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February 5, 2020

St. Nicholas Brunch in Munhall
St. John Cathedral held its annual St. Nicholas children’s brunch on Sunday, December 22 after the 9 AM Liturgy. A catered brunch of eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, potatoes, fruit salad and regular & chocolate croissants was served and enjoyed by 150 guests. St. Nicholas arrived after brunch to greet the children and hand out treat bags provided by the lodge with GCU items, as well as other goodies.

St. Nicholas Day Celebration in Clairton
On Sunday, December 8, St. Nicholas Day was celebrated at Ascension Church with a parish brunch. The ETF classes made their own St. Nicholas hats and roamed the hall passing out gold covered chocolate coins to all of the guests, as they learned that it is equally rewarding to be the giver as the receiver. The program was planned by the ETF instructors and began with the children singing Christmas carols. Alexandria Lassige accompanied the singers on the violin. The children prepared gift baskets of treats for parish shut-ins and recruited volunteers to personally deliver the cards and gifts before Christmas. The highlight of the program was a visit from St. Nicholas who spent time with each child for a chat and photo.

Fr. Ivan Mina Recognized
During the St. Nicholas program at Ascension Church, a special recognition for Father Ivan Mina was held to celebrate his 30th anniversary of ordination. Along with an anniversary cake, he was presented with a photo blanket displaying pictures from many events during his service at Ascension Parish. When opening the blanket, he said he knew where he would display it so could enjoy it! Father Ivan was ordained on October 29, 1989 in McKees Rocks, PA by Archbishop Stephen Kocisko and has been serving Ascension Parish since June of 1997.