Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.
Please join us at the Mount St. Macrina House of Prayer as Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla opens the Holy Doors of the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
There will be a prayer service and light refreshments following.
Day Pilgrimages may be arranged during the remainder of the year.
Sister Barbara Jean attended the ordination of Deacon Lewis Rabayda to the holy priesthood last weekend at Epiphany of the Lord Church in Annandale Virginia. It certainly was a joyous occasion and beautifully celebrated by family and parishioners and many clergy, along with Bishop Kurt of the Passaic Eparchy. I have given retreats at the Annandale parish a number of times and am always happy to return to this lively faith community.
Saturday morning began with the Divine Liturgy and ordination, followed by a dinner in the church hall. Father Lewis and deacons served Vespers at 3:00 p.m. with the seminarians of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary cantoring. Another beautiful moment!
Sunday morning we gave thanks again as Father Lewis served the Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving with several concelebrants. Father Stephen Galuschick, also recently ordained, gave the homily.
The Pastor, Very Rev. John Basarab, spoke at the luncheon that followed and gave Father Lewis the gift of a complete sick call set, reminding him to get right to all the pastoral work before him. The parish gave Father Lewis a large stuffed lamb, reminding him to shepherd the flock in the manner of the Good Shepherd.
The parish family was happily excited with this great occasion in their relatively new and beautiful church. Axios! All promised their prayers……
The Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis officially ends today, the Feast of the Encounter of the Lord with Simeon and Anna in the Temple. For many years this has been the special feast day of women and men religious and all consecrated persons.
The diocese of Greensburg, in which Uniontown is geographically located, celebrated the occasion on February 1 with a Vigil Liturgy with Bishop Edward Malesic and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.
Sr. Barbara Jean and Sr. Josifa Simova, a Sister of St. Basil from Slovakia presently staying at Mount St. Macrina, participated in the celebration. Sr. Josifa carried a candle in the opening procession. After the dinner that followed, the Sisters met Bishop Malesic and answered his questions about the community.