Just before giving his homily, a Ukrainian Catholic priest will face his parishioners and exclaim "Glory to Jesus Christ!" The parishioners will respond "Glory forever!" If speaking in Ukrainian, the priest will say "Slah-vah Ee-soo-soo Khris-too!" and the parishioners, "Slah-vah nah vee-kih!"
The greetings are used by all Ukrainian Catholics, clergy and laity alike, and spoken with joy and reverance. In the Cyrillic alphabet used by Ukrainians, the words are written "Слава Ісусу Христу!" and "Слава на віки!"
We, the parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, greet you! Glory to Jesus Christ! Слава Ісусу Христу!
Founded in 1908 by Ukrainian immigrants, our parish serves Rhode Island and central Massachusetts. We are a small parish, a parish where an individual is more like a family member rather than a stranger. Each baptism, each first communion, each marriage is a cause for joy for every parishioner; each funeral, a cause for sadness, memory and reflection.
Like most Ukrainian Catholic parishes in the U.S., we follow the Gregorian (New) Calendar.
New parishioners and visitors, Ukrainian or not, are always welcome!
If you cannot join us in person, please visit our Live Broadcast page every Sunday at 11 AM to watch live video of Ukrainian Catholic Divine Liturgy.