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Readers & Deacons Retreat 2002 Well Attended

Thursday, December 26, 2002

JOHNSTOWN, PA - The weekend of December 13-15, 2002 was an especially memorable one for a large number of our diocesan deacons, sub-deacons and readers. This year, 23 men gathered for the annual deacons, sub-deacons and readers retreat which was hosted by Christ the Saviour Seminary. Recognizing the continual need for vocations to holy orders, several years ago His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, initiated this annual retreat in conjunction with the Diocesan Readers and Deacons Formation Program. Over the years, many vocations to the deaconate and the Holy Priesthood have been fostered through the paternal care and interest of His Eminence. As always, the retreat participants were humbled by the genuine concern and interest of Metropolitan Nicholas who made the spiritually uplifting weekend possible. Read more...

Memory Eternal: Very Rev. Robert Salley

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

CLYMER, PA - The Very Rev. Robert Salley, longtime pastor of St. Michael's Church, reposed in the Lord at the age of 64. His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas celebrated the Funeral Service on Monday December 30. Fr. Robert was born on Jaunary 12, 1938 in Bridgeport, CT. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 24, 1964 by the late Metropolitan Orestes at St. Micheal's Church in McKeesport, PA. Fr. Robert is survived by his wife, Pani Magdaline (Laichak) Salley, whom he married in 1964, as well as four children, Mark Stephen, Jason and Jennifer. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2002

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

At this special time of the Christian year, we thrill to hear the story of the birth of Christ. St. Luke's account of the Angel's announcement of this good news to the shepherds closes with these words:" And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men of good will" (Luke 2:14) This 'peace' was not a dream of the angels. It was a real message from God to man. It was the embodiment of a divine and providential plan for human life. Read more...

2002 Readers & Deacons Retreat

Sunday, December 01, 2002

DANBURY, CT - The New England Deanery held its first annual Advent Retreat for High School students from Friday, November 22 to Saturday, November 23. Building on the firm foundation of the many friendships that have developed between the young adults of the New England Deanery from their common experience of Camp Nazareth, Fr. Luke Mihaly and Fr. Peter Paproski held a retreat to further cement the spiritual friendships of the New England Deanery youth. The retreat was held at St. Cuthbert's Retreat House in Brewster, New York. Read more...

New England Deanery High School Retreat

Saturday, November 30, 2002

DANBURY, CT - The New England Deanery held its first annual Advent Retreat for High School students from Friday, November 22 to Saturday, November 23. Building on the firm foundation of the many friendships that have developed between the young adults of the New England Deanery from their common experience of Camp Nazareth, Fr. Luke Mihaly and Fr. Peter Paproski held a retreat to further cement the spiritual friendships of the New England Deanery youth. The retreat was held at St. Cuthbert's Retreat House in Brewster, New York. Read more...

Jacobs Creek Parish Re-dedication

Friday, October 18, 2002

JACOBS CREEK, PA - Members of all parishes and all clergy are invited to join the parish family of St. Nicholas in Jacobs Creek, PA to celebrate the restoration of their church after a fire in January 2001. His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas and pastor Rev. Father Daniel Montville have announced the following information for Saturday, May 10, 2003: Services begin at the church at 10 AM and include blessing of the church interior and icons and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Immediately following, approximately 12:30 to 1 PM, a brunch will be served at the Holiday Inn in Belle Vernon, located on PA Route 51. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for Pentecost 2002

Sunday, June 23, 2002

Truly, what is so good or what is so joyous as the unity that springs from the bond of love? For it is love that poured forth from the Tomb -a love that cannot be conquered by sin, by fear , or even by death. And that love -the love of the Risen Christ -abides forever. It remains with us through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which began on the Holy Day of Pentecost, and continues until the present through the Mysteries of the Church. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for Pascha 2002

Sunday, May 05, 2002

Truly, He is not there! He is risen from the dead, just as He foretold! Such were the words of the angelic herald to the Myrrh-bearing Women, as they came at the first light of dawn to the Tomb of the Sun of Righteousness. But they did not find Him. He was not there! He is risen from the dead, having trampled down death by death! He is not here! He is risen from the dead, granting everlasting life to those in the tombs! Read more...

Archpastoral Letter on Great Lent 2002

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Before one can take rest, one must first labor. Before the reward comes the sacrifice; before the feast, the fast. My beloved faithful: the Holy and great Fast draws near to us, and it is time for us to draw near to it. It is a season that the world cannot accept, because the world sees only the visible need and not the invisible promise. The world looks at our fasting, our intensified prayer life, our self-restraint, and says: "Why this waste?". Read more...

Lenten Fasting Regulations 2002

Friday, March 15, 2002

We must realize that without fasting, there is no Lent! To that end, the Fathers of the Church established in ancient times through their collective experience the guidelines for Lenten Fasting. Essentially, the rule of the Church for Lent is to "Strict Fast" -abstaining from meat and dairy products from the First Monday of Lent until Pascha. This time includes both Saturdays and Sundays, which in the Orthodox reckoning are considered apart of Lent, unlike the reckoning of the Western Churches. To those who are able, we wholeheartedly recommend that they partake of this practice as much as they are able. Read more...

 

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