Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/ 60 "Many Years!" http://nynjoca.org/news_170119_2.html Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Shafron/Shafron_anniversary_2017.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 28 December 2016, <strong>Father Paul Shafran </strong>celebrated his 69th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood and, on 27 November, he and <strong>Matushka Mary</strong> celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary at Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton NJ (where Father Paul is Pastor Emeritus).&nbsp; The parish sang &ldquo;Many Years&rdquo; for both of them Sunday, 1 January 2017, in honor of Father Paul&rsquo;s ordination anniversary; unfortunately, Matushka Mary unable to attend.&nbsp;<em><strong>&ldquo;Many Years!&nbsp;Father Paul&nbsp;&amp; Matushka Mary!&rdquo;</strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170119_2.html PRINCETON NJ: Letter to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, Parish http://nynjoca.org/news_170119_1.html Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Princeton-NJ/Princeton_MIssion_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="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"><em>"A letter was found by my wife Jeanne under the door of the church when she came to set up for the potluck dinner we were going to have after Vespers on Saturday, 14 January," </em>said Father Peter Baktis (parish rector). <em>"I read the letter after liturgy on Sunday. When we had our first flea market this fall at the church neighbors came and visited the church. They told me they called the site the "dead house" (for the past four years before we started to complete the site). We are far from dead now and are a witness to the life that is given to us in Jesus Christ!"</em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170119_1.html NEW MISSION PARISH FORMED: New Brunswick NJ http://nynjoca.org/news_170114_1.html Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/New-Brunswick-NJ/Join-us.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;">Reader Samuel Davis of the newly formed <strong>Saint Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick NJ</strong> writes: &ldquo;It is with great joy that I can greet you, on behalf of our Mission community. More than that, I would like to extend a welcome to you to join us in prayer whenever you are in the New Brunswick area for services. The Mission is a community dedicated to building up the Holy Orthodox Church in an area that has yet to be exposed to our faith. This is a monumental task! At present the laborers are few, having just started out, but <strong>with God&rsquo;s grace and mercy we will grow and truly become a proper witness to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church on the &lsquo;Western Shore.&rsquo;&rdquo;</strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170114_1.html 2016 GIRLS RETREAT HELD NOVEMBER 11-13, 2016 http://nynjoca.org/news_170110_2.html Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Girls/photos/2016_GIRLS_RETREAT_BANNER2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: small;"><strong><span style="font-family: arial;">UPDATED: new photos!</span></strong></span> Over 20 young women in grades 7-12 gathered at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from <strong>November 11-13, 2016</strong> for the <strong>Third Annual Girls Retreat</strong>. <span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em><strong>"Iconography: Windows into Heaven"</strong></em></span> was the theme, with iconographer Randi Sider-Rose of &ldquo;Immanuel Icons&rdquo; <span style="font-size: small;">(<a href="http://immanuelicons.org/" target="_blank">website</a>)&nbsp;</span>leading the educational sessions.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170110_2.html MAPLEWOOD (WATERVLIET) NY: Celebration of Saint Basil the Great http://nynjoca.org/news_170110_1.html Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Saint-Basil-Day/St_Basil_Day_2017_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;">Archbishop Michael visited <strong>Saint Basil Orthodox Church in Maplewood NY</strong> for evening Vespers on Saturday, 31 December 2016, and for a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the following Sunday (New Year&rsquo;s Day). The parish Feast-Day celebration of Saint Basil included the blessing and cutting of the <em>Vasilopita</em> (Saint Basil's bread). A pot-luck dinner with a question-and-answer period between the children of the parish and His Eminence was held in the Church Center immediately following the Divine Liturgy. </span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170110_1.html “The Mystery of the Diaconate” http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_4.html Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Altar-Servers/2017_Altar_Server_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: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: medium;">The <strong>Annual Diocesan Altar Server Retreat</strong> will be held at <strong>Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from February 10-12, 2017</strong>. It is designed for altar servers of all ages! The main focus of this annual retreat is to bring the young men of our diocese together in prayer, Christian fellowship, education, and lots of fun! Under the guidance and direction of Archbishop Michael, the participants will learn the importance and role of the order of the Diaconate in the life of the Church &ndash; both in a liturgical function, and as a servant of God&rsquo;s people, ministering to the outside world. More information is available in the "Upcoming Events" section of this website.