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St. Petka Kolo Celebration 2017

Kolo Slava Luncheon - 10/29/17

On Sunday Oct. 29th our own St. Petka Circle of Serbian Sisters celebrated their patronal feast day with our own Very Reverend Father George Veselinovic together with our entire church community.
 
During the service, we commemorated all of the living members, for God to grant us all our petitions, and always remembering our deceased members that their memory be eternal.
 
The Circle served a sumptuous meal including roasted turkey prepared carefully and skillfully on our spits. Accompanying the meal with the usual side dishes.
 
A most glorious day of fellowship and love was enjoyed by all. A very special thank you goes to our church board president Dusan Evanovich together with the Kolo President Pamela Matejevic. Every church-school congregation recognizes the tireless work that the Kolo provides as they are the backbone of any healthy parish.
 
Lastly we would like to thank our dear Father and brother in Christ the Very Reverend Father Andrei Aleksejev from the OCA, for joining us in the celebration of this feast day. Through the prayers of our Venerable Mother Petka Paraskeva, Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us and save us.
 
God grant us many years!

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Czech and Slovak Friendship Picnic

A beautiful day for a picnic - 10/15/17

On Sunday, October 15th, St Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville opened our hall and hearts to our brothers and sisters from our local Czech and Slovak communities.  A host of traditional Serbian, Czech and Slovak foods and pastries were enjoyed by all in attendance.  Our own Alice Zdrale, from the Czech Republic herself, and the entire Zdrale family, served as friendship ambassadors to get the message out to the community.  The crowd was wowed by performances from our St. Nicholas Tamburitzans and songs from the children who attend Pittsburgh Czech school.  Thank you to everyone's hard work and efforts in making this a successful picnic. 

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“Gemo

Srećan rođendan! - 10/01/17

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, St. Nicholas honored our special parishioner - Milan "Gemo" Drakulic Sr. - who was celebrating his 100th birthday.  His family prepared a beautiful meal for the entire parish.  Special presentations were made by Mr. Dane Medich, Vice President of the SNF for Milan's many years of dedicated service to Lodge #82 Young American Serbs of Trafford and our culture.  A special citation was read and presented to Milan by Mr. James Banda on behalf of Congressman Mike Doyle, US House of Representatives, and Fr. George read and presented Milan a similar citation from PA State Senator, Jim Brewster.  What a lovely life Gemo has led!  May he be a shining example to all of us.  God Bless You and Mnogaja Ljeta!

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Invocation of the Holy Spirit for the Beginning of our Church School Year

Outreach Pot Luck Lunch - 09/10/17

On Sunday September 10th at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, Very Rev. Fr. George Veselinovic served the service of the Invocation of the Holy Spirit for all of our children of St. Nicholas in Monroeville. All children and teachers were blessed with Holy Water initiating our church school year.  Following the service, the faithful gathered in the church hall where a gala lunch was organized and prepared by our wonderful St. Nicholas Outreach Committee and Men's Club Karadjordje. The parish community would like to extend a very big thank you to Mrs. Sava Saula and Mr. Stevan Popovich and all of their members for making such an amazing day possible for our children and parish. And a big thank you to all parishioners who graciously brought delicious meals to share. Our Outreach committee had fun games for our children and a pinata which when broken opened distributed candy followed by a coin toss for all our children to enjoy.  This wonderful event was a joyous occasion and a memorable one, as those present enjoyed the company of one another.

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Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

On Monday August 8th His Grace Bishop Irinej presided over Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Luncheon which followed was hosted by our Kolo for the Federation Circle of Serbian Sisters' Slava.

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Summer Camp - 07/26/17

July 25th, 26th and 27th marked the 2017 summer church camp week. It was a fun and memorable event for 39 student campers and many adult volunteers. You can read all about the week’s activities, including the field trip to Idlewild Park, in this story (click) in addition to enjoying the posted pictures here.

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Happy Birthday Alexa!

On Sunday July 9th our parish family jointly celebrated Alexa's 3rd birthday in our social hall after Divine Liturgy. Happy Birthday Alexa!

Official Welcome

On Sunday June 25th, our St Petka kolo hosted an official welcome for our new parish priest V. Rev Father George Veselinovich, Protinica Karen and their daughter Alexa. A large table of delicious posno appetizers and desserts awaited the parish family and congregation after Liturgy. Pamela Matejevich, Kolo President, welcomed those in attendance and thanked both the Kolo Sisters and the St. Nicholas Outreach Committee jointly for making the day a success with fine food and decorations. Protinica Karen then spoke to those gathered saying thank you to the parish for their hospitality and warm welcome!

Again, welcome Father George, Protinica Karen, and Alexa. Congratulations! We are so thankful you are with us at St. Nicholas. 

Pentecost

Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost Sunday - 06/04/17

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St. Nicholas Slava Celebration

Transfer of the Relics - 05/21/17

This past Sunday we celebrated our Church’s Slava one day before the Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas.

Honored Kumovi this year were the deserving Steven and Patricia Popovich (and daughter Natalia and husband Leo). Our V. Rev Father George Veselinovich led the congregation around the church for Gospel readings and prayers at each point of the cross. Before the banquet our Kumovi helped Father George turn the Slavski Kolach (baked by Natalia) in the church.

