ORTHROS BEGINS AT 8:30AM
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.
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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 supported by the Antoniou family in memory of their beloved family member.
Memorial Services Today For:
Antonis Antoniou – 40 days Irene Pramagioulis – 40 days
Anna & Sotirios Hadginikitas
All the reposed St. Paraskevi Philoptochos members.
May their memory be eternal.
Monday, March 21st – Compline………………………………………6:30PM
Wednesday, March 23rd – Pre-Sanctified Liturgy……………6:00PM
Thurs., March 24th – Great Vespers for the Annunciation of the Theotokos presided over by His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Evangelismos Tis Theotokou, Jersey City 6:00PM
Friday March 25th – Annunciation of the Theotokos…………Orthros & Divine Liturgy 8:30AM
Friday, March 25th – 3rd 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. Fr. Peter will be preparing a second chalice and offering Communion at the end of Liturgy for those with health concerns. Those who want to receive with a separate spoon may wait in the first pew until after the distribution of the andithoron.
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:
Sunday, March 20th ……………. Philoptochos Memorial Service & Fasolatha Luncheon
***Tuesday, March 22nd.………… Lenten Movie Night – Man of God, The Life of St. Nectarios – Please note the date change
Wednesday, March 23rd ...………Lenten Dinner & Lecture Series following Liturgy
Sunday, March 27th ……………St. John Chrysostom Senior Division Oratorical Festival
Karpathian Cultural Luncheon Fundraiser
Sunday, April 17th ……………….Palm Sunday
Philoptochos Tsoureki Sale Pick-up
Sunday, April 24th ……………….Great & Holy Pascha
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos:
Their annual Lenten Fasolatha luncheon is rescheduled for this Sunday 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.
Senior Division Oratorical Festival – March 27th:
This is an annual, national event started by our own Presbytera Margaret Orfanakos over 35 years ago. Youths are challenged to explore a deeper knowledge of their faith, think critically about current issues and speak to an audience. Participants choose from among 5 topics to write a 3-5 minute speech. 1st , 2nd and 3rd place winners are selected in both junior (7th–9th grade) and senior (10th–12th grade) divisions. Parish winners can advance to the district, metropolis and then national level if they qualify. Finalists are eligible to receive a Chrysostom Scholarship to Hellenic College. This scholarship provides awards ranging from $2,500 up to $30,000 per year. Registration is FREE and can be done online at: https://religioused.formstack.com/forms/sjcof_participant. For more information one can also contact Morfia Sokolic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lenten Dinner and Lecture Series:
On Wednesdays during 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. This year’s Journey of Lent will focus on the disciplines of Love and Forgiveness.
St. George Community Lenten Project:
It is a great honor and privilege to launch the second campaign of the Community Lenten Project. This year, we are focusing on one issue that transcends most others, food insecurity. For the four weeks prior to Palm Sunday, we will be collecting food items. Our project kicks off this Sunday, March 20th and we are collecting breakfast items, including cereals, oatmeal, granola bars, boxed milk. Next Sunday, March 27th, we will collect canned tuna, salmon, chicken; beans and lentils (canned and dry). Please remember those less fortunate when you visit the supermarket. Your donations can be dropped off by the rear door of the church office in the designated container. Thank you for your generosity. At the end of the fourth week, we intend to weigh and sort all the foods we have collected. Depending on how generous our Saint George community is, we hope to make donations to 4 or 5 local food pantries. Also, if anyone wishes to purchase supermarket gift cards, they would be most welcome. Thank you all for your anticipated assistance in making this Lenten project a success. If you have any questions or comments, please email Helga Diamandopoulos at email@example.com.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday:
Our goal is to prepare a minimum of 225 sandwiches for the homeless. Anyone interested in making a donation to defray the cost, please complete a donation form and return it to the office. Feeding the hungry is an important tenet of our mission to help the needy. It is a wonderful way to remember a loved one, or a special occasion. This month's sandwiches are sponsored by the Philoptochos in memory of their departed Philoptochos sisters. May their memories be eternal.
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!
Philoptochos Tsoureki Sale:
The ladies of the St. Paraskevi Philoptochos will be offering delicious Tsoureki Breads for Easter that are baked, wrapped and individually boxed by the Sisters of Agia Skepi. Only pre-orders will be sold! The cost is $25 for each 2-pound bread. Please make checks payable to St. Paraskevi Philoptochos. Orders must be received by April 10, 2022. Tsoureki will be available for pick-up on Sunday, April 17th after Liturgy. For more information look for the flyer in our electronic bulletin or contact Anthoula Bozios at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archbishop Elpidophoros Launches GOARCH Ukraine Relief Fund:
The GOARCH Ukrainian Relief Fund, established in collaboration with the IOCC, aims to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people. His Eminence also donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, to support the efforts of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. DONATE HERE: www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine
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. For more information about the program, speak to one of our Parish Council members, Ministry Leaders or call the church office.
We would like to thank the following:
- The Anastos family for sponsoring March 8th in honor of their father, Tom Foukas, on his 93rd birthday.
- The Daughters of Penelope Kronos #188 for sponsoring March 25th in honor of the Feast Day of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and Greek Independence Day.
Please consider sponsoring these upcoming feast days:
March 20th – Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
March 27th – Sunday of the Holy Cross & St. Matrona
March 30th – St. John Climacus
April 3rd – St. Nikitas the Confessor & Joseph the Hymnographer.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Shoe Drive:
Philoptochos has partnered with Funds2orgs, an organization which distributes shoes all around the world. Please donate new or gently worn shoes you no longer wear. Men’s, Women’s, Children’s & Baby shoes…. Sandals, sneakers, flats, heels, boots, work boots, sport shoes, cleats (No Ice/Roller Skates or ski boots). Place shoes in our collection box located in the atrium. Our goal is to collect 100 Bags of shoes in keeping with St. George’s 100th Anniversary. So, start cleaning out your closets & ask your friends & family for their shoes! For further information, please contact Tina Anastos at 845.494.8974 or email@example.com; Alexandra Argiris at 201.602.4252; Elaine Manoliadis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Presvytera Gigi Souritzidis at 973.650.9510. The Shoe drive runs until April 30th. Please do not leave any donations outside the church.