Introduction

Holy Dormition Parish is blessed with a small, but actively participating and sincerely friendly body of faithful believers. Its total active membership of nearly 150 persons spans equal numbers of all age groups, and embraces many cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The parish conducts a regular and traditional cycle of Orthodox liturgical worship throughout the course of the year. Church School classes for children meet twice each month from September through May. Choir rehearsals are conducted as announced. General parish religious education sessions are conducted seasonally, following the Divine Liturgy. The parish council meets regularly ten times a year, under the guidance of the parish rector to maintain and promote the wholesomeness, stability and well-being of the parish.

Each Sunday Divine Liturgy is followed by a time of pleasant fellowship and hospitality, as an expression of Eucharistic unity. Once each month the parish serves a buffet brunch, which the benefits the parish materially and morally. These social gatherings help bring people together and foster good will among them, as members of the Body of Christ. Holy Dormition Parish participates regularly in several community charitable ministries: monthly lunches for inner-city homeless people, grocery collections for a local food pantry, and personal care items collections for a local hospice. All these initiatives are supported by the free-will offerings and volunteer assistance of the parishioners.

The parish publishes a quarterly newsletter, which contains a complete schedule of divine services, didactic articles, and news announcements, and regular periodic bulletins. An historical-catechetical journal entitled A Legacy of Faith, was published to mark the parish’s 90th anniversary in 1997, and a biographical brochure about its rector on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of pastoral ministry, in 2001.



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