SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

October begins at St. John's.........

Sep 29, 2021
October begins at St. John's.........

Our first concern at this time is for our pastor Father Maryan. He has undergone eye surgery and our prayers go out to him and his family that God grant him good health. The prayers of the Church are so very important because the whole theology of what we believe about God is to be found in prayers. We pray in order that God’s will would be done in our lives. We pray so that whatever we need from God would be given. St. Theophan tells us: Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God in praise and thanksgiving to Him and in supplication for the good things that we need, both spiritual and physical. We pray for all our fellow parishioners, and especially for those who are incapable of being with us in church. Prayer is our greatest source of power.

 

 

Father Maryan is not alone in his need for our prayers. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael is now afflicted with the Covid virus and is recovering at home. We should also be aware of our friends and relatives who are in need of our prayers as well. They are Genevieve, Michael, Mary Ann, Barbara, Margaret, Kathleen, Dennis, Marian, Helen, Anna, Maryann and Patricia. Our Father in heaven knows who they are.

 

 

Christ’s love for us is the true measure for how we are to love our neighbor. “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34) Love is not merely an emotion, it is a divine grace which unites us to God and to other people. With love, God eternally hears the cries of His people and considers man’s prayers. It is important that we always pray for those who need our prayers and now is the time to pray for Father Maryan, for His Eminence, our Archbishop Michael and all those parishioners who are in need of them now.

 

 

Let us pray: “O Heavenly Father, Physician of our souls and bodies, Who has sent Your only begotten Son to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal us, Your servants, from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Son Jesus Christ. Grant us patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us through Your work to pray for each other that we may be healed for You are the source of healing and to You we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.” Remember, the prayers from all of us for Father Maryan, Archbishop Michael and our church family and friends who need help will be very powerful if we remember to pray each day for their health. “Mnogaya Lyeta!”

 

 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in October including: Daniel Kary, Marie Baron and Maya Columbus on Oct. 10; Elena Kibitelsky, Oct. 12; Anna Rozanovich, Oct. 15; Dennis Maixner Oct. 21; Helena Czech Oct. 22; Lauren Silvestre Oct. 25; John Kary Oct. 28; and Elizabeth Hatsko on Oct. 30. May God grant each of them a very Happy Birthday and Many Years!

 

 

September was a busy month! Birthdays are always enhanced on Sundays with cake and candles and singing. Father Maryan and his daughter, Irina, both celebrated their birthdays in September just days apart. We enjoyed a baby shower for Tania Baron, wife of past altar server David Baron. It is wonderful news that Tania and David became parents for the first time on September 29 with the birth of their son, Ryan James. David is the son of long time parishioner, Helen Baron. Xenia Kary had her first Confession on Sept 19 and looked beautiful in her white dress and flowers in her hair. .Kathy and Greg Cahayla were married at St. John’s 50 years ago and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at a dinner in their honor. These were all pleasant and joyful occasions and wonderful to remember, but September also had a sorrowful event. Barbara Bogart, daughter of Effie Stankovci and sister of Sonia Finno fell asleep in the Lord and it was sad for her family and friends to say good-bye. May her memory be eternal! Pictures of September at St. John’s are in the Photo Gallery.

 

 

Helen Baron, our Food Pantry Coordinator thanks everyone for their generous donations to the Food Pantry. A reminder to everyone that the fall weeks go by quickly and Thanksgiving and Christmas is on the horizon. Please remember those less fortunate. This year it will be especially hard for the Food Pantry at St. Peter’s Haven in Clifton who has an additional burden. Due to the recent storms, the basement at St. Peter’s was flooded; and all file records and stored items and foods were discarded. But it is hoped that all will be restored quickly with assistance from supporters and help from God.

Matushka Clara Mancantelli

Nov 27, 2021 - 16:38
Thank you, Betty, for the beautiful photos of our beautiful granddaughter Xenia!
 
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Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God in praise and thanksgiving to Him and in supplication for the good things that we need, both spiritual and physical. The essence of prayer is therefore the spiritual lifting of the heart towards God. (From The Art of Prayer)