St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Update for the week Friday, May 4, through Thursday, May 10, 2012

THIS WEEKEND

FR ANTONY AWAY– Fr. Antony will be out of town from Wednesday to Sunday, May 2 - 6.  In case of emergency, please call Fr. Timothy Ferguson of St. George Church, West Roxbury  617-323-0323.      
   Orthros & Divine Liturgy will be celebrated this Sunday by Fr. Phillip Begley, a Senior at  Holy Cross Seminary, who is assigned to  St. George Church, Lawrence.

ORTHODOXY ON TAP – Come to Roggie’s Bar & Grille in Brighton tonight (Thursday, May 3) at 7:30 pm. for the second installment of the spring 2012 edition of Orthodoxy on Tap. Tonight’s speaker will be His Grace Bishop John Abdalah.  Must be 21.  Admission: free.  Full bar & food available, plus stimulating conversation.   Next week's speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, (May 10). 

THEOPHANY SCHOOL BENEFIT – Theophany School invites you to a Benefit Evening and Auction “Dinner Party” this Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 pm, at Apollo Functions in Norwood. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information call 781-444-3058 or visit www.TheophanySchool.org.

NEW ENGLAND’S GOT TALENT – One of the special and unique features of this year’s Parish Life Conference is New England's Got Talent.  This is a time to showcase your abilities.  There is a $500 first prize which will be given at the Awards Dinner at the PLC.  BUT FIRST, there is a preliminary round of the competition: this takes place this Sunday May 6th at 5:00 pm at Saint John of Damascus Church in Dedham.  Info and applications:  http://stgeorgenorwood.org/PLC2012/talent.html

NEW ENGLAND’S GOT TASTE -  In addition to the preliminary round of the talent contest, there will be New England's Got Taste, also this Sunday at Saint John's.  Chefs and cooks from all our churches are entering a contest and everyone who comes will help judge the food.  Info and applications:  http://stgeorgenorwood.org/PLC2012/talent.html

BE A JUDGE – Admission to New England’s Got Taste/Talent (see above) is only $15 and includes food, five votes and a chance to watch the talent.  Send an email by Monday, April 30th to reserve seats:  norwoodplc2012@gmail.com

WOMEN’S CLUB NIGHT OUT– All women are invited to attend our end-of-the-year dinner at the Tavern in the Square on Mass. Avenue in Central Square, on Monday, May 7 at 7:00 pm. RSVP by May 3 to Priscilla Goss at 781-762-1527.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEWLY ILLUMINED – Congratulations to Emanuel Gardiner and Bill Dalton, who were chrismated on Holy Saturday.

BREAKFAST SEARCH – All teens (13-18) are welcome to join a "breakfast search" on Sunday, May 13th after liturgy from 11:30am-1:30pm. A breakfast search involves taking coffee and donuts into the streets and offering food and company to anyone who wants either (homeless or not). The teens, accompanied by a slew of chaperones, will be roaming Central and Harvard Squares offering both conversation and coffee (in groups of 2-3 teens per chaperone). This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community! Please RSVP to Nadia (nabuelezam@gmail.com).

PARISH COUNCIL – The next meeting of the Parish Council will be Wednesday, May 16 (note corrected date).

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS –The scholarship awards ceremony for the Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Club will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John of Damascus Church, 300 West Street, Dedham, MA.  The guest speaker will be His Grace, Bishop John.  For additional information, contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010.

SACRED MUSIC FOR PLC –  A vocal workshop for the Diocese in preparation for the Parish Life Conference will be held on Sunday, May 20, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, here at St. Mary. The workshop will be led by our own Brooke Wilcox, a  professional vocalist and voice coach.
   Also, the Diocesan Choir Rehearsal for PLC will be held here on Sunday, June 10, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

BLESSING OF GRAVES – On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Fr. Antony will be blessing graves at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, MA. starting at 9:00 am.  If you would like him to bless the graves of loved ones in other cemeteries, please let him know by calling the Church Office at 617-547-1234 or e-mail frawhj@gmail.com

REMINDERS

NO FASTING – There is no fasting on Wednesday or Friday, not only during Bright Week (April 16-21), but until the Feast of the Ascension (May 13) – for the whole forty days that Christ remained on earth following his resurrection.  This is the decision of the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch. (This cessation of fasting, however, is purely voluntary; you may fast if you wish.)

FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE - Boxes were due on Palm Sunday.  Please return them to the Bengarri or Violet Robbat this Sunday if you have not already done so.   

SUMMER GREETERS NEEDED – Please help out!  Volunteers are needed for all Sundays in July and August through September 2 (Labor Day Weekend).  Please contact Buddy Mabardy at 781-729-6303 or e-mail: buddy@cjmabardy.com. Summer Hours: Orthros: 8:15 am & Liturgy: 9:30 am.  Summer might be a great time for you to start participating in this Ministry! 

CHURCH SCHOOL GRADUATIONSunday, May 20, will be the closing of Church School, with Graduation and festivities.

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP – Scholarships are available to Antiochian Women 25 years of age or older, who choose to continue their education.  You must be a member in good standing of the Antiochian Archdiocese, be actively involved in your parish, be applying for an academic or trade study program and demonstrate financial need.  Scholarship applications are available in the office.  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2012.

N.G. BERAM AWARDS - The N. G. Beram Veterans Assoc. is pleased to announce the continuation of its Scholastic Achievement Awards program for the 46th year, which was established to encourage, promote and support the education of students of Arabic speaking backgrounds.  High school seniors can obtain the application along with the instructions by visiting the web page at:  www.stjohnd.org/ngberam.  All applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2012.

FSJD SCHOLARSHIP – Graduating High School Seniors who are actively involved in the parish  and whose parents are members of the parish, are eligible for the Fellowship of St. John the Divine Scholarship.  Please call the Church Office with your name so that an application will be mailed to you directly by Mary Winstanley O’Connor, or contact her at moconnor@koilaw.com or 617-523-1010.

PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE – This year’s Parish Life Conference will be held at The Cliff House, Ogunquit, Maine, June 21-24, 2012.  For conference registration and information go to the conference website:  http://stgeorgenorwood.org/PLC2012/index.html 
   Rooms at the Cliff House are already sold out.  Thanks to everyone who made their reservations.  Overflow hotels are being arranged; details and rates will be posted on the conference website as soon as they are available.

CROSSROAD - CrossRoad is a summer institute for high school juniors and seniors on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross.  Participants take part in daily classes, visit neighboring Orthodox parishes and participate in service activities.  CrossRoad now offers two sessions.  Download an application and view a video clip at www.crossroad.hchc.edu

REGULAR REMINDERS

COFFEE HOUR SIGNUP – A signup sheet for coffee hours is posted on the bulletin board outside the coat room.  There are plenty of dates to choose from after Pascha – sign up now for the date you will sponsor the coffee hour!

CHURCH SCHOOL CALENDAR – Church School continues through May 20, 2012. The Church School calendar can be found online at http://stmaryorthodoxchurch.org/assets/files/2011-2012-ChurchSchoolCalendar.pdf

DONATE VIA eGIVE– Did you know that you can make your donations to St. Mary through eGive, and have no more envelopes or checks to worry about?   If you have not yet set up an account, you can do it at www.egive-usa.com, or contact Charlie Marge (marge@alum.mit.edu) for help. The Recipient Organization is “St. Mary’s Orthodox Church.”

STREAMING VIDEO – St. Mary’s Church services are broadcast live each week through an internet video stream.  If you can't attend a service in person or want to share this ministry with a friend or loved one, the live stream can be viewed at www.stmaryorthodoxchurch.org/live  during regularly scheduled service times (see the schedule of services below or online).  If you have questions or comments about this ministry please contact us at live@stmaryorthodoxchurch.org.

PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES – Please do not leave valuables unattended in the Church Hall or Coat Room.

FIRST IN, LAST OUT – Please do not park in the small lot behind the church unless you intend to stay through the end of coffee hour. The only way out is the single lane driveway.  Please pull all the way in to the parking space, and please do not block the driveway – if the lot is full, you can park on the street.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE

There are a number of ways you can help the Church, your fellow worshippers and those in need.  Consider serving in one of these ways:

BE A GREETER - The Parish Council is continuing the Greeter Program, similar to other churches, to greet and aid parishioners, guests and visitors into the Church each Sunday.  As a Greeter, you will welcome people into the Church and help to direct visitors upstairs to the Liturgy, as well as keeping an eye on the Vestibule, hallways and entrance ways during church, arriving at Church at 9:45 am.  Greeting time ends when Communion starts.  We need volunteers.  If you would like to be a Greeter, a Sign-Up Sheet is posted on the Church Bulletin Board.  If you have any questions, please contact Buddy by e-mail buddy@cjmabardy.comor call him at 781-729-6303. “I was a stranger, and you invited me in………”   (Matthew 25:35)

