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Nativity of the Mother of God
Ukrainian Catholic Church

Fr. Richard Janowicz, Pastor
John Patterson, Deacon
Cantor: Joe Escobar

704 Aspen Street
Springfield, Oregon 97477
(541) 726-7309
Nativity Parish is an Eastern Catholic parish which celebrates the Byzantine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
"We believe that the venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ's Church . . . the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition..."
- Pope John Paul II, Orientale Lumen, "Light of the East" (1995)
"That the Eastern Catholic Churches and their venerable traditions may be known and esteemed as a spiritual treasure for the whole Church."
- Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer Intention for November 2011
This Week (November 22 - November 28)
I suggested that we think of one gift we are grateful for, for each day of this week, Seven Days of Gratitude. And to recall that gift each day, more than once, and give thanks to God for it.

This is a reminder of that suggestion. I myself, today, give thanks to God today for my good health thus far. It has enabled me to continue to try and serve you and to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and the sacraments, and still get the leaves up as well. I am truly grateful for this gift and I praise the Lord for it.

  25th Sunday after Pentecost
  • Divine Liturgy - 9:00 am [Live Streamed] and 11:00 am
     Divine Liturgy Text Tropars
--Parishioners with last names A through K, if you are coming, come to the 9:00 Liturgy. This Liturgy will also be LIVE STREAMED.
--Parishioners L through Z, please come to the 11:00 Liturgy.
(If you need to switch times, please ask me.)

  • First Hour - 7:00 a.m.    First Hour Text
  • Sixth Hour - 12:00 p.m.    Sixth Hour Text
  Feast of the Great Martyrs Catherine and Mercury
  • Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.   Divine Liturgy Text Tropars
  • First Hour - 7:00 a.m.    First Hour Text
  • Sixth Hour - 12:00 p.m.    Sixth Hour Text
  Thanksgiving Day
  • Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.   Divine Liturgy Text Tropars
  • First Hour - 7:00 a.m.    First Hour Text
  • Sixth Hour - 12:00 p.m.    Sixth Hour Text
All the above will be live streamed.
Streaming Video
HOLODOMOR: The 4th Sunday of November is the time for prayers for the repose of the souls of the victims of the Artificial Famine in Ukraine. (see the short piece below,) We will serve the Panachida after the 9:00 a.m. Liturgy on Sunday.

The “Holodomor” or “Famine” is the name given to the artificial famine caused by the policies of Josef Stalin and the Soviet Union, primarily in Ukraine, 1932-1933. Although some other ethnic groups also suffered, the overwhelming majority of those who died were Ukrainian. Figures listed by Ukraine estimate that between 7 to 10 million people died, although others say the number is closer to 4 million. At that time this tragedy was hidden from the eyes of the rest of the world, as the communist government kept foreign reporters out of the country, only allowing those who would report favorably on all things Soviet. The scale of suffering is difficult to imagine:

"Survival was a moral as well as a physical struggle. A woman doctor wrote to a friend in June 1933 that she had not yet become a cannibal, but was "not sure that I shall not be one by the time my letter reaches you." The good people died first. Those who refused to steal or to prostitute themselves died. Those who gave food to others died. Those who refused to eat corpses died. Those who refused to kill their fellow man died. Parents who resisted cannibalism died before their children did." (“Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” Timothy Snyder)

Here is a link to a 3 minute video by the Kyiv Post:

Here is an article written about one of our parishioners, now asleep in Christ, Nadia Barrett's mother, and her experience during the famine, which appeared in the Register-Guard, Oct. 28, 1983.
Click to access "Transforming Calamity into Unity, Dignity & Healing".
You can use this link beginning Saturday October 10th:

If you did not yet see the article about the Andrey Sheptytsky Ukrainian Catholic Apostolate of Portland, that was in the Catholic Sentinel, here is the link again:

Plus, somebody over there is looking at our website, so this surprise was in the Sentinel this week also:

Link to our eparchy's website (English and Ukrainian pages, look to the upper right corner for which language you would like):

Link to an article about the Byzantine-rite Catholic churches of Greek and Albanian people which have been in southern Italy since ancient times, mentioned in the bulletin:

Short interview with Dr. Philip Jenkins, author of "The New Anti-Catholicism; the Last Acceptable Prejudice":