On February 5th we were blessed with a Hierarchical Liturgy with Metropolitan Tikhon. In the Narthex, His Beatitude was greeted by the youth of our parish with flowers and icons. Additionally, he was presented bread and salt. He vested in the sanctuary. Joining Fr. Constantine for the liturgy were: Fr. Chterion Z., V. Rev. Joseph Woodill, Dcn. Peter Ilchuk, Dcn. John J., Sdn. Lawrence Basalyga, Sdn. Patrick T., Sdn. Alexander Woodill, as well numerous adult and youth altar servers.
During liturgy our Sdn. Michael was ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Tikhon. It has been a long journey for Dcn. Michael. In fact 30 years ago, His Beatitude was Dcn. Michael's instructor at seminary. Dcn. Michael's family came to witness this important step in Dcn. Michael's life. Axios! May God Grant Dcn. Michael Many Years! Please pray for Dcn. Michael and his Service.
After liturgy, there was a celebratory luncheon. It was a joyous gathering for our parish and Dcn. Michael.
The OCSM Sunday School gave a beautiful performance of the story of Christ's Nativity on Sunday, December 11. The production included 27 children, and in addition to acting out the Nativity, the kids sang beautiful hymns including Of the Father's Love Begotten, O Who Loves Nicholas the Saintly, and the Troparion and Kontakion for the Nativity of Christ. You can watch the video of the Pageant here.
Our Sunday School celebrated St. Nicholas Day with a festive and fun workshop. The kids baked cookies, made ornaments, heard the story of St. Nicholas, brought gifts and goodies to residents at St. Matthew House, decorated the Parish Christmas tree, and had a special visit from St. Nicholas!
Our Beloved Protodeacon Sergius fell asleep in the Lord on March 16th, 2022. Fr Sergius joined Saint Matthew in March of 2011, and was raised to the protodiaconate on Holy Saturday, 2017 by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. His obituary details a life dedicated to the Orthodox faith.
We were blessed to have Metropolitan Tikhon with us to serve for the Panikhida. His heartfelt Homily can be viewed here.
Our resident Iconographer Wayne blessed our parish with a new icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh, written in remembrance of Protdeacon Sergius. Fr. Constantine presented the icon to the parish after liturgy on March 27th. The scroll is inscribed with "through the fiery trial the gold is revealed"
St Matthew Sunday School Christmas Pageant
The St. Matthew Sunday School children performed a beautiful Christmas Pageant after Liturgy on December 12th. Such a wonderful celebration of the birth of Jesus, and we were especially blessed to both have in-person attendance as well as a live stream for those unable to attend. The children were incredible! You can see the live steam of the pageant here.
September 11 Commemoration - 09/12/21
We remembered the victims of 9/11. Subdeacon Michael and Father Constantine arranged a fitting memorial setting at the entry to the church. Father Constantine included many remarks about 9/1l and the victims in his moving sermon. At the end of the liturgy, we held a memorial prayer. Several members of the parish read the names of those who perished that day. May their Memories be Eternal.
Father Constantine's sermon on September 16, 2001
On Sunday, July 18th, our Parish was blessed to worship with Metropolitan Tikhon and visiting clergy. Deacon John was ordained and Readers John and Luke were tonsured. It was a glorious day, thanks be to God!
Undaunted by COVID-19, the Parish held a virtual Chili Cook-Off this year. We had good participation, and some unique varieties of chili! We look forward to coming together as a Parish next year to participate in this event, sponsored by Junior FOCA!
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