Saint John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

                      124 Bridge Street / P.O. Box 206

                 Salem, Massachusetts   01970


Fr. James F. Morris, Jr., Pastor 

3Dewey Dr. Unit D  Salem, MA 01970          cellular phone:  781-632-5182                     Email:  stjnsalem624@gmail.com                                                        

            Parish Calendar


Sunday, March 3 – 3rd Sunday of Great Lent – Veneration of the Holy Cross / 3-я Неділя Великого Посту – Хрестопокління

  Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 10 – 4th Sunday of Great Lent / 4-a Неділя Великого Посту

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – 10:00 a.m.

Panakhyda / Sorokousty Devotion for all Deceased Parishioners and Loved Ones

Sunday, March 17 – 5th Sunday of Great Lent / 5-а Неділя Великого Посту –

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – 10:00 a.m.

Coffee and shared refreshments (including a St. Patrick’s Day treat) following Liturgy in the Parish Hall

Saturday, March 23 – Saturday of Lazarus / Лазарева Субота – Divine Liturgy – 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 24 – Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem / Palm Sunday /

Вхід Господа Нашого Ісуса Христа в Єрусалим / Квітна Неділя

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom – 10:00 a.m.

Blessing and Distribution of Palm and Willow Branches

Monday, March 25 – Great and Holy Monday / Annunciation of the Mother of God

Великий ї Святий Понеділок /Благовіщення Пресвятої Богородициці

Vespers and Divine Liturgy – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 – Great and Holy Thursday / Великий Четверг – Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great / Liturgy of the Mystical Supper – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 – Great and Holy Friday / Велика Пятьниця – Great Vespers, Burial Procession and Veneration of the Plashshanytsya – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 30 – Great and Holy Saturday / Велика Субота – Vigil at Tomb of Our Lord / Sacrament of Confession / Святий Сповід – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 31 – Resurrection of Our Lord /Pascha / Easter Sunday /

Воскресіння Господа Нашого Ісуса Христа / Пасха / Великден

9:00 a.m. – Procession to the door of the church and Resurrection Matins

10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy

Blessing of the Artos / Easter Bread /Blessing of Easter Foods and Baskets of the Faithful

Sunday, April 7 – Thomas Sunday / Томина Неділя – Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Coffee and shared refreshments and planning for the Easter Dinner

Sunday, April 14 – Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers / Неділя Жінок Мироносиць –

Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 21 – Sunday of the Paralytic Man / Неділя Розслабленого

Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Annual Easter Dinner / Cвячення

Please join us for this festive parish dinner which begins with solemn Blessing of the Paschal Table.

Admission $ 12.00 for Adults

Sunday, April 28 – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman / Неділя Самарянки –

Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 5 – Sunday of the Man Born Blind – Неділя Сліпонародженого –

Divine Liturgy – 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 9 – Ascension of Our Lord / Вознесіння Господа Нашого Ісуса Христа

Divine Liturgy – 4:30 p.m.

The Sacrament of Holy Confession is available on Sundays before Liturgy starting at 9:15 in the Sacristy, as well as before scheduled weekday services.  Likewise, if anyone wishes to make an appointment for Confession at some other time, please feel free to contact Father Jim by phone or email or speak with him at church.  It is a time honored custom in our Ukrainian Catholic Tradition to approach the Sacrament of Confession during the Lenten Season.  Many Faithful find it spiritually beneficial during this season, to take time to look within our hearts and to bring to this sacrament that which weighs on us and that for which we desire God’s transformative grace. 


Свята Тайна сповіді доступна по неділях перед Богаслужіннями з 9:15 год. в за хресті. Парафіяни також могут записатися на Сповідь в інший час. Сповідь доступна українською або англійскую мовами. Під час Великого посту нам особливо важливо заглянути в своє серце і висловити на Сповіді те, що ми хочемо змінити. Лише з Божою благодаттю ми можемо змінити наші серця, щоб вони стали більше схожими на Христа.

Dear Parishioners,

            Less than two weeks after the leave-taking of the Christmas and Theophany Season, we began the annual spiritual journey which we, Eastern Christians call “Great Lent.”  We recall that this season had its origins in the Early Church.  It was the culmination of the period known as the “Catechumenate,” which led those wishing to become Christians through the stages culminating in “Holy Enlightenment” through an introduction to the Gospels and to the Christian Practices of Prayer, Fasting, Charitable Giving, and Service to Neighbor.  Together, the Catechumens preparing for Baptism would look within their hearts and express sorrow for the sins of their past life as they looked to become disciples of Christ and live in newness of life as daughters and sons of God.

            In each Divine Liturgy, we are reminded that those preparing for Baptism were permitted to attend the Liturgy for the hymns of praise, the Gospel procession and the reading from the Epistle, the Gospel as well as the Sermon and the Offertory Procession.  Before the Solemn Profession of Faith in the Nicene Creed, the Catechumens were dismissed and the doors of the Church were locked for the Eucharistic Prayer and reception of Holy Communion.  Just before the Creed, the Liturgy reminds us of this when we proclaim, “The Doors!  The Doors!  In Wisdom let us attend!”  This is closely followed by the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer as we receive another exhortation, “Let us stand well.  Let us stand in awe. Let us be attentive to offer the Holy Sacrifice in peace!”  We are in some “mystical way,” being invited to go back to the time before we were privileged to be among the Baptized and to recall that longing to be among those standing before the throne of God to say, “We offer to you Yours of Your own in behalf of all and for all!” 

            The gift of salvation has already been granted to us through Baptism and Confirmation.  Yet, we pray in the liturgy many times, “Help us.  Save us.  Have Mercy on us and protect us, O God by Your grace.”  Even after having received Communion the priest asks on behalf of all of us; “O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance.”  Although the gift of salvation has been given to us freely, we sometimes fail to open our hearts completely to receive the gift of God’s grace.  Acknowledging our human weakness, we humbly ask God, once more, to transform our hearts and renew His Spirit within us!  Together, let us take up this Lenten journey and pray for each other that we may be able to say wholeheartedly, “We have seen the true light.  We have received the heavenly spirit.  We have found the true light.  We adore the undivided Trinity, for it has saved us!”

                                                                                                                        Devotedly yours,

                                                                                                                                    Fr. Jim


SOROKOUSTY DEVOTION – In accordance with our Liturgical Tradition in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, we will be remembering our Beloved Deceased on three Sundays during the Season of Lent.  We have attempted to include the names of all family members of our parishioners in order that they be remembered by name at a Panakhyda to be offered on the First, Second and Fourth Sundays of Lent (February 18, 25th and March 10).  Lists have recently been updated.  If you wish to include further names of family members on your list, please let Father Jim know by way of an email or at church before or after the Services. 


SPECIAL EXHIBIT – Please take note of a special exhibit of War Posters by contemporary artists from Ukraine.  The exhibit will be held at Salem State University.  Please see dates, times and places below.  A poster with information has been placed on the parish bulletin board at the church entrance.  More information and dates of specific events connected to this exhibit are available at:



Our Fire Is Stronger Than Your Bombs

War posters by contemporary Ukrainian illustrators

Monday, February 12, 2024 10:00 a.m. – Friday, March 8, 2024 4:00 p.m.

Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970

The Winfisky Gallery

Admission is Free