Bulletin for Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday of Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council

Tone 8 and Eothinon 6

Hieromartyr Jacob of Hamatoura

Today’s Hymns and Readings

 Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 8

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

 Apolytikion of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council – Tone 8

 Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.

 Apolytikion of St. Jacob of Hamatoura – Tone 3

 As a cedar of Lebanon thou growest, never fearing thy martyrdom and death, thou becamest a true victor, O Saint Jacob.  For thou didst overcome death with thy mortal flesh, when thou didst tame all the passions by humility.  And while burning like incense, as a true sacrifice, thou intercedeth with Christ to grant our souls the 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 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 – Titus 3:8-15 (Holy Fathers)

Prokeimenon.  Daniel 3:26, 27.  Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.

Verse.  For you are just in all you have done.

             TITUS, my son, the saying is sure.  I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.  But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.  As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

            When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.  And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

            All who are with me send greetings to you.  Greet those who love us in the faith.

            Grace be with you all.  Amen.

 Gospel – Luke 8:5-15 (Fourth Sunday of Luke)

             THE LORD SPOKE THIS PARABLE:  “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.  And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.”

            And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.  Now the parable is this:  The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.”  As Jesus said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 Next week’s homework:          II Corinthians 9:6-11 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

                                                           Luke 8:26-39 (Sixth Sunday of Luke)

 PLEASE MAKE SURE all electronic devices are turned off in church.

OCTOBER 13, 2019 – SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE SEVENTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

 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.      

 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 receive the blessing and partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal.  Please introduce yourself to our pastor during the coffee hour and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

 OCTOBER IS YOUTH MONTH IN THE ANTIOCHIAN ARCHDIOCESE.

TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 – We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Doris Farkouh Creidy, Zahaya Dahab, Janet M. Gehshan, John G. Golam, James Haddad, Raymond Halabi, Margaret Mackoul, Joan Maffetone, Lynda Massawir, Helen Orfaly, Rose Rowady, Edith Khoury Tadross, Mitchell A. Tadross, Michael Zarouni, Victor N. Zrake, and George Zraick.  Memory eternal!

 Edith Tadross O’Donnell offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of her departed family members:  Edith Khoury Tadross, Mitchell A. Tadross, Samia Khoury, Fareed Khoury, George Khoury, Anne Khoury, Hazel Khoury, and Angela Khoury Folsey.  Memory eternal!

 NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 - We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Doris Farkouh Creidy, Zahaya Dahab, Janet M. Gehshan, John G. Golam, James Haddad, Raymond Halabi, Margaret Mackoul, Joan Maffetone, Lynda Massawir, Helen Orfaly, Rose Rowady, George A. and Virginia M. Sahadi, Edith Khoury Tadross, Mitchell A. Tadross, Michael Zarouni, Victor N. Zrake, and George Zraick.  Memory eternal!

 TODAY’S USHERS – October is Youth Month in the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Members of Teen SOYO will serve as ushers and readers.  Because Church School is taking place during Matins, the students can remain with their parents so that families can receive Holy Communion together.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

 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.

 COFFEE HOUR – In the absence of a sponsor this week the Parish Council will place a basket on the table for our free will offerings.

 EPISTLE READERS – We would like to include as many people as possible in the liturgical celebrations.  If you would like to read the epistle in either English or Arabic, please see Fr. Michael.

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

 NEXT SUNDAY – There will be no services at St. Mary’s Church next Saturday, October 19 or Sunday, October 20.  Metropolitan JOSEPH has directed us to close on those days so that our people can share the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral.  Over that weekend we will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the original founding of the Cathedral, the 100th Anniversary of its State Street location, the 25th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Thomas Zain, and the elevation of Fr. Adrian Budica to the dignity of the archpriesthood

 HOLY BREAD – Donors are welcome for October and succeeding months.  We ask for a donation of $50/week.

 HUMANITARIAN PROJECT - The Ladies of St. Mary’s invite all of our parishioners to join them in a vital humanitarian project this Fall.  We will be preparing hygiene kits once again, to be distributed to the homeless during the Midnight Runs.  Our goal is 100 kits!  In a one gallon Ziplock bag, please include:  1 washcloth, bar of soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clipper, disposable razor, and 3 band-aids.  You may give your kit to any member of the Ladies, and we will forward them.  Thank you for your generosity and charity!

 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.

 INQUIRER’S CLASS – We will offer “An Introduction to Holy Orthodoxy” on Wednesdays in October at 7:00 PM.  No experience necessary.  Please see Fr. Michael for more information.

 ADULT EDUCATION – Our Adult Education class for the fall will be a reading of The Orthodox Way by Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) on the Thursdays of October at 7:30 PM.  Please see Fr. Michael on how to obtain a copy of the book.  All are welcome!

 NEW NATIVITY SET The Parish Council has declared “Christmas in July!”  We are replacing our lawn Nativity set which was damaged during the original renovation and expansion of the church hall.  Although the temperatures are in the 60’s, Winter will be here soon, and we want to be ready.  If you would like to contribute to this special project, make your check payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “Nativity Set.”  Please see Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose or Fr. Michael for more information.

FALL HARVEST LUNCHEON St. Mary’s Church School/PTO invites everyone to a Fall Harvest Luncheon on Sunday, November 10.  We will feature raffles for gift baskets, including from Battleview Orchards.  There will also be a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites.  All proceeds from the sale of tickets and free will donations will support the new Nativity Set.  We are accepting donations towards the meal and raffle baskets.  Our Thanksgiving-themed baskets contain fruit, vegetables, pantry goods, and hostess items to help make the winners’ Thanksgiving celebrations special.  Basket donations can be in the form of items, complete baskets, or donations toward the purchase of items.  For more information, please contact Lorraine Deeb at ldeebsped@verizon.net or (917) 755-4758.

 CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE - The Ladies of St. Mary's are preparing for the Annual Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 7, (9:00am - 4:30pm) and Sunday, December 8, (12:30pm - 3:30pm).  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, or Nahla Fattouh at (718) 909-6727.  By Sunday, November 3, 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 on Thursday, December 5, 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 Sunday afternoon, December 8, to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr at (917) 771-2427 if you are available.

 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD – We are looking for a volunteer or an organization to manage this year’s Community Christmas Card.  We will provide the contact information and mailing instructions both for the solicitation of subscribers and distribution of the card.  If you would like to take on this task, please see Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose or Fr. Michael.

 ON-LINE GIVING – St. Mary's Church now accepts donations online.  Just visit https://smaoc.squarespace.com/donate and pay securely by credit card, debit card, or check. There is an option to indicate gifts made in honor of or in remembrance of someone.

 DATES TO REMEMBER

                                                 Monday, October 14                  Parish Council, 7:30 PM

                                                 Wednesday, October 16           Inquirers Class, 7:00 PM

                                                 Thursday, October 17                Adult Education, 7:30 PM

                                                 Friday, October 18                      Midnight Run

                                                 Saturday, October 19                No Great Vespers at St. Mary’s Church

                                                                                                           St. Nicholas Cathedral Celebration Banquet

                                                 Sunday, October 20                  Hierarchical Divine Liturgy @ St. Nicholas Cathedral

                                                 Wednesday, October 23           Inquirers Class, 7:00 PM

                                                  Thursday, October 24              Adult Education, 7:30 PM

 FROM THE FATHERS – “Our life and death is with our neighbor.  If we gain our brother, we have gained God, but if we scandalize our brother, we have sinned against Christ.”

                                                                                                                                     -        St. Anthony the Great

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Bulletin for Sunday, October 6, 2019

 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 7 and Eothinon 5

Thomas the Apostle Called “The Twin”

 

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 receive the blessing and partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal.  Please introduce yourself to our pastor during the coffee hour 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 St. Thomas – Tone 3

 O holy Apostle Thomas, intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins. 

 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 – II Corinthians 6:1-10 (Sixteenth 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, working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain.  For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.”  Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:  through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute.  We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

 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 7th Ecumenical Council)

                                                          Luke 8:5-15 (Fourth Sunday of Luke)

 HOLY BREAD – Donors are welcome for October and succeeding months.  We ask for a donation of $50/week.

 EPISTLE READERS – We would like to include as many people as possible in the liturgical celebrations.  If you would like to read the epistle in either English or Arabic, please see Fr. Michael.

