Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
25636 North Mosiertown Rd.

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory Forever!

The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. 

         It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. 

      It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational

   It has been believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for.

 It is the Faith that has established the universe...

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY:  Proclaiming the Truth since 33 AD.


Our Non Lenten Service times: (See lenten Calendar for updated schedule

Saturday Great Vespers 6:00pm (confessions following)

Sunday Hours 9:15am

Divine Liturgy 9:30am

Eve of Feasts 6:00pm

Festal Liturgy 9:30am


For more information Call 814-734-3801

Rev. Fr. Daniel Mathewson- Rector

A BLESSED WELCOME to all visitors to this our parish website. This is the Final Covenanted Community of Christ’s Holy Church found here in Crossingville, and found in the same communities across the world. Our joy is made complete by the unity of conviction and intention we share with fellow Orthodox Christians who worship together. We are all sinners on the journey --asking for mercy, and seeking to love others and looking for eternal life in the Holy Trinity through Christ Jesus Our Lord and Savior.  Any questions you may have about the Orthodox faith or would like to speak more with someone, feel free to email our priest Fr. Daniel on the contact page. Please come for a visit!


Missions Update

Sts. Peter and Paul Missions Team announces Summer 2017 trip to Alaska

In October, the Missions Team met and was in full consensus to plan a trip to Alaska, on invitation from Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska. Fr. Daniel and Mat. Gail were in attendance at the mission school of the OCA in Long Lsland this summer when they met Dcn. Herman and Mat. Mary from Sitka. They expressed to them their wish for Sts. Peter and Paul to consider sending a group to help in Alaska, as there are many needs among the Orthodox and the natives in the surrounding villages. "We had considered going to Alaska for sometime, says Fr. Daniel, "but we were waiting on an invitation from the Holy Spirit, so to speak, and meeting Mat. Mary and Dc. Herman was just that!." The team plans to bring a spirit of love and encouragment, and using their gifts and skills, contribute to the strengthening of The Church in Alaska for a week to 10 day trip. The group of 15 will be made up of various ages from 2 to 75! The details of the trip are being worked out.  The team asks for your prayers and support as they make their plans and prepare for this journey. More annoncments will be forthcoming. Glory to God for all things!





Menu includes: Halupki (Rolled Cabbage), Pheirogies,

Halushki (Cabbage and noodles) and more...

All proceeds go to Parish Mission work in and

arround the Crossingville Community


Beginning September thru December Sundays  following Coffee Hour (Approx. 11:30-12:15)

Ages: Adult - Main Hall - Studing the Book of Genesis- Fr. Daniel

          College- office - Early Church and Doctrines of the Church 

          High School - Gospel topic of the week- Rdr. Nathan Mathewson

          Junior High - Gospel topic of the week - Jesse Mathewson

          Middlers - How to be a part of the Church - Mat. Gail

          Elementary- Genesis - Melissa Moutsos





for House of Hope Friday August 19th 6-9pm

Art Auction, food, Bands- 5$ cover ~VooDoo Brewery ~ Meadville

Please bring a friend!


Announcements for 2016:


-Today Adult Sunday School – The Book of Job

-MISSIONS TEAM MEETING- Next Sunday, August 14th  

-Sunday School Teachers meeting – Sunday, August 21st

-Altar Server Retreat- Sat. August 27th 2pm – 9pm (with Camp fire)

-Catechumens and Inquires Class- Sunday, Sunday August 29th, Sunday, Sept. 4th, Sunday Sept 11th Edinboro Highland Games – Sept. 10th 9am-4pm (Parish Booth)


PARISH YOUTH LEAVE FOR CAMP TODAY-Please pray for their safety and spiritual life!



MISSIONS TEAM Fundraiser for House of Hope Friday August 19th 6-9pm

Art Auction, food, Bands- 5$ cover ~VooDoo Brewery ~ Meadville

Summer Schedule of Events 2016:


2016 Small Parish Forum

Thursday, July 14th @3pm to Saturday, July16th to 12:00noon.  

Sessions will take place at Canton’s Holy Assumption Church. 

A block of rooms will be reserved at local hotels. 

