Once again we awaken to learn of yet more senseless loss of life due to gun violence. This morning we are reading of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and yesterday in El Paso, Texas. Last evening there also was loss of precious life due to gun violence in Chicago, New York, and Detroit.
We entreat our all merciful Lord to send his mercy on the victims and their families, on the first responders, on all who have suffered because of gun violence, wherever that may be.
I reiterate the message I wrote to President Trump last February: With increasing frequency we are confronted in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods by evil, conflict, sorrow, ignominy, and death. As Orthodox Christians, we understand that these are realities of human existence, and our communities are committed to maintaining the sanctity of all life through our efforts to reach out and minister to all, to bring healing, and to instill peace. But we also require the active contribution of our civil authorities in stemming the onslaught of tragedy that faces our nation.
May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to look favorably upon prayers and grant His peace and wisdom to all who struggle to make sense of the world in which we live. Lord have mercy. - Metropolitan Tikhon
Fr. Eric will be gone from the parish for two weeks as he will be serving as the Chief Chaplain at the World Scouting Jamboree at the Summit in West Virginia. He will be working with Scouts from around 80 countires and over 65 chaplains from many denominations. If you would like to learn more about Scouting and Orthodox Scouting awards, please see Fr. Eric on his return. Services will continue in his absence.
Join the Diocese of New York & New Jersey for Youth Day along with your friends and family for an outing to Yankee Stadium on Saturday, August 17th and watch the New York Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians! A portion of the ticket proceeds will be used as a fundraiser to benefit the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. For details go to:
Our annual Easter Bake Sale will be held Saturday April 20, 2019 from 12-3pm. Pirogi, nut and poppyseed rolls, babka breads and other baked goods will be available for sale. Credit cards accepted.