 EARLY NOTICE – Please notice that there will be no services at St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, October 19 or Sunday, October 20.  Metropolitan JOSEPH has directed us to close on those days so that our people can share the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral.  Over that weekend we will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the original founding of the Cathedral, the 100th Anniversary of its State Street location, the 25th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Thomas Zain, and the elevation of Fr. Adrian Budica to the dignity of the archpriesthood

 ARABIC WISDOM - With the help of one of our priests, we hope to begin sending out spiritual passages for the salvation of our souls, in the Arabic language. If you or anyone you know is interested in receiving quotes of the day, writings of the Fathers, lives of the saints, etc., in Arabic, please send your name and email address to meletioszafaran@yahoo.com.

OCTOBER 6, 2019 – SIXTEENTH 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.      

 OCTOBER IS YOUTH MONTH IN THE ANTIOCHIAN ARCHDIOCESE.

TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 – We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dorothy Howie, Gary Kassatly, Bernice Wardi Lutfy, Nora Manolescu, Elias Massabni, Alice S. Merhige, Edmund Shawah, Herbert Trabulsi, Fred Zahka, Antoun Zgheib, Edna and Philip Zrike.  Memory eternal!

 NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 - We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Doris Farkouh Creidy, Zahaya Dahab, Janet M. Gehshan, John G. Golam, James Haddad, Raymond Halabi, Margaret Mackoul, Joan Maffetone, Lynda Massawir, Helen Orfaly, Rose Rowady, George A. and Virginia M. Sahadi, Edith Khoury Tadross, Mitchell A. Tadross, Michael Zarouni, Victor N. Zrake, and George Zraick.  Memory eternal!

 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 Teen SOYO will serve as ushers and readers.  Because Church School is taking place during Matins, the students can remain with their parents so that families can receive Holy Communion together.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

 COFFEE HOUR Nahla Bittar sponsors this week’s Coffee Hour in loving memory of her departed husband Ghassan Fattouh.  Memory eternal!

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

 ON-LINE GIVING – St. Mary's Church now accepts donations online.  Just visit https://smaoc.squarespace.com/donate and pay securely by credit card, debit card, or check. There is an option to indicate gifts made in honor of or in remembrance of someone.

HUMANITARIAN PROJECT - The Ladies of St. Mary’s invite all of our parishioners to join them in a vital humanitarian project this Fall.  We will be preparing hygiene kits once again, to be distributed to the homeless during the Midnight Runs.  Our goal is 100 kits!  In a one gallon Ziplock bag, please include:  1 washcloth, bar of soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clipper, disposable razor, and 3 band-aids.  You may give your kit to any member of the Ladies, and we will forward them.  Thank you for your generosity and charity!

 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.

 INQUIRER’S CLASS – We will offer “An Introduction to Holy Orthodoxy” on Wednesdays in October at 7:00 PM.  No experience necessary.  Please see Fr. Michael for more information.

 ADULT EDUCATION – Our Adult Education class for the fall will be a reading of The Orthodox Way by Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) on the Thursdays of October at 7:30 PM.  Please see Fr. Michael on how to obtain a copy of the book.  All are welcome!

 FALL HARVEST LUNCHEON St. Mary’s Church School/PTO invites everyone to a Fall Harvest Luncheon on Sunday, November 10.  We will feature raffles for gift baskets, including from Balleview Orchards.  There will also be a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites.  All proceeds from the sale of tickets and free will donations will support the Holy Cross Brooklyn Outreach Center.  In order to bring a little holiday joy to the homeless, we are accepting donations towards the meal and raffle baskets.  Our Thanksgiving-themed baskets contain fruit, vegetables, pantry goods, and hostess items to help make the winners’ Thanksgiving celebrations special.  Basket donations can be in the form of items, complete baskets, or donations toward the purchase of items.  For more information, please contact Lorraine Deeb at ldeebsped@verizon.net or (917) 755-4758.

 CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE - The Ladies of St. Mary's are preparing for the Annual Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 7, (9:00am - 4:30pm) and Sunday, December 8, (12:30pm - 3:30pm).  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, or Nahla Fattouh at (718) 909-6727.  By Sunday, November 3, 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 on Thursday, December 5, 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 Sunday afternoon, December 8, to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr at (917) 771-2427 if you are available.

 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD – We are looking for a volunteer or an organization to manage this year’s Community Christmas Card.  We will provide the contact information and mailing instructions both for the solicitation of subscribers and distribution of the card.  If you would like to take on this task, please see Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose or Fr. Michael.

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S – The Ladies of St. Mary’s will hold the regular monthly meeting today on the balcony following the Divine Liturgy.  All women of the parish are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Please see Ladies’ President Sandra Arida for more information.

