PROTOCOLS FOR OUR PARISHES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
Except where these GOMNJ Reopening Guidelines are more restrictive, each Parish must also follow the orders and directives of their State, County, and Local Authorities. Regulations NOW allow us to safely socially distance a maximum of 140 people in our Church.
PARISH SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
- Parishioners must wear protective masks throughout the Service.
- There are to be no gatherings of any kind after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.
- There will be no access for parishioners to enter other buildings or areas, other than where the Liturgy is being celebrated, except for use of the restroom.
- Parishioners must sanitize their hands upon entering the Church.
- Parishioners upon entry must register their attendance with their full names and contact information.
- Parishioners must adhere to the social distancing guidelines of keeping a 6 foot distance from other parishioners at all times in the pews and throughout the Church. The only exception being for families that have quarantined together, as they will be able to sit together in a designated section of the Church.
- Parishioners are not to wander in the Church, in the Parish facilities, or outside on the parish grounds.
- Parishioners must leave the Church premises, including the parking lot and exterior grounds, upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.
- The traditional practice of receiving Holy Communion will not be changed.
Parishioners MUST register online at St. George's website in order to attend services. Please visit stgeorgeclifton.org and click on "CHURCH SERVICE RSVP" on the home page. The deadline to register for Sunday services is by Friday at 12:00pm. Orthros will begin at 8:30 am and the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am. If you have difficulty registering online, please call the Church office at 973.779.2626 to register.
Follow us on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Stgeorgeclifton.org/ or on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJEO_34m3S9yKpiFfzZQo5A or visit the church's website at www.stgeorgeclifton.org for online streaming links. To find the prayers for each service and to follow along, go to agesinitiatives.com.
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 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. It is our pleasure to welcome Deacon Michael Diamond and his family back to our community today.
Memorial Services Today For:
Olga Parks – 40 days
All the reposed St. Paraskevi Philoptochos members.
May their memory be eternal.
The Artoclasia Service today is offered by Mr. & Mrs. Mike Sakellakis in honor of the Feastday of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and for the health and well-being of their family and loved ones.
Monday, March 22nd – Compline …………………………6:30PM
Wednesday, March 24th – Great Vespers for the Annunciation of the Theotokos.…….6:00PM
Thursday, March 25th – Annunciation of the Theotokos…………Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Friday, March 26th – 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 families with young children to receive Holy Communion first and wait for the ushers to dismiss your row.
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, March 21st …………Fasolada Sunday Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 24th....….Lenten Lecture Series via ZOOM following Liturgy
Orthodox Life Institute via ZOOM at 7:00PM
Thursday, March 25th.….……"Bedtime Bible Stories" via ZOOM at 6:30PM
Adult Bible Study via ZOOM at 7:00PM
Sunday, March 28th …………Parish Level Oratorical Festival following Liturgy at 7:30PM
Sunday, April 25th ……………Palm Sunday
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Tsoureki Sale – Advanced Orders Only – Details To Follow Soon!
Sunday, May 2nd …………….Great and Holy Pascha
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.
Fasolada Sunday Fundraiser:
This Sunday, March 21st, the Parish Council will be hosting a drive -thru Fasolada Fundraiser. Continue your fast as you observe the First Sunday of Great Lent. Come & purchase a quart or more of Traditional Greek Fasolada Soup & support your church as well. $5.00 a quart. Thank you for your support.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Community Lenten Project:
As it is the custom of our St. Paraskevi Philoptochos during this Lenten period, we are asking for donations to benefit the seminarians at Holy Cross Hellenic College. Please place your donations in our Agape Box. Your generous support is always greatly appreciated.
Oratorical Festival – March 28th:
The St. George parish Oratorical Festival is scheduled to take place on March 28th. The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is a wonderful program for teenagers where they develop a short speech about their faith from approved topics. We are planning a small, in-person event where all 7th – 12th graders are welcome to participate. Registration is online through the following link: https://religioused.formstack.com/forms/sjcof_participant. Church School teachers are available and eager to assist with speechwriting. Topics, along with hints and resources for preparing a speech can be found at https://www.goarch.org/ORATORICAL. If anyone has any questions, would like more information or assistance with a speech, please email Morfia Sokolic at email@example.com.
Church School Update:
It has been one year since we last met for in-person Church School classes. We miss you all, and we hope to see you all soon, happy and healthy. In the meantime, we have been running virtual lessons and are planning a few in-person Lenten lessons and opportunities for our youth to assist and get involved during Holy Week. If you haven't done so already, please consider renewing your Church School registration for 2021 or making a donation. The registration fee has been reduced by 50% and is only $20 per family. Your support is greatly needed and will enable us to continue our religious education program under these challenging circumstances. Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing our youth back in church on Sundays!
Lenten Lecture Series:
During the next 4 Wednesdays of Lent, immediately following the service of Pre-sanctified Liturgy, Fr. Peter will conduct a Lenten lecture via ZOOM at 7:300PM. An email will be sent to the community with the ZOOM information.
