2015 Annual Dinner of Sts Michael & Gabriel Antiochian Orthodox Church


By Marcelle Mansour
Sts Michael & Gabriel Antiochian Church held its annual Dinner on Friday 28th August 2015 at the Bellevue Reception Centre, under the patronage of His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The ceremony was attended by a crowd of priests, heads of organisations and social leaders with the participation of a large number of other churches parishioners with nearly 400 people.
Bishop Saliba threw an expressive speech on this happy occasion where he highlighted the importance of nurturing the rising generation of children and youth of the community, he also praised the continued support of the church from all aspects.
The Parish Priest of Sts Michael & Gabriel Antiochian Church, Rev Fr Michal Zghaib thanked all the attendees including businesspeople, leaders of organisations, the media and all the flock of various dioceses. Then he delivered a brief speech in which he stated: “It is the one hundred percent responsibility of the church to provide spiritual and religious education, while building the actual church is the responsibility of the people and the parishioners.” Fr Zghaib also highly praised all the parishioners for their fruitful contribution and tireless work and cooperation with all other churches. He also mentioned the main objective of the ceremony of this annual dinner is to get together to preserve the Christian presence in the light of love and peace. 
The ceremony included performance of creative singers: Vicky Maroun, John Khalil, Ghazi Nasouh Sayed Fares, as well as some sponsorships, donations and community activities.
The event was successful especially was attended by many of parishioners of other churches in an atmosphere of intimacy and love, as described by Father Michel Zghaib as: “A loving ceremony gathering dinner”.

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