Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 29 (Hicksville/Massapequa, for those traveling East), or Exit 29S (for those traveling West). At end of exit ramp, turn Right onto Hicksville Road(Rt-107 S). Pass 1 traffic light (for those traveling East on the Southern State), or 2 traffic lights (for those traveling West on the Southern State), the church is 1 block on the Right-hand side.
From Northern Long Island:
Take the Northern State Parkway to Exit 36A (RT-135SOUTH), towards Seaford. Merge on the Seaford Oyster Bay Exwy. Take Exit 5 (Rt-107 exit), towards Massapequa. Take a Left onto Hicksville Road (Rt-107 S). Travel several blocks, until you pass the entrance/exit ramps for the Southern State Parkway. After the next traffic light, the church is 1 block on the Right-hand side.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, dear Friends,
First, let me say that I love you. You are a blessing to this sinner and I will forever hold you close in my heart. I also want to say thank you for the love and generosity that you have kept Kathy and I since our assignment to St. Gregory’s in 2011. I also need to thank His Grace, Bishop Gregory, the Chancery Staff in Johnstown and the clergy of our diocese and clergy and friends in the Greek Archdiocese for the love and friendship directed to us.
This August, God-willing, I will mark my 34th year as a priest in the Holy Orthodox Church. In those 34 years my pastoral duties have sent me to Illinois, Missouri, New York, Texas, Washington DC, and now back to New York. In all those years Kathy and for many of those years our two sons, have been on this journey of Faith. It has been 37 years since Kathy and I went off to Seminary in 1979. In all those years Kathy has been a loving helper and supporter of my pastorate, often leaving her own good friends, excellent jobs and security for our next assignment. She has done this without reservation. During these many years she continued to improve her education with additional degrees and thus helped our family be more financially secure since in most of my assignments my salary was never enough to support our family. Again, she did this with zeal and without reservation.
Thirty-seven years is a long time for a person to follow another person, even when it is your spouse. Thus, when Kathy had the opportunity to realize a dream of hers to teach overseas and apply her many skills, we prayed about such a monumental change. Thus, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory and the enthusiastic support of our diocesan chancellor, I have asked and have been blessed to be released from my duties as your pastor as of August 1, 2014. Kathy and I, and Max, will move to Tbilisi, Georgia, not the state of Georgia but the Republic of Georgia. Kathy will be the Head Librarian at the New School International School in Tbliisi.
I know this may come as a shock, and in some ways it is a shock to us too. Many steps had to be tested before making this announcement and at each step, God opened a door and blessed us to pass through it. If at any point there was a closed door, we would have accepted it as God’s way of saying, “No, or I have something better in mind for you.” But He has opened all the doors. This decision has been made more difficult because of the love Kathy and I have for all of you and even though we have only been here for 3 years, God has blessed us with both numerical and spiritual growth. We have many new families and a renewed spirit that the next pastor can build upon. My earnest prayer is that you will greet him, love him, and support him as much as you have me.
My prayer is that St. Gregory’s will grow and prosper, that you all continue to love one another and be an open and welcoming community to all newcomers.
His Grace, Bishop Gregory has assigned our new priest. Fr. Andrew Gromm will take up the responsibilities as your new pastor on August 1. There will be no interruption. My last Sunday will be July 27th and Fr. Andrew’s first Sunday will be August 3. We are grateful to Bishop Gregory for working diligently so that there can be as smooth a transition as possible for our community.
Again, Kathy and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to share Christ’s love here in Seaford.
May God continue to inspire us and lead us to ever greater works for His Glory.
In memory of Deacon Richard Howrilka, St. Gregory's is graced with its newest icon of the Nativity of our Lord. Written by renowed iconographer Vladimir Grygorenko, the newest icon is a complement to our first mural icon of the Cruxifiction of our Lord.
The 2013 ACROD SOBOR was held last week in Johnstown, PA, hosted by Christ the Savior Cathedral. Several proposals were submitted to the SOBOR for consideration. Below is the list of approved Proposals with Action Items and Dates for their implementation. Please take a few moments to review the approved Proposals. If you have any questions, please talk to Fr. Joseph or Bill Korchak.
On a related note, congratulations to Bill Korchak on being elected to the ACROD Board of Trustees. I believe this is the first time our parish has had representation on the Board.
PROPOSALS APPROVED BY THE 2013 ACROD SOBOR
1. The Diocese will establish a Health Care Insurance committee to make recommendations to clergy and parishes of the health care insurance options open to clergy so that parishes can make better choices in this area.
2. The Diocese will establish a web-based Christian Education program to assist parishes with parish Orthodox Christian education. It will utilize and expand the existing website resources in accordance with the already existing Diocesan education goals previously established by Metropolitan Nicholas.
3. The Consumer Price Index will be used to adjust the parish diocesan assessment on an annual basis, in the same manner as clergy compensation.
