Faith and Fun Day – September 2017

David Mayernik Jr. | September 1, 2017

Austin Ball, 9, and his father, Derek, of St. John the Baptist in Lyndora, Pa. root for the Pittsburgh Pirates during their game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park on Aug. 24. The event was part of the 10th annual “Faith and Fun Day” for altar servers. Photo by David Mayernik Jr[/caption]

 Altar Servers Come Together for Annual Event

Being an altar server runs in the Rubish family. Tommy Rubish, 9, began his service at Holy Ghost in McKees Rocks, Pa. last December, following in the footsteps of his brother, Paul, 11, who has served for the past two years.

“I wanted to do it and my brother was doing it.” Tommy was one more than two dozen altar servers who participated in “Faith and Fun Day” for the Archeparchy’s altar servers on Aug. 24. The day included morning liturgy at Holy Ghost, a visit to the Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park during their game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tommy said his favorite part of being an altar server is “doing the boat.” The “boat” is the vessel which holds incense before it is put into a censer.

“Yeah, I like the smell,” he said. Tommy, who began fourth grade last month, enjoys math and playing baseball, basketball and hockey. Father Kevin Marks, of St. Michael in Campbell, Ohio, said “Faith and Fun Continue reading

Opening Bells

David Mayernik Jr. | September 1, 2017

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy Marks New Year for Seminary Students. A Hierarchal Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop William Skurla marked the start of a new year at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Aug. … Continue reading

Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Editor | September 1, 2017

Archbishop William Celebrates at St. Gregory in Upper St. Clair, PA. For the Vigil of the Dormition of the Theotokos on Aug. 14, the faithful of St. Gregory welcomed Archbishop William Skurla. Following the welcome of Archbishop William, we continued … Continue reading

Sister Barbara Pavlik celebrates 60th jubilee

Editor | September 1, 2017

Archbishop William Celebrates July 23 Divine Liturgy in Warren, Ohio Sister Barbara Pavlik, OSB, a Byzantine Benedictine Sister of Queen of Heaven Monastery in Warren, Ohio, observed her 60th jubilee of religious profession on July 23. A Divine Liturgy of … Continue reading

Northcentral Deanery helping our European Priests, Families

Deacon Paul Bobiege Nativity of the Mother of God, Dubois, Pa. | September 1, 2017
Parishes, Priests Offer Spiritual, Monetary help in their Overseas Journey. Generations ago our ancestors came to America on steamships with all their belongings in a trunk. Our new European Byzantine Catholic priests are coming with their families with a 50-pound … Continue reading

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PRAYERS TO THE BLESSED MOTHER OF GOD according to THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION

We owe special veneration (hyperdulia) to the Blessed Virgin Mary, since She gave birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Lk. 1 :35), and thus She became the Mother of God. The Greeks called Her Theotokos, and the Ruthenians Bohorodicja, which literally means the God-Bearer. The title of ” Theotokos” was acknowledged to Mary by the Third Ecumenical Council, held in Ephesus in 431 A.D. Continue reading