Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/ 60 CLERGY STORIES: Six Interviews with Esteemed Senior Priests http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150221_1.html Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Clergy%20Stories/Hubiak_interview_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #333399; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Interviews with&nbsp;four senior priests and their wives are available as videos, and&nbsp;two interviews as&nbsp;audio presentations, as part of <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>&ldquo;CLERGY STORIES&rdquo;</strong></span> on this website. <strong><em>&ldquo;Stories can help us understand the formation of individuals, communities, and our Faith. They can teach, change, and perhaps even save us. They can bring into focus and clarify the key moments of our lives,&rdquo;</em></strong> said the interview series producer, Father John Shimchick. <em><strong>&ldquo;Getting older, I find myself more interested in knowing about the paths of those who have come before me.&rdquo;</strong></em> The most recent addition is an interview with Father Daniel and Matushka Dunia Hubiak.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a href="/interviews.html"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">visit &ldquo;Clergy Stories&rdquo; &gt;</span></a></span></strong></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150221_1.html LENTEN TEEN RETREAT: Saint Basil Academy, Garrison NY http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150218_1.html Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Lent-Youth-Retreat/2015_Lent_Youth_Retreat_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Annual Diocesan Lenten Teen Retreat</strong> </span>for students in grades 7-12 will take place <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>March 20-22, 2015 at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY</strong></span>. The Academy has beautiful grounds, dormitory style rooms, a lovely chapel, and an indoor basketball court. Under the guidance and direction of Bishop Michael, participants will focus on <em><strong>&ldquo;The Mystery of Prayer&rdquo;</strong></em> centered around learning and discussing various ways prayer is used both within the life of the church and within personal life. Participants will also enjoy fellowship, education, and spiritual enrichment with one another. There is no charge to participate in this three-day retreat. Adult participants are encouraged to attend and serve as chaperones.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000; font-size: medium;"><strong><a href="/files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_2_1.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times;">read more &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 140%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;<span style="color: #800000; font-size: medium;"><strong><a href="/files/2015/Lent-Youth-Retreat/2015_Lenten_Youth_Retreat.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times;">REGISTRATION &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 140%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2015/Lent-Youth-Retreat/Behavior_Contract_2015_LENTEN_TEEN_RETREAT.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Participant Behavior Contract &gt;</span></strong></a>&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150218_1.html SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP: It’s Time to Plan a Camping Experience! http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150215_1.html Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/CAMP/2015_Camp_posters_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The weather outside is frightful <em>(and cold!)</em> but thoughts of a summer camping experience at <strong>Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp</strong> are delightful. It&rsquo;s not too early to make plans to attend one of the sessions at our only fully staffed sleep-over camp for children and teens. In 2015 there are&nbsp;four week-long sessions for kids 7-13 years-of-age, and one week for teens. Located in Jewell NY on the shore of Oneida Lake, <strong>the camp offers a unique experience of fun, faith, and worship in a truly Orthodox environment.</strong> Registration may be accomplished on-line <strong><a href="http://saintandrewscamp.org/join-us/" target="_blank">HERE!</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #993300;"><a href="/files/2015/Camp/band_back_together.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">see the <strong>&ldquo;Music Week&rdquo;</strong> poster &gt;</span></a></span><br /><span style="color: #993300;"><a href="/files/2015/Camp/see_a_man.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">see the <strong>&ldquo;Horse Week&rdquo;</strong> poster &gt;</span></a></span><br /><span style="color: #993300;"><a href="/files/2015/Camp/long_game.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">see the <strong>&ldquo;Teen Week&rdquo;</strong> poster &gt;</span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150215_1.html TRENTON NJ: Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) Ministry http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150212_1.html Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/MOPS-Trenton/Trenton_10FEB2015_003.jpg&archive=0&final_h=88&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, <strong>Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church</strong> in Trenton NJ held the first meeting of a brand new ministry: <strong><span style="color: #800080;">M</span>others </strong><span style="color: #800080;">o</span><strong>f <span style="color: #800080;">P<span style="color: #000000;">re</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #800080;">-</span></strong></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #800080;">S<span style="color: #000000;">choolers </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: small;">[MOPS]</span>. MOPS meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, providing free childcare for mothers of pre-school children as well as expectant mothers, during which the moms gather for a couple hours of fellowship, activities, discussion, and fun! <em><strong>"Our parish strives to be constantly aware of the needs of the community around us,&rdquo;</strong></em> said Father John Diamantis <span style="font-size: small;">(parish rector)</span>. <em><strong>&ldquo;It is my hope and prayer that by reaching out to mothers, whether they are stay-at-home moms by choice or necessity, that we can help to replace some of their stress with Christ's love, warmth and comfort -- if only for a few hours every month."</strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150212_1.html 2015 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS PROGRAM http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150210_1.html Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/VFOF/2015_DDB_LOGO.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>UPDATED </strong></span>- <span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>NYC Deanery&nbsp;photos</strong></span></span><strong>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;As all three of our Deaneries (New Jersey, New York City, New York State) mark the incredibly successful conclusion of last year&rsquo;s <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors [DDB]</strong></span> program with appreciation dinners, the 2015 DDB has been launched with an expectation for another year of commitment and generosity from the faithful of the diocese and beyond. As part of the <em><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;Vision for Our Future&rdquo;</span></strong></em> articulated by Bishop Michael, the DDB Program specifically supports three major initiatives: <strong>(1) support for seminarians, (2) support for mission parishes, (3) support for older parishes in need of revitalization</strong>. With thanks to God and gratitude to our DDBs, last year was record-breaking with $157,000 in contributions.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150210_1.html GREAT LENT begins on Monday, 23 February 2015 http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150207_1.html Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Great_Lent_prepare_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">As we make ready for our Lenten journey to PASCHA <em>(the Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ)</em>, we are offered a period of time to prepare ourselves for the increased spiritual effort of prayer, charity, and fasting. The Lenten journey begins on Monday, 23 February and culminates in the joyous PASCHA on Sunday, 12 April. There are two videos in our <strong><em>&ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo;</em></strong> series that may be particularly helpful! They are: <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>&ldquo;Great Lent: Our Spiritual Life&rdquo;</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>&ldquo;Fasting: 7 Questions &amp; 7 Answers.&rdquo;</strong> </span>Each video is a very <span style="text-decoration: underline;">brief</span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">concise</span> discussion (8 minutes each); they have been very popular and highly acclaimed (viewed over 3,000 times). <strong>To view these instructional videos, visit &ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo; ...</strong> <span style="color: #800000;"><a href="/lessons_in_our_faith.html"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>HERE!</strong></span></a></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150207_1.html ORDINATION TO THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD: Father Gregory White http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150203_2.html Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/01-31/IMG_8374.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Saturday, 31 January 2015,&nbsp;Deacon Gregory White was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace, Bishop Michael, at Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church in South Canaan PA. Father Gregory, whose home parish is in Elmira Heights NY,&nbsp;is a recent graduate of our Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program and is now concluding his full-time/resident studies at Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary. <strong>May God bless and grant <em>&ldquo;many years&rdquo;</em> to Father Gregory and his wife, Matushka Katherine</strong>, as they begin this next phase of their public ministry to the glory of God and the good-estate of His Holy Church abiding in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. <em><strong>&ldquo;AXIOS! He is worthy!&rdquo;</strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150203_2.html JERSEY CITY NJ: Archpastoral Visit on the Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150203_1.html Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/02-01/oca_ny_jerspp.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=89&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saints Peter and Paul Church in Jersey City NJ</strong> welcomed Bishop Michael for an annual Archpastoral visit on <strong>31 January to 1 February 2015</strong>.&nbsp; The commemoration of the <em><strong>&ldquo;Publican and Pharisee&rdquo; (Luke 18:10-14)</strong></em> on Sunday marked the first preparatory Sunday leading to the beginning of Great Lent on 23 February, and the usage of the <strong>&ldquo;Lenten Triodion&rdquo;</strong> for liturgical texts leading to PASCHA <em>~ the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ ~</em> on 12 April.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150203_1.html RANDOLPH NJ: Archpastoral Visit & Priestly Award http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150128_1.html Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/01-25/Randolph_25_JAN_2015_003.jpg&archive=0&final_h=64&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Very early Sunday morning, 25 January, Bishop Michael stepped off a <em>&ldquo;red-eye&rdquo;</em> flight from California and proceeded directly to Randolph NJ and <strong>Holy Trinity Church</strong> for a full day of activities. A primary purpose of his visit was to award an honorary <span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Gold Cross </span>to the parish rector, <strong>Father David R. Fox</strong>. In recognition of faithful and dedicated service, all present echoed <strong><em>&ldquo;Axios!&rdquo; (he is worthy!)