 NEW NATIVITY SET – The Parish Council has declared “Christmas in July!”  We are hoping to replace our lawn Nativity set which was damaged during the original renovation and expansion of the church hall.  Although the temperatures are in the 70’s, Winter will be here soon, and we want to be ready.  If you would like to contribute to this special project, make your check payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “Nativity Set.”  Please see Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose or Fr. Michael.

 FALL RETREAT – The Antiochian Women of the East (AWE) will host a one-day retreat at Holy Protection Monastery, in White Haven, PA, (approximately 2 hours from Brooklyn) on Saturday, October 12.  Fr. Donald Shadid will be the keynote speaker.  For registration email AWEOrthodox1973@gmail.com by October 2, or call Angela Saliby at (703) 582-4232.  For more information, please see Ladies of St. Mary’s President Sandra Arida.

 ARABIC WISDOM - With the help of one of our priests, we hope to begin sending out spiritual passages for the salvation of our souls, in the Arabic language. If you or anyone you know is interested in receiving quotes of the day, writings of the Fathers, lives of the saints, etc., in Arabic, please send your name and email address to meletioszafaran@yahoo.com.

PLEASE MAKE SURE all electronic devices are turned off in church.

 DATES TO REMEMBER

 

                                   Wednesday, October 9              Inquirer’s Class, 7:00 PM

                                   Thursday, October 10                 Adult Education, 7:30 PM

                                    Saturday, October 12                 AWE Retreat @ Holy Protection Monastery

                                                                                      Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

                                   Monday, October 14                  Parish Council, 7:30 PM

                                    Saturday, October 19                No Great Vespers at St. Mary’s Church

                                                                                      Hall Rental

                                                                                     St. Nicholas Cathedral Celebration Banquet

                                   Sunday, October 20                  No Divine Services at St. Mary’s Church

                                                                                    Hierarchical Divine Liturgy                                                                                                             @ St. Nicholas Cathedral

 FROM THE FATHERS – “I always emphasize that young people should try to live as spiritually as they can before marriage, since preserving their chastity secures their physical and spiritual health.  The spiritual life is a basic prerequisite to whatever life one chooses.  The world has become like a wheat field that is ready for harvest, but swine enter and trample it.  So now everything is in disarray – weeds, mud, wheat stalks; but here and there on some edge, there is an occasional wheat stalk stranding upright.  The more spiritual work one does during his youth, the easier it will be for him in all things later in life.”

  • Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos

 

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Bulletin for Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 6 and Eothinon 4

 Venerable Kyriakos the Hermit of Palestine

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 for St. Kyriakos of Palestine - Tone 1

Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Kyriakos, our God-bearing Father.  By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith.  Glory to Him that hath given thee strength; glory to Him that hath crowned thee; glory to Him that worketh healings for all through 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 – II Corinthians 4:6-15 (Fifteenth 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, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

            But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.  For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  So death is at work in us, but life in you.

            Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believed, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.  For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel – Luke 6:31-36 (Second Sunday of Luke)

THE LORD SAID, “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.  Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Next week’s homework:          II Corinthians 6:1-10 (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

                                            Luke 7:11-16 (Third Sunday of Luke)

HOLY BREAD – Joan Bacon, Marianne Hindelly, Elsa Khzam, Marie Khzam, and Linda Mantia have offered the Holy Bread of Oblation for September.  Many years!  Roland Salloum and Wanda Salloum also offer the Holy Bread for September for the repose of the souls of their brothers Oscar and Charles and their niece Magda.  Memory eternal!  Donors are welcome for October and succeeding months.  We ask for a donation of $50/week.

EPISTLE READERS – We would like to include as many people as possible in the liturgical celebrations.  If you would like to read the epistle in either English or Arabic, please see Fr. Michael.

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 receive the blessing and partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal.  Please introduce yourself to our pastor during the coffee hour and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – FIFTEENTH 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, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Lorraine Assatly, Victoria F. Dib, Ghassan Fattouh, Avjon and Dimitry Golam, Werda Hadad, Alexander Khoury, Adrienne Poulakakos, Barbara Salamy, and Edward, Ronald, Valerie and Victoria Tadross.  Memory eternal!

Gareth Ganim offers Prayers of Oblation for the health of his mother, Mary Ganim, on the occasion of her 94th birthday.  Many years!

Edward E. Hanna offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Emileen Hanna.  Memory eternal!

