Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We wish and pray that you are all in good health and safety under the shelter of our Almighty God. We were so thankful to see some of you last Sunday coming in for Holy Communion and we are pleased to announce that we just received new guidelines from the state of NJ allowing up to 50 people inside the church. We are blessed to have Sayidna celebrate Holy Liturgy with us this Sunday. The following are Phase 2 procedures: We will continue to stream the Holy......
A Webinar will be held this Sunday at 4 pm to provide the necessary information for business owners and individuals financially impacted by COVID-19 on the process of applying for loans or grants through the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Act. A presentation will be provided by our own John Barka, CPA, and other professionals. You will be given the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. We highly recommend you join us via the link below to view the information being presented. Meeting link: Click this link to join with your computer......
The following statement has been issued by His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak after recent meetings with clergy: Special Statement about Coronavirus “And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.” (Numbers 16:48) Very Reverend, reverend fathers, parish council presidents and beloved faithful, May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. All of you have been going through a challenging period recently and are unsure how to live our lives. The threat of coronavirus is in our communities, schools, and businesses. And yet,......
If you have not paid your annual church dues, we now have a special online site for your tax-deductible donation. Your pledges this year will assist in critical renovations for our church. Adults can make their pledges here, while it is waived for children, students and seniors. Make your pledge online at this link: virginmarynj.org/membership....
The members of our organization send their best wishes. I am writing you today to make you aware of a new program “Educational Scholarship” that our Assyrian Orphanage and School Association (TMS) has just introduced. The new program exists to offer scholarships and financial assistance to College bound students who are in financial need, in order to assist them in the pursuit of educational advancement. This Scholarship is limited to: Individuals from the Syriac Orthodox Community/ Faith Intended purely for the education of its recipient(s) Limit the period for any individual’s funding......
On Sunday June 9, during the Holy Liturgy, Father Andrew Bahhi calls on the graduates of our Sunday School for 2019. Each will read Bible verses, and receive their certificate from graduation. “Our kids are a living sermon. As much as I will talk and speak about God and Jesus, we have our main goal of how we open our heart to Jesus and how we can put our kids on the truth and on the right way.” — Father Andrew Bahhi. You are graduating from Sunday School, but we will now......
1. To have Abouna pray for a deceased person, please submit the name of the deceased to the board room by 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. This timing is important to help prepare for Holy Liturgy. Late submissions will be announced the following Sunday. 2. If you make a donation in the name of the deceased, the board prefers not to announce the deceased’s name a second time − or the donor’s name. Abouna will have already mentioned the deceased’s name in his prayers on the altar. However, if you want the board......
We are proud to announce the new 2019 scholarship & grant program for the Suryoyo Educational & Cultural Organization (SECO), and all applicants have until June 1, 2019 to apply. Syriac Orthodox students may submit applications if they will be enrolled as full-time students for the entire 2019 academic year at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor or graduate degree in the United States. The SECO “grants” are intended for students and families who are in need of financial assistance. The SECO “scholarships” are intended for students who demonstrate......
We are honored to release the Patriarchial Encyclical for Great Lent. You can watch the video of the full reading of the letter, issued from Damascus, here. May the Lord accept your fasting, repentance, prayers and almsgiving. May He make you worthy to rejoice in the Feast of His Resurrection, enjoying good health of spirit, body and mind. May He have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, St. Peter, Chief of the Apostles, and all the martyrs and saints. ...
“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you a very happy and merry Christmas and very Happy New Year. The other day I heard a story of a son who came to his father and asked, “Father, how big is God?” Then the father, not sure how to answer his son, looked at the sky and saw an airplane flying. So, he asked his son. “How big is this airplane?” His son said, “it......