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PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS - 12/19/14

The feast-day of Our Lord's Nativity is drawing near!  As we "prepare the way of the Lord" through the remaining days of the Nativity Fast, our efforts of prayer, fasting, and charity lead and point toward a truly joyous festal celebration. Churches throughout the diocese are "making ready" for the rich and precious worship services that open the door to our experience of God's love for us in the birth of the Lord, Jesus. In the hope that, as He was born in Bethlehem, He will be born anew in us now ... let us participate in the spiritual gifts offered in worship during this holy season.


UPSTATE NEW YORK: Celebrations of Saint Nicholas & Christmas "Yolka" - 12/16/14

A traditional Christmas "Yolka" complete with a children's Nativity play, sing-a-long, and visit by beloved Saint Nicholas was celebrated at Saint Basil Church in Watervliet NY on Sunday, 14 December.  The previous Sunday, Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY celebrated "Saint Nicholas Day" with a children's sermon on the life of the saint, gold coins filled with chocolate placed in the shoes of little ones left near the saint's icon following the Liturgy, a breakfast fellowship, and the decorating of the parish Christmas tree. Similar celebrations took place in various locations around the diocese.


Seasonal Videos - 12/15/14

SAINT NICHOLAS

and

THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST

see the videos here

 


MEDFORD NJ: Christmas Cookies of Appreciation - 12/10/14

Members of the Woman-2-Woman’s Group at the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Medford NJ gathered on Monday, 8 December, to assemble trays of Christmas Cookies. The cookies will be delivered to homebound parishioners and to Medford community servants: fire, police, and EMT squads. "Our hope is they will know that we remember them in our prayers," said Father John Shimchick (parish rector), "and that we appreciate their efforts." The parish will also host a Choral Prelude and Advent Vespers on Sunday, 14 December at 5:30 p.m.  Information is available in "Upcoming Events".


BAYONNE NJ: Celebration of Saint Andrew & Saint Nicholas - 12/09/14

A commemoration of the Holy Apostle Andrew "the First-Called" and Saint Nicholas "the Wonderworker" was celebrated at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Bayonne NJ on Sunday evening, 30 November 2014. The New Jersey District of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) gathers at this time each year in remembrance of the organization’s patron, Saint Andrew. Fellowship followed in the church hall where His Grace, Bishop Michael, gave an inspirational talk about saints and their importance in our spiritual lives.


FIRST ANNUAL GIRLS RETREAT - 12/04/14

The First Annual Diocesan Girls Retreat was held, with the support and blessing of Bishop Michael, at Saint Basil’s Academy in Garrison NY from Friday, 14 November to Sunday, 16 November 2014. Over 35 young women were present for all or part of the weekend along with approximately 20 chaperones. Participants came from each of the three diocesan deaneries (New Jersey, New York City, New York State) in addition to a contingent from Berwick PA and from the Moscow Patriarchate. Given the success of this year’s inaugural event, His Grace gave his enthusiastic blessing to make this an annual retreat to occur each fall.


ROCHESTER NY: Evangelism Task Force - 12/02/14

Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church was founded in Rochester NY on the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women in 1964. That year, a group of Orthodox faithful joined together with the desire to establish a parish where the Divine Services would be conducted entirely in the English language. Faithfully enduring many difficulties and overcoming obstacles, the parish grew and found a home at its current location, a truly inviting and lovely place of worship centrally located and easily accessible from the entire greater Rochester area. At the beginning of 2014, the parish launched an Evangelism Task Force comprised of twelve members from teenage to eighty. On Wednesday, 12 November, the ETF met with Father John Parker (Chairperson of the OCA Department of Evangelization).


LANSING NY: "Mission on the Move!" - 11/30/14

Over the weekend of 15-16 November 2014, Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff (Director, Commission on Mission and Evangelism) visited Holy Apostles Mission Church in Lansing NY to meet with parishioners, celebrate the divine services, and share in the joy and blessings that are being poured out upon this missionary parish. The faithful of Holy Apostles Church are quite blessed to be encouraged and guided by Father Jonathan and the whole diocesan family of New York and New Jersey. Thanks to the prayers and generous support of the entire diocese, the Orthodox Church in America, and beyond, the mission to spread the Gospel "to all nations" is bearing fruit in Lansing NY.





UPCOMING EVENTS
On the Diocesan Calendar

  

January 4, 2015

NY State Deanery

Clergy Family

Christmas Gathering

6:00 p.m.

Twin Trees Three

Syracuse NY

      venue details >

 

 

January 11, 2015

NY City Deanery

Clergy Family

Christmas Gathering

Manhattan NY

 

 

January 22, 2015

Bus Trip to the

"March For Life"

Washington DC

   departs at 6:15 a.m.

   from Clifton NJ

NO CHARGE:

RESERVATIONS DUE

December 31, 2014

   frjohndiamantis@gmail.com

   (609) 393-1234

 

 

January 25, 2015

NJ Deanery

Clergy Family

Christmas Gathering

Paterson NJ

 

 

January 28, 2015

Diocesan Council Meeting

Chancery

Bronxville NY

11:00 a.m.

 

 

February 8, 2015

NJ Deanery

DDB Appreciation Dinner

Holy Assumption Church

Clifton NJ

 

 

February 15, 2015

NY City Deanery

DDB Appreciation Dinner

Holy Trinity Church

Yonkers NY

 

 

April 19, 2015

NY State Deanery

DDB Appreciation Dinner

Saints Peter & Paul Church

Endicott NY

 



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