LITURGICAL SERVICE - Each Sunday, members of the congregation are needed to read the Epistle and assist during Communion by holding the Communion Cloths and Holy Bread Baskets.  All Orthodox Christians in the Parish are welcome and encouraged to participate. We usually need one Epistle  and six people to hold cloths and baskets.  If you would like to read the Epistle or assist during Communion, please contact Jeff Wasilko, 781-820-0882, jeffw@smoe.org

COFFEE HOUR – People are needed every week to provide coffee, juice and cookies, or more if desired, and set it up Sunday morning. To sign up for an available Sunday, please put your name on the new signup sheet on the bulletin board outside the Hall or call Marilyn Robbat in the Parish Office and she will write your name in. If you need any help with figuring out what to bring or do, check the list below the signup sheet (also printed in the Bulletin), or ask Marilyn at secretary@stmaryorthodoxchurch.orgor 617-547-1234.

PRISON MINISTRY – If you would like to find out more about Prison Ministry at St. Mary’s Church, please subscribe to our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/ocpm-concord

"As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me," says our Lord.

THIS SUNDAY'S VOLUNTEERS

GREETER:  Arthur Mabbett

LITURGICAL SERVICE: Epistle: Robert Kowalik; Communion Cloths and Holy Bread baskets: Julie Jamieson, Melissa Nassiff , and others to be determined

COFFEE HOUR:  Natasha & Dmitry Selivanov

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK

Saturday, May 5:  No Vespers at St. Mary

Sunday, May 6:  Matins 8:45 am;  Divine Liturgy 10:00 am; Church School lesson 22

SCRIPTURE READINGS for Sunday, May 6, the Sunday of the Paralytic: 
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42
Peter … came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. … Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. … she fell sick and died ... Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.

Gospel: John 5:1-15
Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

LOOKING AHEAD

Saturday, May 12:  Great Vespers 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 13:  Matins 8:45 am;  Divine Liturgy 10:00 am; Church School lesson 23

Sunday, May 20:  Church School Graduation

Wednesday, May 23:  Evening Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord 6:30 pm

Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24:  Parish Life Conference

INSIGHT

At the Sheep's Pool, a man lay in illness; and on seeing Thee, O Lord, he cried: "I have no man, that, when the water is troubled, he might put me in it. But when I go, another precedes me and receives the healing, and I lie in illness." And immediately, taking compassion him, the Savior said to him: "For you I became man, for you I am clothed in flesh, and do you say, 'I have no man?' Take up your bed and walk." All things are possible for Thee, all things are obedient to Thee, all things are subject to Thee. Remember us all and have mercy on us, O Holy One, since Thou art the Friend of man.
   - Glory of the Entreaty(Liti) from The Pentecostarion

Observe …  the faith of the paralytic. When he had heard, "Take up thy bed and walk," he did not mock, nor say, "What can this mean? An Angel comes down and troubles the water, and heals only one, and do You, a man, by a bare command and word hope to be able to do greater things than Angels?"... But he neither said nor imagined anything like this, but at once he heard and arose, and becoming whole, was not disobedient to Him that gave the command.
   - St. John Chrysostom,Homily 37 on the Gospel of St. John.

It is in this way that we are accounted worthy of mercy, that is, through the fifth commandment: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy." (Mt. 5:7) The merciful person is he who gives to others what he has himself received from God, whether it be money, or food, or strength, a helpful word, a prayer, or anything else that he has through which he can express his compassion for those in need. At the same time he considers himself a debtor, since he has received more than he is asked to give.
   - St. Peter of Damascus, The Seven Commandments, Philokalia, Vol. 3

Accordingly, dearly-beloved, being mindful of our weakness, because we easily fall into all kinds of faults, let us by no means neglect this special remedy and most effectual healing of our wounds. Let us remit, that we may have remission; let us grant the pardon which we crave; let us not be eager to be revenged when we pray to be forgiven. Let us not pass over the groans of the poor with a deaf ear, but with prompt kindness bestow our mercy on the needy, that we may deserve to find mercy in the judgment.
   - Leo the Great,On Lent I