Bulletin for Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)
Tone 8 and Eothinon 8
Martyr Kodratos of Corinth and His Five Companions
 

We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us today.  Please note that only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with prayer, fasting and a recent confession may approach to receive Holy Communion.  Everyone is welcome to reverence the cross and to partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor, and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 8
O Compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou mightest deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Apolytikion of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe.  For from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Kontakion of Cheese Fare Sunday – Tone 6
O Thou who guidest to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the instructor of the ignorant, and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master.  Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen.

Epistle – Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4 (Cheese Fare Sunday)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 46.6, 1.  O chant unto our God, chant ye.
Verse.  Clap your hands, all ye nations.

BRETHREN, now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in chambering and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.

But as for the one who is weak in faith, receive him, but not for disputes over opinions.  For one believes he may eat anything; but the weak person eats herbs. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.  Who are you to be the judge over the servant of a stranger? To his own master he either stands or falls; but he will be made to stand; for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel – Matthew 6:14-21 (Cheese Fare Sunday)

THE LORD SAID, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there will you heart be also.”

Next week’s homework:
Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40 (First Sunday of Great Lent)
John 1:43-51 (First Sunday of Great Lent)

POST-COMMUNION PRAYERS – As the faithful approach to reverence the cross, receive a blessing and a piece of antidoron (holy bread) at the dismissal, a reader will read the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving.  Please greet each other quietly as we reverently hear these prayers.

TODAY’S USHERS – March is Ladies’ Month in the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Members of the Ladies of St. Mary’s will serve as ushers (Chaza Rafiaa, Dr. Yvonne Zrake, Rose Abdallah, and  Lorraine Deeb), read the epistle (Amanda Regnier, English and  Aline Farkouh, Arabic), and assist with the distribution of the Holy Eucharist (Dr. Yvonne Zrake, Chaza Rafiaa, Barbara Deeb, and Janice Deeb).  Please allow the Church School students, teachers and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that they can proceed to their classes and begin in a timely fashion.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY OF FORGIVENESS (CHEESE FARE)

MARCH IS LADIES’ MONTH IN THE ANTIOCHIAN ARCHDIOCESE

Mission Statement - The mission of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, NY, is to love and worship God through participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through education, outreach, fellowship, and works of mercy with love for each other, our neighbors, and our diverse world.

TODAY, MARCH 10 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Albert Bittar, Nicholas Ghiz, Emeline Halibi, Maude Sarkis, Laurice Merhige Schuh, Gloria Sparsidis, Georgette Hamwi, Adma Jabran, Charles Kassatly, and William Simon.  Memory eternal!

Rose Zrake offers Prayers of Oblation for the health of the handmaiden of God Marie Tashji.  Many years!

Nicholas L. Massab offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Donna Jean Pollack McCarthy.  Memory eternal!

Arlene and Michael Nassr offer Prayers of Oblation and a Memorial Service for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Zakia Khoury, Laila and Edward Nassar, and Shamseh and Dr. John Dalack.  A Coffee Hour in their memories will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 17 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Violet Alekel, Alice Alekel, Michael Arout, Gladys Awad, Eleanor Couri, Dr. George B. Cury, James Deeb, Mary Farrah, Salwa Fauty, George Gehshan, Edward Jabara, Lorriane Jabara, Mary Kenan, Nicholas Khoury, Maurice Khzam, Alfred Makhoul, Nadima Makhoul, Violette Mahab, Laila Nassr,  Beatrice Nebham, Thomas Russo, Walter Thabit, and William Zarick.  Memory eternal!

Marie and Charlie Bryant will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Laila Nassr.  Memory eternal!

Dr. Alice B. Farkouh will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Dr. George B. Cury.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – Rafik J. Mahab offers the Holy Bread of Oblation for the month of March in loving memory of his mother, Violette Chammas.  Memory eternal!  Donors are welcome for April and succeeding months.  We ask for an offering of $50/week.

