Golden jubilee – June

50th Anniversary of Metropolitan Church to be observed in June Fifty years ago an event occurred which had a positive, profound and lasting effect on our history in America. The Holy Father Pope Paul VI issued a decree on February … Continue reading

Reaching out

People throughout the entire country were shocked and emotionally assaulted on Oct. 27, 2018 when a gunman went through the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, Pa. spreading death and injury. As the congregants gathered … Continue reading

On the move

“What we enjoy today is their legacy and gift to us”

History shows us that there is constant m o v e m e n t among people. Whether driven by a need to improve their lives or whether forced by an unfriendly environment or by hostile forces, humans have always managed to travel to better their lot. From the earliest days, we read in the Bible that Adam and Eve had to move out of the Garden of Eden. Their son Cain was compelled to wander the earth after he killed his brother. Even Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus, and while He was still young, the family became immigrants in a strange land after fleeing to Egypt.

Many of us, in our personal histories, can acknowledge that our grandparents or great-grandparents were immigrants coming from Eastern Europe. They crossed the great Atlantic Ocean, usually under extremely poor conditions. For the most part, they were not welcomed in this strange land of a different language and customs completely unknown to them. But as they struggled, worked hard, and helped each other, they became acclimated to an entirely different way of life. What we enjoy today is their legacy and gift to us. Continue reading

Appreciating Pilgrimage 2018

When my great-nephew was five-and-a-half years old, I praised him for being exceptionally well behaved at his grandmother’s wake at the funeral home. I told him how good he was and how proud we were of him. His response was, “You … Continue reading

A Child’s Greek Catholic Christmas

Memories Of Christmas 1935 at St. Mary in Monessen, PA. Jan. 7, 1935, I was six years old. I did not have to go to school that day, although I would rather have been there since I did not want … Continue reading

Pilgrimage 2017: People? Participation?

“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

My Pilgrimage

I am part of a very great number of people who grew up with the Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mt. St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. As this wonderful event changed, evolved and grew … Continue reading