Youngstown chapter of the Slovak Catholic Federation will host the 21st
annual pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, North
Lipkey Road, on Sept. 14. The service will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the
Novena of Saints Cyril and Methodius, followed by the sacraments of the
anointing of the sick and penance.
Mass in Slovak will be
celebrated at 3:30 p.m. with Father Mickler of St. Paul Monastery in
Canfield as homilist. Dinner will follow in Cedars Hall at 5 p.m.
annual event is meant to honor Our Lady of Sorrows, who is the
patroness of Slovakia and Slovak-Americans. A special component of this
year’s event will be the celebration of Father George Franko’s 90th
birthday and the 65th anniversary of his ordination. Father Franko is
the pastor emeritus of Holy Name of Jesus Church, one of the three
Slovak ethnic churches now consolidated into Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.
He initiated the pilgrimage in 1994 and has contributed many articles
to publications on aspects of Slovak Catholic traditions.
opening novena, anointing, penance and Mass are open to all. Tickets for
the dinner are $15 ($6 for children 12 and under) and must be purchased
in advance. Call Lenny Yurcho at 330-793-8064, Father Franko at
330-782-9126 or Tim Wagner at 330-747-3777.
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