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Liturgies at St John Chrysostom and St John the Baptist Parishes

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,

Our life of communal prayer is essential to our Christian life. In our lifetimes, we have not experienced the turmoil that now threatens us in the form on the COVID-19 virus. The Church clearly wishes to protect her people, as is clear from the dramatic decisions made by Pope Francis in regards to worship at the Vatican itself. In order to insure the safety our our faithful and until further notice, Divine Liturgy will be offered in an on-line broadcast from St John Chrysostom Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM EDT.

Please join us in praying for those who are suffering the effects of this pandemic and in supporting one another with love and compassion.

I will continue to keep you updated with pastoral letters, which will take the place of a regular bulletin. I will also inform you of any changes which might take place and the effects this situation may have on Holy Week and Pascha services.

Fr. Thomas Schaefer, pastor

Great News! Outdoor Liturgy on Pentecost!

Liturgies for Pentecost Sunday, May 31 for the people of St John Chrysostom and Saint John the Baptist will take place in the following way:

10:30 AM the liturgy will be celebrated online as we have been doing. Weather permitting, which means no rain or storms, an outdoor liturgy will be celebrated at 12 PM noon in the parking lot of Saint John Chrysostom Church in Greenfield. People are asked to park on the street since the liturgy will take place in the parking lot of the church. Those who are planning to attend should pay attention to the following details.

Pentecost is considered to be the birthday of the church. We are trying to do as much as possible to make this feast a special feast. Because of how our church is constructed it is very difficult at this time to initiate liturgies. Handrails would be used by virtually everyone and they would have to be wiped down as each person entered, as would the stair lift. There are many issues that would make it difficult for us at present. We are hoping that further information will make it easier for us in the near future to go back to semi-normal worship. All of this of course within the guidelines and adhering to health advisements.

Please feel free to share this information with other members of our parishes

Who Were Are

Established over a century ago, Saint John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, is located in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, in an area colloquially known as “The Run.”

The church, which is maintained by its passionate parishioners, has a rich past, being founded over 100 years ago by deeply devout immigrants from the Trans-Carpathian region of Eastern Europe. Currently, there are many parishioners who have deep roots here as second, third and even fourth generation members, descended from founding families. New parishioners are joining the parish from other cultural and religious traditions. This growing diversity truly shows the beauty of the universal church.

As a faith community, we are part of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolia of the United States under the spiritual leadership of His Eminence, the Most Reverend Metropolitan William C. Skurla, Archbishop of Pittsburgh.