Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/ 60 MANVILLE NJ: Outreach to Community http://nynjoca.org/news_140414_1.html Sat, 12 Apr 2014 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/2014/04-12/Manville_12APRIL2014_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=89&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The Orthodox churches of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Ghost, Saint Mary and Saint Athanasius (Manville NJ) participated in creating 32 meal baskets and Easter baskets for those in need. In addition to the participating churches, Christ the King School in Manville also donated items. The project, on 12 April 2014, was a wonderful team effort among those participating in outreach to the local community during the season of Great Lent.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140414_1.html PEARL RIVER NY: Holy Mystery of Unction http://nynjoca.org/news_140411_1.html Fri, 11 Apr 2014 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/2014/04-08/IMG_8459_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><strong>The Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Transfiguration</strong> in Pearl River NY celebrated the Holy Mystery of Unction with Bishop Michael and 6 concelebrating priests on Tuesday evening, 8 April 2014. In his homily, His Grace expounded on the image of our Lord Jesus Christ as Healer with the theme: <em><strong>&ldquo;By His stripes we are healed&rdquo;</strong> </em>and the Church as the place of healing. This was the 7th annual celebration with a full complement of 7 priests serving. It is a tradition well received and joyfully anticipated by parishioners as well as the invited clergy and faithful from the region.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140411_1.html LENTEN TRIAD: Prayer, Fasting & Charity http://nynjoca.org/news_140404_1.html Sun, 06 Apr 2014 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/VFOF/DDB_Lent2014_01_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The days of Great Lent will soon come to an end; we will enter Holy Week and the journey to Our Lord&rsquo;s passion, the Cross, His three-day burial, and glorious Resurrection on PASCHA! Acts of charity and almsgiving are an essential part of our Lenten effort, along with prayer and fasting. One way to offer a portion of your material blessings is through the <strong>D</strong>istinguished <strong>D</strong>iocesan <strong>B</strong>enefactors [DDB] program that supports mission parishes, seminarians, and struggling parishes.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">learn about the DDB &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140404_1.html WHITESTONE NY: Archpastoral Visit on 4th Sunday of Lent http://nynjoca.org/news_140403_2.html Thu, 03 Apr 2014 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/2014/03-30/Whitestone/Whitestone_30_MAR_2014_004.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080; font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Bishop Michael served, preached, and encouraged the faithful of Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone NY at Saturday evening Vespers, Sunday morning Liturgy, and a Sunday afternoon Deanery Vespers service on the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, 30 March 2014. The faithful presented His Grace with a contribution to the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors [<a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html">DDB</a>] program, given to assure Bishop Michael that they have heard his plea for a more Christian means of supporting the vital work of the Church.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140403_2.html TRENTON NJ: Community Service Project http://nynjoca.org/news_140403_1.html Thu, 03 Apr 2014 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/2014/03-30/Mercerville_PA__09_full.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">As part of an on-going effort to bridge the gap between Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church (Trenton NJ) and the surrounding community, the parish Church School sponsored and organized a field trip to Mercerville Nursing Center on Sunday, 30 March 2014. Eighteen students and parishioners brought gifts, sang songs, told jokes, danced, read poems and played piano for 20 residents. To close the program the children sang the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer, a Communion Hymn and &ldquo;God Bless America&rdquo; before handing out small gifts to the residents.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140403_1.html "Welcome to College Ministry” http://nynjoca.org/news_140331_1.html Mon, 31 Mar 2014 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/clipart/colleges_universities_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The Department of College Ministry ~ in conjunction with Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the Orthodox Church in America Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry ~ presents: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><em><strong>&ldquo;The Fields are White for Harvest: Welcome to College Ministry.&rdquo;</strong></em>&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, 21 June 2014</strong></span> at Holy Apostles Church in Lansing NY.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/College%20Ministry/DoCM_21_JUNE_2014_flyer.