Bulletin for Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 7 and Eothinon 2
Holy Prophet Obadiah

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

Troparion 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.

Troparion 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 – Ephesians 2:14-22 (Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 28.11, 1.  The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse.  Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

BRETHREN, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.  And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Gospel – Luke 12:16-21 (Ninth Sunday of Luke)

THE LORD SPOKE THIS PARABLE:  “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  And he said, ‘I will do this:  I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’  But God said to him, ‘Fool!  This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

As he said this, Jesus called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Next week’s homework:
Ephesians 4:1-7 (Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Luke 18:18-27 (Thirteenth Sunday of Luke)

HOLY BREAD – Dr. John D. Dalack has offered the Holy Bread for the month of November for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra and Dorothy Madey.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.  Many years!

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.

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

NOVEMBER 19, 2017 – TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

TODAY, NOVEMBER 19 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Eva Abdalla, Antanius N. Arida, Fred Brahamsha, Louise Dibbs, Sahab Dibbs, Edward Richard Eadeh, Alice Elkas, Richard H. Habeeb, Paul David Khoury, John G. Klele, Sophie Kotite, John A. Livreri, Aziz Malika, Louis Orfaly, Dorothy Dillon Page, Fuad Salamy, Adele Sarkees, George Shamyer, John Trabulsi, and Moufid Taweel.  Memory eternal!

Mr. & Mrs. John Hooper offer the Divine Liturgy in memory of their uncle, Oscar and Charles Salloum. Memory eternal!

Peter Elkas offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of his mother, Alice Elkas.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Basil Kazan, Paul Dib, Albert Ganim, Eva Jobe, Antonia Khoury, Zakia Tannous Khoury, Theresa Kirshy, Mary Monier, Pauline Nehme, Elias Rahhal, Edward Sarkis, Edward Sayegh, Freda Sayegh, and Souhaila Jada Sciacchitano.  Memory eternal!

The Bryant, Dalack, Ellias, Nassr, and Wallace Families will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Zakia Tannous Khoury.  Memory eternal!

Alice Carolyn Furer will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of her father, Paul T. Dib.  Memory eternal!

Laurice Ganim will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Albert Ganim.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Antonia Khoury will offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of her soul.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Philip Alshayeb, who departed this life in Syria, will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of his soul.  Memory eternal!

Marie Zarr and Gale Zarr will sponsor next week’s Coffee Hour in memory of Gregory Zarr, George Zarr, Rose Zarr and Gail Hall Zarr.  Memory eternal!

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

FALL HARVEST LUNCHEON - The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine, Parent Teacher Organization, and Young Adult Fellowship extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who reached out at the Fall Harvest Luncheon to support Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage.  Thanks to your generosity, a check, in the amount of $1100 is being sent to Project Mexico to provide a meal on Christmas Day to the 23 boys and 19 staff.   God bless each of you.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), George Malouf (Lutheran), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Kenneth Jabara, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Renee Najjar, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Sebastian Rothhammer, Louis Savarese, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Jim Thompson (NJ), George Trisciuzzi, 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.

 

FEAST OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS – We will celebrate an Evening Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple tomorrow, November 20, at 7:00 PM.  This feast is one of the twelve great feasts of the church year.  If you plan to receive Holy Communion, please begin your fast after an early and light lunch.

ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – The Ladies of St. Mary’s, the Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO), and the Young Adult Fellowship will all meet after the Divine Liturgy today.  All parents of Church School students are encouraged to participate in the PTO.  The Young Adult Fellowship welcomes every ages 21-40 to join them today for the election of officers.  No experience necessary!

FASTING DISCIPLINE FOR NOVEMBER – On Wednesday, November 15, we began the Advent Fast (Fast of St. Philip) in anticipation of the feast of the Nativity of Christ on December 25.  The fast is divided into two periods.  The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine, olive oil and their by-products) is observed on all days except Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine, and oil are permitted.  

CANNED FOOD DRIVE AND WINTER COAT DRIVE – Teen SOYO has placed large containers in the narthex for their annual Canned Food and Winter Coat Drives.  Please bring in your contributions of canned goods before Sunday, December 17.  The Coat Drive includes gloves, hats, socks, blankets and sweaters, and will continue into January.  Thank you for your support.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES – The Pastor’s Discretionary Account welcomes contributions during Advent to support cases of urgent need both inside and outside the parish.  Make your check payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “PDA.”

