Main Celebration - 10/28/12

The third and the final celebration took place on the weekend of October 27th-28th. On Saturday, His Grace Bishop Michael was present at Great Vespers, followed by Panikhida for all the departed members of the parish. At the Panikhida, Father Igor was joined in prayers by the Dean of New York City Deanery, Archpriest Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, and the Rector of a neighboring parish – St. Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Church – Archpriest John Fencik. It was an important service to commemorate all the departed parishioners, who were part of the church history during those 90 years. At the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy next day special prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord were offered on behalf of all present at the service. His Grace Bishop Michael and Father Igor were joined by Archpriest John Fencik of St. Mary’s Church, and Archdeacon Michael Suvak of the Holy Protection Cathedral in New York, NY. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Vladika Michael presented five gramotas to the most dedicated members of the parish – John and Helen Wanko, Marge Cimbolic, Olga DeMay, and Theodore Benda. Due to his illness, gramota for Theodore Benda was presented to him by Father Igor upon his next visit to the hospital. Following the Divine Liturgy, a banquet completed the celebration. It was a truly prayerful, inspiring, and wonderful weekend to conclude the festive events of this important milestone in the parish history.