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A Message from Father Chris

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

 
Christ is in our midst! 
Hristos medju nama! 
Christ is in our midst! 
 
I greet you with the great Joy of the Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, He Who is the Lamb Who was slain and Rose again! 
 
At this, our Annual Assembly, we have the joyful responsibility of taking inventory of the past year, and the opportunity to greet the coming year with a vision of the Love of the Risen Lord. 
 
The year of our Lord, 2016, saw encouraging and inspiring growth in our parish. This growth may not have been in new faces, but it certainly was in the hearts of the faithful in our parish. This was no more evident than in the number of times we all prepared and received the Holy Eucharist (which increased to just under 6,000). 
 
There was an increase in liturgies, services, Molebens, and in our spiritual life in general. This increase had also borne great fruit in the general attitude toward the Holy Mystery of Confession. Parishioners have truly begun to open themselves up to God's Love and Mercy. 
 
As a parish, we have also grown in understanding. This was evidenced by the great success of our change in time for our Paschal celebration. No longer do we proclaim "Christ is Risen" to an empty church-but to the gathered community of His Body here in Steelton. And what a glorious Day that the Lord has made for us-especially when it continues straight into the Holy Liturgy, so we might see the Risen Lord in the Holy Eucharist! 
 
This theme of growth has also overflowed from being in Communion with our Lord through receiving His Holy Body and Precious Blood, to being in Communion with Him through loving our neighbor. 
 
We are beginning to open our hearts to our local neighbors more and more. While still continuing wonderful ministries like 'Meals on Wheels', we are now also inviting our neighbors to our Annual Slava celebration. 
 
We also, on Tuesday, will begin a new ministry of loving our neighbor, by feeding those who are hungry. God willing, His love will find us as a continuous and open conduit through which to pass into this world. 
 
Our parish events have also reflected this growth, with tremendous work accomplished in our festival. 
By God's Grace, we were able to give almost $9,000 to the rebuilding effort at St. Sava Cathedral in NYC.  This is a testament to God's Love for us, and our response to it. It is a testament to your dedication and effort. And it is a testament to the love, leadership and vision of our dear Popadija Andreja and the Serb Fest Committee.
 
This inspiring growth is only possible because we have allowed our Lord into our lives to direct us and to change us. Growth is not possible by maintaining the "status quo"...by very definition, growth is the change of what was. 
 
There has also been a change in our leadership. We have said our farewells to our spiritual leader of 25 years, His Grace, Bishop Mitrophan. Bishop Mitrophan faithfully served our Eastern Diocese, as an exemplary pastor.  We pray that His Ministry in the Canadian Diocese is joyful and bears great fruit for our Lord's Vineyard there. 
 
We also have had the opportunity to greet our new bishop, His Grace, IRINEJ.  Bishop IRINEJ is no stranger to our parish; and we welcome Him back as our Archpastor with great Joy and anticipation.   We have already experienced His loving presence in the celebration of St. Nicholas Day: what a glorious and joyful event!  
 
We give thanks to God for all of those who helped to make this visit truly memorable; including those who cooked, those who cleaned, especially Mike Healy and Paul and Mary Jane Kasper,  those who celebrated and our council for making it all possible. 
 
The subtle changes our Lord is working in us have also been reflected in the Holy Liturgy. His Grace, Bishop IRINEJ, has directed and instructed us in the celebration of the Liturgy, so that we might grow in a deeper awareness of a Christ's Loving Sacrifice for us. 
 
We have said goodbye to many close friends and family who departed this life in the last year. However, this never diminished the Joy of the Risen Lord, Who tramples down death by His death. While we grieve their loss, it is in the hope of the Risen Christ. 
 
We have also seen great growth in the ministries of our parish. There are established ministries that have begun a renaissance, like our KSS
 
There are also new ministries developed this year to address needs:
The Young Family Ministry is dedicated to the education and fellowship of our young families. It meets every quarter, alternating between educational themes and fellowship. As our parish has become a commutery, it will provide a necessary opportunity to gather together our young families so they can truly get to know their Church family. 
 
For I was Hungry and you gave Me to eat... 
This ministry will offer a meal to those who need it in our community. It is a wonderful beginning, in response to the 200-300 families within two miles of our parish who are forced to miss meals each week. 
 
These are just the first fruits of the growth inspiredby the Love of our Lord, Jesus Christ! 
 
As your pastor, I am both humbled and overjoyed by your dedication to our Lord.  May His Grace and Love continue to inspire you to ever greater acts of love toward God, to one another, and to our neighbors-that He may be glorified by our good works!

“I greet you with the great Joy of the Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, He Who is the Lamb Who was slain and Rose again! 

At this, our Annual Assembly, we have the joyful responsibility of taking inventory of the past year, and the opportunity to greet the coming year with a vision of the Love of the Risen Lord. 
The year of our Lord, 2016, saw encouraging and inspiring growth in our parish..."

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