Protest over cancellation of Smithtow...

Protest over cancellation of Smithtown church bazaar -

There are 19 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 30, 2007, titled Protest over cancellation of Smithtown church bazaar -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Parishioners at the Byzantine Church of the Resurrection in Smithtown plan hold a "quiet" protest Sunday over a priest's cancellation of its popular and financially successful four-day bazaar.

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Milford, CT

#1 Aug 30, 2007

New Milford, NJ

#2 Aug 30, 2007
Keep the fair! This has been tradition for years!
George Bush

Beacon, NY

#4 Aug 30, 2007
If they let this tragedy take place
all I can say that there ain't no God!Oh wait there ain"t one anyway..
The church is a breeding ground of
corruption and target practice for
child molestors.Pardon my spelling as i did not attend Catholic school

Englewood, CO

#5 Aug 31, 2007
I think the best thing for the parish is to go back to its Orthodox roots. The Roman Catholic Church only wants to downplay and eventually outlaw its Eastern Catholic liturgy because of its Greek "Schismatic" tradition. The Pope's recent classification of Orthodoxy as "flawed" is proof of this fact! Remember 1204 and the Fourth Crusade!

United States

#6 Aug 31, 2007
I am so disappointed by the news that the Byzantine Church has cancelled its bazaar. I have been looking forward to it all summer and planned to attend tomorrow to watch the wonderful dancing, eat the fabulous food, and visit the beautiful church.

I sincerely hope that priest and parishoners can work together to bring back this joyful event.

United States

#7 Aug 31, 2007
This sux.
On your own

Harleysville, PA

#8 Sep 3, 2007
I think you are on your own now. Its too bad you can't find a site and a place to cook. You could continue having your bazaars for just a few more years and build your own church!

United States

#9 Sep 3, 2007
There was indeed a protest on Sunday September 2nd with over 300 parishioners attending. Red Sunday almost to man they were wearing the red Byzantine Bazaar T shirts. the church was almost full with the exception of the pews in the front. There was much hugging and tears as old friends met once more. Resurrection is truly a Parish family we care for one another. Is sad the our family has been torn apart as there is no provision for teaching and nurturing our children; they have they have just been cast aside by Harry. We used to have an active teen club - no more there are no teens in church they too have been chased away. We have been insulted, demeaned and accused by Harry. Yet Harry has no oversight as to how he spends our money. He fired our long tem bookeeper a parishioner who donated her services. Now out-sourced at substantial cost to the parish. Not only is he cruel to the parishioners but the animals have suffered too. Three kittens were found in a covered garbage can one in some sort of caustic liquid which burned all four feet. After a trip to the animal emergency and several to a vet the kittens will survive.
The True Church

Flushing, NY

#10 Sep 4, 2007
Rocky--Islip wrote:
I think the best thing for the parish is to go back to its Orthodox roots. The Roman Catholic Church only wants to downplay and eventually outlaw its Eastern Catholic liturgy because of its Greek "Schismatic" tradition. The Pope's recent classification of Orthodoxy as "flawed" is proof of this fact! Remember 1204 and the Fourth Crusade!
I like the way you think.
Michael Marusevich

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Sep 4, 2007
My parents, Helene and Dan Maruse,vich, were part of the parish. They worked there every year...This was not only working for the church, but a celebration for all the families. This year, my family lloked in the paper, and it was cancelled. We were very surprised, and I bet so were, all the people that have past.
Where can you get kielbasi as good as the one at the bazzar? We never missed one, and the church, and Smithtown lost out on a great oppurtunity to shine, to the rest of Long Island,
God bless all the past participants who have past, and started a family tradition.
MS - Former Parishioner


