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! https://www.nynjoca.org/news_230310_1.html
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Note that the Dessert Rolls sold by the R Club can be picked up at the same time as the babkas.
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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