We are an Orthodox Christian community of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, under the care of Bishop Thomas of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.
Our community at St. Anthony's extends a heartfelt invitation to all Orthodox Christians and to all interested visitors to join us in worship and fellowship. (For driving directions, click here!)
God bless you and direct your steps!
Fr. Bogdan (Bucur), parish priest
Come, worship with us!
Our regular weekly services are as follows:
Saturdays: Vespers, 6:30 pm
For feasts that fall on a weekday, we usually meet at 6:30pm on the eve of the feast to celebrate Vesperal Liturgy.
During Lent the Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts is typically rotating between the three Orthodox churches in our area. For this year's services, see below.
NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS
SUNDAY, 14 August: transfer of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos: with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, our parish (and several others who find themselves in our situation) will be celebrating the feast of the Dormition (August 15) on Sunday, August 14. The reason for this decision is pastoral: most of our parishioners and friends would not be able to participate in service Sunday evening or Monday morning. And since, as the Gospel states, "the Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath," we will "translate" the liturgical celebration of the Dormition to the day prior.
PARISH PICNIC: SUNDAY, AUGUST 21. After Divine Liturgy, we will gather at Dollie’s place. Everyone and anyone is welcome--and we especially hope to have among us some of the believers who have started worshipping in our mission outreach in Cranberry.
The Church provides hot dogs and hamburgers; anyone who desires can bring another dish, drink, or dessert.
For more info, please contact Chrisi Georgiades at 724-814-9304.
JULY 10: PRESENTATION ABOUT THE WORK OF FOCUS Pittsburgh
Sunday, July 10: Following Divine Liturgy, Mr. Michael Sider-Rose, from St George Cathedral in Pittsburgh, will make a short presentation about the work of FOCUS Pittsburgh, their current needs and ways in which we can help the wonderful work that is going on there.
Sunday, June 11, after Divine Liturgy:
AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE MYSTERY OF CONFESSION
Following a brief presentation, we will divide into two groups for Q&A and a more intimate discussion. Males will gather with Fr. Bogdan, females with Presbytera Eleni Kallaur. Presbytera Eleni, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon, will be with us specifically to help us grow in our understanding of what Confession is (and is not), what belongs in Confession (and what does not), how to prepare for it, how to deal with shame and embarrassment, etc.
Sunday, June 19, 10 AM: PENTECOST, THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Divine Liturgy, followed by Father’s Day BBQ, will be at 8641 Peters Road, in Cranberry, PA 16066.
On this feast, which celebrates “the birthday of the Church,” St. Anthony’s will be “giving birth” to a mission parish of Cranberry. Think of a candle lit from another candle. Beginning June 19 there will be a rotation of priests to serve there each Sunday, while we continue our life as usual in Butler. However, for the first Liturgy in Cranberry it is best for all of us to gather there for this exceptional occasion: we are laying the foundation of a mission parish in hopes that this seed will bear fruit in years to come.
Sunday, 10 January, 1:30 pm: Outdoor Blessing of the Waters. After Divine Liturgy, we will gather at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, joining the parishes of Sts Peter and Paul and St Andrew, as well as the nuns at Transfiguration Monastery. The blessing of waters will “expand” our celebration of the Lord’s Baptism by bringing the blessing of the Jordan to all of creation.
Sat/ Sun, Jan. 16-17: Pastoral visit from Bishop Thomas and Feast of Anthony the Great. His Grace, Bishop Thomas will be with us starting Saturday evening, celebrating Vespers, meeting the council and the entire parish and breaking bread with us. On Sunday we will be hosting our brothers and sisters from the other two Orthodox parishes, donate the collection to a monastic community (since they are the followers of Saint Anthony, “the father of monasticism”), and learn something about how the life and teachings of Saint Anthony can help us today. Our guest and speaker will be Archbishop Melchizedek of the OCA.
Baptism of Miruna Bucur (2 Feb 2014): video here.
The Becker family (Timothy, Caroline Anna, Samuel, Luke, and Hossana Perpetua) were received into Orthodoxy. Their sponsors are Deacon Luke and Alexis Cross. Photos are available on Facebook page of Chris Humphrey, who was kind enough to make professional photos of this event. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a couple of them.
The Becker family with their sponsors.