Eastern Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church

Cathedral Of The Pines

Cathedral of the Pines, 2013

PNC clergy and faithful from nine parishes of the Eastern Diocese gathered for the annual worship service at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH, on Sunday, July 7.  This year’s prayers were in honor of first responders and in memory of those lives lost in the Sandy Hook School shooting (Dec. 2012) and the Boston Marathon bombing (April 2013).   Larry Gagnon, a parishioner of Holy Trinity Cathedral and long-time volunteer at the Marathon gave his perspective as an eyewitness to the events of April 14. He stated that “though evil was present on that day, the face of God was also present” in the many acts of selfless bravery and compassion of first responders and volunteers alike.

Father Robert Fredrickson, newly-appointed administrator of Holy Trinity PNCC, Webster, MA, was the homilist. He shared personal experiences of being called as a police chaplain to respond in the face of tragedy, and he reminded us that all Christians have a calling to serve in Christ’s strength, in times like these.

Choir members from Plantsville and Norwich, CT, Lowell and Webster, MA, Manchester, NH, and Woonsocket, RI, accompanied by Karen Sobiechowski, led the singing for the service.  Joey Grieve of Lowell, MA, sang "Let There Be Peace on Earth," in keeping with the theme of God as the Giver of peace and One in Whom we trust. Special “Boston Strong” lapel pins were distributed to all present, and a collection was received for OneFund Boston.                            

Afterwards, many of those present enjoyed a delicious chicken barbecue at the Hidden Hills Banquet facility. Special thanks to Father Gitner who prepared the worship service, Father Senior Soltysiak who organized the readers and made arrangements for the dinner, and for all clergy and faithful who took part in this annual event.

Karen Sobiechowski

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