Friday, June 24, 2005

Minor orders conferred at the cathedral

Cathedral church of the eparchy of Ss. Cyril and Methodius was a place of joyous celebration this day. Stephen Williams was ordained into minor orders by laying of hands of his Excellency, Bishop John Stephen Pazak, CSsR. Fr. Miroslav Cajka, CSsR served as Master of Ceremonies, assisting bishop John, who conferred minor orders of Reader, Cantor and Candlebearer, as well as Subdeaconate upon our brother in Christ, Stephen Williams. Among the clergy present were Fr. Pavol Dolinsky, pastor of the Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Toronto, as well as Fr. Ron Comeau, and of course the family of Mr. Williams, especially his wife Lucia. For many and blessed years!
Photos used with permission from Fr. Stephen Williams.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Golden Jubilee of the Holy Ghost Slovak Greek Catholic Church

On Pentecost Sunday, Holy Ghost Greek Catholic Church on Golden Boulevard celebrated its Golden Jubilee with Divine Liturgy concelebrated by Bishop John Pazak, Fr. John Girhiny, pastor and Fr. John Fetsco, Dean.

The church was filled with current and returning parishioners, their families and friends. People travelled from many parts of southern Ontario. One person drove from Pittsburgh.

A banquet in the church hall followed where John Maloney M.P., PeterKormos M.P.P. and Mark Dzugan, City Councillor made presentations to the church and the pastor. A citation was given to Fr. John to recognize his 17+ years of volunteer service to the parish. A visual trip down memory lane, using big screen technology, was an emotional experience for all. The celebration concluded with a performance by the Bratislava Dancers of Welland.

Holy Ghost Slovak Greek Catholic Church Golden Jubilee. Fifty yearmembers pose with the pastoral team. Left to right Back row: Rev. Dr. John Girhiny, Pastor; Bishop John Pazak; Fr. John Fetsco, Dean. Middle row: George and Julie Macko, Ann Petro, George and Anna Michal, Dr.Valerie-Dawn Girhiny, Mary Fedor, Margaret and Frank Genco. Front row: Susan and Steve Horni, John and Katie Ferko. Absent for health reasons - Mary Macko, Mike Terpak, Mary Dudas (missing members photos are the insets)

Photo credits: Valerie - Dawn Girhiny.

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