Bright Monday with Vladika Michael 2022
Bright Monday with Vladika Michael 2022
Bright Monday with Vladika Michael 2022
Pascha John 1:1 2022 Languages of the Parish
Pascha John 1:1 2022 Languages of the Parish
Pascha John 1:1 2022 Languages of the Parish
Bright Monday 2022
Bright Monday 2022
Bright Monday 2022

Memorial Soul Saturdays

As Orthodox, it is natural for us to pray for the departed as it is for those who are still alive. We are taught that the departed are no longer able to rectify their lives as they could on earth; hence, their only hope is for us to pray for them and to do good deeds in their name in order to cover any unrepentant sins that they have brought into the next life. As an act of love and mercy, yhe Church has set aside four Saturdays this year, called Memorial (Soul) Saturdays to publicly commemorate all her departed children: February 18 (Pre-Lent); March 11 (Great Lent); June 3 (Eve of Pentecost) and October 21 (Demetrius Sunday). A form was included in the bulletin, and is also available at the Candle Desk. Please write their FIRST names only, amnmd drop it off at the church or rectory. Our bright and joyous faith teaches us that someday, you will again see them in a renewed form.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

On March 5, 2023, the First Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, known as Orthodox Sunday, a Pan-Orthodox Vesper Service was celebrated honoring the Triumph of Orthodoxy (843 AD) at our church, right here in South River. As a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, under the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, His Eminence Archbishop Michael, ruling Hierarch, was the host for the evening celebration. Under the watchful eye of the Very Reverend Archpriest David Garretson, Parish Rector, the host parish truly offered the finest of Orthodox hospitality, both liturgically and in fellowship. For the remainder of the article (with pictures) on the Diocesan website, please click here!

Coffee Hour

We need volunteers to host coffee hour for March and April! A signup sheet with simple guidelines is available on the bulletin board in the hall by the kitchen. Or see Starosta or Jay Pelleriti. If noone comes forward, Coffee Hour will be CANCELLED.

Babka Sale

Orders are NO LONGER being taken for the babka sale. Last day to order was Sunday, March 26, 2023.  Pickup is on Thursday, March 30th from 3pm to 6pm, at the church hall, located at 7 Jeffrie Ave, South River, NJ. Any issues, please contact Judy Znaiden (732-331-6875) or Note that the Dessert Rolls sold by the R Club can be picked up at the same time as the babkas.

Easter Bazaar

SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church invites you to their annual Easter Bazaar to be held on Saturday, April 1st from 10 AM to 3 PM.  The event will take place in the church hall located at 9 Jeffrie Ave., South River, N.J.  The bazaar will feature ethnic Lenten foods (pierogies, stuffed cabbages, potato pancakes, babkas, baked goods etc.). Ethnic items will be available for purchase. Also, try your luck at our Gift Basket Raffles. Please join us for fellowship and great Lenten food! If you would like to help, please contact one of our chair-people: Deb at (609) 918-0249 or Rebecca at (973)634-7517

Calling all bakers! Homemade Baked Goods  for the Russian Tea Room are requested. We are looking for something yummy and small in size (not just cookies ~ brownies, cupcakes, pies and cakes are fine too!) See Janice Meade for details (732-247-8671)

Pictures from 2022/2023

Please check out the long overdue pictures from 2022 and 2023 that have been added to the website.  2022  AND 2023

Schemick - Tolls Scholarship

For those students ready to take on higher education after your high school career, our parish has been offering scholarships to our active young parishioners through the great hearted donations of the Schemick and Tolls families. Please click here Schemick-Tolls for all the details, and deadlines.


FOR YOUR INFO: A moving and inspirational video showing the beauty of Orthodoxy can be seen here.The Orthodox Church - A Visual Journey

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Confession schedule can be found in the bulletin OR by clicking here: Monthly Calendar For those who are hesitant to worship in person, Fr. David is available to meet with you, either at home or in church, to participate in the Sacraments of Holy Confession and Communion. Please email or call Fr. David to set up an appointment. 
All parish young adults (post high school throuhg 30) are invited to a Lenten Gathering at the parish rectory on Friday March 31st, following Matins & Atkathist to the Most-Holy Theotokos (approx 8:00PM.) Please join Father David in some light refreshments and an open discussion of whatever is on your hearts and mind. 
Annual Easter Bazaar - April 1, 2023 Weeks of hard work and prep are almost complete for our Annual Easter Bazaar. There will be Lenten and Paschal foods for sale, as will as arts and crafts for the upcoming holiday. Volunteers are needed! If you would like to help, please contact one of the co-chairpersons: Rebecca Kozak (973-634-7517) or Deborah Silowka (609-918-0249).  Look for further details in upcoming buletins - and please VOLUNTEER to work!  GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! - GLORY FOREVER!
Lenten Activity Night  for all children and their families will be held in the hall on Sat. April 8 at 4:00PM. Join us for an evening of prayer, fellowship and learning as we get ready for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.
Our Annual Lenten Youth Sunday will be held on Palm Sunday, April 9 (PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE).  During the Liturgy, our young people will serve as readers, greeters, ushers and more; one of our high school graduating seniors will also preach. This is ons of the most energetic and spirit-filled services of the year, so be sure to attend.
Get ready! The Men's Club  is running an Atlantic City Bus Trip to the Resorts Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, May 2. Departure from the church parking lot on Whitehead Ave. is at 9:00AM. THe cost is $35.0/person, which includes $15 back in slot credit., as well as snacks and drinks. Hurry - book early! See any Men's Club member to secure your seat.
FOOD CARD PROGRAM : Food cards are available for various supermarket chains after Divine Liturgy, and do not cost any more than the face value of the card. The church receives a percentage as a free fundraiser! See Judy Znaiden in church or at
SAVE THE DATES: Lenten Youth Sunday (Apr. 9)... Paschal Visitation of Archbishop MICHAEL (Apr. 17)...  Paschal Cemetery Visitation/Provodnoye (Apr. 23)... Annual Pilgramage to St. Tikhon's Monastery (May 29)

Church School: Classes will  meet Sun,

Altar Society: Mon, tbd @6:30 (Hall)

Parish Council: Mon. TBA @7:30PM (Hall)

Choir Rehearsal: TBD @7:00PM (Church)

Men's Club: Thurs, Apr. 20th @ 7:00 (Hall)

Friday, March 31st
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Matins and Akathist to the Most-Holy Theotokos
8:00 Lenten Gathering at the Rectory for young adults
Saturday, April 1st
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Vespers
Sunday, April 2nd
Lenten Youth Sunday
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Deanery Lenten Vespers at Annunciation Church in Brick
Saturday, April 8th
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Vespers
Sunday, April 9th
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church / South River, NJ / 732-257-0102