Christ is in our midst!
Welcome to the web site of the St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church, a pan-Orthodox community that serves the community of Wappingers Falls, and the mid-Hudson Valley. Our church is a parish of the Diocese of New York & New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America. Here you can find information about our parish and its services and events. The service schedule section has the service, classes and events listed. The weekly bulletin is posted as well as the bi-monthly newsletter. Be sure to visit our "News & Events" section for upcoming liturgical, educational, social and fundraising events. Go to our Facebook page here to see all the services and classes live-streamed.
The services and events for the week of January 17, 2022. All services and classes will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook Live page and the link on the homepage to live-stream.
New York State has issued a mask mandate which applies to religious organizations and His Eminence Archbishop Michael has issued guidelines. See the posts below. We are asking that everyone who attends services to wear a mask. There will be masks available in the vestibule. If you are in the vulnerable category or are filling unwell please make sure you take appropriate actions and protect yourself and those around you.
On Wednesday, January 19 we will have the one year memorial service for Olga Jabinsky at 11:00 AM.
On Thursday, January 20 we will have the Orthodoxy 101 class at 7:00 PM. The subject will be on the Church Fathers. It is open to all people interested in the Orthodox Church or those who want to learn more about their faith.
You can sign up for home blessings at the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the vestibule. If you would like Fr. Eric to sign up for you, please contact him.
On Saturday, January 22 at 5:00 PM we will have Great Vespers.
On Sunday, January 23 we will have the Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
His Eminence Archbishop Michael will be making his annual visit to the parish on Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30. If you would like to attend the coffee hour after Vespers on Saturday or the parish luncheon after Liturgy on Sunday, please sign up on the sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the hall or contact Fr. Eric to sign you up.
Dear Families and Friends of St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
As many of you are aware, a new mask mandate for all indoor public venues in New York State began on Monday, December 13, 2021. The last guidelines we received from the Diocese was dated May 26, 2021 with an addendum dated June 9, 2021. They can be found at the Diocesan website at here and here. On December 17, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Michael issued a letter to the Diocese on December 17, 2021 after consulting with the Diocesan leadership and advisors. This letter can be found on the parish website.
As such, the new mandate from New York State was determined to apply to religious organizations. After consultation with the Diocesan leadership, it was determined that parishes in New York State will comply with the mask mandate until such time that further guidance is issued from the Holy Synod and the Diocesan Bishop. As stated in the Guidelines from the Diocese we will not ask for the vaccine status of anyone. However, everyone is asked to wear a mask while in church. All other protocols remain unchanged. For those who are uncomfortable with the single spoon, please contact Fr. Eric for consideration of alternative means. For more information you can see the guidance from New York State. Frequently Asked Questions: Proof of Full Vaccination or Mask Requirement for Businesses and Venues | Department of Health (ny.gov).
We will continue to serve the services and there are no further changes to the parish protocols. We will continue to have coffee hour and we ask that everyone take the appropriate precautions while at coffee hour including wearing a mask until you sit at the table and eat and put the mask back on afterwards. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Eric.
We will continue to pray for the safety of everyone and for those who are going through these difficult times. I remain,
Yours in Christ: