Dear brothers and sisters
Christ is among us!
He is and always will be!
In today's issue:
  1. Upcoming Schedule
  2. Christian education in our parish
  3. Parish Rejuvenation Team
  4. Driving Teams
  5. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  6. Wisdom from the saints
  7. Podcast recommendation of the week
  8. October birthdays
  9. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
With faith and hope in the resurrection to come and eternal life, Archpriest John Kassatkin has fallen asleep on Thursday, October 6.

He was a long-time pastor of the Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Hackettstown, NJ, and a friend of our parish.

May Fr John rest in peace and rise in glory with our Lord Jesus Christ. Memory be eternal!

Schedule of services for the newly-departed Fr John

 all services to be held at the Elevation of the Holy Cross Church, 
909 County Rd 517, Hackettstown, NJ
Sunday, October 9
9:00am Arrival of the body of the newly-reposed Archpriest John

9:30am - Divine Liturgy with visitation afterwards

7:00pm - Rite of the Funeral of a Priest

Monday, October 10
10:00am - Divine Liturgy, Litiya

Interment at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetary in Saddle Brook, NJ

2:00pm - Repast
To find out more about our Parish Ed Day, click on the image above.
In order to register your child(ren) or yourself for the Church School, please click
The goal of our Church School is to forming well-rounded disciples of Christ.
We have classes for those as young as 3 y.o. to as old as you want to be.
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.
This is the last call for those who'd like to be part of this culture-changing, mentality-shifting, future-building team!
In the last quarterly Newsletter, Fr Aleksey mentioned the need to figure out what is the purpose of our parish. Why do we exist? And where are we going? At this point, it seems we are aimlessly wandering into ... something. This simply can't continue.
Therefore, we will be forming a special task force - Parish Rejuvenation Team. The goal of this team will be to draft a Mission and Vision statements for our parish, and come up with specific plan of our we will implement them today and going forward. We will be looking for outside help to guide and coach us.
If aimless wandering is not your thing; if you care about the future of our parish; if you would like to contribute, please see Fr Aleksey or reply to this email.
(no prior experience is required, a simple desire for the growth of our parish as stewards of God-given gifts is enough)
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 and tortured, wounded and displaced, and grant eternal rest with His saints to all the lives already lost in this senseless war.
God desires and seeks the salvation of all. And He is always saving all who wish to be saved from drowning in the sea of life and sin. But He does not always save in a boat or a convenient, well-equipped harbor. He promised to save the holy apostle Paul and all his fellow-travelers, and He did save them. But the apostle and his fellow-passengers were not saved in the ship, which was wrecked; they were saved with great difficulty, some by swimming and others on boards and various bits of the ship's wreckage.
- Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov
Click on image for the podcast episode
Episode name: Without My Sword...What Am I?

If you have been watching the new Amazon Prime series The Rings of Power, which is based on the works of JRR Tolkien, and would like to know what the show runners got right and wrong, and why it is important, and how it relates to today's culture, give a listen to the two Tolkien nerds, Deacon Nicholas Kotar and Richard Rohlin, as they dissect the new show.
Kathy, Megan, Nina, Emma, Jaye, John, Nancy, Lily, Georgiana, Laura, Linda, Peter, Juan, Bailey, Jean, Anna, Gregory, Tamara, Janeen
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

all aboard!

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The Epistle reading

merciful almsgiving

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Saint of the day

repose of the holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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