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">information and details &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140331_1.html HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS: Bishop Michael Attends Spring Session http://nynjoca.org/news_140322_1.html Sat, 22 Mar 2014 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/2014/Synod_Bishops_OCA_MAR_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: tahoma; font-size: small; color: #000000;">The Holy Synod of Bishops is the supreme canonical authority in the local Church. It includes, as voting members, all the diocesan bishops of the Church. The Metropolitan is the Chairman of the Synod. The <strong>Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America</strong> concluded its spring session on Friday, 21 March 2014. In his opening report, titled <em>&ldquo;The Apostolic Work of the Church,&rdquo;</em> Metropolitan Tikhon presented his vision for the Church&rsquo;s ongoing ministry. The Holy Synod elected His Grace, Bishop Mark [Maymon] as Bishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-concludes-spring-session1" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: tahoma; font-size: small; color: #000000;">more information &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140322_1.html CONGRATULATIONS: Members of Our Diocesan Family! http://nynjoca.org/news_140318_1.html Tue, 18 Mar 2014 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/2014/Red%20Egg%20Book/Red_Egg_bookrelease_2014_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=78&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: 'andale mono', times;"><strong>Elizabeth Johnson</strong></span> has released a new children&rsquo;s book, &ldquo;The Miracle of the Red Egg.&rdquo; She is a member of Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY. <span style="color: #000080; font-family: 'andale mono', times;"><strong>Anthony Cassar</strong>,&nbsp;</span>lead altar server at Mother of God Orthodox Church, Princeton NJ, took first place in the 2014 NJ State Wrestling Tournament - 195 pound Weight Class - on his 18th birthday (March 9th). <em>Congratulations to Elizabeth and Anthony!</em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140318_1.html WANTAGE NJ: Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts http://nynjoca.org/news_140314_1.html Fri, 14 Mar 2014 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/2014/03-12/Wantage_12MAR2014_003.jpg&archive=0&final_h=68&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #003366; font-size: medium; font-family: 'book antiqua';">His Grace, Bishop Michael visited Holy Spirit Church in Wantage NJ on Wednesday evening, 12 March 2014, to celebrate the Liturgy of the Holy Pre-Sanctified Gifts. Faithful from the parish and Archpriest Samuel Kedala (rector) greeted visitors from other churches in attendance. A Lenten meal was served in the church hall after the celebration of a spiritually uplifting experience during the second week of our Lenten journey to PASCHA.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140314_1.html SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY: First Sunday of Great Lent http://nynjoca.org/news_140311_1.html Fri, 14 Mar 2014 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/2014/03-09/Sun_Orthodoxy_2014_RochesterNY_003.jpg&archive=0&final_h=84&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800080;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; color: #ff0000;"><strong>NEW photos added!</strong></span> Parishes throughout the diocese participated in evening commemorations of the <em><strong>&ldquo;Sunday of Orthodoxy&rdquo;</strong></em> (the first Sunday of Great Lent) on <strong>9 March 2014</strong>. The traditional Lenten Vespers service celebrates the truth and treasure of the Orthodox faith while providing an opportunity for a common gathering of faithful from Orthodox parishes of various canonical jurisdictions within a particular geographic location. For example, in Buffalo NY the service was at Saint George Orthodox Church; in Rochester NY the service was at Saint Mary &ldquo;the Protectress&rdquo; Ukrainian Orthodox Church: in Binghamton-Endicott NY the service was at Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140311_1.html UPDATE: OPERATION PRINCETON http://nynjoca.org/news_140306_2.html Thu, 06 Mar 2014 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/2014/OPERATION%20PRINCETON/Princeton_MARCH_update_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The Mother of God Orthodox Church mission in Princeton NJ is making great progress in building and establishing their new home of worship. Following the success of a diocesan-wide initiative, OPERATION PRINCETON, work continues with great enthusiasm and commitment. In large part, this has been possible thanks to the contributions of our <strong>D</strong>istinguished <strong>D</strong>iocesan <strong>B</strong>enefactors [DDB]. Offering your financial support to mission parishes, seminarians, and struggling parishes through DDB is one way to participate in an act of almsgiving during this season of Great Lent. To learn more about the DDB, go <a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html">HERE</a>!</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/OPERATION%20PRINCETON/Princeton_Update_MARCH_2014.