“The Best Gift”

The Byzantine Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Monroeville, Pa. celebrated their annual Holy Supper Dec. 22. The day began with Divine Liturgy. Father Don Bolls, pastor, began his homily with a greeting in Slovak — which he
did very well, noting he is still learning the language.

After the service, the congregation moved to the church hall. The kitchen staff put together a lovely table with baked cod as the main course and a variety of dishes prepared by the participants. Included in the spread were
potato and rice casseroles, salads and several desserts — all made with neither meat nor dairy products.

Of course, no celebration would be complete without a visit by St. Nicholas! The dear patron arrived dressed in full regalia and spoke to a group of listening children. He told the kids that, although they may receive many presents for Christmas, “the best gift is Jesus.” Afterward, he handed out “brown bag” treats to each child.

Throughout the event, Christmas carols were sung and parishioners and guests caught up with each other with well wishes. All left in good spirits, ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord.