Oratorical Festival Through the Years

By: Athina Vella – St. Andrew’s Church Randolph, NJ     Every year, the host church for the St. John Chrysostom National Oratorical Festival asks previous national finalists in...

THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING AND STEWARDSHIP by Fr Alexander G. Leondis We are found in the season of Thanksgiving when we offer gratitude to God as a nation and as individuals for His...

Thank You, Father

In honor of Clergy Appreciation month, this is a message of appreciation to the various priests who have served to nurture the staff members of the Center for Family Care in the Orthodox...

No, Your Priest Does Not Want You To Buy Gift Cards for a Parishioner in Need

Stop! I need your attention for a moment. ... Stop everything you are doing right now and read this article. I promise you and your parishioners will be glad you did.  Cyber...

Saint Sophia’s Holy Paradox: Loving God First Is Loving Your Children More

By Presvytera Melanie DiStefano     “Anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me .” (Matt 10:37)   ...

If You Believe, You Will Become

If You Believe, You Will Become   Jordan Peterson is a modern day author and clinical psychologist notoriously featured in the media because of his outspoken views on controversial...

So You've Formed a Parish Outreach Committee...

We sense that something needs to be done. We see the trends. Attendance is down. We are celebrating fewer weddings and baptisms. Funerals are holding steady. Stewardship is declining. We clearly...

The Paraklesis Service

For anyone who suffers from grief, depression, sorrow, or anxiety, the Paraklesis is a welcome salve to the soul. Although the gospel message of Jesus Christ is one of joy, the Paraklesis service...

Stewards of the Gifts of God

  Click HERE to watch the latest "Be the Bee" featuring Archbishop Elpidophoros as he and Steve discuss the stewardship of our many gifts.  

A Delightful Surprise Part II

what can we learn about family prayer from a monastic family?

A House Divided: A Family’s Fight for Vincent Lambert’s Life, and Death

You may be following the story in the news of late of the French man, Vincent Lambert, whose injuries in a 2008 car crash left him brain damaged and a quadriplegic. His parents have been seeking...

Youth Stewardship with Steven Christoforou

YOUTH STEWARDSHIP with Y2AM's Steven Christoforou   Click HERE to View the Webinar Hosted by Stacey Stathulis  

The Example of Saint Sampson: Encouragement for the Caregiver’s Soul

By Presvytera Melanie DiStefano “Being a physician, he came to Constantinople, where he so distinguished himself for his…love for the sick and the poor…” St. Sampson’s love for the sick...

Prune Your Soul

I used to be fearful of pruning my rose bushes, wanting them to have full freedom to grow any which way they would. I didn’t want to be like a highly caffeinated hairdresser lopping off more than...

Social Media and Parish Outreach

To say social media is ubiquitous (for good or for ill) might be the greatest understatement ever - there are 1.2 billion Facebook users alone. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat...

4 Things Leslie Knope Taught Me About Church Work

Working in the Church isn't easy. Neither is working in Pawnee. Here are 4 things I Steve learned from Leslie Knope.

Meet Demetra Ganias Soterakis: An Oratorical Teen turned News Anchor and Mom

  Similar to many first-time Oratorical Festival Teens, Demetra Ganias Soterakis decided to participate in the event alongside friends and classmates because it was an annual Sunday...

Women Who Bloom: The Intersection of CSW63 & Women in the Church

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established on June 21st, 1946 to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment . The Commission, supported by UN Women , establishes...

PALM SUNDAY -- MAKE THEM WANT TO COME BACK!

Palm Sunday is fast approaching. Our churches will once again be filled with the faithful we love, but don’t see as often as we would like. Our first inclination may be to scold or at least lay on...

Towards Compunction: Opening Our Hearts to the Grace of God

A look at two kinds of compunction, and what they both mean for our spiritual lives.