MESSAGE FROM FR. NICOLAS

Dear Parishioners,

Today, we have read about a new miracle of Jesus. This miracle raises the question in ourselves:  What is the will of God for me now? The aim of our spiritual life, of our faith in Christ, does not consist in being drilled into doing one thing rather than the other; it is to establish between God and us a relationship of true friendship, of a joy of mutual freedom. As St. Mark the Ascetic would say: "If God stood before you, and said, Do this, and do that — and your heart could not answer 'Amen' — don't do it; because God does not need your action: He needs your consent, and harmony between Him and you."

The Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos that we will celebrate on August 15, is just about this harmony between the Virgin Mary and God.

Most Holy Theotokos save us!

Fr. Nicolas


IN TIMES OF ILLNESS

"Come, O blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was sick and you visited me." (Matt. 25:31-46).

When a member of our Parish is ill and has been hospitalized or may be recuperating at home, the immediate family of the ill person should contact Father Nicolas at (212) 795-5870. It is beneficial to both the body and the soul when our priest prays for us when we are healthy or ill.


SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Please join us every Sunday for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship and coffee in our Social Hall.

Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:15 AM

Complimentary valet parking on Sundays.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Coffee Hour after Church Services on Sunday, please call the church office.

For additional information on church services, please contact the Church office at (212) 795-5870 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


CALENDAR



PARISH UPDATES

ST. BASIL ACADEMY: Join the St. Spyridon Sunday School as we host the children of St. Basil Academy at a NY Yankees game on September 17 at 1:05 PM.

If you would like to sponsor a child, make a donation or join the fun, please contact Jeanne Palaigos or the church office at (212) 795-5870. Tickets are $26.50. We also give the children $20 each for spending money. As always, many thanks for all your help and generosity.

RESTORATION PROJECT: The restoration of our beautiful church continues. Every week there are new things to see. We hope you will all participate and donate the restoration of an icon or area of your choosing. The more funds we receive; the more areas of restoration will be completed.

Read about the restoration on page 22 of the June-July-Aug 2017 issue of the Orthodox Observer:

NEW PARISH PRIEST:  The Parish Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Father Nicolas Kazarian as our full time priest beginning June 1st, 2017.  Please join us in welcoming Father and his family to our Saint Spyridon Community.

SUMMER DONATION 2017: As many of us spend our summer months with family and friends in far off locales, the work and the ministry of Saint Spyridon in Washington Heights continues. In order to keep our doors open for the summer months, today we are asking you to help support us; not only through prayers and love, but also financially. Any donation that you make will help ensure that the work of our historic parish can continue through the summer months. We hope and pray that you have a restful and enjoyable summer vacation. May God continually bless each of you and your families!