Holy Apostles joins Holy Assumption for the Feast of the Dormition

In keeping with previous years Holy Apostles joined its sister parish Holy Assumption in Clifton for the Feast of the Dormition (falling-asleep) of Our Lady the Theotokos on August 15th. Archbishop Michael presided at both Vespers on the eve of the Feast and the Liturgy the day of.  Father Matthew of Holy Apostles concentrated with Father Terry, the Rector of Holy Assumption, and other diocesan clergy. Vespers on the eve, was particularly well attended with over 70 people in attendance due to the tonsuring of a reader, Christopher Chase. Parishioners from Holy Apostles, Holy Assumption, and Holy Resurrection in Wayne. Flowers were also blessed at the service as is customary for the feast. 

Blessing of Fruit

It is Orthodox custom to bless the first-fruits of the grape harvest on the feast of the Transfiguration, which falls on August 6th. In the Mediterranean world the grape harvest starts at the beginning of August. In contemporary practice all kinds of fruits are brought to be blessed by the faithful. The photos below show this tradition being carried out at Holy Apostles on the Feast of Transfiguration earlier this month. 

National Night Out in Saddle Brook

On August 2nd parishioners from Holy Apostles participated in National Night Out (NNO) in Saddle Brook. NNO is an opportunity for the community to come together and enhance community spirit and friendships and is a nation wide event held in towns and cities across the US . It is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood solidarity to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. 

Pascha (Easter) 2016

Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! Christos Voskrese!

Pysanky Class at Holy Apostles

A Pysanky class was held at Holy Apostles on Friday April 8th with parishioners and locals from the Saddle Brook community. Everyone had a lot of fun preparing for Pascha by practicing this beautiful Ukrainian tradition.

Archbishop Michael Visits

On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee Archbishop Michael paid a visit to Holy Apostles. Eis Polla Eti Despota!

Chrismation of Mark Piro

Congratulations to our newest member the newly-illumined Mark Piro who took St Nicholas as his patron saint. Here are photos from the Chrismation on Theophany.

College Students Visit Emmaus House in Harlem

Sunday afternoon on the feast of St. Nicholas students from the Montclair OCF took a trip into Harlem to volunteer at the Emmaus House. They put on a Christmas party for the neighborhood kids complete with games, crafts, carols, and treats. For more about Emmaus House follow this link: www.emmaushouse-harlem.org