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St. Andrew Church Celebrates 45th Anniversary

August 1, 2011

The faithful of St. Andrew Church joined together this past weekend around their archpastor, His Grace Bishop Michael, who presided over the parish’s 45th anniversary celebration.

Marking the occasion was a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, concelebrated by His Grace, Fr. John Klingel, and Protodeacon Michael Sochka, who is the son of the parish’s first pastor and grew up at St. Andrew’s. Fr. Joseph Konkus, a longtime friend and retired priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, was also present for the celebration, but due to health concerns, was unable to serve. Subdeacon Gregory Sulich, visiting from the Chancery, ably supervised the altar servers, providing invaluable assistance throughout the day.

During the Liturgy, several joyful events occurred: James Scovel and our choir director Lasha Kvetenadze were tonsured to the rank of Reader; Reader Nilus Klingel was ordained to the rank of Subdeacon; Priest John Klingel was awarded the nabeddrenik, purple kamilavka, and elevated to the dignity of Archpriest; new renovations to the rear of our nave, and their newly-written icons were blessed by Bishop Michael; and two longstanding presences in our parish, our former Parish Council President Peter Filak, and benefactor and friend of the parish Charles Kaczinski, were awarded gramotas by His Grace. The choir sang beautifully throughout, which was no small feat as the liturgical celebrations lasted for well over four hours!

Following the Liturgy, everyone gathered together for our parish’s 7th annual “Mini-Picnic,” which in this year’s incarnation was hardly ‘mini’ at all! Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our Parish Council President, Mark Guyer, and the tremendous assistance of our Saints Martha & Mary Sisterhood, the picnic was a beautiful event, with old friends reuniting and new friendships being made. Many lingered under the tent late until the early evening, enjoying the chance to meet and speak with Vladyka and our many visitors, informally enjoying each others’ company.

It was truly a joy to share this time with Bishop Michael, who in his short time as our archpastor has already impressed our parish — and indeed, the entire diocese — with his warmth, compassion, sincerity, and grace. Surely, here is a true shepherd of Christ’s Holy Church. Eis polla, eti dhespota!


Photos of the event may be viewed on the St. Andrew’s parish website here.


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