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Holy Apostles Orthodox Church Celebrates First Services in Their New Building!


Holy Apostles Orthodox CHURCH in Mechanicsburg, PA has opened the doors on its' new building! After 3 years of planning, 129 clergy and faithful from the local Orthodox Church gathered with His Eminence, Archbishop Mark, and Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Rector, for a Moliben of Thanksgiving with the blessing of the Building, followed by the first Great Vespers Service. The following day, the very first Divine Liturgy was celebrated. May God Grant the parishioners of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church Many Years! Congratulations!

Building a Church in Mechanicsburg - UPDATED! 8/31/2016

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS!  For the past 3 years, Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA has been planning on moving from the office space multi-purpose chapel/hall, to a more permanent and accommodating facility. After a lot of meetings, struggle, prayer, and patience things have begun to move!
On June 30, the feast of the Holy Apostles, after a moliben for the beginning of any good work was served on the property with the relics of our heavenly Patrons, the township issued our building permit. In late July the footers were dug and the preparation work was done. On the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross the walls began to go up.  After a slight delay due to some kinks that needed to be worked out, the roof trusses were set in an impressive manner on Monday, November 16. You can track all of the progress on the construction of the new building HERE.

Holy Apostles Building Fund


Dearly beloved,

Holy Apostles is making tremendous progress in erecting their new worship space. Unfortunately, as with any construction there are unexpected expenses and delays that are quite costly. Any donations to move this project forward would be greatly appreciated. To make a donation, click HERE

+Archbishop Mark

As many of you know, for a number of years St. Stephen's Cathedral has been hosting a Diaconal Formation Program of St. Tikhon's Seminary.  We've been working on expanding this program to also allow for training of layity who are not planning to pursue Diaconal ordination but are active members of their parish and help out in various positions.  This program gives participants foundational knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Church History, Scriptural interpretation and Typical, so it can be especially important for those involved in Catechetical work, Sunday School (especially teen/high school level) and cantors/choir directors. More information HERE.

The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

The Mission of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry is to bring the love of Christ to those who are in prison by providing encouragement, material support, transition and reintegration guidance, Christian education, spiritual guidance and the sacramental life of the Church. How can you help?

Toward the Great and Holy Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Communion

A presentation on Ancient Faith Radio you can listen to HERE.

Proposed Templates for Parish By-Laws / Constitutions *UPDATED MARCH 2016!

Christ is in our midst!

Here you will find two recently revised "Proposed Templates" for parishes desiring to adopt a set of By-Laws or Constitutions where there are none or update them in cases where the old By-Laws are incongruent with the Revised Statutes of the Orthodox Church in America or simply out of date. We welcome feedback on these "Proposed Parish By-Laws."  According to Federal Law regulating Non-Profit Organizations, every Non-Profit must have a set of By-Laws and follow them.  Those who do not endanger their tax exempt status as well as leave their parish council members open to personal liability.  The same could also be said of parishes that have bylaws but do not follow them..  

By Laws            Constitution

+ Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania


Important Message Regarding Diocesan Insurance

His Eminence, Archbishop MARK, has released a message regarding an upcoming change with Diocesan Insurance which will require parishes to abide by the new carrier's sexual misconduct policies. Please review these policies.which can be found HERE.

Revised OCA Statutes

The revised statutes for the Orthodox Church in America are now available. The Revised Statutes are the governing document for the Orthodox Church in America, its' Dioceses, and Parishes. Please review the Revised OCA Statutes HERE.

Fr. Alexis Trader: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World

The following link will take you to a series of four guest posts from Fr. Alexis Trader, a priestmonk and spiritual father of Karakallou Monastery on the Holy Mountain, and author of In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord: An Orthodox Interpretation of the Gifts of the Spirit.

Fr. Alexis has recently released a new book and it is about his new book that he now writes.  CLICK HERE TO READ

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