The Falling Asleep of Father Ioannis Andreadis

Dear Parishioners,

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Father Ioannis Andreadis, who so lovingly assisted our community of St. Athanasios, along with many parishes of the Metropolis of New Jersey.

Born and raised on the island of Karpathos, Greece, Father Ioannis served the Holy Orthodox Church as a clergyman for over 65 years. He resided with his daughter and son-in-law, Anastasia and Antoni Diakos in New Jersey. 

Father Ioannis will be greatly missed and we pray that our Lord Jesus Christ grant him peace and life everlasting in His Kingdom. We extend our deepest sympathy to his entire family and may his memory be eternal.

As we know, due to the state wide coronavirus restrictions, the closed door funeral service will be held on Monday, April 6th at 10:00 am at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church. For this reason, we will live stream the entire service so that all family members, friends and parishioners can observe and pray for the repose of his soul.

With Christian Agape,
Fr. Anargyros 

ATTENTION

We have mailed and published an important message to parishioners regarding the financial impact of the crisis on our parish – please read this letter.

As per the revised directive issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, effective immediately the Divine Services are hereby permitted to take place within our Parishes, but closed to the faithful, they are encouraged to participate in available online livestreaming services.

We are broadcasting live streams on Facebook. You can sign up for a free Facebook account and watch from the Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stathnj/. Watch recent services here https://www.facebook.com/stathnj/videos/.

Due to the restrictions put in place in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic by our state authorities, and as directed by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, our Church office is closed until further notice.  For urgent office matters only, you may call Tina at 201-403-7722. In case of a Pastoral emergency, Fr. Anargyros may be reached at 201-925-6994.

Thank You and may our Lord bless and protect us all.

Special Prayer for Healing

Dear Parishioners, 

I pray that you and your families are safe and healthy in your homes. As we all try to continue our Lenten journey during these very critical and difficult times, I ask that we all pray together for our entire community of St. Athanasios. Some of our parishioners have been directly affected with the Coronavirus and now more than ever we need to come together as one Christian family and pray. As we pray let us ask our Almighty God to protect and heal the ones struggling with this disease and pray for our families, friends, neighbors and especially for all the doctors, nurses and first responders putting their lives in the front line to help others.

Let us all pray this special prayer written for the healing of the Coronavirus and may our Lord Jesus Christ hear our words.

With love in Christ,
Fr. Anargyros