Peter Jabara offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Lorraine and Wilfred Jabara.  Memory eternal!

Harry Poulakakos offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of his departed wife, Adrienne Poulakakos.  Memory eternal!

COFFEE HOUR Anthony Speer sponsors today’s Coffee Hour.  Many years!

NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 - We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dorothy Howie, Gary Kassatly, Bernice Wardi Lutfy, Nora Manolescu, Elias Massabni, Alice S. Merhige, Edmund Shawah, Herbert Trabulsi, Fred Zahka, Antoun Zgheib, Edna and Philip Zrike.  Memory eternal!

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers and readers.  Because Church School has ended for the season, the students can remain with their parents so that families can receive Holy Communion together.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

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.

HUMANITARIAN PROJECT - The Ladies of St. Mary’s invite all of our parishioners to join them in a vital humanitarian project this Fall.  We will be preparing hygiene kits once again, to be distributed to the homeless during the Midnight Runs.  Our goal is 100 kits!  In a one gallon Ziplock bag, please include:  1 washcloth, bar of soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clipper, disposable razor, and 3 band-aids.  You may give your kit to any member of the Ladies, and we will forward them.

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

OFFERING ENVELOPES – Our September offering envelopes included a beige envelope to sponsor a Coffee Hour and a blue envelope to support Orthodox Campus Fellowship (OCF), the Pan-Orthodox Campus ministry.  Either drop the envelopes in the collection tray or return them to the church office.

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – We extend our gratitude and congratulations to Bob Mackoul, Daria Mayrose, and their entire committee for their hard work in successfully completing the 10th Annual Saints and Sinners Golf and Tennis Outing last week.  The weather was perfect, the food was abundant, the fellowship was warm, and we even played some golf and tennis.  Preliminary figures show a net of more than $70,000.  Don’t miss next year’s event tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020.  We’ll confirm the date early next year.

BAY RIDGE EATS FOR A CAUSE – We extend our gratitude and congratulations to Denise Alexander and her committee for their hard work in successfully hosting this year’s Bay Ridge Eats for A Cause on Saturday evening.  While preliminary figures are not yet available, we know that everyone had a good time!

INQUIRER’S CLASS – We will offer “An Introduction to Holy Orthodoxy” on Wednesdays in October at 7:00 PM.  No experience necessary.  Please see Fr. Michael for more information.

ADULT EDUCATION – Our Adult Education class for the fall will be a reading of The Orthodox Way by Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) on the Thursdays of October at 7:30 PM.  Please see Fr. Michael on how to obtain a copy of the book.  All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE - The Ladies of St. Mary's are preparing for the Annual Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 7, (9:00am - 4:30pm) and Sunday, December 8, (12:30pm - 3:30pm).  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, or Nahla Fattouh at (718) 909-6727.  By Sunday, November 3, 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 on Thursday, December 5, 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 Sunday afternoon, December 8, to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr at (917) 771-2427 if you are available.

NEW NATIVITY SET – The Parish Council has declared “Christmas in July!”  We are hoping to replace our lawn Nativity set which was damaged during the original renovation and expansion of the church hall.  Although the temperatures are in the 70’s, Winter will be here soon, and we want to be ready.  If you would like to contribute to this special project, make your check payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “Nativity Set.”  Please see Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose or Fr. Michael for more information.

FALL RETREAT – The Antiochian Women of the East (AWE) will host a one-day retreat at Holy Protection Monastery, in White Haven, PA, (approximately 2 hours from Brooklyn) on Saturday, October 12.  Fr. Donald Shadid will be the keynote speaker.  For registration email AWEOrthodox1973@gmail.com by October 2, or call Angela Saliby at (703) 582-4232.  For more information, please see Ladies of St. Mary’s President Sandra Arida.

ARABIC WISDOM - With the help of one of our priests, we hope to begin sending out spiritual passages for the salvation of our souls, in the Arabic language. If you or anyone you know is interested in receiving quotes of the day, writings of the Fathers, lives of the saints, etc., in Arabic, please send your name and email address to meletioszafaran@yahoo.com.