Photos credited by Patrick Collins

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Serbian Royalty Visits Johnstown, PA

His Grace Bishop Irinej and our parish preist V. Rev Father George Veselinovich, along with our very own St. Nicholas Tamburitzans, joined the Crown Prince Alexander & Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia as they paid a visit to Johnstown PA on Thrursday evening April 20th.

This first stop was for a special fundraising event at the Pasquerilla Conference Center: A Night In Serbia. The Royal Couple is traveling around the U.S. to raise money for the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, which helps orphans, the elderly and other people struggling with poverty in Serbia.

Pascha

Midnight Easter Matins - 04/16/17

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Easter Sunday Divine Liturgy - 04/16/17

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Holy Week

Holy Friday

Vespers & Burial Procession - 04/14/17

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Passion Gospel Readings
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - 04/09/17

Palm Sunday falls one week before Pascha on April 9th during this year's Orthodox Calendar. It is the celebration of the day Jesus Christ entered into Jerusalem in the days before the Jewish Passover and His Crucifixion. He was received by palms & flowers while riding on the back of a donkey. There are no palms in Serbia so the Serbian tradition is to bless Pussy Willows and Daffodils for the congregation as seen here by our V. Rev Fr. George Veselinovich.

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Lazarus Saturday

Vrbica - 04/08/17

The feast of Vrbica (Врбица) or Lazareva Subota was commemorated by our children and faithful during the evening of St. Lazarus - the day before Palm Sunday. V. Rev Fr. George Veselinovich blessed Pussy Willow branches after a symbolic procession of all who attended around the church.

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Posno Vecera

4th Sunday of Great Lent - 03/26/17

 
On the 4th Sunday of Lent, our parish hosted an evening full of prayer and fellowship.

With well over 100 in attendance that evening, the clergy and faithful gathered for this solemn evening of prayer culminating with the metanias to the Prayer of St. Ephraim being enriched by the responses of our own St. Nicholas choir.   Following the dismissal, all in attendance gathered for a wonderful meal in the parish hall provided by our Kolo Sisters.

Our Lenten speaker this evening was Very Rev. Protopresbyter Rumen Stojcev , who offered an insight into the valuable meaning of fasting in our Church and its meaning and benefits both within and out of our Lenten seasons.  A question and answer period followed this delightful message.

In addition to the faithful present, there were 5 clergy present with us this evening.  Very Rev. Protopresbyter Dragoljub Malich(retired), Very Rev. Protopresbyter Rajko Kosic, Rev. Dragan Zaric and our Host Pastor Very Rev. Protopresbyter George Veselinovich.

 

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Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Holy Cross - 03/19/17

The third Sunday of Great Lent marks the Veneration of the Holy Cross. After expressing his gratitude for the St. Nicholas Choir by exclaiming, "What an honor it has been to serve with you," our Very Reverend Father George Veselinovich led the congregation with censing and veneration.

 

 

Mark 8:34-38, 9:1 - And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

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Orthodoxy Sunday 5 March 2017

 

Today, the first Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrated Orthodoxy Sunday.  It is the celebration of the victory of the iconodulesover the iconoclasts by the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in the year 843.  Today’s celebration and procession is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians.

Today also marked the first Sunday of our newly appointed Parish Priest, Very Reverend George Veselinovich.  We would also like to thank Very Reverend Dragoljub Malich for his 47+ years of dedicated, devoted, and loving service of our parish and wish him well in his retirement.

Sophie's 90th Birthday Celebration

View Sophie's 90th birthday celebration gallery and find your picture with St. Nicholas' most veteran Church School teacher!

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His Grace Bishop Irinej Visits with a Message

His Grace Bishop Irinej visited our parish, along with Rev. Fr. Deacon Jovan Anicic (Eastern Diocese education director), to serve Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. After communion His Grace presented our V. Rev. Father George Veselinovic with The Holy Gospel as his induction to our parish - to receive the Word of God and preach the Word of Truth accordingly to his new flock. Additionally, Father George was presented to our parish people by His Grace as our new father in Christ and we, the parishioners, to him as his new spiritual children. Mnogaja Ljeta! 

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Archived Events

Looking for an older event? Visit the archived events page HERE.

Sunday School Field Trip

Triple B Farms field trip - 10/22/17

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, 31 students and 21 adults enjoyed a unseasonably warm afternoon at the pumpkin patch.  A variety of fun activities kept everyone busy - petting zoo, hayride, apple picking, slides, corn maze, bounce house, delicious snacks and lots of pumpkins!

We would like to thank the Men's Club for their generous sponsorship of this event!

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3rd Annual Outreach Committee Scrapbook Event

A Fabulous Fundraiser - 11/04/17

The 3rd Scrapbook Crop was held at St. Nicholas Church Social Hall on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 AM-9 PM. There were fifty-nine registrants for the daylong event. Scrappers came from all over the Greater Pittsburgh area and as far as New Bethlehem, PA. For the uninitiated, a “crop” is a gathering of like-minded people who bring their photographs, memorabilia, embellishments, paper, and albums and create scrapbooks, cards, and boxes for the purpose of preserving and presenting family history.

This event has grown over the years - from 35 attendees to 63 this year!

The event was hosted by the Church’s Outreach Committee and volunteers who performed various tasks such as setting up the church hall for the event, shopping for supplies for meals, gathering donations both monetary and in the form of gift baskets and gift cards, cooking, baking, and clean-up. A breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner were provided to the scrappers. During the event, a bake sale open to the public occurred simultaneously.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used towards the purchasing of the altar and icon stand coverings in the church.

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