February 26, 2023 Bulletin


Sat. 25: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus

             Commemoration of the
              Miracle of the Great-Martyr


              +Paul Edward Swantek

             From Ann Vanyo

Sun. 26: 9:00 am @ Infant Jesus

             1st Sunday of the Great Fast

            +Michael Hritz Jr. from

            Mary & John Basista


Tues. 28: NO LITURGY

Wed. 1: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus

             Pre-Sanctified Liturgy

             Lenten Education Class to


Thurs. 2: NO LITURGY

Fri. 3: 4:00 pm @ St. Nicholas

            Pre-Sanctified Liturgy

            For increase in religious

            Vocations from Sacred Heart


Sat. 4: 6:00 pm @ Infant Jesus

             2nd All Souls Saturday

              +Marian Dzurnak from

             Rosalie Krivan

Sun. 5: 9:00 am @ Infant Jesus

             2nd Sunday of the Great Fast

             Living & Deceased

             Members of the Altar &

             Rosary Society

Collection Report

Week of 02/19/2023

$               1433.00     Offertory

$                     5.00     Holy Day

$                   90.00     Holiday Flowers

$                   67.00     Candles

$               1595.00     TOTAL

Attendance from last week’s Liturgies:


Sunday: 70



Richard Kuty, Pearl Tablack, & Nina Zavatsky & Bernie Litwin all at home. Mary Rotunno at Assumption, Dolores Schurko & Louise Macabobby at Hampton Wood and the rest of our parishioners who are in nursing homes.  May God grant to all the sick of our parish many blessed, happy and healthier years.


If any parishioner or family member is ill & would like to be on the pray list, or receive get-well wishes, call Karen or Kathy Kollar @330-272-1857.


Our 50th Anniversary are available to purchase for $15-please see Fr. Michael to purchase.  Those who generously donated and receive a free book, please see Fr. Michael or Paula Slemons.


The 2023 Sanctuary request sheet is available on the vestibule table.


The Altar & Rosary Society will again be praying the rosary NEXT Sunday, March 5th at 8:30 am. Everyone is welcomed.


This year, following all Wednesday Pre-Sanctified liturgies there will be again, a Lenten adult education class. All parishioners, family and friends are welcomed to learn about our Byzantine faith.


There is a yellow donation box in the parking lot by the pavilion for new/slightly used coats, clothing and shoes. These donations will be sent to the Ukraine to those affected by the war. Your donations are truly appreciated.


The following is a report on how your maintenance contributions are being utilized. New commodes were installed this past week in both the women and men’s restrooms. Two new vacuum cleaners were purchased for our cleaning volunteers of the church. A new meter was installed at the gas well after the old one failed.  An evaluation was completed by a structural engineer firm on the church roof in order for us to move forward on a possible replacement/repair of the dome. We truly appreciate your continued contributions to our maintenance fund.


The 2022 financial reports are available on the vestibule table. As of 12/31/2022:

We thank all parishioners for their continued support of our parish. May God bless all of you with health, happiness and many blessed years.

Any questions, please see Fr. Michael or Greg Slemons.


St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church,

2140 Highland Road in Hermitage is holding Lenten Ethnic Food Sale on Wednesday, March 8th from 3:00pm-5:00pm. PRE-ORDERS ONLY! All food is homemade which includes frozen potato-cheese, sauerkraut or prune pierohi for $9.00/dozen and 1 quart fresh halushki-also $9.00. Call Bill @ 724-962-4618 or Christine @ 724-866-0058 to place an order.


The Sanctuary candles will be lit for the entire week for your intentions.

For the week of February 26-March 4, there are request for the sanctuary candles.

Is the Veneration of Images Justified?

St John Damascene

Some people reprove us for honoring images of the Savior, of the Mother of God and other holy servants of Christ. But let them think for a moment. In the beginning God created humanity in his own image. Why ever should we have such respect for one another, if not because we are made in the image of God? In Basil’s words, ‘the honor paid to the image is in reality paid to its prototype,’ that is to say, to what the image represents. Thus, the Jewish people revered the Tabernacle because that, much more than the rest of creation, was an image of God. The making and the veneration of images are not a novelty. They are based on a very ancient tradition. God made the first human being as an image of himself. Abraham, Moses, Isaiah and all the prophets saw God, not in his true being, but in his image. The burning bush was an image of the Mother of God. When Moses wanted to approach, God said to him: ‘Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ [Exod. 3:5] If the ground on which Moses saw the image of the Mother of God was holy, how much more holy will the image itself be!

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