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!" In the Cyrillic alphabet used by Ukrainians, the words are written "Слава Ісусу Христу!" and "Слава на віки!" The greetings are used by all Ukrainian Catholics, clergy and laity alike, and spoken with joy and reverance.
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! Saturday Vigil Liturgy begins at 4PM and Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 11AM. If you cannot join us in person, please visit the Live Broadcast web page every Sunday at 11AM to watch our Divine Liturgy.
For more information, see the links below.