Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Christ is in our midst!
As a follow up on my previous statement about Church services for this weekend, please refer to the latest statement from Archbishop Michael about the Coronavirus that can be found at the diocesan website: https://nynjoca.org/
In applying the guidelines to our parish, Vespers will be cancelled on Saturday evening.
Given the daily dramatic news unfolding about the spread of the virus, for this Sunday, I only want Matushka Barbara to be present to sing the responses for the Divine Liturgy. I will pray for all the sick, for all of you and any deceased persons that I have been asked to do a Memorial Service for. The doors will be locked. Please be safe & do not attempt to attend.
For next Wednesday's Presanctified Liturgy, I want to protect the safety of the the choir & chanters. Thus, there will be no Liturgy that evening.
Depending on how the week unfolds, I will assess the situation for the following Sunday. Some of the younger regular attendees, who are in good health & have not manifested any of the symptoms associated with this virus, I may invite to the Divine Liturgy on March 29th., but only limited to 10 people, as directed by the State.
Please know that you are in my prayers in this very difficult time.
Yours, in Christ
Archpriest Terence Baz, parish priest.
Two new statements from Archbishop Michael have been issued today about the Coronavirus: a Pastoral Statement and Guidelines for clergy & parishes.
Please go to: https://nynjoca.org/ and click on the front page to read these statements.
Yours in Christ
Archpriest Terence Baz, parish priest.
Today, the Archdiocesan headquarters in Syosset released a statement giving instructions to parishes about how to respond to the Coronavirus. Please click on this link: https://www.oca.org/cdn/PDFs/synod/2020-0313-synod-statement-covid19.pdf to read it. I will put it in Sunday's bulletin.
Please note that the instructions say that for those serving at Coffee Hour, to use gloves; people should not give the traditional Trinitarian kiss to greet each other; and do not shake hands.
Fr. Terence Baz, parish priest
Holy assumption Church, Clifton NJ
Vespers with Archbishop Michael at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, NJ for the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The photo below is of His Eminence with the con-celebrating clergy but other clergy were present who did not attend as well a combined choir & a packed congregation. The service was beautiful & we were blessed with beautiful weather for the evening.
Such an occasion reminds us that we are not simply isolated parishes but belong to the family of our diocese that is part of the Orthodox Church. It was truly fitting that we got together to celebrate on this day.
The host was Father Stephen Evanina, rector of Holy Resurrection Church and the mitered archpriest is our Chancellor, Joseph Lickwar. Quite a number of parishioners of our parish of Holy Assumption were also presnt.
Bishop Visit - 03-01-2020 - 03/01/2020
On Sunday, March 1st., our parish was blessed to receive His Eminence, Archbishop Michael for his Annual Pastoral Visit. He was assisted by his attendants Deacon Stephan Karlgut and Subdeacons Matthew Ortiz & Mark Federoff. The first photo is of the clergy & the servers. The Rector, Archpriest Terence was also awarded a Palitza and Diocesan Gramota by His Eminence for his 25th. Anniversary as an Orthodox priest. It was a beautiful visit.
On Sunday, March 1st., our parish was blessed to have Archbishop Michael Visit us with his assistants: Deacon Stephan Karlgut and Subdeacons Matthew Ortiz & Mark Federoff, for the Divine Liturgy. Archbishop Michael also presided at Great Vespers the evening before.
I was blessed to be presented with a Palitza and Diocesan Gramota by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, in celebration of his 25th. Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood. The date of the anniversary is May 28th.
The parish held a pasta dinner in the parish hall on Saturday evening & then a brunch on Sunday morning after Divine Liturgy & the Service of Forgiveness. His Eminence preached about the importance of forgiveness & fasting as we commence the season of Great Lent.
Photo 1: Members of my parish with Archbishop Michael & me. We had dinner with numerous other parishes at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne NJ, to recognize the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors. These donations are a very important help in enabling our OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey, to run the programs needed to operate it. Thus, their generosity is very much appreciated.
Photo 2: the certificate from His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.
Photo 3: Archbishop Michael thanking the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors at the dinner. Of the many programs helped by these people, he emphasized two: the improvements to our Diocesan Camp of St. Andrew's, on Oneida Lake in Central New York, as well as the help given to seminarians to support their study & living expenses. Our diocese currently has 6 seminarians.
