Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blessing of Fruit on Transfiguration

Fr. Paul Makar blessed fruit on the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6, 2013 at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Williamstown, NJ.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Picnic in Williamstown on Father's Day Weekend

A Sunny Picnic in Williamstown, NJ


A break in the unusual series of summer rain storms gave the parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Williamstown, NJ a much needed break to take some time and break bread at the parish’s first Family Potluck Day on June 15, 2013.   The cool weather and shady picnic grove provided a great place for parishioners and family to sit down and enjoy some good food and fellowship after the Saturday, 4:00 pm Divine Liturgy.  25 parishioners and family members came by to worship and to bring various food items and drink to share with each other, while Father Paul worked the grill cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone.  Good food, good company, good weather, and of course, the presence of the Holy Spirit, made for a fantastic time for everyone to get to know each other and also to bring back family members who have been away from the tiny, but steadily re-growing, community of Sts. Peter and Paul parish. 




Father Paul cooks hamburgers while enjoying dinner with the parishioners.




Parishioners and family members relax under the shade of Sts. Peter and Paul Picnic Grove.




All hands pitching in to clean up after the potluck.  Even the children present had a good time helping out!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Good Friday 2013 - Williamstown

Good Friday Service with Rev. Paul Makar at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Williamstown, NJ, on March 29, 2013.


The noble Joseph took your most pure body down from the Tree, and wrapped it in a new linen shroud with aromatic spices, and sadly laid it in a new tomb.

Photo: Rev. Paul Makar incenses the Holy Shroud in the Lord's Tomb.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Blessing Candles in Williamstown

Here is a video of Rev. Paul Makar blessing candles on February 2, 2013 at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Williamstown, NJ.

Stritennia (the Ukrainian word which means "presentation") refers to the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple which is celebrated on February 2nd. This holy day is celebrated 40 days after Christmas and marks the end of the Christmas season. The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple is a holy day that commemorates the offering and dedication of the baby Jesus to God's service by His mother Mary and father Joseph. On this feast, candles are blessed and distributed to the faithful. In homes, the blessed candles are lighted and placed before an icon in times of serious illness or grave danger.

Video & Photo by T. Siwak "The Way"