Saints Peter and Paull Parish in Youngstown, Ohio was the setting for a weekend of joyous celebration and festivities.
On Saturday, May 13, 2023, Archbishop Daniel, performed the baptism of Katherine Zomchak, daughter of Father Mykola and Dobrodiyka Maria Zomchak. The godparents of the child of God Katherine were Father Myron and Dobrodiyka Christina Korostil of Saints Michael & George UOC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His Eminence Archbishop Daniel asked all the children present to come to the front of the church to witness the Katherine’s baptism. After the service, everyone joined the family at the parish pavilion to enjoy tables laden with delicious food and desserts lovingly prepared by family and parishioners to celebrate this blessed occasion.
On Sunday, May 14, Archbishop Daniel was greeted by the youth and president of the parish board with a bouquet of flowers and the traditional bread and salt, baked by one of the ladies of the parish family. Archbishop Daniel presided over the Divine Liturgy, which was con-celebrated by the Pastor of the Parish Father Mykola Zomchak; Father Daniel Rohan, Antiochian Orthodox Church; Father Vitaliy Pavlykivsky, All Sains UOC New York, NY, Father Myron Korostil Sts. Michael & George UOC, Minneapolis, MN; and Father Sviatoslav Hot, Holy Ascension UOC, Maplewood NJ, along with seminarians-subdeacons Nicholas Worobey, Mykola Steanyk, Yurii Izhyk, and Andrii Akulenko who came with his Eminence. To add to the blessings of the day, our faithful altar server, Jeffrey Senediak, was tonsured by the Archbishop as a subdeacon, and lovingly welcomed into the deaconate.
At the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel offered a thought-provoking sermon reflecting on the Reading from the Gospel of John 4:5-42, telling of the Samaritan Woman. His Eminence both encouraged and challenged the parishioners to love and accept everyone who is not “like us”. His inspiring words and compelling stories were spiritual food for all who listened.
At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Daniel awarded Church Board President, Chuck Woloschak, Father Mykola Zomchak, and the entire Saints Peter & Paul Parish family with a medal in the form of a Trident for their dedication to Humanitarian aid for Ukraine. His Eminence stated that every week, without fail, donations either from the parish or the Youngstown area are received by the Consistory for this most worthy cause.
Since it was also Mother`s Day, Archbishop Daniel called all the women of the parish up to the front of the church to greet each one individually and gift them with a red rose.
After Divine Liturgy, His Eminence dedicated and blessed the newly renovated Church School classrooms, library, and conference room in the church basement. He was assisted in the ribbon-cutting by Father Mykola, the Church School students, and Chuck Woloschak, as delighted parishioners looked on. The classrooms, students, teachers, and everyone in attendance received a very generous blessing with holy water from Archbishop Daniel!
Finally, everyone proceeded to the Orthodox Center, where a Mothers Day Brunch was served. The youth of the parish presented Archbishop Daniel with his favorite carrot cake in honor of his 22nd anniversary of ordination and his 15th anniversary of Archpastoral consecration. As the festivities ended, everyone agreed that this weekend would always be remembered for the abundant blessings of faith, fellowship, and fun!
Photos by Dobrodiyka Christina Korostil nd Subdeacon Mykola Stefanyk