A $100.00 per person registration fee will include meals, breaks,

a hospitality reception and Forum materials.  Attendees from the

Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of the Midwest are

eligible for tuition rebates and grants to assist with travel costs.

Craft beer tasting on Friday evening. Fr. Daniel will speak about

understanding your neighborhood on Thursday Evening.


Summer Archdiocesan Missions Trip

To Saints Peter and Paul in Crossingville

JULY 18-20TH (See Fr. Daniel if you would like to attend)




SUNDAY, July 31st  from 12-3pm






FRIDAY AUGUST 19th  6-10pm


Live bands: Between the Lights and Almost Awake

Art Auction with Local artists, hourduves.

All proceeds go to HOUSE OF HOPE in Cambridge Springs.




  April 24th The Triumpful Entry of the Lord Divine Liturgy 9:30am

HOLY MONDAY –Bridegroom Matins –                                                                    6:00pm

HOLY TUESDAY –Bridegroom Matins –                                                                   6:00pm

HOLY WEDNESDAY- Holy Unction-                                                                          6:00pm

                 At St. Nicholas Carpato-Rus   1123 East Ave  Erie, Pennsylvannia

HOLY THRUSDAY- Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great                                       9:30am

              The Holy Passion of the Lord (With reading of the 12 Gospels)                  6:00pm

HOLY FRIDAY     Royal Hours                                                                                   9:00am

             Vespers and the procession of the Plashchanitsa                                        4:00pm

             Matins of Holy Saturday (Lamentations)                                                       6:00pm

HOLY SATURDAY -Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great                                       9:30am

          Midnight Office                                                                                               11:30pm


Matins                                                                                                                       12:00mid

Pashcal Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Baskets, Agape Feast                                                                                                     

Pashcal Vespers                                                                                                      12:00pm

BRIGHT MONDAY  Divine Liturgy                                                                           10:00 am


           This is an updated check it regularly. We will have Presanctified on Friday evenings, please bring a lenten dish to share. We are also inviting College Students to "come and see" on these evenings through lent.

On Wednesday PreSanctified Liturgy will be held in the Morning at 9:00am so as to allow those who do not drive at night to attend this beautiful service.

(Confession will be available 1 hour before all Presanctified Liturgies and following Saturday Vespers as usual, otherwise call for an appointment)


Mar.14th-18th The Great Canon of St. Andrew                                                  6:00pm

Friday Mar. 19th Presanctified Liturgy /Bring a Lenten dish to pass             6:00pm


                        Week 1            ORTHODOXY SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY

                              (With Archbishop Melchisedek- a Luncheon to follow in his honor)

Sun. Mar. 20th   Mission Vespers-NW Deanery –St. Nick. GOA - Pitt.                     4:00pm

Wed. Mar. 23rd     Presanctified Liturgy - bring brunch                                                9:00am 

Fri. Mar. 25th      Hierarchical Divine Liturgy For Annunciation                                  9:00am      

                                         at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral-  Alllison Park

                           (-Fr. Daniel will be Concelebrating with His Eminence on his 30th

                                anniversary to the priesthood. *No liturgy will be held at Sts. P&P)

Sat. Mar. 26th     Sunday School Youth Retreat----            2:00pm w/Great Vespers at 5pm


                  Week 2                    ST. GREGORY PALAMAS


Sun. Mar.27th  Mission Vespers- St Greg. Homestead –Lenten mea                           5:00pm

Wed. 30th                                  Presanctified Liturgy- brunch                                          9:00am

Fri. Apr. 1st              Pre Sanctified Liturgy (bring a Italian lenten dish to share)      6:00pm

                                                 (This is also invite a College Student night)

Sat. Apr.2nd                  LENTEN RETREAT – (College - Adult Sunday School)

                                                      Memorial Saturday Liturgy                                           9:30am

                  with Lenten Brunch with Reflection and Discussion - Parish hall            11-2pm


          Week 3                                  THE VENERABLE HOLY CROSS


Sun.Apr.             3rd Mission Vespers-St Alex Nev., Allison Park-                               5:00pm

Wed. Apr. 6th                 Presanctified Liturgy - bring brunch                                         9:00am

Fri. Apr. 8th           Pre Sanctified Liturgy (bring an oriental lenten dish to pass)   6:00pm  

