31 December 2006

OH WHAT A NIGHT: Revelion 2007! Our parish’s first ‘official’ New Year’s Eve Ball in more than a decade proved to be a resounding success and a memorable evening! Preparations began months in advance with menus, tickets, and other necessary work. Guests arrived in formal wear and hostesses greeted each party and escorted them to their table. Both halls were elegantly decorated in white and silver with blue accents and candlelight warming the room as some 350 guests entered. A several course menu began with an appetizers & wine. Soloist Nicoleta Petrin & Orchestra delighted the crowd throughout the night with a variety of music as people danced between courses of the meal. For the third course, guests were invited to a plentiful buffet of Romanian and Continental selections. The band took the stage once more and played until 11:15pm, at which time everyone was invited into the Cathedral for a “Te Deum” (service of thanksgiving) for the New Year. It was moving to note that the church quickly filled with young and old alike, who lit candles and knelt piously as Father Laurence led the prayers. Several participants expressed their gratitude for this unique service that added peace and joy to the night and the coming year. Guests then returned to the Cultural Center, uncorked their champagne and counted down into 2007, toasting and singing “Multi Ani Traiasca”. A large dessert buffet followed highlighted by strudel (filled with “lucky coins”), and later fresh sausage made for a popular snack! The band played on and the dance floor remained full well into the early morning, with smiling faces happily enjoying a truly elegant and traditional “Revelion” together, displaying a real spirit of family among guests and hosts alike.

My sincere thanks and gratitude are offered to those who worked tirelessly for the success of this event. Many people, both parishioners and non commented that this was one of, if not the nicest New Years they’ve ever been to, and look forward very much to more good things at the Cathedral! Best wishes for 2007! La multi ani!

John E Lazar, Chairman


Many new faces gathered with us to celebrate
Nicoleta Petrin & Fr Laurence Lazar
Music filled the room throughout the night

A view into the Cultural Center
Tables were elegantly arranged
Friends pause for a photo

A view into Metes Hall
Fr Lazar gave the blessing before the meal
Mariana Cucereavii, Cristina Lupu & Gabriela Popovici

Young ladies who helped with preparations
Soloist Nicoleta Petrin delighted the crowd
Christine Placinta and her dates(!) for the evening

Anda Pop & Lisa Gallu
Many gathered in church to pray for the new year
Alina & Dan Chivu toast the new year

Parishioners wish "La multi ani"
The halls were decorated in silver and blue
Guests danced the night away to a variety of music

John Lazar & Anda Pop
Friends & Family spent the evening together
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