Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church
Orthodox Church in America
Clifton, NJ
Sunday, November 29th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki,  Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Nativity Fast.  Please refer to your OCA wall calendars for details: no meat, dairy etc. remember that if you have a medical condition that requires eating with the medicines, do not put yourself in danger because of the fast.  Proper fasting is good for the body and is meant for the body, not the other way around. 

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • +His Eminence, Archbishop DAVID, Archbishop of Sitka and Alaska,

               who fell asleep in the Lord Friday evening

  •  Eugene Minarich – 4th year in repose, requested by his son Christopher Minarich

   Next Sunday, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

 The departed members of the Sisterhood of St. Barbara, as we celebrate the memory of St. Barbara on December 4th.

 May their memories be eternal!

 Today’s coffee hour is sponsored by Christopher Minarich  In Memory of his father Eugene.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more tests.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Thank you for supporting our “Slovak Mushroom Soup” sale last Sunday.   The sale realized a profit of $417.16.    Your participation was greatly appreciated.

 We are happy to announce that a St. Nicholas Day Manhattan Clam Chowder Soup sale will be held on Sunday, December 6th  in our parish hall.    Please contact Matushka Barbara Baz to place your order.

$8.00 per quart.    Pre-orders are encouraged as a limited amount of soup is being prepared.   See the attached flyer with contact information.     Thank you for your continued support.

 Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

The 2021 Diocesan Wall Calendars have arrived. If you wish to pick one up, they are in the vestibule of the church. Please take one per family.

Sunday, November 15th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki,  Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please welcome Fr. Samuel Kedala who is taking Fr. Terence  Baz's place today. Please go to the "Coronavirus Updates" on the website to read why.

Please remember in your prayers, Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, who Fell Asleep in the Lord Oct. 28, 2020 . She served this parish with her husband, Archpriest Stephen Kachur for many years and was much loved.   Please go to the OCA Website at: oca.org for details.

 Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

 +Archpriest Eugene Carroll – 25th year in repose, requested by Matushka Lola Carroll, daughter Eugenia & granddaughter Sophia

  •  Vladimir Kopetz, requested by Robert & Carol Hruby

            May their memories be eternal!

 Next Sunday, November 22nd, a parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

 +Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, Our very dear friend. Requested by Robert & Carol Hruby

 May her memory be eternal!

 Updates re some sick people to pray for:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.
Announcements for Sunday November 8th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, , Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please remember in your prayers, Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, who Fell Asleep in the Lord October 28, 2020.    She served this parish with her husband, Archpriest Stephen Kachur for many years and was much loved.   Please go to the OCA Website at: oca.org for details.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Vladimir Kopetz – 40th Day, requested by his daughters, Susan Golbek, Marianne Kopetz, Judith Whalen & Families

            May his memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, November 15th, a parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Vladimir Kopetz, requested by Robert & Carol Hruby

May his memory be eternal!

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Helene Lenkowec who recently suffered an infection.
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Today’s coffee hour is IMO Vladimir Kopetz – 40th day sponsored by his daughters Susan Golbek, Marianne Kopetz, Judith Whalen and their families.  May his memory be eternal!

Sunday November 8th., 2020

Sunday, November 9th 2020

Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18                       Gospel: Luke 8:41-56

Father Terence Baz

St. Paul wrote to the community in Galatia which he had started because, among other matters, some of them were being influenced by Jews who did not believe in Christ but who were telling his community that the Gentile converts should be circumcised according to the old Mosaic Law. St. Paul would have none of this. He warned the community that those who want to justify themselves by the Law have separated themselves from Christ and fallen from the grace of the Holy Spirit. He wrote,

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”

What does matter is that those who follow Christ must also take up their crosses.

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

In contrast, he wrote that those who wanted to compel them to be circumcised,

“would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.”

This goes to the heart of the matter. Not only did they refuse to believe in Christ, they were afraid of suffering persecution from the Romans by identifying as being someone different from the Jewish faith. They would lose their privilege as Jews in the Roman Empire. The threat of persecution from Rome for non-Jews was very real. Such people did not want to take up their cross and follow Christ.

