Pilgrimage beckons all

Editor | June 30, 2016

Sisters of St. Basil extend welcome

UNIONTOWN, PA — The 82nd Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held at Mount St. Macrina, Sept. 3-4, 2016. “This year’s theme is ‘Theotokos: An Inexhaustible Fountain of Mercy’ in honor of Pope Francis’ declaration of an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy,” stated Sister Ruth Plante OSBM, provincial.

In March of this year, Metropolitan Archbishop William Skurla dedicated the door to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help as a Holy Door of Mercy. Thus, pilgrims will have the added blessing of passing through the Holy Door when they enter the Shrine to pray. The very well-attended Anointing of the Sick services will be scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday afternoons rather than two on Sunday. In addition to the Enrichment Sessions usually offered, a Festal Icon Walk is planned for Saturday afternoon.

This service will be comprised of various prayers taken from the Feast represented by the respective icon. As in previous years, the Sisters of St. Basil will welcome all those pilgrims who come from all over the country. Limited accommodations on the Mount and camping on the racetrack will be available as in the past. Light fare will be available at the Lunch Stand starting on Friday evening.

For those arriving early, Compline will be held at the Shrine Altar on Friday evening. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday morning, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) for those who stay overnight. Other plans for the weekend include many opportunities for participation in the Divine Liturgy of the Byzantine Catholic Church. Also scheduled are Matins, Vespers, Mystery of Reconciliation, activities for teens and children, and other services in honor of the Mother of God. The Pilgrimage holds the distinction of being the oldest and the largest Byzantine Catholic Pilgrimage in the country. Continue reading

Guiding the future of the Church

Editor | June 30, 2016

From the Office of the Metropolitan Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear Clergy, Religious, and Faithful of the Archeparchy, June is usually a time of better weather and the beginning of the season of vacations. Ironically, while many are on vacation, … Continue reading

Consecrated Lives honored for commitment

Editor | June 30, 2016
Byzantine Serra Club stages long-overdue day of sincere appreciation by Kathe Kress Sister Margaret Kapusnak, OSBM is elated as she reads the Certificate of Appreciation presented to her and also to each of her religious colleagues on behalf of the … Continue reading

BCW is now monthly

Editor | June 30, 2016

Serving readers for over 60 years In an effort to keep The BCW affordable for both subscribers and the publisher, Archbishop William, President of the Byzantine Catholic Press Associates, had made the decision to adopt a monthly publication schedule for … Continue reading

Reflections along the way

Editor | June 30, 2016
2016 Deacon Formation Program from the Office of the Deacon Formation Program “I am not only trying to listen better, but I realize that I am hearing in a new way ... I find that I am much more attentive … Continue reading


Editor | June 30, 2016

Call to Lead 2016 Pilgrimage Services It is now summer, and the year-round planning process continues for the 82nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. As singing is an inseparable component … Continue reading

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On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII solemnly proclaimed the centuries-long belief that the “Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of Her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” (Apost. Const. “Munificentissimus Deus,” n. 44) This solemn proclamation of the dogma of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven fittingly describes this crowning event in the life of the Most Holy Mother of God, whose liturgical veneration originated in the East. Continue reading