SEMINARIANS – Our pledge envelopes for the month of March included a blue envelope marked “Seminarians.”  Please use this envelope to support Metropolitan JOSEPH’s annual appeal on behalf of our theological students.  Our minimum contribution as a parish is $500. If anyone is currently not receiving pledge envelopes, please see Fr. Michael or Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), George Arbeeny, Charlie Bryant, Albert Castley (FL), Nadim Dahdouh, Robert Forcina, Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Louis Savarese, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Marianne Trabulsi (PA), and Rose Zrake (at home).  If a member of your family is in the hospital or recuperating at home, please call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – We are now in the final stage of preparation in anticipation of returning to our church by mid-April.  As usually happens in projects of this nature, the Church has run into unbudgeted expenses which the Parish Council discussed at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, March 3.  These expenses make it vitally important that everyone does what he or she can to bring this project to a successful conclusion.  If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution toward this project, please find a pledge card on the table at the back of the hall, or see any Parish Council member.  The pledge card will provide an opportunity to make a one-time donation or a pledge for payment over a period of six months. To date the following friends and families have made pledges or donations towards this project:

Renee Abate, Rose Abdallah, Albert Absey, Fadi Albishara and Ann Nardone, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, Angela and Christopher Athineos, Theresa and Mike Awad, Kenneth Azar, Michael and Maria Azar, Richard Aznavoorian, Joan Bacon, Kim Bianco, Diana and Timothy Bittar, Charles and Marie Bryant, Nancy Collette, John A. Couri, Drs. Gregory and Amal Dalack, Michael Nassif Dalack, Gloria Darzi, Barbara Deeb, Janice Deeb, Patricia Deluca, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, John and Anita Eyd, Peter Elkas, Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh, Diana Finger, Alice Carolyn and David Furer, Gary Gagnone, Marc and Helen Galloway, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ghiz, Dr. Robert Haddad, Nissar Haddad, Gregory Hamaty, Lola Hamra, Edward Hanna, Holly and Gary Hanna, Marianne Hindelly, Gloria and Kenneth Jabara, Lina and Sam Kaiami, Violet Karkenny(+), Joyce Katen, Nicole and George Khouzami, Nouhad Khouzami, Anthony Kirshy, Shelly and Patricia Kaufman, George Khoury, Jr., Dr. Nidal and Christine Khoury, Lily and Paul Lang, Debbie and Robert Mackoul, Sabry and Anne Glynn Mackoul, Rafik Mahab, Carol Makhoul, Michael and Corrine Mallia, Camil Malouf, Linda Mantia, Denise and Christopher McBride, Dr. Jean and Drew McCrossan, Renee and Theodore Najjar, Dr. George and Kathryn Nassoor, Lisa Newman, Susan and Michael Obel, Edith Tadross O’Donnell, Chrysoula Photopoulos, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Karen and Robert Rich, Marian Russo, Andrea and Wade Saadi, Karen Sadaka, Theodore Sadaka, Audrey and Charles Sahadi, Louise Sahadi, Robert Sahadi, Kerry and Ronald Sahadi, Linda and George Salamy, Cathy and Raymond Saleeby, Roland Salloum, Wanda Salloum, Victor and Joyce Samaha, Louis Saverese, Caroline and Peter Schneirla, Gladys Schroeder, Dennis and Barbara Shawah, William and Nadia Soued, Anthony Speer, Karen and Matthew Spolar, Hiam Sukkarieh, Karen and Tony Tadross, Michael Tadross, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Christine and Patrick Whelan, Drs. Samar and Naser Yazigi, Jeffrey Zahka, Mimi Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Metropolitan JOSEPH, Malakie and Richard Zogob, Cindy and Gregory Zrake, and Rose Zrake.

WINTER COAT DRIVE – Teen SOYO has placed a large container in the “narthex” for their annual Winter Coat Drive.  The Coat Drive includes gloves, hats, socks, blankets and sweaters, and will continue through March.  Thank you for your support.

FASTING DISCIPLINE FOR MARCH - This week, known as Pure Week, the Great Fast begins.  The first three days are traditionally observed with what is popularly referred to as a “black fast.”  This means that beginning with the first day of Great Lent (tomorrow) no food or drink is consumed until after the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Pure Wednesday.  After the first three days of Pure Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, cheese, eggs, dairy, fish, wine, olive oil or they by-products) is observed on all days with the exception of wine and olive oil being allowed on Saturdays and Sundays along with fish, wine, and olive oil being allowed on the Great Feast of the Annunciation (March 25).

FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE – The traditional FFHP boxes will be available today after church.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS – It’s time to think about Summer Camp at the Antiochian Village!  We have assigned our full scholarship from The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, but we are now seeking donations to other campers who may need assistance.  If you are able and interested, please give your check to Fr. Michael payable to St. Mary’s Church with “camp scholarship” in the memo line.

ANNIE THE MUSICAL - Ridge Chorale presents “Annie” featuring our own Connor Mayrose and Scarlet Diviney. Friday, March 22, 8 PM, Saturday March 23, 2  PM and 8 PM, Sunday March 24, 2 PM, Friday, March 29, 8 PM, Saturday, March 20, 2 PM and 8 PM, Sunday March 31, 2 PM, at Our Lady of Angels Auditorium,  74th Street and 4th Avenue.  Order online at www.ridgechorale.com to choose your own seats, or call (718) 989-9566 to reserve.

ESTATE PLANNING – Have I included St. Mary’s Church in my estate plan?

PARISH WEBSITE – Did you know that we post the weekly bulletin on the web?  Simply go to www.smaoc.squarespace.com/bulletin, and view the bulletin at home.  Also, find us on Facebook.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Sunday, March 10 Cheese Fare Sunday and Forgiveness Vespers

Monday, March 11 Great Lent Begins

Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 13 Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 7:00 PM

Followed by Pot Luck Supper

Friday, March 15 Lenten Supper hosted by Church School/Parents Guild, 6:30

First Little Compline and Akathist Hymn, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 16 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 17 Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers @ St. Nicholas, 4:00 PM

FROM THE FATHERS – “The more days of fasting there are, the better the healing is; the longer the period of abstinence, the more abundant the gain of salvation is.”

  • St. Augustine of Hippo

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.

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Bulletin for Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Holy Martyr Menas of Egypt
Tone 7 and Eothinon 2
Martyrs Victor and Stephanie in Damascus

We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us today.  Please note that only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with prayer, fasting and a recent confession may approach to receive Holy Communion.  Everyone is welcome to reverence the cross and to partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor, and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 7
Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross.  Thou didst open paradise to the thief. Thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim a warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world thy Great Mercy.

Apolytikion of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe.  For from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple – Tone 4
The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today entered the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit:  whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.


Epistle – II Corinthians 4:6-15 (Holy Martyrs Menas of Egypt and Victor of Damascus)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 67:35, 27.  God is wondrous in His saints.
Verse.  In the churches bless ye God!

    BRETHREN, seeing that it is the God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, the same also shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of power is from God, and not from us.  We are pressed on every way, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; smitten down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.

    But having in us the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke,” we also believe, and therefore we also speak, knowing that the One who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up through Jesus, and will make us stand together with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, which is multiplied through the thanksgiving of many, may abound to the glory of God.


Gospel – Luke 10:25-37 (Eighth Sunday of Luke)

AT THAT TIME, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”  And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.”

    But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Next week’s homework:   
Ephesians 4:1-7 (Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Luke 12:16-21 (Ninth Sunday of Luke)

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.

NOVEMBER 11, 2018 – HOLY MARTYR MENAS THE WONDERWORKER

Mission Statement - The mission of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, NY, is to love and worship God through participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through education, outreach, fellowship, and works of mercy with love for each other, our neighbors, and our diverse world.


TODAY, NOVEMBER 11 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra, Linda Cassatly, Leila Dahdouh, Stanley Fadel, Charlene Alekel Goldrick, Rashida Marie Haddad, Victoria Khouri, Dorothy Madey, George Malouf, George Massabni, Nora K. Nahas, Gabriella R. Sadaka, Nicholas Sahadi, Charles Salloum, Victor Smatt, and Alex Zahka.  Memory eternal!

Michele Ateyeh offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Victoria Khouri.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Fawzi Semaan offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of his soul.  A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!

Michelle and David Solano offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Leila Dahdouh.  Memory eternal!

