Holy Trinity Celebrates 110 Years

Archbishop William Skurla celebrates Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity in Sykesville, Pa. on Sept. 17.

On Sept. 17, with a large crowd of parishioners and guests in attendance, Archbishop William Skurla concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with pastor Father Vasyl Banuk to mark the 110th Anniversary of the formation of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church.

Visiting priests included: Very Rev. David Bosnich, Protopresbyter Northcentral Deanery; Father Robert Karl, former pastor; Father William Barron, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Latin Church, Sykesville, Pa.; Very Rev. Mark Meholick, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, DuBois, Pa.; and Deacon Paul Boboige, Nativity of the Mother God Parish, Dubois, Pa.

During the Liturgy, four new icons, written by the hand of Father Mark, were blessed by Metropolitan William, as wereall ECF students who were in attendance.

Holy Trinity was founded in 1907, at the same location where it stands today. Many of its original parishioners were from the villages of Slovinky and Helcmanovce, Spiš County.

Over the years, the church experienced many physical changes and expansions, as well as the addition of a rectory. The parish social hall was added and upgraded over the years, as well.

Today, after 110 years, Holy Trinity has a large membership of families with many children. “One thing that can be said,” Archbishop William said, “is that this parish is rich in the number of children it has. Truly a blessing!”

Holy Trinity is currently pastored by Father Vasyl, who resides at the rectory with his wife Natalia, daughter Nadia, and son Vasyl. The parish extends its thanks to the Parish Social Committee for the organization of the dinner, Shannon’s Catering for the delicious meal that was enjoyed, and to the many parishioners who baked and brought
delicious desserts that were shared.

May God grant to Holy Trinity and her parish family, peace, health and happiness for many.