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


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Bulletin for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 6 and Eothinon 1
Venerable Ioanikios the Great of Mount Olympus

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 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 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 honour thee.

Epistle – Ephesians 2:4-10 (Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 27.9, 1.  O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse.  To you, O Lord, have I cried, O my God.

    BRETHREN, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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 4:6-15 (Menas the Wonderworker)
Luke 10:25-37 (Eighth Sunday of Luke)

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 4, 2018 – TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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 4 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Michel Al-Kirsheh, Nicholas L. Assatly, Alfred Farkouh, Henry Hadad Jr., Fareeza Hallal, Assad Hanna, Alfred Helal, Delores, Olga, Paul, Salem Jabara, Anthony Kinge, Evelyn Mouracade, Najla Sahadi, Helweh Sayage, Josephine Tadross, Lorriane Zraick, and Mary and Richard Zraick.  Memory eternal!

Yvonne, Chuck and Family offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Charles Salloum.  Memory eternal!

Dan Texeira offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Susan Texeira.  Memory eternal!

Our Antiochian Village Alumni offer Prayers of Oblation and a 17-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Rt. Rev. Archimandrite John Namie, first camp director of the Antiochian Village, and a 25-Year Memorial for the servant of God Robert George, a former camp counselor.  A Coffee Hour in their memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

Karen and Bob Rich offer today’s Coffee Hour in memory of Lorraine Zraick (Memory eternal!) and in celebration of the marriage of Amanda (Alexander) and Rob Rich.  Many years!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – We will 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, Alex Zahka, and Gregory Zarr.  Memory eternal!

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

The Family of Fawzi Semaan will 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 will 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 will offer Prayers of Oblation and a Five-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of her father, Stanley Fadel.  Memory eternal!

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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.

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, 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.

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.  By Sunday, November 4, 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 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

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

    Saturday, November 10        Great Vespers, 7:00 PM

    Monday, November 12        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

    Friday, November 16        Midnight Run, 8:30 PM

FROM THE FATHERS – “When you look at the candles and lamps burning in church, rise in thought from the material fire to the immaterial fire of the Holy Spirit, for our God is a consuming fire.  When you see and smell the frgrant incense, rise in thought to the spiritual fragrance of the Holy Spirit, for we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ.”

  • St. John of Kronstadt

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, Albert Absey, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, 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, 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, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Jeffrey Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Malakie and Richard Zogob, 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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Statement on the Recent Attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America expresses its deep sympathies as we mourn the loss of innocent lives and pray for the speedy recovery of those wounded in the recent attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Remembering the message from our Assembly meeting just last month, we reiterate our denunciation of all violence, whether caused by senseless acts related to weapons and shootings or instigated by abhorrent acts of discrimination and prejudice.  Indeed the heinous and murderous act of terror on October 27, 2018, sprang from a place of deep prejudice against people and religion. We unequivocally condemn this rampage as a sin against the local community, religion, and humanity.

We call upon all Christians and all people of good will to stand in solidarity with the families of the victims and the survivors.  We pray fervently to the Almighty God for the spiritual healing of the entire congregation and community, especially those in Pittsburgh.  In this era of frequent and unprecedented attacks on basic freedoms, especially freedom of religion, it is through love and harmony that hearts might be softened and transformed.  For only through love will evil be neutralized, violence cease, and peace prevai