SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

May News from St. John's.......

May 4, 2019
May News from St. John's.......

CHRIST IS RISEN!     INDEED HE IS RISEN!   

On Pascha, April 28, 2019, we lovingly welcomed our dear Vladika, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Bishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. We also warmly welcomed all visitors and friends to our parish. We sincerely thank you all for joining us in prayer on Paschal Sunday morning. May God grant all of you good health and joy for Many Years! We are the children of a God who refuses, as Saint Basil’s prayer says, to “turn His face away from His creatures forever.” No matter what we do, He will never forget us, because we are “the work of His hands.” His love is so great, His determination not to let us perish is so absolute, that He will do anything for us. On the day of Pascha we celebrated that love and the eternal life it brings us.

 

The blessing of graves at East Ridgelawn Cemetery will be held on St. Thomas Sunday, May 5. The blessing will start with Panikhida at the cemetery chapel at 1:30 p.m. For St. Peter’s and other cemeteries please make an appointment with Father Igor. If you have family members that are buried far away and you are not able to visit their graves, you can submit their names for commemoration at the time of blessing.

 

The Passaic “O” Club had a collection in April for the FOCA’s national “Gifts of Love” program. This year the donations will go to St. Tabitha’s House in Malava, Kenya. St. Tabitha’s house is a Christian orphanage under the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria started in the Kibera Slums of Kenya. They currently house 26 children, providing food, shelter, academic and spiritual education and so much more. St. Tabitha’s House was founded by Fr. Agapios Lipesa and his wife Papadia Dorah. Our collection was very successful and the Passaic “O” Club gratefully extends a heartfelt thank you to all our generous parishioners and friends who donated to this years “Gifts of Love” program. The funds will be a welcomed addition to this needy orphanage.

 

A heartfelt thank you also to all our generous parishioners and friends who donated for our collection for St. Andrew’s Camp to build a new kitchen, dining hall, and activities center. Your kind donations to this appeal is important for the youth of our church and is greatly appreciated.

 

On Bright Monday, April 29, following Divine Liturgy, St. John’s processed around the church with children carrying icons. This is always a wonderful service and enjoyed by the children with their walk around the church and the blessing of the church building.

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