SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

July News from St. John's.......

Jul 4, 2019
July News from St. John's.......

On June 24th, St. John the Baptist, the Forerunner of Christ, was remembered on the feast day of his nativity. On this day, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael lead us in celebration of the Divine Liturgy. He presented the Gold Cross to Fr. Igor, which he was awarded at the last meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America. The decision is made by the Synod to award the right to wear the Gold Pectoral Cross to priests who have received the permission of the Archbishop to wear it. There is a great burden of responsibility that comes with the role of the Holy Priesthood and this cross is worn only by those priests given the special right to do so as a sign of distinction. Congratulations to Fr. Igor and may God grant him Many Years and may the Spirit of God be with him always. Following the Divine Liturgy, clergy, parishioners, friends and family gathered at a local restaurant in honor of this notable event. We were blessed to have join us at this Hierarchical Divine Liturgy the V. Rev. Joseph Lickwar, V. Rev. Gary Breton, Right Rev. Archimandrite Joseph (Hoffman), V. Rev. Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, V. Rev. Samuel Kedala, Rev. Dn. Stephan Karlgut, Sub-deacon Matthew Ortez and our very own Acolytes Maxim Kseniuk and Christopher Kary. The Divine Liturgy, always a moving and spiritual experience, was enhanced by the presence of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael and the clergy. The beautiful voices that resonated from the choir with their responses and hymns added to the powerful beauty of the service. Truly a spiritual event. The Church observes the birth of St. John the Baptist as a feast day, an honor only shared by the Holy Virgin Mary whose birth is celebrated on September 8. Christ Himself said that St. John is greatest “among those that are born of women…” He prepared the way for the coming of the Lord and, at the Jordan River, Baptized Christ. He is also a Martyr and Prophet, telling us all, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In his icon, he is portrayed with the wings of an Angel, not only because he was the unique messenger of God preparing the way for Christ, but also because of the sanctity of his life.

 

St. John’s is sad to report that Fr. Igor will be leaving us at the end of July. The years he and his beautiful family were with us, was filled with inspirational spiritual services and outstanding singing. We watched his children grow, Maxim into a handsome intelligent young man in high school, and beautiful, charming Sofia into a happy, loving five year old. The fact that we will all miss them is evident by the sad concern of the parishioners of St. John’s. We all love him and his family and pray that they will all be granted God’s blessings in his life in the service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May God grant him and his wonderful family Many Years! There are pictures of Fr. Igor, Mat. Anna, and Maxim and Sofia in the Photo Gallery.

 

On June 16, Father’s Day, we honored our living fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, godfathers, and uncles of our parish with prayers during liturgy; and, later, after liturgy, presented all those attending the service with a small gift. Prayers were also offered for our departed fathers who have entered Eternal Life. Memory Eternal!

 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in July. Among those are: Stephanie Kibitelsky on July 1; Maryann Stagen on July 4; Kathy Cahayla, July 10; Peggy Kovalycsik , July 11; Vladimir Nehrebecki, July 15; Helen Baron, July 22; Kathy Petrow, July 24; Brielle Hope Anderson, July 25; Austin Christopher Anderson, July 27; and Betty Ann Fechisin on July 29. A very happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday in July and May God grant you all Many Years!

 

Pilgrimage to Alaska: Join His Eminence, Archbishop Michael and fellow pilgrims from our Diocese on July 15-21, 2020 for a very special journey to the cradle of Orthodox Christianity in North America – Kodiak, Alaska! Participate in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Saint Herman of Alaska’s canonization and the 50th Anniversary of the OCA’s autocephaly in 2020. There will be weekly trips to Alaska over the summer of 2020 sponsored by each of the dioceses of the OCA. This will be a special trip for all Orthodox believers. Regular price $2,525/person. Early bird price (Register by July 15, 2019) $2,295 per person double occupancy. Single supplement $675. Triple rate offers $280/person savings. For more information please visit our Diocesan website: www.nynjoca.org.

 

We are challenged to learn about our faith and to love Christ. It is incumbent that you attend church during the summer. Remember, God’s love and blessings do not stop during the summer months so remember to go to church wherever you are vacationing. Jesus tells us Himself that: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt 18:20)

 

Remember our needy neighbors. The Food Pantry is always in need of food items. Please keep those less fortunate in mind and help us to feed those in need. A basket is in the vestibule of the church for your convenience. May God less you abundantly for your generosity.

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