REV. FR. JON MAGOULIAS
PARISH COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Saturday, May 25th
Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26th
SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC
Epistle Acts 9:32-42
Gospel John 5:1-15
Sunday Divine Services 9:00 a.m..
Wednesday, May 29th
Epistle Acts 14:6-18
Gospel John 7:14-30
Fr. Jon has been asked to return to Boston for important meetings of the Archdiocese Council this week. Since he will be absent Wednesday through Friday, Divine Services will NOT be celebrated for Mid-Pentecost!
Saturday, June 1st
Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2nd
SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
Epistle Acts 11:19-30
Gospel John 4:5-42
Sunday Divine Services 9:00 a.m.
Divine Services at our Church of the Annunciation may now be viewed live on the Internet! In addition, Divine Services may also be viewed using an iPhone or iPad. Visit our Parish Website: www.goannunciation.org and go to the "Live" link to follow directions. Please be sure to connect to the proper device.
The purpose for this ministry is to provide shut-ins that have internet capability, college students that may not be able to get to an Orthodox Church, or people interested in our precious Christian Orthodox Faith, the opportunity to view our church services. This is not a substitute for attending Church!
BLESSING OF THE LOAVES
The Blessing of the Loaves (Artoklasia) will be offered this Sunday by the Bazos, Swehla and Tsongranis families in loving appreciation for the support our Parish has offered seminarian graduates: Matthew Swehla and George Tsongranis.
This service commemorates the Lord’s miracle of blessing the loaves in the wilderness where more than 5,000 people were fed. It is our prayer that our Risen Lord may always bless us with all that is necessary for our salvation.
Sunday, May 26 - Team 1: Tony Gavrilis, Steve Pallios & George Simvoulakis.
Sunday, June 2 - Team 2: Jeff Brown, Kevin Moore, & Stamati Tsatsaronis.
ALL ALTAR BOYS ARE EXPECTED TO:
* Dress properly, wearing light
colored shirt, tie, and dress shoes.
* The Sunday Church School Program now enables an Altar Boy to serve on Sundays when he may not be scheduled. If you wish to put in extra service on days when it is not your group day, you may do so, but following Holy Communion, you must attend Sunday Church School.
* If unable to participate at your scheduled time, please contact your team captain. Please be on time for all services.
Andoni Kocolas ~ Seri Mitri ~ Manoli Rodarakis
SENIOR ALTAR BOYS:
Michael Hillas ~ Christopher Letson ~ Sammer Mitri ~ Alex Stavrianoudakis
Sunday, May 26 - Team C: Captain, Captain, Andreas Alexander, Jacob Gavrilis, James Haskin & PJ Zanotto.
Sunday, June 2 - Team D: Captain, Captain, Panos Constantinou, Barkev Andriopoulos, Jonathan Word, & Frankie Zanotto.
When attending services, please be prompt! In order to partake of the Holy Eucharist please remember proper preparation is required to receive Holy Communion.
When receiving the Holy Eucharist come forward reverently, give your baptismal name, hold the red cloth under your chin and after receiving, wipe your lips.
As we celebrate this glorious season of the Lord's Resurrection we hope you will consider a donation for Pascha. Please use the Pascal envelope that has been mailed to you in making contributions and send them to the Church Office.
Please remember that the “Cry Room” is intended only when an infant child may seem to be disrupting a divine service. It is wonderful to see so many families with young children and for this reason, we ask that only one parent and child be in the “Cry Room” at any given time. Once the child has settled down they should return to the pews for the service.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND, CONSTANTINOPLE and CAPPADOCIA
We are planning a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Constantinople and Cappadocia with members of the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont. The Pilgrimage is scheduled for October 22 – November 4, 2013. The cost is $3,645.00 per person (double occupancy and not including taxes and fees). If you are interested in making this Pilgrimage please feel free to contact Fr. Jon for more information!
Christian Stewardship is the very essence of living our precious Faith that teaches each of us to return to the Lord a portion of our earnings so that the Church may continue to grow. Every person baptized and/or chrismated into the Orthodox Christian Faith may be a parishioner but a steward is something more! A steward is a baptized and/or chrismated person who understands his responsibility to God and His Church. This understanding directs him to live his life according to the teachings of our Faith and at the same time, offers Time, Talents and Treasure to the sacred work of the Church. It is important to understand that our Stewardship obligations determine a family (husband, wife, & children) or an individual as stewards of our Parish. Young adults (18 years and older) that have completed their schooling and/or find themselves in the workplace are expected to become stewards of the Parish. These individuals are not included in one’s “Family Stewardship” obligation.
We are grateful to those who have understood the needs of our Church and increased their commitment. We pray that you have completed your Stewardship for 2012.
