Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/ 60 PASCHA: The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_4.html Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/PASCHA_2013_2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #ff6600;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">This is the day of resurrection! Let us be illumined by the feast! Let us embrace each other! Let us call &ldquo;brothers&rdquo; even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: &ldquo;Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!&rdquo; </span></strong></span></em>(Paschal Canon)</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_PASCHA_letter_v3.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong>Archpastoral Letter &gt;</strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_4.html Great and Holy Saturday http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_3.html Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/epitaphion_2_3.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800080;"><em><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day when he said: &ldquo;God blessed the seventh day.&rdquo; This is the blessed Sabbath; this is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation, He kept the Sabbath in the flesh; by returning again to what He was, He has granted us eternal life through His Resurrection, for He alone is good and the Lover of man.</span></strong></span></em>&nbsp; <span style="color: #333333;">(Vespers of Holy Saturday)</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_3.html Great and Holy Friday http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_2.html Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/Holy%20Week/Holy_Friday_2012_logo.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #800080;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the tree of the cross.&nbsp; The King of the Angels is adorned with a crown of thorns.&nbsp; He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in a purple robe of mockery.&nbsp; He who is the new Adam, manifested at His baptism in the Jordan, is slapped on the face.&nbsp; The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails.&nbsp; The Son of the Virgin is crucified and pierced by a spear.&nbsp; We worship Your passion, O Christ!&nbsp; We worship Your passion, O Christ!&nbsp; We worship Your passion, O Christ!&nbsp; Show us also Your glorious resurrection!&nbsp;</span></strong></span></em> (Antiphon Fifteen)</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_2.html Great and Holy Thursday http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_1.html Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/mystical_supper_2_2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #800080; font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">When Your glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper, then the impious Judas was darkened by the disease of avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrayed You, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man Judas who because of avarice hanged himself. Flee from the insatiable desire which dared such things against the Master! O Lord who deals righteously with all, glory to You!</span></strong></span></em> (Troparion of Holy Thursday)</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150408_1.html http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_5.html Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/holy-week-20132.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">As the Savior went to his passion, he said to his friends: <em>&ldquo;Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another. Be at peace with one another and with every one. Be of humble mind, and you will be exalted. Acknowledge me as Lord! Praise and extol me to all ages."</em></span> </strong>(Matins of Holy Monday)</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_5.html PALM SUNDAY: Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_4.html Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/Palm-Sunday.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800080;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">You have entered the Holy City, O Lord, riding on the colt of an ass; hastening to Your Passion that the Law and the Prophets might be fulfilled. The Hebrew children greeted You with palms and branches heralding Your victorious Resurrection. Blessed are You, O Savior!&nbsp; Have mercy on us!</span>&nbsp;</strong> (Vespers of Palm Sunday)</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_4.html WATERVLIET NY: 5th Sunday of Great Lent http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_2.html Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/03-29/Watervliet_29MAR2015_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: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On the fifth Sunday of Great Lent, 29 March 2015, Archpriest Peter Olsen and the faithful of <strong>Saint Basil Church in Watervliet NY</strong> eagerly welcomed the <strong>Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary &ldquo;Mission Choir&rdquo;</strong> and the seminary&rsquo;s Dean, Archpriest Steven Voytovich. These dedicated seminarians visited both Saturday and Sunday, beautifully singing the evening Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy the following day. The voices of the six young men, under the direction of the very talented Benedict Sheehan, filled the church, enriched the services, and uplifted the faithful.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_2.html Faith-Based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_1.html Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/UnitedNations__NewYorkNY.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 Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces its <strong>Faith-Based Diplomacy &amp; Advocacy Initiative</strong>. The Initiative establishes a total of four (2 for 2015-2016 and 2 for 2016-2017) year-long Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations. <strong>All Orthodox Christian graduate and post-graduate students are invited to apply for a stipend fellowship.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.goarch.org/news/unfellowship-04012015" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">information and details &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150403_1.html SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP: Bike Ride on 22 August 2015 http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150401_1.html Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <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/Bike-Ride/Camp_Bike_Ride_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: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><em>&ldquo;Saddle-up&rdquo;</em> on <strong>Saturday, 22 August</strong> for the fourth-annual <strong>Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp bike ride fundraiser!</strong> Save the date and register today for a charity ride that shows off the beautiful scenery of central New York State. This year&rsquo;s ride has 3 distances (62, 30, and 12 miles) to suit the needs of riders of all experiences. Each ride is a &ldquo;loop&rdquo; beginning and ending at the camp. The routes are on relatively flat, even terrain, making the ride suitable for bikers of any level. Friends can enter the event as a &lsquo;team&rsquo; and receive discounted group rates. Overnight accommodations are available.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2015/Camp/2015_Camp_BikeRide_invite_letter.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">invitation letter &gt;</span></strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="http://saintandrewscamp.org/join-us/annual-bike-ride/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">details and registration &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150401_1.html WHITESTONE NY: Vespers on the 4th Sunday of Great Lent http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150323_1.html Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/03-22/Whitestone_NY_22MAR2015_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;">On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent (22 March) the pastor and faithful of <strong>Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone NY</strong> invited guests from parishes of the New York City Deanery to come together to pray an evening Lenten Vespers service, meditate on the call of the Great Fast, and encourage one another. And did they come! The church was full of priests and believers who answered the invitation to fellowship. Archbishop Michael's sermon was a reminder that there is no &ldquo;cheap grace&rdquo; and as we look to the Cross we see the great price of love; we are called to respond with hearts made new and lives changed.