by Samantha Georges
The holidays were a busy and exciting time at Our Lady of the Cedars in Houston! In addition to all of the fun Christmas events planned – the Youth and Young Adult Socials, Santa’s visit during the CCE Christmas Program, Brunch with Mr. & Mrs. Clause, the Choir Concert, Parish Movie Night, daily Novenas, and of course, our Christmas liturgies – we had the honor of recognizing eight incredible parishioners for their dedication and involvement in the parish.
His Excellency, Bishop Zaidan, presented George Abdallah, Elie Bejjani, Fayez Droubi, Naim Nemry, and Saad Shaar with the Maronite Patriarchal Medal. This award recognizes these five men for their decades of support of the parish and their strong Maronite faith.
Bishop Zaidan also presented Eliana Abou-Jaoude, Suzanne Dib, and Myrna Georges with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, the highest honor that can be awarded to laypeople by the Pope, for their distinguished service to the Catholic Church and their many charitable activities.
These eight men and women have had the remarkable ability to take on any task asked of them. They have unselfishly donated their time, talent, and treasure for the good of their parish, and Our Lady of the Cedars is grateful for each and every one of them.
Congratulations to George, Eliana, Elie, Suzanne, Fayez, Myrna, Naim, and Saad on your well-deserved awards.