#12 Sep 5, 2007
The Roman Catholic Church (the Byzantine Rite is a subordinant, not equal, of the Roman Church) is nothing but a big business. The properties that belong to the Church of the Resurrection are worth millions of dollars. The former priest,Father Dan, was much loved and respected, and was the center of the parish. He was one of a kind and really can't be replaced. I am sure that Bishop Andrew sees this parish as much less profitable without Father Dan and therefore, would love to sell this off these properties. The bottom line, time and time again, Eastern Rite Parishes have returned to Orthodoxy. It's time for the parishioners of the Church of the Resurrection to return to the true Catholic Church. I hope that either the Orthodox Church of America or the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church would be willing take them in.
Who Would Have Thought


#13 Sep 5, 2007
Who would have thought 120 years ago that our beautiful "Greek Catholic" church in America would be destroyed by her own bishops and clergy?
Diabolical is the only word for this!

Port Chester, NY

#14 Sep 5, 2007
Yes lets not forget the mission of the church is to make money.
Father Demetrios Kehagias

Jamaica, NY

#15 Sep 7, 2007
As priest of Assumption Church in Port Jefferson,New York I was appalled when one of my parishioners showed me the article about the cancellation of the Byzantine festival. I know that it is an event many of my parishioners enjoyed attending.
We extend to you open arms and welcome you to join us in continuing worshiping the Lord in the true Orthodox tradition rather than give in to the attempts of trying shut down this wonderful parish in Smithtown.
One who knows

Allentown, PA

#16 Sep 7, 2007
To the people of the Smithtown Parish. Don't give andrew pataki any more money for the eparchy appeal! All Byzantine parishes should REVOLT against this evil man and withhold EVERY PENNY to the annual appeal! It is time we start complaining to Rome. One thing andrew does not understand is that WE have the power. andrew does not understand that, in this age of instant communication NOTHING can be swept under the rug! andrew will go down in history as one of the worst bishops America ever had. Instead of waiting for him to close all our parishes amybe WE should all leave and go Orthodox- then he would be the bishop of nothing. Oh, excuse me, he already IS a nothing bishop!!!
To Father Demetrios


#17 Sep 7, 2007
I am reading this from another of Passaic's dying parishes, far from NY. Your invitation to the people of Smithtown brought me to near tears.

Appealing to Rome is pointless. They don't even know the Byzantine Church exists.

Imagine a church where the Shepherd actually WANTS people to come and worship, regardless of their ethnicity or church of baptism! what a concept!

We have been persecuted from the outside for centuries and we survived. Now we are being spiritually murdered inside our own walls by our own shepherd. Is this from God? I think not.

I know it is time to go home to the True Church, our true roots, where we will be loved as God's children once again.

Thank you for your post. You've helped me make up my mind once and for all. God Bless you!
An original parishioner

Wilton, CT

#18 Sep 7, 2007
My family was one of the original 8 families that started the Church of the Resurrection over 30 years ago. I remember as a child going to the church and rectory to get it ready for Father Dan. We cleaned and made sure that he would feel welcome in his new home. Years later, we worked at the bazaar, and after my father passed away, I continued to work there for him. I am saddened by what has happened at the church, it was always a welcoming place to all who attended, and even if I did not attend on a regular basis I always felt like I was home on Sundays when I went there. I am so sorry that this has happened, I will miss the church, and especially the bazaar that I grew up with, as well as my children. We always looked forward to Labor Day on every other year.
ex-balalaika dancer

North Scituate, MA

#19 Mar 22, 2008
I truly have no idea how I didn't find this out sooner. My heart breaks...truly.
longterm parishoner

New York, NY

#20 Jun 9, 2008
It is ashame what one man could do to Fr.Dan. Then allow his hinchman to take apart our family parish brick by brick, that was built by the parishioners for the parishioners. I can not believe it was possible to do so! but yes it is happening,so far the byzarre office , garage, and first aide bldg is down, as of this past week. I understand the parking lot, and two houses that were attached to the church property where also sold off. no more play ground for the children, but then again, there are no children there,that was seen too also. How can anyone live with themselves ,knowing this was a thriving parish as of the last byzarre 2005..what ashame, my mom is turning in her grave!!!!

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