Update for the week Friday, June 14, through Thursday, June 20, 2013


NO PARKING THIS WEEKEND – There will be no access to or parking in the church parking lot on Saturday, June 15 or Sunday, June 16, 2013, due to the repaving of the church parking lot.  There are parking lots located behind the post office and Seven Eleven.  Please plan accordingly.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY –Join us this Saturday, June 15 for St. Mary's first team Habitat for Humanity project! The location will be in Roslindale. We won't know the exact type of work until the day before - could range from painting to landscaping to building a wall. Volunteers:  Bring a check for $44 made payable to Habitat For Humanity. (Our FSJD is helping to defray the cost.) Meet at St. Mary’s at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 15 and we’ll all drive together.   WE URGENTLY NEED 12 VOLUNTEERS!   Please contact Phil Straghalis at phil@newtonfireandflood.com to claim your spot on the team, and for further details.

GRECIAN FESTIVAL - Ss. Constantine & Helen Church, Cambridge, will be holding their  annual Grecian Festival next Friday thru Sunday, June 14, 15, 16, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm – featuring  live music, Greek cuisine & pastry, crafts, prizes.  Drawing June 16.  FREE Admission. Proceeds to benefit the Church Building Fund.  For more information, call 617-876-3601.

PICNIC/MAHRAJAN – St. John Church Dedham will hold their 2nd Annual Church Picnic/Mahrajan this Saturday, June 15, from 1:00-8:00 pm, with live Arabic music by Fouad Hajjar and Ensemble from 3:00-800 pm – featuring American and Arabic food, dancing raffles, children’s games, face painting, and more. Admission:  $10.00/Adult; Children under 12 free.  For further information, please contact Alan Cardoos at apcardoos@mac.com, Gail Kurker at gkurker@gmail.com, or Rick Ahto at rickahto@gmail.com.   

VESPERS – Great Vespers will NOT be held this Saturday, June 15.

SUNDAY SERVICES – Services at St. Mary begin at 8:45 am (Orthros) and 10:00 am (Divine Liturgy) through Sunday, June 30; during July and August we change to Summer Hours –  Orthros: 8:15 am, and Liturgy: 9:30 am. 


MEMORY ETERNAL - We regret to advise of the falling asleep in the Lord of Rose M. Hodges (Farah). Rose was the devoted husband of the late Louis Hodges. Loving Mother of Jeanne B. Salem and her Husband James Wesley, George Hodges and his Wife Patricia and the late James Hodges. Funeral services were held on Tuesday June 11, with interment at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701


BIBLE STUDY – The Bible Study at St. Mary, sponsored by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, meets every other Thursday and is based on a lecture series originally broadcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Join us at 7:00 pm next Thursday, June 20, in the church library, for a discussion of Patristic Interpretation (http://orthodoxbiblestudy.info/patristic-interpretation-part-1 and http://orthodoxbiblestudy.info/patristic-interpretation-part-2). For more information contact Marianna Sayeg (mksayeg@gmail.com) or Fr. Antony (frawhj@gmail.com). New members are always welcome!

GREETERS NEEDED –  We’re still looking for Summer Greeters – please help out! Volunteers are needed for these Sundays: July 28, August  11, 18, 25, and September 1.  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.  Arrive at Church 15 minutes before Liturgy.  Greeting time ends when Communion starts.  Please contact Buddy Mabardy at 781-729-6303 or e-mail: buddy@cjmabardy.com.  Summer Hours are: Orthros: 8:15 am, and Liturgy: 9:30 am.  Summer might be a GREAT time for you to start participating in this Ministry! 

PARISH SECRETARY –  Marilyn Robbat will be out of the office during the summer months of June, July and August for knee surgery.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Barbara Shoop will be filling in for her during this time.  If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call Barbara in the office at 617-547-1234.

PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE – The 2013 Parish Life Conference for our diocese will be held June 27 – 30, 2013, at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover, MA, hosted by St. George Church, Lowell.   For Registration, please go to: https://www.antiochianevents.org/event/96, or go to St. George’s site: http://www.saintgeorgelowell.org. Please feel free to e-mail the Chairperson, Soraya or Co-Chair, +Rt. Rev. Fr. Leonard at: LowellPLC2013@gmail.com. Book your hotel rooms at:  http://www.wyndham.com/groupevents2013/BOSAM_STGEORGE/main.wnt.

ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION – The 2013 national convention of the  Antiochian Archdiocese will be held July 21-28 in Houston TX, hosted by St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. For information and registration see http://www.achouston2013.com.

TANGLEWOOD OUTING – Join your music-loving friends from St. Mary’s as we carpool out to Tanglewood after Liturgy on Sunday, July 28. We’ll picnic on the lawn and listen to music by Dvorak (Carnival Overture and New World Symphony) and Prokofiev (Piano Concerto), with pianist Garrick Ohlsson.  (For more information see http://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/48875)  The concert starts at 2:30; lawn tickets are $19.00 (pay at the door). Bring lawn chairs if you want them, and picnic food for yourself and to share.  For more information and to let us know you're coming, especially if you'll need a ride, contact Melissa Nassiff by email (mnassiff@gmail.com) or phone (508 877-7483).

PRISON MINISTRY:  Please donate unwanted past issues of Orthodox magazines such as The Word, OCMC or other periodicals to prison ministry to hand out to inmates.  Please remove any personal mailing address for security purposes and give them to Mitrophan Chin.

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.

VIDEO EDITING HELP WANTED – We are looking for volunteers to assist with some basic video editing to post the sermons and lectures from St. Mary's online.  If you have experience with digital video editing, please let Jamil Samara or Erick Straghalis know you are interested in helping by emailing live@stmaryorthodoxchurch.org.

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS WANTED – Are you a photographer or a graphic designer and want to share your talents with St. Mary Church and her ministries?  We are looking to get you involved to help photograph the divine services and events and to design promotional material for events and programs at our parish. Please contact Jamil Samara at webmaster@stmaryorthodoxchurch.org with any questions and to let him know that you are interested in getting more involved.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS – Please do not park in the Church parking lot if you need to leave quickly after church.  Cars parked there will be staying until the end of coffee hour.
   Additionally,  do not park beyond the sign that prohibits parking at the corner of Inman Street and Bishop Allen Drive. (An orange cone will be placed in that No Parking area.)  It is difficult for large vehicles to turn the corner if cars are parked there.  Failure to heed this warning may result in the City preventing parishioners from parking on Inman Street.  Your cooperation is appreciated.
   And remember, there is no parishioner parking in the church parking lot Monday through Friday until after 6:00 pm.


GREETERS:   Paul Nahass

COFFEE HOUR:    The families of Mary Robbat and Albert Robbat, Sr. (note correction)


Saturday, June 15: No Vespers at St. Mary

Sunday, June 16:  Matins 8:45 am; Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

SCRIPTURE READINGS for Sunday, June 16:
   Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36
IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

   Gospel: John 17:1-13
At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.
  "I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."


Saturday, June 22:  Great Vespers 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 23: Holy Pentecost

Thursday - Sunday, June 27- 30:  Church and office closed – Parish Life Conference  (All Services held at Wyndham Hotel, Andover, MA)

Saturday, July 6:  No Vespers at St. Mary

Sunday, July 7:  Summer hours begin:  Orthros 8:15 AM, Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM