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A Handbook of Pastoral Correspondence

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This Handbook is a unique resource that has no precedent in our Church in America. For the first time, a comprehensive collection of pastoral correspondence has been brought together to assist the ministries and administrative work of parishes.

The same Handbook is also highly informative. A review of its contents reveals the tremendous breadth of activity within our parishes throughout the Archdiocese. From letters for hierarchs and clergy, elected and local officials, parish councils, church schools, stewardship, and the sacramental, philanthropic, and social ministries of the local parish, this book offers a glimpse into the sacred and vital service that our clergy and laity are conducting each and every day.

This Handbook constitutes a remarkable guide for pastoral correspondence. It will assist many of our clergy and parish leaders as a ready resource for effective and timely communication. It will also assist parishes in planning regular activities and special events so that the witness of our Orthodox faith is offered through every manner of correspondence and in every possible way."  From the introduction, by Archbishop Demetrios of America.


Chapter 1: Correspondence with Clergy

1a. Hierarchs

p. 1

Invitation for a Visiting Hierarch to Celebrate the Divine Liturgy...

Letter Accompanying a Book Sent as a Gift to a Bishop...

Informing the Local Hierarch of Parish Election Results...

1b. Priests

p. 28

Congratulations on Being Appointed Archdeacon...

Declining and Invitation to a Clergy Retreat

Nameday Wishes

Chapter II: Correspondence with Local Authorities and Institutions

2a. Politicians

Initial Communication with a Politician...

p. 33

Congratulating/Inviting a Newly Elected U.S. Senator to the Parish...

Thanking a District Leader

2b. Police

Commending a Police Officer for Outstanding Service...

Permit for Procession on Good Friday...

Request for a Police Parking Permit...

2c. Media

Letter to Archdiocesan Media Officer...

Sample Press Release...

Letter to a Newspaper to Cease and Desist from Printing False Information...

2d. Grant Proposals to Foundations

Letter Seeking Funds for Renovation...

Request for a Grant...

Naming Rights Request...

Chapter III: Correspondence with the Parish Community

p. 79

3a. General Correspondence

Invitation to Attend Enthronement...

Flyer for Community Benefactors Luncheon...

Appeal Seeking Donations...

3b. Parish Council

Announcement of Upcoming Parish Council Elections

Rescheduling a Parish Assembly...

Substituting a Parish Council Member...

3c. School

Welcoming Parents...

Pitch Letter to Prospective Parents...

Affirmation of Status of PTA Officers...

3d. Youth

Youth Coordinator Job Description...

GOYA Membership Form...

Starting a Young Professionals Group...

3e. Membership/Stewardship

Thank-You Letter for Membership Dues...

Stewardship Appeal...

Stewardship Questions and Answers...

3f. Congratulations

Congratulating a Recipient of the Ellis Island Award

Letter to an Honoree Who Could Not Attend an Awards Ceremony

Congratulating a Former Alumnus on High School Admission

3g. Recommendations

General Recommendation Letter...

Reference Letter for a Lifelong Parishioner...

Letter Commending a Police Officer on Outstanding Service...

3h. Donations

Pitch Letter to Possible Donor...

Thanking a Grand Benefactor...

Thanking a Donor...

3i. Thank-You Letters

Accepting an Invitation to an Event

Thanking a Sponsor of the Church Calendar

Thanking a Volunteer...

3j. Birthdays

General Birthday Wishes

3k. Namedays


Nameday Wishes...

3l. Christmas/New Year's Wishes

3m. Get Well Soon

3n. National Celebrations

3o. Committees

3p. Pilgrimages/Recreational Trips

3q. Miscellaneous Letters

Letter Clarifying a Billing Statement

Request to a Bookstore

Thanking an Employee of the Archdiocese...

Chapter IV: Sacramental Life

p. 217

4a. Births

4b. Baptisms

4c. Engagements and Weddings

Congratulating a Couple on Getting Engaged

Thank-You Letter for Wedding Invitation

Marriage Transcript Validated by the Local Hierarch

4d. Divorces

Request for an Ecclesiastical Divorce

4e. Funerals

Condolences on Death of a Mother...

4f. Ordinations

Requesting the Local Hierarch to Call an Aspiring Clergyman to Ordination

Congratulating a Newly Elected Bishop

Announcing an Upcoming Ordination

4g. Church Services

Invitation to Church Feast Day

Sample Feast Day Donation Form

Letter for House Blessings on Ephiphany

4h. Confession

4i. Prayers

Chapter V: Philanthropy and Social Ministry

5a. Philoptochos

Thank-You Letter for Donation to New Chapel

Invitation to a Philoptochos Event

Sample Report by Philoptochos Secretary

5b. Ministry for the Disabled

5c. The Imprisoned

Letter to a Judge Seeking Mercy for Defendants

To a Prisoner on Love

To a Prisoner on the Christmas Feast

5d. Homeless

Chapter VI: Speeches and Pastoral Reports

p. 273

6a. Community Reports

Community Reports....

Pastoral Reflections in Support of the Community's Future....

6b. Homilies & Speeches

Nameday Speech

Graduation Speech

Memorial Day Speech

6c. Sermons

Sermon on the Triodion

Sermon on St. Demetrios

Sermon on Christmas

6d. Messages

A Message to the Parish School's Graduating Class

Journal Message

Introduction for Church Museum Publication

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341 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press




Cleopas Strongylis, Christopher Tripoulas

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