach Contact /Phone: 727-849-1190