Sunday, March 15, 2020
ALL Liturgies and Church Services have been cancelled until further notice,
Weekday Services are celebrated in the Chapel - Orthros at 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am
Unless otherwise announced by Father George.
To proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the Orthodox Christian Tradition while
creating a vibrant, loving compassionate and welcoming commUNITY.
With the grace of God to provide a loving community where all are
one with Christ through worship, learning, outreach and fellowship.
The Parish Assembly is postponed until further notice.
Today, we are having a 40-day Memorial Service for Milton Pantazis, a 2-year Memorial Service for Aristides (Teddy) Statiroudis, a 3-year Memorial Service for Vasilis (Bill) Colombaris, a 7-year Memorial Service for Anastasia Diotes Wood and a 15-year Memorial Service for Gordon Wood. May their memory be eternal!
Coffee Hour today is sponsored by the Pantazis and Statiroudis Families. Thank you!
UPCOMING MEMORIAL SERVICES:
On Sunday, April 5th, a 40-day Memorial Service for Roy D. Soppas and on Sunday May, 3rd, a 2-year Memorial Service for Demetrios (Jim) Hanzimanolis.
PLEASE NOTE: Memorial Services are not allowed from Saturday of Lazarus (April 11th) until Sunday after St. Thomas (May 3rd).
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS:
Sunday School classes have been cancelled until further notice.
SUNDAY MARCH 29th:
Car Raffle Drawing to be held Sunday, March 29th after the Divine Liturgy. Also, the Greek Independence Day Parade will be held in New York City on Sunday, March 29th.
H.O.P.E. / J.O.Y.
GREEK SCHOOL NEWS:
On Monday, our Greek school teachers will be at Greek school during regular hours to hand out homework packets for the next weeks. They will not be emailing this homework, if parents are not able to stop by that day, the packets will be left in the church office for pickup. The Greek school program for the 29th will be postponed for now until further notice.
G.O.Y.A. activities will be suspended until further notice.
All youth grades 7 - 12 are welcome to join the Roseland GOYA. E-mail Roselandgoya@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list. Hope to see you at upcoming activities!
SATURDAY OF LAZARUS COMMUNITY BRUNCH:
Please join us on Saturday, April 11th for a Community Brunch immediately following the Divine Liturgy commemorating the Raising of Lazarus. Brunch will be provided by the Sunday School and served in the small hall. It will be followed by the making of Palm Crosses in anticipation of Palm Sunday. Please be sure to bring scissors with you if plan on staying for the palm making. Hope you are all able to join us!
Please stop by the Bookstore to see some of the recommended books for the Great Lent. Please stop by the new Children's Lending Library. You will find this in the Narthex in a basket with children's books to be borrowed during the Service.
KNIT & STITCH NEWS:
The Knit & Stitch group meet on Fridays at 10:00am in the Library.
GREEK DANCE FOR CHILDREN AGES 4 to 11:
There is a 6-month Greek Dance Program on Sundays after Divine Liturgy. If you are interested, please contact the Church Office at (973) 251-2920 or Father George at his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for this program is $150 per child for 6 months. CLICK HERE for more information! CLICK HERE to Register!
We will be baking for our spring fundraiser on Monday March 16th at 10:00am. Your helping hands are greatly appreciated. Any questions please call Vikki Glock at: (862) 453-8644. E-mail: email@example.com. Thank you!
The Senior's Group meet every Tuesday at 10:30am in the Small Hall.
Choir Rehearsal Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:30pm
If you wish to have your home or your business blessed, please contact father George directly at his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or his cell: (973) 998-1428. Thank you!
The 2nd tray is to help eliminate the mortgage. Thank you!
FRIENDS AND GUESTS:
If you are a Newcomer, WELCOME, and please tell us who you are. If you would like to be contacted by Father George, or a Parish Council Member please tell us.
CLEANSING OUR SOUL AND BODY
Once again, the time of Great Lent is upon us, when every Orthodox Christian will enter an intense period of spiritual discipline. During these 40 days, the Church implores us to do certain things.
FASTING: At this time, we will be called upon to Fast. It must be understood, however, that fasting means more than merely abstaining from meat and dairy products. Fasting also means a strict curtailing of our social activities. We are reminded "earthly pleasures" can easily interfere with our concentration on the Passion of our Lord. The term "fasting" applies as well to having a stricter control over thought, words and deeds.
PRAYING: During Lent, a great emphasis is placed upon Prayer. Special Services, such as the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and the Akathist to the Mother of God provide us with the liturgical means of becoming closer to our Savior as we approach Pascha.
REPENTING: Above all, we will be asked to Repent during the Lenten Season, and to receive Christ in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist as we prepare ti proclaim His Resurrection at the conclusion of our 40-day journey. We must all obey Christ's command given to His Apostles at the Mystical Supper: Do this in remembrance of Me.
While Great Lent is often characterized by its dark liturgical colors and mournful hymns, we must remember the words of one of the sticheras from Forgiveness Vespers: "Let us enter the season of Lent in the spirit of joy, giving ourselves to spiritual strife, cleansing our soul and body as we limit our food, living on the virtues of the spirit, rejoicing all the while with spiritual joy."
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin - Cliffwood, NJ