October 2018 Message From Father Peter

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Glory To Jesus Christ!  Glory Forever!

The Church New Year has begun and parish life is back into full swing as we enter into the season of Autumn..

I am pleased that the recent holy days of the Nativity of the Mother of God and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross were well attended. Church School has begun and we have resumed our weekly Bible Study. All of this of course with preparations for our Annual Slavic Food Fest taking place, our annual picnic and our ongoing outreach work at the Lord’s Kitchen.

Bishop Gregory has often reminded us that it is important that we be active Orthodox Christians in both our spiritual lives and in the lives of our parish community. The world needs us to be light and salt, to help others navigate the stormy seas of life. To be a ray of sunshine, and a light of hope in a world that is filled at times anxiety and darkness. This is a tall task to be sure, one that challenges us spiritually and physically. Thankfully we have the opportunity to strengthen ourselves by immersing ourselves in the spiritual life of the Church. When we attending divine services and receive the Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion regularly we are spiritually recharged and given the strength we need to do the work of the Church, in our corner of the world.

As we begin the month of October, I encourage you to take time to thoroughly read this month’s edition of The Prophet. In addition to being brought up to date on the present and future happenings in our parish and the local Orthodox Community, you will enjoy another heartfelt reflection by our resident writer, Serge Mihaly and learning about the life of St. Romanos the Melodist.

I pray that you are richly blessed this month, with renewed strength and zeal to live our precious Orthodox Faith to the fullest as we walk together on the straight and narrow path which leads to the Kingdom of Heaven.

With Love in Christ,

Fr. Peter