NEW YORK: St. George Orthodox Church of West Chester, New York, is celebrating the silver jubilee of her existence. It was in 1985 that this parish was founded at Port Chester. Jubilee celebrations will begin with the feast of St. George, the Patron Saint of the parish.
On Saturday, May 8th, 2010, at 5.00 pm the Diocesan Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas and Auxiliary Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos will be ceremoniously received. Flag hoisting, evening prayers and procession etc. are to follow.
On Sunday, May 9th, 2010, morning prayers will begin at 8.00 am, which will be followed by Holy Qurbana celebrated by the Metropolitans. There will be a public meeting and various other celebrations thereafter.
Jubilee celebrations will conclude with the feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala in November, 2010.
The St. George Orthodox Church of West Chester came into existence as a congregation in 1985 May under the leadership of Fr. Dr. K.C. Mathews with permission from the then Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios. On September 15, 1985 this congregation was recognized as a parish Church and Fr. Dr. George Koshy was appointed as the vicar.
“Various committees have started functioning to make the jubilee celebrations that span almost seven months a success. The parish managing committee and board of trustees are spearheading different committees”, said the vicar Fr. Dr. George Koshy and Chairman, Public Relations Committee Thomas Koshy in a press statement.