GIVING TUESDAY - Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge shopping days, but #GivingTuesday, November 28, allows us to give online to our favorite charity. Please consider donating to St. Vladimir’s Seminary that day: a generous benefactor will match whatever you give, up to $50,000. Also the Seminary will donate 10% of your gift to Pro Vita Association for the Born and Unborn in Romania, an organization that provides healthcare and education to family units being torn apart by economic stress and that often prevents the heartbreaking decision by a desperate mother to abort her unborn child.  Donate online:  www.svots.edu/support/gt.

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

TEEN SOYO – We have changed the Teen Christian Education Class from Wednesday at 6:00 PM to Saturday following Great Vespers.  All teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – There will be no Bible Study this Wednesday, November 22.  We will resume our Adult Education classes on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 PM.  The topic is “The Early Church in the Book of Acts.”  Bring your Orthodox Study Bibles.  Everyone is welcome!

IOCC SUNDAY – Our November pledge envelopes included a yellow envelope for “International Orthodox Christian Charities.”  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 generous support.

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – The Ladies of St. Mary’s are preparing for the Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 2.  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 new items and gently used items for sale at the Ladies’ Tables.  These items should be brought to the church by Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1. Also we would be very grateful for any Christmas Boutique cash donations which can be used to offset the costs of the event.  We need MEN VOLUNTEERS on Sunday, December 3, to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr (917) 771-2427 if you are available.

 

ORTHODOX REWARDS PROGRAM – Earn money for St. Mary’s and the Retired Clergy Housing Fund.  Shop online and in stores at over 4000 retailers.  Take advantage of discounts and free shipping.  Earn money for St. Mary’s on every dollar you spend at no additional cost.  Register at Antiochian.org/rewardsprogram, select St. Mary’s Church, and install the “Support Button.”

EFFECTIVE GIVING IN 2017 – Did you know that there can be special tax benefits when you give life insurance policies to St. Mary’s Church?  Life insurance policies you no longer need for their original purpose may be a good way to make a special gift.  For example, if you expect to owe less in estate taxes, or if loved ones no longer need the protection provided by a particular policy, consider using that policy to fund a gift to the church.  Gifts of life insurance policies offer a number of tax benefits depending on the policy’s value and other factors.

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

Monday, November 20 Evening Divine Liturgy - Entrance of the Theotokos, 7 PM

Saturday, November 25 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Wednesday, November 29 Adult Education, 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 30 Ladies baking and Christmas Boutique set-up

Friday, December 1 Christmas Boutique set-up

Saturday, December 2 Christmas Boutique

Sunday, December 3 SS. Nicholas and Barbara Day

 

FROM THE FATHERS – “He who sufficiently knows and judges himself has no time to judge others.”

  • St. Philaret of Moscow

Bulletin for Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017
John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria
Tone 6 and Eothinon 1
Apostles Hermas, Linus, Gaius, Patrobas and Philologos of the Seventy

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Troparion of the Resurrection – Tone 6
When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men.  Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou that art risen from the dead!  O Lord, glory to thee.

Apolytikion of John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria – Tone 8
In thy patience thou hast won thy reward, O righteous father. Thou didst persevere unceasingly in prayer; thou didst love the poor, and didst provide for them in all things. Wherefore, intercede with Christ our God, O blessed John the Almsgiver, that our souls be saved.

Troparion 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 9:6-11 (St. John the Merciful)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 115.15, 12.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse.  What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

BRETHREN, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.  As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to 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 2:14-22 (Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
Luke 12:16-21 (Ninth Sunday of Luke)

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.

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

NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – ST. JOHN THE MERCIFUL, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA

TODAY, NOVEMBER 12 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra, Linda Cassatly, Leila Dahdouh, Charlene Alekel Goldrick, George R. Haddad, Rashida Marie Haddad, Assad Hanna, Delores, Olga, Paul, Salem Jabara, Dorothy Madey, George Massabni, Nora K. Nahas, Gabriella R. Sadaka, Nicholas Sahadi, Victor Smatt, Josephine Tadross, Alex Zahka, and Gregory Zarr.  Memory eternal!

