SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

February News Up-date.....

Jan 30, 2016
February News Up-date.....

Excerpts from Father’s important monthly message follows. 

 

“....syncretism – a movement in a modern day society that believes that it does not matter what religion you are a part of, which Church you go to, which dogma or particular teaching you adhere to – it ultimately does not matter, because “we all believe in the same God,” we all are moving toward that same salvation, and little differences that we have do not really matter, since we all are pretty much the same.  We have to be very careful and remember that this concept works only when we speak about philosophy, when we speak about ideologies, when we speak about the things that are just ideas in our heads. 

 

But when it comes to Christianity, then it is totally different:  Christianity is NOT a philosophy; it is NOT an ideology; Christianity is a historical reality.  Our faith is not in God that is somewhere up in heaven, in God that we cannot see, that is invisible, and never reveals Himself to us, so we can only speculate What He is and Who He is.  This is what OTHER religions do.

 

But our faith is in a God Who actually revealed Himself to mankind in a person of Jesus Christ.  So we are talking about a historical figure, a person who actually LIVED AND MOVED amongst the people and did certain things, and acted in certain ways, and said certain things.  And those things were witnessed by the Apostles, and were taught to the Apostolic Fathers – a next generation of Bishops right after the Apostles – and through what is called the apostolic succession to the clergy of our present day.”

 

Please read Father’s entire article in the Enlightener and do not be misled by modern fantasies that may be captivating to you.  Entering our Orthodox Christian Church, you are embraced by the scent of incense and lit candles, you are welcomed by Saints on the windows and the walls, and by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Mother, the Theotokos whose Icons are everywhere.  Your sense of touch draws you deeper into the church as you kiss the Icons in the front and bless yourself.  You experience God’s love as all your senses become alive in the participation of the service. 

 

Our parish will have their annual meeting on February 21 following Divine Liturgy and coffee hour.  A light lunch will be served.  It is important that all parishioners attend, if possible, to help in the operation of our church. 

 

Helen Baron, our Food Pantry Coordinator, wishes to thank everyone who contributed toward our Food Pantry during the holidays.  Of course, the need is always there and your continued help is greatly appreciated.  Please continue your good works.  

 

  The New Jersey Deanery Appreciation Dinner for the 2015 Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors of our Diocese will be held at the Holy Assumption Church in Clifton on Sunday, February 14, at 5:00 p.m.  In January 2011, Bishop Michael launched the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors (DDB) program as part of a “Vision for our Future.”  He called upon the faithful of the diocese to voluntarily support three initiatives through their financial gifts:  Support for Mission Parishes, Support for Seminarians, and Support for Existing Parishes.    As a result, vital ministries have received much-needed help; the work of the Church is being funded as never before!  But the need continues so please plan to join this worthy cause here

 

The first-ever Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries will make its debut in February 2016.  Edited by Alexei Krindatch, Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, the 150-page volume is available on-line for $19.95 from Greek Archdiocese Holy Cross Bookstore.  For more information please go to    http://oca.org/news/headline-news/atlas-of-americas-orthodox-christian-monasteries-a-first 

 

The New Jersey District FOCA will host a Beefsteak on February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ss. Peter-Paul Cultural Center, 200 Third St, Passaic, New Jersey.  Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for juniors.  There will be raffles and a 50/50.

 

A beefsteak will be held at the Holy Assumption Church in Clifton on Saturday, March 5,  at 7:00 p.m.  Many prizes will be offered for their in house raffle.   Ticket price is $35 for adults.   

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