Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018
Presanctified Liturgy and Dinner • Stroudsburg
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On Wednesday, March 14, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, PA celebrated the Presanctified Liturgy followed by a Pot Luck Lenten Dinner.
Friday, 16 Mar 2018
Veneration of the Cross • Coaldale
16 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
On Sunday, March 11, Fr. Paul Ropitsky and Fr. James Weremedic celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Cross.
Parish Council Installation • Mount Carmel
16 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
On Sunday, March 11, 2018 Father Ignatius Hunter administered the Oath of Office for the new parish council at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Mt. Carmel.
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018
Elevation of the Cross • Mount Carmel
15 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
On Sunday, March 11, Father Ignatius Hunter and the community of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church celebrated the service for Elevation of the Cross.
Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018
Elevation of the Cross • Stroudsburg
14 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
On Sunday, March 11, the community of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, PA celebrated the Elevation of the Cross with Divine Liturgy, led by Fr. Nicholas Solak, in preparation for the Great Feast to come.
Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018
DCE offers educational resources “from Pascha to Pentecost”—and beyond
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The Department of Christian Education [DCE] of the Orthodox Church in America offers a variety of activities and resources for use after Pascha and into the summer months. And with Pascha just a few weeks away, now is the time to plan end-of-the-school-year and early summer lessons and programs.
Among the many seasonal resources available on the DCE and OCA web sites are
Visit the DCE web site for a wealth of similar resources for all ages and levels.
Monday, 19 Mar 2018
OCAMPR announces Conference keynote, plenary speakers
19 Mar 2018 at 10:40am
The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion [OCAMPR] recently announced the keynote and plenary speakers for its upcoming annual Conference, “Compliance and Resistance: Discerning the Spirit”.
The Conference, which will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, Somerset, NJ November 8 through 10, 2018, will focus on the medical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of discerning the Spirit, in the compliance and resistance in those we serve and in ourselves, as we seek to serve, guide, and assist.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, will deliver the keynote address. His Grace, Bishop John of the Diocese of Worcester and New England, will present Metropolitan Joseph’s address on his behalf.
Presenting the medical perspective of the Conference theme will be Halina Woroncow, MD, Staff Consultant for the Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Woroncow also is Medical Consultant for Dodge County Public Health and Medical Director of Rochester’s Fairview Care Center.
The psychological perspective will be presented by Olimpia Belea, MRCPsych (Member of The Royal College of Psychiatry), a Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry currently working in an ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder clinic in South West London and at Saint George’s NHS Mental Health Trust, London, UK.
Helen Theodoropoulos, PhD, will present the theological perspective of the theme. Dr. Theodoropoulos is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology, Libertyville, IL and a Lecturer in the Department of Spiritual Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL.
Additional Conference information will be forthcoming on the OCAMPR website.
Sunday, 18 Mar 2018
Iconography workshops to be offered in LA area June 8-16
18 Mar 2018 at 6:29am
Water gilding with 22 carat gold leaf.
The “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Mission, Culver City, CA will be the site of two workshops, conducted by master iconographer and instructor Theodore Papadopoulos, June 8-16, 2018.
A two-day water gilding workshop using 22 carat gold leaf will be conducted June 8-9, followed by a full icon painting workshop June 11-16. Daily sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. [or later as needed.] Each iconography workshop participant will complete an icon of Christ the Pantocrator based on an Athonite prototype.
The registration fees include most supplies—boards, pigments, brushes, etc. The fee for both workshops is $900.00, with a $350.00 non-refundable deposit. Fee for the icon painting workshop alone is $680.00, with a $250.00 non-refundable deposit. The $270.00 gilding workshop fee requires a $150.00 deposit. Participants who register for both workshops participants will receive a $50.00 discount.
To obtain further information on the workshops, housing options and related details or to register, please contact Matushka Deborah Tomasi at email@example.com or 310-849-9451. Early registration is recommended due to limited space. Additional details are available online.
Throughout the summer, Mr. Papadopoulos will be conducting similar workshops in San Francisco, CA; Wichita, KS; Boulder, CO; Greenville, SC; Washington, DC; and Flemington, NJ.
