UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Archpastoral Visit to Whaleyville, MD!
Subdeacon Vasyl Pasakas
The Labor Day weekend brought numerous smiles to the parishioners of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox parish congregation of Whaleyville, MD, as they welcomed in their midst the spiritual fathers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA: His Eminence Srchbishop Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel. It is a renewed parish community of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians from DE, MD, NJ, PA and visitors from other states of the nation that have settled around various MD and DE beach areas. The spiritual needs of the congregation are served by a faithful and dedicated group of clergy of the Church: Very Rev. Stephen Hutnick, pastor of Sts. Pete and Paul UOC in Wilmington, DE, Very Rev, Gerald Ozlanski, pastor of the Dormition of the Mother of God UOC in Chester, PA and Very Rev. Mark Koczak, a retired US Navy Chaplain and a clergyman of OCA.
His Eminence Archbishop Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel paid a spiritual visit to the parish family, leading the congregation in the celebration of Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysotosom. In the their remarks, following the Gospel reading, both hierarchs called upon the faithful to open their hearts and comprehend the meaning of the Lord’s commandments in their lives, even though at times we are confronted with the difficult decisions that effect our faith in a world of secularization.
Following the liturgical services, the hierarchs visited with the faithful and took part in a luncheon hosted in their honor.