UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
75th Anniversary Celebration of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church
September 22, Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Bayonne, New Jersey celebrated its Feast Day and the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of its founding with an Arch-Pastoral Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Elect Archbishop ANTONY assisted by Rev. Fr. Myroslav Schirta, the church’s pastor, V. Rev. Protopresbyter Dr. Taras Chubenko, Dean of New Jersey/New York Deanery, V. Rev. Fr. John Fencik, St. Mary Orthodox Church, Rev. Fr. Igor Kseniuk, Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church OCA, Rev. Fr. Stephen E .Krivonak, Deacon Vasyl Dovgan, Sub-deacon Richard Jendras and four St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary students.
His Eminence Metropolitan Elect Archbishop ANTONY was greeted and welcomed at the church’s entrance with Pascha, salt, and flowers presented by Parish President Donald J. Zyry and a group of children led by Maria and Paul Schirta, followed by the official welcome and beseeching of prayers by our parish priest, Fr. Myroslav Schirta. In his response to Fr. Myrsolav stated that we will, indeed, pray for the parish priests who preceded Fr.Myroslav and all the founders, benefactors, workers and visitors to the parish over the past 75 years. During the Liturgy the Archbishop spoke of our predecessors as people who had dreams – dreams as big as the Holy Apostles themselves. Our parents, grandparents and in some cases great or great-great grandparents came to a strange country, spoke a strange language, worshipped in a strange way – at least to American society – but they worked and lived together in the love and Name of Jesus Christ the Lord, and built a spiritual legacy to pass on to future generations. That legacy is what we celebrate today.