&nbsp;<span style="color: #800000;"><strong>For complete information and convenient on-line registration, please visit <a href="http://nynjoca.wixsite.com/nynjocayouth/upcoming-events" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial;">here</span></span> &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></a></strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_4.html 2017 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_3.html Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/VFOF/DDB-2017/DDB_2017_intro-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;"><span style="color: #333399; font-family: book antiqua;"><span style="color: #003300;">Thanks to the sacrificial generosity of <strong>DDBs</strong> from throughout the diocese and beyond, over $831,000 was contributed during the first&nbsp;six years (2011-2016) of the program! Last year a record-breaking total of $181,265 was received. As a result, vital ministries have received much-needed support; the work of the Church is being funded as never before! There are visible &ldquo;fruits&rdquo; of our labors and efforts as mission parishes are being established and supported, seminarians are receiving scholarships, and struggling parishes are being revitalized.</span> </span><strong><span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><span style="color: #333399;">The 2017 DDB Initiative is now launched!&nbsp; Learn all about it</span> <span style="font-size: large; text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html">here</a></span></span><span style="font-size: large;">!</span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_3.html ONEONTA NY: News from Saint Innocent Mission Parish http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_2.html Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Oneonta/Oneonta_Church_new_2017_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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Father Vasil Dubee, parish rector of <strong>Saint Innocent of Alaska Mission Parish in Oneonta NY</strong>, reports: <span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em>&ldquo;We have had some wonderful happenings at our Mission. We purchased 5.1 acres of land for the future site of our church and rectory in the town of Oneonta back in October. The land was purchased with a donation from the Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation for $18,500! Just two weeks after the closing, I received a call from the realtor who handled the land sale to us and he said&nbsp; the seller had 5.3 acres on the south border of the land and would like to offer it to us for purchase at the same price of $18,500. I told him I would love to, but most-likely cannot do it because I have no idea where the money would come from!&rdquo;</em></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_2.html A FOND FAREWELL IN RETIREMENT: FATHER JOSEPH AND MATUSHKA CHARLOTTE WOODILL http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_1.html Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Woodill/Woodill_retire_2017_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">We extend our prayerful best wishes to <strong>Archpriest Joseph and Matushka Charlotte Woodill</strong> on Father Joseph's retirement from active parish ministry at Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone NY, and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, for health reasons, effective 1 January 2017 following his last Sunday service in the parish, at which he was honored by his loving community of faithful.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170107_1.html THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD ~ JANUARY 6, 2017 http://nynjoca.org/news_170103_1.html Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Epiphany.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: center; line-height: 210%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">"Joyous Feast!"</span></strong></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 210%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, calling You His Beloved Son; and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ our God, You have revealed Yourself, and have enlightened the world, glory to You!</span> </strong></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 210%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170103_1.html New Year: 2017 http://nynjoca.org/news_111229_1.html Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/New_Year_logo.jpg&archive=0&final_h=77&final_w=150&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: medium;">"O Master, Lord our God, the Fountain of Life and immortality, the Creator of all things visible and invisible, Who governs the seasons and the years and guides all things with Your wise providence.&nbsp; We thank You for all the blessings You have poured out upon us during the past years of our lives, and we cry out to You, O all-bountiful Lord, bless this coming year with Your goodness, direct our civil authorities in the path of goodness, bestow Your heavenly blessings upon all Your people: health, salvation, and growth in virtue.&nbsp; Deliver Your Holy Church from every assault of the evil one, and grant us peace and tranquility; and grant that we may always offer thanks to You:&nbsp;the Father who is from everlasting, together with Your only-begotten Son, and Your most-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit -- God glorified in three Persons, and that we may joyfully praise Your all Holy Name!"