St Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church
3176 St Paul Blvd
Rochester, NY 14617-3433

Welcome to St Mary the Protectress Ukrainian

Autocephalous Orthodox Church

Our church follows the Julian (old) calendar.  All Orthodox Christians are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Blessed Sacraments of Repentance and Eucharist.

On this site you will find information about our church, the Orthodox faith, and events taking place in our parish.  We welcome new parishioners and always look forward to meeting you in person.  We sincerely hope that you will find this site helpful.  If you have any questions about our church, please feel free to contact Father Igor Krekhovetsky or Nick Sztanko, Parish Council president via email using this site.


Наша Церква дотримується Юліанського (старого стилю) календара. Всі Православні християни запрошуються і можуть брати участь в Святих Тайнах Покаянні і Євхаристії.

На цім сайті Ви знайдете інформацію про нашу Церкву, Православну віру і про всі події, які відбуваються в нашій парафії.  Ми завжди раді новим парафіянам і раді познайомитися з Вами персонально. Ми щиро надіємось, що цей сайт допоможе вам. Якщо Ви маєте якісь питання про нашу Церкву, Ви можете звернутися до отця Ігора Креховецького, або до голови парафіальної управи Микола Штанько.

The Legend of Pokrova (October 14th)

Pokrova Icon of Holy Theotokos
Pokrova Icon of Holy Theotokos
Pokrova Icon of Holy Theotokos
POKROVA -October 14

The Legend -According to legend, on this day of October 14, The city of Constantinople which was the center of Orthodoxy (today’s Istanbul) was under siege by the army of ancient pagan Rus led by Askold in trying to capture the city. Residents of the capital of Byzantium in hot prayer appealed to the Virgin with a request for salvation. And the Virgin, according to the stories, appeared before the people and covered them with her cover (omophore) making the people invisible to the enemy. According to some sources, the impressed Askold and his warriors received the sacrament of baptism and became Christians.

According to another version, the inspiration for the holiday was a vision of Andrew the hero during the siege of Constantinople by the troops of the Agaryans. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the inhabitants of the city in the temple and took them under their protection. After that, the enemy's troops retreated, and the city was saved.

Легенда -За легендою, у цей день військо давніх русів на чолі з Аскольдом взяло в облогу центр православ'я — Царгород (Константинополь), намагаючись захопити місто. Мешканці столиці Візантії у гарячій молитві звернулись до Богородиці з проханням про порятунок. І Богородиця, за оповідями, явилася перед людьми та вкрила їх своєю покровою (омофором). Після цього вороги вже не могли побачити цих людей. Як вказують деякі джерела, вражений Аскольд та його дружинники прийняли святе хрещення та стали християнами.

За іншою версією, натхненням для свята стало видіння Андрія юродивого під час облоги Константинополя військами агарян. Пресвята Богородиця з'явилася мешканцям міста у храмі та прийняла їх під свій захист покров. Після цього війська противника відступили, а місто було врятовано.



For the latest directives from the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, visit the following website:

За останніми директивами від Ієрархів Української Православної Церкви США відвідайте такий веб-сайт:

October Liturgical Schedule

Our thanks to our generous parishioners and friends during the pandemic.


Thank you to all our parishioners and friends who continue to support our parish in this difficult time by sending donations by mail. Please mail your contributions to St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church (3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617). 


Дякуємо всім нашим парафіян і друзям, які продовжують підтримувати нашу парафію в цей важкий час шляхом відправки пожертвувань поштою. Будь ласка, надішліть почтою свій внесок до:  St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church (3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617). 

WE'RE BAAACK...!!! On ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 3rd - The next food sale date.


The next Sisterhood Food Sale will be on Tuesday, November 3rd, during the presidential election starting from 10 A.M. 

(The remaining 2020 Food Sales are scheduled for November 21st and December 19th.)

Save time,  place an advance order, which also guarantees that you'll get everything you want before it sells out.  Advance orders can be placed from our Food Sale Page.  (Click here to connect to Food Sale Page) 

As always, frozen varenyky can be purchased every Sunday in the church hall from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Please Call Maria (760-4323) or Sue (820-5564) in advance for your orders.


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Many churches today face decreasing membership numbers - St Mary's is no different.  Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents built one of the most beautiful Ukrainian Orthodox churches in the United States!! They did it by working hard and by making contributions... in many ways.  Why?  To give their children and future generations a special place to worship.

Many of them are no longer with us, but their dream lives on.  Your help is needed to keep their dream alive.  Our annual expenses are over $125,000.00 and are growing each year. This year, in particular, we have agressively made many needed repairs: repairs to the front steps, the renovation and painting of the interior of the church, renovation of the hall kitchen, and many other areas as well. We face the difficult task of trying to pay for all those repairs. We thank our volunteers for the enormous work done to date. Please help by volunteering your time or by making a donation.  Thank You!

Kindly send your donation, no matter the amount, to:

St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester  NY 14617-3433

Calling All Volunteers


  Don't have time every week or month?  Just an hour or two whenever would help.

Our Sisterhood needs "crimpers" to make varenyky and if you don't know how... WE'LL TEACH YOU.  Or you can make potato or cheese balls, cut out circles of dough, or help with other fun tasks.   We'll provide a meal and great conversations with a terrific group of ladies.  We get together monthly starting at 5:00 pm.  Join us whenever you can and be ready to have fun - no appointment necessary.  If you'd rather sell, serve or wash a few pots and pans, why not pop in at our monthly Food Sale - lunch will be provided.  Contact Sue Ost (820-5564) or Maria Ulici (760-4323)for the time of the next get-together.


The Brotherhood can also use volunteers.  Yes, they also provide meals and something to whet your whistle too.  Contact Walter (585) 748-4202 for their schedule.


Did You Know?

Do You Want to Live Longer?  Here's how...

Attending weekly religious services can add seven (7) years to your life, concluded Christopher Ellison in a study of 22,000 Americans at University of San Antonio last year.

More than 100 studies suggest that regular prayer, meditation and connection with a faith community can lower blood pressure, boost immune functions, improve sleep, enhance recovery from illness and lower the chance of heart disease and cancer.  Spiritual practices can thicken the brain cortext to defend against depression as well, a 2013 Columbia University study found.

Now that you know the secret, please join us Sunday.


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