St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Update for the week of September 28 - October 5, 2017


SUNDAY 10/1 This Sunday the Octoberfest Road Race will begin at 9:30am from Cambridgeside Galleria and affect traffic from First St. to Columbia St. and Main St. If you come to church via Lechmere or Kendall Square you may encounter delays. For map of the race see
   + The St. Ignatius Catechetical Group (Enquirers’ Class) will meet this Sunday at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  Enrollment will be open until October 15. If you would like to participate, please contact Bob Kowalik - 617-889-3436 or r.kowalik@comcast.netNote: For those seeking to be received into the Orthodox Church, participation in the group and Fr. Antony’s blessing are required.
   + Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am, followed by Church School lesson 3  
   + The Assembly of Bishops has designated today College Student Sunday. Our undergraduate and graduate students will be participating in liturgical service.
   + The Women’s Club will hold a Charity Bake Sale this Sunday, immediately following Liturgy, in the church hall.  All proceeds will benefit the charitable projects we sponsor, from the YWCA Family Shelter in Cambridge to the Antiochian Women’s project. Call Priscilla Goss @ 781-762-1527 or the Church Office at 617-547-1234 or email if you can help bake and/or donate.
   + This Sunday following Liturgy, join the Young Adults for delicious fruit and crisp fall weather  at Carver Hill in Stow!  Open to the entire community, we’ll leave during coffee hour. Pack a lunch and your adventurous spirit! Contact: Anna Furry (540-797-7452)

SUNDAY 10/1 – St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church, Cotuit, MA , invites you to a “Harvest Fest for Harvey” festival this Sunday at noon.  All proceeds benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Live music, games, pumpkins, food and more. See

CHANTERS, VESPERS AND YOUNG ADULTS – Next Saturday, October 7, Chant Class will be at 3:30 and Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, followed by Young Adult Fellowship Night. Join the Young Adults for a delicious potluck dinner and a discussion on vocation: “What is my Calling” with Nicholas Mamey. To learn more or to get involved, send an email to or call/text Jamil (617-501-4427)

NO CHURCH SCHOOL – Next Sunday, October 8, there will be no Church School classes.

COME SEE THE MESSIAH! – Join friends from St. Mary’s for the Handel and Haydn Society’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, on Sunday afternoon, December 3, at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are just $25 – even less if we have a big enough group. We will carpool to (or meet at) Symphony Hall after Liturgy and have lunch together at a nearby restaurant before the concert.  Those who have done this before have thoroughly enjoyed it - not only do we hear a world-class orchestra and chorus with famous soloists singing glorious words taken directly from the Bible, but we also have an opportunity to spend time getting to know some fellow parishioners we normally may not encounter.  Good seats go fast - please contact Melissa Nassiff at  by Sunday, October 22 (in time to order group tickets).

BAZAAR - St. John of Damascus will be holding their Annual Bazaar, Friday through Sunday, November 3-5:  Fri. 12pm-9pm, Sat. 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm- 2pm, 300 West St. , Dedham. Middle Eastern Cuisine, Country Store, Christmas Corner and More. 
th annual Benefit for Theophany School will be held Saturday, November 11, at 5:00pm at St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham. The evening includes cocktails, dinner and entertainment. The benefit defrays the cost of tuition by approximately $1000 per student, helping to provide families with excellent, affordable Orthodox education. To become a sponsor or to reserve tickets please contact the Director, Marybeth at 781-444-3058 or  

OCTOBER IS YOUTH MONTH – During the Month of October, at St. Mary and throughout the archdiocese, our teens will be taking an active role in the Liturgy.

BIBLE STUDY – Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Hall downstairs every other Monday at 7:00pm. 
At our next meeting, on Monday, October 9, we will discuss the podcasts found at and   Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Steve Walker at  or Ioana Popa at for more information.  Note: The church parking lot is rented until 8:00pm. We are allowed to park in open parking spaces only; we cannot stack park or block anyone.

TEEN SOYO ANNUAL RETREAT – Since in past years the annual Teen SOYO Retreat held during Lent has had to deal with too much snow, this year it is moving to the Fall. Now it will coincide with the Diocesan Family Camp at the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH, Friday to Sunday, October 13-15. The campers will be staying at the Center and the teens (grades 7-12) will be staying in the cabins and have their own program and events. Everyone will come together for the services and most of the meals.  The cost is $85 per teen. NOTE: Registration forms must be returned by October 1. For information or scholarship information, contact Fr. Joseph Kimmett, Diocese Spirituaul Advisor, at, 781-762-4396  or John Abud, Diocese Youth Director, at, 810-252-5769.

