Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church
Orthodox Church in America
Clifton, NJ
The Sunday of the Cross, the 3rd Sunday of Lent Divine Liturgy
Doors Closed for the Weekend

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.

Coronavirus: Diocesan Statement
New Statement from the Diocese of NY&NJ on the Coronavirus

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.

New Statement from the OCA about the Coronavirus
Statement put out by the OCA Holy Synod

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

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers with Archbishop Michael in Wayne

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

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.

Memory Eternal

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Archbishop Michael's 2020 Pastoral Visit March 1st View of the Church
Archbishop Michael's 2020 Pastoral Visit March 1st: more photos
The Clergy & the servers at the end of Divine Liturgy
The Clergy & the servers at the end of Divine Liturgy
The Clergy & the servers at the end of Divine Liturgy
Archpriest Terence's son & daughter with His Eminence
Archpriest Terence's son & daughter with His Eminence
Archpriest Terence's son & daughter with His Eminence
His Eminence making the presentation at the end of the Divine Liturgy
His Eminence making the presentation at the end of the Divine Liturgy
His Eminence making the presentation at the end of the Divine Liturgy
Archbishop Michael's 2020 Pastoral Visit March 1st

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.

 

Archpriest Terence Baz, presented with a Palitza and Diocesan Gramota by His Eminence the
Archpriest Terence Baz, presented with a Palitza and Diocesan Gramota by His Eminence the
Archpriest Terence Baz, presented with a Palitza and Diocesan Gramota by His Eminence the
At the Great Entrance of the Divine Liturgy
At the Great Entrance of the Divine Liturgy
At the Great Entrance of the Divine Liturgy
The Bobka & the Cross being presented to His Eminence
The Bobka & the Cross being presented to His Eminence
The Bobka & the Cross being presented to His Eminence
DDB Dinner at Holy Resurrection Wayne NJ February 23, 2020
Distinguished Diocesan Benefactor's Dinner, Sunday February 23rd.

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.

Beefsteak Dinner February 2020
A very enjoyable & very successful fundraiser!

145 tickets were sold, as well as raffles! Very successful evening. Thank you to the Parish Council & those who helped in the event.

Scout Sunday Feb 19 2020

Congratulations to our parish students who participate in the Orthodox Scout Program. It helps to form our students in an Orthodox Christian way of life. Also to the parents, who dedicate their time to support their children.

Christmas 2019
Two Auxiliary Bishops Elected to the OCA by its Synod of Bishops

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:

https://www.oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-elects-auxiliary-bishops

2019 - 2010 Sisterhood leaders
Icon of St. Anna Visiting Holy Assumption Oct 6, 2019
Moleben Service for Sts. Joachim & Anna

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.

Icon of St. Anna Visiting Holy Assumption Oct 6, 2019 2
Chrismation
Saint Anna Service
Saint Anna Service
Chrismation
Street Fair - 2019
October Fest booth
Church Booth
Parking Lot Project Step 1: Removal of Trees

Thanks very much to Gregory Focarino, who took the day off to oversee the work & who organized for Aspen Tree Company to do the job.

Parking Lot Project Step 1: Removal of Trees
Carofine Baptism July 2019
Churching
New born: On the fortieth day the child is brought to the Temple to be churched, that is, to begin attending church. It is brought by the mother, who has already been cleansed and washed, accompanied by the intended sponsor at the Baptism.
2019 - Sunday School
Christmation
Creed
Blessing
Anointing
End of Vespers
Rummage Sale - June 6 and 7 2019
Removal of Crowns for Gregory & Vera
Gregory & Vera's Wedding Recption
2019 - Wedding
Greek style
Greek style
Greek style
Wine
Wine
Wine
Around the table
Around the table
Around the table

Wedding June 2nd 2019. A very happy occasion at whice Gregory & Vera, much loved members of our parish were married at our Church. God grant you many years!

 

40th Anniversary of Sisterhood
40th Anniversary of Sisterhood
Agape Service 2019
Agape Service 2019
Holy Week 2019
Palm Sunday 1
Holy Friday 2019 Group 1
Holy Friday 2019 Group 2
Palm Sunday 2019
St. Andrew's Camp Video

Please click onto the video link below for St. Andrew's Camp for this summer's prospective campers.

https://www.facebook.com/saintandrewsorthodoxcamp/videos/357928144820497/

Sunday of Orthodoxy March 31 2019

Some images from the beautiful Great Lenten Vespers Service on Sunday afternoon, March 31 2019. Photos courtesy of John Chan from the Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Pearl River NY

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2019 #2
Sunday of Orthodoxy 2019
Sunday of Orthodoxy 2019
Family Embraces Orthodoxy
Archbishop Michael's Visit February 24, 2019

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.

After Divine Liturgy, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop Michael, is together with Archpriest Terence Baz, Deacon Stephen in the first row. In the upper row, left to right: Reader Matthew Ortiz, Sub-Deacon Christopher Chasse, Anthony Mannino & Sub
After Divine Liturgy, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop Michael, is together with Archpriest Terence Baz, Deacon Stephen in the first row. In the upper row, left to right: Reader Matthew Ortiz, Sub-Deacon Christopher Chasse, Anthony Mannino & Sub
After Divine Liturgy, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop Michael, is together with Archpriest Terence Baz, Deacon Stephen in the first row. In the upper row, left to right: Reader Matthew Ortiz, Sub-Deacon Christopher Chasse, Anthony Mannino & Sub
Service
Archbishop Michael's Visit February 24, 2019

His Eminence receiving flowers from some of our children in the Parish Hall during breakfast.

