COMMISSION ON LITURGICAL MUSIC: Workshop “Conducted” in Cohoes NY
On Saturday, 19 July 2014, twenty-five people from various locations and parishes gathered at Saint Nicholas Church in Cohoes NY for “Basic Conducting: What’s All That Hand Waving About?” This music workshop, organized by the Commission on Liturgical Music [CoLM], was taught by Professor (Dr.) David Drillock -- a master teacher and conductor. It was an opportunity to learn from one of the most highly respected musicians in our church.
CLERGY FAMILY PICNIC: New Jersey Deanery
The New Jersey Deanery held its annual “Clergy Family Picnic” in Paramus NJ on Sunday afternoon, 13 July, hosted by Bishop Michael. Due to inclement weather, the picnic became a cook-out/eat-in affair. Father David Vernak and Matushka Tamara Skvir ventured outside to prepare hamburgers and hot dogs between the rain drops; Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki prepared a favorite chicken recipe, served on elegantly prepared tables for the nearly 40 clergy family members who enjoyed being together for fun and fellowship. Those present expressed their gratitude to His Grace for making the joyful day a reality.
DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: “ALL ABOARD!”
In order to provide much-needed financial support to our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling older parishes, 118 individuals and 24 parishes or organizations from throughout our diocese and beyond have boarded the 2014 DDB Train ... and, we’re rolling down the track in another year of grace ... strengthening our diocese, our parishes, and our faithful! Thanks to their commitment and generosity to diocesan ministries, DDBs have contributed $59,850 so far this year; over $420,000 since the beginning of the DDB initiative in 2011. A train station near you is open for business, and it’s easy to get a ticket (yes, you can do it on-line)! If you are able to share of the blessings you have received from God, “welcome aboard!”
see the list of passengers on the 2014 DDB Train >
learn about DDB and get your ticket >
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO SERIES “hits” 10,000 viewings!
Two-and-a-half years ago Bishop Michael’s video series, “Lessons in Our Faith,” was launched on the diocesan website. Since then, a total of 14 lessons have been produced. On a variety of subjects, each video is 8-15 minutes in length and offers a concise presentation of Orthodox teaching and practice in a straight-forward manner suitable for both church faithful and those who are not currently members of the Orthodox Church: seekers, inquirers, catechumens. On the 4th of July this year, one of the lessons (“Fasting: 7 Questions & 7 Answers”) reached the milestone of being viewed 3,000 times; in all, there have been 10,020 viewings of the videos by a world-wide audience including 27 countries.
visit “Lessons in Our Faith” >
ANNUAL CLERGY CONFERENCE
The 2014 Diocesan Clergy Conference will be held at Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church in Clifton NJ on 3-4 September. Up to 9 hours of Clergy Continuing Education [CCE] will be awarded to participating clergy. The CCE credit has been approved in advance by the OCA Department of Clergy Continuing Education.
details and agenda >
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Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives
A series of interviews, some video and some audio, with our esteemed senior clergy and their wives has been prepared by Father John Shimchick and is now available on our website. The series, which will be expanded in the days ahead, is: “Gift and Grace: Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives.” An icon-link to CLERGY STORIES is displayed on this homepage along with other valuable icon-links to items of interest. “I hope as well this may encourage similar oral history projects within our parishes,” said Father John. “We know our seniors represent a unique and irreplaceable treasury of knowledge and experience, and of witness a kind of martyria of love and dedication to God, pastoral work, and love. Let's all commit to this effort of documenting and learning from the lives of those who have served our Church with such energy, clergy and lay people, married and those who are single. It's important to be reminded of those stories around us that have led ‘to a further, more complete, more total service of Christ and his Church.’ The stories are out there!”
visit “Clergy Stories” >
SADDLE BROOK NJ: Konevets Quartet Concert
Hushed silence, hearty laughs, and even some clapping could be heard at Holy Apostles Church in Saddle Brook NJ when the Konevets Quartet from Saint Petersburg Russia performed a concert of both hymns and folk songs on the evening of Tuesday, 24 June 2014. The concert lasted about two hours and drew over 100 people from diverse backgrounds. Orthodox churches in the area were represented including: OCA, Russian Patriarchal, Ukrainian, Antiochian, and Greek parishes. There were also a dozen parishioners from Saint Philip’s, the neighboring Catholic church.
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY: Eugenia Zaharchuk
On Sunday, 22 June 2014, the parishioners of Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY celebrated the 100th birthday of parishioner Eugenia Zaharchuk. Eugenia, a lifelong member of the parish, received the well-wishes of her friends and a special congratulatory letter from Bishop Michael. Over 100 birthday cards, along with a blessed icon of Saint Eugenia (her patron saint) were presented to her. After the Divine Liturgy a special coffee hour and birthday celebration was held in her honor. May God continue to bless her for “Many Years!”
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