Bulletin for Sunday, October 9, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 1 and Eothinon 7
Righteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Troparion of the Resurrection – Tone 1
The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst rise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world.  Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ!  Glory to thy kingdom!  Glory to thy gracious providence, O thou only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of St. Pelagia the Righteous – Tone 8
Through thee, the divine likeness was securely preserved, O mother Pelagia; for thou didst carry the cross and follow Christ.  By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body, because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul.  Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

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 – II Corinthians 9:6-11 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 32.22,1.  Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse.  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.

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 7:11-16 (Third Sunday of Luke)

AT THAT TIME, Jesus went to a city called Na’in, and many of his disciples and a great crowd went with him.  As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.  And Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.  And Jesus gave him to his mother.  Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”

Next week’s homework: Titus 3:8-15 (Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

Luke 8:5-15 (Fourth 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.

HOLY BREAD – Marianne Hindelly has offered the Holy Bread for the month of October for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Elaine and Edward Ateyeh.  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 – October is Youth Month in the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Members of the Teen SOYO will serve as ushers and read the epistle.  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.”


TODAY, OCTOBER 8 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Zahaya Dahab, James Haddad, Raymond Halabi, Dorothy Howie, Bernice Wardi Lutfy, Joan Maffetone, Lynda Massawir, Rose Rowady, Victor N. Zrake, George Zraick, and Edna and Philip Zrike.  Memory eternal!

George Trisciuzzi offers Prayers of Oblation for the health of Sebastian Rothhammer as well as for all of his aunts, uncles and cousins.  Many years!

The Howie Family offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Dorothy Howie.  Memory eternal!

Wanda Salloum and Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Oscar Salloum.  A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Ethel Thabit Boorady offers Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of her soul.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Selma Abouchar, Edward Arida, Selma Assatly, Doris Farkouh Creidy, Hazel, Fareed, Angel Folsey, Janet M. Gehshan, John G. Golam, George and Samia Khoury, Margaret Mackoul, Helen Orfaly, Adma Razook, Beder and Sadallah Sabbagh, George A. Sahadi, Virginia Hawaweeny Sahadi, and Michael Zarouni.  Memory eternal!

Georgette Sahadi Macrina and Louise Sahadi will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of their parents, George A. Sahadi and Virginia Hawaweeny Sahadi.  Memory eternal!

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, 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.

PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, October 9, at 7:30 PM.

TEEN SOYO – We offer a High School Christian Education Class every Wednesday at 6:00 PM.  All teens are welcome and encouraged to attend; however, due to the repose of Bishop Antoun and his burial at the Antiochian Village, there will be no class this Wednesday, October 11.  We will resume on Wednesday, October 18.

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

PATRIARCHAL VISIT – His Beatitude, Patriarch JOHN X, will visit St. Nicholas Cathedral on Sunday, October 29 for the Divine Liturgy.  He will be in the United States for the In Defense of Christians Conference in Washington, DC, earlier that week and will be in New York City over the weekend before returning to Syria and Lebanon.  Orthros that day will be at 9:45 AM, and the Divine Liturgy will be at 11:00 AM.  State Street will be cleared that morning for people attending the liturgy to park.  Metropolitan JOSEPH will ask the other parishes in the New York Deanery, including St. Mary’s Church, to close that day and go to the Cathedral.

There will be a reception and lunch at the Brooklyn Marriott that afternoon with our Patriarch and the Maronite Patriarch who will also be in the United States for the same reason and will be in Brooklyn that Sunday morning at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral.  Details and a flier appear in this bulletin.  This will be a very special occasion for the Orthodox and Maronite communities, and we look forward to everyone’s support as our Patriarch leads our Church in the Middle East through a very turbulent time.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – We will continue our Adult Education classes on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM on the topic “The Early Church in the Book of Acts” next week, October 18.  Bring your Orthodox Study Bibles.  Everyone is welcome!

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – We extend our congratulations to Bob Mackoul, Daria Mayrose and their entire committee for producing another successful Golf and Tennis Outing, especially under very difficult circumstances.  Although final figures are not yet available, it appears that the event will net in excess of $84,000.

BAY RIDGE EATS FOR A CAUSE – St. Mary’s Church will open its doors to some wonderful local restaurants that will provide samples of their cuisine in support of our ministry.  Save the date, Saturday, October 14, for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of fun, food, music and fellowship.  See the flyer in this bulletin or Chair Denise Alexander for more information.

COLLEGE CONTACT – The Department of Campus Ministry will soon contact us for the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of our college students, military service personnel and college-aged young people.  If you know that information at this time, please give it to Fr. Michael or call the church office so that we can stay in touch with those near and far.  Thank you.

THEOLOGICAL OFFERING – Our October pledge envelopes included a green envelope marked “Theological Offering.”  This account is one of the three mandatory “trays” we collect each year for the Antiochian Archdiocese and supports our seminaries in North America.  Our minimum contribution as a parish is $500.  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 our seminaries.

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY – The Young Adult Ministry of the Antiochian Archdiocese will host a YAM Leadership Training Weekend November 3-5, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Palos Heights, IL.  This weekend is for young adults from parishes and Diocese YAM officers who want to start their own Young Adult Ministry.  Registration closes October 16.  Schedule, costs and information are available at www.tinyurl.com/yamlt.   Accommodations will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Crestwood, IL, 30 minutes away from Midway Airport at the group rate of $89/night.

ESTATE PLANNING – Have you provided for guardianship of any minor children or disabled adult children?  Have you included St. Mary’s Church in your estate plan?

DONATING APPRECIATED SECURITIES -  It is a good time, both in terms of the performance of the market and the time of year, to make gifts of low-cost-basis / highly-appreciated securities.  If somebody bought an investment for $10 and it is now worth $100, they would be taxed on the $90 capital gain if they were to liquidate first and then make a donation in cash second.  People may be looking for losses to harvest or charitable deductions to make after such a strong year if their tax bill looks like it is going to be high.  By donating the $100 security without liquidating it first, they get the benefit of a $100 charitable contribution, and so does the church, and nobody pays for the gain. Because the church is a tax exempt entity, we can liquidate the security at any time and not worry about paying for the gain.  Donors can also make direct contributions of their required minimum distributions of their IRAs. 

ORTHODOX REWARDS PROGRAM – Earn money for St. Mary’s Church 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.”

VISITATION OF THE SICK AND HOUSE-BOUND – If someone in your household is sick at home, in the hospital or in a convalescent center, please notify the church office as soon as possible.  Please do not assume that we will know simply “through the grapevine.”

WORD MAGAZINE – All registered members of the parish are entitled to receive the Word Magazine at home.  If you are not receiving the Word, please contact the church office so that we can submit your name for the mailing list.  Thank you.

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.


Monday, October 9 Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 14 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Bay Ridge Eats for a Cause

Sunday, October 15 100th Anniversary – Hamelet El Teeb @ St. Nicholas

Friday, October 20 Teen SOYO Midnight Run

Saturday, October 21 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Hall Rental

Sunday, October 29 Patriarch JOHN X @ St. Nicholas Cathedral

Saturday, November 18 Rhapsody Players @ St. Mary’s Church


FROM THE FATHERS – “To live without speaking is better than to speak without living.  For the former who lives rightly does good even by his silence, but the latter does no good even when he speaks.  When words and life correspond to one another, they are together the whole of philosophy.”

  • St. Isidor of Pelusium