Pontifical Acts Announced

Editor | May 22, 2016

May 7, 2016
The Holy Father has made the following appointments which are announced today:

Has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Gerald N. Dino from the pastoral governance of the Holy Protection of Mary Eparchy of Phoenix;

Has appointed as his successor Most Reverend John S Pazak C.S.s.R., bishop of the Eparchy of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Toronto, Canada; He remains the temporary administrator of the Eparchy of SS. Cyril and Methodius.

Has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend John M. Kudrick from the pastoral governance of the Eparchy of Parma;

And has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy until a new bishop is appointed.

Official Vatican announcement

Bishop Gerald retirement feature in Phoenix Catholic Sun

News Release from the USCCB

Bishop John’s letter to the faithful of the Eparchy of Parma

Metropolitan William’s letter to the clergy and religious of the Eparchy of Parma Continue reading

Choir Program a Fine Paschal Season Finale

Editor | May 24, 2016

Guest readers enhance afternoon presentation at cathedral As the days of Pascha drew to a close, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, Pa. provided a joyous gathering space for the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Archieparchial Choir’s program of … Continue reading

USCCB President Reacts to Supreme Court HHS Mandate Decision

Editor | May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2016) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, in which Catholic and other religious organizations are challenging the HHS mandate requiring them to facilitate health insurance … Continue reading

Sister Vitalia Tomcho, OSBM enters into new life after 106 earthly years

Editor | May 24, 2016

Sister Vitalia Tomcho would have celebrated her 107th birthday in early June. Instead, she celebrated her patronal Feast Day by entering into the Heavenly Kingdom on Friday morning, April 22, 2016. Sister Vitalia entered the community in Elmhurst, Pa., in … Continue reading

Slavjane in 40th Concert

Editor | May 24, 2016

“Save the Date” for the 40th annual Slavjane Folk Ensemble concert on Saturday, June 11. This year’s show will be held in Moon Township, Pa. at Robert Morris University’s Colonial Theatre at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception at Holy … Continue reading

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THE BYZANTINE RITE CELEBRATION of THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD with the Traditional BLESSING OF THE WATER and the BLESSING OF HOMES

One of the most impressive ceremonies of the Byzantine Rite is the Solemn Blessing of the Water on the Feast of the Epiphany commemorating Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan. The Epiphany, one of the most ancient and venerable festivities, originated in Palestine where it was celebrated with a vigil and special services on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, Our Lord was actually baptized. St. Gregory the Wonderworker [of Pontusl (d. about 270) is the first witness to present the Epiphany to us as the ” saving proclamation of Christ’s Baptism.” (cf. Homily on Christ’s Baptism, 1) Continue reading