Back to school

Editor | November 9, 2020

Glory to Jesus Christ!

On Oct. 11, Father Vasyl Symyon celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio for the faculty, staff, and students.
I was blessed to have partaken in my campus’ first Divine Liturgy in years.

My name is Chad Durante, a current student here at Franciscan University of Steubenville and vice president of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Byzantine Club, which has 20 members.
The club and its members have been spreading awareness of the East on campus since it was formed in 2015, long before I entered college.
In part of sharing the beauty of the East was the desire to bring Divine Liturgy to campus.

Thankfully, after a failed attempt last semester due to the pandemic, the club was able to bring the cornerstone of Byzantine Catholicism to our campus. Franciscan University is a truly Catholic institution filled with students desiring to discover the true universality of the Church.
Many of my close friends love to discover different forms of the Mass and even different rites within the Church like the Byzantine Rite.
This led to an amazing turnout of over 200 students and faculty attending the Divine Liturgy. Continue reading

A Vatican Christmas

Catholic News Service | November 30, 2020

VATICAN CITY — Although the Vatican knows Christmas may be very different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it already has chosen its stamps and the Nativity scene and tree that will stand in St. Peter’s Square.
The larger-than-life-sized ceramic figures in the Nativity scene will come from a high school in Castelli, a town in the ceramic-producing region of Teramo, northeast of Rome, the Vatican announced Oct. 30.

The F.A. Grue Institute, a high school focused on art, will send only a handful of the 54 sculptures that students and teachers crafted for the scene between 1965 and 1975, the Vatican said. In addition to the Holy Family, an angel and the three kings, there will be a bagpipe player, a panpipe player, a shepherdess and a little girl carrying a doll.

The scene will be displayed next to a towering spruce tree from Slovenia.
The tree, which is almost 92 feet tall, will come from an area outside the town of Kocevje, the Vatican said.

“This year, more than ever, the staging of the traditional space dedicated to Christmas in St. Peter’s Square is meant to be a sign of hope and trust for the whole world,” the Vatican statement said. “It expresses the certainty that Jesus comes among his people to save and console them.”

The Nativity scene will be unveiled, and the tree will be lighted Dec. 11, the Vatican said.
The Vatican also revealed the design for its 2020 Christmas stamps, which celebrate the birth of Jesus Continue reading

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS 2020

William Skurla | December 20, 2020

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Dear People,

We are called to celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during
2020, the year of the worldwide pandemic of the Covid 19 virus. God has given us his Child born in the manger as the greatest gift of all time. It is through the gift of his son that we are given strength and hope to survive the losses and overcome all evil and darkness of the past year.

During the past year, we have become painfully aware of the most important parts of life that we often take for granted. The 1946 “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas classic movie with Jimmy Stewart captures the way he was made aware of the importance of his life, something he took for granted. It was filmed when Jimmy Stewart and the world were returning to normal after the dark time of the Second World War. Besides being on television, it is showing in theaters again.
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Nativity Scene a Reminder of Hope amid Suffering, Pope says

Junno-Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service | January 6, 2021

VATICAN CITY — The image of baby Jesus nestled in the manger is a much-needed reminder during the pandemic that God gives the world the gift of hope in troubled times, Pope Francis said.

Meeting with delegations from Castelli in Italy’s Abruzzo region and from Kocevje, Slovenia — responsible, respectively, for the Nativity scene and Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square — the pope said that Christmas “reminds us that Jesus is our peace, our joy, our strength, our comfort.”
“But, to receive these gifts of grace, we need to feel small, poor and humble like the characters of the Nativity scene. Even in this Christmas, amid the suffering of the pandemic, Jesus — small and defenseless — is the ‘sign’ that God gives to the world,” he said Dec. 11. Continue reading

Like the Magi, look to the heavens for hope

Junno-Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service | February 4, 2021

In times of doubt and suffering, Christians must not focus on their problems, but instead lift up their eyes to God, who leads them toward the hopeful promise
of great things to come, Pope Francis said on the feast of the Epiphany. “This does not mean denying reality, or deluding ourselves into thinking that all is well. Rather, it is a matter of viewing problems and anxieties in a new way, knowing that the Lord is aware of our troubles, attentive to our prayers and not indifferent to the tears we shed,” the pope said.

The pope celebrated Mass with a little over 100 people, all wearing masks and seated socially distanced from each other, at the Altar of the Chair St. Peter’s Basilica Jan. 6.

In accordance with an ancient tradition, after the proclamation of the Gospel on Epiphany, a singer from the Sistine Choir chanted the announcement of the date of Easter 2021 (April 4) and the dates of other feasts on the church calendar that are calculated according to the date of Easter.