Having entered the year of our Lord 2013, we pray that you will offer your Stewardship by increasing the TIME you spend in Church; the TALENT you offer through various ministries of our Parish; and increasing the financial offering from your TREASURE that will enable us to fully fund the operating costs of our Parish through YOUR stewardship commitment! The economic times are challenging so by offering one’s support to the Church in weekly, monthly or quarterly contributions, it is much easier in managing the finances of one’s household.
Our Holy Church emphasizes the truth found in Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition that we must give cheerfully and without reluctance to the sacred work of God’s Holy Church. When offering your 2012 Stewardship Ministry to our Parish, prayerfully evaluate your budget when making your commitment in recognizing the you as a member of the Body of Christ, the Church, we “Abide” in Christ Jesus, our Lord, God and Savior.
If you have any questions regarding your offering please contact Fr. Jon. Christian Stewardship is the very essence of living our precious Faith that teaches each of us to return to the Lord a portion of our earnings so that the Church may continue to grow.
Each year we are blessed that a number of our stewards increase their commitment to the Church. In recent years, we have had a number of stewards increase their offering above the 10% we hoped for with some increasing their previous year offering by as much as 25%! Approximately $175.00 from every Stewardship offering is contributed for National Ministries.
We have an attainable goal of 350 Stewardship families/individuals for 2013…Please support our efforts! Please remember: "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR GREAT LENT AND PASCHA
It is with much appreciation that we thank the Philoptochos Ladies for dyeing the Paschal eggs and decorating the Kouvouklion (Tomb of Christ) during Holy Week. We also wish to thank the young adults that assisted us during those times.
We are grateful to thank EVERYONE that has contributed to the flowers that were used to decorate our Church during the holy season of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha. If you would still like to make a donation please contact Anna Petrulakis or send a check to the Church Office noting in the memo for “Church Flowers.”
The “Stewardship Drive” to become a Philoptochos is currently underway. We strongly encourage the ladies of our Parish to become members of the Philoptochos and to assist in this beautiful ministry that assists so many people by signing up during Fellowship Hour today. For further information please contact one of the officers of Philoptochos.
Philoptochos Scholarship forms were recently mailed in the May Bulletin but are also available in the Church Office. We encourage our young people graduating from High School and those in college to apply. The deadline for the scholarship applications will be June 30, 2013.
Promotion Sunday will be held on June 2nd. We would like to ask that the parents of students graduating from: Junior High School; High School; College/University; or Graduate programs, contact the Church Office.
We would like to obtain the e-mail addresses of parents and students for our Parish records. We also ask that you please submit the names, addresses and e-mails for college students attending school away from home.
PARISH EDUCATION MINISTRY
We strongly encourage young people from 3 years old to high school to attend Sunday Church School. The young people are to be in church at 10:00 am and sit in the front pews so that they may be able to receive the Holy Eucharist first; following the Holy Eucharist, the young people go into the Classroom Building for their lesson.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to church on time EVERY SUNDAY MORNING so that our young people may “Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
A.R.E. YOU READY?
A.R.E. is the Adult Religious Education forum for young adults and adults interested in learning more about our precious Christian Orthodox Faith. Our topic is: “Living the Changeless Faith in Changing Times”. This forum examines Holy Scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers. In our next session, we will be studying Church Dogma. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 23rd, at 7:00 p.m....Bring your Orthodox Study Bible and join us!
PLEASE TAKE NOTE
It is the practice of our Faith that as we enter the House of God, an offering is made and we say a prayer as we light candles to symbolize that Christ is the Light of the world. Please remember that if a check is being written for this purpose or for a donation, in accordance with the non-profit status of our Parish, any check made out to the Annunciation Church must be for the exact amount. Thank you!
CHURCH MUSIC MINISTRY
The ministry of our choir members is to represent YOU and to serve as volunteers by using the gift of music to sing praises to our Lord is a true act of Christian Orthodox Stewardship.
Parishioners, who may be interested in of our Church, and especially our young people, are invited to join the choir. St. Augustine wrote: “What better thing can the people do than sing. I know of no better thing than this!” Please contact Markella Tsatsaronis or the Church Office, to find out more about our Church Choir.
GREEK SCHOOL NEWS
We strongly urge our parents to enroll their children in our Afternoon Greek School. Along with our Sunday Church School, our Afternoon Greek School teaches our children the Orthodox Christian Faith and our Hellenistic culture. This ministry enables our young children to develop spiritually and culturally. The total and complete person is one that not only possesses knowledge, but character. Knowledge we receive in schools, however character, is developed through Christian Orthodox education.
Registration for the new academic year is continuing but classes have already begun. You may also register for Greek School in our Church Office Monday - Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.
We are also offering a Greek Language class for adults. Classes have begun but it is not too late to join. Classes are held Wednesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in the Adult Greek Language class please contact the Church Office.
