The Patriarch of the UGCC Took Part in the Celebration of the Centennial Jubilee of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Akron, Ohio.
June 22, 2015
On Sunday, June 21, 2015, the Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk took part in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio. The celebrations began with the Pontifical Divine Liturgy presided over by the Head of the UGCC. In the solemn Liturgy also participated a few hierarchs, including Bishop Bohdan Danylo, Eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Bishop Robert Moskal, Eparch-Emeritus of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Bishop John Kudrick, Eparch of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Bishop John Botean, Eparch of the Romanian Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of St. George in Canton, the priests, deacons, consecrated persons and the laity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Byzantine Catholic Church, the Maronite Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
In his homily, His Beatitude Sviatoslav said: “Celebrating the centennial anniversary of this parish, we really celebrate one hundred years of the community of faithful people; a community, which for one hundred years has been the salt of the earth and light of the world.” He continued: “A hundred years ago, the world was immersed in the World War I. Most likely, the first Ukrainian immigrants were not able to bring many earthly treasures to Akron. However, they were able to bring in their hearts the most important treasure of their ancestors – their faith in God. That faith which through the action of the Holy Spirit gave birth to so many saints: martyrs, confessors and witnesses of Christ’s faith in our Church and in our nation, whose memory today we celebrate this Sunday.” Therefore, “This teaching of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God’s Love, in whose honor they dedicated this church, helped the entire generations of their offspring to first of all remain human, people who are able to love, to be responsible, able to form a community of faith and to retain their identity. For the newly arrived, or displaced persons as they were called, our parishes were centers of Christian solidarity, mutual help and, and the communities where love of God and neighbor were of primary importance. This faith in God helped them to rediscover their own identity in the new country. The light of Christ’s Gospel and this “salt” helped them find a new meaning in their lives in this land – the new homeland and to achieve success in their lives,” said Patriarch Sviatoslav, adding “Let us all remember today in prayer all, who served God and people in this parish.” Since the third Sunday of June is traditionally the day, when in the United States is celebrated Father’s Day, His Beatitude also wished all fathers a blessed Father’s Day, quoting the words of St. John Chrysostom, who taught that “one becomes a father not by the fact of conceiving a new life, but by the paternal care and Christian education of those he has begotten.” The Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church concluded the homily with the following words: “May everyone, who comes to this vibrant parish, to this community of authentic human relationships, personally encounter the Living and Risen Christ and feel blessed in His love. Therefore, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16).”