PROTOCOLS FOR OUR PARISH:
Parishioners will no longer have to pre-register to attend church services. Attendance will be on a first come, first served basis. WE ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR PARISHIONERS TO WEAR MASKS INDOORS. All unvaccinated parishioners must continue to wear protective masks indoors. The last two rows of pews in the church will be reserved as “Social Distance” seating with a mask requirement.
To find the prayers for each service and to follow along, visit the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Digital Chant Stand at https://digitalchantstand.goarch.org.
To light a candle or make a donation follow this link https://st-george-greek-orthodox-churchand-the-shrine-of-st-nectarios.square.site/.
The mission of our beloved parish of St. George is to put into practice our Orthodox faith for our spiritual growth while creating fellowship and ministries for all the faithful. It should be our mission to spread the word of the Gospel and build harmony and lovewithin the community and be the example of our Orthodox faith for our youth.
WE WELCOME YOUR EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP ELPIDOPHOROS OF AMERICA AND YOUR GRACE BISHOP APOSTOLOS OF MEDEIA AND ALL THE CLERGY AND FAMILIES THAT ARE HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENNIAL OF OUR BLESSED COMMUNITY OF ST. GEORGE!
Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared, according to the Holy Orthodox Church guidelines, may receive Holy Communion. Please allow families with young children to receive Holy Communion first and wait for the ushers to dismiss your row.
Sunday Memorials, Artoclasias and Other Blessings:
Please inform the church office well in advance of Sunday mornings for all memorials, artoclasias, 40-day blessings and other blessings so as not to disrupt the Divine Liturgy. If any requests or lists of names are received after the Great Entrance they will have to wait until the following Sunday.
****Additionally, in order to preserve the sanctity of the Divine Liturgy, please wait to light candles in the St. Nectarios Chapel at the correct time. If one arrives after the Great Entrance, they will have to wait until the end of Liturgy, while the Andithoron is being given out, to light candles in the Chapel.
If you wish to partake in the Sacrament of Holy Confession, please feel free to call the Church office or Fr. Peter to arrange a time.
Is Any Among You Sick? - James 5:14:
If you are sick or hospitalized and need prayers or a visitation, or have any other pastoral need, do not hesitate to call Fr. Peter. He can always be reached by calling the church phone number, 973.779.2626. If he is not in, please leave a message.
Mark Your Calendar:
Tuesday, October 19th …………………Adult Chismation Class via ZOOM – 7:00PM
Wednesday, October 20th …………….Orthodox Life Institute via ZOOM – 7:00PM
Thursday, October 21st ………………..Adult Bible Study with Fr. Peter via ZOOM – 7:00PM
Sunday, October 24th ……………...Bible Awareness Sunday Hosted by Orthodox Life Institute
Thursday, October 28th………………...Greek School OXI Day Program & Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 31st ………………….St. Paraskevi Philoptochos “Breast Cancer Awareness”
Metropolis of NJ Mr. & Miss GOYA Pageant:
Last weekend the Metropolis of NJ held its annual Mr. & Miss GOYA pageant. Our Church was represented by Androulla Papatherapontos. We are grateful to her for her exemplary representation of our Church. Congratulations to Androulla for being selected as the 1st runner-up for Miss GOYA. Additionally, Chris Kourkoulakos and Julia Demetropoulos were the recipients of the 2021 NNJYC GOYA Scholarship. Congratulations and God Bless all our GOYAns.
Thank you to all of our Stewards who have made their pledges and donations so far for 2021. Our Saint George parish depends upon your generous donations to envision our goals and enhance our ministries and outreach. So please don’t forget to submit your 2021 Stewardship Pledge card. Pledge cards can be found in the Narthex, Atrium or Church office.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos News:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Every 2 minutes in the United States a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. It affects everyone, our families, children, parents and friends. No one should face this horrible disease alone. We fight alongside everyone because in one moment, one second, everything can change. If you are a woman, please schedule your annual mammography. Men, please encourage every woman in your life to get her mammography. Here is another frightening statistic: approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. By donating blood, you can help a young child undergoing chemotherapy, surgery, radiation or stem cell transplant with a better chance of combatting this disease. Please consider donating blood. To make everyone aware of these horrific diseases we ask that every Philoptochos member/ woman /GOYAn to wear pink to church on Sunday, October 31. We will be collecting donations following Divine Liturgy which we will match and donate to Breast Cancer Research. Hopefully someday these deadly diseases will be eradicated. The Ladies of St. Paraskevi Philoptochos thank you in advance for your support.
Orthodox Christian Adult Education (Chrismation) Classes:
Fr. Peter will be offering Orthodox Christian instruction classes, through ZOOM, on the following Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm:
October 19th & 26th
This is a class based on the fundamentals of the Orthodox Church and will also include Bible Fellowship and Discussion as well. This is an excellent opportunity for Orthodox Christians as well as non-Orthodox Christians to receive additional instruction about the Orthodox Christian Church, the traditions involved and many other teachings in the Holy Scriptures. This class is also for those who are considering being baptized or Chrismated into the Orthodox faith.
Adult Bible Study With Fr. Peter Via ZOOM:
Fr. Peter has resumed his Adult Bible study classes on Thursdays at 7:00PM. We will notify everyone through a separate email to join the meetings with a ZOOM invitation so that all the faithful can join us in learning.
St. John Commandaria Communion Wine:
One of the traditions or customs in the Orthodox Church is to donate the Communion wine for sacraments, memorial services, or Church Feast Days. The preferable choice is St. John Commandaria. Anyone wishing to make an offering of communion wine can contact the church office. The donation for each bottle of wine is $30.
Orthodox Life Institute:
Our classes are on Wednesdays at 7:00pm via ZOOM. If you are interested in joining us, send your email address and contact information to Lisa Marcopulos at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the ZOOM invitation. Dr. Peter Salierno will have the class syllabus available in the church office after September 12th for those who would like to have one.
Sponsor A Day Program:
As a church community, it is our ambitious goal to meet our operating budget through Stewardship. It is estimated that the operating expenses of our church average to be $1,400 per steward/family. If this average were to be reached, then the Church would be able to pay all its expenses only with Stewardship donations. All other funds collected from candles, trays, raffles, fundraisers, etc. could be used towards capital improvements. One way to bridge the gap is through our “Sponsor a Day” program. We encourage our parishioners to select a day that has special meaning to them like a birthday, feast day, anniversary or a memorial and make a $250 donation. Remember that as Orthodox Christians, we are also stewards of our Church family – those with whom we worship, fellowship and serve the community. In the same way that we care for our immediate family, we also care for our Christian brothers. For more information about the program, speak to one of our Parish Council members, Ministry Leaders or call the church office.