Altar Candles: The altar candles for the month of November are burning for the repose of +Nicholas Patchan.
Let Us Remember in Prayer: Those who are ill or convalescing. May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician and Healer of souls and bodies, grant them peace and good health for many blessed years.
Please let Fr. Lewis know if anyone should be added or taken away from this prayer list.
Eastern Christian Formation: ECF classes will resume this year on Nov. 19th.
2017 Annual Bishop’s Appeal: The new Bishop’s Appeal has already begun. As stated in the packet, this drive is the major sources of funds that help to sustain the Eparchy’s many projects that help to build-up our churches—seminary expenses being one of them. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the Eparchy because whatever our parish donates over our goal we will receive a 40% rebate of that amount. We have gone over this goal the past two years that I am aware of, and the extra funds were greatly needed. Please remember that checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Passaic, and not to the parish.
Saint Gregory’s Slavic Food Festival: A most gracious thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Slavic Food Festival—may God bless you for your efforts! Saint Gregory of Nyssa is very blessed to have such a large amount of parishioners who participated in this most important fundraising event; from donating funds, time, talents, either at the church or from their personal kitchens. It is your love for God and the gift of salvation that He gives us—through the Church that He set up during His earthly ministry— which all of your efforts have striven to maintain. The actual totals should be available next week, but so far we have exceeded last year’s total. Thank you again, and may God continue to bless you and your families!
Traveling Vocation Icon Program: Our Metropolia is embarking on a traveling Vocation Icon Program for all of the faithful of our Churches to pray for and encourage vocations to the religious life: presbyterate, diaconate, consecrated life of men and women monastics. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our faith in God and when we pray fervently with full trust in God, our prayers will be answered. Please consider bringing the Vocation Icon into your home for a week and praying for vocations to strengthen our church and to lead us all to heaven. Sign up sheet is in church hall.
Phillips Fast: For some major Feast Days in the Church we are asked to fast, pray, and give alms in order to properly prepare ourselves to experience the splendor of the Feast. The Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ is just around the corner. And in order to fully prepare ourselves to celebrate the Incarnation, the Coming of Christ in the Flesh, the Church Fathers have prescribed the 40 days preceding this Feast as a period of fasting and penance. However, in order to remain a Catholic in good standing, there is currently no fasting prescribed beyond the abstinence from meat on Fridays in our Metropolia. However, the faithful are always encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements for their spiritual benefit and for the benefit of the whole church. One may choose to add more fasting through the week, or more personal prayer and reading of Sacred Scripture. The Emmanuel Moleben will be offered each week leading up to The Nativity which will focus on Old Testament Prophesies of the Savior as well as the Gospel passages leading up to Christ’s birth. The beginning of the Fast is November 15th.
|Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events|
|Nov. 15||Beginning of the Phillips Fast|
|Nov. 19||Catechetical Sunday: beginning of ECF program after the Divine Liturgy|
|Dec. 3||Saint Nicholas Celebration|