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Eternal Memory: +Maxym Lysack

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that Maxym Lysack, the father of Protopresbyter Maxym Lysack, reposed in the Lord on Wednesday April 14, 2021.. 

The Funeral Service will be celebrated on Friday evening at Christ the Saviour Church in Ottawa, with private burial on Saturday.  Read more...

The Lenten Spring Has Come!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the setting of the sun and the celebration of Forgiveness Vespers this evening, the season of The Great Fast has been ushered in throughout our God-Saved Diocese and the entire Orthodox Church.

This Holy Season, as His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory has reminded us in his Lenten  Archpastoral Letter,  is a time for increased "... self-examination, reflection and confession.... Great Lent is not just about what we eat, but more importantly how we live."

To assist the faithful in making the most of this holy season, additional resources have been added to our Diocesan Website. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Great Lent 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

My Beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God Protected Diocese:

As we begin Holy and Great Lent this year on March 15th, I wanted to share with you a few  thoughts so that we may journey through the season and arrive safely at the Great Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha with the proper frame of mind.

It has been over a year now that we have been dealing with the global Covid-19 pandemic and all of its effects including tragically the loss of over 50 individuals in our Diocese. May their memories be eternal! The pandemic greatly impacted our lives including the practicing of our faith, especially our attendance at church services. Virtual attendance via live-streaming and other measures work in emergency situations, but eventually lose their effectiveness. Read more...

2021 ACRY Scholarship Application Now Available!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA  [DIocesan Chancery] -- The National ACRY Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that the 2021 ACRY Scholarship Application is now available on ACRY.org. There are several new, exciting changes to the application process! First, the application is now a fillable .pdf format which should allow all applicants to complete it digitally without the need to print and mail completed documents. Second, the website now has the capability to accept uploaded files which will be sent directly to the Scholarship Committee. We strongly urge all applicants, and those writing letters of recommendation, to use this new feature to better streamline the application process. Read more...

Register Now For 2021 Diocesan Lenten Retreat!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- Each year, our Diocese, through the stewardship of the National Sr. ACRY,  has offered opportunities for our faithful  to gather together in Spiritual Retreat, during Great Lent at various regional locations. They have been well received and appreciated by those who participated.

This year, however with the continuing reality of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is not possible for us to offer our Annual Retreat Program as we have in the past. However,  we will be able to do so in another format.

On Saturday April 3, 2021, a Diocesan-Wide Lenten Retreat for adults and teenagers will take place using the online Zoom Platform. It will begin at noon and will be 90 minutes in duration. Read more...

5th Publication of the SPF50 Family Scripture Reading Ministry Has Just Been Released!

Friday, January 01, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] -- We are pleased to announce that SPF50 Family Scripture Reading Ministry has just released the fifth edition of SPF50. The reading schedule will begin on January 10, 2021.

We are excited for the NEW reading program in the fifth edition!! The NEW reading program will highlight many ESSENTIAL Biblical Stories like Creation, Noah and the Ark, the Exodus, the call of the Prophet Samuel, and many others throughout the Old and New Testaments. Read more...

Patriarchal Proclamation For Christmas 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Most venerable brothers in Christ and beloved children,

As we journey with the All-Holy Virgin, who comes “to give birth ineffably” to the pre-eternal Word, and as we gaze upon Bethlehem, which prepares itself to receive the holy infant, behold we have once more reached Christmas filled with sentiments of gratitude to the God of love. The journey to this great feast of the nativity in the flesh of the world’s Savior was different this year with regard to the outward conditions, resulting from the current pandemic. Our church life and the participation of our faithful in the sacred services, as well as the church’s pastoral care and good witness in the world were all affected by the repercussions of the related health restrictions. However, all this does not affect the innermost relationship of the faithful with Christ or of our faith in His providence and our devotion to “the one thing that is necessary.”[1] Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2020/2021

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christmas is a time of great joy, hope and love. Two thousand years ago, quietly, almost secretly, without a great deal of fanfare, Jesus Christ, the "King of Kings" was born in a cave in the town of Bethlehem. No earthly creature in their wildest imaginings could have foreseen the impact of this humble event: a God-Man, born of a woman, who would change the course of history forever. This God- Man spoke and touched the hearts and minds of everyone who had ears to hear Him. This God- Man's words and actions have comforted, given hope and transformed the lives of millions throughout time. This is the God-Man that we worship. This is the God-Man that we praise. The miraculous mystery of our Lord's birth should remain first and foremost in all our hearts and minds during this brilliant season. We should never forget that Christmas is about Christ and His birth. Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Very Rev. Fr. John Baranik (Updated)

Sunday, December 20, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that +Rev. Fr. John Baranik reposed in the Lord on December 20, 2020. 

Fr. John, son of the late John and Irma (Lux) Baranik, was born on Oct.13, 1948 in Windber, PA. He graduated from Christ the Saviour Seminary in 1971 and was joined in Holy Matrimony to his faithful helpmate, Betty Jean Koslin.He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 30, 1971 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown.

Fr. John, who was known as a dedicated and caring priest, served parishes in Buffalo, NY (St Mary Church), Phoenixville, PA (Holy Ghost Church), Jenners, PA (St Mary Church) and Homer City, PA (Sts. Peter and Paul Church). In his retirement, he assisted at Christ the Saviour Cathedral as he was able, especially with offering the Holy Mystery of Confession and spiritual direction.

Fr. John is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years Pani Betty Jean and daughter Nikola Jean Read more...

Diocese To Offer 2 New Youth Ministry Programs!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- Our Diocese is pleased and excited to offer 2 NEW Youth Ministry Programs at the beginning of 2021!! The first are called “Homerooms”. The second are Monthly Check-ins. You can read more about them in the letter below. Both new programs are meant to continue fostering our children’s relationship with Christ, with our Diocese and with one another. These new programs stem from The Vine and the Branches online Diocesan Youth Events (which will be continued in 2021 starting in March) and are for Youth ages 5-18 (Kindergarten through 12th Grade). Read more...

 
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