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.
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. Please join us after the Divine Services in our Hospitality Hour hosted by the Soteriou family in memory of their beloved family member.
Monday, April 4th – Compline……………………………………***6:00PM
Wednesday, April 6th – Pre-Sanctified Liturgy…………………………6:00PM
Friday, April 8th - Akathyst Hymn................................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:
Wednesday, April 6th …....………Lenten Dinner & Lecture Series following Liturgy
Tuesday, April 12th ………………Daughters of Penelope Meeting – 7:00PM
Sunday, April 17th ……………….Palm Sunday
Philoptochos Tsoureki Sale Pick-up
Sunday, April 24th ……………….Great & Holy Pascha
Karpathian Cultural Luncheon:
Thank you to Mike and Anna Sakellakis for organizing and presenting our St. George Community with the Karpathian Cultural Luncheon fundraiser. We enjoyed delicious Karpathian foods and desserts as well as learning more about the heritage of the island of Karpathos. Congratulations for this amazing and successful event.
Parish Oratorical Festival:
Under the direction of chairperson, Morfia Sokolic, our annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival was held on March 27th. Participants in the Junior Division were Marina Giakamozis, Landy Mammas, and Konstandina Pilarinos. Our Senior Division participant was Vasiliki Diamond. Congratulations to Landy Mammas and Vasiliki Diamond who received 1st place honors. 2nd place in the Junior Division was awarded to Konstandina Pilarinos and 3rd place went to Marina Giakamozis. We congratulate all of our orators. Landy Mammas and Vasiliki Diamond went on to represent our parish at the NJ District Oratorical Festival at St. Nicholas in Wyckoff, NJ on April 2nd. We congratulate Landy Mammas who is a District Finalist and will continue on to the NJ Metropolis Oratorical festival which will take place on May 14th at St. Demetrios in Upper Darby, PA.
"Heavenly Treats" Care Packages for College Students:
St George is kicking off a new program called "Heavenly Treats Care Packages" in an effort to send some sunshine to our young adults from their church family during final exams. The packages will include homemade koulourakia, a small icon, several prayers for exams and a few other goodies. If your child is attending a secondary school, ie college or trade school, please email Tina Anastos (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diana Pitsikoukis (email@example.com) with the following information as soon as possible:
Family EmailFamily Name:
Student’s Full Name:
College or Program Attending:
Area of Study:
Final Exam Dates:
Dorm / Apartment Address:
Any Additional Info:
Donations towards the expenses are welcomed.
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:
Our final dinner and lecture is this Wednesday, 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. For this Sunday, April 3rd we are collecting pasta, rice (preferably 2lb bags), pasta sauces, canned ravioli like Chef-Boyardi. Next Sunday, April 10th, we will collect canned fruits and vegetables, soups, fruit cups and applesauce. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Easter Lambades Sale:
Our Greek School will be selling Easter Lambades this Sunday immediately following the Divine Liturgy. Sales will continue until Sunday, April 17, 2022. Thank you in advance for your support.
Archbishop Elpidophoros 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:
- Dominick & Barbara Pepe for sponsoring April 3rd in gratitude for their first granddaughter, Anastasia Barbara Carney and in memory of their father, Constantine Sougelas.
Please consider sponsoring these upcoming feast days:
April 3rd – Sunday of St. John Climacus, St. Nikitas the Confessor & Joseph the Hymnographer.
April 10th - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 16th - Saturday of Lazarus
April 17th - Palm Sunday
April 18th - Holy Monday
April 19th - Holy Tuesday
April 20th - Holy Wednesday
April 21st - Holy Thursday
April 22nd - Holy & Good Friday
April 23rd - Holy Saturday
April 24th - Great & Holy Pascha
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Alexandra Argiris at 201.602.4252; Elaine Manoliadis at email@example.com or Presvytera Gigi Souritzidis at 973.650.9510. The Shoe drive runs until April 30th. Please do not leave any donations outside the church.