FEAST-DAY OF SAINT NICHOLAS - 12/05/13
A new video installment of "Lessons in Our Faith" features Bishop Michael on the topic of Saint Nicholas, the Wonder-working Bishop of Myra in Lycia (commemorated on 6 December). In this brief 5 minute video, His Grace offers historical meaning and content to the "Santa Claus" of popular folklore. The life, witness, and intercessions of this most-beloved saint are both inspirational and timely as we approach the feast-day of Our Lord's Nativity. This is a video intended especially for children ... of all ages!
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|One Month Remaining to Join the DDB this Year! - 12/04/13|
The Distinguish Diocesan Benefactors program supports Mission Parishes, Seminarians, and Struggling Parishes thanks to the generosity of our faithful ... like you! Through financial contributions the ever-growing list of DDBs is a testimony to our commitment toward funding vital ministries and accomplishing the “good work” of our diocese. Please consider offering your support to this important initiative ... join the DDB family!
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|OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: Internships & Ambassadors - 11/26/13|
The Department of College Ministry is accepting applications for both Web-Team Internships and Student Ambassadors. The internships offer $150 per month and the experience will be a nice boost to a student’s resumé! Student Ambassadors are typically, but not always, officers of OCF chapters at their respective college/university. They are Orthodox Christian students in New York or New Jersey who are passionate about carrying out the mission of college ministry.
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|BUFFALO NY: "Making Music with Kids" Workshop - 11/25/13|
On 16 November 2013 the Commission on Liturgical Music [CoLM] and Saints Peter & Paul Church in Buffalo NY hosted “Making Music with Kids.” The workshop, taught by David Lucs, attracted children from Orthodox and non-Orthodox backgrounds. The parish was already providing a haven of hospitality for the surrounding community through a soup kitchen, but their level of commitment doesn’t stop with food and drink. Their commitment to their neighbors was shown by their willingness to sponsor a child from the neighborhood, giving that child the opportunity to participate in the workshop. Reflecting on the workshop, Father Vlad Zablotskyy (parish rector) said, “Our children will remember this for a long time!” Another CoLM sponsored workshop for kids is scheduled at Dix Hills NY on 7 December -- get information HERE!
|Video of Bishop Michael's "Address to the Diocese" - 11/22/13|
The Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of New York & New Jersey convened on Tuesday, 12 November, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers NY. Over 100 delegates (clergy and laity), observers, and support staff from diocesan parishes gathered with Bishop Michael for the annual Assembly. Reports presented by deaneries, commissions, departments and offices are available ... along with a video of Bishop Michael’s “address to the diocese” ... on a special website HERE!
Diocesan Assembly website >
|LESSONS IN OUR FAITH: New Video “The Diaconate” - 11/21/13|
A new instructional video on “The Diaconate” has been added to the Lessons in Our Faith series featuring Bishop Michael. There are now 12 lessons and each is 8-12 minutes in length, offering a concise discussion on topics (such as Fasting, Baptism, Marriage, etc) in the popular “7 Questions & 7 Answers” format developed by His Grace. On 6 December a video on “Saint Nicholas” will be available in conjunction with the saint’s feast-day. To view the videos visit the Lessons in Our Faith section of this website; you’ll find an icon link on the homepage.
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|LANSING NY: New Iconostasis Blessed - 11/19/13|
On the evening of Thursday, 14 November 2013, the faithful of Holy Apostles Mission Church in Lansing NY welcomed Bishop Michael and faithful from several area churches for a monumental and historic event in its young life. Having worshipped for three years with two icons on temporary panels, Holy Apostles raised funds for the construction of an iconostasis which was delivered several weeks ago, stained and sealed, and installed by the faithful.
|MEDFORD NJ: Parish Celebrates 40th Anniversary - 11/18/13|
The Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Medford NJ celebrated its 40th Anniversary over the weekend of 9-10 November 2013. Joining Bishop Michael at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday were: Father John Shimchick (Rector), Father Sergius Gerken (the community's "son"), Father Sergius Kuharsky, Father John Jillions, Protodeacon Eric Wheeler, and Deacon Timothy Skuby. The parish was founded in 1973 with the conviction that Orthodoxy was a gift that did not require the acquisition of certain language skills or the love of any particular ethnic cuisine or culture. All these could and indeed would be celebrated in their own time and way but they would not be the central organizing principles.