News and Events

Bulletin September 18, 2016


The Candles Before the Iconostasis are burning during the month of September in memory of +Deacon Paul Pipta. May his memory be eternal!

Exaltation of the Cross: We celebrate both the finding of the true cross of Christ in 326 by the Empress Helen, as well as it’s retrieval from it’s capture by the Persians in 627. Empress Helen searched Jerusalem for the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified and she did indeed find it with two other crosses as well as the crucifixion inscription. To know which cross was the true cross, they asked a sick woman to kiss each of the crosses, the true cross cured her of her illness as well as other miracles which have been attributed to the cross. The final day of the feast’s octave (eight day feast) is on Wednesday.

Seminary Choir: The Seminary Choir of Blessed Theodore Romzha Academy in Mukačevo, Ukraine will perform a concert at St. Gregory’s on Thursday evening, September 29th at 7:00 PM. The concert will include selections from liturgical services and religions hymns in Old Church Slavonic. The seminarians will visit a number of Byzantine Catholic parishes throughout the Northeast during their visit.
Prior to the Concert, we have been asked to provide dinner for the seminarians. There are about 16 seminarians in the group, 2 chaperones, and 3 drivers. Bishop Nil Lushchak, Auxiliary Bishop of Mukačevo, may accompany the seminarians. Dinner should begin at 6:00 PM with the concert following at 7:00 PM. The public will be invited to the Concert itself with dessert and coffee to follow after the Concert.
We need volunteers to assist in cooking, cleaning, and general hospitality of our Seminarian guests.

Email Communications: We are compiling a list of parishioners’ email addresses and phone numbers for emergency or alternate communication needs.
Please fill out your address and phone numbers on the sheet provided in the hall, or email your info to:

Baseball Game: The Patronage Men’s Club is inviting our parishioners to join them to see the Orioles baseball game on Sat. Sept. 24th. They are offering free tickets to any altar server who would like to attend. Please contact our parish office via phone or email.

Pastor & Pasta: Ft. Lewis will host an informal lunch of pasta, meatballs, and salad after the divine liturgy on Sunday September 18th to get to know parishioners and for them to get to know him. All are invited for good food and to share ideas about what they would like to see in the parish. Next week, a summary of discussion topics will be provided in the bulletin.

Upcoming Events
Sept 26-29 Eparchial Priest Retreat in NewJersey — Fr. Lewis will be away during these days to return Thursday afternoon.
Thurs. Sept. 29 7PM Seminary Choir Concert at St. Gregory’s
Sat. Oct. 1 11AM Slavonic Divine Liturgy by the Seminary Choir with Bishop Nil Luschak, O.F.M. as main celebrant at Patronage of the Mother of God Church in Arbutus, MD
Oct. 14-16 “Come and See” Retreat at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh for men ages 18-35–Is God calling you to be a priest?
Sat. Oct. 15 Men’s Retreat in Arbutus conducted by Fr. Lewis
Sat. Nov 5. 10AM-4PM The Great Slavic Food Festival