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.