Dear brothers and sisters
Christ is risen!
Indeed He is risen!
In today's issue:
  1. Upcoming Schedule
  2. Christian education in our parish
  3. Driving Teams
  4. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  5. Orthodox Summer Camps info
  6. Wisdom from the saints
  7. Garage Sale
  8. Grave Blessings
  9. Podcast recommendation of the week
  10. June birthdays
  11. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
Join our online Book Study group, which meets every other week on Fridays at 8pm.
We are beginning to read a new book, "
The Religion of the Apostles" by Fr Stephen De Young. 
This is one of the best sellers among Orthodox books at the moment. The book "presents the Orthodox Christian Church of today as a continuation of the religious life of the apostles, which in turn was a continuation of the life of the people of God since the beginning of creation."
We meet via Google Meet; therefore, reply to this email to get the meeting link.
If you or someone you know need help getting to and from church on Sundays (or other days), please let Fr Aleksey know, or reply to this email.
If you would like to volunteer to drive someone to church on your way here, also tell Fr Aleksey.
As the cruel and unprovoked invasion of and war in Ukraine by Vladimir Putin tragically continues, we, as Christians living in the USA, will continue to pray and help in whatever way we can:

1. Pray - here is a link to 
three Prayers for Peace.

2. Help - on the first page of our website - - you will find information for ways you can help either financially or with items donated. The information will be periodically updated.

May the Good Lord guard and protect those who are being bombed, wounded, and displaced, and grant eternal rest with His saints to all the lives already lost in this senseless war.
We now have an Orthodox Summer Camp Fund to help sponsor the children of our parish to attend an Orthodox Summer camp (or two). In Fall 2021, we dedicated our Charity Month to start this Fund. In Spring 2022, we plan to do one more Charity Month for the same purpose. And our children will also do a fundraiser around Pascha.

Parents, if you would like to send your child to an Orthodox Summer camp, 
here is a list of most (if not all) Orthodox Summer camps in the US. These camps have already opened registration process!

Other Orthodox Summer camps of note are:
- Antiochian Village Camp in Western PA.
Saint Andrew's Camp in upstate NY.
Saint Tikhon's Summer Camp in by St Tikhon's Monastery in PA.
Camp Nazareth in Western PA.

A lot of these camps offer financial aid and scholarships, and now our parish will also be able to help you send your child to a Summer camp. Choose a camp that interests you (or ask Fr Aleksey for recommendations); and after you register, let Fr Aleksey know in order to receive financial aid from our Orthodox Summer Camp Fund.
The month of May is dedicated as a Charity Month for the Summer Camp Fund.
We who do not even know how to ask for what is fitting unless we have received of the Spirit, let us take care to offer up thanksgiving for all things, and let us bear all things nobly.
- Saint John Chrysostom
The Church School will be organizing and running a garage sale in August (exact date TBD).
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to an organization helping with the Ukrainian refugees.
If you have any items to donate, please bring them to the gym in the Educational Center and leave them on the stage.
Please note, do not leave your donations on the steps to the gym, in the hallway, or on the gym floor. If you are unsure whether the building is open, please call in advance.
This year the grave blessings will take place only on one day – Pentecost Sunday, June 12, instead of the usual two days:

- Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa – 2pm – starting from the TOP

- East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton – 4pm

- Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Garfield – 4:30pm

If this day does not work for you and you would still like to bless the graves of your loved ones, or if their resting place is in any other cemetery, please let Fr Aleksey know. He is open to doing it on any day his schedule allows, and he does not mind traveling.
Click on image for the podcast episode

The name of today's episode: "Finding the Prodigal Dory" from way back in 2016.
Listen to discover which of the hosts cried, to hear discussions of how Pixar teaches us about personhood, and how the story of a fish is a story about God’s love bringing us home.
John, June, James, Carter, Maryann, Juliann, Barbara, Joakim, Daria, Natalia, Emery, George, Ken, Anca, Jennifer
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

Christ's intercession for us

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The Epistle reading

it is more blessed to give

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Saint of the day

Venerable Euphrosynia, Abbess of Polotsk (Belarus) (1173)

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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