SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News from St. John's......

Nov 15, 2017
News from St. John's......

The following is an excerpt from Fr. Igor’s message for November. “The feast of the Entry of the Holy Theotokos into the temple is a marvelous model of our entry into the Heavenly Kingdom. The Church itself symbolizes the Kingdom of God on earth. In church we see the Altar Table, which is like a throne on which the Lord God sits, just as He does on His heavenly throne.  In church, through the partaking of Holy Communion, we become united with the Lord Himself. In church, as in heaven, we are surrounded by hosts of angels and saints. In church, by means of the divine service we glorify God as do the angels and saints in heaven. …..Upon arriving at the temple, the 3-year-old Infant Mary had to make an effort to ascend 15 high steps in order to enter the temple. So should we, in order to enter the Heavenly Realm, make the effort to ascend the ladder of virtues, to labor at fasting and prayer. The Holy Virgin went up the steps by Herself, without any help from others, but with the miraculous help of God. So should we, in our attempt to attain the Heavenly Realm, make the effort ourselves, but constantly asking God for help along the way. …..Such is the lesson we receive from this wondrous Feast! The Most-Holy Mother of God, by entering the temple, clearly shows us the Way, and through the earthly temple lies the way into the heavenly temple, the Kingdom of God. Let us follow the Holy Theotokos into the temple, into the church. Now is the time of the Nativity fast, a time for preparing oneself to greet the Saviour on earth, a time for purifying oneself through fasting, prayer and repentance, a time of increased church attendance. Let us not pass by this important period of time, for from this holy day, and throughout the entire Nativity fast, we will hear in church the joyous tidings of our coming salvation, we will hear the joyous appeal: “Christ is born – Glorify Him!”

 

To read the entire article, please see the November Enlightener.

 

Sunday, October 1, was the Feast of the Protection of the Virgin Mary. It was also Choir Appreciation Sunday and a special cake was available for coffee hour. Prayers and appreciation was extended to Maryann Stagen, our esteemed choir director, Matushka Anna, whose help and remarkable voice are a blessing to our church, and all the wonderful members of the choir. A luncheon in their honor was held on October 15 at Buco’s Restaurant in Clifton.

 

A special thank you is extended to John Palubniak for his wonderful work on a confession stand he made. The remarkable artistry displayed on the stand reflects his love of the church, and he dedicated it to his mother and father, Helen and Daniel Palubniak, who were both devoted members of St. John’s Church. Pictures of the stand are in the Photo Gallery. Thank you again and may God grant you Many Years!

 

Mary Ann Dolak and Helen Baron, members of the Passaic “O” Club, attended the New Jersey District Convention in South River on October 28. They reported that the event was interesting and enjoyable. St. John’s has decided to adopt a seminarian family for Christmas. If you would like to help, a gift bag is in the vestibule with name tags and gift ideas that you can purchase. Gifts must be brought in no later than Sunday, December 3, wrapped and tagged. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Dolak or Helen Baron. Your help would be greatly appreciated. The Gifts of Love for 2018 will be donated to the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities). The money will be used to assist those who suffered through the storms this past season. Approximately 92% of all money donated to the IOCC directly helps those facing dire situations. Our chapter will hold a collection in 2018 for this appeal. St. Andrew and St. Nicholas Vespers, sponsored by the Singac “R” Club, Chapter 44, will be served at St. John the Baptist R.O. Church, Singac, on Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Albert Rossi, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. St. Andrew and St. Nicholas are patron saints of the FOCA.

 

Although we have passed the due date for supplies for the Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Christmas will soon be here. It is important that we all be a part of this ministry to help those who need our assistance and the need continues throughout the year. For more information, please contact Helen Baron, our Food Pantry coordinator.

 

Bob Czech would like to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes, and cards. He is mending well and will be back soon. Thanks again!

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Healing Service - 2:00 p.m.

“O Christ, who alone is our defender, visit and heal Your suffering servants delivering them from sickness and grievous pains. Raise them up that they may sing to You and praise You without ceasing; through the prayers of the Theotokos, O You who alone loves mankind.”