After celebrating Mass, the pope prayed the Angelus in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

In his Angelus address, the pope said that Christ is “the star who appeared on the horizon, the awaited Messiah, the one through whom God would inaugurate his kingdom of love, of justice and of peace. Continue reading

Prayer, crying out to God is only source of salvation, pope says

Junno-Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service | November 9, 2020

VATICAN CITY — The purpose of crying out to the Lord in prayer is not to get used to suffering, but to remember that God, and not humankind, is the only source of salvation and consolation, Pope Francis said. Continue reading

“Eucharist” means “thanksgiving”

Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick | November 9, 2020

Here we are ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the original and early religious feasts that came through our founders of this country who were from the Reform Movement and were very grateful for all that they received and experienced when they moved to this country.
It has continued to be a religious feast of sorts, at least a reminder, always, to be thankful to our Higher Power, to our God, who has provided so much for us in this blessed land. Continue reading

Changing the subject

David Mayernik Jr. | November 9, 2020

You may have noticed a slight change on the cover of The ByzantineCatholic World
from previous months.
On the masthead — now inset on the letter “O” in “World” — is the onion dome of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius. After transferring files to a new computer in the office, I found the former masthead to be a bit “fuzzy” so Archbishop William Skurla and I decided to design a new one. It’s one small change in a year of change. Continue reading

Getting close to Heaven

Editor | November 30, 2020

Parishioner Dave Kormanik arranged for the roofing contractor to take Father Ivan Rusyn up in a crane — 127 feet high — Nov. 10 to bless the domes, crosses, and roof of St. Mary in Windber, Pa. Continue reading

The power of being called a child of God

Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick | November 30, 2020

I want to begin with a memory I have from my teenage years. Our family had a little ice cream store in the front part of our house and one day, a teenage boy and myself, — both around 15 or 16 years old — were in the store. Continue reading

A thankful heart

David Mayernik Jr. | November 30, 2020

Perhaps there is no better-known character in prose fiction than Ebenezer Scrooge of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Continue reading

ETERNAL MEMORY – Father Julian M. Gnall, Captain USN Retired

Editor | November 30, 2020

Father Julian Michael Gnall, priest of the Eparchy of Phoenix and retired chaplain of the United States Navy, fell asleep in the Lord on Nov. 7 in San Diego, Calif. Continue reading

Christmas Memories: Clergy, Religious of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh Share Their Personal Christmas Memories

David Mayernik Jr. | December 20, 2020

Each year on Christmas Eve, I post one of my favorite“Calvin and Hobbes” comic strips on social media.

It was originally published in newspapers on Dec. 24, 1989, and features Calvin and his stuffed animal tiger — Continue reading

Christmas Memories: Clergy, Religious of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh Share Their Personal Christmas Memories

Sister Elaine Kisinko | December 20, 2020

A very long time ago during the 1930s, before extensive, creative and extravagant Christmas decorating of house and lawn, our family home got a lot of attention. Continue reading

Christmas Memories: Clergy, Religious of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh Share Their Personal Christmas Memories

Editor | December 20, 2020

In the mid-1960s, I was a young Sister teaching at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic School in Bridgeport, Conn. Continue reading

CHRISTMAS 2020: Christmas Memories

Father Vasyl Polyak SS. Peter and Paul, Patton, Pa. | December 20, 2020

Christmas is a time of remembering. I usually don’t share my personal memories, because they are personal…and I think maybe no one will be able to Continue reading

A Good End to 2020

Sister Barbara Pavlik | January 6, 2021

I’m certain that everyone in the world is ready to say “goodbye” to 2020, but this pandemic has not stopped SS. Peter and Paul parishioners from continuing to do the Lord’s work.
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Eternal Memory

Editor | January 7, 2021

Late in the evening of December 8, 2020, Sister Fabian entered into the embrace of the Heavenly Father. It was a feast day that was particularly dear to Sister, celebrating Mary, the Mother of God. Surely, Sister Fabian was welcomed … Continue reading

The Challenge Of Love

Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick | January 7, 2021

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

Today is special for the Sisters because we are called the Sisters of St. Basil the Great and this is his Feast. He died on Jan. 1, 379 A.D. Continue reading

Time Enough at Last

David Mayernik Jr. | January 7, 2021

One thing I accomplished in 2020 was completing a 1,000 – piece puzzle I received from my parents for Christmas in 2019.
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The Second Commandment: You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain

Vasyl Symyon | February 4, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

We continue our short meditations on the Ten Commandments of our Lord. Throughout this article, we will meditate on the Second Commandment: “You shall not Continue reading

Where is your treasure?

Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick | February 4, 2021

Glory to Jesus Christ!

With this coming week, we will be launching the Great Fast – the Lenten season is upon us.
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Congratulations, Stryker!

Editor | February 4, 2021

The year 2020 was a fruitful year for St. Jude Byzantine Catholic Church in Ernest, Pa.

Stryker Little Continue reading

Photo opportunity

David Mayernik Jr. | February 4, 2021

The new year has caused me to take a look back.

I just realized I began my career in the n e w s p a p e r business Continue reading

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An Explantation of the Byzantine Rite Liturgical Practice of Observing All Souls Saturdays

ETERNAL MEMORY! VIČNAJA PAMJAT’! ALL SOULS SATURDAY “The Holy Fathers were convinced that the commemoration of the departed by alms and sacrifices (Divine Liturgies) brings great com­fort and benefit to them.” (SYNAXARION FOR MEAT-FARE SATURDAY) O Church, equally observed in … Continue reading