St. John Chrysostom Church in York, Pennsylvania welcomed His Grace Bishop Thomas on the occasion of its annual patronal feast day celebration over the weekend of November 11-13, 2011. 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 blessed the icons in the dome which were written this past Spring. He was accompanied by the Reverend Fr. Peter Pier, pastor of St. John Chrysostom, and Dn. Jerome Atherholt. Following the blessing, the children learned about the Prophets in the dome from Kh. Pam. Great Vespers was then concelebrated by Fr. Peter, Fr. Joseph Butts and Fr. Theodoros Daoud of St. Mary’s in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with Bishop Thomas presiding. Following Great Vespers, a gala banquet was held at the Golden Stories Restaurant in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
On Sunday, the parish celebrated Orthros and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, which included the elevation of the Reverend Fr. Joseph Butts to the rank of Arch Priest. Fr. Joseph is leaving Holy Ascension in West Chester, Pennsylvania to join the United States Navy as a Chaplin. Fr. Daniel Meyer of Holy Ascension was also in attendance. After Divine Liturgy, the women of the parish provided a lovely reception for Bishop Thomas and our visitors. On behalf of the entire parish, we thank His Grace for celebrating the feast day of St. John Chrysostom with us and we look forward to seeing him again in the coming year.