Javascript Menu by Deluxe-Menu.com
asdf
   
















In an unprecedented and inaugural effort toward inter-parish fellowship, families from three Western Upstate New York churches gathered on 7 September for a day of prayer and fun highlighted by a visit to the Buffalo Zoo. The parishes - Ss. Peter & Paul, St. George (Buffalo), and St. John the Baptist (Rochester) - participated thanks to the initiative and efforts of recent graduates of the Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program: Deacon Dr. Mark Hoeplinger and Sub-Deacon Sean McNulty. Following this extremely successful event, future fellowships are planned.

The "Family Day" began at Saints Peter and Paul Church, the recipient of the good will and labors exhibited by faithful throughout the diocese during "OPERATION BUFFALO" in 2011. Now revitalized and under the spiritual care of Father Volodymyr Zablotskyy, the parish welcomed the families for an opening prayer (thanksgiving service) and a bountiful breakfast planned by Matushka Jeanne, assisted by Father Vlad.

Then, it was off to the zoo! Saint George Church is conveniently located near the Buffalo Zoo ... in fact, the parking lot of the parish is "next door." Movements were coordinated masterfully as Father Jason Vansuch (recently assigned to the parish) employed modern technologies in communication with Matushka Catherine who was on-the-ground at the destination point.

The afternoon of fun and fellowship culminated with the families reassembling at Saint George Church for Great Vespers at 4:00 p.m.  A pizza party followed the service and was enjoyed by all.  As friendships were made and renewed, everyone expressed a strong desire for increased fellowship in the future.

"Saint George Church is very similar in history and demographic composition to our parish in Rochester," said Father Ken James Stavrevsky. "On the other hand, Saints Peter and Paul Church is more than twice older than either parish and has recently undergone a major transformation form 'dying' to 'thriving.'  The joy that these three parishes will be blessed by frequent fellowship and cooperation has been actualized thanks to Deacon Mark and Sub-Deacon Sean working wonderfully with the respective parish priests and parishioners."  The parishes involved, while in different cities, are all within about an hour drive from one another.

Family Day - 09/07/13

(24 images)


Share This:



< PreviousNext >
You might also like:



UPCOMING EVENTS
On the Diocesan Calendar

 

February 25, 2019

Council of

Presbyters Meeting

Diocesan Chancery

Bronxville NY

11:00 a.m.

 

March 1-3, 2019

Annual

 Altar Servers

  Retreat

   Saint Basil Academy

   Garrison NY

   details >

 

March 3, 2019

  "Lessons from

    Celtic Saints"

Mother of God,

Joy of All Who Sorrow,

Orthodox Church

Princeton NJ

10:00 a.m.

event flyer >

 

March 11, 2019

Beginning of

GREAT LENT

 

March 22-24, 2019

  Lenten

   Teen

     Retreat

Camp Shiloh

Hewitt NJ

flyer >

information >

register on-line >

 

March 25, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Annunciation of

   the Theotokos

 

April 21, 2019

   PALM SUNDAY:

   Entry of Our Lord

   into Jerusalem

 

April 28, 2019

   PASCHA:

   The Resurrection

   of Our Lord, God,

   and Savior,

   Jesus Christ

 

June 6, 2019

ASCENSION

of Our Lord

 

June 16, 2019

PENTECOST:

The Descent of

the Holy Spirit

 

June 29, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Saints Peter & Paul

 

August 6, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Transfiguration

   of Our Lord

 

August 15, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Dormition of

   the Theotokos

 

September 14, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Exaltation of the

   Holy Cross

 

November 21, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Entry of the

   Theotokos into

   the Temple

 

December 25, 2019

   NATIVITY OF

   OUR LORD, GOD,

   AND SAVIOR,

   JESUS CHRIST

 

Diocese of New York

and New Jersey
33 Hewitt Avenue
Bronxville NY 10708
914-779-6580 (Phone)
914-779-6581 (Fax)
info@nynjoca.org







 
Diocese of New York-New Jersey; 33 Hewitt Avenue; Bronxville, NY 10708; 914-779-6580

Powered by Orthodox Web Solutions