St. Gregory of Nyssa Church serves those who seek to worship the Triune God in the English language. Though Americans, we are faithful people from various ethnic backgrounds, including Carpatho-Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian and Arab heritage, as well as Philippine and Chinese. 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.
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.
Every Saturday, unless necessarily cancelled, we have the Vespers service at 5:30 PM. One of the most important ways we can prepare ourselves for the Sunday Divine Liturgy is to participate at Saturday Great Vespers. Vespers introduces the holy theme for Liturgy, which is every Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Confession is available after Vespers and after Liturgy. But if there is time, ask Fr. Andrew if a confession can be made before Vespers or Liturgy. If you miss Confession during these times, ask or call Fr. Andrew to schedule a day and time during the week.
Unless a major feastday occurs on a dilfferent day of the week, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy every Wednesday at 9:00 AM. So check the monthly calendar, as listed on this webpage. During Great Lent, Wednesdays (and possibly Fridays) are set aside as days we gather to receive the Eucharist at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The frequent reception of the Eucharist is one of the great blessings we can participate in as Orthodox Christians.
It is possible on certain major feastdays that a Vesperal Liturgy is celebrated. Again, check the monthly calendar. This gives more people a chance to receive the Eucharist and for us to gather as a community.
At the bottom of the monthly calendar are posted birthdays, anniversaries and the dates of the repose of those in our community and in our extended families. If you would like the names of your departed loved ones included, contact Fr. Andrew.
Our 2014-2015 Church School year began on Sunday, September 28th. Every Sunday, teachers and children are dismissed after the reception of the Eucharist. We ask that those going to Church School please leave the church quietly and if possible go out the front doors of the church so as to minimize distractions for those remaining.
Any parents interested in having their child go to Sunday School, talk to Russell Howard (high school and junior high school), Caesar Cantone (high school and junior high school) or Carolyn Lesniak (under junior high school). If your child is not yet a part of Church School, it does not matter when the child joins the class. Lessons each Sunday are based on religious books and/or Fr. Andrew's sermons and the children's bulletin. We are blessed to have children study the Gospel, no matter when or how many times, though we hope every Sunday!
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.
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.
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.
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. Andrew 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.