LANSING NY: "Mission on the Move!"
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.
EAST MEADOW NY: "CROP" Hunger Walk
The 5th Annual CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by Church World Service, was held on 18 October 2014. The event was spearheaded by Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow NY with the coordination of a pan-Orthodox leadership committee. To date, $9,000 has been raised to help eradicate hunger and poverty locally and world-wide: one step at a time. "CROP" stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.
COHOES NY: Parish Celebrates 100th Anniversary
On the weekend of 11-12 October 2014, Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Cohoes NY celebrated their Centennial year. Saturday morning a memorial Divine Liturgy was celebrated commemorating departed priests, parish leaders, and parishioners who had served in the church the previous 100 years. That afternoon, Father Terenti Wasielewski (parish rector) offered a history session, speaking about Lemkovyna: the place of origin for many parish founders. Stephanie Stroyen provided a pictorial time-line of the parish history. Vespers was served and a fellowship followed. On Sunday, Bishop Michael celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and the festive rejoicing continued afterward at the Ukrainian Citizen's Club of Cohoes.
NEW FEATURE: An Invitation to the Orthodox Faith
There is a new feature on this website! At the top of the linked icons (to the right) is a "You're Invited" section that offers a welcome to those seeking ... or on a journey to ... the Orthodox faith. No strings attached, no commitment necessary! Just an open and honest "welcome" and some important things to consider. Even veteran Orthodox Christians will probably find this webpage of interest! If you know someone (and you certainly do!) who needs or is seeking that which can only be found in Christ and His Holy Church, love them enough to point them in this direction!
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DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: Videos, reports, and more now available!
UPDATED! Saint Andrew's Camp report (slideshow). Videos of Bishop Michael's "Address to the Diocese" and "2014: The Year in Review" along with photos, documents, reports, and more from the annual Assembly of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey are now available! Of special note regarding the proceedings are the unanimous approval of the proposed FY-2015 Budget, and the unanimously affirmed appointments by Bishop Michael of Father David Cowan as Vice Chancellor of the Diocese and Father Peter Olsen as the clergy member of the Diocesan Council representing the New York State Deanery, Special presentations to the Assembly included an update on Saint Andrew's Camp by Father John Malcom (Camp Director) and a stimulating discussion on "Parish Evangelism" by Father John Parker (OCA Department of Evangelization, Chair). You can view the videos and more on the Assembly website!
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JACKSON NJ: Archpastoral Visit
Beautiful skies and bright sunshine greeted His Grace, Bishop Michael, for a pastoral visit to the Nativity of the Virgin Church in Jackson NJ the weekend of 25-26 October. Bishop Michael arrived on Saturday evening and was met by the Archpriest John Prokopiuk (parish rector) who greeted His Grace before the start of evening Vespers. Upon entering the church Bishop Michael met with the faithful of the parish and greeted everyone in attendance. After Vespers everyone proceeded to the parish hall for dinner. On Sunday, His Grace celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by a lunch fellowship.
RANDOLPH NJ: Parish Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Holy Trinity Church, Randolph NJ, entered its 51st year in a glorious weekend (4-5 October 2015)! At a 50th Anniversary Great Vespers on Saturday evening, Bishop Michael blessed the renovated fellowship facility, renamed “Founders Hall,” as well as new carved altar cover and a table of oblation. The new Hall is dedicated to the small group of Morris County residents who started the parish in 1964 under the guidance of Very Reverend John Nehrebecki, “through their desire for God, vision, and sacrifice.” On Sunday, following the celebratory Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, more than 200 guests enjoyed a brief, professionally-produced video exploring the history and character of the parish.
ROCHESTER NY: Blessing of Animals
A “Blessing of Animals” was held at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY on Saturday, 4 October 2014. The parish’s Evangelism Task Force [ETF] delivered, by US Mail “Every Door Delivery,” over 2,400 invitations to residents within a half-mile radius of the church as an outreach of neighborly welcome. Parishioners were also asked to bring flyers to their neighbors, friends, and coworkers with a warm and welcoming invitation. A highlight for those attending was participation by members of the Mounted Unit of the Rochester Police Department.