Mark Your Calendar – Lenten Retreat Day

The Byzantine C a t h o l i c Serra Club of Pittsburgh invites the faithful to a Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 17. The theme for this year’s retreat is: “Seek the Lord – He will be Found.”

We are blessed this year to have as our retreat master His Grace, Bishop John Kudrick, Bishop Emeritus of Parma, Ohio. The presentations given by Bishop John consider answers to the questions: “Where should we seek the Lord?,” “Why do we need to seek Him?,” and “Why doesn’t He just show Himself?” This day of prayer and meditation will take place at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius, 3605 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. For directions, visit: www.bcs. edu.

This year’s schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 10 a.m.: Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos; First Presentation by Bishop John
  • Noon: Lunch The Byzantine Seminary Press will be open from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Penitential Service; Second Presentation by Bishop John Following this presentation, the faithful will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Conclusion To register, contact Richard Trankocy at 412-672-4665. Offering of $20 requested.

Pre-Cana Program

A Pre-Cana Program for engaged couples will take place March 10 and 17 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa. Topics covered include: communication, forgiveness and intimacy; finances and budgeting; marriage and sexuality; “Why a church wedding?”; elements of a healthy marriage; and theology of marriage/Crowning Ceremony. For information about registration and fees, go to and click on the Office
of Religious Education link.

Day of Spirituality

The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren,Ohio, wil host a Day of Spirituality 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 18 at SS. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave. NE, Warren, Ohio, in preparation for the Resurrection of Christ Rev. Thomas Dansak will present “Repentance: Asking Forgiveness for Sin.” There will be time for reflection, questions, refreshments, and an opportunity to receive the Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation. Register at 330-856-1813 or by March 11.

ByzanTEEN Youth Rally 2018

ByzanTEEN Youth Rally 2018 will be held July 5 to 8 at St. Vincent College, Latrobe. For information, see

Lenten Noontime Reflection and Prayers

A Lenten Noontime Reflection and Prayers with Sister Carol Petrasovich, OSBM, will take place noon to 1 p.m. March 6, 13 and 20 at Mount St. Macrina House of Prayer, 510 W. Main St., Uniontown, Pa. Register at 724-438-7149. Join us for a short reflection followed by communal and private prayer. Free-will offering.

Egg EGGstravaganza

The 13th Egg EGGstravaganza will be held noon-5 p.m. March 18 at St. John, 201 E. Main St., Uniontown. Pa. The afternoon will include egg artists display, demonstrations, decorated eggs and crafts for purchase, Easter items (embroidered basket covers, lamb butter molds, decorated candles), children’s Easter theme activities, explanation of traditional Easter foods, Lenten lunch menu, baked goods, pysanky workshop, raffles, and door prizes. Free admission. Handicapped accessible. For information, call 724-438-6027 Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Leave message.

Retreat for Boy Scouts

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. will host a retreat for Boy Scouts on April 21. Any Scout is welcome and Scouts working on or who have completed requirements for the Light is Life religious emblem are strongly encouraged to attend. The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop William Skurla at 9 a.m. and will continue with reflections from the seminarians and liturgical services. Brunch and dinner will be provided. Register with Deacon Lance Weakland, Archeparchial Scout Chaplain, at