• What Social Distancing Taught Us About Our Non Verbal Son's Faith

    Center for Family Care

    April 27, 2020

    I want to reflect on a particular little death and resurrection which is unveiling itself in the midst of our more stringent self-isolating these days. My non-verbal teenager is showing me something of his relationship with the Lord. Read More

  • Holy Week Hymns for Families

    Center for Family Care

    April 8, 2020

    A selection of Holy Week hymns for families to focus on at home. Read More

  • Why Life?

    Center for Family Care

    February 24, 2020

    The question I am asking and attempting to partly answer in this reflection is “Why?” What exactly is at the heart of the way we deem some human beings more valuable - more fully human - than others? Why do we despise certain groups and see them as threats to our wellbeing? Why do we see our own children as enemies waiting to steal our lives from us? Read More

  • Family Resolutions: New Year, New You?

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2020

    The beginning of January, the first month of the civil calendar, is a traditional time in our society when countless people take something of an inventory of their lives, resolving to implement changes in the hope of bringing about the desired effect. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 15

    Center for Family Care

    August 25, 2019

    On September 1, we celebrate the Ecclesiastical (Church) New Year. This day has also been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarch as a special day of Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 14

    Center for Family Care

    August 18, 2019

    The significance of an Orthodox Christian’s regular participation in the sacrament of Holy Communion cannot be overstated. Having received the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are mystically united to Him and one another.also been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarch as a special day of Protection for the Environment. During prayers this week, read Psalm 103 (104), which is read at the beginning of Vespers. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 13

    Center for Family Care

    August 11, 2019

    As descendants of Adam and Eve, we have inherited the reality of a fallen world. One of the basic truths we accept as Orthodox Christians is that we are sinners. This is important to acknowledge. as “offering” and, as such, is a fitting name for the bread we bring to church for the Divine Liturgy. The making of prosphora in our homes is an opportunity for families to gather and participate in the life of the Church in a meaningful way. Read More

  • Preparing Our Youth for College Life

    Center for Family Care

    August 5, 2019

    “Six or seven out of ten young people will leave the church in college and never return.” This quote, or others like it, has been used by anxious youth workers and campus ministers for at least the past decade. For parents who want their kids to stay connected to the Church, this sounds terrifying, and it is. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 12

    Center for Family Care

    August 4, 2019

    The significance of an Orthodox Christian’s regular participation in the sacrament of Holy Communion cannot be overstated. Having received the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are mystically united to Him and one another. It is only God Who makes us worthy of such a wondrous gift. In His great mercy, we approach the chalice with fear, faith, and love—fully committed to lead holy, transfigured lives. Read More

  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Equipping our Teenagers to Navigate Life

    Center for Family Care

    August 1, 2019

    Over the past several decades the external pressures and challenges associated with parenting teenagers have been varied. As Christian parents we recognize the importance of raising Godly-minded children and we must take appropriate steps to help them in their journey toward Him. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 11

    Center for Family Care

    July 28, 2019

    Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. As a family, at home read the epistle and gospel for the feast at dinnertime. This feast has an afterfeast period of seven days. During these seven days, pray the festal hymns during your family prayer time. If you like, you can even learn how to chant them by listening online. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 10

    Center for Family Care

    July 21, 2019

    As the month of July expires, our attention turns to the two-week fasting period (August 1–14) preceding the final great feast day of the ecclesiastical year, the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15). At this time, it is customary for Orthodox Christian communities to gather and alternately pray the small and great Paraklesis (supplication) services to the Theotokos on most evenings during the fast. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 9

    Center for Family Care

    July 14, 2019

    This week we would like you to pray for your parents every day during your family or individual prayer time. You can pray with words from your heart, or you can use the following prayer. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 8

    Center for Family Care

    July 7, 2019

    The Church’s lectionary designates Scripture readings for every day of the year. The readings correspond to the particular ecclesiastical season in which the Church finds itself.And with good reason! In a concise manner, praying “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (or one of its variations) helps us to follow the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing” Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 7

    Center for Family Care

    June 30, 2019

    Make an effort to attend either an upcoming Vespers or Orthros before Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Encourage your family to pay attention to how we use our five senses to worship during church services. Read More

  • This Summer Soak Up the Sun of the Son

    Center for Family Care

    June 27, 2019

    As a priest, there is nothing more depressing than seeing the joyous faces of our youth in Church one week, and then NOT seeing them the next simply because Sunday school has ended for the school year. There is no such thing as a ‘vacation’ from Church! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 6

    Center for Family Care

    June 23, 2019

    On June 23, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Sunday of All Saints, which honors the eternal memory of every man, woman, and child, throughout the ages, that “finished the race” having “fought the good fight” and received “the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7–8). Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 5

    Center for Family Care

    June 16, 2019

    On Sunday, June 16, we celebrate Pentecost. Take time to learn to chant the apolytikion/troparion to sing during the feast and through the Apodosis (Leave-Taking) of Pentecost on Saturday, June 2. Read More

  • Fatherhood and Faith: A Divine Partnership

    Center for Family Care

    June 13, 2019

    Our real, albeit mystical, union with God is what leads us to understand, or at least appreciate, the connection between family, church and heaven. When one is united to our Heavenly Father, one cannot help but discuss every aspect of life from the perspective of union with Him, whether fathers and their families are grilling in the back yard or receiving the Eucharist in Church on Sunday. Read More

  • Ephebiphobia: Fear of our Teens and Youth

    Center for Family Care

    June 11, 2019

    Hi! My name is Fr. Sampson Kasapakis. My favorite color is blue. If I could become any superhero, I would be Batman. I am a new parent, and I am terrified about raising my children in the world today. I am even MORE terrified of the future world my three-year-old and two-year-old will have to experience as teenagers. Well, that escalated quickly, huh? Read More