• Soak Up the Son: Week 13

    Center for Family Care

    August 21, 2017

    The word prosphoron (in the plural, prosphora) is translated from its Greek origin 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

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 12

    Center for Family Care

    August 21, 2017

    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

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 11

    Center for Family Care

    August 7, 2017

    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

    August 2, 2017

    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 24, 2017

    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 18, 2017

    Over the centuries, much has been said and written about the Jesus Prayer. 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

    July 11, 2017

    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

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 6

    Center for Family Care

    July 7, 2017

    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, let’s remember to include our government officials—local, state, and national—and the members of our armed forces in our prayers. Regardless of our political affiliations and philosophies, we should ask God to work in the lives of those who govern and serve our country. Happy Fourth of July! Read More

  • Then and Now: Early Christianity’s Radical Reshaping of Childhood

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    July 5, 2017

    What the early Christian community came to believe about childhood in the light of Christ’s life changed the world for children. In ancient pagan Roman society, before the introduction of Christianity, children were not considered to be people with the same worth as adults. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 5

    Center for Family Care

    June 28, 2017

    IT’S SUMMER! We bask in this wonderful time for family, friends, relaxing, and fun. It's a time for vacations from work and school. But there is one vacation we shouldn’t consider this summer—and that is from Church. Church should be the center of our lives throughout the year, and summer is no exception! So join us this summer as we #soakuptheSON. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 4

    Center for Family Care

    June 19, 2017

    We offer back to God the gifts he gave us. Everything we have is a gift from God—our money, our family, our homes, our talents, etc. We are called to be good stewards of these gifts and offer them back to God for the good of all of His children. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 3

    Center for Family Care

    June 13, 2017

    On June 11, 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). The list of saints includes names both known and unknown, a reminder of the high calling to holiness for each of us by our baptism and chrismation. Read More

  • Fatherhood: A Time of Joy and Wonder

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    June 13, 2017

    Many things in life come in stages, and fatherhood is one of them. My life as a father began in 1996 with the birth of our first child, Tatiana. The day she came into the world was one of the most glorious days of my life. I experienced a feeling that I never had before, and I gained a perspective that had been absent from my life until that point. I had read about the love of God the Father for His children, but now I was experiencing it firsthand. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 2

    Center for Family Care

    June 5, 2017

    On Sunday, June 4, 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 10. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 1

    Center for Family Care

    May 30, 2017

    IT’S SUMMER! We bask in this wonderful time for family, friends, relaxing, and fun. It's a time for vacations from work and school. But there is one vacation we shouldn’t consider this summer—and that is from Church. Church should be the center of our lives throughout the year, and summer is no exception! So join us this summer as we #soakuptheSON. Read More

  • Care Teams Help Families With Problems

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2017

    “Please help me,” plead the 32-year old Christian woman, frantic after finding her 50 year old mother suffering a brain hemorrhage due to an aneurism. Secretly, her mother has been addicted to opiates; legal prescription pain medication prescribed by her physician, and illegal narcotics including heroin. This secret probably would have remained under wraps much longer if her bleeding brain didn’t send off a distress signal indicating that something was terribly wrong. Read More

  • Attending Church as a Family

    Center for Family Care

    November 4, 2016

    Developing a loving relationship between your family and God should be a daily goal. Relationships can’t be maintained, and certainly can’t grow, with sporadic interactions. Here are some simple suggestions for weaving church life into your daily life at home Read More

  • Domestic Violence about Power and Control over Victim

    Center for Family Care

    October 1, 2016

    Domestic violence is about power and control. It is not about being out of control or losing control. It is a systematic pattern of coercive behaviors intended to punish, gain and maintain control of the victim. It frequently begins so subtly that victims may not realize what is happening. Read More

  • Preparing Our Youth for College Life

    Center for Family Care

    July 1, 2016

    “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

  • Raising Independent Children to be Dependent on God

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2016

    How can parents cultivate a relationship between God and their children? Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a nationally certified counselor, speaks with Emmy Louvaris in the podcast to tell us how. Read More