Christmas Eve service.

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Fr Jerry Before School Service

Every year before school starts or shortly thereafter, Fr. Jerry has a special service dedicated to all children returning to school.  He discusses the importance of school and doing good work, honoring other students and honoring the teachers.  He usually sends them off with a small gift and a special blessing.

Annual Blessing of the Animals

Once a year, usually in the Fall, Abp Thom has a special event called “the Blessing of Animals”.  The community is welcome to bring their animals (usually pets) for a special blessing.  Of particular welcome are rescue animals and seeing eye dogs.  The exact date will be posted on the calendar each year.

 

Scott Phipps Ordained to the Minor Order of Porter

On August 4 Abp Thomas ordained Scott Phipps to the minor order of Porter. The Porter is responsible for making certain that the Church building is open and ready to receive members for each service.

Special Blessing

Fr. Jerry will have a special blessing at the 09:00 and 11:00 services on August 26 for schoolchildren. They will receive the special blessing for the upcoming school year.

Abp Thom Attended a Special Retreat

Abp Thom attended a special retreat in upstate NY from 7 August through 10 August. The retreat was primarily for Western Rite parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) and was hosted by the Fraternity of St. Gregory the Great. Abp Thom reports that he received a warm welcome and that the fellowship was good. He also reports that he had one-on-one meetings with the Western Rite Bishop of North America for ROCOR and that the discussions were positive. He expects to attend again next year.