News Archives - Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church

2011 Holiday Dinner

2011 Holiday Dinner

Parishioners joined Fr. Bob for the Annual SS Peter & Paul Holiday Dinner at the church Social Center

2010 Byzanteen Youth Rally

Byzanteen Youth Rally Procession

Byzantines from throughout the United States came together for the 2010 Byzanteen Youth Rally held July 8-11 at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. SS Peter & Paul hosted a Divine Liturgy on Saturday, July 10, celebrated by Bishop William Skurla (Eparchy of Passaic), Bishop John Kudrick (Eparchy of Parma), and Fr. Eugene Yackanich (Administrator of the Pittsburgh Archeparchy). Parishioners and Youth were led in singing by the Byzanteen Youth Choir. See Photos.

Fr. Will Rupp

Deacon Will Rupp Ordained

On May 16, 2010 Deacon Will Rupp was ordained as a priest of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh in a ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John in Munhall, PA. On May 23, 2010, Father Will celebrated a Liturgy of Thanksgiving at his home parish SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church. View Photos

May God grant Father Will peace, health, and happiness for many years!




ByzanTeen Youth Prepare Easter Baskets

ByzanTeen Youth

March 2010 - ByzanTeen youth from Ss. Cyril & Methodius joined with those from
Ss. Peter & Paul in Erie to prepare traditional Easter Baskets for shut-ins.
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Welcome Fr. Robert Karl

Fr. Bob

On February 6th and 7th, 2010 members of SS Peter & Paul welcomed Fr. Bob to the parish family.

Bus Trip To 75th Annual Pilgrimage

The sisters pf St. Basil the Great invite you to the pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, September 5 - September 7, 2009 at Mount St. Macrina, Uniontown, PA. This is a great opportunity to grow in your relationship with God and to pray and socialize with Byzantine Catholics from other parts of the country. If you are interested in taking the bus to the Uniontown Pilgrimage on Sunday 6 September 2009, please sign your name on the sheet in the Narthex of the church. The bus will leave SS Peter & Paul Church at 7 AM. It will return to the Erie area at approximately 1 AM. Cost for the bus is $30 per adult. Children and youth through college are free.

2009 Rededication

On June 20-21 2009 Reverend Father Andrew J. Deskevich, His Eminence, Metropolitan Basil Schott, Archbishop of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, and the parish family and friends of SS Peter & Paul Church gathered for the Consecration, Blessing, and Rededication of the newly renovated church. More...

Eternal Memory

George Betza fell asleep in the Lord on 4 August 2009. Our Parish Family extends its heartfelt sympathy to his wife Nancy and his daughters Eileen Romeo and Lillian Plonski and their families. In blessed repose, grant O Lord eternal rest to the soul of Your departed servant George and remember him forever!

Many Years

Our Parish Family extends its prayerful best wishes to Joel Claudio II who celebrated the Mysteries of Initiation on Sunday, 9 August 2009. He joins his parents Joel and Natalie and sister Jayliannah as a member of our Family of Faith. May God grant to His servant Joel peace, health and happiness for many years!

2009 Graduates

Olga Bugera University of Pittsburgh, B.S. in Political Science, History, and Italian
Yuliya Bugera University of Pittsburgh, B.S. from School of Health and Rehabilitation Services
Pamela Carson Mercyhurst College, Masters Degree in Special Education and teaching certificate in Elementary Education
Julia M. Kiddo Iroquois High Jr./Sr. High School
Benjamin F. Krumpe Cathedral Prep
Nicholas G. Plonski Cathedral Prep

May God grant to our graduates peace, health and happiness for many years!

Archieparchial Appointment

On March 16, 2009 Fr. Andrew was appointed by Metropolitan Basil as a representative on the Intereparchial Youth Commission. This commission was formed in 1999 to plan the National ByzanTEEN Youth Rallies, which are held every other year. The next ByzanTEEN Youth Rally will be held in 2010 on the campus of Mercyhurst College and our parish grounds.

William Rupp is Ordained Deacon

William Rupp Ordained Deacon

On May 3, 2009 William Rupp was ordained a deacon. The parochial Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Metropolitan Basil. A reception followed in the church Social Center.

Fr. Deacon Will attends the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, where he has another year of study before he is ordained to the priesthood. He is the son of Clarence and Patricia Rupp of our parish. May God grant to Fr. Deacon Will peace, health, and happiness for many years!

