By John E. Usalis / Published: October 25, 2016 | republicanherald.com
MAHANOY CITY — St. Mary Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Church begins its celebration of its 125th anniversary this Sunday as parishioners remember the past and look toward the future.
The parish will mark its quasquicentennial throughout the year in its regular events that will include some aspect of the jubilee.
On Sunday, a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 3 p.m., with the Most Rev. Kurt Burnette, bishop (eparch) of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, Passaic, New Jersey, as the main celebrant. Concelebrants will include the Rev. James Carroll, OFM, pastor, and other priests of the eparchy, including some from the Holy Dormition Byzantine Franciscan Friary in Sybertsville near Hazleton. Carroll said the Rev. James Gannon, OFM, provincial vicar of the Assumption BVM Province, may travel from Franklin, Wisconsin.