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">see the Princeton NJ update &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140306_2.html YOUTH RETREAT: 4-5 April 2014 http://nynjoca.org/news_140304_1.html Wed, 05 Mar 2014 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/2014/Lenten%20Youth%20Retreat/Lenten_Youth_Retreat_2014__announce_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The diocese will host an overnight <strong>Lenten Youth Retreat</strong> at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Wayne NJ for students grades 7-12 on <strong>Friday-Saturday, 4-5 April 2014</strong>. The theme for the Lenten Youth Retreat is: <em>"Miracles in our Midst.&rdquo;</em> Orthodox and non-Orthodox students are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity for Orthodox young people to invite a friend.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial;"><a href="/files/2014/Lenten%20Youth%20Retreat/Lenten_Youth_Retreat_2014_REGISTRATION.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000;">information &amp; registration documents &gt;</span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140304_1.html ARCHPASTORAL LETTER for the BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT http://nynjoca.org/news_140225_2.html Wed, 26 Feb 2014 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/Archpastoral_Letter_Lent_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800080;">Bishop Michael has issued an Archpastoral Letter to the faithful of the diocese for the <span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>beginning of Great Lent on 3 March 2014</strong></span>. In part, he writes: <em><strong>&ldquo;As we begin the Lenten journey of the Great Fast this year, I am mindful of a question often asked of us by non-Orthodox - &lsquo;Why do you fast in Lent?&rsquo; - and a question often asked by our own fellow Orthodox Christians - &lsquo;Why do we have to fast during Great Lent?&rsquo;&rdquo;</strong></em> In addition to his letter, His Grace has offered two valuable teaching videos on <strong><span style="color: #000000;">&ldquo;Great Lent&rdquo;</span></strong> and <span style="color: #000000;"><strong>&ldquo;Fasting&rdquo;</strong></span> that are available as part of the &ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo; series.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 160%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_3_1.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800080;">read the Archpastoral letter &gt;</span></a><br /><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_3_4_RUSSIAN_revised.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800080;">Russian version &gt;</span></a><br /><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_3_3_UKRAINIAN.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800080;">Ukrainian version&gt;</span></a><br /><a href="/lessons_in_our_faith.html"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800080;">visit &ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo; &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140225_2.html WATERVLIET NY: Saint Tikhon’s Choir visits Saint Basil Church http://nynjoca.org/news_140225_1.html Mon, 24 Feb 2014 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/2014/02-23/Watervliet_23FEB2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium; font-family: 'andale mono', times;">Saint Basil Orthodox Church was honored on 22-23 February to host a choir from Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary for a Vespers Services on Saturday and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Under the direction of Benedict Shaheen, choir responses were sung with a beauty that filled the temple with love and joy. Archpriest Steven Voytovich (Dean of the Seminary) accompanied the choir while Father Matthew Markewich assisted Father Peter Olsen (parish rector) with the services. After the Sunday Divine Liturgy a light dinner was served in the Church Center with all welcomed to greet the seminarians.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140225_1.html ALTAR SERVERS RETREAT http://nynjoca.org/news_140220_1.html Thu, 20 Feb 2014 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/2014/2014%20Altar%20Servers%20Retreat/Altar_Servers_Retreat_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000080; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">The <strong>4th Annual Diocesan Altar Servers Retreat</strong> was held at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from 14 February (Friday) to 16 February (Sunday) 2014. Over 45 participants were present for all or part of the weekend. Altar servers and clergy came from each of the three deaneries -- New York City, New Jersey, New York State -- as well as from the Moscow Patriarchate and Carpatho-Russian Diocese. Bishop Michael led the retreat together with four Priests, two Deacons, a Sub-deacon and Reader.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140220_1.html NEW WEBSITE: DEPARTMENT OF COLLEGE MINISTRY http://nynjoca.org/news_140217_1.html Mon, 17 Feb 2014 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/DoCM_new_website_LOGO_01.