Terror has struck this nation with yet another senseless act of violence, this time very close to home, as it took place within the territory of our own beloved Metropolis of New Jersey. The shooting that was perpetrated at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and took the lives of five precious souls and wounded many others this past Thursday, is an act of the utmost cowardice and the lowest disregard for one’s fellow man. Although details about the incident are still forthcoming at the moment, we can say with certainty that these types of incidents, which have become so common as to numb our senses to their brutality, stem from a fundamentally spiritual error and weakness, from the refusal of one to see in his brother the image of God that is implanted in all humans. Only someone who does not recognize the image of God in his brother could so callously and cowardly kill his fellow human being. In our times, we are losing our ability to see that image in those who differ from us in race, religion, politics, or any other aspect. We as Orthodox Christians must insist that we treat all our fellow humans as “the brother for whom Christ died” (1 Cor. 8.11).
As your Spiritual Father, I ask all of you, the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, to join me in praying for those that lost their lives in this tragedy, that our loving God would have mercy on their souls and grant them eternal rest. Let us further pray for the families and friends of the victims, that the Holy Spirit comfort them in these dark days of grieving. Furthermore, let us pray that the one who committed such a heinous crime would come to recognize the magnitude of his actions, beg God for mercy, and repent of his sins. Finally, let us not only pray, but let us redouble our efforts to teach all those around us the truth of the Gospel of Life, the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for all and thereby showed the infinite value of every human soul. We have seen recently that even one of our own children from our Greek Orthodox community (Denver) can still fall prey to the world’s insidious gospel of death. Therefore it is all the more important that we proclaim without ceasing the truth of Christ to those who are “sitting in darkness.” He is the great “light that has dawned on those in the land of the shadow death” (Matt. 4.16). Praying that our loving God guide and guard us all, I remain
With Paternal Love and Blessings,
† E V A N G E L O S
Metropolitan of New Jersey
Sunday of the Holy Fathers
Thursday, July 25
Divine Liturgy at 8 am
The Dormition of St. Anna, mother of
Theotokos, Olympias the Deaconess
Nursery Closed for July & August
The Nursery will be closed for the months of July and August. However the Agia Anna Room, which is off the Narthex, to the left as you enter the church, will be available for you to use.
Ss. Constantine & Helen Pre-School
We are very proud to announce that we are currently taking applications for our school for the 2018-2019 school year. We offer a wonderful program with new competitive pricing. Sibling discounts, as well as Ss. Constantine & Helen parishioners, active military, law enforcement, and first responder discounts are available. Visit our website or call for further information. Please help us spread the word and follow us on Facebook.
Pre-School Summer Camp
Our Pre-School will be having a Summer School Camp again this year here in our facility. It will begin on Monday, July 9th, - August 17th, from 9 am – 3 pm, with different fun activities each week for the children. Also, morning and afternoon care will be offered. The registration fee will be $200 a week and the $100 is Non-Refundable. If you have questions, please contact the Director, Mrs. Marie Schablein at 410-573-2072 or email@example.com.
2018 Camp Good Shephard - Chesapeake Bay
We are pleased to announce that registration for Camp Good Shepherd is now OPEN! Any Eastern Orthodox Christian young person can attend. The Camp Good Shepherd will run from Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 2018. The cost is $550 per child. Day-Camper (ages 5-7) tuition is $75 for Thursday, July 19th. If interested in sending your child, please register at www.goannun.org. Be sure to fill out ONE (1) Registration Form PER CHILD. Please provide a valid e-mail address to be used for confirmations and sending the required Medical Forms. REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL ALL FORMS AND PAYMENT ARE RECEIVED.
Name Day Celebration
The Name Day of The Ladies Philoptochos “Agia Anna” will be celebrated on Sunday, July 22nd, with Artoklasia and a reception by The Ladies Philoptochos. We ask that all the ladies from our parish be present.
Lighthouse Shelter Lunch Bag Making
The next sandwich making is scheduled for Monday, July 2, 2018 at Ss. Constantine & Helen beginning at 6 pm. Anyone interested in helping make the sandwiches and bag lunches is welcome. Please consider sponsoring a month. This is a great project for an individual, family or an organization. For more information, click here.
Tis Panayias Picnic
The Parish Council of SS. Constantine and Helen invite you and your family to our Annual Tis Panayias Picnic on Sunday, August 19th, 2018, immediately after the Divine Liturgy, at the Church Hall, to celebrate Tis Panayias and to thank all the volunteers, attendees, and supporters for the success of our Annapolis Greek Festival. Please come for an afternoon of fun and fellowship, food and beverages. Admission will be free. For more information, click here.
Catechism Church School
There will be no Catechism Church School during the summer months. Catechism Church School will begin on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 10 am. Please mark your calendar! This is a great opportunity for them to learn their Orthodox Faith. You can now register your children with our online registration form.
You don't have to wait for September to register your children for Greek School. You can register them now by calling the Church Office at 410-573-2072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download a registration form. Registration fee will be $250 per child. The Opening of the Greek School will be on Monday, September 17th, with the Agiasmos Service at 6 pm, followed by registration and Pizza Party for all the children. Regular classes will resume on Tuesday, September 18th, at 4 pm.
Greek Adult Conversation Class
The Greek Adult Conversation Class will be offered again this year. The class will begin on Wednesday, September 19th, at 6 pm. Those interested please call the Church Office at 410-573-2072 and speak with Mrs. Helen Sfondouris. You can also download a registration form.
2018 Annual Golf Tournament
The 2018 Annual Golf Tournament will take place on October 1st at the Glendale Golf Course on 11501 Old Prospect Hill Road Glendale, MD. Registration is at 12 noon. There will be a Shotgun Start (Scramble Format) at 1:30 pm. The cost of $150 per player includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner and more. Format is Four Person Captain's Choice. For more information, click here.