Friday, 16 Mar 2018
Register now for 92nd National FOCA Convention July 20-23
16 Mar 2018 at 1:19pm
Now is the time to make plans to attend the 92nd National Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] at Saint Louis, MO’s Union Station Hotel July 20-23, 2018.
“This year’s convention will be held in conjunction with the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America, which opens July 23 and concludes July 27,” says Deacon Peter Ilchuk. “The last national convention was held in Saint Louis 32 years ago, and much has changed since then, providing many reasons to return.”
According to Deacon Peter, the MetroLink Red Line provides regular service from Lambert International Airport to downtown Saint Louis. The Union Station stop is located a few blocks from the hotel. The next station on the MetroLink line stops at the new Busch Stadium, with its spectacular Ballpark Village entertainment and dinining complex and the multi-floor Saint Louis Cardinals’ Baseball Hall of Fame. The line extends to the “must see” landmark Gateway Arch and Lacledes Landing.
Many of the city’s “classic” tourist sites, including the Budweiser Brewery and Biergarten, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the 90 acre Saint Louis Zoo with its 18,000 animals from 700 species, have been upgraded over the years. Other nearby attractions providing outstanding family experiences include Six Flags Saint Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden—the oldest in the US—and the City Museum.
Saint Louis loves its sports teams, Deacon Peter adds, as evidenced by the sellout crowds for hockey at the nearby Scottrade Center and Cardinals baseball at Busch Stadium. While the Cardinals will not be home during the convention and AAC, ballpark tours, which include the press box, luxury clubs, field and dugout, are available four times daily. The stadium boasts many interesting statues, including one of Stan Musial.
Other convention tips offered by the FOCA include the following.
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018
Planting Grant Missions: “What first fruit shall I offer Thee?”
15 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Fr. John Parker addresses Annunciation faithful on the importance of wise stewardship.
In 2017, the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission, Saint James, MO was one of five recently planted communities to be awarded a Church Planting Grant from the Orthodox Church in America. At the time, Priest Joel Wilson anticipated that the grant “will help our community continue to mature in an organic and Apostolic way by being assisted both spiritually and materially by the larger and already established Body.”
Not only has the community experienced numerical growth during the past few years, but it continues to focus on interior spiritual growth through its worship, ministries and gatherings designed to emphasize the essentials of the Orthodox Christian faith and life.
Recently, Priest John Parker, Chair of the OCA’s Department of Evangelization, visited Annunciation Mission, where he offered a wealth of insights into the centrality of stewardship in mission growth. His presentation, titled “First and Finest,” drew upon the the excellent book and resource of the same name by Archpriest Robert Holet of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
“Every Christian is a student, a servant, a steward, and a sharer, and each of these areas must be cultivated carefully and intentionally in the life of an Orthodox believer,” Father John said in introducing his topic. “The level of the bar set for stewardship in a mission church sets a trajectory for the future growth, stagnation, or decline of a mission or parish. Stewardship modeled on Cain’s offering of ‘a little something’ will lead to stagnation and failure; stewardship modeled on Abel’s first and finest offering will be a foundation of stone.”
Quoting 1 Chronicles 29:14—“All things come of Thee, O Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee!”—Father John turned his attention to the subject of tithing.
“The biblical tithe is the simple beginning point of our stewardship of thanks and praise to God, to Whom we do not ‘owe’ ten percent, but to Whom our debt of thanks calls for our ‘all,’” Father John explained. “The Church, in the eighth ode of the Matins Canon for the second Thursday of Great Lent, calls that season the ‘Tithe of the Year.’ This is indeed a season during which we ponder, in the very first words of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew, ‘what first fruit shall I offer Thee?’ If in the Great Fast, we strive to give our ‘first and best’ repentance during a tenth of the year, it is also high time to begin giving our first and best ten percent of our financial resources.”
Father John concluded by challenging his audience to take their approach to stewardship seriously, especially during the lenten season.
“If you do not already tithe, why not set aside this ‘Tithe of the Year’—Great Lent—to try it,” Father John said. “Tithe for these six weeks and see how God will visit you, and how your attitude towards your faith grows when you put your treasure there.”
In January 2018, Annunciation Mission began the second year of its grant. Planting Grant missions receive substantial grants that must be matched by the local community to support the full-time ministries and missionary work of their priests.
Visit Annunciation Mission’s website to keep abreast of the community’s ongoing growth.