2019 Beefsteak Dinner
Very Successful Dinner!

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!

2018 Nativity Yolka

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.

Nativity Yolka Part 2
Nativity Yolka Part 3
The Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
The Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Pinto Family Conversion to Orthodoxy
Welcome Home to the Pinto Family!

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

Confession of the Orthodox Faith
Confession of the Orthodox Faith
Confession of the Orthodox Faith
Communion for Kimberly
Communion for Kimberly
Communion for Kimberly
Chrismation for Philip
Chrismation for Philip
Chrismation for Philip
New Family Embraces Orthodoxy

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.

Family Embraces Orthodoxy
Charles Baz
Pasta Dinner in November

The Pasta Dinner was a great success. Over 45 people came to Vespers beforehand & probably about 50 people attended the dinner. 

St Nicholas Day Fish Dinner
Parish Picnic 2018
Annual Parish Picnic

It was a beautiful and enjoyable day. Everyone had a good time, including the children

Parish Picnic 2018
Parish Picnic 2108
Parish Picnic 2018
Parish Picnic 2108

Beautiful day & a beautiful gathering!

Murder Mystery Soon!
Grads - 2018
Sunday School Class
Charles Baz Graduated from William Paterson University with Bachelor of Political Science.
Lindsey Mack graduated from Secaucus High School
Cara Michels graduated from Pennsylvanis State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Grads - 2018
Nicolas Sancenito graduated with Bachelor of Science in Film from Full Sail University.
Brett Csory Graduated from Rutgers with Civil Engineering degree. Danielle Csory Graduated from Ramapo College with Bachelor in Science.
Danielle Shermock graduated from Pocono Mountain East High School.
No Photo. Liza Zachmann graduated from Wayne Hills High School.
Pascha - 2018
More Images
More Images
Palm Sunday - 2018
more
North Jersey Vespers March 18, 2018
Sunday of Orthodoxy April 25, 2018
Reading
Procession
Choir
Valentine Dinner/Cabaret

The Valentine Dinner Dance was a great success, enjoyed by all! Thank you to all who helped prepare, serve, clean, entertain & attended the event.

Archbishop Michael, Fr. Terence & Mat. Barbara, Deacon Stephan & Reader Aryan enjoying the occasion
Archbishop Michael, Fr. Terence & Mat. Barbara, Deacon Stephan & Reader Aryan enjoying the occasion
Archbishop Michael, Fr. Terence & Mat. Barbara, Deacon Stephan & Reader Aryan enjoying the occasion
Father Terence & Matushka Barbara
Father Terence & Matushka Barbara
Father Terence & Matushka Barbara
The Dinner Chef, Tony with Janet, Charles & Mat. Barbara
The Dinner Chef, Tony with Janet, Charles & Mat. Barbara
The Dinner Chef, Tony with Janet, Charles & Mat. Barbara
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by Archbishop Michael & Blessing of Sub-deacon Christopher
Most Reverend Archbishop Michael Annual Pastoral Visit

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.

 

Serving was Deacon Stephan Karlgut, Sub-deacon Mark Federoff and Aryan von Eicken. 
Serving was Deacon Stephan Karlgut, Sub-deacon Mark Federoff and Aryan von Eicken. 
Serving was Deacon Stephan Karlgut, Sub-deacon Mark Federoff and Aryan von Eicken. 
Larry Tosi, Pauline, sister, parents John and Daria Chasse
Larry Tosi, Pauline, sister, parents John and Daria Chasse
Larry Tosi, Pauline, sister, parents John and Daria Chasse
Parish Choir
Parish Choir
Parish Choir
More photos
Blessing
Wahing of hands
Blessing
Breakfast
2018 - Valentine Dinner/Cabaret was a great success. Thank all that came.

Hope to see next time.

Sunday December 24th: Choir Members with Fr. Terence
Service Schedule for the Nativity of Christ
Service Schedule

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.

All welcome!

The 2017 Yolka: Dec 3rd

We had a very enjoyable Yolka yesterday with the children performing & people singing Nativity Hymns & Carols.

St. Nicholas Fish Dinner Saturday Dec 2nd
Friends with Fr. Terry & Mat. Barbara
Friends with Fr. Terry & Mat. Barbara
Friends with Fr. Terry & Mat. Barbara

As always, the food was really delicious & we had a lot of fun with the prizes. Thanks to the Sisterhood of St. Barbara for all the work they did for this great event!

New Church Roof!

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.

More Photos
Anastasia & Shawn 5th Anniversary Un-crowning Blessing
Shawn & Anastasia getting a blessing

Congratulatons to Shawn & Anastasia, with their child Seamus, getting a blessing at the celebration of their 5th wedding anniversary!

Cast Party for our Musical, Sunday October 8th 2017

The cast & supporting adults of the muscial, Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, had a great time together as they reflected upon & celebrated the great performances they put on the previous weekend. It was a great time of fellowship & friendship!

The Ice Cream Cake donated by Steve & Diane
The Ice Cream Cake donated by Steve & Diane
The Ice Cream Cake donated by Steve & Diane
Viewing a Slide Show from John S. of the Production
Viewing a Slide Show from John S. of the Production
Viewing a Slide Show from John S. of the Production
31st Annual Beefsteak Dinner

Thanks to all who attended, prepared & worked for our 31st Annual Beefsteak. It was a great success & a lot of fun! Enjoy browsing through the photographs.