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The 2016 Annual Diocesan Assembly will be convened on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd, at Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers NY. Day One of the event will consist of the formal business of the Diocesan Assembly itself; Day Two will consist of workshops for clergy and lay leaders of our parishes.
RANDOLPH NJ: Archpastoral Visit, Appreciation, and Blessing
The parishioners of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph NJ were honored on 6-7 August 2016 to have Archbishop Michael visit them. The purpose of his visit was to bless the church’s refurbished stained glass windows. Thanks to the generosity of many parishioners, the windows which were damaged due to time and weather had been removed, repaired, and reinstalled. Parishioners received an explanatory booklet about Holy Trinity’s windows, most of which depict a Christian symbol or cross. One frequently used symbol is the fleur de lis, a representation of the Holy Trinity.
"BEYOND THE PLATEAU": New Issue now available
The Diocese of New York and New Jersey has two monthly newsletters: "First Fruits" and "Beyond the Plateau." The goal is to increase communication and grow the communal spirit of diocesan fellowship in the building-up and strengthening of our parish communities. A new issue of “Beyond the Plateau” has been released and distributed to all clergy for dissemination within their parishes. You may download and read the new issue and all past editions of these newsletters anytime by using the "Official Documents and Publications" tab at the top of this website!
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NY STATE DEANERY: Church School Conference
Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY hosted the regional 2016 Church School Conference for the parishes of the New York State Deanery on Saturday, 13 August 2016. Two additional regional conferences are scheduled for the New Jersey and New York City Deaneries (20 & 27 August, respectively). The facilitator, Jennifer Hock, presented “Church School Approaches for Small Classrooms, One-Room Classrooms, and Special Needs Children.” Each year these conferences, developed and sponsored by the diocesan Department of Christian Education, are offered at no-fee to church school coordinators and teachers.
Bringing the Orthodox Faith to the African-American Community
“We would love to reach out to African-Americans in our community, but we don’t know how.” “I don’t know where to begin.” “I’m afraid we’ll be seen as too white and too exotic.” “How do we merge the Black church and culture with [fill in Orthodox ethnic group of choice]?” Sound familiar? Orthodox parishes across the country struggle with outreach to various ethnic groups -- wishing to expand the parish’s evangelistic efforts in bringing Holy Orthodoxy to Blacks, Latinos, and Asians -- but lacking the knowledge, insights, and tools to do so. With the biggest of hearts and greatest of desires, this area of evangelism … bringing and sharing Orthodoxy with ethnic minority groups … can nevertheless seem daunting enough to persuade many to never even begin the effort.
“JACOB’S WELL”: Summer Issue of Diocesan Publication Now Available
A new edition of the extremely popular and highly-acclaimed diocesan publication, “Jacob’s Well,” has been published and released to all parishes in New York and New Jersey (Orthodox Church in America) for distribution. Be sure to obtain a hardcopy of this beautiful magazine at your local parish! “Jacob’s Well” is informative and a good way to reach-out and share the faith with shut-ins, friends, and neighbors. View the on-line edition by clicking on the image above or visit the dedicated “Jacob’s Well” webpage … here!
Diocese of NY & NJ Launches Website for Department of Youth Ministry
The Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of New York & New Jersey is pleased to announce the launch of its new Department of Youth Ministry website. With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, this new platform offers easy access to information about upcoming events within the youth department, features a media gallery full of press releases and photos from past events, and will allow for on-line event registration in the near future.
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NEW YORK STATE DEANERY: Choir Workshop
The Commission on Liturgical Music (CoLM) and Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Syracuse NY hosted a workshop, “The Character of Choir Singing,” on 23 July 2016. The highly regarded and accomplished facilitator, Mark Bailey, presented key points in lecture and demonstrated them by rehearsing a choir comprised of the thirty participants. He stressed the need for Orthodox music to illuminate the text; the role of music in matching form and function; and the need for choral style to confirm prayer/worship through appropriate pulse and rhythm. The workshop concluded with an open and candid question and answer session.
CHURCH SCHOOL CONFERENCES: Planned for All Three Deaneries!
All who are, or would like to be, involved in the Christian education of our youth are invited to attend. The conference leader is Jennifer Hock, founder of illumination-learning.com Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Specific dates and locations are posted in the "Upcoming Events" section of this homepage. For complete details and registration, please go HERE.
On the Diocesan Calendar
August 27, 2016
NY City Deanery
Cathedral of the
August 27, 2016
Camp Bike Ride
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Aug 31 - Sept 1, 2016
Assumption of the
Holy Virgin Church
September 12, 2016
September 26, 2016
October 8-9, 2016
Saint John the Baptist
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November 1-2, 2016
November 11-13, 2016
Saint Basil Academy
February 10-12, 2017
Saint Basil Academy
March 10-12, 2017
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