Welcome to our parish's new blog/newsletter, an e-bulletin that replaces the announcements page on this website. Much like a paper bulletin it will serve to keep you informed of parish events, but in a more timely manner. It will also contain spiritually edifying content such as the writings of the Holy Fathers and catechetical instruction. Please feel free to comment, or if you prefer, use the contact page or call my cell to communicate with me privately if you have any questions or spiritual needs.
Some housekeeping as we approach Holy Week......
Confessions are available before each Divine Liturgy, before or after all other services, or you can contact me for a home visit if you or someone you know is homebound due to ill health. During Holy Week pastoral visitations will be limited to emergencies only. Our website calendar contains the full schedule of services for the remainder of Great Lent and Pascha, but please take note that the services of Pascha will be held at midnight according to the rubrics of the Orthodox Church and that baskets will be blessed after the dismissal of Paschal Divine Liturgy. There will be no basket blessings on Holy Saturday. If anyone would like to volunteer to pick up and deliver Paschal baskets for the homebound so that they can be blessed in church after Liturgy and/or to provide transportation to Paschal services for those who are unable to drive, please let me know.
As directed by His Grace Bishop Matthew we will continue to adhere to the most current Covid-19 precautions as mandated by the State of New Jersey. We are now permitted to hold services with attendance at 50% of the capacity of the church, which of course is a significant number. In addition we will continue to follow the sanitation guidelines that were issued by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on March 17th, 2020. It goes without saying that if you're not feeling well for any reason at all then please stay at home and follow the advice of your healthcare professional.
While the pandemic has disrupted our lives in many ways, every able-bodied parishioner is still expected to participate in the liturgical life of the Church by either attending in person or praying the Typica at home by using the texts and rubrics that were mailed out on March 20th, 2020. If you're in need of an additional copy please contact me and I'll get one over to you. Everyone is also expected to participate in the sacramental life of the Church by tending to regular confession and Communion, either in church or through a pastoral visit. We've been through a lot, but the Lord has preserved us. If there was a time in our life when we needed to become closer to Christ and His Holy Church, it's right now. If you've lapsed during this past year in particular, now is the time to return to Christ in repentance.