4. The Diocese passed a Diocesan-wide Stewardship Program with the goal of moving parishes away from annual dues to the parish and toward a percentage based system. To this effect the following Action Items are required of each parish by the following dates:
a. Each parish will appoint a local stewardship coordinator to work with the diocesan Stewardship Commission and to lead the stewardship planning, education, and programs of the parish; and, further, that it forward the name of this coordinator to the Diocesan Stewardship Commission by the beginning of Great Lent 2014 (March 3).
b. the parish council of every parish in the diocese will review the stewardship practices of its parish according to the principles that the diocesan Stewardship Commission has laid out in its resources; and, further, that it report its findings to the Diocesan Stewardship Commission by the beginning of the Church Year 2014 (September 1)
c. the parish council of every parish in the diocese develop a plan for the growth of the stewardship of time, talent, and treasure in its parish using the guidance and materials of the diocesan stewardship commission; and, further, that it report its plan to the Diocesan Stewardship Commission by the beginning of the Church Year 2014 (September 1).
5. A Proposal to establish Camp Nazareth as a separate legal entity with a separate board of trustees, was withdrawn but the Bishop and ACROD Board of Trustees will further investigate and report on the idea without taking any action.
His Grace, Bishop Gregory of the American Carpatho Russian Diocese in the USA is the episcopal liason to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF).
Every year a Sunday is set aside to highlight the work of the OCF and to call attention to the critical importance of helping our college students stay connected to their Orthodox Faith during their college years.
Read more here about the OCA College Student Sunday and consider supporting this important ministry.
Our 2013/14 Church School year will begin on Sunday, September 29. Teachers and children will be dismissed after the reception of the Eucharist. We ask that those going to Church School please leave the church quietly and if possible out the front doors of the church so as to minimize distractions for those remaining.
Church School Registration forms will be handed out starting Sunday, August 25. They will also be available at the candle desk.
September 1 is the start of the new liturgical calendar year. Starting in September unless another major feastday occurs during the week, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy every Wednesday at 9:00 am. During the Great Fast Wednesdays (and Fridays) are set aside as days we gather to receive the Euharist at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The frequent reception of the Eucharist is one of the great blessings that we can participate in as Orthodox Christians.
Also starting in September and where appropriate during the liturgical year, other major Feastdays will be celebrated on the eve of Feasts if the fall on Tuesday-Friday, with an evening Vesperal Liturgy. Again, this will give more people a chance to receive the Eucharist and for us to gather as a community.
A few more new items on the monthly calendar will be the posting of the Sunday Fellowship Hour hosts, Birthdays and Anniversaries, and the date of repose of those in our community and in our extended families. If you would like the names of your departed loved ones included, please contact Fr. Joseph.
Many thanks to Vladimir Gregorenko for his presentation to our parish on what new iconography can look like at St. Gregory's and how it can be a tool for greater worship and outreach as we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Starting June 1, Saturday Great Vespers will start at 5:30 with Confessions afterwards. One of the most important ways we can prepare oursevles for the Sunday Divine Liturgy is to participate at Saturday Great Vespers. Moving the time to 5:30 will allow us to come to Vespers and then leave plenty of time for your summer evening activities. Saturday Great Vespers last about 40 minutes and introduces the theme for the Sunday Liturgy.
The Great Feast of Pentecost, the Decent of the Holy Spirit upon the Lord's disciples, and also commonly referred to as the "Birthday of the Church" will also be a fun day of fellowship at St. Gregory's this year. We are planning to have an afternoon full of food and fun. There will be face-painting for the kids, lots of food, music and fellowship for all. Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 23 and enjoy the Feast Day first with worship and then a feast for food. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall for bringing your favorite foods to share.
Peroghi For Sale: Peroghi Orders for those who came after we sold out are ready for pickup. We have additional Peroghi also for sale. Please call 516-754-7804 to arrange pickup or to purchase. God bless and thanks for your support!
His Grace, Bishop Gregory will make his first Archpastoral Visit to St. Gregory of Nyssa Church here in Seaford, NY to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday, March 25.
The Feast will be observed with the celebration of a Vesperal Liturgy starting at 7pm. Bishop Gregory will be accompanined by by Protopresbyter Michael Roscoe, Vice Chancellor of the ACROD and Dean of the NY Deanery. Monastics from the Holy Cross Monastery on Long Island and other guests will be in attendance.
A reception will follow the Vesperal Liturgy in the Church Hall. Everyone is invited to attend the Liturgy and the Reception.
St. Gregory of Nyssa Church serves those who seek to worship the Triune God in the English-language. We are faithful people from various ethnic backgrounds, including people of American, Carpatho-Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian and Arab heritage. The parish is also comprised of numerous converts to the Orthodox Faith.
Our doors are open to all people who are seeking the True Faith and we hope that you will consider making St. Gregory’s your spiritual home.
For a brief history of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, click here and for a history of St. Gregory's, click here.