Our Parish Family offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of His Grace, Rt. Rev. Bishop Antoun.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Emileen Hanna offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of her soul.  Memory eternal!

The Ladies of St. Mary’s offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of their sister in Christ, Emileen Hanna.  Memory eternal!

The Basso and Sabbagh Families have donated a new zeon (water dispenser used in the preparation of Holy Communion) in memory of Emileen Hanna.  Memory eternal!

The Antiochian Village Alumni offer Prayers of Oblation and a Memorial Service on the 16th Anniversary of his repose.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – 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, Edward Richard Eadeh, Alice Elkas, Richard H. Habeeb, Paul David Khoury, John G. Klele, Sophie Kotite, John A. Livreri, Aziz Malika, Louis Orfaly, Dorothy Dillon Page, Fuad Salamy, Adele Sarkees, George Shamyer, John Trabulsi, and Moufid Taweel.  Memory eternal!

Peter Elkas will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of his mother, Alice Elkas.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – Dr. John D. Dalack has offered the Holy Bread for the month of November for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra and Dorothy Madey.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.  Many years!

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 Church School students, teachers, volunteers and Choir members to commune first so that classes can begin in a timely fashion and so that choir members can return to the loft.  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), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Kenneth Jabara, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, George and Loulou Malouf, Renee Najjar, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Sebastian Rothhammer, Louis Savarese, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Jim Thompson (NJ) 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.

MEMORY ETERNAL!  The servant of God Henry Hadad departed this life on Saturday following a fall in his home.  His funeral was from St. Mary’s Church on Friday.  We extend our sympathies to his wife Claudette and her family as well as to his siblings Fred Hadad and Louise Hamwi and their families.  

MEMORY ETERNAL!  The servant of God Charles Salloum departed this life on Saturday following an extended illness.  His funeral was from St. Mary’s Church on Thursday.  We extend our sympathies to his siblings Wanda Salloum and Roland Salloum, especially following the recent passing of their other brother Oscar.

FALL HARVEST LUNCHEON - The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine, the Parent Teacher Organization, and the Young Adult Fellowship invite everyone to a Fall Harvest Luncheon Coffee Hour following the Divine Liturgy to benefit Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage.  We will feature a raffle for 10 gift baskets, including two from Battleview Orchards, a family owned farm in Freehold, NJ.  Raffle prices are 6 tickets for $5.00 or 15 tickets for $10.   There will also be a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites for you to enjoy.  All proceeds from the sale of tickets and free will donations will be sent to Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage to provide a meal on Christmas Day for the 23 boys and 19 staff at the orphanage.  For more information, please contact Carol Makhoul at cmakhoul@optimum.net or at (732) 677-3910.  We look forward to sharing God’s bounty with everyone that day.

RHAPSODY PLAYERS – Due to a scheduling conflict the Rhapsody Players have cancelled their appearance here at St. Mary’s Church for next Saturday.  They have rescheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018 and apologize for any inconvenience.

TEEN SOYO – We have changed the High School Christian Education Class from Wednesday at 6:00 PM to Saturday following Great Vespers.  All teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – We will continue our Adult Education classes on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.  The topic is “The Early Church in the Book of Acts.”  Bring your Orthodox Study Bibles.  Everyone is welcome!

BROOKLYN CLERGY LECTURE SERIES – The next lecture in this year’s series, “Exploring Aspects of Church Life,” will feature Ms. Robin M. Gaither, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, on the topic “Forgiven and Set Free: So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (John 8:36) this Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 8401 Ridge Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11209, at 7:00 PM.  Light refreshments will follow.  All are welcome!

IOCC SUNDAY – Our November pledge envelopes included a yellow envelope for “International Orthodox Christian Charities.”  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 generous support of IOCC.

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S – Ladies, it is not too early to plan for your donation of baked goods for the Christmas Boutique.  Parishioners in the past have been most generous with their delicious contributions.  We have wonderful and talented bakers among our flock.  Thank you in advance.  Call Marian Russo at (718) 836-7876 if you have any questions.  We need you!

