Greeting from your Summertime Vacation Church

William Skurla | July 3, 2017

In June, for most school is out and for many the time for vacations begins.
When we travel, the search for a Divine Liturgy should be included in our travel
plans. I rarely get the chance just to appear at a church without people knowing
who I am. But once in a while there is a weekend when I have to look up the
closest Catholic Church and attend there.

I have experienced a range of receptions. There is a moment of suspense when
you walk into a church where no one knows your name or who you are. Some
churches’ greeting is that you do not belong here. Other churches do not even
realize that you are a stranger and pay no attention to you. And others have
greeters who invite you into the celebration and to the refreshments after the
Divine Liturgy.

How do you greet strangers when they pop up in your church? Do you or someone else wait
and watch for new visitors as the father waited for the return Continue reading

Clergy Days

David Mayernik Jr. | July 3, 2017
Father James Ragan leads a group of priests to discuss ideas for Assembly 2018 during Clergy Days at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Munhall, Pa. on May 31. Deacon Dennis Prestash brought his grandfather’s prayer book to Clergy Days, … Continue reading

Assembly 2018

Commission for Renewal and Revitalization | July 3, 2017

Concern for our future Metropolitan Archbishop William Skurla has directed the Commission for Renewal and Revitalization to organize an Assembly for churches in the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh to be held May 29 to 30, 2018 at St. John Byzantine Catholic … Continue reading

A Kaleidoscope of Gifted Women

Editor | July 3, 2017

Office of Religious Education Sponsors “Women’s Spirituality Day 2017″ The 2017 annual Women’s Spirituality Day on May 6 was definitely a kaleidoscope of gifted women. A trio of inspirational and motivational presenters inspired the participants and challenged all to think … Continue reading

Pilgrimage 2017: People? Participation?

Sister Elaine Kisinko | July 3, 2017

“Every person who journeys to become a pilgrim brings a blessing to be shared” I love our Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at our monastery in Uniontown, Pa. I appreciate the ways in which Jesus … Continue reading

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Christian Burial: According To The Byzantine Rite Tradition

“Even the bodies of those, who live with God, are not without an honor”- (Apostolic Constitutions VI , 30).

Inspired by the description of the burial of our Lord in the Gospels, Christians from the very beginning buried their dead with proper care and ceremonies. They believed that the body of every Christian was indeed “a temple of God” and, as such, it also was holy (I Cor. 3:16-17). In expectation of the “resurrection of the dead,” Christians believe that their bodies will once again be united with their souls and live forever. Continue reading