“Mary, Hope of All Generations”

84th Annual Mount St. Macrina pilgrimage set for Sept. 1 to 2

The 84th annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held Sept. 1 to 2 at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. This year’s theme is “Mary, Hope of All Generations.” The planning for this year’s Pilgrimage started not long after the 83rd annual Pilgrimage. The Sisters and volunteers did the first preparations of the grounds on June 2. The next preparation day is Aug. 18. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact Sister Joanne Lickvar at 724-438- 8644.

“For 84 years, the Pilgrimage has brought together generations of young and old to pray, sing and share in the many blessings of this holy time. Come, bring your joys, sorrows, concerns, and fears to her, and find peace and comfort in her loving care,” said Sister Ruth Plante, OSBM, Provincial.

Those who plan on attending the Pilgrimage can chose from a variety of accommodations, including camping on the racetrack, Pilgrim houses (firstcome, first-served), hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts. Further information is available regarding camping and a complete list of accommodations can be found under the “Events” section at www.sistersofstbasil.org.

A light menu will be available at the lunch stand beginning on the evening of Aug. 31. In addition to the scheduled services, programs and events to be held on Saturday and Sunday, Liturgical prayers will be held at the Shrine Altar on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on the morning of Sept. 3.

This year’s guest homilist at the 4 p.m. Sept. 2 Divine Liturgy will be the Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Malesic to be the fifth Bishop of Greensburg, Pa., on April 24, 2015. As Bishop of Greensburg, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the PCC. He also serves on the Boards of St. VinThe upcoming Archeparchial Assembly will lay a foundation for our parishes to RENEW, REVITALIZE, AND REJUVENATE.

This year’s Byzantine Spirituality Conference — scheduled for Nov. 10 at St. John the Baptist cathedral in Munhall, Pa. — is designed to equip the participants of the Assembly, Catechists and all interested adults to go from a “maintenance-mode parish life” to a true conversion journey that inspires seekers to lifelong discipleship.

  • RENEW: We will look at the past to see what needs to be restored.
  • REVITALIZE: Look at the present to bring about a transformation.
  • REJUVENATE: Envision the future to regenerate a freshness to live authentically out of our deepest beliefs.

The title of this year’s Spirituality Conference is: “Parish Life from Maintenance to Discipleship.” Deacon John Evancho will present “The Immigrant Disciple” and “Being a Disciple of Christ Today” and Christopher Russo will present “The Challenge of Discipleship for the Future.”