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – The Ladies of St. Mary’s are preparing for the Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 2.  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.  By Sunday November 5, 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 30 and Friday, December 1 to be sold at the Ladies’ Tables.  We need MEN VOLUNTEERS on Sunday, November 26, to pick up Christmas decorations.  MEN VOLUNTEERS are also needed on Sunday, December 3, to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr (917) 771-2427 if you are available.

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, November 12 Fall Harvest Luncheon

Monday, November 13 Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 15 Advent Begins

Adult Education, 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 16 Brooklyn Clergy Lecture Series @ Holy Cross Church, 7 PM

Friday, November 17 Teen and Young Adult Midnight Run

Saturday, November 18 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM, Teen Class, 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 30 Ladies baking and Christmas Boutique set-up

Friday, December 1 Christmas Boutique set-up

Saturday, December 2 Christmas Boutique  

FROM THE FATHERS – “When you see that your mind is happily occupied wih material things, and dwells on material thoughts and the love of wordly things, then you should reflect on the fact that your mind loves material things more than God.  For the Lord has said:  ‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also’ (Matthew 6:21).  The love of God persuades a man who feels this love in his heart to ignore fleeting pleasures, labors, and sorrow.  In this, we should be convinced by the example of all the saintts, who happily set aside such things for Christ.”

  • St. Gregory the Dialogist

Bulletin for Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 5 and Eothinon 11
Apostles Hermas, Linus, Gaius, Patrobas and Philologos of the Seventy

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

Troparion of the Resurrection – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation.  For he took pleasure in ascending the cross in the flesh to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious resurrection.

Troparion 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 Theotokos – Tone 2
O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the mediatrix unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners.  Come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, with assistance; for thou art good.  Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who dost ever intercede for those who honor thee.

Epistle – Galatians 6:11-18 (Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 11.7, 1.  You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse.  Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

BRETHREN, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.  It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and not only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.  For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.  But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.

Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren.  Amen.

Gospel – Luke 16:19-31 (Fifth Sunday of Luke)

THE LORD SAID, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.  And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.  The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.  The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’  And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’  But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’  And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’  He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.’”

Next week’s homework:
II Corinthians 9:6-11 (John the Merciful)
Luke 10:25-37 (Eighth Sunday of Luke)

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

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 – TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

TODAY, NOVEMBER 5 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Michel Al-Kirsheh, Nicholas L. Assatly, Stanley Fadel, Alfred Farkouh, Farezza Hallal, Alfred Helal, Victoria Khouri, Anthony Kinge, Evelyn Mouracade, Najla Sahadi, Helweh Sayage, Josephine Tadross, Mary and Richard Zraick.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Lorraine Zraick offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of her soul, and they will sponsor today’s Coffee Hour in her memory.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra, Linda Cassatly, Leila Dahdouh, Charlene Alekel Goldrick, George R. Haddad, Rashida Marie Haddad, Assad Hanna, Delores, Olga, Paul, Salem Jabara, Dorothy Madey, George Massabni, Nora K. Nahas, Gabriella R. Sadaka, Nicholas Sahadi, Victor Smatt, Alex Zahka, and Gregory Zarr.  Memory eternal!

Our Parish Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of His Grace, Rt. Rev. Bishop Antoun.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Emileen Hanna will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of her soul.  Memory eternal!

The Ladies of St. Mary’s will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of their sister in Christ, Emileen Hanna.  Memory eternal!

The Antiochian Village Alumni will offer Prayers of Oblation and a Memorial Service on the 16th Anniversary of the repose of Rt. Rev. Fr. John Namie, the first camp director.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – Dr. John D. Dalack has offered the Holy Bread for the month of November for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra and Dorothy Madey.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.  Many years!

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 Church School students, teachers, volunteers and Choir members to commune first so that classes can begin in a timely fashion and so that choir members can return to the loft.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

ESTATE PLANNING – Have I developed a retirement plan in consultation with a financial advisor to ensure the quality of life I want when I retire?  Have I included St. Mary’s Church in your estate plan?

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), Henry Hadad (Morristown Memorial), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Kenneth Jabara, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, George and Loulou Malouf, Renee Najjar, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Sebastian Rothhammer, Louis Savarese, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Jim Thompson (NJ) 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.

