Bishop THOMAS visits St. John Chrysostom Church in York, Pennsylvania
His Grace Bishop THOMAS was welcomed by Father Peter Pier and the parish community of Saint John Chrysostom in York, Pennsylvania during the weekend of November 10- 13, to celebrate the church’s patronal weekend and the 14th anniversary of the founding of the parish.
Sayidna THOMAS’ visit commenced on Friday evening when His Grace attended a dinner sponsored by the parish council. After dinner, the Bishop spoke to the council about various topics including the recent establishment of the new Cathedral in Charleston, West Virginia and the subsequent name change of the Diocese of Oakland Pa and the East to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.
On Saturday, SayidnaTHOMAS met with the members of Teen SOYO for “Ask Sayidna,” a question and answer event. Later that evening, His Grace presided at Great Vespers which was concelebrated by Father Peter along with Father Elias Yelovich of Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and also Father Andrew Tsikitas of the Church of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox church in York, Pennsylvania.
After Vespers, Bishop THOMAS was the guest of honor at the annual Patronal weekend anniversary grand banquet. The sumptuous dinner was followed by wonderful ethnic desserts baked by the ladies of Saint John Chrysostom Parish, and afterwards music was provided for everyone’s dancing pleasure.
On Sunday, His Grace celebrated The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, assisted by Father Peter, as well as Father Theodore Pulcini and Father Elias Yelovich, both of Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. During the Liturgy, Sub-deacon Evangelos (Evans) Prieston of Saint Mary Church was Ordained to the Diaconate. The Liturgy was also very special in that many members of the congregation of our sister parish of Saint Mary’s had traveled to join us. Immediately following the Liturgy, Khouria Pamela Pier was inducted into the Order of St. Ignatius. Everyone then moved to the parish fellowship hall and enjoyed a wonderful covered dish lunch provided by the ladies of both parishes.
We thank His Grace Bishop THOMAS for visiting with us and inspiring us to work in a spirit of Christian love and harmony to continue to grow our ever expanding parish.