On November 13, 2010, the parish of St. John Chrysostom Church  in York, Pennsylvania warmly welcomed His Grace Bishop Thomas on the occasion of their annual patronal feast day celebration. Sayidna Thomas began the weekend festivities by attending a dinner with the parish council members and their spouses on Friday evening.
On Saturday morning, His Grace presided at the Divine Liturgy concelebrated by the Very Reverend Fr. Peter Pier, pastor of St. John Chrysostom and Reverend Stephen Vernak of Christ the Savior OCA Church in Harrisburg. Following Divine Liturgy, Sayidna enjoyed breakfast and interaction with the children in the parish hall. In the afternoon, the Teen SOYO met with Bishop Thomas for a session of “Ask Sayidna.” Great Vespers was then concelebrated by Fr. Peter and Fr. Nicholas Alford of St. Gregory the Great Church in Washington D.C., with Bishop Thomas presiding. Following Great Vespers, a gala banquet was held at nearby Heritage Hills Resort.
On Sunday, November 14, Orthros and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were celebrated, which included the ordination of Subdeacon Raphael Garcia of St. Gregory the Great, to the Holy Diaconate. After Divine Liturgy, the women of the parish provided a lovely reception for Bishop Thomas and the visitors. We gratefully thank Sayidna Thomas for his loving care and look forward to his return visit next November.
|Ordination of Dn. Raphael Garcia|
|Bishop Thomas with Fr. Nicholas Alford and Deacon Raphael Garcia|