In today’s Gospel passage from St. Luke, we have the story of a Jewish leader who asked Jesus to heal his dying daughter. She had already passed away but Jesus told them that she was only asleep. The sympathizers scoffed at Him because it would have been obvious that her body was cold, not breathing and lifeless but Jesus sent everyone outside, went in with 3 of his apostles and the parents and proclaimed: “Little girl, arise!” Her soul was re-united with her body and Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

You may ask: why the secrecy from Jesus? Jesus was given various titles such as master, rabbi, teacher, a prophet, the Nazarene, the one with God or Emmanuel etc. He came to bring the life of the Kingdom of God to others, to teach them about it and call them to repent and sin no more. The one title He did not want at this point was ‘Messiah.’ The time had not yet come for that. Raising a little girl from the dead would stir the people to call Him the ‘Messiah.’ Their expectation, however, of what a ‘Messiah’ would be was very different from what Jesus’ Father in heaven was giving them. He was not a political redeemer sent to free them from the Roman yoke. He was sent to bring the Kingdom of God to them. Thus, the story ends with the words,

“He charged them to tell no one what had happened.”

The word Christ in English translates to Messiah in Hebrew and Arabic. Thus, in the Epistles of the apostles, He is referred to as Jesus Christ because by then He had risen from the dead, becoming the savior of the world. Before that time, however, He is called Jesus.

We can admire the wonderful works of God while we read this story in hindsight. That same Christ is with us now, through the Holy Spirit. That same Kingdom of God that Jesus was preaching is also with us. That same ‘living water’ that Jesus promised is with us in our hearts. That same ‘bread of life’ that He taught about, is offered to us today, in the Eucharist at the Divine Liturgy. So, the life of the Kingdom of God is offered to us now, just like it was to the Chosen People when Jesus was on earth. Unlike them, let us not put Him on the cross by rejecting Him. Let us always acknowledge the wonderful works He has done for us. Let us choose the Kingdom of God and not what the fallen world may want to attract us to. Let us desire to be part of the Communion of Saints just like so many have done before and join them in that same Kingdom of God.

Sunday, November 1st., 2020

Plese pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, , Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please remember in your prayers, Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, who Fell Asleep in the Lord this past week. She served this parish with her husband, Archpriest Stephen Kachur for many years and was much loved. Please go to the OCA Website at: oca.org to find details. Sadly, because of the current state restrictions, there will be no public viewing.

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk.    To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com.   Thank you.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Martyred Priest Nicola
  • Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur

                                  requested by the Church Council & Parish

            May thier memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, November 8th, parastasas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Vladimir Kopetz – 40th day

 requested by daughters, Susan Golbek, Judith Whalen, Marianne Kopetz  

& Families

May his memory be eternal!

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Today’s bulletin in sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Kayleigh Polk celebrating her first birthday (Nov. 7th) and Brad Polk celebrating his birthday (Nov. 23rd).    Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

Sunday, October 25th., 2020
Martyr Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries, of Constantinople

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Metropolitan Theodosius
  • Nikifor Savastinuk – 40th day, requested by A.John & Susan Savastinuk & Family           
  • Lorraine & Peter Spann, requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

May their memories be eternal!

Today’s coffee hour is sponsored by A.John & Susan Savastinuk In Memory Of Nikifor Savastinuk - 40th day.  May his memory be eternal.

This was a message that Father read out about Nikifor Savastinuk just before his 40 Day Memorial Service which John Savastinuk gave him:

For those of you who are not familiar with the Orthodox tradition, this memorial service is in remembrance of NikiforSavastinuk at the 40th day since his passing. 

John asked me to say a few words about his younger brother Nikifor.  He was born in Flemington, New Jersey and baptized at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Trenton.    Nikifor was the second son born to Agnes and John Savastinuk.  He is survived by John, his younger brotherPhilip,  two sisters Pauline and Theresa and his nieces and nephews Anastasia, Paul and Julia and John.

Nikifor moved to Colorado and spent the rest of his life there.  He is survived by his wife Debi, children Notasha, Nicholas and Natalie and several grandchildren.  Our condolences go out to the family in Colorado during this very difficult time. 

We would like to welcome the family visitors present today:  his cousin Kathy and her husband Frank.

May Nikifor’s memory be eternal. May his soul dwell with the righteous.

 

I am happy to announce we’ll have coffee hour after Liturgy this morning in the parish hall.  Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee.  Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come.   In keeping with the guidelines during the pandemic, listed below are some changes and a few reminders to follow as we join together in Fellowship during coffee hour: the hall set up will look a little different to adhere to the guidelines.  

reminders….

