“Mary, Cause of Our Joy”

David Mayernik Jr. | October 3, 2019

“Why do we have to do this? Why do we come for the Pilgrimage? Why do we pray, in particular, to the Mother of God?”

These questions were posed by Archbishop William Skurla to open the 85th annual Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. He also supplied an answer for the faithful gathered in the pews and sitting on rolling, grassy hills.

“Praying to the Mother of Perpetual Help has given us consolation. It’s one of the most effective ways of engaging the mercies of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop William told pilgrims over the generations, the Pilgrimage has been a way of preventing disaster and intervening in personal plights.

“We pray that the Mother of God will intercede not only in our own lives but in the lives of those that have fallen astray. That they become people who are more attuned to the mercies of God in their life; that they open their hearts to the goodness that can come from each and every person that is alive today.”

Pilgrimage weekend included Divine Liturgies, opportunities to receive the Mystery of Reconciliation, Children’s Pilgrimages, enrichment sessions, and a candlelight procession beginning and ending at the Continue reading

A Pilgrimage “thank you” from Sister Ruth

Sister Ruth Plante | October 3, 2019

Glory to Jessus Christ! Dear Friends and Fellow Pilgrims, How can we not be filled with joy after experiencing the peace and blessings of our 85th Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help! Each Pilgrimage is like a … Continue reading

38th annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration set for Oct. 27

Editor | October 3, 2019

The 38th Annual CarpathoRusyn Celebration will take place noon-6 p.m. Oct. 27 at St. John the Baptist, 201 East Main St., Uniontown, Pa. The day will feature the heritage of the CarpathoRusyns who come from the very heart of Europe, … Continue reading

Welcoming the Metropolitan

Father Vasyl Polyak SS. Peter and Paul, Patton, Pa. | October 3, 2019

On Sunday, Aug. 25, the parishioners St. John the Baptist in Northern Cambria, Pa. joined those of SS. Peter and Paul in Patton Pa. to welcome their Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla in celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Very Rev. … Continue reading

Back to school picnic

Father Valerian Michlik St. Gregory, Upper St. Clair, Pa. | October 3, 2019

Blessed with perfect weather, on Sunday, Sept. 15, the annual parish picnic took place at St. Gregory. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, parishioner Edward M. Chekan received a “hramota,” a certificate of recognition and appreciation from our Metropolitan … Continue reading

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Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for us! A Short Historical Sketch Of The Famous BYZANTINE ICON OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

One of the world’s best known icons of the Blessed Mother is the miraculous 5th century icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help. Surrounded by a nimbus of great antiquity and painted in genuine Byzantine style, this icon was instrumental in the many miracles. Being transported from the East to the West, it has become popular throughout the world and the source of perpetual blessing and consolation for many peoples. Continue reading