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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 love within the community and be the example of our Orthodox faith for our youth.
WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO OUR COMMUNITY!
We are grateful that you have joined us for prayer and worship. Please join us after the Divine Services in our Fellowship Hall for a Lenten Fasolatha Luncheon hosted by our St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Society and stay to enjoy our GOYA Sights & Sounds presentation.
Memorial Services Today For:
All the reposed St. Paraskevi Philoptochos members. May their memory be eternal.
The Artoclasia Service today is offered by Christina Foukas, Dr. George Foukas and the Anastos family for the health & well-being of Anastasios (Tom) Foukas, their family and friends.
Monday, March 9th – Compline ……………………………………………………………..6:30PM
Wednesday, March 11th – Pre-Sanctified Liturgy ………………………………….6:00PM
Friday, March 13th – 2nd Salutations to the Theotokos …………………………6:30PM
Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared, according to the Holy Orthodox Church guidelines, may receive Holy Communion. Please allow our Sunday School 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.
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, March 8th ………………St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Lenten Luncheon
GOYA Sights & Sounds Presentation
Tuesday, March 10th …………….Orthodox Faith Class – 10:00AM
Healing Service – 6:30PM
Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Thursday, March 19th…………….Daughters of Penelope Meeting – 7:00PM
Sunday, March 22nd …………….St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
Sunday, March 29th ………………Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC
Sunday, April 12th …………………Palm Sunday Services followed by luncheon
Sunday, April 19th………….………Great and Holy Pascha
June 12, 13 & 14 …………..……..Greek Festival
Sunday of Orthodoxy:
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos is hosting their annual Lenten Fasolatha luncheon today after liturgy. As in the past, we ask for a donation that you feel is appropriate. All proceeds will benefit the seminarians at Holy Cross Hellenic College. We are pleased to extend a warm “welcome back” to our very own seminarian, Alexandros Pandazis. We invite you all to join us in breaking bread as we begin our Lenten journey.
Lenten Dinner and Lecture Series:
During the Wednesdays of Lent, immediately following the service of Pre-sanctified Liturgy, there will be a Lenten meal hosted by our ministries followed by a presentation from Fr. Peter. The topic of discussion by Fr. Peter will be “Traditions of Prayer in our Orthodox Faith”. Below is the schedule of the ministries that will be hosting a Lenten meal:
March 11th – HOPE & JOY and Greek School
March 18th – GOYA
April 1st – Sunday School & Daughters of Penelope
Coffee Hour During Lent:
In keeping with the traditions of the fasting period of Great Lent our “Hospitality Hour” will be free of meat and dairy products. If you are donating items please make sure all pastries are Lenten and are not made with milk, butter, eggs, etc. Acceptable items are bagels, jellies, Halva, OREOS, fruits, juices and powdered cream. No peanut butter or nuts will be allowed due to peanut allergies. Thank you for your cooperation and support in this matter.
The next healing service will be on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30PM for all our faithful as well as anyone else who would like to attend and be a part of the service. One does not have to be Orthodox or a member of our parish to participate. Please note this is NOT Holy Unction but a service to heal and help those who are suffering physically, spiritually and emotionally. We encourage all our faithful to attend and bring along others.
Sponsor A Day Program:
In the New Year 2020 our ambitious goal is 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 bills 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. All donors will be recognized on a calendar located in our atrium. We would like to thank St. Paraskevi Philoptochos for sponsoring March 8th in honor of the Sunday of Orthodoxy and Mrs. Christina Foukas, Dr. George Foukas and the Anastos family for also sponsoring March 8th in honor of Anastasios (Tom) Foukas for his birthday. For more information about the program, speak to one of our Parish Council members or Ministry Leaders wearing their “Sponsor A Day” buttons.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos News:
St. Anne's School in Raritan, NJ is having a fundraiser of recycling water bottle caps. Please save your bottle caps for charity and let's all help the school. Caps can be given to Phyllis Magiros or placed in the labeled container on the upstairs kitchen counter. We will be collecting until the end of June. Thank you for your kindness.
National Philoptochos Young Philanthropist Award:
This is a new initiative to promote Philanthropy among the next generation. Philanthropy makes a significant difference in a community and an impact on society. 18 award honorees will receive a gift of $1000 to design and establish a Philanthropic program within their community. Please see our online bulletin to download the application or visit the National Philoptochos website at: www.philoptochos.org and select Events-Conventions 2020. All applications must be received no later than April 15, 2020.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Cancer Awareness:
March is Colorectal Cancer, Kidney Cancer and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Month. Continuing with the Philoptochos' year-long cancer project, please see the online bulletin for a brief overview of these cancers.
Greek Independence Day Parade Bus:
We will be taking a bus to the parade on Sunday, March 29, 2020. There are 54 seats available and the cost for the bus is $20 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting the church office; however, seats will only be guaranteed when payment is received. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Security System Upgrades:
We are still in need of donations that will be used to install a Door Access Control System on the church doors. The cost for the Door System is $6,700. A new fob security system will be installed on the front glass doors, the metal doors by the downstairs kitchen, the glass doors in the gym and the rear metal gym doors. All this will greatly enhance the security of our building. We ask that you please consider contributing to this project.
Church Office Request:
For all church/ministry related matters, please make sure to call the office directly or email directly rather than using texts or various forms of social media. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.