Janice Hili offers Prayers of Oblation and a Five-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of her father, Stanley Fadel.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Eva Abdalla, Antanius N. Arida, Fred Brahamsha, Louise Dibbs, Sahab Dibbs, Alice Elkas, Richard H. Habeeb, George R. Haddad, Henry Haddad, Jr., Paul David Khoury, John G. Klele, Sophie Kotite, John A. Livreri, Louis Orfaly, Dorothy Dillon Page, Fuad Salamy, Adele Sarkees, George Shamyer, Moufid Taweel, John Trabulsi, and Gregory Zarr.  Memory eternal!

Peter Elkas will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Alice Elkas.  Memory eternal!

Claudie Hadad and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Henry Hadad, Jr.  They also pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Saleem Jabara, Olga Azkoul Jabara, Delores Jabara, and Paul Jabara.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – The Family of George Malouf offers the Holy Bread for the month of November in his memory.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.  Because we are ordering more bread, and the cost has gone up slightly, we will now ask for a donation of $50/week.

PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will meet tomorrow, November 12, at 7:30 PM.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYERS – As the faithful approach to reverence the cross, receive a blessing and a piece of antidoron (holy bread) at the dismissal, a reader will read the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving.  Please greet each other quietly as we reverently hear these prayers.

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Please allow the Church School students, teachers and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that they can proceed to their classes and begin in a timely fashion.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Tiriz Alsaifi, George Arbeeny, Clair Banat, Charlie Bryant, Nadim Dahdouh, Robert Forcina, Joey Ganim (MD), Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Gregory Hamaty, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Brenda Samman, Louis Savarese, Susan Schocket-Obel, Nancy Schmidt, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Kathleen Zarr, and Rose Zrake (at home).  If a member of your family is in the hospital or recuperating at home, please call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

MIDNIGHT RUN – Teen SOYO and the Young Adults will participate in this Friday’s Midnight Run.  Please meet at Holy Cross Church at 8 PM for food and clothing preparation.  Please see Deacon Farid, Andrea Zrake, or Diana Kaiami for more information.

IOCC SUNDAY – Our November pledge envelopes included a yellow envelope for “International Orthodox Christian Charities” dated November 18.  We annually receive this collection on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Our faithful can either drop their envelope in the collection tray on Sundays or return it to the church office.  If you are not receiving pledge envelopes, please inform the church office so that we can add you to our list of supporters.  Thank you for your support of IOCC.

ORDER OF ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH – Save the date for the Order of St. Ignatius Christmas Gathering on Saturday, December 22, following Great Vespers at 6 PM at St. Anthony Church in Bergenfield, NJ.  This year everyone is invited, not just current members of the Order. There will be appeal for the new cabins at the Antiochian Village Camp.  A formal invitation will follow. Please consider induction into the Order when Metropolitan JOSEPH visits on January 6.

LADIES’ CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – The Ladies of St. Mary’s are preparing for the Annual Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 1.  We are hoping that our very talented bakers will generously donate their specialties. If you would like to donate baked goods, please contact Marian Russo at (718) 836-7876.  We would appreciate receiving donations of costume and better jewelry, liquor, and new merchandise for the raffle baskets.  Other new items and gently used items should be brought to the church by Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 to be sold at the Ladies’ tables.  We need MEN VOLUNTEERS on a Sunday afternoon (date will be determined shortly) to pick up Christmas decorations. MEN VOLUNTEERS are also needed on the afternoon of December 1 to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr at (917) 771-2427.

PARISH WEBSITE – Did you know that we post the weekly bulletin on the web?  Simply go to www.smaoc.squarespace.com/bulletin, and view the bulletin at home.  Also, find us on Facebook.

Cries of the Heart:  Words of Assurance

Using the Psalms to Make it through the Day

The Psalms are great songs of our dignity and fallibility, they serve as tools that help us get in touch with our feelings and realize that we are never alone, never forgotten, never overlooked, no matter how bleak or broken we may feel.  They are honest to God, raw, harsh, unexpurgated and very adult in content and sentiment.

