Father’s Message – December 2015

Dear Parishioners,

Saint Athanasios the Great, a marvelous fourth century writer and father of Christendom wrote a magnificent treatise called, “On the Incarnation.”  He says, God became “sarkophoros” so that we could become “pneumatophoros .”  God bore our flesh so that we could bear His spirit.   In Orthodox liturgical theology Christmas and Epiphany go hand in hand.  Christmas is the prelude.  On Christmas God enters our world.  On Epiphany He makes manifest His Plan of salvation for us.  How can God make manifest His plan of salvation for us if we do not allow the Infant Baby Jesus to grow into full manhood?  How can we grow into Christian maturity to recognize and receive the grace of God, if we remain at our infancy?

St. John reminds us in his Gospel, “But to all who receive Him (Jesus), who believed in His Name, He gave power to become Children of God.”  (1:12)

Christmas is a joyous journey but it is also one of responsibility and commitment.  This is why we must approach the whole Christ, not just bits and pieces of Him. 

General Assembly Meeting

The 2nd Annual General Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, November 8th immediately after the Divine Liturgy.  We urge all parishioners to attend this very important meeting.

It is our obligation and responsibility as parishioners of St. Athanasios Church to attend and participate in the decisions of our Church and community.  All parishioners will receive an individual mailing regarding the agenda for the General Assembly.

Christmas Fast


The forty day fast for the feast of the Nativity begins on Sunday, November 15th. According to the Church Canons, fish, wine and oil are allowed until December 17th, except for Wednesdays and Fridays. Strict Fast is observed from December 18th to the 24th.


Την Κυριακή, 15 Νοεμβρίου αρχίζει η 40 ήμερη Νηστεία των Χριστουγέννων. Σύμφωνα με τους Ιερούς Κανόνες της Εκκλησίας μας, επιτρέπονται το ψάρι, το λάδι και το κρασί έως και τις 17 Δεκεμβρίου, εκτός Τετάρτη και Παρασκευή. Από τις 18 Δεκεμβρίου ως και τις 24 Δεκεμβρίου τηρείται αυστηρή νηστεία.

Father’s Message – October 2015

Dear Parishioners, (in Greek below)

One of the tragedies of many people today is the feeling that they have outgrown the need for God’s word.  The disaster they bring upon themselves as a result is tragic.  But the person who reads the Bible believing that God is actually speaking to him through what he reads  –  this man’s life is transformed.  He finds healing, wholeness, power, peace, forgiveness, love and purpose.

Church Maintenance Committee Updates

Dear Parishioners,

The maintenance committee has worked through summer to make improvements and repairs to our Church and community center.  The following are some of the projects we have worked on:

  • We are in the process of installing energy efficient lighting throughout the buildings, through a PSE&G program
  • We replaced the roof at the entrance of the community center
  • We will be replacing and improving the church roof and dome area before the winter sets in
  • Repaired all locks to secure the building
  • Added interior and exterior security cameras throughout the buildings
  • We will be enhancing our acoustics in the gymnasium/community center
  • Installed all new whiteboards in all classrooms
  • Replaced the community center and church air conditioning units
  • We will be upgrading the landscaping of the property

A lot of time and funds have been put into the maintenance and upgrading of our parish buildings.   Please respect the facilities as you would your own home.


Andy Hios

Maintenance Committee Chairman