Back to school picnic

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

Welcoming the Metropolitan

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

“Mary, Cause of Our Joy”

“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

Eulogy for a newspaperman

One day at my former job as a reporter for The Signal Item newspaper in Green Tree, Pa., Bob Pastin, my editor, was searching for a headline. An event over the weekend in Crafton, Pa. featured a llama and we … Continue reading

Eternal memory – Sister Ann Fedyszak

Sister Ann Fedyszak Very early in the morning of Monday, August 12, 2019, Sister Ann Fedyszak (formerly Sister Aloysius) completed her earthly life and awoke to the dawn of her new life in the heavenly Kingdom. Sister Ann had been … Continue reading

“Gifts of the Spirit”

Jubilee Celebration at Mount St. Macrina   In a spirit of gratitude and with great joy, the total community of the Sisters of St. Basil gathered July 30 in Uniontown, Pa. to celebrate the 405 years of dedicated service to … Continue reading

God With Us Online

The Feast of the Dormition this year will become a milestone for God With Us Publications. For decades our catechetical programs have relied on the excellent publications provided to us by God With Us Publications. On August 15, the Eastern Catholic Directors of Religious Education (ECED), the catechetical arm of the Eastern Catholic Bishops of the USA that oversee God With Us Publications, launched a new initiative in online adult learning: God With Us Online.

The outreach project is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for a new evangelization. God With Us Online will offer the same, excellent adult catechetical content online with some of the best teachers of the faith.

You can register for free online at All classes begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and last for one hour. The fall schedule includes:

“The Face of God: An Introduction to Byzantine Faith and Spirituality” by Rev. Deacon Daniel Dozier on Sept. 11 and 18.

“Making Disciples: The Art of Bringing Others to Christ” by Rev. Alexander Wroblicky on Oct. 9, 16, and 23. Father Alexander will discuss what it means to be an apostle and lead participants in understanding what it means to be called to discipleship and how to respond to that call in this three-part series.

”Unlocking the Mystery: An Introduction to Eastern Christian Bible Study” by Joshua Mangels on Nov. 6 and 13. Continue reading

Fly like an Eagle

Shawn Anthony Dirda Jr. received the Eagle Scout Rank in the presence of 90 relatives and friends in a dignified ceremony June 9 at St. Nicholas in Brownsville, Pa. An honor guard procession of scouts from Pack #635, which included … Continue reading