                                              (Invite a college student night)

Sat. Apr. 9th      Baptisms/ Chrisms - Memorial Saturday Liturgy                               8:30am



                       Week 4                                 ST. JOHN OF THE LADDER


Sun. Apr. 10th     Mission Vespers- Holy Assumption - South Pitt –                        5:00pm

Wed. Apr. 13th       PreSanctified Liturgy - bring brunch                                             9:00am

Fri. Apr. 15th       PreSanctified Liturgy (Bring a Mediterranean dish to pass)        6:00pm

                                          (Invite a college Student night)

Sat. Apr.16th    Akathist to Mother of God and Great Vespers                                 6:00pm


                             Week 5                                     ST. MARY OF EGYPT


Sun. Apr. 17th     Mission Vespers -HERE-Sts. Peter and Paul (light supper)        5:00pm

                                                              (St. Mary of Egypt)

Wed. Apr. 20th                   Presanctified Liturgy -  bring brunch                                9:00am

Fri. Apr. 22nd                   Presanctified Liturgy-bring a salad to share                       6:00pm

                                                          Last College Student Night)


SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE — Tone 5. Beginning of the Lenten Triodion. Ven. Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia (9th c.). St. Eustathius (Eustace), Archbishop of Antioch (377). St. George, Bishop of Amastris on the Black Sea (802-811). The “KOZEL’SHCHANSKAYA” Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos (1881).

2 Timothy 3:10-15 (Epistle)

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.


Luke 18:10-14 (Gospel)

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

’I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Mary Ann “Sis” Onest

Mary Ann “Sis” Onest, age 90, of Conneaut, died Wednesday February 10, 2016 at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home, with her family by her side. Mary Ann was born on February 5, 1926, in Ansted, West Virginia, the daughter of Albert and Vernie (Martin) Kessler. She attended Oak Hill High school and later moved to the Conneaut area in 1963 to be closer to family, following the death of her first husband, Donald Allen.

Mary Ann worked for the Premix Corporation for over 24 years, in the quality control department, until she retired. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Crossingville, Pa. and for many years enjoyed cooking and participating with the woman’s group at Saints Peter and Paul. Mary Ann loved and cherished her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved attending all of her kids sporting events, crossword puzzles, cooking, dancing and traveling to West Virginia to see family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Donald Allen (1961), a daughter Sharon Allen, Brothers Ted, Jim, Paul and Raymond Kessler; sisters Emma Barlow, Elsie Dufour and Liz (Carter) Wiker.

Mary Ann is survived by her Husband, Richard Onest, whom she married March 19, 1966, a son Donald “Joe” (Penny) Allen Jr. of Sheffield, a daughter Patsy Gleason of Conneaut, Son in law Richard Gleason of Conneaut, a brother Ronald (Cindy) Kessler of Conneaut, six grandchildren, Kelli Scarfuro, Kristopher (Dawn) Allen, Kasey (Tammy) Allen, Kristen (Jeff) Block, U.S. Navy Commander Rick Gleason, Kori (Nick) Roberts, eleven great-grandchildren, Kadi Scarfuro, Ashton, Hayley and Clair Allen, Brock and Bianca McCullough, Ari and Ezra Block, Max and Hope Gleason, Sebastian, Zavier and Annalia Roberts.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. at the Raisian Family Funeral Home at 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. here at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 25636 North Mosiertown Rd., Crossingville, Pa 16412. Grave Side Service will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. There will be a Luncheon following approx.1:00pm at the Parish.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, and the Staff of the Ashtabula County Nursing Home, for there undivided care and attention given to Mary Ann and her family during her stay.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Services this Week: (House Blessings continue)

Great Vespers Sat. Feb. 13th  6pm

Divine Liturgy Sun. Feb. 14th  9:30am (Hours 9:15) Zacchaus Sunday

(This marks the beginning of our preparation for Great and Holy Lent)

 Memory Eternal for Timothy Gidus who reposed in the Lord yesterday

-- flowers are given in his memory.

