Bishop Nowicki Celebrates 25th Jubilee Mass
For Deacon David Gaydos
NEW JERSEY – On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Holy Cross Church in Woodland Park, a special Mass was celebrated on the occasion of the 25th Jubilee of Deacon David Gaydos. The solemn Mass was celebrated by His Excellency, Rt. Rev. Bernard Nowicki, Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church. The Holy Scripture readings emphasized God’s calling of prophets – Jesus’ selection of Apostles who too needed to choose deacons in order to help them in the ministry for the Church.
In photo on right: Altar server Eddy Obssuth, Deacon Bill Gaydos, visiting priest Adam, Fr. Joseph R. Cyman – Pastor; Bishop Bernard J. Nowicki, Deacon David Gaydos, Fr. Senior Gregory Mludzik, and altar servers: Nayef, Ned and Neil Kiame.
Deacon David was thanked for his service, and his family for their support – wife Laurie, sons Scott and Mark and daughter, Emily. The Bishop spoke about the need of men accepting God’s calling to serve as deacons and priests. There are parishes where priests from neighboring parishes and deacons are filling the spot of the priests absence, providing services for the faithful. It was 25 years ago when David Gaydos was ordained deacon to serve the parish in Woodland Park and provide help in other parishes of the diocese. “I don’t know why I was chosen to be a deacon”, Deacon David humbly said. “I think it happened because once Jesus said in the Gospel: ‘You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit…’ (John 15:16)”.
Father Joseph R. Cyman, who has served as Pastor for the past ten years at Holy Cross Church, thanked the jubilant for these years of good cooperation for the spiritual benefit of the parish. Deacon David Gaydos helped especially during Father Joseph’s vacation time. In that time he conducted the Liturgy of the Word of God with Distribution of Holy Communion. Additionally, Deacon David helps at Holy Cross by reading the Gospel, distributing Holy Communion, and occasionally preaching sermons. He uses his culinary talent in preparing menus for different parish dinners. As an excellent cook, he is fulfilling the service of the first deacons who served meals to widows in the early Church. In his 25 years of service he has traveled to most of the parishes of the diocese, helping other priests including one parish in Los Angeles which is a part of the Central Diocese of PNCC.
Expressions of thanks were also given to Deacon David’s brother, Deacon William Gaydos. He is serving as a deacon at the Holy Cross Church by reading the Gospel, helping in the liturgy for special occasions, serving as a Lector, and preparing altar servers.
During the Mass, in the church sanctuary, other priests were also present – Father Senior Gregory Mludzik, visiting priest Fr. Adam, and Deacon William Gaydos, along with the altar servers who served the Mass. Organist, Jessica Muccilli beautified the liturgy with well selected songs.
After the Mass, the parish hosted a dinner in the parish hall as a token of appreciation for Deacon David’s service. Dozens of guests enjoyed the dinner.
– Holy Cross Church P.N.C.C.