PLEASE MAKE SURE all electronic devices are turned off in church.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, October 2              Inquirer’s Class, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 3                   Adult Education, 7:30 PM

Friday, October 4                         Senior Town Hall & Resource Fair, 11 AM – 2 PM

Saturday, October 5                   Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

                                             Family Game Night

Sunday, October 6                      Isabella Pylak Baptism, 1:00 PM

Wednesday, October 9             Inquirer’s Class, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 12                  AWE Retreat @ Holy Protection Monastery in PA

                                             Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Monday, October 14                    Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 19                  St. Nicholas Cathedral Celebration Banquet

Sunday, October 20                    Hierarchical Divine Liturgy @ St. Nicholas Cathedral

FROM THE FATHERS – “Brother, do not put up with someone who maligns others, even if he is speaking the truth, lest you suffer the same calamity as he did.  For if it happens that someone speaks the truth in saying that the king has sinned and is evil, none of the bystanders will endure hearing such comments against the king; for if a bystander is content to stand and listen, there is punishment in store for both the speaker and him.  The former is put to death for what he says, and the latter for what he hears.  The liar accuses someone, you incline your ear to him and the death – which he emits through his mouth - is received by your ears; and after accepting the yeast of falsehood, you kneed your heart with it.

  • St. Ephraim the Syrian

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Bulletin for Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 7 and Eothinon 7
After-Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

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 Transfiguration – Tone 7
When, O Christ our God, thou was transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O thou Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration – Tone 7
Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God:  so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendour of the Father.

Epistle – I Corinthians 1:10-17 (Eighth 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, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.  For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas.  Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Gospel – Matthew 14:14-22 (Eighth Sunday of Matthew)

AT THAT TIME, when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And Jesus said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Then Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go before them to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

Next week’s homework:
I Corinthians 3:9-17 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
Matthew 14:22-34 (Ninth Sunday of Matthew)

HOLY BREAD – Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the end of the year.  Many years! Donors are welcome for August and succeeding months.  We ask for a donation of $50/week.

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.

AUGUST 11, 2019 – EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AND THE AFTER-FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST

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 receive the blessing and partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor during the coffee hour and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

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, SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 – We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Stephanie Bittar, Agnes Hamwi, Emile N. Jabbour, Alex Kalaf, George Kalesh, Aref Khoury, Salwa Khoury, Margaret Razook, Erna Saydah, Edward Zarick, and Ernest Zayat.  Memory eternal!

Audrey and Charlie Sahadi offer Prayers of Oblation for the good health of Dr. Alice Farkouh on her birthday.  Many years!

Dr. Alice B. Farkouh offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God William Beddy Cury.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Georgette Maione offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of her soul.  A special announcement will accompany this memorial. Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 - We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Navya P. Aboud, Thuraya Abualehawareb, Olga Arida, Lorice Grasso, Leon Hattab, William Helal, Zedra Khoury, Braheem Merhige,  Hennie Milkie, Sam Saad, Malaky Shamas, Celra Yared, Alex Zagby, George Zrike, and Valentine H. Zrike.  Memory eternal!

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

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers and readers.  Because Church School has ended for the season, the students can remain with their parents so that families can receive Holy Communion together.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

DORMITION FAST – The final fasting period of the church year, the Fast for the Dormition of the Theotokos, began on Thursday, August 1, and continues through Wednesday, August 14.  The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and olive oil) is observed on all days except Saturdays and Sundays when there is katalysis for wine and olive oil, and on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, when fish is permitted.

FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS – We will celebrate an Evening Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, August 14, at 7 PM in anticipation of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.  If you plan to receive Holy Communion, please begin your Eucharistic fast after an early and light lunch.

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

MEMORY ETERNAL!  We are saddened to announce that a former altar server, Louis Haddad, departed this life in retirement in Spring Hill, FL, on August 1.  His funeral was from Casey Funeral Home on Staten Island on Wednesday, August 7.  We extend our sympathies to his mother Marie Haddad and his seven daughters.  Memory eternal!

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S - The Ladies of St. Mary’s will hold their first meeting of the new season on Sunday, September 8, in the Church Hall.  All ladies are welcome to join us! And it is free!

HUMANITARIAN PROJECT - The Ladies of St. Mary’s invite all of our parishioners to join them in a vital humanitarian project this Fall.  We will be preparing hygiene kits once again, to be distributed to the homeless during the Midnight Runs.  Our goal is 100 kits! In a one gallon Ziplock bag, please include: 1 washcloth, bar of soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clipper, disposable razor, and 

3 band-aids.  You may give your kit to any member of the Ladies, and we will forward them.  Thank you for your generosity and charity!

FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS – In anticipation of our parish’s patronal feast day, the Nativity of the Theotokos on Sunday, September 8, we are planning a family Pot Luck Luncheon following the Divine Liturgy.  Please prepare your favorite dish to pass and share.  There is no fasting that day!

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 19, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year!  This year Raymond Saleeby will receive a special award for his contributions to the Golf Outing on its 10th Anniversary.  Dorothy and Jimmy Howie will be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award.  A packet of information has now gone out.  If you did not receive the packet, please see Daria Mayrose or Irene Tashji.  The deadline for submissions to the Journal is August 31.

BAY RIDGE EATS FOR A CAUSE – BREFAC is back!  Save the date.  This very popular event featuring live music and food from some of the most popular restaurants in Bay Ridge will take place on Saturday, September 28.  Please see Chair Denise Alexander if you can help with any aspect of this fun and profitable evening.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY/AUGUST! – The Parish Council has declared “Christmas in July!”  We are hoping to raise approximately $8000 to replace our lawn Nativity set which was damaged during the original renovation and expansion of the church hall.  If you would like to contribute to this special project, make your check payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “Nativity Set.” Our first donors were Patricia Deluca, Louise Sahadi, and Greg Zrake. Please see Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose or Fr. Michael for more information.

CHURCH SCHOOL – The Church School is providing advance notice that the time for classes will change this September.  Beginning on Sunday, September 8, the Church School will meet during Matins from 9:45 AM to 10:25 AM.  All students will then sit with their parents during the Divine Liturgy. We hope to improve consistent attendance and to provide an adult education opportunity as well.  For more information, please see Co-Directors Michael Regnier and Lorraine Deeb.

ADULT CAMP – The Antiochian Village will host Adult Camp for campers over age 21 on September 13-15.  Adult Camp is for anyone who wants to come spend a weekend in the beautiful setting of the Antiochian Village Camp growing in our faith.  Campers will enjoy fellowship, daily services, Christian Education, afternoon program, arts & crafts, evening program, and much more! Our Session Priest for 2019 is Fr. Nicholas Belcher!  Register on-line at avcamp.org.

VILLAGE AT HOME – St. George Church in Little Falls, NJ, will host Village Camp at Home on Saturday, September 28 from 9 AM to 6 PM.  Participants must be in Grades 3-11. This program requires pre-registration and parental consent.  Please submit a signed consent form and check payment by Wednesday, September 11 to: PTA Treasurer, St. George Orthodox Church, 237 Long Hill Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424.  For more information call (973) 256-8961, or email Mary Ellen at mesaba@stgeorgenj.com.

FALL RETREAT – The Antiochian Women of the East (AWE) will host a one-day retreat at Holy Protection Monastery, in White Haven, PA, (approximately 2 hours from Brooklyn) on Saturday, October 12.  Fr. Donald Shadid will be the keynote speaker.  For registration email AWEOrthodox1973@gmail.com by October 2, or call Angela Saliby at (703) 582-4232.  For more information, please see Ladies of St. Mary’s President Sandra Arida.

DATES TO REMEMBER

August 1-14 Dormition Fast

August 5-23 Daytime Hall Rental

Wednesday, August 14 Evening Divine Liturgy for the Dormition, 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Sunday, September 8 Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Thursday, September 19 10th Annual Saints and Sinners Golf Outing

Saturday, September 28 Bay Ridge Eats for a Cause


FROM THE FATHERS – “As long as you have hands, stretch them out to heaven in prayer.”

  • St. Isaac the Syrian

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


Bulletin for Sunday, November 11, 2018

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

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

Today’s Hymns and Readings

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 11, 2018 – HOLY MARTYR MENAS THE WONDERWORKER

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cries of the Heart:  Words of Assurance

Using the Psalms to Make it through the Day

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

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

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

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

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

Remaining Schedule of Psalms and Themes to be discussed:


10/10 You Are What You Eat

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

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


10/17 Family Betrayal

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


10/24 Trust in God

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


11/7 Feeling Forsaken and Confused

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


11/14 The Joy of Forgiveness

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


11/21 Jump for Joy

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



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

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

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

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


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


DATES TO REMEMBER


    Monday, November 12        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

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

    Thursday, November 15        Advent Begins

    Friday, November 16        Midnight Run, 8:00 PM

    Saturday, November 17        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Thursday, November 29        Ladies Baking and Boutique Set up

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


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

  • St. Nikolai Velimerovich


A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America