Donations to Mercy CenterLenten Almsgiving

During the Lenten season parishioners donated personal care items to benefit the Mercy Center for Women. Approximately 250 pounds of items were collected, including 13 packages of diapers, 12 net sponges, 2 packages of bathroom tissue, 19 containers of baby wipes, 36 bottles of baby products, 71 bottles of body wash, hair care and deodorant, and 9 tubes of toothpaste plus brushes.

Classes on the Holy Apostle Paul

His Holiness, Benedict XVI has designated 29 June 2008 through 29 June 2009 as the Year of St. Paul and invites us to recall and to imitate what he taught. At the request of Metropolitan Basil, the Archeparchial Office of Religious Education has developed a series of classes to help the faithful grow in the understanding and appreciation of the Holy Apostle Paul. These four, two-hour sessions consist of the following topics:

  • The Spiritual Journey of Paul
  • St. Paul's Communities and his message
  • Breaking Open the Message of St. Paul
  • St. Paul and the Mysteries

For additional information, please contact the rectory at 825-8140.

Rummage Sale

We held a Rummage Sale to benefit the projects of the Charity and Outreach Committees of our parish. The kitchen served hot dogs, kielbasa sandwiches, halupki and beverages.

Nut Roll Orders

We will be baking rolls for weddings, showers, summer gatherings etc., on 12 May 2009, our last day until the fall. If you would like to order nut, poppyseed, apricot or prune rolls, please call Jan Kondratic @ 825-5065.

First Reconciliation

Our parish family extends its prayerful best wishes to Olivia Erbin who celebrated her First Reconciliation on April 26, 2009. We continue to remember her in prayer and support her spiritually as she grows in her relationship with God. May God grant to Olivia peace, health, and happiness for many years!

Faith & Fun Days for Altar Servers

The Archieparchial Office of Vocations is planning a "Faith & Fun Day" for Altar Servers at the Gilmary Retreat Center, Moon Township, PA on June 25-26, 2009. Save the date.

A Floral Remembrance

We Byzantine faithful proclaim at this time, "Christ is Risen!" - "Indeed He is Risen!" What a beautiful phrase to proclaim the reality of our salvation won by Christ. This promise of everlasting life is commemorated by the addition of a floral display to our church rendering the memory of our loved ones eternal. May their memories bloom eternal in our hearts, and may God bless these thoughtful donors and keep these special people for whom these flowers are intended be constantly in our Lord's loving embrace.

In Loving Memory Of: From:
Deceased of the Anderson & Kutzer Families Margaret & Michael Anderson
Dr. Roman Andrijiw Elizabeth Andrijiw
Andrew Antolik Betty Antolik & Mary Jane Carson
George, Anna & Mike Evelyn Antolik
Our Parents and Brothers Steve & Fern Antolik
John Karmazon M/M Richard Benedict Family
William Karmazon M/M Richard Benedict Family
Suzanna Bihler Art Bihler
John & Helen Blasko George Blasko
Mildred Bosak Paul Bosak
Myron Bugera Bugera Family
Yevstakhiy Dus'ko Bugera Family
Michael & Caroline Penneck Anthony & Charlene Gomo
John, Paul and Irene Meaner Anthony & Charlene Gomo
Frank Pennock Anthony & Charlene Gomo
Kenneth & Madeline Cooper John & Madeline Hromyak
Anna Hromyak John & Madeline Hromyak
Christopher Molnar The Heugel Family
Jenny Juskewycz Stephan Juskewycz
Deceased of the Petrov & Karmazon Families Martha Karmazon
LuAnn Kerchansky Daniel & Alicia Kerchansky
LuAnn Kerchansky Stephen Kerchansky
Florence & Casmir Stephen Kerchansky
Stephen and Katherine Kerchansky Stephen Kerchansky
Tom Murzyn & Yom Kondratic Janice Kondratic & Chadd
Michael & Marta Krajnik Ann Krajnik
Andrew, George, Nicholas Krajnik & Amy Mlakar Helen Krajnik
Steve & Anna Krivonak Margaret Krivonak
Deceased of the Kavcsak & Law Families Charles & Helen Law
Christopher Molnar Michael & RoseMarie Molnar
Mary Ellen Pushchak Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Puschak
Michael, Mary, Helen Puschak Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Puschak Family
Genevieve & Thomas Leguard & Robert Kellogg Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Puschak Family
Grandma Mary Ellen Puschak Ave, Averil & Aveta Puschak
Mike & Julia Gido & Robert Riel Ron & Kathy Riehl
Mabel Cushing Clarence & Patricia Rupp
Stephen Saber Christine Saber
Peter & Margaret Plavcan Mary Lou Scottino
Deceased of Pennock & Silay Families Steve & Helen Silay
Jeffrey Sutter, Andrew & Elizabeth Czdma Don & Marjorie Sutter
James D. Varhola Millan F. Varhola

Will Rupp Ordained Subdeacon

On March 5, 2009 Will Rupp of our parish was ordained a subdeacon at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Diaconal Ordination of Subdeacon Will is scheduled for Sunday May 3 at 3:30 pm at SS Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Erie.

