Exaltation of the Holy Cross


We ask all parishioners to bring their Vasiliko plants to church on Tuesday, September 13 and give them to our Neokoro.  The Vasiliko will be used for the Feast of the Holy Cross on September 14th.


Παρακαλούμε όσους έχουν Βασιλικό στο σπίτι των για τήν εορτή του Τιμίου Σταυρού, να το φέρουν στην Εκκλησία τη Τρίτη, 13  Σεπτεμβρίου και να το δώσουν στο νεωκόρο.


Buses will be available only if enough parishioners pre-register.  Please plan on attending and supporting our divers.  If interested in taking the bus along with the rest of the community, please contact the church office no later than Monday, September 12th.

Paraklesis and Holy Confession


Paraklesis is a supplicatory service addressed to the Mother of God.  It can be held in church or in the homes of interested faithful for the purpose of invoking Divine  help through the Mother of God in the case of physical or spiritual illness or in case of other personal difficulties.  During the service, the names of people for the benefit of whom the Paraklesis is held are mentioned by the priest. 

Father’s Message – August 2016

Dear Parishioners,

August is a sacred month that brings with it a feeling of intensified reverence.  It is  the month of the Blessed Theotokos, Mother of our Lord.  On August 15th, the Orthodox Church celebrates the most solemn of feasts related to Mary, The Mother of our Lord.  This day is called The Dormition, The Falling asleep of the Holy Theotokos.  However, I wonder if many of us not knowing the importance of this Feast Day, worse, not recognizing not utilizing the great help that Mary, our Panaghia, could be for us and to us in coming closer to her Son, our Redeemer and Saviour.

Father’s Message – Summer 2016

My Dear Parishioners,

Once again our church community and parish of St. Athanasios came together to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring services of Holy Week and Pascha.

The beauty of these Holy Days was made even more memorable by the beautiful Epitaphio, the loving prayers and offerings of all the faithful who came to share in both tears and great joy.  Added to the joy of the Resurrection, I do wish to express my gratitude to all the faithful who made this Paschal Celebration a memorable one.

Paschal Encyclicals from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of NJ

Come receive the light, from the never-setting light; and glorify Christ who has risen from the dead!” Only yesterday, we were with Christ in the Upper Room. Only yesterday, we were with Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. Only yesterday, we were with Christ on Golgotha. But today, we are drawn into His glorious resurrection, and we are inspired by a divine joy that fills our hearts. We became new men and women, renewed by the sacrifice of infinite love.

We should no longer be afraid: let us become like Christ, since Christ has chosen to become like us, to be united to us. On this day of Pascha, we enter the doors of the Kingdom. As Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians: God made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly place in Christ Jesus.(Eph 2:5-6)

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