  • face coverings/masks must be worn except when eating or drinking coffee, etc.
  • to obtain social distancing….chairs are set to accommodate 4 at a table

keeping you safe

  • food will be individually packaged,  including butter and jelly
  • a kitchen server will pour your coffee, milk and/or juice when you come to the window

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying Fellowship as we resume coffee hour.  If you have any concerns or questions, kindly speak with Donna Betza.   Thank you for your patience.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is improving.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Today’s bulletin in sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Brad & Danielle Polk celebrating their 5th anniversary on  Oct. 23rd.   Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

The 2021 Diocesan Wall Calendars have arrived. If you wish to pick one up, they are in the vestibule of the church. Please take one per family.

Remember that Daylight saving time (DST) ends on Sunday, November 1st, when clocks are moved back an hour at 2 a.m. (so they will then read 1 a.m. local standard time).   Note: since

the time changes at 2:00 A.M.,  please change your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday.

Sunday, October 18th., 2020

Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Commemorated on October 18

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of 

  • Vladimir Kopetz, requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams
  •  Nikifor Savastinuk, requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams     

May their memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, October 25thth, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

  • Nikifor Savastinuk – 40th day, requested by A.John & Susan Savastinuk & Family
  • Lorraine & Peter Spann, requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky looks set to have a hernia procedure this week.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students.

Please make sure you arrive on time! Only the front door will be open. After the Liturgy begins the church door will be locked. A number of emails have gone out about how to stay safe if you come to the church.

Sunday, October 11th Bulletin Announcements
Bulletin Announcements

PLease pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

            Patricia Thanasides – in loving memory on her birthday, today

                                    requested by her mother, Sally Telep & Family

Nicholas Telep, Sr.

                                    requested by Sally Telep & Family

 

            May their memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, October 18th, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

              Vladimir Kopetz

                               requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams

 

               Nikifor Savastinuk

                                requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams                                              May their memories be eternal!

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Mikaela Polk celebrating her 9th birthday on Monday, Oct. 12th.    Congratulations and many blessed years.

Dear Holy Assumption Church Family and Friends,

We deeply appreciate your expressions of sympathy.  We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Father Terence Baz, Father Stephen Evanina and to everyone for your love, kindness, friendship, expressions of faith and comfort in the face of sorrow and loss of our dearly departed Vladimir Kopetz who Fell asleep in the Lord.   We thank you for your support and care for our family during this sad and difficult time.   To everyone who was touched by Val….remember his gentle ways and his smile that would light-up a room.  Please keep him in your prayers.  We are so fortunate to have such an endearing and loving church family!     Thank you for your love and prayers.     

Love,  Kopetz and Holick Families.

Thank you Matushka Barbara for sponsoring coffee hour last Sunday In Memory of your parents, Charles & Jennie Ablahani.

I am happy to announce Coffee Hour resumed last Sunday with about 14 parishioners in attendance enjoying Fellowship with coffee and.   We’ll have coffee hour after Liturgy this morning in the parish hall.  Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee.  Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come.   In keeping with the guidelines during the pandemic, listed below are some changes and a few reminders to follow as we join together in Fellowship during coffee hour. The hall set up will look a little different to adhere to the guidelines.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers.

  • Gabriella Cordova, who has been ill for some time, was given a new liver a short time ago.  She is now back home and recovering well.
  • Deborah Stura is waiting to have a back procedure done.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Janet Dlholucky is having complications from a large hernia in her esophagus.
    they include the development of ulcers and a blood clot. She is grateful for your prayers.
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

 

Sunday, October 4th. 2020

Please keep our dearly beloved parishioner Vladimir Kopetz who Fell Asleep in the Lord, Sept. 26, in your prayers. May his memory be eternal ! Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this sad and difficult time.


Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of
Charles & Jennie Ablahani
requested by their daughter, Matushka Barbara Baz
Olga Grib – In Loving Memory of our dear mother on her 89th birthday, Oct. 5th!
requested by her daughters, Kathy, Karen, Krissy, & their families
We miss her every day!
Susan Ersalesi Mautone
requested by Lori & Antony Udina & Family
Patricia Thanasides
requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics
May their memory be eternal!

