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.
We have a new priest, Fr. Andrew and his wife Yoanna. They are thrilled to be here and look forward to being involved with parishioners in experiencing God as meaningfully as possible.
Fr. Andrew's goal as God's co-worker is to help bring to everyone a sacramental taste of theology. A theologian is someone who believes and practices in the proper understanding and experience of the Holy Trinity, as far as Christ Jesus lives uniquely in each person by the Eucharist of the Liturgy. The first Christians taught this, as their documents prove, and only Eastern Christianity retains the Apostolic Tradition in its fullness. Western Christianity has veered toward a hyper-reliance on Augustine, Anselm, Luther and Calvin, if they know it or not, so they believe in the same God as we do but worship a somewhat different Trinity for a somewhat different Church.
The Eastern Orthodox Church has never needed to be reformed, developed or restored, never requiring a special definition based on a non-Apostolic religious founder, such as Calvinism, Lutherism, Wesleyism, Papism, Augustinism, etc., which possess certain doctrines that did not exist in early Church times. As the Lord Jesus promised, the gates of Hades have never partially or temporarily corrupted the Church or the Faith, since it is impossible for the Truth to be divided or lost. So when we speak of the Church and the Trinity, we follow them according to their original meanings and original practices, not later innovations. Even some Roman Catholics and Protestants recognize this transcendent, unchanging quality of the early Church's faith surviving fully intact in Eastern Christianity. And they are awed by the beauty.
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. 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.
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.
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!
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, 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.