FASTING DISCIPLINE FOR NOVEMBER – The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine, olive oil and their by-products) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays the first two weeks.  On Wednesday, November 15, we begin the Advent Fast in anticipation of the feast of the Nativity of Christ on December 25.  The fast is divided into two periods.  The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days except Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine, and oil are permitted.  

TEEN SOYO – We have changed the High School Christian Education Class from Wednesday at 6:00 PM to Saturday following Great Vespers, beginning November 11.  All teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – We will continue our Adult Education classes on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.  The topic is “The Early Church in the Book of Acts.”  Bring your Orthodox Study Bibles.  Everyone is welcome!

FALL HARVEST LUNCHEON - The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine, the Parent Teacher Organization, and the Young Adult Fellowship invite everyone to a Fall Harvest Luncheon Coffee Hour on Sunday, November 12, 2017, following the Divine Liturgy to benefit Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage.  We will feature a raffle for 10 gift baskets, including two from Battleview Orchards, a family owned farm in Freehold, NJ.  Raffle prices are 6 tickets for $5.00 or 15 tickets for $10.   There will also be a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites for you to enjoy.  All proceeds from the sale of tickets and free will donations will be sent to Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage to provide a meal on Christmas Day for the 23 boys and 19 staff at the orphanage.  For more information, please contact Carol Makhoul at cmakhoul@optimum.net or at (732) 677-3910.  We look forward to sharing God’s bounty with everyone that day.

MANY YEARS!  We congratulate our parishioner, Robert E. Mackoul, on being inducted into the Hall of Fame by Insurance Business America.  Bob is one of only 35 inductees from all across the country for the year of 2017.  A member of the insurance industry for over 47 years, Bob founded Mackoul & Associates, Inc. in 1987.  He has since gone on to head New Empire Group.  We congratulate Bob on this notable accomplishment.

IOCC SUNDAY – Our November pledge envelopes included a yellow envelope for “International Orthodox Christian Charities.”  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.

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S – The Ladies of St. Mary’s will hold their holiday season meeting in the Church Hall on Sunday, November 19, 2017.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Ladies, it is not too early to plan for your donation of baked goods for the Christmas Boutique.  Parishioners in the past have been most generous with their delicious contributions.  We have wonderful and talented bakers among our flock.  Thank you in advance.  Call Marian Russo at (718) 836-7876 if you have any questions.  We need you!

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – The Ladies of St. Mary’s are preparing for the Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday December 2.  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.  By Sunday November 5, 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 30 and Friday, December 1 to be sold at the Ladies’ Tables.  We need MEN VOLUNTEERS on Sunday afternoon on November 26 to pick up Christmas decorations.  MEN VOLUNTEERS are also needed on Sunday, December 3 to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr (917) 771-2427 if you are available.

ORTHODOX REWARDS PROGRAM – Earn money for St. Mary’s and the Retired Clergy Housing Fund.  Shop online and in stores at over 4000 retailers.  Take advantage of discounts and free shipping.  Earn money for St. Mary’s on every dollar you spend at no additional cost.  Register at Antiochian.org/rewardsprogram, select St. Mary’s Church, and install the “Support Button.”

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

Wednesday, November 8 Adult Class, 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 11 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM, Teen Class, 6:00 PM

Sunday, November 12 Fall Harvest Luncheon

Monday, November 13 Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 15 Advent Begins, Bible Study, 7:30 PM

Friday, November 17 Teen SOYO and Young Adult Fellowship Midnight Run

Saturday, November 18 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Rhapsody Players @ St. Mary’s Church, 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 30 Ladies baking and Christmas Boutique set-up

Friday, December 1 Christmas Boutique set-up

Saturday, December 2 Christmas Boutique  

FROM THE FATHERS – “For Holy Communion, the confession of our sins to a father confessor is needed; whereas for our communication with God, the confession of our weaknesses beore Him is necessary.  When we pray with pain for our fellow men, then our kind God abundantly gives us His grace.  When someone celebrates his name day, wish him thus:  May you live many years which will be pleasing to God.”

  • Elder Paisios the Athonite