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Glorious Feast of the Resurrection!

Ordination of Fr. William George - AXIOS!

Fr. Dcn. William is presented to His Grace Bishop GREGORY.
Fr. Dcn. William is presented to His Grace Bishop GREGORY.
Fr. Dcn. William is presented to His Grace Bishop GREGORY.
The Laying-On of Hands.
The Laying-On of Hands.
The Laying-On of Hands.
The newly-ordained with clergy present.
The newly-ordained with clergy present.
The newly-ordained with clergy present.

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, in the presence of an overflowing church, His Grace Bishop GREGORY laid hands on the servant of God, Deacon William George and ordained him to the Holy Priesthood.  The ancient rite was conducted during the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Fr. William's family and parish family witnessing this historic event.  Fr. William is the first priest son of the parish!  

The Liturgy began with the presentation of the traditional bread and salt by Parish President, John Buzek.  Fr. Michael Chendorain, former pastor of the Parish, presented the handcross to His Grace Bishop GREGORY.  As the service proceeded, and at the appointed time, the Holy Spirit was invoked to "fill that which is lacking" and raise Fr. William to the office of the presbytery.  Following the Liturgy, a celebratory banquet was held in the parish banquet hall.

Clergy assisting His Grace Bishop Gregory included; Rev. Fr. Michael Chendorain, Archpriest George Hasenecz (OCA), Rev. Fr. Ionut (Romanian Patriarchate), Rev. Fr. David Mastroberte (ACROD, Hermitage, PA - classmate) and Fr. Deacon Joseph Birthisel (ACROD, Johnstown, PA - classmate) as well as numerous altar servers.  Responses were led by Seminarian classmates from Christ the Saviour Seminary.  

His Grace Bishop GREGORY announced that Fr. William has been assigned to SS Peter and Paul Church and will begin his pastorate there immediately.

We wish him and his wife, Pani Amy, many years of health and happiness as they begin their work in the vineyard of Christ!  AXIOS!

Please visit ACROD.ORG for more photos and ordination video.

 

 

Welcome to Our Parish!

The parish family of SS Peter & Paul Church cordially invites you to come and visit with them. We are a Pan-Orthodox community serving the region of Northern and Northwestern New Jersey. Our church is a parish in the New Jersey Deanery of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the USA (ACROD) . We warmly welcome all who are searching for a church that is in unchanging continuity with the Church of the Apostles and where they may find the purity of the Apostolic Faith.

We are a church for those of all ages, ethnicities and races, for both families and singles who are searching for the anchor of a Christian community in our rootless society.

Above all, we are a Eucharistic community worshipping in the Holy Trinity in spirit and truth as we seek to know God, to conform ourselves to Christ's example of true humanity, and to be transformed to become partakers of the Divine Nature. Come and worship with us and with the Saints of all ages!

Schedule of Holy Week Services

April 13th - 6 pm Bridegroom Matins of Holy Monday

April 14th - 9 am Presanctified Liturgy

                       6 pm Bridegroom Matins of Holy Tuesday

April 15th - 9 am Bridegroom Matins of Holy Wednesday

                       6 pm Presanctified Liturgy

April 16th - 6 pm Holy Unction

April 17th - 9 am Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

                      7 pm Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels

April 18th - 9 am Royal Hours

                       5 pm Vesper Burial Service 

                       7 pm Lamentations led by the Romanian Parish of the Life Giving Fountain

April 19th - 9 am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

                      7 pm Resurrection matins with procession around the Church

April 20th - 9:30 am Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, Pascha Divine Liturgy, followed by the blessing of baskets

April 21st - 9:00 am Divine Liturgy of Bright Monday

Souper Bowl Sunday

Thanks to the efforts of the Jr. ACRY and parish children, they collected 59 cans of soup and 35 other food items.  They also brought in $223 and donated it to Nate Choma and the mission work of the ACRY Ambassador fund.  Thank you to Joyce Lyasko, Barbara Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lion for making and donating soup.  Thank you to all in the parish that stayed for the luncheon and donated!  Thank you to the kids for all their hard work too!
 

Fundraisers

If you are looking to help someone out here are a few options.

Deacon William is a graduate from Christ the Saviour Seminary. Our effort to give back to the school that helped form our new priest is important for the future of the Church.  Please consider giving a monetary donations to go towards the seminary.  This collection will continue until March 23rd. There is a wooden collection box in the back of the church for all donations.

Head over to the Announcements & Events page for more information.

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The Lives of Saints Peter and Paul

The Holy Apostle Peter
The son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called, of the tribe of Simeon and the town of Bethsaida, he was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas, or Peter (JN 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to give clear expression to his faith in the Lord Jesus, saying, "Though art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." (MT 16:16) His love for the Lord was very strong and his faith in Him went from strength to strength. When the Lord was put on trial, Peter denied Him three times, but he needed only one look into the face of the Lord and Peter's soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. After his first sermon in Jerusalem, about 3,000 souls were converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, in Italy and in Illyria. Peter was condemned to death on the order of the wicked Emporer Nero. After installing Linus as Bishop of Rome and exhorting and encouraging the flock of Christ there, Peter went to his death with joy. When he saw the cross before him, he asked the executioner to crucify him upside-down, because he felt himself to be unworthy to die in the same way as his Lord. And so, this great servant of the greatest Master went to his rest and received a crown of eternal glory!
The Holy Apostle Paul
Born in Tarsus and of the tribe of Benjamin, he was formerly called Saul and studied under the teacher Gamaliel. He was a Pharisee and fierce persecutor of Christians. Saul was wondrously converted to the Christian Faith by the Lord Himself, who appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He was baptized by the Apostle Ananias, named Paul and enrolled in the great work of the Apostles. He preached the Gospel everywhere with burning zeal, from the borders of Arabia to the land of Spain, among both the Jews and Gentiles (heathens) and receiving the title 'Apostle to the Gentiles'. His fearful sufferings were matched only by his superhuman endurance. Through all the years of preaching, he hung from day to day like a thread between life and death. Filling his days and nights with toil and suffering for Christ, organizing the Church in many places and reaching a high level of perfection, he was able to say, "It is not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me." (Galatians 2:20) Paul was brutally beheaded in Rome in the reign of Nero, at the same time as St. Peter.
Through all the world their voice resounds; their message reaches to the ends of the earth.
Prokimenon for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul
 
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