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Pirohi Time at
St. Stephen's Byzantine Church

It's Lent and that means it is pirohi time at St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church.

Some call it Perogie, Pierogie, Perogi, Perogy, Piroghi and other variations but at St. Stephen's it is pirohi.

Every year the crew at St. Stephen's gets together and makes pirohi to sell. Pastor and Diocesan Vicar General Fr. John Kachuba says that for many years selling the pirohi offered the Church the opportunity to have some of the "little extras." "Today" he says "it is not a luxury anymore. We rely on the money from the pirohi sales to help with maintenance and repair work."

Father John Kachuba of St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church

Father John Kachuba


He would love to see the sales turn to a weekly event, rather than just during Lent (and one week at Christmas) but understands the hard work and commitment that is involved. "As a pastor I am grateful for the people who take their time and do this work. And it is hard work. It is a gift to the parish."

The last 20 years the group has been under the tutelage of Esther Yamrick, but the program itself had been going on for many years prior. Before Esther, sales were by order only and sold uncooked. Now there are no pre-sale orders and the pirohi are cooked and ready to eat before being sold.

Esther Yamrick

Esther Yamrick


In an average work day these hardworking ladies and gentleman average anywhere from 3500 to 6000 pirohi!

Each week potato with cheese pirohi are available along with one other flavor. The calendar is, as follows: March 13, ricotta; March 20, kraut; March 27, Apricot. April 3rd will not only feature the standard potato and cheese pirohi but also nut or poppy seed horns.

Come early for the horns. Last year they sold over 400 pounds in about an hour!!!

Doris Brozek and Fran Adams make pirohi

Doris Brozek and Fran Adams


St. Stephen's is located at 532 Lloyd Road in Euclid. Sales are from 10 to 5 on the Fridays listed.

Ann Kost

Ann Kost


George Mastilak

George Mastilak


Joe Grezmak

Joe Grezmak


Margaret Kosmach, Charlene Thur,  Marie Grezman and Jean Thur make pirohi

Margaret Kosmach, Charlene Thur,
Marie Grezman and Jean Thur


Loretta Kotula

Loretta Kotula


Marie Peters and Kathy Brady

Marie Peters and Kathy Brady


Flo Medvic, Elaine Kovacc and Ann Ankrum

Flo Medvic, Elaine Kovacc and Ann Ankrum


Ron Powers,  Esther Yamrick and John Smoggie

Ron Powers, John Smoggie and Esther Yamrick


William Kosmach, 91

William Kosmach, 91


Betty Santucci,  Irene Masilak and Cecelia Mazur

Betty Santucci, Irene Masilak and Cecelia Mazur


Pan of Pirohis cooking

Pirohi Ladies in 1980

Pirohi Ladies in 1980



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