DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: “All Aboard!”
Individuals, parishes, and organizations from throughout our diocese and beyond have boarded the 2014 DDB Train and we’re rolling down the track to the end of this year ... strengthening our diocese, our parishes, and our faithful! DDBs have contributed $99,435 so far this year to provide much-needed financial support to our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling older parishes; over $459,400 since the beginning of the DDB initiative in 2011. A train station near you is open for business, and it’s easy to get a ticket (yes, you can do it on-line)! If you are able to share of the blessings you have received from God, “welcome aboard!”
see the list of passengers on the 2014 DDB Train >
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“JACOB’S WELL”: Summer/Fall 2014 Edition Available
A new edition of the official diocesan publication, “Jacob’s Well,” is now available on-line! Printed copies of this highly acclaimed magazine have been sent to all parishes for distribution to parishioners and visitors, and to provide a wonderful outreach to shut-ins and “seekers” interested in Orthodoxy. This current edition, and previous publications, may be viewed on the "Jacob's Well" website. Get the current edition (Read-All-About-it!) HERE >
"Jacob's Well" website >
RANDOLPH NJ: Parish Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Holy Trinity Church, Randolph NJ, entered its 51st year in a glorious weekend (4-5 October 2015)! At a 50th Anniversary Great Vespers on Saturday evening, Bishop Michael blessed the renovated fellowship facility, renamed “Founders Hall,” as well as new carved altar cover and a table of oblation. The new Hall is dedicated to the small group of Morris County residents who started the parish in 1964 under the guidance of Very Reverend John Nehrebecki, “through their desire for God, vision, and sacrifice.” On Sunday, following the celebratory Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, more than 200 guests enjoyed a brief, professionally-produced video exploring the history and character of the parish.
ROCHESTER NY: Blessing of Animals
A “Blessing of Animals” was held at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY on Saturday, 4 October 2014. The parish’s Evangelism Task Force [ETF] delivered, by US Mail “Every Door Delivery,” over 2,400 invitations to residents within a half-mile radius of the church as an outreach of neighborly welcome. Parishioners were also asked to bring flyers to their neighbors, friends, and coworkers with a warm and welcoming invitation. A highlight for those attending was participation by members of the Mounted Unit of the Rochester Police Department.
BUFFALO NY: Church Celebrates 120th Parish Anniversary
It was a glorious weekend, 27-28 September 2014, at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo NY. Many guests and visitors from neighboring churches joined Father Volodymyr Zablotskyy (parish rector) and parishioners in celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the oldest Orthodox Church in Buffalo and the “senior parish” of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Following the celebratory Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, a festive banquet took place at Creekside Banquet Facility in Cheektowaga NY.
DIOCESAN GIRLS RETREAT: 14-16 NOV 2014
A Diocesan Girls Retreat for those in grades 7-12 will take place at Saint Basil’s Academy in Garrison NY from Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2014. Saint Basil's Academy has beautiful grounds offering dormitory style rooms, an indoor basketball court and an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool which will be available for use. There is no fee to participate in this three-day retreat. Participants may arrive beginning Friday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. Registration documents and complete retreat information are being sent to all diocesan clergy; they are also available on the diocesan website. Registration must be submitted by 3 NOVEMBER 2014.
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Registration Documents and Information >
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RANDOLPH NJ: Parish 50th ANNIVERSARY celebration on 5 OCTOBER 2014
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph NJ is in high-gear preparing for October 5th! On that Sunday the parish will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Michael, followed by a banquet at Meadow Wood Manor. “I’m excited and delighted at the outpouring of our parish’s enthusiasm as we mark 50 years of offering the fullness of the Christian faith in the Morris County community,” said Father David Fox (parish rector). Since January, the parish has been carrying out ambitious plans to mark its golden anniversary.
MUSICIAN APPRECIATION DAY
"On Sunday, September 28th, I ask all the faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey to join me in celebrating Church Musician Appreciation Day. On that day, which is the Sunday closest to the feast day of Saint Romanos the Melodist (October 1st), I encourage Rectors, Parish Councils, and the faithful of our parishes to offer special thanks to their choir directors, singers, composers, arrangers, and those who teach church music to our children." -Bishop Michael