William RuppByzantines at March for Life '09

On January 22, 2009, Byzantines from across the country, including seminarians from SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, gathered in Washington D.C. to participate in the annual March for Life.

William Rupp, a third year seminarian from SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church in Erie, Pa. said of the experience: "This yearly liturgy, and the number of religious groups gathered there, helps to emphasize the universality of the Church and its unified witness to the pro-life cause."

(Photograph reprinted from the Byzantine Catholic World)

Seminarian Ordained Reader

Our seminarian, Will Rupp, was tonsured and ordained a Reader on Saturday, Janurry 10, 2009 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh. The Order of Reader is the first step toward Presbyteral Ordination. Read more.

On March 25, 2009 Reader Rupp will be ordained a Subdeacon.

May God grant to the Reader Will, peace, health and happiness for many years!

December 2008 Cathedral Center Liturgy

On December 4, 2008 at SS Peter & Paul, Fr. Andrew and Monsignor William Biebel concelebrated a special Divine Liturgy for the 8th grade students of Erie's Cathedral Center. The mass introduced the students to the traditions of the Byzantine Rite. A reception luncheon followed (view photos).

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos

On November 21, 2008, SS Peter & Paul celebrated a special Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos.

Guest Homilist was the Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of the Diocese of Erie. A short reception followed. View photos of the event.

Bus trip to Parma, OH

September 28, 2008 - Sacred Hymns of the Carpathian Mountains

On September 28 Parishioners from SS. Peter & Paul joined Fr. Andrew on a bus trip to Parma, Ohio, to attend Divine Liturgy at St. John Byzantine Catholic Cathedral. Responses were chanted by the seminary choir from the Blessed Theodore Romzha Theological Academy in Uzhorod, Ukraine. The choir is currently on a tour of the Eastern United States.

June 29, 2008 - Parish Feast Day Dinner

On 29 June the church celebrated the Great Feast of the Prime Apostles, Peter and Paul.  (View Photos)  This is also the patronal feast of our parish family. We commemorated this Great Feast of the Prime Apostles and our patrons with a luncheon on 29 June 2008 following the 11 AM Sunday Divine Liturgy. This will be the "kick-off" for our year of preparation for the rededication of our church in 2009.

At this Patronal Feast Day luncheon we honored the vocations from our parish. As we prepare to celebrate the Rededication of our church and as we begin to personally rededicate ourselves to God, the Church and to this particular Parish, we pause to give thanks to God for the men and women from our parish who answered His call to serve Him and His Church as a priest or nun. Our parish has been blessed with priests Fr. David Witkowski, Fr. John Seniw, Fr, John Mihalco, Msgr. William Biebel (whom we claim because he attributes his vocations to the encouragement of Fr. John Onesko), nuns Sr. Perpetua (Rose) Kavcsak, OSBM, Sr. Julia Rohaly, OSB, Sr. Sylvia Burnett, OSBM, and seminarian William Rupp.

St. NicholasSeptember 18, 2006

The Reverend Julius Kubinyi, former Pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, fell asleep in the Lord on September 18, 2006 in Uzhorod, Ukraine.

He was born on January 28, 1925 in Onok, Czechoslovakia, the son of George and Anna Kubinyi. He was ordained at the St. Josaphat Seminary in Rome, Italy on May 3, 1951. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology in 1953.

The Rev Kubinyi served the parishes of St. Joseph in Cleveland, Ohio, St. Nicolas in Detroit Michigan, St. Mary in Nanticoke, PA, St. Michael in Glen Lyon, PA, and St. Michael in Sheffield, PA.

He was assigned to Saints Peter & Paul on August 1, 1973. He retired on May 9, 2003.

The funeral Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Milan Sasik, Eparch of Mukachevo. He was laid to rest in the Korolevo Cemetery in Uzhorod.