Father Jason Charron
Our Pastor is Fr. Jason Charron and his wife Halyna is the “Panyi Matka" of our parish. “Panyi Matka" is one of the terms used to both address and refer to the priest's wife. Other names used in Byzantine Churches for the priest's wife are: Panyi Dobrodyka (also Ukrainian), Presbytera (Greek), Matyushka
(Rusyn) – indicating that the priest's wife is not only tireless in good works, but also that she shares in the priestly ministry of her husband. Within the Byzantine Tradition of the Church, we have conserved the tradition of married priests. This sacred tradition stretches back to biblical commandments
(Titus 1:6, etc.).
Father Jason and Halyna are the parents of six children. Father Jason was ordained to the priesthood on August 17, 2008 by Bishop Robert Moskal at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. He was assigned as pastor to Sts. Volodymyr and Olha in Garner, NC. From 2010 till 2014 he worked as a chaplain and teacher of Theology at a Catholic high school in Ontario. He has been pastor here at Holy Trinity, and administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wheeling, WV, since 2014.
Together, Father Jason and Halyna not only raise their own family, but also work for the growth of the Holy Trinity parish family. First, this is done by giving to God our earthly worship as best as is possible so that it beautifully reflects the heavenly and divine worship of the angels. From this comes the life of the Trinity itself: truth in our preaching and catechesis, unity in our orthodox
profession of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith
, and the selfless goodness of charitable outreach. Aspects of this life is what Fr. Jason strives to prov
ide to those who come to belong to this Christ-ce
ntered family at Holy Trinity.
The Byzantine Catholic Church
The Byzantine Catholic Church is one of 23 Eastern Catholic churches worldwide which is in full communion with the bishop of Rome and recognizes the pope as the visible head of the church. Both, Byzantine Catholics and i.e. the Roman Catholics, are welcome to receive Communion when attending the eucharistic liturgy in each other’s churches.
The origin of the Byzantine Catholic Church can be traced back to the ancient city of Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul. For a more historically detailed information see: http://byzcath.org/index.php/about-us-mainmenu-60/about-byzantines-mainmenu-62).
Byzantine churches have some distinctive features: The sanctuary in the Byzantine Church is separated from the congregation by an “iconostasis,” a wall or screen covered with icons – which also elaborately adorn the main Church ship.
Leavened bread is consecrated at a Byzantine Eucharist; holy Communion is distributed under both species and administered by the priest with a spoon. (Communicants are directed that their mouth be wide open and tongue should not touch the spoon.)
Byzantine liturgies are very musical and involves a continual dialogue in song between the priest and congregation. Throughout the Byzantine service, like the Roman “High Mass”, the priest faces the East along with the people, towards the altar, home of the tabernacle.
All three sacraments of initiation — Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation — are administered in a single ceremony when either infants or adults are being received into the Byzantine Catholic Church. Priests in the Byzantine Catholic Church are permitted to be married.
God made us to be eternally happy with Him, beginning in this age and continuing forever in endless age to come. Our parish exists to help you achieve that single goal: eternal happiness with God. In the history of the world, we believe there is only one way to do that and it is through knowing and loving Jesus Christ. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
If you believe that Jesus Christ is the answer to the problems of marital and societal breakdown, then come and throw in your lot with us as set about changing these ills by first growing in personal holiness through prayer and service to God, one in the Holy Trinity…
Fr Jason Charron