Both hierarchs spoke of the parish's founding years and of its more recent history, reflecting upon the century old ministry to the local community. "This is my home, my heart. These are my people and I love every single person in this church," said one of the elderly parishioners of the community. "This is the same with everyone. We are one big family. We are one. It is amazing." She said several parishioners who have moved out of town returned for the special Divine Liturgy and celebration: "McKees Rocks is still their home…"
Following the Liturgy, the parish continued the celebration with a community luncheon. Reflecting upon the words of the hierarchs another parishioner noticed that when the congregation worships as one, there is a truer sense of its identity. "We're a part of the town, but also a viable part that has something to offer in terms of our culture," the lifelong parishioner said. The Very Rev. Timothy Tomson, pastor of the parish family, said his "hopping little parish," as he likes to call it, is full of life and welcoming to outsiders. The local clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox parishes in Pittsburgh Metropolitan area: Very Rev. Fr. Stephen Repa, Very Rev. Fr. Roman Yatskiw, Rev. Fr. Paisius McGrath, Rev. Fr. Mark Swindel, Deacon Dennis Lapushansky and a local pastor of Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox parish joined the hierarchs in honoring the ministry of St. Mary’s parish family.