Celebrating an ordination!

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The wardens and vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church are pleased to announce that on Dec. 15, God willing and the people consenting, the Right Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell, Bishop of Pittsburgh, will ordain the Rev. Brandon Mozingo to the priesthood.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s, 220 Eighth Ave. at Walnut Street, McKeesport. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Brandon currently serves as deacon-in-charge of St. Stephen’s and also ministers to other area Episcopal churches through the Mon Valley Mission. He previously served as parish administrator for Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and as a chaplain for the Seamen’s Church Institute, serving merchant mariners working on the Upper Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela and Kanawha rivers.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former hospital chaplain in the Atlanta VA Health Care System, Brandon is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he earned an M.A. in theology.

Brandon is shown, above right, during his ordination to the diaconate. Also shown is the Rev. Linda Tardy Wilson.

Free yoga classes for women Thursdays at St. Stephen’s

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is the host location for a free Yoga and Wellness Program for women in McKeesport and surrounding areas.

Classes are every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:45pm. The program is called Empower and is taught by Ali Popivchak, the founder of Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy. Ali is looking for help in the nursery providing child care, donations of gift cards and healthy snacks for the women and children.

If you would like to volunteer your time or make a donation, please email Ali at pghyogatherapy.com. You are also able to sign-up electronically at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa8a928aaf49-empower

Holy week schedule

“From early times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion … They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated relics.

“From this beginning evolved the rites we observe on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection.” (source)

Everyone from the Mon Valley area is invited to celebrate Holy Week with us at St. Stephen’s, including visitors, travelers, former parishioners and those without a church. In addition, all baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion in the Episcopal Church.

Maundy Thursday (March 29): Agape meal at 6:30 p.m., with service and stripping of the altar to follow

Good Friday (March 30): Liturgy at 12 noon; private confessions will be heard after the service, until 3 p.m.

Easter Sunday (April 1): Rite I service at 8 a.m., Rite II service at 10 a.m.