by Shelly Vitale
On Sunday, 3 February 2019, at the 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy, the community of St. Raymond Maronite Cathedral, along with Bishop A. Elias Zaidan and Cathedral Rector, Fr. John Nahal, joined together to celebrate the Feast of Saint Maron. The procession included representatives from every organization. The Bishop invited all the officers and members of various groups and committees of St. Raymond to receive a special blessing and installation.
After the Liturgy, a reception and awards program were held at the Cedars Hall where guests were treated to a special meal sponsored by the MYA. Following the luncheon, Bishop Zaidan and Father John presented the 2019 awards to deserving recipients, including: Dennis and Roxanne Elking—Patriarchal Blessing and Medal; Subdeacon Tony and Mary Simon—Regional Silver Massabki Medal; Brian and Robbyn Wahby—Silver Massabki Medal and Jacqueline Wahby—Faith of the Mountain Award. Father John expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the recipients for their hard work and dedication.
The St. Raymond community is also very proud of parishioner, Mary Denny, who was invested with the Order of Saint Sylvester by Bishop Zaidan, on 18 November 2018. Mary has served many years as Vice Chancellor and Financial Officer for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. She also has played an integral part in countless church projects and activities throughout the years.