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December 10, 2016
Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
As winter settles in and 2016 draws to end, Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors have contributed $143,800 this year in support of vital ministries. Learn more here!
2016 DDB "Honor Roll" >>
Pentecost Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Archbishop Michael: June 4-17, 2017
The Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in Amercia, together with Archbishop Michael (Dahulich) and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey announce a first annual Pilgrimage -- this year to the Holy Land, beginning in Nazareth and ending in Jerusalem, with an optional additional trip to Petra in Jordan, June 4-17, 2017. The pilgrimage begins on the Monday of Pentecost, in Israel. The itinerary includes the following cities and major sites: Capernaum, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Mar Sabba, Jerusalem (Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion), and Petra (in Jordan).
LANSING NY: A Half-Marathon Run in Support of the Parish
Holy Apostles Church in Lansing NY is a young and special place that has an unprecedented opportunity to purchase a building to turn into an Orthodox Church. This cannot be done without assistance from the friends and family of the parish. Over the last few months, at the encouragement of the faithful of Holy Apostles Church, Father James Worthington, the parish priest, has been in training for the Philadelphia Half Marathon, which is to be held on Saturday, November 19th. He is looking for sponsors to donate to the parish Building Fund for each mile he runs.
details, sponsors and pledges >
HERKIMER NY: 100th Anniversary of Saints Peter & Paul Church
On 15 October 2016 the parishioners of Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Herkimer NY celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of their parish. A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday morning with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, presiding. At Vespers the evening prior, new liturgical items, including a Gospel, censer and chalice set, were blessed and then used for the first time during Divine Liturgy on Saturday. During the Divine Liturgy, Father Thaddeus Franta, newly assigned Acting Rector of the parish, was recognized for his five years of service as a priest with the conferral of a skufia, or clerical hat.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY CONVENED IN YONKERS NY, 1-2 NOVEMBER 2016
The annual Assembly of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey convened at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers NY on 1-2 November 2016. The first day consisted of the customary reports, decisions, and actions concerning the administration of the diocese. The Assembly opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenary Wonder-Workers, Saints Cosmas and Damian, celebrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, together with the clergy officers of the diocese. During the brunch that followed, the annual video presentation, “2016: The Year in Review,” was premiered in which many of the milestones and memories shared within our diocesan family over the past year were highlighted. As has become customary, on the second day of the Assembly educational workshops were held for both clergy members and laypersons. The annual Address to the Diocese by Archbishop Michael will be published on this website soon.
read more >
visit the Assembly website >
view the video - "2016: The Year in Review" >
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE RESOURCES
"There are valuables resources for pre-planning the eventuality of incapacitating illness and death", said Diana Pasca (Diocesan Member of the OCA Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid). Two such resources offer a comprehensive approach to providing fa,mily members with heath care directives and desites for endo life issues and funeral arrangemnts. "A Gift for my Loved Ones": This package contains everything necessary to know should one become disabled or incapacitated and unable to make decisions on one’s own. It includes a Health Care Power of Attorney and Advance Directive for Health Care—Living Will. "Another Gift for my Loved Ones": This package contains everything necessary to know to arrange a funeral and burial — an Advance Directive for Funeral Care.
"A Gift for my Loved Ones" >
"Another Gift for my Loved Ones" >
Dept. of Christian Service & Humanitarian Aid website >
DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS SUPPORT VITAL MINISTRIES
Already this year, Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors (DDB) have contributed $121,505.00 to support our diocesan seminarians by way of tuition scholarships, our mission parishes with grants and assistance, and parishes in need of revitalization. Meeting our goal of desperately needed funding this year will be achieved only if the “roll call” of DDBs enlarges with those so blessed to be able to offer a sacrificial gift of loving support. “Thank-you!” to our DDBs. To join them, visit the “Vision for Our Future” webpage, where you can become a DDB easily with an on-line contribution, or print a donation form to mail in. It’s our Church and this is our Diocese … together we can accomplish so much to the glory of God and the good-estate of His Holy Church!
visit “Vision for Our Future" >
see the “Honor Roll” of current DDBs >
ROCHESTER NY: “Handmaidens of the Lord”
Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY inaugurated a special ministry of service in worship in which the girls and young women of the parish prepare for post-communion by cutting the antidoron (Ἀντίδωρον = unconsecrated church bread) and mixing wine with warm water for reception by the faithful. “These handmaidens of the Lord prepare the bread and wine in sight of the parishioners, standing beside the Cross and Epitaphios/tomb of the Lord, in likeness of the Myrrh-bearing Women,” said Father Ken James Stavrevsky (parish rector).
ELMIRA HEIGHTS NY: Consecration of Church and Parish Celebration
By the Grace of God, Archbishop Michael will consecrate the Temple of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Elmira Heights NY on Saturday, 29 October 2016. The parish has just finished phase-one of its iconography project. The Rite of Consecration followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m. that day and a festive reception will follow. The diocesan family is warmly invited to join in this magnificenty joyous celebration!
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