I am happy to announce Coffee Hour will resume this morning after Divine Liturgy in the parish hall, as a result of Archbishop Michael approving the Parish Council's plan to begin coffee hour. Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee. Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come. In keeping with the guidelines during the pandemic, listed below are some changes and a few reminders to follow as we join together in Fellowship during coffee hour: the hall set up will look a little different to adhere to the guidelines.
reminders….
 face coverings/masks must be worn except when eating or drinking coffee, etc.
 to obtain social distancing….chairs are set to accommodate 4 at a table
keeping you safe…
 food will be individually packaged, including butter and jelly
 a kitchen server will pour your coffee, milk and/or juice when you come to the window
We look forward to seeing you and enjoying Fellowship together as we resume coffee hour.
If you have any concerns or questions, kindly speak with Donna Betza.
Thank you for your patience.
There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them
in your prayers.
 Gabriella Cordova, who has been ill for some time, was given a new liver a short
time ago. She is now back home and recovering well.
 Deborah Stura is waiting to have a back procedure done.
 Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
 Janet Dlholucky is having complications from a large hernia in her esophagus.
they include the development of ulcers and a blood clot. She is grateful for your
prayers.
 Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
 A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday, September 27th. 2020

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 2020                     TONE 7

16th Sunday after Pentecost (1st of Luke)

Martyr Callistratus and his company

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10                  Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Archpriest Terence Baz

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

It is with heartfelt sadness to advise you that our beloved parishioner Vladimir Kopetz  Fell Asleep in the Lord yesterday. Please keep him in your prayers.  Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this sad and difficult time. May his memory be eternal!   Val had been hospitalized for the last two weeks, an infection deteriorated his health and during dialysis his heart gave out and he passed away; without any pain.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

  •  Laura Dlholucky for her 1st year in repose, requested by her mother Janet Dlholucky & Family 
  •  John Peter Koribanics, for his 53rd year in repose, requested by the Koribanics Family
  • The Honorable John Koribanics, requested by the Koribanics Family 

             May their memories be eternal!

 Next Sunday, October 4th,  a Parastas will be held In Memory of: 

  • Charles & Jennie Ablahani, requested by their daughter, Matushka Barbara Baz
  • Olga Grib, to remember her on her birthday of October 5th., requested by her daughters, Karen, Krissy, & Kathy and their families          
  • Susan Ersalesi Mautone, requested by Lori, Antony Udina & Family
  • Patricia Thanasides, requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics

             May their memory be eternal!

I am happy to announce that Archbishop Michael has given his blessing to begin Coffee Hour again. The Parish Council has put together a plan that he approved. It will begin on the first Sunday of October, Sunday, October 4th after Divine Liturgy. Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee. Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come. I will list the details of what we can and cannot do next week, given the restrictions, because of the Coronavirus.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers.

  • Gabriella Cordova, who has been ill for some time, was given a new liver during the week. She is recovering well.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Janet Dlholucky is having complications from a large hernia in her esophagus.
    they include the development of ulcers and a blood clot. She is grateful for your prayers.
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

Sunday, September 20th 2020

Sunday, September 20th 2020

15th Sunday after Pentecost — Tone 6. 

The Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross & Sunday after Elevation.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15                        Gospel: Matthew 22:35-46

Archpriest Terence Baz

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please remember in your prayers, Nikifor Savastinuk, the brother of A. John Savastinuk, who Fell Asleep in the Lord this past week.   May his memory be eternal!

Today, a Memorial Service after Divine Liturgy for:

  • Susan Mautone, requested by Gregory & Donna Betza
  • Christina Telep, requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics
  • Nikifor Savastinuk

May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, Sept. 27th, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy for:

The Honorable John Peter Koribanics – 53rd year in repose, requested by the Koribanics Family

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by Gregory & Donna Betza in loving memory of  Susan Mautone.   May her memory be eternal!

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL

We hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing summer and we welcome you back to our Holy Assumption Community!  Although things will be different, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sunday Church School.  Due to the safety of both our teachers and students,classes will be exclusively via ZOOM.

Sunday, September 13th. 2020

The Forefeast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross is
celebrated for only one day (September 13) and there are seven days of Afterfeast
(September 15-21). The Leavetaking of the Feast falls on September 21.

As per the custom for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, flowers will be available on icon table for you to take home when you come up for a blessing from Father. There are plenty of them. Please do not kiss the icon or the cross and after taking the flowers, take some blessed bread if you did not do so after communion 

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, survivors & their families and the families of the victims of the Twin Towers attack.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of
Victims of the World Trade Twin Towers Attack – 19 years ago
May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, Sept. 20th, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:
Susan Mautone, requested by Gregory & Donna Betza
Christina Telep, requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics
May their memory be eternal!

