On Sunday, June 4, 2023, His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak, assisted by Rev. Fr. Gabriel Alkass celebrated the Holy Liturgy on the occasion of the Feast of the Pentecost at the Virgin Mary parish in Paramus, New Jersey.
His Eminence first welcomed all the Youth from the three local churches in New Jersey who attended the Holy Liturgy as the first activity hosted by SOAYO (Syriac Orthodox Archdiocesan Youth Organization) which coordinates the ministry of all youth organizations of the parishes of the Archdiocese.
He then delivered his sermon about the importance of the Pentecost and how we witness the birth date of our Holy Church and how it should relate to us in our daily lives. His Eminence gave examples, two of them being to start our mission at home and sharing the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
He then concluded by reminding the faithful to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives as individuals and as a Church, that we may be transformed, United in Jesus Christ.