“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate – The Church of Alexandria

St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

Diaconate Resources

General Instructions for Deacons

St. Mary’s FAST

St. Mary’s FAST began on Tuesday, August 7th and will continue until her Feast day on August 22nd. Fish is permissible during this fast, however Wednesdays & Fridays still follow the strict fast guidelines of no fish. If you plan on making a vow (Nadr), please consult your spiritual advisor. No vows should be made without the approval and blessing of your spiritual…

SMSA Servants’ Education Program

Overview – St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church Servants’ Education Program is committed to prepare its servants to lead their entrusted services with love, humility and knowledge. It is our goal for each individual servant to grow in faith and advance their understanding of the Orthodox Christian faith, the Coptic Church tradition and early fathers’ teachings. Our ultimate objective in…

Hillsborough – NYC Commuter Bus Service (Starting Mon, Oct 17, 2016)

Attn Prospective Hillsborough – NYC Commuters: Suburban Transit is starting a new non-stop express commuter bus service from Hillsborough to NYC beginning Monday, Oct 17, 2016. Please click here to view the schedule, fares and other related information. Tickets can be purchased at the park & ride location (cash or credit card) during morning commute hour starting Oct 17. We will be…

Contribution Statements

If you have not received your 2017 contribution statement please send an email to contributionstatements@smsanj.org with your full name and address and we will contact you if further information is needed. If there are any inaccuracies please send an email to contributionstatements@smsanj.org with your three or four digit identification number on the statement and the information missing and/or errors. After reviewing the…

Text Messaging System

The church has a text messaging system in order to relay emergency notification or changes that may occur on short notice. During the winter months with inclement weather, the church will rely heavily on this system for up-to-the-minute communication.