The Psalms express human cries of Anger, Despair, Loneliness, Anxiety, and Hopelessness.  They express what it feels like to be broken, worried for your children, your parents, your partners and your friends. The poison we feel when we are full of resentments toward those we envy or have the desire to get even with those who have hurt us.  They are also songs of Hope, Joy and Praise.

For ages upon ages these songs have been used as guideposts and safe havens for those of many faiths, of lost faith, of no faith or of other spiritual traditions and temperaments.

For six weeks we will read selected psalms and use them therapeutically to ease our fears and heighten our gratitude and joy that we are not alone and that God is working with us.  All this makes for lively dialogue and wonderful way for us to come together as a community.

Please join Fr. Michael and Dr. Jim Maroosis as they discuss how the Psalms free us from shame, teach us to live healthier, happy lives through good times and times of difficulty or extreme hardship and concern.

Remaining Schedule of Psalms and Themes to be discussed:


10/10 You Are What You Eat

“Blessed is the man / Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…

Nor sits in the seat of the troublesome” – Psalm 1


10/17 Family Betrayal

“Oh Lord, why do those who afflict me multiply” - Psalm 3


10/24 Trust in God

“The Lord is my Shepard: I shall not want” - Psalm 23


11/7 Feeling Forsaken and Confused

“Oh God, my God, hear me: Why have you forsaken me” – Psalm 22


11/14 The Joy of Forgiveness

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy” – Psalm 50/51


11/21 Jump for Joy

“Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” – Psalm 150



RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – We remind our faithful parishioners that we will celebrate all divine services in Couri Hall.  We anticipate that the restoration of the church will take approximately six months. As we stated in our letter to the parish, we will need to make alternative arrangements in the event of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

To date the following friends and families have made pledges or donations towards this project:

Renee Abate, Rose Abdallah, Albert Absey, Fadi Albishara and Ann Nardone, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, Angela & Christopher Athineos, Kenneth Azar, Michael and Maria Azar, Joan Bacon, Charles and Marie Bryant, Drs. Gregory and Amal Dalack, Michael Nassif Dalack, Gloria Darzi, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, John and Anita Eyd, Peter Elkas, Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh, Diana Finger, Alice Carolyn and David Furer, Marc and Helen Galloway, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ghiz, Nissar Haddad, Gregory Hamaty, Lola Hamra, Marianne Hindelly, Joyce Katen, Anthony Kirshy, Shelly and Patricia Kaufman, George Khoury, Jr., Dr. Nidal and Christine Khoury, Debbie and Robert Mackoul, Sabry and Anne Glynn Mackoul, Rafik Mahab, Carol Makhoul, Michael and Corrine Mallia, Linda Mantia, Denise and Christopher McBride, Edith Tadross O’Donnell, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Maria Russo, Karen Sadaka, Theodore Sadaka, Audrey and Charles Sahadi, Louise Sahadi, Linda and George Salamy, Victor and Joyce Samaha, Louis Saverese, Gladys Schroeder, Dennis and Barbara Shawah, William and Nadia Soued, Anthony Speer, Karen and Matthew Spolar, Hiam Sukkarieh, Michael Tadross, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Jeffrey Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Malakie and Richard Zogob, Cindy & Gregory Zrake, and Rose Zrake.

If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution toward this project, please find a pledge card on the table at the back of the hall, or see any Parish Council member.  The pledge card will provide an opportunity to make a one-time donation or a pledge for payment over a period of six months.


ESTATE PLANNING – Have I included St. Mary’s Church in my estate plan?


DATES TO REMEMBER


    Monday, November 12        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

    Wednesday, November 14    Adult Discussion Group, 7:00 PM

    Thursday, November 15        Advent Begins

    Friday, November 16        Midnight Run, 8:00 PM

    Saturday, November 17        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Thursday, November 29        Ladies Baking and Boutique Set up

    Saturday, December 22        Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch Christmas Gathering


FROM THE FATHERS – “Consider all men to be your brothers, and sick brothers at that.  And if you come to feel that God has given you better health than others, now that it is given through mercy, so in health you may serve your frailer brothers.”

  • St. Nikolai Velimerovich


A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America