On the Sunday after The Nativity we had the great pleasure of welcoming as guest, Fr. Constantin Naclad. Fr. Constantin is a senior member of the Theological and Educational Department of the Romanian Patriarchate. He and his wife were visiting their son and family in York, who are members of our community. After the Divine Liturgy we had an interesting discussion on church matters in the Romanian and Antiochian Patriarchates. We look forward to welcoming them back to York again when they next visit their family.
We are very happy to welcome Mirko Demasi to the Orthodox Church, being chrismated and given the name Elias. We hope and pray for many blessings in the time ahead. Many years, Elias!
This is a note for those who couldn’t be with us last Sunday, and a reminder to those who were, that we are supporting the following charities during the Nativity period – from now until the end of December.
York Foodbank & Carecent York are in great need of the following –
Dried milk, Long-life fruit juice / squash, Instant coffee, Teabags, Biscuits, Sponge puddings, Sweets / chocolate, Breakfast Cereal (all types), Tinned meat (corned beef, hot dogs and spam), Baked Beans, Tinned spaghetti, Tinned tomatoes, Sugar, Tinned fruit
Cleaning products, Baby wipes/face wipes, Shampoo & conditioner, Shower gel, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Roll-on deodorants, Feminine products
There will also be cash collection box and the proceeds from that will be divided equally between:
Bundles of Joy York & International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).
At a time when the feast of Our Lord’s birth is often forgotten in the rush to waste money on costly gifts and over-eating please remember those of our neighbours who have so little – and give generously whatever you can, recalling His parable of the contribution of the Poor Widow (Mark 12:41-44)
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Your prayers, please.
Several of us were pleased to attend the annual conference of the archdiocese this year. We are blessed to be part of a wonderful network of parishes across the UK under the omophorion of our Bishop Silouan. Please enjoy the photos!
Please join us on Wednesday the 1st of March at 6.30pm for this special Lenten service.
For more information about the Canon, please get in touch with Father Michael or have a look at this explanation.