Prayerful Preparation

Editor | June 7, 2019

The Church is constantly working to enable us to understand more deeply the Sacramentality of marriage and to achieve it. In our Byzantine Catholic Tradition, we refer to marriage as a “Mystery” and crown couples to remind them of the sacrificial love they must have for each other. A heavenly marriage requires earthly work.

To help couples prepare for this life commitment, the Office of Religious Education has been sponsoring a Pre-Cana Program since 1999 at various locations. This year the program took place March 30 and April 6 at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa.

This new location offered an opportunity for the seminarians to attend the presentations along with the 12 couples registered and experience a demonstration of the Crowning Ceremony. Topics were presented were: “Communication, Forgiveness & Intimacy” by Father Thom Dansak; “Finances & Budgeting” by Sandee and Mark Collins; “The Crowning Ceremony” by Father Will Rupp; “Elements of a Healthy Marriage” by Chris and Amanda Singel; “Why a Church Wedding” and “Theology of Marriage” by Deacon Dennis Prestash; and “Marriage & Sexuality” by Dr. Matthew Minerd. Continue reading

“Disney Week” on the Mount

David Mayernik Jr. | June 7, 2019

Mt. Macrina Manor Celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week   Employees and residents of Mt. Macrina Manor in Uniontown, Pa. took a tumble down the rabbit hole to Wonderland last month. They celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 12 … Continue reading

Becoming a “name brand”

Editor | June 7, 2019

Byzantine Catholic seminary expands its mission In recent years, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. has expanded its mission to serve Ruthenian, Melkite, Romanian, and Ukrainian eparchies, in addition to the majority of its … Continue reading

Sunday of St. Thomas

Father Valerian Michlik St. Gregory, Upper St. Clair, Pa. | June 7, 2019

St. Gregory in upper St. Clair, Pa On the Sunday of St. Thomas, April 28, a number of events took place at St. Gregory. The homily during the Divine Liturgy was given by Father Deacon Nathan S. Adams, who spoke … Continue reading

Silence is golden

David Mayernik Jr. | June 7, 2019

The fifth Sunday of Holy Pascha is the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. During the reading of the Gospel of Saint John 4:5-42, we hear of Jesus Christ’s encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. During Father Valerian Michlik’s … Continue reading

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CARPATHIAN MIRACULOUS ICONS: THE WEEPING ICON OF KLOKOCHOVO

In the former Mukachevo eparchy there were several miraculously weeping icons of the Most Holy Mother of God, venerated by our Carpathian ancestors with great devotion and love. The Blessed Mother, seeing the many sufferings of our oppressed people, sympathized with them in a visible manner, miraculously shedding tears in various places, like in Klokochovo, Mariapovch, Krichevo, Mikula and Pavlovo. The oldest of them was that in Klokochovo, presently in the Eastern Slovakia, shedding tears in 1670. Continue reading