On Holy Saturday morning March 26, members of the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club gathered at St. Gregory Church in Upper St. Clair to assemble wicker baskets full of Paschal foods for Easter dinner at the Seminary.
Serra Club members prepared 12 baskets – one for each seminarian and faculty member.
Baskets contained all of the traditional foods: paska bread, ham, kolbasi, veal loaf, hrudka/sirets, hard cooked eggs, chrin (horseradish with beets), salt, butter lambs, plus a blessed candle. Other festive items added to the baskets included wine, chocolates and jelly beans.
Finally, a beautifully-decorated Easter basket cover was placed on each.
Seminary Rector Father Robert Pipta blessed the Paschal food baskets in the dining room of the Seminary following the 4 p.m. Vespers service in the Seminary chapel. He even had a special blessing for the Seminary families’ children’s buckets!
The Byzantine Catholic Serra Club felt honored to contribute to the joyous celebration of Pascha at our Seminary.
For information about joining the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club, contact club president Patty Bovee at 412-462-6385.