Thursday, July 02, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Tribune-Democrat] -
Sixty-seven altar boys from 13 states are in Johnstown this week for a retreat that mixes faith and fun.
The three-day event brings together altar boys, who range in age from 8 to 18, and leaders of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese for education, prayer and fellowship.
The retreat is being held at Christ the Saviour Cathedral on Garfield Street and this year focuses around the theme of “To Serve is to Love.”
“I want you to not be just an altar boy, but be the best altar boy and be ready to service the Lord,” Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, said to the boys after celebrating Divine Liturgy with them on Tuesday.
“Take the theme of this retreat and put it in your heart and love the Lord.”
The retreat balances spiritual and fun activities and shows the boys that the priesthood is a viable and worthy vocation. Participants also have the opportunity to bond and learn how to be leaders. Bishop Gregory said the purpose of the retreat is to encourage the boys to pursue the priesthood.
“Our priests are getting older and retiring, and we will need new priests, and if they aren’t coming from this group then where?” he said. Read more...
Monday, June 29, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Chancery has been informed that Kerya Brisbane, the wife of Deacon Edward Brisbane of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio, fell-asleep in the Lord on Saturday June 27, 2015.
The funeral arrangements are as follow:
On Monday, July 6th at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home - 962 North Road, N.E. Warren, Ohio - The Funeral Service will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, July 7th the Divine Liturgy will be served at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. Read more...
Sunday, June 28, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that Reader Andrew Talarovich, Jr. of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead, PA, reposed in the Lord suddenly on Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Andrew, age 52, was the son of the late Andrew Sr. and Katherine (Rethi) Talarovich; brother of Michael Joseph (Rachel) Talarovich of Pittsburgh, PA and Kathryn (James) Brackin of Indiana, PA; uncle of Heather (Brent) Blose; great uncle of Aiden Hill; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends. Andrew was a former cantor at SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Homer City, and was the present cantor and choir director at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead. Read more...
Sunday, June 28, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- This evening more than 100 of our Diocesan youth arrived safely at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown for the Annual Diocesan Altarboy Retreat, and at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA for the Annual Young Women's Encounter. During the next three days, the altar boys and young women of our Diocese will have the opportunity in their own venue to spend time in prayer, learning, fellowship and service.
Taking inspiration from the Scriptural verse, "Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God." - 1 Peter 2:16, the theme of this year's altar boy retreat is “To Serve is to Love…” In addition to interactive discussions on the retreat theme, instruction in Plain Chant Singing, Read more...
Monday, June 15, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for June through August 2015, has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Diocesan faithful and members of the Junior and Senior ACRY are cordially invited to take part in the 71st National ACRY Convention, From September 4-6. 2015 in Binghamton, NY. Hosted by St. Michael's Parish and ACRY Chapter #40, a wonderful weekend of worship, fellowship and family fun is being planned for all! Along with the usual business session meetings, there will be engaging speakers on the topics of campus ministry and the hands-on outreach and mission projects that the ACRY has taken on during the past year. A highlight of the Labor Day Weekend gathering will be the ordination to the Holy Priesthood of William Bennett.
Other activities planned for the weekend include a Golf Outing and a Finger Lakes Wine Tour, an AA Baseball Game, and a possible visit to a local farm for a hay ride and apple picking! Read more...
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Helen Spanovich, celebrated choir director in the Greater Johnstown area for the past 75 years, retired with a testimonial banquet at Christ the Saviour Educational Center on Tuesday evening, May 26.
Cathedral parishioners as well as priests and faithful from many areas attended. The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Buczak, Cathedral Dean, was toastmaster. Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro, Chancellor, welcomed everyone and offered a toast. Michael Fetsko, Cathedral Financial Secretary, made a presentation. Beautiful roses were sent by Attorney Nicholas Timko, choir director of St. Nicholas Church in New York City. Read more...
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- As the 2nd Young Women's Encounter approaches Bishop Gregory asks for the continued prayers of our Diocesan family for the young women of our Diocese and for this event to help them love Christ and live their Orthodox faith. The registration deadline is Monday, June 1st and as of today the Encounter is half way to its participant limit!
All young women of the Diocese, age 11-18, are encouraged to register by sending in their registration form for the Young Women's Encounter. They can submit their forms by mail or email if they follow by mailing the originals. Parish priests are asked if any young women in their parish have let them know that they want to or plan to attend Read more...
Saturday, May 16, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [National ACRY] - It's hard to believe that the ACRY Bowling Tournament is less than a week away! Final plans are taking place and St John's Church Chapter 23 of Stratford, CT looks forward to seeing many Diocesan faithful over Memorial Day Weekend. Join in the fun Friday night at St. John's Church (600 Silver Lane, Stratford, CT) to relax and start the weekend off with fellowship, food, and a campfire with smores. Read more...
Friday, May 15, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Today, May 15, 2015, marks the second anniversary of the repose of the faithful priest of the Diocese, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Michael Rosco. Fr. Michael Fell-Asleep-In-The-Lord following injuries sustained in a serious car accident following his attendance at the Spring Meeting of the Diocesan Board of Trustees Meeting.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fr. Michael attended DChrist the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology degree in 1972. That same year, he married the former Susan Hreha of Homestead, Pennsylvania Read more...