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Youth Retreats

Please have your children take part in this year’s junior youth retreat for ages 12-14.

Retreat Dates:
Ages 12-14 June 24-26
Ages 15-17 August 19-21
Ages 18-25 August 5-7

Location: Warwick Center – Warwick, NY
Pickup location: Church of the Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ @ 12 PM on Friday
Drop off location: Church of the Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ @ 12 PM on Sunday
Cost: $100
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First 25 to register, return consent form with check will attend retreat.

Every year the Archdiocese in collaboration with S.O.A.Y.O. and the local youth groups host a single youth retreat. This year we have adjusted our vision to make these events more spiritually engaging, with an emphasis on our Syriac heritage and encouraging brotherly bonds between the youth groups of a number of parishes from all over the diocese.

We will depart from the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, NJ on Friday at 12:00 noon this Friday June 24. The retreat will be hosted at the Warwick Center in Warwick, NY ( We will be returning to Paramus, NJ on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 PM.

During our stay there, our youth will make new friends from sister parishes, learn more about our heritage and identity, while providing them with the spiritual nourishment that is so vital to their upbringing in these times. You will be comforted to know that a member of our clergy will be with the youth during the entire retreat. This will be highlighted with a visit by His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, who will spend valuable time with our children on Saturday and perform Holy Mass for them on Sunday morning. In addition the junior youth will be chaperoned by a group of hand picked chaperones that will be paired with the junior youth on a 5 youth to 1 chaperone ratio to provide proper guidance during their time at this year’s retreat.

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His Emininence Archbishop Cyril Aphrem Karim Publishes A Children’s Pictorial Book In The Tree House!

This is a joyful story celebrating the determination of a boy as he grows into manhood.

The story begins one beautiful Sunday morning with seven-year-old Matthew. While attending church with his family, Matthew hears a calling to the priesthood. Later in the day, Matthew invites his sister Sarah and best friend John to “play church” with him in his tree house. A wondrous transformation takes place.

In The Tree House follows Matthew from childhood to early adulthood. He comes alive to us as we learn about his good deeds and evolving relationship with God. As Matthew follows his dream, he receives ongoing…

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Pierre Dunia Altar Servant Award

Suhail and Suzan Dunia of New Jersey have set up an annual award in memory of their sun Pierre, an altar servant of the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey, who passed away on November 21, 2005. The award will be annually given to the an altar servant from the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern USA during the Holy Liturgy celebrated in conjunction with the Annual Youth Convention in North America

The recipient of the award should be form among the ranks of a Mzamrono (Psalter) or Qoruyo (Reader).


Recipient should be recommended by…

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