Family Game Night at Holy Myrrh-Bearers

Family Game Night at Holy Myrrh-BearersHoly Myrrh-Bearers Parish is having a family game night, Saturday, Oct. 8, following the 5 p.m. Liturgy.  Feel free to come out and spend time with your family, and with other families, in an evening of friendly game competition.

Feel free to bring your own special family game to this event.  Hot dogs will be available.

Holy Myrrh-Bearers is an Eastern Rite Catholic Church at 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

See you and your family there!

Ukrainian Dinner Platter At Holy Myrrh-Bearers

Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church will offer a Ukrainian dinner platter after the 10 a.m. Sunday service, Sept. 25.

Cost is $12. Eat in or take out. On the menu are one stuffed cabbage, two pyrohy, kielbasi, halushki, coffee or tea and dessert.

For information call 610-544-1215 or  email

Ukrainian dinner platterHoly Myrrh-Bearers, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081, is an Eastern-rite Catholic Church. Liturgies are 5 p.m. Saturdays in English and 10 a.m. Sundays in English/Ukrainian.

Ukrainian dinner platter

Pierogi Time Back At Holy Myrrh-Bearers

Pierogi time has returned at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church. The potato and cheese filled treats are but $9 per dozen. The schedule is order by noon on Sundays Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27 and Dec. 11 and pick them up between noon and 3 p.m. the next Friday at the church 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081

Orders can be placed by leaving a message at 610-544-1215 or via email at

Pierogi Time Back At Holy Myrrh-BearersHoly Myrrh-Bearers is an Eastern-rite Catholic Church. Liturgies are 5 p.m. Saturdays in English and 10 a.m. Sundays in English/Ukrainian.

Pierogi Time Back At Holy Myrrh-Bearers

Holubtsi Sale At HMB Church

Holubtsi Sale At HMB Church — Orders are being taken by Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church for Holubtsi a.k.a. stuffed cabbage, a delicious and hard-to-find Slavic dish.

Holubtsi Sale At HMB ChurchCost is $10 for three pieces. To order call 610-544-1215 or email

Pickups will be 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 28 at the church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

Services at HMB are 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m., Sundays.

Holubtsi Sale At HMB Church

HMB Summer BBQ 2016

HMB Summer BBQ 2016HMB Summer BBQ 2016 — Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church is holding a barbecue, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

On the menu are chicken, pulled pork, corn on the cob, coleslaw and potato salad.

Platters cost $7.50. Items can also be bought individually.

For information or advanced orders call 610-544-1215 or email

HMB Summer BBQ 2016

Charlton Explains Why Church Should Donate Land

Charlton Explains Why Church Should Donate Land
Alex Charlton and family

Charlton Explains Why Church Should Donate Land — Alex Charlton, of Springfield, who is the Republican candidate in the race to replace Bill Adolph in the 165th District of the Pennsylvania House, had an excellent column in the July 18 Delaware County Daily Times explaining and defending his request for the Philadelphia Archdiocese to donate the 213-acre Don Guanella tract in Marple Township as open space rather than sell it for development.

It can be found here and is worth reading.

We will take issue with Charlton, however, regarding his claim that   taxpayers have long borne the hidden cost of Don Guanella property by virtue of its tax-exempt status and suggest he stop making it.

Don Guanella Village — like Catholic schools — provided a desperately need social service that would otherwise be borne by the state at far, far higher cost to taxpayers if it hadn’t existed.

And it wasn’t as though taxpayers hadn’t been using the church property for nature hikes, jogging and such which is the status that Charlton and other opponents of development are fighting to keep.

So stop saying that Alex.

We’d further note that the Village proper is already developed and there would no objection if the Archdiocese were to separate that for sale.

We’d also note that it wouldn’t hurt for the county were to sweeten the deal, say, by agreeing to develop and maintain some athletic fields at Reed and Sproul roads giving Cardinal O’Hara first free use of them during weekdays during the school year. Or by building an access drive from Reed Road to O’Hara paralleling Sproul. Or both.

Charlton Explains Why Church Should Donate Land



Father Joseph Szupa R.I.P.

Father Joseph SzupaFather Joseph Szupa R.I.P. — The Very Reverend Joseph T. Szupa, 51, suddenly fell asleep in the Lord, Sunday, July 10. He had just concluded the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, where he served as rector since July 1, 2015.

