St. Nicholas Greek School invites all of you to their annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm. This is their main annual fundraiser. Please support them.
The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time for Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. It is also on this day that the Triodion is introduced, a liturgical book that contains the services from this Sunday, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), to Great and Holy Saturday.
All Church School students, from Preschool to 12th Grade, participate in our parish-level Oratorical Festival and must turn in their speeches or assignments to their teachers by the Parish Oratorical Festival due date. Fr. Nick will go over all speeches and assignments and provide feedback to each student.
Our newly established "Cross+Way" Adult Ministry will meet this month on Friday, February 15 at 6:00 pm. This meeting's topic will be: "How to make Orthodoxy relevant to your kids?" As we mentioned before, this ministry is aimed at the 30-50 years of age group. Please join us for discussion and fellowship.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception. The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in a variety of relevant events and also releases pertinent statements on the topic.
Applications for scholarships administered by the Office of the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are available for awards to be made for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline for submitting an application for any of these scholarships is May 3, 2019.
This feast, celebrated on February 2, is known in the Orthodox Church as The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Another name for the feast is The Meeting of our Lord. Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians call the feast, The Purification of the Holy Virgin. About 450 AD in Jerusalem, people began the custom of holding lighted candles during the Divine Liturgy of this feast day. Therefore, some churches in the West refer to this holy day as Candlemas. The Feast of the Presentation concludes the observances related to the Nativity of Christ, a period that opened on November 15 with the beginning of the Nativity fast.