Father’s Message – December 2016

Dear Parishioners,

“Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight the paths of our God”. (Isaiah 40:3)

Every Great Feast of the Orthodox Church is preceded by a period of preparation.  One of the longest and richest period is the Nativity Fast.  But what does it mean to prepare?  For many, the preparation for Christmas is hectic-shopping for presents, making decorations, mailing cards, attending Christmas parties, and so forth.   But in the midst of this mad rush, where is our spiritual preparation?

The Church invites us to prepare for Christmas through fasting, prayer and worship with the hymns of the season.  But these hymns are not just songs of praise; they are rich with profound biblical references.  This is especially true of the hymns that dominate the entire season of Christmas the Katavasias of Christmas.  Through them the Church invites us to study the Old Testament, for one theme that unmistakably permeates is how the Nativity of Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecies about the Birth of the Messiah.  Thus the Church’s liturgical life fulfills a twofold purpose:  to worship and adore Christ, “Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man” (Nicene Creed); and to rediscover and contemplate the Divine revelation in the Old and New Testaments.

Prosphora Making Seminar Photos

St. Athanasios’s FOS Ministry hosted an informative presentation and book-signing by guest speaker Marilyn Rouvelas, author of the critically acclaimed book A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America, a bestseller in the Greek-American community explaining Hellenic culture and Orthodox traditions. Attendees also learned to make prosphora, the holy bread used in Divine Liturgy, in a hands-on workshop led by Presvytera Christina Stavropoulos.  Attendees from six different parishes attended – many thanks to everyone for their wonderful fellowship!

Holy Week 2016

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2016 Annual Community Dinner Dance

On Saturday November 5th we are having our annual Community Dinner Dance.  Please join us for the 2016 Community Dinner Dance on November 5th, 2016 in our Community Center. This Dinner Dance is the first fundraiser we are having in order to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms. Thanks to the PTO, Philoptochos, and a few parishoners, we have started in this direction. Please call as soon as possible to make your reservations. Tickets will be on sale after Church. For more information download the flyer below.

2016-dinner-dance

Father’s Message – October 2016

Dear Parishioners,

The Church is the center of the liturgical life for Orthodox Christians.  Inside the Church, the faithful live and receive the Grace of the Holy Mysteries.  The greatest opportunity for receiving Divine Grace is the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

The Divine Liturgy is not merely a gathering of the faithful.  It is the union of the faithful with each other.  It is the union of the Church Militant here on earth with the Church Triumphant in heaven.  Most of all, it is the union of the faithful with Christ.  In the Divine Liturgy, the faithful travel together through all of the stages of Christ’s life on Earth.  Together with the shepherds, they visit the manger of Bethlehem.  Together with the simple people of Galilee, they observe the entry of Christ into public life.  Together with the multitude which “was astonished at His teaching,” they listen to Christ’s Gospel, which is Wisdom.  Together with a few select souls, they travel with Christ as He climbs up Golgotha to His Passion and are “crucified with” Christ.  Together with the Myrrh-bearing women, they experience the joy of the Resurrection.  Every stage of the life of Christ is repeated in the Divine Liturgy.

A Special Presentation And Prosphora-Making Class sponsored by our Fos Ministry

The St. Athanasios Fos Ministry Presents a Half-Day Retreat

Please Join Us on Saturday, November 19, 2 P.M. – 5 P.M. for A Special Presentation And Prosphora-Making Class.  Coffee & Refreshments Will Be Served.  Flyer is attached below.  Everyone is Invited To Attend.

About our Lecturer: Marilyn Rouvelas

fos-retreat-imageAuthor of the critically acclaimed book about Hellenic culture: A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America, a bestseller in the Greek-American community explaining Hellenic and Orthodox traditions. She has also co-authored several children’s books including Peter Clashes with Anger, Eleni Looks at Jealousy and St. Anthony the Great.

Lecture Topic: The Orthodox Home: A Center of Worship and Witness

While explaining how to set up a home iconostasis, Marilyn also will expand on the rich traditions that bring meaning and purpose to our lives as Christians. What is theosis?  Why develop a relationship with your patron saint? What should be done with the palm crosses from Palm Sunday or the red egg saved from Pascha? How can an icon center help center your life?

Class: The Art Of Making Prosphora: Prosphora, meaning “that which is offered,” is specially prepared for use in the Divine Liturgy including for Holy Communion and antithoron. Please join us as we learn to make and bake this holy bread of the ancient Orthodox Christian tradition.

Donation: $10.

GOYA Volleyball and Basketball Game Schedule – Fall 2016

October 16 Paramus @ Randolph
October 23 Roseland @ Paramus (Volleyball only)
October 30 Paramus @ Clifton
November 20 Paramus @ Tenafly
December 4 Wyckoff @ Paramus
December 11 Fairview @ Paramus

For all regular season games:
Volleyball Jr 2:30pm
Volleyball Sr 3:30pm
Basketball Sr 4:30pm
Basketball Jr 5:30pm

Semi-Finals December 17 Volleyball @ Roseland, Basketball @ Randolph

Finals December 18 @ Randolph