Father Szupa, a native of Chester, PA, was one of five children born to the late Andrij and Eva (nee Hrebinec) Szupa on May 12, 1965.

He received his elementary education at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic School, Chester, PA; in the fall of 1979 he entered St. Basil Preparatory School in Stamford, CT. After graduation in 1983, and sensing a call to the priesthood, he enrolled in St. Basil’s College Seminary to prepare for ordination.

He completed his undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy while a seminarian at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Washington, D.C. He continued his matriculation at The Catholic University of America and was awarded a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and completed the program of priestly formation at St. Josaphats Seminary.

On Sept. 20, 1992, Father Joseph was ordained a priest in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Metropolitan-Archbishop Stephen Sulyk. The newly-ordained Father Szupa celebrated his Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving in his home parish, Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Chester, PA.

After ordination, Father Joseph was assigned parochial vicar of the Cathedral parish and also served at St. Andrew in Philadelphia. He also served the faithful in the following New Jersey parishes: St. Nicholas, Passaic; St. Nicholas, Rutherford; St. Vladimir, Elizabeth; and Immaculate Conception, Hillside.

He held the following archieparchial positions: chancellor, member of the college of consultors, member of the archieparchial corporation, member of the presbyteral council, member of the finance council, protopresbyter of the New Jersey deanery, advocate in the tribunal. He also was secretary of the Board of Directors of Ascension Manor, Inc.

Father Joseph is survived by brother Stephen Szupa of Woodlyn, PA, sister Joanne Balandiak and her husband, Peter of Woodlyn, PA; nieces Dawn Marie Mastella, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Szupa, Dana Marie Gaffney; and nephews Kristopher Michael Szupa, and Andrij J. Balandiak. Father Joe is also survived by four great-nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Michael and Peter.

His body will lie in repose tomorrow (July 14) evening at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 827 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. . Priestly Parastas will be sung at 7 p.m..

On Friday morning, his body will lie in repose in Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA from 10 a.m. until the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. by Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka and his brother priests.

Burial will follow at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, PA.

Father Joseph Szupa R.I.P.

Charlton Open Space Suggestion Brilliant

Charlton Open Space Suggestion Brilliant — Alex Charlton is asking the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to donate the  Don Guanella property in Marple Township as public open space.

Charlton Open Space Suggestion Brilliant
Alex Charlton, thinking outside the box for the families of Delaware County — including his own.

It is about time someone brought this up and the Archdiocese should act on his suggestion.

Charlton, of Springfield, is the Republican candidate in the race to replace Bill Adolph in the 165th District of the Pennsylvania House. Adolph, who has held the seat since 1988, is not seeking re-election.

A plan to develop the 213-acre tract bordered by Route 320, Reed Road and the Blue Route into “Cardinal Crossing”  fell through. Cardinal Crossing would have been packed with homes and shopping centers. It would have ruined the quality of life for thousands of people in Marple and Springfield townships which make up the bulk of the 165th district. It would have snarled traffic and extended commute times for people in two counties.

Charlton, in his open letter to Archbishop Charles Chaput, notes that Pope Francis has baldly declared that we have an essential duty to protect the environment and that “it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”

He didn’t note, although he could have, Francis’ condemnations of greed and corrupt corporate culture. Development that objectively makes life worse rather than better would certainly fall under these rubrics.

By the way, greed applies to corrupt public culture too. There are those who want to raise taxes to buy open space without considering how the existing tax burden is already crushing the poor and needy. It is the already rich with more than enough income to dispose who are suggesting this, naturally.

If the Archdiocese donates the land it would a remarkable Christian witness, a profound act of faith and, if honestly sacrificial, would significantly help its reputation.

Kudos to Charlton for thinking outside the box and making the suggestion.

Here is his letter:

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Archdiocese of Philadelphia 222 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dear Archbishop Chaput,

An Open Letter to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

July 2, 2016

I write with concern for the future of the Archdiocese’s Don Guanella property, located along Route 320 in Marple Township, Delaware County. The Archdiocese recently terminated an agreement for sale of the property to a commercial developer. Its future, and its impact on the quality of life of the residents of our area, now rests entirely in your hands.