I am pleased to announce that at St. Tikhon's Seminary, the Synod of Bishops recently elected two new bishops to the OCA. Axios! Please click onto the following link to read the details:
We were blessed to receive Heiromonk Herman from St. Tikhon's Monastery who brought the healing icon of St. Anna that resides at the monastery. We had a Moleben Service for Sts. Joachim & Anna & Fr. Herman gave an inspiring sermon about the history of the healing icon & the importance of intercessory prayers in the life of an Orthodox Christian. Specially blessed oil from St. Tikhon's was brought & used to anoint the congregation at the end of the service. We were blessed also to have our chancellor, Mitered Archpriest Joseph join us for the service. Fr. Joseph & I anointed the people after they venerated the icon held by Fr. Herman. The church was packed for the service.
It was a joy to host Archbishop Michael and his attendants for his Annual Arch-pastoral visit to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church on Sunday, February 24th. The choir, led by Susan Stavastinuk, sang beautifully and the Parish Council, led by Joyce Telep, provided a beautiful breakfast in the Father Lucas Memorial Hall, our Parish Hall.
We had a great celebration on the evening of Saturday, February 3rd. for our 33rd. Annual Beefsteak Dinner. Over 140 people attended. This event is becoming more & more popular, with lots of great food & prizes to be won. Thank you to all who helped prepare for this very successful event!
Sometimes, things take time to get posted! This Yolka was performed in December 2018. It was a very beautiful & creative performance! Many thanks to the children who performed & to Craig who ran the event as well as to Greg who made the props and to the Sunday School teachers who either played a role or helped.
Congratulations & welcome to our parish to Mr. & Mrs. Philip & Kimberly Pinto and their daughters Gabriella Cordero & Joanna Pinto, who converted to Orthodoxy! Philip was Chrismated on Sunday, while Kimberly, Gabriella & Joanna professed their belief in the Orthodox Church, after saying the Creed. They all went to Confession on the Saturday. May God grant them many years!
In recognition of their decision, the Parish Council gave them an Orthodox Study Bible and Sharon Korbanics, on behalf of the Sisterhood of St. Barbara, gave the women an icon of St. Barbara with a Prayer Card after being blessed by Father.
The photos were taken by Kevin Shermock
This family embraced Orthodoxy on Sunday, December 16th. The youngest daughter was baptized about a month ago. After serveral weeks of instruction about what the Orthodox Church is and the Orthodox Way, the family was ready commit. One member was Chrismated, the other three, as former Eastern Christians in union with Rome, converted by proclaiming their belief in the Orthodox Church as well as reciting the Creed. All went to Confession beforehand. It was a very joyful day.
The Pasta Dinner was a great success. Over 45 people came to Vespers beforehand & probably about 50 people attended the dinner.
The Valentine Dinner Dance was a great success, enjoyed by all! Thank you to all who helped prepare, serve, clean, entertain & attended the event.
Congratulations to Sub-deacon Christopher & his family on the blessing given to him by Archbishop Michael on the Sunday of the Last Judgement, 2018!
Subdeacon Christopher Chasse is a resident of Verona NJ. He graduated from Caldwell University in May of 2015 with a double major in History and English as both a member of the school's scholar's program and four honor's societies. Currently he is working towards his MA in History at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Christopher has been a member of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Clifton since 2015 where he serves behind the altar with Fr. Terence Baz and was tonsured a reader in August of 2016.
We hope you can make it to our services for the Nativity of Christ.
Here is our schedule:
- Sunday, December 24th., the Sunday of the Fore Fathers: Divine Liturgy @ 9:00 AM
- Coffee Hour as usual afterwards
- Sunday, December 24th., Christmas Eve: Great Compline & Lytia with Anointing @ 4:00 PM
- Monday, December 25th., Christmas Day: Divine Liturgy of St. Basil @ 9:00 AM
- Parish Breakfast to follow in the Parish Hall
Parking is 4 doors down from the Church in Orange Avenue on the right hand side.
Our new roof was put on this past week from Thursday, November 16th - Saturday, November 18th. Many thanks to the Parish Council who studied the issue & researched the quotes. Also, to the Sisterhood of St. Barbara, the Orange Avenue Theatre Company as well as some private donors who contributed towards the funds needed. The job was done in three days! More photos will follow.