Divine Liturgies Online

Editor | March 23, 2020

Divine Liturgy Live Streamed at Various Times:   Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of St. John, Munhall: Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday  9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Friday, Pre-Sanctified 7:00 p.m. http://www.stjohnsbyzantinecathedral.com/   Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, McKees Rocks Sunday  9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Friday, … Continue reading

“I am the good shepherd”

Editor | February 28, 2020

Deacon Thomas Wells was ordained a priest forever by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla during the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, Jan. 18 at his home parish of St. John Chrysostom in Houston, Texas.

Concelebrating with the Metropolitan were Very Rev.Elias L. Rafaj, administrator of St. John; Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta; Rev. Father Janucz A. Ihnatowicz of the Latin Archdiocese of Kraków, Poland; and the Rev. Father Fadi Al Mimass of the Melkite Mission of St. Barbara in Houston.

The parish Deacon Andrew Veres; Deacon Brian Norrell of St. Basil in Irving, Texas; Sub-deacon Bryan Scotton of the Passaic Eparchy; and Subdeacon Jamil Daaboul of the Melkite Mission assisted.
Deacon Jeffrey Mierzejewski served as cantor. Also serving at the altar were Father Tom’s son, Michael; his son in law William Peacock; and parishioners Ryan Black, Will Colbert, Phillip Kaye, David Dominguez and Angelo Luna.

In his homily, Archbishop William noted that “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired hand, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
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Audience with Pope Francis

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | February 28, 2020

VATICAN CITY — In January, when Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, published a book supporting mandatory priestly celibacy — a book, which included an essay by retired Pope Benedict XVI – it was “painful,” said Bishop John M. Botean of the Ohio-based Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St George.
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Long-suffering is being patient

Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick | February 28, 2020

Today, as we continue this series on Fruits of the Spirit we talk about one we wonder if it belongs here; it’s called “long-suffering.”

It’s considered something good in the Catholic tradition; in the spiritual tradition, actually, because we are a church of martyrdom and a people who are faithful to the end. Continue reading

True sorrow for sins leads to renews love for God, others, pope says

Carol Glatz Catholic News Service | February 28, 2020

VATICAN CITY — Recognizing and repenting for one’s own sins and errors is difficult, but essential, Pope Francis said.
“To understand (one’s) sin is a gift from God, it is the work of the Holy Spirit” who helps each person realize “the evil I have done or that I may do,” the pope said Feb. 12 during his weekly general audience. Continue reading

Pope adds year of missionary service to Vatican diplomats’ training

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | February 28, 2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, adopting a suggestion made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, has decided that every priest preparing for service in the Vatican diplomatic corps must spend a year in ministry as a missionary. Continue reading

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THE DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD (“Uspenije” / Assumption) ACCORDING TO THE BYZANTINE RITE

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