by Dr. Mabel George Howard
St. George church groups were involved in activities to celebrate the 2018 Christmas Holiday season. On December 2, the MYO (Maronite Youth Organization) visited the Marquis Gardens Place Personal Care Senior Living Community to spread cheer among the elderly. The MYO entertained the Marquis residents with religious and traditional Christmas carols and distributed candy canes to them. The residents’ smiles confirmed their appreciation for the group’s kindness.
Next, the MYO participated in the outdoor Christmas program held at Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown. Mount Saint Macrina, a beautiful mansion and estate, is home to the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great. It was once home to J.V. Thompson, coal baron in the late 19thcentury. Mount Saint Macrina is the site to one of the largest religious pilgrimages in the United States and a renowned resource for spiritual retreats. The MYO sang religious hymns to accompany the Live Nativity presentation. They warmed the hearts of parishioners and community members and brought happiness to all. As a gesture of “thanks,” the youths were given a holiday ornament, hot chocolate, and cookies by the Mount Saint Macrina staff.
Also, the Ladies Guild and Altar & Rosary Society held their annual Christmas celebration in the parish hall. This was a wonderful opportunity for the ladies to relax with family and friends, enjoy a delicious meal, and exchange gifts. It was a time to recognize the efforts and hard work of these dedicated women who are affectionately referred to as the “backbone of the church.” In light of this holy season, poems and prayers were recited in memory of the deceased members who faithfully served God and the parish family for many years and touched our hearts forever. This peaceful, festive, and joyous holiday season reminds us of our Maronite faith and gratefulness for God’s love and blessings at Christmas and throughout the year.