On Sunday, September 10, 2023, the clergy and faithful of Saint John's church in Little Falls, NJ celebrated the feast of the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John with Great Vespers at 2pm followed by a memorial service for all of the Orthodox Christians that died during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. On Monday, September 11th, prayers for the departed and servants of God and their families continued during Divine Liturgy during which, the church bells rang at the corresponding times of the tragic events of 9/11/2001.
On August 30th, 2023, Victoria (Vicky) Duin, a life-long parishioner and most beloved member of the Saint John's parish community fell asleep in the Lord. On the day of her passing, the rector of Saint John's Church, Rev. Fr. Mark Rashkov served a memorial service for Victoria at Saint John's Russian Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ. On Friday, August 1st, the third day of her passing, Parishioners of Saint John's Church, friends and family members all gathered at Gaita Memorial Home for the viewing and to join in prayer as Father Mark served a parastas for Victoria. The following morning, on Saturday, August 2nd, after divine liturgy, Victoria's funeral took place at Saint John's Church after which, Family members recalled their fondest memories of Victoria. Afterwards, Victoria was buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa, NJ.
Vicky is remembered by all as a very active and integral part of all church activities. She chaired many events (Pierogi making, selling Shop Rite Coupons to name a few). She was the President of St. Anna's Altar Society. She was a former Committee Member. Moreover, she was always first on Sunday to help sell candles and greet everyone with a Good Morning!! Vicky was one of a kind, always ready and willing to help anyone in need. The entire Saint John's community expresses their condolences to Victoria's family and prays that our Lord and God make her memory eternal!
Victoria's obituary may be read on the Gaita Memorial Home website: