Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church
Orthodox Church in America
Clifton, NJ
Congratulations to Michael & Nicole on their Graduation

Congratulations to both of these accomplished scholars! The photo is of the blessing they received for their academic efforts & for their future endeavors. Each received an Orthodox Study Bible & some coffee from St. Tikhon's Monastery.

Michael graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Honors for Academic Excellence from Harvard University Business School in May, 2017

Nicole graduated magna cum laude in Psychology & Neuroscience from Syracuse University, NY in May 2017.

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Congratulations to Victoria Sancenito & family on the baptism of her baby, Natalie, on Saturday, July 1st., 2017. The God Parents were Archpriest Stephen Evanina & Christine Gaccione. The presiding priest was our rector, Archpriest Terence Baz.

Victoria with her newly baptized baby & the sponors
Victoria with her newly baptized baby & the sponors
Victoria with her newly baptized baby & the sponors
Family Members & Sponsors
Family Members & Sponsors
Family Members & Sponsors
Sunday School Awards June 25
Sunday School

We want to thank those students and teachers who attended and worked hard during the Sunday School year. God bless to you all!

Sunday School Members
Sunday School Members
Sunday School Members
Craig Polk Sunday School Director
Craig Polk Sunday School Director
Craig Polk Sunday School Director
Aksenti & Susan Savatinuk 45th Anniversary

We were very happy to give a blessing with the wedding crowns to Aksenti & Susan Savastinuk last Sunday in honor of their 45th. wedding anniversary. We also celebrated with a cake during coffee hour with a beautiful cake. May God continue to bless them for many more years as they serve Christ through His Body, the Church & our community.

Churching of Natalie Sancenito June 18th

Congratulations to Natalie Sancenito & Moises Arus on the Churching of their baby, Natalie. Also to Debbie Sancenito, her grand mother.

Susan Savastinuk at her First Vespers
Susan's First Vespers on Saturday, June 17th
Susan's First Vespers on Saturday, June 17th
Susan's First Vespers on Saturday, June 17th
Susan Savastinuk with Olga Grib Assisting

We are very happy to have Susan Savastinuk leading the singing responses for the first time in our parish!

I plan to also do a Litya service when she is able to be present. In that service, we unite ourselves to the Communion of Saints by calling upon their intecession as we pray for our needs. As with Vespers, the variable prayers reflect the celebration of the saints for that weekend. At the end of this service, we bless bread, wine & oil for the blessing of those present. The wine is mingled with the bread & the olive oil is used to anoint those present for their union with Christ & for His healing. I like to take the chance to anoint the faithful whenever possible.

Attending Vespers & a Litya are the best way to prepare for the Sunday eucharistic service the next morning.

Fr. Terry

Anastasia & Shawn Celebrating Shamus' 1st Birthday
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Ladies Enjoying the Luncheon for the Sisterhood Sunday June 4th

Good food, good wine, good coffee & lots of laughs!

Archbishop Michael's Visit May 28, 2017

We were pleased to have Archbishop Michael visit us on Sunday, May 28th., 2017. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, we blessed & presented an icon of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin to Frank & Judy Fusco, who have been active in the parish for many years. We are sorry to lose them as they have moved to Florida but wish them every blessing in the warmer climate. We also thanked Luis Camacho as our choir director, who has retired. The commute from Manhattan became too much. He will stay a member of the parish. Arch. Michael presented him with a certificate of appreciation. We also swore in the new Parish Council for 2017 as well as new the officers of the Sisterhood of St. Barbara. We thank them all for their service to the church.

We had cake with coffee hour to celebrate the occasion with Archbishop Michael

Arch Michael & Luis Camacho
Arch Michael & Luis Camacho
Arch Michael & Luis Camacho
Reading of the Gospel
Reading of the Gospel
Reading of the Gospel
Cake for Frank & Judy Fusco
Cake for Frank & Judy Fusco
Cake for Frank & Judy Fusco
Our New Choir Director: Susan Savastinuk

We welcome our new Choir Director, Susan Savastinuk! She has a lot of experience, a beautiful voice & is very competant in this position. We wish her every blessing in this ministry & am sure it will enhance the liturgical services in our parish.

Susan Savastinuk Directing the Choir
Susan Savastinuk Directing the Choir
Susan Savastinuk Directing the Choir
A Choir Icon
A Choir Icon
A Choir Icon