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; color: #000000; font-family: arial;">The diocesan Department of College Ministry [DoCM] has launched a new and informative website. Father John Diamantis (Chairperson) and webmaster, Levan Kiknadze, encourage the active participation of clergy and faithful to work with them in making the opportunity for Orthodox Christian college students throughout New York and New Jersey to share in fellowship and mutual support a reality. With the fervent support of Bishop Michael, the DoCM is fully committed to growing this vital ministry within the life of the church. Help them <em>&ldquo;spread the word&rdquo;</em> by sharing the new website with our college students!</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.occm.nynjoca.org/"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000; font-family: georgia, palatino;">visit the new DoCM website &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140217_1.html NY CITY DEANERY: DDB Appreciation Dinner http://nynjoca.org/news_140217_2.html Sun, 16 Feb 2014 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/2014/02-16/DDB_NYC_2014_010.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=66&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> (DDBs) from throughout the New York City Deanery gathered in East Meadow NY on Sunday, 16 February, for an Appreciation Dinner. Bishop Michael expressed his profound gratitude to the individuals, parishes, and parish organizations for their sacrificial giving to the program that allows many diocesan projects &amp; efforts to the Glory of God.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140217_2.html NY STATE DEANERY: DDB Appreciation Dinner http://nynjoca.org/news_140214_2.html Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/02-09/NYS_DDB_FEB_2014_BANNER.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000080;"><strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> (DDBs) from throughout the New York State Deanery gathered in Endicott NY on Sunday, 9 February, for an Appreciation Dinner. During the year 2013, DDBs contributed a record-breaking total of <strong>$145,194</strong> to support vital ministries; the work of the Church is being funded as never before! There are visible &ldquo;fruits&rdquo; of their labors and efforts as <strong>mission parishes</strong> are being established and supported, <strong>seminarians</strong> are receiving scholarships, and <strong>struggling parishes</strong> are being revitalized.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140214_2.html NY STATE DEANERY: Family & Youth Retreat http://nynjoca.org/news_140214_1.html Fri, 14 Feb 2014 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/2014/02-08/Greek_Peak_FEB_2014_004.JPG&archive=0&final_h=87&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #003300;">The New York State Deanery Family &amp; Youth Retreat welcomed Bishop Michael as over 110 people participated in the three-day event, 7-9 February 2014 at Greek Peak Resort in Cortland NY. The main theme challenged all participants, young and old, to compare and contrast the Kingdom of God with the kingdom of this world, and our place as being "in the world but not of the world," especially as it relates to peer-pressure and temptations. The atmosphere was one of trust, mutual acceptance, and love by time spent in conscious awareness that the Lord is present in all that is happening.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140214_1.html PARISH TEAM TRAINING: MARCH 1, 2014 http://nynjoca.org/news_140213_1.html Thu, 13 Feb 2014 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/2014/CoME/CoME_Training_FEB_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000; font-family: 'Open Sans';">The diocesan Commission on Mission and Evangelism will conduct a&nbsp;<strong>Parish Team Training</strong> session&nbsp;<strong>(1 March)</strong> for parishes to learn more, and do more, in the area of parish health, growth and revitalization. The tools, resources and processes used are known as Orthodox Natural Church Development. Parishes need to assemble a team of 5-6 to participate.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/CoME/Release_2014_1_1.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #000000; font-family: 'Open Sans';">information and registration &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140213_1.html EAST MEADOW NY: Feast of the Meeting of the Lord http://nynjoca.org/news_140206_1.html Thu, 06 Feb 2014 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/2014/02-01/East_Meadow_1_FEB_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; color: #003300;">Students and their families at <strong>Holy Trinity Church</strong> in East Meadow NY gathered on 1 February 2014 for dinner and to make candles for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord (2 February). The candles were blessed before the Vespers service so the children and congregation could hold them during the evening candle-lit service.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140206_1.html CLIFTON NJ: DDB Appreciation Dinner for NJ Deanery http://nynjoca.org/news_140130_1.html Thu, 30 Jan 2014 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/2014/01-26/NJ_DDB_dinner_2014_005.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Supporters of the <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> (DDB) program from throughout the New Jersey Deanery gathered at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Clifton NJ on Sunday, 26 January, for an Appreciation Dinner. His Grace, Bishop Michael, expressed his profound gratitude to the individuals, parishes, and parish organizations for their sacrificial giving to the program that allows so many diocesan projects and efforts to exist and produce fruit to the Glory of God.