Monday, July 6, 2020 UTC


JUNE 26 – 28: 7:30 pm Friday – 2:00 pm Sunday – Virtual Young Adult Retreat, Sr. Barbara Jean & Team

The theme is “Authentic Discipleship: Responding to Christ’s Call in the Post-Modern World.”  Five sessions, prayer services, breakout groups, reflections will occur between 7:30 pm Friday and 2:00 pm Sunday.

Sister Barbara Jean and a team of young adults will lead the experience.  For questions or registration, call 724-438-7149 or email <[email protected]>. Registration deadline June 24. Donation. Please see flyer here: Young Adult Flyer (6)



12th Annual (2019) St. Nicholas Market will be held at the Holshouser Building, N C State Fairgrounds, Friday Dec. 13, 5:00-9:00 pm, and Saturday Dec. 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. FREE admission and plenty of free parking.

Market Vendor Map

Market Vendor Descriptions 2019

The Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market features food, decorative items, vintage linens, and handmade gifts celebrating Christmas around the world. Do… See More

New this year for Market 2019! A Market Center with Christmas Tree and the REAL St. Nicholas, a Joyeux Noel table to celebrate Christmas in France, a “Bier Garten” atmosphere for our popular mulled wine, Fortnight Beers, and some new hard ciders, a Bäckerei (Bakery) filled with all your Market favorites including our nut rolls, and a “Wintergarten” for winter garden gifts. Don’t miss Market 2019, our 12th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market, Friday Dec. 13 5-9 pm with grilled kielbasa and caroling and Saturday Dec. 14 10 am – 5 pm with The Little German Band and Dancers during our famous Slavic Lunch. Visit new and returning vendors and shop among the tables of gifts and collectibles from Ukraine, Poland, Czech/Slovakia, Scandinavia, Ireland, British Isles, Merry Christmas Papa, and Niche de Noel. Holshouser Bldg (the big round one) NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, FREE admission and plenty of free parking. Skip the mall but Don’t Miss The Market!

The 12th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market is the perfect place for everyone on your Christmas list. Beautiful items to decorate your home, thoughtful and unique gifts from across Europe, stocking stuffers, teacher and hostess gifts, delicious Christmas baked goods from Baba’s Bakery, and specially selected European-themed vendors. You can skip the mall and the computer screen but don’t miss the “vintage vibe” at the Market where you can shop, eat, and enjoy the entertainment in the European Christmas Market tradition.

Our Story

If you can’t visit this Market in Germany, come visit us! What started out as a small fund raiser at our parish has grown into a very popular community event that attracts thousands of visitors from across the Triangle and beyond. Held on our parish grounds the first nine years, the Market outgrew our small parish!  This will be our third year at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds with free admission and plenty of free parking. We’ve even been featured in “Our State” magazine as a unique Christmas experience in North Carolina and on WRAL’s Out and About as a “must see”.  Our Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market features food, decorative items, vintage linens, and handmade gifts celebrating the true meaning of Christmas around the world. Done in the tradition of a European Christmas Market, shoppers can shop each country (Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Scandinavia, France, and Ireland/British Isles) as well as our many popup vendors. Look for items like matryoshka dolls, Polish pottery, hand-carved Father Christmas and specialty items from Ukraine, Czech crystal, cashmere scarves from Scotland, German beer steins, Irish knit sweaters straight from Dublin, and tapestries and gnomes from Scandinavia – unique items you won’t find anywhere else that make treasured keepsakes or welcomed gifts. Friday evening features caroling and a visit from the real St. Nicholas and enjoy our hot, grilled, locally-made kielbasa. Enjoy a Slavic lunch while listening to the Little German Band on Saturday, followed by Irish step dancers, St. Nicholas, and other children’s activities. Take home delicious baked goods, dozens of piroghis, and pounds of kielbasa and enjoy Fortnight beers and traditional mulled wine and desserts throughout the market well.  Don’t miss the Market; let us be part of your holiday tradition. Our parish welcomes you and thanks you for your patronage.

Vendors Galore!

Anya’s Cheesecakes and Treats (Saturday Only)

Scrumptious Desserts

Baba’s Kitchen

Take-home baked goods, Kielbasa 

Bayleaf Signs and Wonders

Birgelener Stuebchen
German imports

Blessing Nisser

Bordeaux Lane Studio

Czech & Slovak School of NC

Des Livres & Delices

Fortnight Brewing

Golden Hex Foods

Koehls Bakery
Mulled wine, Baked goods

Natural Choice, LLC

Melina’s Fresh Pasta

Patti Z Designs

Polonez Polish Market

Riitta Virtaranta
Scandinavian Imports

Rosehip Lane

Sts. Cyril & Methodius Parish

Sara's Pepparkakor

Soli Deo Gloria Arts

Volodymyr & Olha Parish

Vom Fass


Plants, bird houses, garden accessories.


