February 25, 2024

2009 News Archive

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 BugeraUniversity of Pittsburgh, B.S. in Political Science, History, and Italian
Yuliya BugeraUniversity of Pittsburgh, B.S. from School of Health and Rehabilitation Services
Pamela CarsonMercyhurst College, Masters Degree in Special Education and teaching certificate in Elementary Education
Julia M. KiddoIroquois High Jr./Sr. High School
Benjamin F. KrumpeCathedral Prep
Nicholas G. PlonskiCathedral 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

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!

Lenten 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 FamiliesMargaret & Michael Anderson
Dr. Roman AndrijiwElizabeth Andrijiw
Andrew AntolikBetty Antolik & Mary Jane Carson
George, Anna & MikeEvelyn Antolik
Our Parents and BrothersSteve & Fern Antolik
John KarmazonM/M Richard Benedict Family
William KarmazonM/M Richard Benedict Family
Suzanna BihlerArt Bihler
John & Helen BlaskoGeorge Blasko
Mildred BosakPaul Bosak
Myron BugeraBugera Family
Yevstakhiy Dus’koBugera Family
Michael & Caroline PenneckAnthony & Charlene Gomo
John, Paul and Irene MeanerAnthony & Charlene Gomo
Frank PennockAnthony & Charlene Gomo
Kenneth & Madeline CooperJohn & Madeline Hromyak
Anna HromyakJohn & Madeline Hromyak
Christopher MolnarThe Heugel Family
Jenny JuskewyczStephan Juskewycz
Deceased of the Petrov & Karmazon FamiliesMartha Karmazon
LuAnn KerchanskyDaniel & Alicia Kerchansky
LuAnn KerchanskyStephen Kerchansky
Florence & CasmirStephen Kerchansky
Stephen and Katherine KerchanskyStephen Kerchansky
Tom Murzyn & Yom KondraticJanice Kondratic & Chadd
Michael & Marta KrajnikAnn Krajnik
Andrew, George, Nicholas Krajnik & Amy MlakarHelen Krajnik
Steve & Anna KrivonakMargaret Krivonak
Deceased of the Kavcsak & Law FamiliesCharles & Helen Law
Christopher MolnarMichael & RoseMarie Molnar
Mary Ellen PushchakDr. & Mrs. Andrew Puschak
Michael, Mary, Helen PuschakDr. & Mrs. Andrew Puschak Family
Genevieve & Thomas Leguard & Robert KelloggDr. & Mrs. Andrew Puschak Family
Grandma Mary Ellen PuschakAve, Averil & Aveta Puschak
Mike & Julia Gido & Robert RielRon & Kathy Riehl
Mabel CushingClarence & Patricia Rupp
Stephen SaberChristine Saber
Peter & Margaret PlavcanMary Lou Scottino
Deceased of Pennock & Silay FamiliesSteve & Helen Silay
Jeffrey Sutter, Andrew & Elizabeth CzdmaDon & Marjorie Sutter
James D. VarholaMillan 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.

Byzantines 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!