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140130_1.html BROOKLYN NY: Parish Celebrates “Old Calendar” Christmas http://nynjoca.org/news_140128_1.html Tue, 28 Jan 2014 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/2014/01-07/Brooklyn_6_JAN_2014_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #800000;">The Russian Orthodox <strong>Transfiguration Parish in Brooklyn NY</strong>&nbsp;commemorated its 106th celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ on 6-7 January 2014. Bishop Michael celebrated the feast-day with the parish. Just as long ago, people gathered at church on Christmas Eve for the evening service: Great Compline and Matins. The next day, His Grace came to the cathedral for a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the feast-day according to the &ldquo;old calendar.&rdquo;</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140128_1.html Adult Home Closes after 37 Years http://nynjoca.org/news_140127_1.html Mon, 27 Jan 2014 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/2014/Cosmas%20and%20Damian/Cosmas_Damian_FEB2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: small;">Saints Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, Staten Island NY, recently closed its doors after 37 years of service. Rising costs, increasing regulations by the State of New York and New York City, and the inability to make capital improvements over the years became insurmountable for the non-profit facility. The Home was founded in 1977 by the late Protopresbyter Alexander Warnecke with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney [Bekish] and the assistance of the Saint Panteleimon Society of New York City and young Orthodox Christians of various jurisdictions.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/Cosmas%20and Damian/St_Cosmas_Damian_closes_FEB2014.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: small;">more information &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140127_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: Appreciation and Invitation! http://nynjoca.org/news_140124_1.html Fri, 24 Jan 2014 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_2013_2014_BANNER1.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="font-family: 'times new roman', times; color: #000080; font-size: medium;">Thanks to the sacrificial generosity of DDBs from throughout the diocese and beyond, over <strong>$360,000</strong> was contributed during the first three years (2011-2013) of the program! <strong>Last year a record-breaking total of $145,194 was received.</strong> 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. Three regional (by Deanery) 2013 DDB Appreciation Dinners will take place in January and February. And, the 2014 DDB Program has been launched! <strong>Here's your invitation to become a DDB this year!</strong></span></p> <p style="line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: right;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; color: #000080; font-size: medium;">Get complete information <strong><span style="color: #000080;">HERE</span>!&nbsp;&gt;</strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140124_1.html http://nynjoca.org/news_130425_3.html Mon, 14 Apr 2014 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/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/holy-week-20132.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><em>As the Savior went to his passion, he said to his friends: &ldquo;Everyone will know that you&nbsp;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> <span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">(Matins of Holy Monday)</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_130425_3.html PALM SUNDAY: Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem http://nynjoca.org/news_130425_2.html Sun, 13 Apr 2014 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/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/Palm-Sunday.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;"><em><span style="color: #800080; font-family: georgia,palatino;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>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!</strong>&nbsp;</span> </span></em><span style="color: #800080; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">(Vespers of Palm Sunday)</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_130425_2.html Release # 2014.5.1 (Archpastoral Letter for PASCHA) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_5_1.pdf Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_5_1.pdf Release # 2014.4.1 (Commission on Liturgical Music) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_4_1.pdf Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_4_1.pdf Release # 2014.3.1 (Archpastoral Letter: Beginning of Great Lent) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_3_1.pdf Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_3_1.pdf Release # 2014.2.1 (Altar Servers Retreat) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_2_1.pdf Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_2_1.pdf Release # 2014.1.1 (Parish Team Training) http://nynjoca.org/files/2014/CoME/Release_2014_1_1.pdf Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2014/CoME/Release_2014_1_1.pdf