The Marple Township Planning Board and its commissioners were right to deny the Cardinal Crossing plans. The Archdiocese should have been paying attention.

This property is among the last large, open areas of natural beauty in eastern Delaware County. It’s imperative to preserve the land for future generations and prevent the environmental damage and massive traffic delays that would result from large­scale commercial development. I am calling on the Archdiocese to donate this entire parcel of property to the Natural Lands Trust so that it can be preserved permanently.

Taxpayers have long borne the hidden cost of the Don Guanella property by virtue of its tax­exempt status. The tax exemption has cost millions of dollars in lost revenue for the township and the county. Already­overburdened taxpayers should not have to take on more debt to obtain and preserve property they’ve been subsidizing for years

As you know, the protection and preservation of our natural world is a tenant of our faith. Our Holy Father Pope Francis, in his recent environmental encyclical “Laudato Si”, speaks of the duty to protect our environment. His writings indicate the Church has a duty to conserve the natural beauty of the land it owns. Pope Francis writes:

“…the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion’, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. ”

I respectfully request that as the leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese that you consider the words of our Holy Father and be a protector of God’s handiwork by donating this land for preservation in perpetuity.

Paid for by Friends of Alex Charlton

I am well aware your obligation to be a good financial steward of the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese has indicated that this property needed to be sold in order to assist parishes because of the financial crisis that has arisen from the sex abuse scandal. A recent victory in the State Legislature will save the Archdiocese tens of millions of dollars in compensation to victims. The need to generate additional revenue by the sale of this property in contravention of Pope Francis’ teachings is offset by these savings.

I close with the following prayer from Pope Francis in “A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation”: “Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sun of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out.”

CC: Delaware County Parishes
Governor Tom Wolf
Senator Robert Casey
Senator Pat Toomey
Congressman Patrick Meehan Pennsylvania Senator Tom McGarrigle Representative Bill Adolph

Delaware County Council
Marple Township Board of Commissioners Radnor Township Board of Commissioners Springfield Township Board of Commissioners Save Marple Greenspace

Charlton Open Space Suggestion Brilliant







Potato Pancake Sale At HMB

Potato Pancake Sale At HMBPotato Pancake Sale At HMB — Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church in Swarthmore is selling  delicious, fresh, homemade potato pancakes this week.

The cost is $5 for three and will be available for pickup 10 a.m., through noon, May 8.

Please pre-order by May 6 by calling Bob Long at 610-517-3711.

Holy Myrrh-Bearers is an Eastern-Rite Catholic Church at 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore Pa. 19081 (Ridley Township)  that celebrates liturgy at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. Sundays.

Potato Pancake Sale At HMB


Christos Voskrese 2016

Christos Voskrese 2016
Father John Ciurpita performs the first Easter basket blessing at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church in Ridley after this morning’s (March 27) services.

Christos Voskrese 2016 — Christos voskrese, which means Christ has Risen, is the Easter greeting in Church Slavonic which brings the response Voistinu voskrese or Indeed, He has risen.

Easter, of course, celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus and the salvation of Man.  The date for Easter is the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox, which is always reckoned, regardless of astronomical observations, to be March 21 as per the Western churches that use the Gregorian calendar, so Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.

The dating for Easter correlates with the means the Jews once used to set the date for Passover, which correlates with Scripture since Scripture indicates that the Crucifixion of the Lord occurred as the lambs were being slaughtered for the celebration of that holiday. In fact, in most Western languages the name for the day is a cognate of the Pesach which is the Hebrew name for Passover. In Latin it would be Pascha so Paschal lamb would be Passover lamb.

In English and German, the word comes from Eostre month, which was basically April, and which the pagans who spoke Germanic languages had named for the goddess Eostre much as our own March and April are named for the Greek god and goddess Mars and Aphrodite, respectively. In Slavic, the holiday is called “Great Night” (Velikonoce in Slovak) or “Great Day” (Velikden in Ukrainian). There are some caveats regarding the date. The Eastern churches that use the Julian calendar set the equinox  at April 3, and, of course, the spring equinox is based on that of the Northern Hemisphere.

So, Christos Voskrese 2016.

Christos Voskrese 2016