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November 8, 2015

Beloved Parishioners,

We are writing with a special appeal to you and your family. The Saint Nicholas Church, destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, is being resurrected at Ground Zero. The beautiful new building will be a House of Prayer for all people. It will tell our story, the story of the Greek Orthodox People of America.

The new Saint Nicholas is a National Shrine of our Holy Archdiocese. The design was inspired by Hagia Sophia-the great Church of Christ. It will be our American Parthenon, the Parthenon of Orthodoxy. Our Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be fashioned from the very same Pentelic marble as the temple on the Acropolis. It will rise from the ashes of 9/11. Yet, Saint Nicholas will be more.

Our National Shrine at Ground Zero stands just steps away from where so many of our parents, grandparents, and ancestors began their new life in America, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was the first face of America to millions.

Saint Nicholas will be a perpetual Sacred Shrine to the dream that brought our fathers and mothers to the land of freedom and opportunity. The Shrine will be the only religious presence in the 16-acre site of Ground Zero, the new World Trade Center. What an inspired, miraculous opportunity for witness. Never before has there been such a Church on public land, in such a public space. It is estimated that in the next few years, millions of people will see this National Shrine of our Church. It will be a living embodiment of our Greek Orthodox Christian faith.

The national initiative for our parishioners begins on November 8. It ends December 6th – the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. Each family’s gift will be recorded for posterity on an Honor roll in the new edifice. Each will receive a Certificate acknowledging that you have joined thousands of other families across the country. Your gift will count as part of our Parish contributions. Our objective is to rebuild, furnish, and endow the Church by 2016. It is the one-hundredth anniversary of the Parish of Saint Nicholas.

Let us come together as a Church family. Let us make evident to the world the pride we feel in our Greek Orthodox Faith. Let us demonstrate our abiding love and commitment to the Church. Let us help rebuild the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero.

Please make your check out to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine. It can be sent to the Church office, or place it in the collection tray or give to any Parish Council member. We will forward to the Archdiocese.

Faithfully yours,

Fr. John Codis
Efimerios

John Ioannou, Jr.
Parish Council President

St. Nicholas National Shrine

BROADCAST OF THE GROUND BLESSING FOR PARISHES
 
Live Broadcast: On Saturday, October 18th, there will be a live broadcast of the ground blessing ceremony from ground zero.  The live broadcast will be available from the official St. Nicholas National Shrine web site at: http://www.stnicholaswtc.org and the Archdiocese home page at www.goarch.org
Broadcast During Parish Coffee Hour: Opportunity to Share with Parishioners: The video of the broadcast from Ground Zero will be available on Saturday evening on both the St. Nicholas National Shrine and Archdiocese web sites.  Parishes can therefore plan to share the video with parishioners during coffee hour on Sunday, October 19th.  As many of you have done previously, you may setup a computer, iPad, etc, connected to the Internet, along with a projector to show the service.
ST. NICHOLAS GROUND ZERO: OUT OF THE ASHES, A NEW SYMBOL OF OUR FAITH, by Nicholas Gage
Nicholas Gage’s article on the St. Nicholas National Shrine, reprinted with permission, is now available at:
ST. NICHOLAS NATIONAL SHRINE ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
The official social media hashtag for rebuilding St. Nicholas National Shrine is #RebuiltStNicholas.  Please share the #RebuildStNicholas hashtag with the individuals managing your respective social media sites to tag posts related to St. Nicholas National Shrine.
The following are the official social media sites for St. Nicholas National Shrine that you can link to from your parish web sites and share with your parishioners:
“BE THE BEE” ON ST. NICHOLAS
The National Youth and Young Adult Ministries Department’s Be the Bee video series has produced a short, yet powerful segment on the meaning of the new St. Nicholas National Shrine.  Parishes may add this YouTube video to their web site and share it with their parishioners.
Share via email and Social Media:
You can view the video at: http://youtu.be/TP15LYKEabc  You may also use this link to share it with your parish community via email, Facebook, Twitter, or any social media site.
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“A Time to Rebuild” Video Message
A beautiful reflection on September 11th, the loss of St. Nicholas and what rebuilding means to our community.
Share via email and Social Media:
You can view the video at: http://youtu.be/dhLrkKXbVpQ You may also use this link to share it with your parish community via email, Facebook, Twitter, or any social media site.
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Architectural Video Tour
A three-dimensional architectural tour of the new St. Nicholas National Shrine is available.
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You can view the video at: http://youtu.be/hNAk9NGUu2E  You may also use this link to share it with your parish community via email, Facebook, Twitter, or any social media site.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
We have a Frequently Asked Questions page about the St. Nicholas National Shrine at: http://stnicholasgroundzero.org/faqs  The FAQ is available as a web page and you can instantly download it as an MS WORD file or PDF file and disseminate to your parishioners.
 
HOW TO DONATE
Information on how to donate to the St. Nicholas National Shrine is available at: