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The parish of St. Andrew was formed in 1954 and draws people of the Orthodox faith, both of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian heritage. Worshippers give glory to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The faithful of the parish seek a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, divine services, reading of Sacred Scripture, reception of the sacraments, fasting and acts of charity.

It is the intention of its parishioners to remain faithful to the Sacred Traditions of the Holy Orthodox Church as well as to the customs of the Ukrainian Church. As Christians, church members adhere to the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ to "teach all nations". Therefore, it is within this spirit that the Parish welcomes everyone to pray together.




Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10  A.M. VARENYKY WORKSHOP - Calling all helpers!  We will be making varenyky to sell for the holiday season.  All volunteers, young or old, men and women, novices or experienced “pinchers” are welcome!  Help make these Ukrainian culinary delights!


Fall Bazaar a Big Success

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"Everybody comes for the food". Valentina and Vera work the stoves 


Founding Parishioner Joseph Charyna Passes Away at Age 100



Joseph Charyna was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 13, 1913. He moved with his mother and his two sisters, Olga and Anna, back to Ukraine when he was seven years of age. They traveled to Ukraine so that his mother could be by his grandmother's side during her final illness. Since they did not have the means to travel back to America, his mother came back alone, and he and his sisters stayed with relatives and friends. It took her seven years to earn their passages back to America. When he came back at age 14, he spoke Ukrainian fluently, of course, but he had forgotten his English!

Joe married Mildred Wishniowsky on April 15,1934. He was nineteen years old and she was twenty. They were married for 71 years when Mildred passed away in 2005.

In his younger years, Joe had many jobs. He was a house painter, worked at the shipyards during World War Two, owned a tavern for a few years, leased a gas stationand sold used cars and real estate, too. During the 1960’s, he finally settled into a career as Chief of Relocation for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. This was during the time that the West End was being re-developed.

Joe was proud to be a staunch Democrat and was always very active politically. He worked on the John B. Hynes campaign for mayor of Boston. From this, he got his first job in Boston City Hall. He worked on John Kennedy's presidential campaign and brought Bobby Kennedy to St. Andrew’s church hall. He worked on Michael Dukakis's campaign for governor and for him again when he ran for president of the United States. Governor Dukakis came to St. Andrew’s, too. I believe Joe was the force behind having the road between Washington Street and Hyde Park Avenue named Ukraine Way.

Joe always maintained his strong connection to Ukraine. He was a pillar of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In the early 1950’s, he was a member of the Building Committee, and, in particular, was elected Fund Raising Chairman. Under his bold leadership, Joe organized a bazaar in the Hancock Building in Boston that raised lots of cash for the construction of the church. He also was responsible for the “Buy a Brick” for St. Andrew’s key chains that some may still have in their homes. He was able to obtain a mortgage of $300,000 for the church from the Ukrainian Fraternal Association when no bank would grant them a loan. As a member of St. Andrew’s church choir, Joe used his beautiful tenor voice to glorify God on Sundays. He also sang in the Boston Kobzar Choir. In 1961, 1967, and 1977 and then from 1989 to 1992 he served as President of the Parish.

He also served as Supreme Director of the Ukrainian Fraternal Association and managed Verkovyna, their Ukrainian resort in the Catskills Mountains of New York, for several years. He also was President Emeritus of the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation of Boston, which has provided scholarships to many deserving students of Ukrainian descent.

Joseph was a life-long learner and enjoyed many things. He was an avid Red Sox fan. He enjoyed reading non-fiction and then in later years listened to books on tape when he could no longer read because of macular degeneration. I was told he read a biography about every one of our United States presidents.

Although Joe was a busy individual, family was what he valued most. His daughter Dorothy wanted me to say that she was blessed to have lived next door to him and her mom for over 40 years so they could share in all of the milestones that are important to a family including the birth of grandchildren, graduations and weddings.

His daughter Joanne wanted me to say that she learned so much from him by observing how he lived his life. He didn’t hesitate to help those who needed his help. Everyone at the independent living facility in Needham where he lived for the past year always referred to him as a real gentleman. He was unfailingly kind and appreciative of every little kindness shown to him.

Joe was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His daughters feel they were blessed to have had such a wonderful father. His grandchildren and great grandchildren are so fortunate to have known and loved him. It was very important to Joe that they remember him and remember their Ukrainian heritage. He bought each of his great grandchildren a beautiful Ukrainian doll from Ukraine and named the dolls himself.

