Jacmel, Haiti May 2019

Greetings in Christ! We have just returned from Haiti as bearers of good news! Our mission, by your prayers and support, continues to grow.  The Haitians continue to be our solid supporters in prayer by beseeching the Almighty on our behalf! Three children were Baptized at St Augustine Orthodox Church outside of Jakmel.  The beautiful services of our Church during this Pentecostarion season were well attended, especially by the youth! We were the recipients of incredible hospitality.  Our medical clinic continues to be busy and is much appreciated by the entire community. With all of this activity there is also great need in regards to the building projects at St Augustine Church and School and at St Dorothy Church and St Nicolas School.  Your donations this summer will help by making these structures safe for the faithful and visitors.  The situation of building safety has become paramount amidst the many needs at both locations. Also we are raising money for the successful food program which provides 150,000 meals per year to our students and faithful.  The valedictorian candidate at St Augustines Orthodox School has received a full scholarship to finished her high school education here in the U.S.  While here, she will be attending St Maximus Church in Owego, NY.

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Orthodox Awareness

Bartholomew Prays at Iftar

Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.

We report the following unchanged as it was published:

"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...

Missions

Saint John of Kronstadt - Bunnell, Florida

St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Church began as a mission parish in the year 2000, in a home chapel in Palm Coast, FL – a small town on Florida’s northeast coast located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. After two years, it became necessary to have services in area community centers, rented for Sundays and other Holy Days. Read more...

Youth

2023 Youth Conference

Please join us for the 2023 youth conference in Chicago, IL! To learn more, visit the home page or visit the conference website.

Ask A Priest

Fasting

Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...