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL
We hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing summer and we welcome you back to our Holy Assumption Community! Although things will be different, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sunday Church School. Due to the safety of both our teachers and students, classes will be exclusively via ZOOM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 2020 TONE 4 13th Sunday after Pentecost
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 TONE 4 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana
Selejan

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL

We hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing summer and we welcome you back to our Holy Assumption Community! Although things will be different, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sunday Church School. Due to the safety of both our teachers and students, classes will be exclusively via ZOOM.

First class/orientation is scheduled for next Sunday, Sept. 13th. Please email Craig at

polk.craig@gmail.com for information/zoom information.

It is our hope and prayer that circumstances will change to allow us to progress to in-person learning.

Please complete the attached registration form and return via email or mail to the church; Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 35 Orange Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013

Attention: Church School Coordinator. Despite the restrictions, we will do our best to give our students a meaningful religious education experience. If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Craig at polk.craig@gmail.com .

Thank you.

God Bless

Father Terence Craig Polk

Pastor Church School Coordinator

Sunday August 30th 2020

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30                                                                  TONE 3

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Afterfeast of the Beheading of the Forerunner

  1. Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11                   Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Barry Hruby, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Luis Camacho & Family, Lleana Selejan

ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you want to watch the livestream of the Divine Liturgy, please go to the parish website: https://holyassumptionclifton.org/ then click on Media & you will see a new tab: Livestream. Click on that to watch the Liturgy.

You can also still go directly to the parish Facebook page at: Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church @ HolyAssumptionClifton. Then look for the ‘live’ tab & click on it. You will also see that the Livestream has been announced.

Don't forget that Father posts a sermon each day about the scripture readings designated on the OCA Liturgical Calendar. Simply go to: holyassumptionclifton.org, click onto 'Media' and then Fr. Terence's Message. The date of the message is always used as the heading for the post. For Facebook users, go to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church page and look for the posts. They are usually posted soon after lunch time that day.

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.    Please note that if you have requested a Memorial Service, Father will still do it.

 

Today, there will be a  Parastas service at the end of Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

Jane Gusciora, requested by Helen Dolocheck & Family

            Richard Mazur – 11th  yr in repose

            Edward & Margaret Helen Mazur

            Frank & Agnes Mazur

            Michael & Mary Kalinich

            Albert Kalinich

                                    requested by the Mazur & Kalinich Families

 

            Anna & George Ward

                                    requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

 May their memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, September 6th, a Parastas will be served In Memory of:

Katherine & John Zubal, requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

May her memory be eternal!

Father is pleased to advise that Archbishop Michael has given us His blessing to hold Divine Liturgy in the church with a maximum of 30 people.   Also, any spouses or friends, who are not Orthodox but came in the past, are welcome to come.

If you would like to come to Divine Liturgy and/or any services when listed under Dates To Remember, please get in contact with Barbara Polk either by phone (973-452-1233) or email (polk_barbara@yahoo.com) and ask her to put you on the list. This list will be worked through alphabetically and you will be told as soon as a space becomes available.  If you are, unfortunately, unable to attend a service after space as been confirmed kindly contact Barbara as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Please make sure you arrive on time! Only the front door will be open. After the Liturgy begins the church door will be locked. A number of emails have gone out about how to stay safe if you come to the church.

For those attending church for Sunday Divine Liturgy, please only sit where a piece of blue tape has been attached to the seat of the pews.  In doing so, we can better keep the social distancing requirement of 6 feet.  If you are a couple, of course, sit together.

Sunday August 23rd 2020

Sunday, August 23rd 2020
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Leavetaking of the Dormition
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35

Celebrant: Father Terence Baz

Server and Epistle Reader: Sub-deacon Christopher Chasse

Chanter: Reader Christopher Minarich

Door Keeper: Donna Betza

 

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia
Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Barry Hruby, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Luis Camacho & Family, Lleana Selejan

ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you want to watch the livestream of the Divine Liturgy, please go to the parish website: https://holyassumptionclifton.org/ then click on Media & you will see a new tab: Livestream. Click on that to watch the Liturgy.

You can also still go directly to the parish Facebook page at: Assumption of the Holy
Virgin Orthodox Church @ HolyAssumptionClifton. Then look for the ‘live’ tab & click on it. You will also see that the Livestream has been announced.