Virtual Bedtime Bible Stories & Adult Bible Study With Fr. Peter:
Fr. Peter will have his "Bedtime Bible" storytelling for our youth in grades Pre-K to 4th grade on Thursdays at 6:30PM. Following at 7:00PM we will continue with our Adult Bible Study. 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. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday:
Sandwich Sundays, was begun with the goal of preparing sandwiches for the homeless. We try to make a minimum of 225 sandwiches each time. Anyone interested in making a donation to defray the cost, please complete a donation form and return it to the office. It is a wonderful way to remember a loved one, or a special occasion. This month's Sandwich Sunday is given by Effie and Mike Kambourakis in memory of their mother, Kalliroe Savorgiannakis, by Fay Pappas in memory of her husband, William Pappas; and in loving memory of Olga Parks. Feeding the hungry is an important tenet of our mission to help the needy.
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 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, feastday, anniversary or a memorial and make a $250 donation. We would like to thank the following families for sponsoring March 25th in honor of the Feastday of the Annunciation of the Theotokos: the Kopellas family and the Anastasopoulos family also honoring their husband & father Evangelos. 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.
GOYA Clothing Drive:
Spring is a wonderful time to clean out closets but don’t throw away used clothing and household items. GOYA is hosting a clothing drive until Saturday, April 2nd. Drop off is at St. George on the GYM STAGE during normal business hours. All donated items will be packaged and shipped to countries such as Ghana, Guinea, Honduras, Haiti, Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Chile, parts of the US and Eastern Europe.
* Clothing for men, women and children
* Shoes (please package separately)
* Accessories: belts, hats, scarves, handbags, gloves etc.
* Soft household items (i.e. towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, quilts/comforters & curtains)
* Small toys (2 ft. or less in size), Stuffed animals, bikes and scooters
* Car seats (only together with base) and strollers
Sport equipment (bikes and scooters are OK), board games, books, puzzles, pots and pans, electrical devices or glass, large toys, high chairs, baby cribs, VCR tapes, furniture and outdoor play sets. Please help GOYA help others and drop off unwanted items! Email questions to CliftonCorresponding@gmail.com or Elaine Manoliadis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your support!
Open Gym Nights:
St. George is hosting Open Gym Nights for members of our community and their families. Children and young adults ages 12 - 21 are invited to attend. There is a maximum of 15 players per Basketball / Volleyball session plus two adult supervisors. Waivers must be filled out and submitted prior to participating. Temperatures will be taken at the door and masks must be worn when not actively playing a game. Please visit our website at www.stgeoregclifton.org to register.
Greek School News:
It was an honor for our St. George Greek School to be invited and participate in the virtual celebration and cultural event specially dedicated to "The 200th Year Anniversary of the Greek Revolution" hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Office of Greek Education this past Saturday, March 13th. We are grateful and very proud of the following students who represented our Greek School of St. George: Anthula Koleros, Yiannis Giakamozis, Marina Giakamozis, Zeta Karakatsanis, Stefania Georgiades, Vasiliki Diamond and Evangelia Zygakis. Thank you to our Greek School Director, Mrs. Joyce Logothetis and to our 5th/6th grade teacher, Mrs.Sophia Logothetis, for their dedication and assistance with this event. The link to the entire GOARCH presentation can be found on the church’s FACEBOOK page.
This year, March 25, 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the 1821 Revolution against the Ottomans' rule for over four hundred years, which eventually led to the formation of the modern Greek state. As every year, all of our students in Pre K to 6th grade have been preparing for our own school celebration (virtual) to pay tribute to this important bicentennial event and its heroes, while also celebrating the Annunciation by Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she should become the Mother of Jesus Christ the son of God.
Καλή Σαρακοστή! Χρόνια Πολλα! Long live our Greece! Zήτω η Eλλάδα μας! Long live our children! Zήτω τα παιδιά μας!
Anastasi Lantern Sale:
The St. George GOYA is selling “Anastasi Lanterns” through Palm Sunday. A beautiful and safe way to transport the Light of the Resurrection home on Holy Saturday night! After Easter, these decorative lanterns can be used year-round both inside and out. Lantern is 8¼” tall and comes with tealight (4hr burn time) ready for use. Lanterns are only $10.00 each and make wonderful gifts! Pre-order yours for pick-up by Holy Week. Lantern sale ends on Palm Sunday so don’t miss out! Our GOYAns will be in the atrium with a sample and available to take lantern orders every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy beginning March 21st. Completed order forms with payment can also be dropped off at the church office.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Virtual Mother’s Day Fundraiser:
You will be able to send e-cards to all the women in your life: (Mother, Wife, Yiayia, Nouna, Mother-in-Law, Daughter, Daughter-in-Law, first-time Mother, Mother-to-Be, Sister, Friend). Relationships are how we love, live and enjoy more of our day, especially with the women we love. It happens through our words, actions and what we say & do. Send a thoughtful e-card on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021 to show your appreciation & support the Philoptochos at the same time. See flyer in bulletin form more details or contact email@example.com. Orders are due by Monday, May 3, 2021.
Orthodox Life Institute:
We have moved our lessons online to Wednesday nights at 7:00pm through ZOOM. If you would like to join us virtually, 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 and the class has completed the Book of Enoch and will now continue with the study of the four novellas in the Old Testament which are the books of Judith, Deborah, Ruth and Esther.
Please visit our Bookstore:
It will be open on Sundays after Liturgy. We have items for your religious needs and if you do not see what you need, we will be glad to special order it for you!