As leaves turn color and fall from the trees, the days of 2017 are rapidly passing. Thanks to the generosity of our diocesan DDBs, it has been a blessed year thus far as vital ministries are being financially supported throughout New York and New Jersey: Mission Parishes, Seminarians, and Struggling Parishes are recipients of much-needed assistance. We are thankful to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon these faithful servants who, in turn, offer their blessings to the work of the Church. See the updated “honor roll” of our 2017 DDBs HERE >>>
Nearly 700 people gathered in the Clifton High School Auditorium on Saturday, 23 September 2017, to see the Tamburitzans perform their ethnic songs and dances. The group was hosted by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Saddle Brook NJ. The crowd gave an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end; the request was repeatedly made for the parish to bring them back next year.
Archbishop Michael presided at the Diocesan Cathedral's patronal feast of the Protection of the Holy Virgin on the weekend of 30 Sept - 1 Oct 2017. In conjunction with the liturgical observance, a new external marquee was dedicated. The 150 year-old building, built in 1867, was purchased by the “Metropolia," which became the OCA, in 1943 and was its Pro-Cathedral until 1982. The new marquee was designed by Archimandrite Christopher (Calin) and crafted by Melinni Brothers in Florence, Italy.
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was presented at the Church of the Holy Assumption in Clifton NJ on the weekend of 29-30 Sept 2017. This year the cast ranged from ages 6 thru 75 years. They came together from diocesan churches in Paramus NJ and Yonkers NY, from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton NJ, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland NJ, along with Holy Assumption Church in Clifton NJ, and community members. The cast put in so much of their time to put on a truly inspiring, entertaining, beautiful show. They sang, danced and acted their hearts out and learned a beautiful Bible Story they will never forget.
Saint George Orthodox Church located in Buffalo NY has been blessed with the icon of the Annunciation of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary streaming fragrant oil. “It is a great and humble miracle, and blessing, for our parish and for those who come and pray here,” said Father Jason Vansuch (parish rector). His daughters, Alexandra and Anna, witnessed the streaming Holy Oil following Great Vespers on the Eve of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Our Lord (September 13). The Holy Oil began streaming from the Cross on top of the Veil of the Theotokos and then also began streaming from the back of Her Veil; it has continued to stream down her face.