Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
98 West 28th Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
V. Rev. W. Sophrony Royer, Rector : Rectory Telephone 201-436-3244

Welcome to our family - Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church located in Bayonne, NJ. Our church is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New York and New Jersey. It was founded in December 1922 by our Slavic ancestors from different parts of Eastern Europe. The Divine Services are in English. 

Over the past 97 years, thousands of people have called Ss. Peter and Paul their home. Maybe this parish is the kind of spiritual home you have been searching for as well – please come and see, we would love to have you pray with us.

Please check out the rest of our web site. We hope that you enjoy your visit and find useful information about our Parish. 

Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019

2019 Girls Retreat: Please Register Today!
8 Oct 2019 at 10:10am

Monday, 7 Oct 2019

7 Oct 2019 at 3:46am

Wednesday, 2 Oct 2019

2 Oct 2019 at 11:27pm

Today’s Special Offerings

Sanctuary Lamp offered by John and Helen Wanko in memory of Stephen Brelinsky (anniversary of repose).

Announcements & Events

The Carpatho-Russian American Citizens Club of Bayonne (“Carpathian Club”) is celebrating its centennial anniversary on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 (in advance), which includes premium hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, draft beer, wine, soda, and a dessert/pastry table. For reservations contact Stephen Wanko at 201-437-6549.

The Sons of Italy Lodge #2560 is presenting a “Salute to the Stars of Opera” at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 979 Avenue C, Bayonne, N.J. Donation is $20 (advance), or $25 (at the door). See sign-up sheet in the church vestibule for our parish’s group reservation.

2019 FOCA New Jersey District convention is Friday, November 1, 2019 at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church Hall, 9 Jeffrie Ave., South River, N.J. at 6:00 PM. A dinner at Ria Mar Restaurant will follow at 7:30 PM. RSVP to Rebecca Kozak at (973) 634-7517 or by October 27, 2019.

St. Mary’s annual pasta dinner and card party is Sunday, November 3, 2019 at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 89 W. 29th St., Bayonne, N.J. at 12:00 PM. See Emily Fencik for information.

The N.J. Chapter of Carpatho-Rusyn Society is hosting its annual Rusyn Heritage Dinner on November 3, 2019 at the Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodhull Ave., Little Falls, N.J., 12:30-4:30 PM. Tickets are $35 (members), $38 (non-members), $15 (children, 9-12), and free for children under 9. Send checks, payable to “CS-R,” to: Betty Short, 2201 Conrad Way, Somerset, NJ 08873. See flyer on church bulletin board.

The Bayonne “Alpha” FOCA chapter is having its annual Flea Market this year on November 9th and 16th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Donated items will be gladly accepted in the church hall from October 20th to November 4th.

This month’s General Confession is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 after Great Vespers.

On October 20th and October 27th there shall be special collections for the benefit of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the pan-Orthodox university campus organization.

Upcoming Services
Sunday, October 13th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, October 19th
9:30am Memorial Divine Liturgy

1:00pm - 5:00pm Carpathian Club 100th Platinum Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 20th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy

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Lives of Ss. Peter and Paul

Holy Apostles Peter and Paul are traditionally regarded as the leaders of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.

Both St. Peter and St. Paul received their new names, indicating a new relationship with God. Simon the fisherman became known as Cephas (John 1:42), or Peter after confessing Jesus as the Son of God (Mt.16:18).

St Peter, the brother of St Andrew, was a fisherman on the sea of Galilee. He was married, and Christ healed his mother-in-law of a fever (Mt.8:14). He, with James and John, witnessed the most important miracles of the Savior's earthly life.

Despite his earlier recognition of Christ as the Son of God, he denied Him three times on the night before the Crucifixion. Therefore, after His Resurrection, the Lord asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Then He told Peter to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17).

After the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. Peter addressed the crowd (Acts 2:14), and performed many miracles in Christ's name. He baptized Cornelius, the first Gentile convert (Acts 10:48). He was cast into prison, but escaped with the help of an angel (Acts 5:19). St. Peter also traveled to many places in order to proclaim the Gospel message. He wrote two Epistles, which are part of the New Testament.

St. Peter was put to death in Rome during the reign of Nero. According to Tradition, he asked to be crucified upside down, since he did not feel worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.

St. Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin, and lived in Tarsus in Cilicia. He once described himself as a Hebrew, an Israelite of the seed of Abraham (2 Cor. 11:22). He was also a Pharisee and a tent-maker (Acts 18:3) who had studied the Law with Gamaliel at Jerusalem.

At first, he was called Saul, and had persecuted the Church. He was present at the stoning of St. Stephen (Acts 7: 58). Then, on the road to Damascus, he was converted when Christ appeared to him. Blinded by the vision, he was healed when Ananias laid his hands on him. After his cure, he was baptized (Acts 9:18).

St. Paul is the greatest of the missionaries. He preached the Gospel in Greece, Asia Minor, and in Rome, and wrote fourteen Epistles. Tradition says that he was martyred in Rome about the year 68.