The success of this ministry rests with the parents as we strive to teach our young people to live our Faith through fellowship and service. We urge the parents of our young people to support this ministry with enthusiasm and love. Our Youth Ministry is comprised of young people in:
H.O.P.E. – Grade 3-5;
J.O.Y. – Grades 6-8;
G.O.Y.A. - High School;
Y.A.L. – College
The elected officers are:
Alexia Mason, Pres.
Kylie Affholter, VP.
Ryan Hatton, Secr.
Andonia Alexander, Pres.
Katie Lemons, VP.
Matthew Myrtakis, Treas.
Eleni Davis, Secr.
Athena Thymankis, Cor. Secr.
Marilena Constantinou, Pres.
Stefan Word, VP.
Katie Hatton, Treas.
Emily Davis, Secr.
John Hillas, Cor. Secr.
We wish to thank everyone that supported our GOYA during the Palm Sunday Lamb Drawing. The Holy Friday Retreat was again successful and educational for the young people that participated. We wish to thank Catherine Jaureguy for coordinating the retreat, along with the seminarians and young adults that assisted. In addition, we are grateful to Nina Pallios and the youth advisors that prepared the Lenten meal for the retreat.
We are also grateful to all that participated in the Resurrection Meal hosted by the YAL. It was a wonderful gathering following the Resurrection Liturgy. We are blessed to have a number of young adults serving in key leadership positions in our Parish. We give thanks to God for their involvement and pray for their success in faith and in life.
We wish to thank everyone that supported our GOYA during the Mother’s Day Luncheon last weekend. We had a wonderful luncheon and program and we are grateful to all that participated this year. We are especially grateful to Mrs. Diane Hillas, our GOYA Advisor, for coordinating the chefs who prepared a delicious meal and the Goyans who set up and served in honor of Motherhood. In addition, we wish to acknowledge the young people that beautifully spoke and read poems on the occasion of Mother’s Day, it was a delightful and enjoyable event.
It is important for our young people to participate in this ministry so that they may develop the skills necessary to live our Christian Orthodox teachings in today’s world.
It has been said: “The more you read…the more you know!” We have a great selection of books, icons, music and other items that every Orthodox Christian can use! Our bookstore is brimming with new arrivals that also make excellent gifts for every occasion.
We wish to thank Linda Fostinis for volunteering to coordinate the functioning of our Parish Bookstore. Her efforts, and the efforts of those who support this sacred ministry, provide us with the opportunity to purchase Orthodox Christian materials for our spiritual edification.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL 2013
Preparations for the 2013 Greek Food Festival have begun! We had an excellent first meeting last week and look forward to another successful Festival. It is our hope that everyone will offer their support to this year’s GFF Committee. Our chairperson for this year is Jeff Brown and the co-chairperson is Irene Jaureguy. Our second meeting of the GFF2013 Committee will be on June 19, at 7:00 p.m., in the Classroom Building. ALL GFF Chairpeople are expected to be in attendance!
ANNUNCIATION GREEK DANCE GROUP NEWS
Our Annunciation Dancers would like to thank our Parish Family for their love and support throughout the year. An important aspect of our Greek Folk Dance Ministry is the Parents Support Group. This group has been organized to assist the directors in meeting the needs of this beautiful ministry.
The Dance Parent Support Group officers elected to serve for 2012-2013 are:
Aliki Alexander – President
Janelle Hatton – Vice-President
Anna Affholter – Treasurer
Kelly Lemons – Secretary
We are also grateful to the Dance Parents Support Group and ALL the directors that worked so diligently this past year. We will take a break from Greek folk dance practices as Great Lent approaches but look forward to a new year following Pascha!
While we are on a break from our Greek Folk Dance Ministry, please remember that we have begun registration for the 2013-2014 ministry. In addition, we ask that you plan to assist us at the end of June and beginning of July to sale fireworks. More information will be shared in our upcoming bulletins.
Over the years families that have been involved in our Greek Folk Dance ministry have been gracious to loan their costumes for other young dancers and we thank them. We would like to remind the families that may have borrowed costumes in the past to please return them as quickly as possible. This includes all parts of the costume including jewelry and we ask that it be returned clean! Thank you!
For further information regarding our award winning Greek Folk dancers please visit our website at: www.greekfolkdancers.com.
The responsibility to continue to maintain the beauty and safety of our church complex is of utmost importance. In the last year we have completed:
1. The replacement of the doors throughout our facility which was approximately $25,000.00.
2. The installation of new lighting around the complex perimeter that was completed at a cost of $3500.00.
3. The new lighting in front of the church (replacing the old MID poles) has finished. The cost of this project was $23,000.00.