</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_111229_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENFACTORS http://nynjoca.org/news_161222_1.html Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/VFOF/DDB-2016/2016DDB_thank_you_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=35&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">This year, <strong>DDBs</strong> have contributed <span style="background-color: #ffff00;"><strong>$157,055</strong> </span>in support of vital diocesan ministries. They have provided much-needed financial assistance to our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling parishes. As the year draws to an end, we express our sincere gratitude and thanks to God for these dedicated laborers in our diocesan family. <strong>See the complete &ldquo;honor roll&rdquo; of DDBs <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="/2016_ddb_honor_roll.html"><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span>. To learn more or to join them now, visit <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span>.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161222_1.html BUFFALO NY: Saint George Orthodox Church lights a “Tree of Hope” http://nynjoca.org/news_161215_1.html Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Buffalo/Buffalo_ChristmasTree_2016_005.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Tuesday 29 November 2016, <strong>Saint George Church</strong> together with <strong>Compeer of Greater Buffalo</strong> lighted </span><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><em>&ldquo;The Tree of Hope&rdquo;</em></span></strong></span><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"> which will rest on the church property for the Holy Season and through the New Year. The tree symbolizes a </span><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color: #000000;">partnership</span></span></span><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"> and commitment</span><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"> of working together to serve the community by bringing awareness to mental health issues. Compeer of Greater Buffalo uses the healing power of friendship to help change lives by recruiting, screening, and matching trained volunteers and mentors in one-to-one supportive friendship relationships with children, adults, military veterans and seniors striving for good mental health.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161215_1.html ROCHESTER NY: Commemoration of Saint Nicholas http://nynjoca.org/news_161215_2.html Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Rochester-NY/Christmas/St_Nick2016_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 Sunday, 11 December 2016, <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY</strong> celebrated the annual commemoration of Saint Nicholas (6 Dec) the Wonder-Working Bishop of Myra in Lycia. Following a children&rsquo;s sermon highlighting the life of this beloved saint, the little ones placed their shoes under the parish Christmas tree awaiting gifts of &ldquo;gold coins&rdquo; in honor of the saint. A delicious Nativity Fast (Advent) breakfast was enjoyed by all as the children decorated the parish Christmas tree with ornaments.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161215_2.html PLAN NOW for Summer Fun at Saint Andrew's Camp http://nynjoca.org/news_161213_1.html Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Camp/2017-promotion/2016_music_week_start.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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong>Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp</strong></span>, in Jewell NY on the shore of Lake Oneida, serves Christ and His Church by providing an Orthodox camping experience to youth in America and beyond. Through summer camping programs and year-round activities, the camp advances Orthodoxy in America and the world by bringing children closer to Christ, enabling them to develop friendships with other Orthodox children, and preparing them to lead an Orthodox Christian life in supplement of their growth at their home parishes. The camp program does this while also enabling adult laity and clergy to serve as volunteers and similarly mingle in fellowship. In addition, there's an Annual Bike Ride fundraiser in August!</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="http://saintandrewscamp.org/"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">visit the website for news &amp; updates &gt;&gt;</span></strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161213_1.html Pentecost Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Archbishop Michael: June 4-17, 2017 http://nynjoca.org/news_161118_1.html Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Pilgrimage/holysep-768x451.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;"><strong>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</strong> -- this year to the Holy Land, beginning in Nazareth and ending in Jerusalem, with an optional additional trip to Petra in Jordan, <strong>June 4-17, 2017</strong>.&nbsp; 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).</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161118_1.html HERKIMER NY: 100th Anniversary of Saints Peter & Paul Church http://nynjoca.org/news_161111_1.html Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Herkimer/Herkimer_100ANNIVERSARY_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 15 October 2016 the parishioners of <strong>Saints Peter &amp; Paul Orthodox Church in Herkimer NY</strong> celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of their parish.&nbsp;&nbsp;A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday morning with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, presiding.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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 <em>skufia</em>, or clerical hat.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161111_1.html ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY CONVENED IN YONKERS NY, 1-2 NOVEMBER 2016 http://nynjoca.org/news_161110_1.html Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Bishop_Michael_croppic.