Bulletin for Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross and
After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Tone 5 and Eothinon 3
Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora of Bithynia

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 Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Epistle – Galatians 6:11-18 (Sunday before the Holy Cross)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 27:9, 1.  O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse.  To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

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 – John 3:13-17 (Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross)
THE LORD SAID, “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Next week’s homework: Galatians 2:16-20 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
Mark 8:34-9:1 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

HOLY BREAD – Dr. John Dalack has offered the Holy Bread for the month of September for the health of his family.  Many years!  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.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

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


TODAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Gloria Dirbas, James Haddad, Elie Khouri, Latifie Kiamie, Olga Lewis, Louise Martin, Nicholas Massab, George Manessa, Adele Sadaka, Muneer Salamy, Alexander Zagby, Mary Zagby, Alfred Zaher, Alda and Victoria Zimmerman.  Memory eternal!

George Trisciuzzi offers Prayers of Oblation for the health of the servants of God Sebastian Rothhammer, Louise Ahorner and Elena Gallo.  Many years!

NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Rose Awad, Elizabeth Ganim Cohen, George Fauty, Victor Hamaty, Katherine Jabara, Stephan Paul James, Addie, Mary Alice and Alfred Nahas, Alexander Orfaly, Adrienne Poulakakos, Wajieha Sabbagh, Sadie Shamoun, and Edward Trabulsi.  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, Louis Savarese, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, and Jim Thompson (NJ) (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!  We extend our sympathies to Wanda Salloum and Family on the repose of Oscar Salloum who departed this life on Tuesday.  His funeral was from St. Mary’s Church on Friday.  May his memory be eternal!

FLOWER DONORS – Donors are welcome for the flowers for next Sunday’s Procession with the Holy Cross.

EPISTLE READERS – We are preparing a list of parishioners who are interested in reading the epistle in English and/or Arabic.  Please see Fr. Michael for more information.

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S - The Ladies of St. Mary’s will meet today.  All women of the parish are encouraged to participate.  Please see President Sandra Arida for more information.

ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – The Fellowship of St. John the Divine will meet next Sunday after the Divine Liturgy.  Please see President Carol Makhoul for more information.

TEEN SOYO – All Teens between 12 and 18 are invited to joint Teen Advisor Andrea Zrake for an outing to Coney Island today after the Divine Liturgy.  See Andrea for more information.  We will also begin a High School Christian Education evening later this month.  Watch for more details.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE SUNDAY – Every living man, woman and child who considers himself or herself to be a member of St. Mary’s Church should plan to be in church on Sunday, September 17.  It should look like Palm Sunday next week!

PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow, September 11, at 7:30 PM.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The Church School and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) invite everyone to join them for a “Welcome Back to Church School Pancake Breakfast” next Sunday, September 17, following the Divine Liturgy.  All are welcome.  Donations are always welcome.

PIZZERIA UNO FUNDRAISER – The Fellowship of St. John the Divine will sponsor another “Eat, Drink & Raise Money” fundraiser from September 15 through 30 at UNO of Bay Ridge, 9201 Fourth Avenue.  Up to 20% of each check, either dine-in or takeout, will come back to the Fellowship for its charitable work.  Pick up a certificate at the mahrida.  The Fellowship will gather there as a group on Sunday, September 24 after the Divine Liturgy.  Please see Carol Makhoul by next Sunday.

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 21, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year!  This year our beloved Evelyn Shamoun will receive the parish’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and both Elaine and Edward Ateyeh will be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award.  The packet of information has gone out.  If you did not receive a packet, please call the church office.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – We will resume our Adult Education classes on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 PM.  The topic will be “The Early Church in the Book of Acts.”  Bring your Orthodox Study Bibles.  Everyone is welcome!

FALL HAFLI – Save the date, Saturday, September 30, for the 2nd Annual Fall Hafli here at St. Mary’s Church.  Please see Rima Alsifi Hazem or Samer Kaiami for more information.

HURRICANE HARVEY – IOCC is activating its Emergency Response Network, the Frontliners, to help the people in and around Houston affected by the storm with emotional and spiritual care.  Even after their deployment, IOCC’s work to clean and rebuild homes will continue into the weeks and months following the storm’s devastation.  Your gift to our Hurricane Harvey Response Fund will help us to react quickly and effectively to conditions in Southern Texas and Louisiana as they unfold.  We also anticipate the need for many clean up buckets and hygiene kits.  For details for collecting these kits, or to make a donation, go to iocc.org, or send a check to 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD  21204.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS – Our September offering envelopes included a yellow envelope for the purpose of sponsoring a Coffee Hour, and a blue envelope for Orthodox Campus Fellowship, the church’s outreach program to college-aged students and young adults.  Please either mail these donations to the church office, or place them in the collection basket any Sunday this month.  If you are not currently receiving offering envelopes by mail, please see Fr. Michael or Parish Council Treasurer Diana Kaiami.

ORTHODOX EDUCATION DAY – St. Vladimir’s Seminary will host its annual Orthodox Education Day on Saturday, October 7, on its Crestwood, NY, campus.  The day opens with Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM and continues through Great Vespers.  This year’s theme is “Modern Martyrs.”  More details will follow.

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.

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.

HOUSE BLESSINGS – The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a traditional season for families to request the blessing of their homes.  Call Fr. Michael for an appointment.

ESTATE PLANNING – Do you have a current will?  Have you included St. Mary’s Church in your estate plan?

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.


Sunday, September 10 Ladies of St. Mary’s Meeting

Teen SOYO Outing to Coney Island

Monday, September 11 Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 13 Great Vespers @ Holy Cross G.O. Church, 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 14 Divine Liturgy @ Holy Cross G.O. Church, 9:30 AM

Friday, September 15 Meyendorf Lecture @ St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 16 Church School Outing to Victory Stables, Colts Neck, NJ

State Street Festival @ St. Nicholas Cathedral 11 AM-7 PM

Sunday, September 17 Perfect Attendance Sunday!

Welcome Back to Church School Pancake Breakfast

Fellowship of St. John the Divine Meeting

Thursday, September 21 Annual Saints and Sinners Golf Classic, Hempstead, NY

Saturday, September 30 Fall Hafli, 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 7 Orthodox Education Day at St. Vladimir’s Seminary


FROM THE FATHERS – “Love every man in spite of his falling into sin.  Never mind the sins, but remember that the foundation of the man is the same – the image of God.”

  • St. John of Kronstadt