</em> </strong>as this priestly distinction was conferred upon Father David. A fellowship luncheon followed the celebration of a joyful Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150128_1.html “JACOB’S WELL” Submission of Articles http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150126_1.html Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Jacobs-Well/Jacobs_Well_FALL2014_COVER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Our diocesan publication, <strong>&ldquo;Jacob&rsquo;s Well,&rdquo;</strong> is seeking the submission of articles for the Spring issue. The theme of the issue will be: <strong><em>&ldquo;The Spiritual Discipline of Hospitality.&rdquo;</em></strong> <span style="color: #800000;">Deadline for articles is <strong>2 March 2015</strong>.</span> Questions and article submissions should to directed to the editor, Father John Shimchick&nbsp;<span style="font-size: small;"><a href="mailto:frjs@aol.com"><span style="color: #000000;">frjs@aol.com</span></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/jacobswell.html"><span style="color: #666699; font-family: book antiqua; font-size: medium;">visit the "Jacob's Well" webpage &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150126_1.html MANVILLE NJ: “Yolka 2015” http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150121_1.html Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/01-11/YOLKA_Manville_2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The church of <strong>Saints Peter and Paul in Manville NJ</strong> celebrated their annual parish &ldquo;Yolka&rdquo; on Sunday, 11 January 2015. In the spirit of the Nativity/Theophany season, the children of the parish offered a marvelously unique presentation from the <span style="color: #333300;"><strong><em>&ldquo;Orthodox News Network&rdquo;</em></strong> </span>that was both informative and highly entertaining: <span style="color: #333300;"><strong><em>&ldquo;Breaking News - A Star Appears Over Bethlehem!&rdquo;&nbsp;</em> </strong></span>To view their delightfully creative performance click on <span style="color: #800000; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">'more information' </span>below.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150121_1.html SADDLE BROOK NJ: Great Blessing of Water http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150115_1.html Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Theophany/SaddleBrook_waterbless2015_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=77&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">In the days of festal commemoration of <strong>Our Lord's Theophany</strong> (6 January), parishes throughout the diocese celebrated the traditional "blessing of water" in various ways.&nbsp; On Sunday, 11 January, members of <strong>Holy Apostles Church in Saddle Brook NJ</strong> took a chilly five-minute walk to the Saddle River and performed the rite of Great Blessing of Waters.<em> "It's a way to bless and sanctify all of creation,"</em> said Father Matthew Brown <span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: medium;">(parish rector)</span></span>. <em>"The blessing was held this day because it is the first Sunday after Theophany, which is celebrated on January 6th."</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.northjersey.com/news/for-saddle-brook-church-members-river-blessing-symbolizes-christ-s-baptism-1.1190645" target="_blank"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">read the local newspaper story &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150115_1.html WATERVLIET NY: Parish Feast-Day and Archpastoral Visit http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150106_3.html Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/01-01/Watervliet_1_JAN_2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #333399; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saint Basil's Orthodox Church</strong> in Watervliet (Maplewood) NY celebrated its patronal feast-day in commemoration of Saint Basil the Great on Thursday, 1 January 2015. Starting with the Vigil on Wednesday evening and continuing on Thursday morning with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Bishop Michael and the faithful of the parish celebrated the feast. His Grace awarded Father Peter Olsen (parish rector) the <em>Jeweled Cross</em>, a gift from the faithful for Father Peter&rsquo;s 30+ years of dedicated service to the church. The "Saint Basil&rsquo;s Bread" <span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em>(Vasilopita)</em></span> was blessed by Bishop Michael, according to tradition, and distributed to parishioners at the conclusion of the service.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150106_3.html ROCHESTER & BUFFALO NY: Fellowship in Upstate~Western New York http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150106_2.html Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/3_JAN_2014_Waterpark_001.JPG&archive=0&final_h=89&final_w=86&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Open Sans; font-size: medium;">On Saturday, 3 January, parishioners from <strong>Saint George Church in Buffalo NY </strong>and<strong> Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY</strong> met <em>"half-way"</em> for family fun and fellowship at Palm Island Indoor Water Park (Batavia NY). The day featured fun on the waterslides, pool basketball, and lots of splashing. As children enjoyed the water fun, adults discussed ways the parishes could collaborate and support one another in the future. Coordinating the event were Sub-Deacon Sean McNulty and Deacon (Dr) Mark Hoeplinger, both graduates of the Diocesan Diaconal&nbsp;Formation Program.&nbsp;</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150106_2.html SYRACUSE NY: Retreat and Blessings at Saints Peter & Paul Church http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150106_1.html Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Syracuse-Retreat/Syracuse_2014_Advent_Retreat_005.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=87&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Bishop Michael's fervent commitment to preach and teach the Gospel was manifested at <strong>Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church in Syracuse NY</strong> on <strong>13-14 December 2014</strong>.&nbsp; On Saturday, many parishioners and visitors were treated during the annual Advent Retreat to a tremendous <em>"Overview of the Gospel of Saint John"</em> with an emphasis on <em>"The Good Shepherd."