Mosaic of Our Lady of the Sign
Donated by Rev. Charles Yastischock
Used with Permission from the Mosaic Art School & Director Luciana Noturnni
You have so many treasures in your Eparchy of great spiritual and artistic worth. The past few years I enjoyed sharing some of our most complex icons. This year is a simple icon with deep meaning. This icon connects us with our recent past as well as our ancient Byzantine glory. The icon is a gift to our Church from Father Charlie Yastishock. He purchased it from a workshop in Ravenna, Italy, the same studio where he commissioned the mosaic on his tombstone. Ravenna is famous for some of the greatest mosaics of the Byzantine Empire, including mosaics of Jesus Christ, of the Emperor Justinian and his colorful and redoubtable wife Theodora, and many others. Also in Ravenna is the Basilica of the great soldier martyr Vitaly—a popular name in the Slavic east. The remarkable thing about a mosaic is this—it might look brand new after two thousand years or more. This artist gave us permission to use the mosaic because her business has all but stopped for two years now. I’m happy we can give her recognition in exchange for using her art.
The year has been a difficult year for all of us, and also for the Eparchy. I am astonished at the generosity and dedication of people who made sure that we still have a church in the future. Thank you! Our clergy shortage has gotten worse. God blessed us with a new priest last year—and your generosity paid for his education. On the other hand, immigration has stopped for almost two years. Attrition and death have taken their due. One of our priests is now administering six parishes. (That’s right, six.) None of our clergy went without salaries or other necessities in the past two years, because of your generosity. I ask once again, take care of your own needs and or your own parish first. If you have extra and would like to help me with my work for the Eparchy, and for the weaker parishes, please consider a gift to the Bishop Appeal this year. God will not be outdone in generosity.
Byzantine Outreach in Fort Mill, SC
A Byzantine Catholic community is forming at St. Philip Neri RC Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, South Carolina (about a half hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina). Please join us as we grow our community and celebrate together the Byzantine Divine Liturgy.
Father Steven Galuschik of All Saints Byzantine Catholic Church in North Fort Myers, Florida began celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the community at the end of October, 2017. This community will serve the northern part of South Carolina as well as Charlotte, North Carolina.
Please share this information with your friends and family, especially those who have moved "down South." The Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to participate in any way, or have questions please contact Ron Somich at 440-477-6389 or at email@example.com or visit the website at https://carolinabyzantine.com for news, upcoming gatherings and service times.
Living in or near Brooklyn?
The Divine Liturgy is now being celebrated in Brooklyn, New York!
Sundays at 8:00 a.m. at:
Saint Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church
215 Exeter Street
Brooklyn, New York 11235
Come, pray with us and see our growing community!
For more information please contact Father Iaroslav Korostil
Byzantine Catholic Outreach
The Villages, Florida
Served from Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church,
New Port Richey, Florida.
“A loving, praying community giving Glory to Jesus Christ!”
Vigil Divine Liturgy Every Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Holydays of Obligation
On the Holyday, 12:00 p.m.
Served by Father Oleksiy Nebesnyk
Saint Alban Church, 625 W. Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake, FL
Next to the American Legion, CR 466 & Rolling Acres Road
Meet, Greet, and Munch Following All Liturgies
Slavic dinners being planned
Join with Saint Alban’s in donating food to the Food Banks
in Lady Lake and Fruitland Park on the first Sunday of each month.
Outreach Contact /Phone: 352-530-9631
Dr. Barbara Yastishock-Lutz, Lay Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org