4. Sealing and repairing the parking lot - cost $17,000.00
5. The addition of new curbing on back parking lot planters - cost $4,000.00.
6. New lighting in the Classroom Building - cost $10,000.00...DONATED!
7. New Heating/Air Conditioning for the back of the Church Hall - cost $12,000.00;
8. Upgrading of the main electrical panel of our Church complex - cost $3,000.00.
9. Painting of the outdoor pavilion. (Donated.)
10. Landscaping in the upgraded planters behind our complex.
11. Trimming of the cypress trees. (Donated.)
Still to be accomplished:
1. New handicap ramp on side of the church;
We are grateful to the parishioners that have already made contributions towards these projects that equal $57,135.00.
If you would like to contribute towards any or all of these projects, please send your donation to the Church Office or contact Fr. Jon or a member of the Parish Council.
We encourage you to visit our Parish Website: www.goannunciation.org. It is frequently updated and contains the Monthly and Weekly Bulletins, along with photographs and other information about our Parish.
There are times when Parish activities take place and parishioners take pictures of the event. We would like to ask our parishioners to consider making a CD of the pictures they take at parish events, label the CD and bring it to the Church Office. In this way, we will be able to document many of the events that take place in our Parish.
We are very blessed to have a wonderful church complex. This has only been accomplished by the generosity of the stewards of our Parish that understand the importance of gathering for Christian Orthodox Fellowship. We are grateful to everyone that has contributed over the years and we commit ourselves to be responsible to maintain our facilities to the best of our abilities.
For this to happen, we need YOUR support too! This is why we must remind parishioners that church property is not to be removed from our complex. Please do not remove plates, pans or other utensils from our facilities for any reason unless approved by the Parish Priest and Parish Council. If you have any items from the Cultural Center please return them this week. In addition, we would like to remind parishioners that we rely on volunteers to serve the meals at our luncheons. During meals that are served in our Church Hall please do not enter the kitchen unless you are volunteering to help! We thank you for your understanding and support!
The demands on each individual and family are great. In an effort to understand this we would like to remind our parishioners that before anyone plans on selling items in our church complex or during Parish activities, they must have the approval of the Parish Priest. We also understand that organizations within our Community, as well as, organizations we may support, have a need to raise funds for their activities. We do not want times of fellowship to become a time when parishioners may be bombarded to purchase items.
We would also like to remind everyone that the placement of flyers on our cars is prohibited! Flyers that you
wish to have distributed may be brought by the Church Office for approval and then included in either our Monthly and/or Weekly bulletins.
IN TIMES OF ILLNESS
“Come, O blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;…for I was sick and you visited me…” (Matt. 25:31-46). When a member of our Parish is ill and has been hospitalized or may be recuperating at home, the immediate family of the ill person should contact the Church Office, 522-7694. It is beneficial to both the body and the soul when our priest prays for us when we are healthy or ill. The local hospitals will not notify us when an Orthodox Christian has been admitted to the hospital, so it is imperative that the immediate family accept this responsibility.
Divine Services on Sunday morning begin at 9:00 a.m. There is no set time as to when the Divine Liturgy actually begins since the hymns of the Matins vary from week to week. According to actual Church Service procedures, each and every member of the congregation is required to be seated in the pews by the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. It is only through leniency that anyone is allowed to enter the Church once the Service has begun. Thus it behooves us not to take undue advantage of this leniency. Also, unnecessary noise is extremely distracting during worship, especially when it comes from the adults talking; in addition, our nursery is equipped with all the conveniences for young children and a parent to participate in the Liturgy. Please remember to prepare yourself properly to attend the Divine Liturgy; dress accordingly; do not chew gum; turn off your cell phone; and please do not create a disturbance. Please remember that the Parish Council members are required to see to the order during Church Services and everyone should follow their directions at all times.
“The Lord has given us many counsels and commandments to help us toward salvation. He has even given us a pattern of prayer, instructing us on how we are to pray. He has given us life, and with His accustomed generosity, He has also taught us how to pray. He has made it easy for us to be heard, as we pray to the Father in words taught us by the Son…Let us pray as God our Master has taught us. To ask the Father in words His Son has given us, to let Him hear the words of Christ ringing in our ears, is to make our prayer one of friendship, a family prayer.” St. Cyprian, martyred Bishop of Carthage (+258)
The Divine Liturgy begins with the offering of the faithful people of God. The gifts we bring forth are an expression of our faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Holy Communion makes us one with the Holy Trinity and is given for "remission of sins and life everlasting". The people are invited to bring forth their offering, i.e. "Prosforon", for the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated. We use 4 prosfora on a regular Sunday and they may be given through our Philoptochos for a donation. The Eucharist Bread may be offered in memory of a loved one or for someone's health and well-being. Anyone wishing to donate the Eucharist Bread ("Prosphoron") on a particular Sunday may contact Anna Petrulakis, 522-0298.
In addition to contributing the Eucharist Bread it is customary to bring a bottle of olive oil for the vigil lights and a bottle of wine for Holy Communion. The ONLY wine being used for Holy Communion is Coumantaria and will now be available for purchase from the Church Office.