Nativity and Theophany Schedule

Dec. 19th – Great Vespers (Forefeast of Nativity)

Thursday, Dec. 24th – Royal Hours – 9:00am

                   - Holy Supper 5:00pm

                   - Compline/Matins- 6:30pm

Friday, Dec 25thDivine Liturgy Nativity of the Lord - 9:30am

                  - Great Vespers – 6:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 26thDivine Liturgy Synaxis of the Theotokos - 9:30am

                  - Great Vespers – 6pm

Sunday, Dec. 27th – Divine Liturgy - Third Day of Nativity - 9:30am

                                      - St. Stephen the Proto-Martyr – 

Tuesday, Jan. 5th  

               - Royal Hours for Theophany - 9:00am

               -Compline with Matins (Great Blessing of Water- inside) - 6:00pm

Wednesday, Jan. 6th - Divine Liturgy of St. Basil- Holy Thephany of the Lord - 9:30am

                       With the Great blessing of Waters- Weather permitting at French Creek


St Herman's Day Bake Sale 

Dec. 13th 11-1pm

preorders are OVER




Youth and Young Adult Retreat

WHEN?  Saturday, November 21st 

WHERE?  Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Southside, Pittsburgh.

WHAT?   This is a service retreat, we will be helping with the annual

                 Thanksgiving dinner preparation for needy families in the city.

WHO?     Vladyka Melchesidek will be joining us, with other youth in the Archdiocese

                Divine Liturgy will be served for the Feast Day at 9am with a brunch to follow.

                         After serving we will visit the market district.  Bring cash for late lunch.

TIME?        Depart 7am- Return 7pm          

St. Dimitri

Memorial Saturday

Divine Liturgy


Followed by: 






11:00- 3:00pm

Beer and Wine tasting

Halushki, Halupki, Pirogies,

with musical entertainment.


Saints Peter & Paul Annual

Chicken BBQ & Holupki Dinner

Sunday, July 19th 12-2pm

Adults: $12.00 / Under 10: $6.00

Includes beverage & dessert

Ala Carte Items: $5.00 Holupki, Halushki, & Piroghi

Takeout Available - Basket raffle, Beer and Wine tasting

Parish tours will be given at 1pm and 2pm


Where are we? 

Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church of America


located in the county of Crawford

25636 N. Mosiertown Rd.

Crossingville, PA 16412

 Please join us for an afternoon of good food, good friends in the joy of the Lord!



Our Annual Pilgrimage to

Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Elwood City, Pennsylvania

AUGUST 6th 2015


Services this week:

Wednesday, May 20th - Festal Vespers for the Holy Day of the Ascension of Our Lord

Thursday, May 21st - Ascension Day Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30 am, with the hours for the Feast at 9:15am

Saturday, May 23rd- Great Vespers at 6pm

Sunday, May 24th we commemorate the Resurrection of the Lord and we remember The Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical council and St Simeon the Stylite (The younger). Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30 am with the hours beginning at 9:15am  


This Week…Our Rummage Sale May 22nd -23rd – We are still collecting items and bake sale food. Today Set up, Mon-Tu- display items, Wed.- Thur- Pricing…(See Lisa) If you are able to bring your baked goods to Liturgy on Holy Ascension we can display and price them.

 Pirogie making this week--today peal potatoes, Monday 9am construction…(Talk to Marge)

 --Missions Trip- June 15th-19th in West Brownesville PA. See Fr. Daniel for more details.

 --St Sava’s Orthodox Youth Camp July 26th-August 1st

 ---All American Council July 20th -24th 2015 Atlanta, Georgia



This Sunday is the Sunday of the Myrrh bearing Women. We invite you to join us for Divine Liturgy with Hours beginning at 9:15am

        --The Youth will be attending the Archdiocesan Bowling Event in Mt. Lebonon PA 4-7pm 10$ 

This Week:

Vespers for The Holy Apostle James - 6pm


Men's Work day: May 2nd - 9am-1pm

Mothers Day Dinner - Sponsored by the Men's Fellowship May 10th

Parish Rummage / Bake Sale- May 23rd and 24th - Items are being collected- please bring your clean used items to the parish hall. We will also be collecting baked goods: cookies, pies, and other goodies.



