Seventy-five years ago—c. 1944, St Vladimir’s parish began coming together as families relocated from New York City and Astoria, Queens to the Long Island suburbs. Newly arrived immigrant families also continued to find a home within the Ukrainian community on Long Island by participating in the Liturgy and activities sponsored by the church and church organizations. The earliest parishioners attended services in the East Meadow community. Later on, land was purchased and the present church building at 712 Front Street in Hempstead was constructed. The Rectory is located at 709 Front Street, Hempstead, New York.
The church was originally under the jurisdiction of the Order of St Basil’s Missionary (OSBM) but, over time it became another parish of the Diocese of Stamford.
Father Wasyl Hrynkiw serves as the Parish Administrator. The Church has always been the center of the religious and cultural life of our parishioners. Parishioners have generously supported the church—donating stained glass windows, wooden pews, religious artwork, pew cushions, candleholders, and special crosses to beautify the church. Most recently an elaborate wooden iconostas was donated by the Drabyk and Barniak families in memory of loved ones.
On Sunday mornings, the Divine Liturgy is offered at 9:00am in Ukrainian and at 11:00am in English. The Choir sings at the 9:00 Liturgy. Confessions are heard before each Liturgy. Altar Servers assist Father Wasyl at each Liturgy.
Rosary Altar Society
The Rosary Altar Society chartered in our parish in the early 1970’s by a devoted group of women. On the first Sunday of every month the members prayed the Rosary before the 8:30 am Liturgy. They faithfully changed the altar linens as directed by the Parish Priest and in preparation for special holydays and holidays. They decorated the Church for Christmas and Easter with flowers. One of the special traditions started by the Rosarians was the Prosfora, when we gather together as a parish family to celebrate the Holy Supper Christmas Eve celebration. Our tradition of celebrating Easter together, the Sviachene, was another special tradition of the Rosary Society.
The members now serve the Parish community by running the Coffee Shoppe after Sunday Liturgies and praying the Rosary during funeral services for our loved ones.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Rosary Society, please contact Elaine Diaczun after the 9:00 am Sunday Liturgy. New members are always welcome.
The St Vladimir’s Church Choir sings every Sunday during the 9:00 am Ukrainian Language Liturgy. During the Liturgy choir members sing the Tropars and Kondaks and the Epistle is read in Ukrainian and in English. The Choir is under the direction of Mrs Maria Olynec.
Throughout the Liturgical year the Choir sings the responses and special prayers:
- Christmas: Great Complines before Midnight Divine Liturgy; Christmas carols
- Lent: Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
- Sorokousty: Liturgy for the deceased during the Great Fast
- Holy Week: Holy Thursday and Good Friday services
- Easter Sunday Matins and Divine Liturgy
- Special veneration of the Mother of God: Mother’s Day
- Solemn Holy Communion Sunday
- Matins and Vesper services at various times during the year
- Funeral Liturgies: as requested by the Family of the Deceased
- Prosfora and Sviachene: Choir sings holiday songs for the dinner guests
Mrs Olynec earned a Certificate of Theology in Eastern Christian Studies at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute in Canada. She also attends liturgical and catechetical workshops at St Basil’s College in Stamford, Connecticut. Mrs Olynec studied choir direction with the Alberta Ukrainian Music Society in Edmonton, Canada led by Maestro Wolodymyr Kolesnyk.
If you wish to join the choir please contact Mrs Olynec after the 9:00 am Sunday Liturgy.