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150323_1.html HIS EMINENCE, ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150322_1.html Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Archbishop_Michael_temp2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=62&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;">It gives us great joy to announce that the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, at its meeting concluded this past Friday, elevated our beloved diocesan hierarch to the rank of Archbishop. Liturgical commemorations should reflect this good news. <em>Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, good health and salvation, visitation and good hastening in all things, to</em> <strong>His Eminence, the Most Reverend MICHAEL, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey</strong>; <em>and protect and preserve him for Many Years!</em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150322_1.html WATERVLIET NY: Lenten Youth Retreat at Saint Basil Church http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150317_1.html Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/03-14/Watervliet_14_MAR_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;">It was a great joy for the faithful of <strong>Saint Basil Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY</strong> and their Rector, Archpriest Peter Olsen, to host a <strong>Lenten Youth Retreat on Saturday, 14 March 2015</strong>. This annual regional event has been hosted for over 20 years and includes participation by local Orthodox parishes; in recent years it has been hosted by Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Troy NY. This year the Lenten tradition returned to Saint Basil&rsquo;s in Watervliet. Participating laity and clergy represented parishes in Troy, Albany, Ballston Lake and, of course, Watervliet NY.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150317_1.html SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: "Bright Saturday" Celebration on April 18th http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150315_1.html Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <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/Camp_Bright_Sat_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: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;">Visit our camp! Enjoy our camp! Learn about our camp!</span> The clergy and faithful of the diocese are invited to a <strong>"Bright Saturday" celebration at Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp on Saturday, 18 April</strong>. The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Michael. Following the Liturgy, a Paschal Buffet will be served and participants will have an opportunity to tour and learn more about the camp. Overnight accommodations are available for Friday and Saturday nights (reservation required).&nbsp; <strong>Contact the camp for further information and let them know if you will be able to participate in this special day!</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #003300;"><a href="/files/2015/Camp/Camp_Bright_Sat_2015.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #003300;"><strong><span style="color: #008080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">event flyer &gt;</span></strong></span></a></span><br /><span style="color: #003300;"><a href="http://saintandrewscamp.org/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">camp website &gt;</span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150315_1.html ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: 5th Anniversary of Consecration CELEBRATION on MAY 9th http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150312_1.html Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Bishop_Michael_banner_23.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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>We will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the consecration of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, on <span style="color: #ff0000;">Saturday, 9 May 2015</span>.</strong> The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Hierarchical Divine Liturgy</strong> </span>at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Passaic NJ, and conclude with a 1:00 p.m. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>celebratory luncheon</strong> </span>at <em>&ldquo;The Brownstone&rdquo;</em> in Paterson NJ. Clergy and faithful from throughout the diocese are invited to attend. Reservations are required for the luncheon and seating is limited; reservations may be made on-line.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2015/Bishop-Anniversary/5th_Anniv_flyer.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">events flyer &gt;</span></strong></a><br /><a href="http://form.jotform.us/form/40903603006139" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">on-line reservation form &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150312_1.html MANVILLE NJ: Outreach to College Students http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150310_1.html Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/College-Ministry/Adopt_Student_Manville_NJ_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;">Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Manville NJ has launched a new outreach for their college students. Designed by Rebecca Oliver, an alumna from Penn State and young adult in the parish, the program is <strong>&ldquo;Adopt a College Student.&rdquo;</strong> The mission is to connect with college students from the parish and make sure they feel connected to their home parish. Parishioners were sought to &ldquo;adopt&rdquo; a college student from the parish and were given a survey to better know the interests and needs of their student. They were encouraged to sent packages, bulletins, cards, and warm messages to their adopted student. The program is off to a great start!</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150310_1.html “SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY”: First Sunday of Great Lent in the NJ Deanery http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150303_3.html Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Sunday-Orthodoxy-NJ/more-photos/SundayofOrthodoxyPassaic2015_001.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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">UPDATED: Photos Added</span>&nbsp; </strong>Despite snowy and icy conditions, many faithful gathered at <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Passaic NJ</strong> for the <strong><span style="color: #800080;"><em>&ldquo;Sunday of Orthodoxy&rdquo;</em></span> Vespers on Sunday, 1 March 2015</strong>. After a 40-minute travel delay, clergy from our New Jersey Deanery and the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese <span style="font-size: small;">(AOCA)</span> greeted and received blessings from His Eminence, Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America <span style="font-size: small;">(AOCA)</span>. His Eminence led the procession of clergy into the church accompanied by His Grace, Bishop Michael, and His Grace, Nicholas, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn <span style="font-size: small;">(AOCA)</span> and Assistant to the Metropolitan.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150303_3.html 2015 ANNUAL ALTAR SERVERS RETREAT http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150303_1.html Tue, 03 Mar 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/Altar-Server-Retreat/2015-pictures/2015_Altar_Retreat_001.JPG&archive=0&final_h=76&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: #0000ff;"><strong>5th Annual Diocesan Altar Servers Retreat</strong> </span>was held at <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from Friday, 6 February to Sunday, 8 February 2015</span></strong>. Over fifty participants were present for all or part of the weekend. Altar servers and clergy came from each of the three deaneries (New Jersey, New York City, New York State) as well as from the Carpatho-Russian Diocese. His Grace, Bishop Michael, together with six priests, a deacon, a sub-deacon, and a tonsured reader led the retreat. The participants enhanced their skills as servers at the Lord's altar and learned about the history and theology of the Divine Liturgy. They are now prepared to better assist during the divine services in their home parishes.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_150303_1.html 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 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 Archpastoral Letter for PASCHA 2015 /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_PASCHA_letter_v3.pdf Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_PASCHA_letter_v3.pdf Release 2015.3.1 (Altar Servers Retreat) /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_3_1.pdf Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_3_1.pdf 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