On Sunday October 9th Holy Apostles honored its College Students. There was a special prayer at the end of the service and a gift to each student from the parish. There was also a collection taken during the veneration of the cross to support our local OCF at Montclair State.
Every year on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Romanos the Melodist parishes across the diocese honor its singers who help make the Divine Liturgy beautiful and prayerful. This year we honored all our singes who have served for 25 years or more with a certificate from Archbishop Michael.
The Konevets Quartet which performed at Holy Apostles in 2014 is returning to offer a concert at 7 PM on Tuesday the 4th of October. The concert will be held in the church and admission is a $10 donation. Refreshments will be offered afterwards. More information about the quartet can be found at http://konevetsquartet.com/
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.
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.
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.
A Pet Blessing will be held again this year at Holy Apostles on Saturday the 3rd of September at 10 AM. The blessing will last approximately 15 minutes and will be held outside. All kinds of pets are welcome.
Congratulations to Daniel Craig who was received into the Orthodox Church at Holy Apostles this past Sunday on the Feast of Pentecost! Welcome Home!
Thanks to everyone who attended and to the Olderog's for hosting. The event raised $1500 for the parish and it was a blast!
All our love to Lorraine and Marianna Potkul who are leaving Holy Apostles and moving to North Carolina. They will be deeply missed.
Watch this video featuring and explaining the proskomedia service usually done privately by the priest prior to the Liturgy. Many more videos of special events and Father Matthew's Sunday homilies are available at Holy Apostle's Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/holyapostlesnj
Last Sunday parishioners from Holy Apostles and Christ the Savior in Paramus gathered to bless the Saddle River for the 3rd annual Blessing of the Brook.
Photos from the Christmas Liturgy and Vigil where Father Matthew read the Christmas story to the children and explained the Nativity icon. Christ is Born!
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