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=70&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: trebuchet ms,geneva; font-size: medium;">The annual <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Assembly of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey</strong> </span>convened at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers NY on 1-2 November&nbsp;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, &ldquo;2016: The Year in Review,&rdquo; 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. <span style="font-family: Open Sans;">The annual Address to the Diocese by Archbishop Michael will be published on this website soon.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><a href="/files/2016/Assembly/Diocesan_Assembly_2016_writeup.pdf" target="_blank">read more &gt;</a></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/2016_diocesan_assembly.html"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">visit the Assembly website &gt;</span></span></strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000;"><a href="https://vimeo.com/187032167" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">view the video - <em>"2016: The Year in Review"</em> &gt;</span></span></strong></span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161110_1.html ADVANCE DIRECTIVE RESOURCES http://nynjoca.org/news_161110_2.html Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/advance-directive.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;"><span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em><strong>"There are valuables resources for pre-planning the eventuality of incapacitating illness and death"</strong></em></span>, said Diana Pasca <span style="font-size: small;">(Diocesan Member of the OCA Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid)</span>. 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.&nbsp; <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>"A Gift for my Loved Ones"</strong></span>: This package contains everything necessary to know should one become disabled or incapacitated and unable to make decisions on one&rsquo;s own.&nbsp; It includes a Health Care Power of Attorney and Advance Directive for Health Care&mdash;Living Will.&nbsp; <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>"Another Gift for my Loved Ones"</strong></span>: This package contains everything necessary to know to arrange a funeral and burial &mdash; an Advance Directive for Funeral Care.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong><a href="/files/2016/2016-09-gift-for-my-loved-ones.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">"A Gift for my Loved Ones" &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong><a href="/files/2016/2016-09-another-gift-for-my-loved-ones.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">"Another Gift for my Loved Ones" &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong><a href="https://oca.org/about/departments/christian-service"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Dept. of Christian Service&nbsp;&amp; Humanitarian Aid website &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161110_2.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS SUPPORT VITAL MINISTRIES http://nynjoca.org/news_161027_1.html Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/DDB/2016DDB_OCT_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: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">Already this year, <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors (DDB)</strong> have contributed <strong>$121,505.<span style="font-size: small;">00</span></strong> to support our diocesan <strong>seminarians</strong> by way of tuition scholarships, our <strong>mission parishes</strong> with grants and assistance, and <strong>parishes in need of revitalization</strong>. Meeting our goal of desperately needed funding this year will be achieved only if the &ldquo;roll call&rdquo; of DDBs enlarges with those so blessed to be able to offer a sacrificial gift of loving support. <em><strong>&ldquo;Thank-you!&rdquo; to our DDBs.</strong></em> To join them, visit the &ldquo;Vision for Our Future&rdquo; webpage, where you can become a DDB easily with an on-line contribution, or print a donation form to mail in. <em><strong>It&rsquo;s our Church and this is our Diocese &hellip; together we can accomplish so much to the glory of God and the good-estate of His Holy Church!</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">visit &ldquo;Vision for Our Future" &gt;</span></strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong><a href="/2016_ddb_honor_roll.html"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">see the &ldquo;Honor Roll&rdquo; of current DDBs &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161027_1.html ROCHESTER NY: “Handmaidens of the Lord” http://nynjoca.org/news_161024_1.html Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Rochester-NY/handmaidens_23OCT2016_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;"><strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY</strong> 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 (Ἀ&nu;&tau;ί&delta;&omega;&rho;&omicron;&nu; = unconsecrated church bread) and mixing wine with warm water for reception by the faithful. <span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em><strong>&ldquo;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,&rdquo;</strong> </em></span>said Father Ken James Stavrevsky (parish rector).</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_161024_1.html Arcpastoral Letter for the Nativity of Christ http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Nativity_-2016.pdf Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Nativity_-2016.pdf