Don't forget that Father posts a sermon each day about the scripture readings designated on the OCA Liturgical Calendar. Simply go to: holyassumptionclifton.org, click onto 'Media' and then Fr. Terence's Message. The date of the message is always used as the heading for the post. For Facebook users, go to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church page and look for the posts. They are usually posted soon after lunch time that day. If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you. Please note that if you have requested a Memorial Service, Father will still do it.

Today, there will be a Parastas service at the end of Divine Liturgy In Memory of:
Jane Gusciora requested by Deborah Sancenito & Family
May her memory be eternal!
Next Sunday, Aug. 30th, a Parastas will be served In Memory of: Jane Gusciora
requested by Helen Dolocheck & Family

Richard Mazur – 11th yr in repose
Edward & Margaret Helen Mazur
Frank & Agnes Mazur
Michael & Mary Kalinich
Albert Kalinich
requested by the Mazur & Kalinich Families

Anna & George Ward requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

May their memory be eternal!

Please go to the Archdiocesan Website at: https://www.oca.org/ to read any updates from the Orthodox Church of America and our Diocese of NY & NJ at: https://nynjoca.org/ about the Coronavirus crisis.
Please check our parish website each day at: https://www.holyassumptionclifton.org/ to read any updates about closings of Church Services, streaming services and parish news in general and the daily sermon.

Father is pleased to advise that Archbishop Michael has given us His blessing to hold Divine Liturgy in the church with a maximum of 30 people. Also, any spouses or friends, who are not Orthodox but came in the past, are welcome to come.

If you would like to come to Divine Liturgy and/or any services when listed under Dates To Remember, please get in contact with Barbara Polk either by phone (973-452-1233) or email (polk_barbara@yahoo.com) and ask her to put you on the list. This list will be worked through alphabetically and you will be told as soon as a space becomes available. If you are, unfortunately, unable to attend a service after space as been confirmed kindly contact Barbara as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please make sure you arrive on time! Only the front door will be open. After the Liturgy begins the church door will be locked. A number of emails have gone out about how to stay safe if you come to the church.

For those attending church for Sunday Divine Liturgy, please only sit where a piece of blue tape has been attached to the seat of the pews. In doing so, we can better keep the social distancing requirement of 6 feet. If you are a couple, of course, sit together.
Please only take one cup per person for the antidoron and do not take bread from other cups!
Thank you. Fr. Terry

Anyone who is 65 or older, has a medical condition that may make them susceptible to the virus, or been in contact with anyone known to have recently had the virus must declare that you are safe to enter our church. You must also have been symptom free for at least two weeks. Please do not put anyone at risk by ignoring these requirements.
It is very regrettable that this needs to be done but we have to keep our church building free from the Coronavirus, especially as many of our community are elderly.

Please contact Father Terence if you do not feel comfortable in coming but would like to receive the sacraments. No one should feel guilty for refraining from coming to church because of the risks involved with this virus.

You may have heard about the sudden passing of Susan Mautone. It has unfortunately, left Anthony & Joan Ersalesi's grand children in a precarious financial situation for their future. Their aunt, Jodi Ersalesi has set up a fund that will be used for Susan's two daughters' Madison and Dana Mautone's future. Anyone wishing to make a donation, please make checks payable to Jodi Ersalesi at the address below and mark donation in memory of Susan Mautone. Thank you!
Mail to:
Jodi Ersalesi
51 Penobscot St.
Clifton, NJ 07013-2017

Many thanks to Joseph & Sharon Korbanics for donating the microphone attachment to the Iphone that Father uses to broadcast the Livestream of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. From the feedback Father received, this attachment has improved the sound output for the Liturgy significantly. Sharon Koribancs would like to donate (in memory of her mother Jane Gusciora) some used medical equipment; wheel chair, etc., to those in need. If you are interested please contact her at 973-333-1015 for a complete list. Thank you.

Second Sunday of Lent Announcements March 15th 2020

Please check every day the websites: oca.org & nynjoca.org to read any updates about cancellations or restrictions that may happen this week because of the current virus crisis.

On the front page of our diocesan website, you will see a link to sites that have live streaming of Church services, if you feel that you would be at risk by attending them on the weekend.

The Presanctified Liturgy scheduled for this Wednesday at Holy Assumption in Clifton will still be held.

Please go to oca.org to read the statement from the OCA Archdiocesan website about the Coronavirus crisis.

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