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The sound on the church roof on
Christmas Eve was not Santa Claus but the workmen finishing the repairs. You
can tell the difference between the new copper's tan color and the old
copper's green tint. 12/2007
The "straw" tumbling from the bottom of
the manger was something we undertook wih Generations of Faith. People were
offered strips of yellow paper--like star--on which to right various good
deeds and acts of piety they did during Advent. The "straw was then placed
in the manger for Christmas. 12/2007
The Ukrainian Trust Choir gave a
Christmas concert at Sts. Petger & Paul Church in Ambridge on Sunday
afternoon, December 30th, the day that parish finished its celebration of
its 100th anniversary. How many of our parishioners can you find singing in
the group? (And more were out of camera range.) Dorothy Waslo, the director,
stands at the right.
Cathy Sembrat rolls out the dough . . .
and we will rake it in to meet the needs of the church.
Bob attempts to make off with a try of
Cathy's prize-winning cookies . . . too colorful to be pyrohi, Bob!
"Your table is ready, follow me!"
Immediate seating . . .
The fifth day of our annual Pyrohi Marathon
came to a pleasant close on Friday, the 14th of December, due to the hard
work and cheerful attitude of our volunteers. We'll report the total amount
of pyrohi they made later in the season.
Rosemary Bogdon seems overwhelmed in making
a choice at the gift exchange.
During the business session, Steph Fedora
gives the reports while Joanne Hurey, the chair, listens. John Zaletski, the
newest member of the group, sits to the left. The society exists to raise
funds for the parish to help meet its expenses, and Joanne presented the
pastor with a check for almost twenty-five hundred dollars.
On the other hand, the pastor shamelessly
lunges for a nut cracker.
The members of the parish's St. Josaphat
Society begin to move through the well stocked buffet at their annual St.
Nicholas celebration in the parish hall.
Some of the tykes gather 'round St. Nick to
see what he has for them duing the parish's annual Mykolaya.
One big but happy kid sits on St. Nick to
assure him he has been very good this year.
Steve Zinski directs the choir of the
Southside parish, in which several of our parishioners sing, for the
panakhyda in memory of those starved to death by
Joseph Stalin in
The massed choirs, including the Southside
choir, the Ukrainian Cultural Trust Choir and the choir of the Slavic
Baptist Church sing the final hymn at the service.
Our fellow parishioner, Dr. Michel Kutsenkow,
receives his award from Nick Kotow at a testimonial dinner held on November
10th at the Chartiers Country Club in which he was named Ukrainian of the
Year by The Ukrainian Technological Society.
Keith & Mary Reebe decide where to put their
tickets at the Chinese auction held in conjunction with our Nite at the
Races. Someone chose well: Keith wenthome with an extra long level!
Bohdan Konecky reports on what his group
discussed during the second learning session.
Stepping out of "cybert-land," Ted Sywy,
the parish's web-master (left), and Zach Sudiak, our computer doctor (right)
get a taste of reality, or at least ham as they help serve the lunch at
Generations of Faith.
Dr. Rick Plugh and his new bride, Becky Alstad, after their wedding on
Even God's army marches on its stomach! The first loaves of our
homemade bread, like an army on the march, are set out in preparation for
Fr. de Paulo proclaims
the Gospel after his formal installation at St. John the Baptist Church in
E. McKeesport on Sunday morning, August 5th.
Msgr. George was in E. McKeesport this morning to install the Rev. Craig de
Paulo as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church there.
Msgr. George, the protopresbyter, begins the installation of Fr. Ihor
at St. John the Baptist Church in McKees Rocks on Sunday morning, July
29th. Father Ihor was just ordained this year at Easter,
and this is his first assignment. Both he and his wife, Pani Inna, are
from the Lviv region in Ukraine.
This past Saturday, July 28, the pator was in Warren, Ohio, to take
part in the golden jubilee of Benedictine Sister Barbara Pavlik. The
Liturgy took part at Sts Peter & Paul Church there, followed by a dinner
at a local banquet facility. In the photo, left to right, Rev. Bob
Karl, the pastor; Sr. Barbara, Archbishop Basil Schott of the Byzantine
(Ruthenian) Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, and Msgr. George.
