Diocese: Diocese of New York and New Jersey
Deanery: New York City Deanery
1095 Carll's Straight Path
Dix Hills, New York 11746-8013
Lake Grove, NY 11755
From the Northern State Parkway
Take exit 42 south to Deer Park Ave (Rt 231). Proceed south on Rt 231. Turn left onto Vanderbilt Parkway. At first rigt, turn right onto Carll’s Straight Path. Church is on the right (approx. 2.0 miles).
From the Southern State Parkway
Take exit 39 north to Deer Park Ave, (Rt 231). Travel north on Deer Park Ave for about 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Old Country Rd (one block past the Reliance Federal Savings Bank). At 4th stop sign, turn left onto Carll’s Straight Path. The Church is on the left (about 0.6 of a mile).
From the LIE (eastbound)
Get off at exit 51 (Deer Park Ave, Rt 231). Continue straight on the south service road (across Deer Park Ave). At first light turn right onto Carll’s Straight Path. Church is on right (about 1.2 miles).
From the LIE (westbound)
Get off at exit 53 (LIE divides) Continue in right lane and get off exit 52 (Commack Rd). Continue straight on north service road (across Commack Rd). At first light, turn left onto Carll’s Straight Path. Church is on the right (about 1.3 miles).
Schedule of Services
7:00 PM Vespers or Vigil, Confessions.
9:10 AM Hours.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy, Church School, Fellowship “Coffee Hour”.
7:00 PM Vigil or Great Vespers.
Eves of Great Feasts
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts
Confessions are heard following evening services. For other times, please call Fr John at 631-981-5922 to schedule an appointment.
Please call Fr John to arrange any Sacraments or Memorial Services.
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In June 1966, eight families gathered to form “Suffolk Orthodox Mission”. Services were held at the Rehabilitation Center for Cerebral Palsy and were serviced by temporary pastors—Fr Eugene Tarris and Fr Efrem DeSocio.
On September 4, 1967, Fr John Sochka was appointed the first Rector. Services were held both in his home and at the Catholic Charities Building in Commack, NY. Two years later a 3 acre site was acquired and construction of a Rectory with attached chapel began.
Following the passing away of Fr John Sochka on November 9, 1980, Fr Alexis R Tinker was appointed Rector and construction of the present Church building began. The parish continued to grow in size and in the Spring of 1983, the new Church building was completed and ready for use.
On December 17, 1984, Fr Michael Mihalick was appointed Rector. On June 2, 1991, the 25th Anniversary of the parish, the temple was consecrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, His Eminence, Archbishop Peter, and His Grace, Bishop Job. On September 6, 2001, Fr. Michael Mihalick retired and Fr. John Klingel was appointed Acting Rector.
The parish is located in suburban Long Island on three and one-half acres of beautiful land. In structure, a log cabin temple, is surrounded by pine and oak woods—the physical aspect alone provides a real oasis of peace and beauty in the world. The building, undergoing completion, has the icon screen from the old chapel at St Vladimir’s Seminary which was built and carved by Gleb A Greitz. Some original icons in the screen written by Maria Struve join new ones in a compatible style written by Heather Mary MacKean.
Parishioners and visitors comment on the beauty and “coziness” of St Andrew’s. Natural building materials—logs and iconography using wood, egg tempera and natural pigments, provide a certain warmth possible only with God-given materials. Iconography—colorful, lively, traditional, provides a theology in hues and color of God’s wonderful works in history. Combined, the beauty of the temple reflecting the beauty of God, one sympathizes with the Psalmist “How loevely is Thy dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longs, yea faints for the courts of the Lord” (Ps 84). Our temple is an encounter with God helping us “sense” and “taste” the life to come.
St Andrew’s, the first all-English worshipping Orthodox Mission in Suffolk County, has always strived to be pan-Orthodox—attracting faithful desiring to worship God in English and participate in a full liturgical life.
Its primary focus has been the promotion of the faith and life of the Orthodox Church; offering the Life in Christ as given by the 2,000 year tradition of Orthodoxy. Life in the Church is most important and this vision is promoted through regular Services, Feasts, Fasts, etc. “How we pray is how we believe”. From this, the faithful are nourished and personally involved in areas addressed by the Gospel. The parish offers education at all levels: adult classes, discussions and Church School. Social activities important to parish life include Sunday Coffee Hour, picnics, outings, holiday celebrations, etc.
Liturgical life in a beautiful church, excellent choir, geographical setting, social/educational activities, outreach/charitable works make St Andrew’s a desirable Orthodox community.