“God Speaks: Do We Listen?”

Editor | May 2, 2019

The 16th annual Women’s Day of Reflection will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa.

A dedicated committee meets throughout the year to plan and coordinate the day, working with a theme of interest to women to help them grow in their spirituality. The springtime event features a schedule of three speakers who focus on the chosen theme of the day; luncheon; vendors and a bountiful basket auction with proceeds donated to local women’s shelters.

This year’s theme is “God Speaks: Do We Listen?” Presenters include:

Lillian Leonardi (“My Spiritual Homecoming”). Lillian Leonardi served from 1998 to 2010 in the FBI, Pittsburgh Division, as its Community Outreach Specialist. On Sept. 11, 2001, within three hours after the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa, she was at the site, where she spent the next 12 days. She has written a book about her experience entitled “In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir About Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming.” Post-9/11, Leonardi represented the FBI in collaboration on three projects relating to Flight 93. Prior to her FBI career, Leonardi was appointed in 1984 to serve as the first female police officer in the city of Arnold, Pa., where she specialized in crime prevention and investigations of crimes against children. After her 25-year career of service in law enforcement, Lillie Leonardi is pursuing her lifelong passion for writing.

Jennifer Miele (“God Speaks to All Generations”. Continue reading

A note to women: We are all mothers!

Sister Constance Veit | May 2, 2019

During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmothers and aunts to … Continue reading

Hospitals for sinners

David Mayernik Jr. | May 2, 2019

During one scene in historian Kenneth Clark’s d o c u m e n t a r y televisions series “Civilisation,” which aired in the United Kingdom 1966 to 1969, he is standing near the River Seine in Paris, France. … Continue reading

The tradition continues

Editor | May 2, 2019

Paska baking is an all-ages affair at St. Mary in Weirton, W. VA. For decades, volunteers have gathered in the church hall at St. Mary in Weirton, W. Va. on Lazarus Saturday to prepare dozens of delicious loaves of paska … Continue reading

Entrance into Jerusalem

Father Valerian Michlik St. Gregory, Upper St. Clair, Pa. | May 2, 2019

Celebrating the Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday has become very festive at St. Gregory. Parts of the Divine Liturgy were sang by our Chant Group and Youth Chorus. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the faithful … Continue reading

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VESPERS: THE EVENING LITURGICAL PRAYERS according to THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION

Since the beginning of Christianity, the faithful used to assemble together for their prayers twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. The ancient Christian writer, Tertull ian (d. after 220 A.D.), at the turn of the second century, called these common praye rs legal prayers, i.e. prescribed by the Church authority (cf. Tertullian, On Prayer, 25). And the fourth century document admonished the bishops: “When you instruct the people, command and exhort them to come regularly to church, in the morning and evening every day, and not to forsake it on any account” (cf. The Apostolic Constitutions II , 59). Continue reading