Through the Doors of Mercy

Editor | October 1, 2016

Dear Clergy, Religious, and Faithful of the Archeparchy,

A group representing the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church is going to visit our Holy Father Francis on October 26, 2016. The Metropolitan and Bishops get a chance to meet with Pope Francis and on the following day to visit the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

Both the Holy Father and those at the Congregation are always willing to listen to the needs and requests of our Church. And yes, we will remind them of the need for a new Bishop for Parma.

Our tour will visit the cities which are significant to Byzantine history and spirituality along the east coast of Italy. We will send you updates from Italy as we visit the holy sites in October.

One of the highlights will be the visit to the city of Bari where the relics of Saint Nicholas are located in a tomb in the crypt of the Basilica of San Nicola. They have rested there since 1087. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States.

It is a special blessing during the Year of Mercy to pass through Jubilee Doors of Mercy at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Over 14 million have passed through this Door at Saint Peter’s. Many of us have passed through the Doors of Mercy in the Archeparchy. Hundreds of millions of faithful have received blessings this year.

If you or those in your parish have not passed through the Doors, plan a trip to complete your entrance and prayers to receive the special blessing before the end of the Year of Mercy The Year of Mercy ends with closing of Doors on Sunday November 20, 2016.

A prime opportunity to both pass through the Doors of Mercy and to pray for the canonization and beatification of our four martyred Ruthenian hierarchs is available to the faithful at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 30 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall.

I encourage all to participate this prayerful event in the life of our Church, if not able in person, then in spirit via the Internet on the Cathedral’s web site.
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Keynote Speaker Set for 60th St. Nicholas Dinner

Editor | October 1, 2016

Marine Colonel to Address 2016 theme ‘Service: Love in Action’ by Chris Singel This year, the annual St.Nicholas Charity Banquet, benefiting the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius, celebrates its 60th anniversary with the theme “Service: Love in … Continue reading

Sainthood Sought for Martyred Hierarchs

Editor | October 1, 2016

30th Moleben for the causes to be held at Cathedral PITTSBURGH, PA — The Archieparchial Office of Beati- fication and Canonization will mark its 30th Annual Prayer Service for the Causes of Beatification and Canonization for the four Holy Ruthenian … Continue reading

Dwelling on the past-a

Editor | October 1, 2016

Clergy of the Greater Pittsburgh Presbytery once again will be donning their chef’s hats and aprons to cook and serve pasta at the third Deanery Pasta Dinner. Back by popular demand, and under the expert direction of head chef Father … Continue reading

Serrans Present New Icon to Seminary

Editor | October 1, 2016

Beatified Hierarchs Subject of Commissioned Word by Kathe Kress On Friday August 26 the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius marked a new academic year with an Opening Day Divine Liturgy. Protosyncellus Very Rev. Andrew Deskevich, representing Bishop … Continue reading

Saint Mother Teresa

Editor | October 1, 2016

by Tony Magliano A l l o w me to share with you one of the highpoints of my life – a short, yet deeply enriching encounter with a saint. Nearly 30 years ago, I worked at Catholic Charities of … Continue reading

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On solemn Holydays, the faithful of the Byzantine Rite are anointed with holy oil and receive a piece of bread blessed for this sacramental on the vigil of the feast. This venerable custom among the Ruthenians is known as ” Mirovanije” or an anointing. It is a remnant of two distinct practices of ancient times, the all-night vigils held in the church and the lighting of the oil lamps in front of the icon of the Feast. In order to better understand this relatively simple ceremony of the anointing, an explanation of the all-night vigil with Litija and that of the lighting of the lamp of oil in front of the icon of the feast is necessary. Continue reading