It was truly a family
reunion here at Holy Trinity on Sunday, July 22nd, when Bishop Richard Seminack,
eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago, returned for a visit and a
celebration of his fortieth anniversary of ordination. He spent almost
half of his priesthood here in Carnegie. After the Liturgy, sung with
great feeling and enthusiasm (a word from the Greek meaning "to be in God"),
there was an informal reception in the hall and then a testimonial dinner at Tambellini's Bridgeville Restaurant. And, although it has become a
cliché, "a good time was had by all!"
Bishop Richard dismisses
the congregation at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Later he explained
how great a pleasure it was for him to serve here again since, as a bishop,
he never knows precisely how the Liturgy will be celebrated in the churches
of his eparchy when he visits. In the huge territory of his eparchy the
liturgical difference, or tone, from one church to another can be
significant. He said on this occasion he could relax and enjoy the service
just the way he remembered it when he was pastor here.
Anastasia Kohut shares a moment with Bishop Richard at the reception
after the Liturgy..
Long time rectory housekeeper Esther Koss reminisces with Bishop
Jim Beebe leads his bride, Jessica
Volanski-Yalch, from our church after their marriage on Sunday
afternoon, June 2nd.
Thomas Harout (Armenian for "Resurrection")
Medwig lies in the arms of his godmother, Wendy Steiner, after the rites
of Christening. From left to right, Mrs. Yahnian, the maternal
grandmother who came all the way from Beirut, Lebanon, for the rites,
godfather Brian Medwig, Wendy with Thomas H., his mother, Mayda Medwig
holding his sister, Anna; and his father, Mark.
Little Thomas's cake, served at the
reception after church. Do you think they are grooming him for something?
"Equal time for the paternal line!" Thomas
H's grandfather, Tom Medwig, holding Anna; with paternal grandmother Ming
holding Thomas H. Tom & Ming will be leaving shortly for Germany and the
marriage of another of their sons. 5/27/07
Soyuz Ukrainok set up a
display of Ukrainian icons as part of the Pittsburgh Folk Festival held over
this past weekend. Our fellow parishioner, Luba Hlutkowsky, served as
vice-president of the committee and acted as MC for several of the
Last weekend Msgr. George was back
home in Brooklyn, NY, to take part in the 40th anniversary celebration of
his friend, Msgr. Anthony Dana. Msgr. George spent a year with Msgr. Dana
at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Brooklyn before leaving to join a
monastery. During that year he and Msgr. Dana helped the Catholic
chaplain at the military base on Governor's Island in the New York harbor,
Msgr. George as a catechist and Msgr. Dana as the organist, and the two
became close friends. (May 20th, 2007)
Natalya Christa Pretka rests in the arms
of her father, John, while her mother, JoAnn, and her brothers stand by
her after her baptism at the 4 o'clock Liturgy yesterday, May 12th. God
grant them all many years!
Michael Spak (blue shirt to the left) with
some family and friends continues work on his Eagle Scout Project:
refurbishing Trinity Acres. A great deal of brush has been cleared away
at the picnic site, repairs made and a lot of paint laid down. We are
very grateful to Michael and his helpers for making this his special
project. That's his father, Myron; and his brother, Nicholas, at Michael's
Newlyweds Vivian (nee
Colaizzi) and Cesare Ulrich
Maura J. Brehl, Helena M. Malyarsky and Nicholas G. Spak, who were admitted
to the Mystery of Penance last Sunday
Sr. Olga Marie, OSBM, explains a
point about Generations of Faith to representatives from our parish, along
with St. John'son Pittsburgh's Southside, and from St. Anne's (Austintown,
OH) & Holy Trinity (Youngstown, OH). The two day workshop took place at our
parish on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st.
Some of our congregation waiting to have their baskets of
paschal food blessed . . .
The Ukrainian Bandurist Chous performing
their "Bandura: The Soul of Ukraine" at the Carnegie Free Library & Music
Radio personality Mike Komichak welcomes the members of the
chorus after they sang the grace before their meal in our church hall.
Some members of the chorus sing a "mnohaya lita" for the
sponsors of the concert and our parish.
Father Bohdan Lukie conducted a parish mission here at Holy Trinity from
Sunday, March 18th, until this past W\ednesday. About eighty
people came each evening to hear him preach, and both he and his messages
were very well received by the congregation. We thank him for his good
service to us, and pray that God will bless his ministry with the abundant
fruit of the Spirit. For those who might like to hear Fr. Bohdan, he is
preaching at St. John the Baptist Church on South 7th Street and
Carson in Pittsburgh’s Southside these next few days.