Please keep the family especially his brothers William, Michael and Thomas in your prayers. Father Rick’s Interment will take place in Grass Lake, Michigan at a future date.

Our Parish celebrated Memorial Services for Father Rick on July 24th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Project Rachel or the St Nicholas Orphanage in Ukraine.  Make checks out to SS Cyril and Methodius and indicate on note line “Project Rachel” or “Orphanage.”


We are saddened to hear of the passing of one of God’s priestly servants, +Rev. Richard Paul Rohrer, who entered into eternal rest on a Lord’s Day in Lviv, Ukraine, after having celebrated Divine Liturgy.

Father Richard was born and raised in Tecumseh, Michigan, and educated by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. He was ordained by +Bishop Michael J. Dudick at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, serving as seminarian and Deacon. He would later serve as Assistant to +Msgr. John. Sekellick.

He subsequently studied Philosophy, Theology, Christian Archeology and Eastern Ecclesiastical Studies and Liturgy at the Angelicum and the Pontificio Istituto Orientale (Pontifical Oriental Institute) in Rome.

He went on to serve in many presbyteral positions, including pastor of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church in Cary, NC, a church of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic (1994-2016).

Father Richard was an outspoken advocate against the evil of abortion and infanticide, and served as Spiritual Director of Project Rachel, a post-abortion healing ministry in Eastern North Carolina. He also worked with pre-school children from broken homes in Rhode Island, immigrants and indigent alcoholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit, taught catechism in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, and served as Administrative Assistant in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.

Father Richard was also a great friend to the Eastern Catholic churches in Northeastern Pennsylvania, visiting often to celebrate liturgy and speak at Lenten Missions at the parishes of Saint Joseph Melkite Greek- Catholic Church, Scranton; St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Taylor; St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton; The Chapel at Ciszek Hall on the campus of the University of Scranton; St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton, PA, Scranton, among others.

Though we are heartbroken at the passing of Father Richard, we can find comfort in knowing that he will now celebrate the Heavenly Liturgy at the Altar of God.

May his memory be eternal! Vichnaya Pam’yat! Вічная Пам’ять!

A Message from: Father Iouri Koslovskii, Pastor in Ukraine: “I have the unfortunate duty to address all of you, Fr. Rick’s friends, from His Facebook page, with the notice of His passing into the House of the Lord. He died on Sunday night, July 14, at 10:35 PM Kyiv Time (3:35 PM EDT).

For many of us, Father Rick was so much more than just a Facebook friend. He was a person who always left a mark on the soul of the people that he befriended. With his sincerity, love, intentionality to help and serve, honesty, openness, knowledge, and spiritual integrity he entered lives of so many of us like an angel of God’s calm and simple power.

His last dream was that of transferring to Ukraine and working on Project Rachel (post-abortion reconciliation ministry). His trip to Ukraine two weeks ago was arduous. After a nine hours flight to Prague, there was no other option but to take a bus into Ukraine, which takes about 17 hours. He was then detained at the border and spent 12 hours sorting out the situation. I was allowed to pick him up late at night, and when I met him at the gate of the facility, I expected to see a tired and exhausted man after several days of sleepless trials. Instead, I was met with this big smile on his face and a spring in his step. Something, I didn’t see in him for years. And it was not just an expression of the end of challenging adventures. It was happiness for having arrived at the place that he longed for in years.

His last day was the day of the Lord, Sunday. He celebrated a beautiful liturgy in the morning. After lunch, even though it was raining heavily and the temperatures were low, we took a trip together with my family to Stradch, a place of pilgrimage outside Lviv, where monks inhabited caverns since the twelfth century. We visited the church and the graves of the many people who chose to be buried there entrusting their souls to the everlasting prayers of the monks. The same mount became a place of martyrdom for members of our Church at the hand of Soviet soldiers in 1941. We came back to the facility where we attended a dance competition of our students and then during the little dancing night that followed. He asked one of our teachers to a dance. Finished it, bowed and with a smile on his face collapsed to the ground.

If you knew him, you would know how much he appreciated dancing. Two days ago, he was preaching at the vespers inviting everyone to learn to dance, because otherwise, you will be bored in heaven (Psalms 149:3). The lady that danced with him last said that he probably never realized what happened to him and just kept dancing on, but in front of the Heavenly Altar.”

Below is a gospel reading and homily by Father Rick on July 6, 2011, “Things hidden from the wise.”

Things hidden from the wise – YouTube