DIOCESE FAMILY CAMP – Our first Diocese Family Camp will be held the weekend of Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 2017 at the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH. Our Family Camp is modeled after the program at Antiochian Village. We will have daily services, Christian Education for children, a Keynote Speaker (TBD) for the parents, and sports and games for the whole family to participate. Experienced AV Staff Members are being recruited to serve as counselors for the weekend.  More registration details and tentative schedule are online at . There is also a facebook event under the Diocese Facebook page at

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN DIOCESAN MEETING – The Fall Diocesan Delegates Meetings of Antiochian Women – General Assembly Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 14 at St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham, starting at 10:00am.

WOMEN’S CLUB – The next meeting of the St. Mary Women’s Club will be on Monday, October 16, at the church.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS – If you are interested in serving on the Parish Council please speak to Mary Winstanley O’Connor or Fr. Antony by Sunday October 22.  To be eligible to serve you must be a member of St. Mary’s for two years and in good financial standing.

BAZAAR & FOOD FAIR – St. George West Roxbury is having their annual Bazaar and Food Fair on Friday October 20 through Sunday, October 22 - Friday and Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 12pm to 3:pm. Admission is free. Middle Eastern cuisine and pastries, baked foods, country store, kids corner, photo booth

OLDIES DINNER DANCE – You are invited to an “Oldies Dinner Dance”, to benefit the St. George Norwood Building Fund. Event will be held at the Norwood Sportsman’s Club on Saturday, October 21, 6:30-11:00pm.  Dinner, DJ, Cash Bar and Trivia. Tickets sold in advance, $25. Contact 508-488-0347 for tickets.

PARISH COUNCIL – The next meeting of the Parish Council will be Wednesday, October 25 at the church.
SFEEHA SALE (NEW DATES) - The Women’s Club is offering for purchase freshly made Sfeeha (ground lamb-meat pizza pies with onion, pine nuts & seasonings).   Everything is cooked with the finest of ingredients and ready to eat now or freeze for the holidays! This product contains pine nuts; no special orders will be accepted.  Please use the REVISED order form in the Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office for a copy.  New order deadline is Sunday, October 29.  Pick-Up Date is Sunday, November 5.  Note: no kibbeh will be available this year.

HELP MAKE SFEEHA – Please come to the church on Saturday morning, November 4 (not October 28 as originally announced), starting at 9:30 am, to help make meat pies with the Women's Club.   Lots of help will be needed – young and old, women and men are all welcome – and it's always lots of fun. 

COFFEE HOUR MADE EASY! - To make sponsoring a Coffee Hour a little bit easier, St. Mary’s offers a delivery service through “Instacart”, for the basic foods necessary to host a Coffee hour.  Simply select a date, mail a check to the office and we will order the food and have it delivered to the church on that Sunday between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  You will need to be at the church to accept the order and you will be required to set up for the coffee hour and clean up both the kitchen and hall at the end of the coffee hour.  Two menus will be offered.  Menu one will include: bagels, mini muffins, fruit, hummus/Syrian bread, juice and coffee for $160.  Menu two will include: bagels, juice and coffee for $70. Prices do not include a 20% tip for delivery and are subject to change based on current market pricing of items.  Cream cheese, peanut butter, jam and coffee creamer are included with each menu.  As usual, St. Mary’s will provide the plates, cups, napkins, utensils, serving platters, and sweetener for coffee.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this service and signing up for a coffee hour please contact the office at 617-547-1234 or e-mail

The good man thinks to himself in this wise: Everyone who has strayed from the truth brings destruction on himself and is therefore to be pitied. But of course the man who has not learned the love of the Holy Spirit will not pray for his enemies. The man who has learned love from the Holy Spirit sorrows all his life over those who are not saved, and sheds abundant tears for the people, and the grace of God gives him strength to love his enemies.
   - St. Silouan The Athonite

Love sinners and do not despise them for their faults. Remember that you partake in an earthly nature, and do good to all. Let your manner be always courteous and respectful to all. For love does not know how to be angry or lose its temper or to find fault with anyone out of passion.
   - St. Isaac of Syria

As fire is not extinguished by fire, so anger is not conquered by anger, but is made even more inflamed. But meekness often subdues even the most beastly enemies, softens them and pacifies them.
   - St. Tikhon of Zadonsk