The Offical UPDATED



 Sat. Mar. 21st     Sunday School Youth Retreat  2:00pm w/Great Vespers 5pm

                                  (Fr. Will hear confessions)


 Week 4                             ST. JOHN OF THE LADDER       

Sun. Mar. 22nd Panakhida in memory of Fr. Thomas Hopko-

        at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Elwwod City, PA 5pm                            

Tues. Mar. 24th Vesperal Liturgy - Annunciation of the Mother of God 6:00pm

Fri. Mar. 27th PreSanctified Liturgy

(Bring a dish to pass (Church History class)      6:00pm

Sat. Mar. 28th    Great Vespers                                      6:00pm


 Week 5                           ST. MARY OF EGYPT

Sun. Mar. 29th  Divine Liturgy with His Eminence Melchesidek 9:00am

 *We will have a pot luck dinner in his honor with the Sunday School                 

 Children greeting him in the hall. Fr. Daniel will be presenting him                 

   with a special gift at the end of the Divine Liturgy

 Holy Unction- St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Allison Park)  6:00pm

Wed. Apr. 1st  Presanctified Liturgy (Discussion on Hagiography)  6:00pm




                   (with Baptisms and Chrismations)  9:30am

        Great Vespers - w/ Blessing of palms and willows  6:00pm

 Sunday April 5th

The Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem (Sunday of the Palms)

Hours 9:15 - Liturgy 9:30am

 Holy Monday April 6th

PreSanctified Liturgy (Discussion on the Bodiless Powers of Heaven)     9:30am

Bridegroom Matins                                                                                     6:00pm

 Holy Tuesday April 7th

PreSanctified Liturgy     (Discussion on St John the forerunner)                9:30am

Bridegroom Matins                                                                                       6:00pm

 Holy Wednesday April 8th

PreSanctified Liturgy (Discussion on the Betrayal of the Lord)                   9:30am

 Holy Thursday April 9th

Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great                                                        9:30am

The Holy Passion of the Lord     (With reading of the 12 Gospels)              6:00pm

 Holy Friday April 10th Strict Fast Day

Royal Hours                                                                                                  9:00am

Vespers and the procession of the Burial Cloth of the Lord                         4:00pm

Matins of Holy Saturday (Lamentations)                                                      6:00pm

 Holy Saturday April 11th

Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great                                                          9:30am

Midnight Office                                                                                              11:30pm


 Matins                                                                                                          12:00mid

Pashcal Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Baskets, Agape Feast                                                                                                   

Pashcal Vespers                                                                                             4:00pm

 Bright MONDAY

Divine Liturgy                                                                                                  9:30 am

The Church of Christ is One, Holy, Universal and Apostolic. She is herself a single spiritual body, whose head is Christ, and who has the one Holy Spirit abiding in her. The local parts of the Church are members of a single body of the Universal Church, and they, like branches of a single tree, are nourished by one and same sap from a single root. She is called holy because she is sanctified by the holy word, deeds, sacrifice and suffering of her founder, Jesus Christ, to which end He came in order to save human beings and lead them to holiness. The Church is called universal because she is not confined by place, not by time, nor by nation nor language. The communicates with all humanity. The Orthodox Church is called apostolic because the spirit, teaching and labors of the Apostles of Christ are entirely preserved in her. (St. Nicholas of Serbia, Catechesis)

Truth is not a thought, not a word, not a relationship between things, not a law. Truth is a Person. It is a Being which exceeds all beings and gives life to all. If you seek truth with love and for the sake of love, she will reveal the light of His face to you inasmuch as you are able to bear it without being burned. 
(St. Nicholas of Serbia, Thoughts on Good and Evil)

Missions Team trip to Guatemala

Glory to God for all things!

Greetings Vladyka Melchesidek, fathers and faithful brothers and sisters of the diocese. I greet you in the name of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ!

       As Paul and Barnabus were sent out to minister the Gospel and returned to there community to report recorded in Acts 14:

         "They passed through Pisidia and arrived in Pamphylia.  After preaching the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there, they sailed to Antioch from where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had now fulfilled. When they arrived, they gathered the Church and reported all that God had accomplished with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles."

