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Macedonian convocation planned for this weekend

Saints Peter Paul Macedonian Church will host American Canadian church convocatithis weekend. | File Photo

Saints Peter and Paul Macedonian Church will host the American and Canadian church convocation this weekend. | File Photo

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Updated: August 27, 2013 12:38PM



Saints Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Crown Point is hosting the 39th annual American and Canadian convocation Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Radisson Hotel and Star Plaza in Merrillville and at the church on Broadway in Crown Point.

This is a chance for the public to celebrate Macedonian heritage and culture. There will be a lot of different things to do for the delegates as well as the general public.

City resident Nick Nochevich, planner of the convocation, said that this convocation is held in a different city each year and previously has been held in cities in this country and in Canada.

“This annual event gives us an opportunity to not only live our religion, but also our culture and heritage,” said Nochevich.

The history of the Macedonian people is rich and varied. There are many families that came to North America as refugees. War has been fought on their homeland since the Greeks and Romans, but started up again at the turn of the last century, then in the 1940s and once again in the 1990s.

In July Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated its 50th anniversary. All 30 churches in North America grew from this parish.

Nochevich and his convocation committee did announce that the public is invited to a “Welcome Dance” tomorrow. The Friday night dance starts at 8 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Macedonian Banquet Hall at 9660 Broadway, Crown Point. The cost is $20 per person and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday the church will host a soccer tournament and picnic. The soccer tournament finals and picnic will continue on Sunday at noon.

Music and Folk dancing presentations will also be at Sts. Peter and Paul Church on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. The folk dancing presentation will showcase the traditions, culture and heritage of Macedonia with dancers in traditional dress. Everyone is welcome.

After the choirs and dancing presentations there is going to be a youth dance at the Radisson Hotel. The cost to attend is $20 per person.

Just remember that the public is invited to come and enjoy and have fun, but also to take the time to enrich your own heritage or learn things about one that might be new to you.



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