</em>&nbsp; On Sunday, Bishop Michael celebrated the Divine Liturgy and blessed six new stained glass windows, installed to complete the Handicap Access Project in the church.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150106_1.html CHRIST IS BORN! LET US GLORIFY HIM! http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141220_1.html Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/LiOF_Nativity_2013_video_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">His Grace, Bishop Michael, offers an <strong>Archpastoral Letter to the faithful</strong> of the diocese on the celebration of <strong>Our Lord's Nativity.</strong> In part, he writes: <span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em><strong>"On this most joyous Feast, let us unite together as a diocesan family, each in his own parish, and raise our voices in hymns of praise of the Incarnate One born of the Theotokos. Let us open our hearts to the gift of His love in His becoming one of us to die for our salvation; and let us renew our commitment to His way of life, begun at our baptism. Come, let us worship Him as our God! &hellip;not just this day, but at every opportunity through the coming new year!"</strong></em></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2014/Releases/2014_Nativity_Archpastoral_Letter.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #800000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">read the Archpastoral Letter &gt;</span></strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #008000;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/82413392" target="_blank"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: small;"><strong>watch Bishop Michael's "Nativity of Christ" video &gt;</strong></span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141220_1.html UPSTATE NEW YORK: Celebrations of Saint Nicholas & Christmas "Yolka" http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150105_2.html Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/YOLKA/Watervliet_14DEC2014_010.jpg&archive=0&final_h=75&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">A traditional Christmas <em>"Yolka"</em> complete with a children's Nativity play, sing-a-long, and visit by beloved Saint Nicholas was celebrated at <strong>Saint Basil Church in Watervliet NY</strong> on Sunday, 14 December.&nbsp; The previous Sunday, <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY</strong> celebrated <em>"Saint Nicholas Day"</em> 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.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150105_2.html BAYONNE NJ: Celebration of Saint Andrew & Saint Nicholas http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141211_1.html Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Bayonne/Bayonne_30NOV2014_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=75&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">A commemoration of the Holy Apostle Andrew <em>"the First-Called"</em> and Saint Nicholas <em>"the Wonderworker"</em> was celebrated at <strong>Saints Peter &amp; Paul Orthodox Church</strong> 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&rsquo;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.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141211_1.html MEDFORD NJ: Christmas Cookies of Appreciation http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150105_3.html Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/12-08/Medford_2014_Christmas_Cookies_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=68&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: Open Sans; font-size: medium;">Members of the <strong>Woman-2-Woman&rsquo;s Group</strong> at the <strong>Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross</strong> 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. <em><strong>"Our hope is they will know that we remember them in our prayers,"</strong></em> said Father John Shimchick (parish rector), <strong><em>"and that we appreciate their efforts."</em> </strong>The parish will also host a <span style="color: #003300;"><strong>Choral Prelude and Advent Vespers on Sunday, 14 December at 5:30 p.m.</strong></span>&nbsp; Information is available in "Upcoming Events".</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150105_3.html FIRST ANNUAL GIRLS RETREAT http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141202_2.html Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/2014-Girls-Retreat/2014_Girls_Retreat_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The <strong>First Annual Diocesan Girls Retreat</strong> was held, with the support and blessing of Bishop Michael, at Saint Basil&rsquo;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&rsquo;s inaugural event, His Grace gave his enthusiastic blessing to make this an annual retreat to occur each fall.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141202_2.html ROCHESTER NY: Evangelism Task Force http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141202_1.html Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/11-12/ETF_Rochester_NY_NOV2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church</strong> was founded in Rochester NY on the <em>Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women</em> 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 <span style="color: #000080;"><strong>E</strong>vangelism <strong>T</strong>ask <strong>F</strong>orce </span>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).</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_141202_1.html Archpastoral Letter for Great Lent 2015 /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_Archpastoral_Letter_Lent.pdf Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_Archpastoral_Letter_Lent.pdf Release 2015.2.1 (Lenten Teen Retreat) /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_2_1.pdf Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_2_1.pdf Release 2015.1.1 (2015 DDB Program) /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_1_1.pdf Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_1_1.pdf Appeal to Support Saint Andrew's Camp /files/2014/Releases/2014_Camp_Appeal_Letter.pdf Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/2014_Camp_Appeal_Letter.pdf Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity of Christ /files/2014/Releases/2014_Nativity_Archpastoral_Letter.pdf Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/2014_Nativity_Archpastoral_Letter.pdf