Joseph was the devoted father of his daughter Dorothy and her husband John, his daughter Joanne and her husband Charles, cherished grandfather of grandchildren Denise and her husband Ihor, Mark and his wife Christine, Beth and her husband Michael, the late Joey and the late Mary and loving great grandfather of Elizabeth, Mary, Emma and Molly.

Joseph was over a hundred years old, having lived a very full life. He cheated death several times but now he has been called by God to be with his wife, family and friends that have fallen asleep in the Lord before him. We have loved him and will miss him. We pray that we will all be together in the future, in a place where there is no longer any sickness, sadness or sighing,but in a place of everlasting life. Amen.



News Updates

Metropolitan Antony and Bishop Daniel Visit for Patron Saint's Day

On Sunday, December 1, 2013, the Parish of Saint Andrew the First Called Apostle Ukrainian Orthodox Church welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel to Boston. They were invited by the parish to celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day and to bless the renovated and restored interior of our 60-year-old edifice. Our Hierarchs were presented with flowers by the children of the parish and greeted with the traditional bread and salt by parish president, Jane Yavarow. Very Reverend Roman Tarnavsky, pastor of the church, offered them the cross. Thus began a many faceted morning. The blessing service took place first. The Hierarchs walked throughout the church sprinkling holy water on the newly painted walls. Bishop Daniel took great pleasure in dousing choir members as they sang, “Oh, Lord, Save Thy People”.

Next, 17 year old Sviatoslav Kotyk, was ordained a sub-deacon. Originally from Ukraine, Sviat is an altar server and reads the Sunday epistle regularly in both English and Ukrainian. Metropolitan Antony reminded him of the importance of the reader who must prepare weekly to fully understand what he is reading and to impart it with conviction.

After these services, the bilingual Hierarchical Divine Liturgy began. Serving with our Hierarchs and Fr. Roman were Fr. Anthony Perkins from Woonsocket, RI and Hierodeacon Vasyl from Boston. Seminarian Adrian Mazur joined them from St. Sophia’s Seminary. Metropolitan Antony offered an insightful sermon revolving around the word restoration, not only in the physical sense, but also most importantly, in the spiritual sense. Bishop Daniel offered an especially meaningful prayer for Ukraine in light of the turmoil she has endured in the past and is being confronted with today.

Before the dismissal, a “Testament of Blessing” was bestowed on four of the faithful parishioners of the church: Valentina Dingle and Vera Geba, co-presidents of St. Olha’s Sisterhood, Eugene Moroz, choir director and Jane Yavarow choir director and parish president. This was a surprise and great honor to all who received this blessing.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Antony called all of the faithful to the front of the church for a group picture.

While the Liturgy was going on upstairs, a delicious banquet of lobster bisque and baked sole was being prepared by Chef Michael Maggiani, and parishioners Len Kondratiuk, Mark Walling, George Wons, and Dan Smith. Over 130 guests were in attendance in the hall beautifully decorated by Tanya Tereshko-Little. Between the first two courses, mistress of ceremonies, Iryna Warvariv-Priester, directed the audience to the stage to view a welcoming dance by the Ukrainian dance ensemble ISKRA from NJ under the direction of Andrij Cybyk. They performed a number of other dances during the afternoon ending with a lively and crowd rousing hopak. The crowd was also entertained by local talent Sophia Raniuk who performed a piano medley of Ukrainian songs. She then accompanied bass singer Eugene Moroz as he preformed two Ukrainian folk songs.

Jane Yavarow, parish president, welcomed all in attendance and thanked those who contributed to the Restoration Fund. She acknowledged Fr. Roman Tarnavsky and Iryna Warvariv-Priester with whom she worked to fulfill the goals of the Church Restoration Committee. Valentina Dingle, Vera Geba and Pearl Smith were thanked for their contributions, as well.

 The day was rounded out with a birthday celebration to honor Joseph Charyna on his 100th birthday. Metropolitan Antony presented him with a “Testament of Blessing”, and birthday wishes from President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Joseph joins Mary Wons and Mary Schlitz who, in June, both turned 100 years old. Our parish is blessed to have three parishioners in the “Century Club”.

St. Andrew’s Day 2013 was a memorable and joyous occasion for all who worshipped together, broke bread together and shared in the very special fellowship found at our parish.


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