       So, we too, with great joy, write here to report to our home parish (Sts. Peter and Paul - Crossingville, PA) and the Archdiocese of the work of the Gospel in Guatemala, through God's graces upon us. On May 19 Monday a team of 12 adults and youth from Sts. Peter and Paul flew out of Erie Pennsylvania to Guatemala City to spend a week at the San Migel Orphanage and Holy Trinity Monastery. The trip was organized by Anna Rochoki, who returned for her second visit. The responsibilities of the team were multifaceted. The ministry to the children of the orphanage was the main priority of the Team. While there we took all the older children to Antigua, Guatemala's oldest city, where we visited the fabulous Jade Museum followed by an ice cream treat for the children. The general routine of each day was to spend praying with the children and spending after school time with them. The girls and boys were segregated. The boys liked soccer and a special class on aerodynamics (which involved a lot of paper airplanes!). The girls made beautiful chalk drawings and taught the missionaries some new games. The morning began at 645am with Matins, breakfast at 730am and school begins at 8am.

       The food at the orphanage is excellent, with Mother Ivonne overseeing all of the children's care making sure nutrition is good, and all the children are healthy. A whole pig is donated every 15 days. Madre Ivonne was a scientist before becoming a nun, so she has used her gifts to benefit the children. Medicinal mushrooms, fresh Papaya, and a menu of fresh whole fruits and vegetables was our diet. Most of which are grown on the property. We toured the tilapia farm near the monastery and the rabbit farm. Rabbits are preferred to chickens as they have less diseases. Cleanliness is also a priority in the whole of the orphanage and monastery.

     While in school the team had the responsibility to do some needed yard work to keep the snakes out of the living areas. Having only moved in this new facility in November of this last year, the dormatories still needed some final fixtures to be put in, which our team had the skill to accomplish. The team also made other preparation during this time. Lunch was served at 1pm each day, then afternoon work resumed till vespers at 4:30pm.

       Each day was finished with a daily vespers service and a time of reflection. Mother Ivonne was very pleased to have Two whole family units there in Fr. Daniel Mathewson and Mat. Gail with their three children, Olivia, Jesse and Nathan and Matthew and Anna Rochocki and their infant son Lincoln, with Grandma Lisa Danko. Debbie Kirzmanich and her daughter Rachael also offered the mother daughter relationship as well. The Mathewson's were able to stay together in one of the guest rooms for missionaries. The children, were able to watch the family dynamic, as, being orphans do not often see. Mother Ivonne likes for teams to bring this visual offering to the children. Teresa Hinkler was the lone single team member, who offered her great spanish speaking skills.
       The setting is incredible, resting on the North side of Lake Atitlan in Buena Villa about 17 miles out of Guatemala City. The overlook of the whole campus is the lake and two large Volcanoes: Pacya and Aqua. Pacya is still active and could be seen at night. We finished our time on Sunday May 25th, the Sunday of the Blind Man. The team worshiped with the children at a beautiful Divine Liturgy with Fr Daniel as the celebrant. Following a Sunday agape brunch a mime was preformed by the team on the incarnation and Creation. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. The children then presented the team with some hand made gifts and many Gracias'.

        The needs are great in Guatemala. While we were there, we had the opportunity to meet with Fr David Rucker and Mat, Rozanne the Mission Specialists for OCMC working in the highlands for three months at a time. They were just finishing work and heading home for three months. There goal has been to train pastors and lead the over 40,000 converts who have joined the Orthodox Faith in the last year! Guatemala is experiencing a revival to the true faith. These three nuns have begun a great work and the harvest is coming in. Now, Fr David says we need more laborers to help. He and Mat. Rozanne have been working in one parish of 1000 people where he serves the Liturgy each Sunday as the only priest. The receiving of communion takes an hour and a half! The remainder of the week is spent training the pastors who will become priests. Pray for Fr David and Mat. Rozanne as they rest, and pray that God would raise up others to help in this needy land.
         The team from Sts Peter and Paul has offered and been used. We look to continue to pray for the children of San Miguel and the nuns and many others who care for these precious little ones. We were asked by both Mother Ivonne and Fr. David to continue to be missionaries where we are in Crossingville and in the Archdiocese of Western PA, and to continue to be faithful to the work of the Gospel.

          We plan to help parishes in need in our own diocese this summer and will be making final announcements to the Archdiocesan website in the coming days. Likely dates for folks to volunteer for will be between July 14th and 25th 2014.

In Christ,
Fr. Daniel