Update for the week Friday, September 20, through Thursday, September 26, 2013


FR. ANTONY TO BE AWAY – Fr. Antony will be out of town Thursday through Sunday, September 19-22, 2013.  In case of emergency, please call  Fr. Timothy Ferguson at St. George Church, West Roxbury:  617-323-0323. 
   Fr. Walter Smith will be officiating on Sunday, in Fr. Antony’s absence.

BIBLE STUDY – The Bible Study at St. Mary, sponsored by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, meets every other Thursday in the church library,  and is based on a series of talks originally broadcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Join us at 7:00 pm TODAY, Thursday, September 19, as we continue discussing Genesis (http://orthodoxbiblestudy.info/genesis-part-2  and http://orthodoxbiblestudy.info/genesis-part-3). For more information contact Marianna Sayeg (mksayeg@gmail.com) or Fr. Antony (frawhj@gmail.com). New members are always welcome. Don't worry if you don't have time to listen to all the material, you can still participate in the discussion!

Friday evening 9/20: Socrates Deligeorges, our chef, needs 1 person to help him with grocery shopping.
Saturday 9/21 at 2:00 pm: 4 volunteers are needed in the church kitchen to help prep the food.
Sunday 9/22, during Liturgy: we need 5 volunteers in the kitchen to help cook.  
   Immediately after Liturgy: we need at least 4 servers. 
   After the meal: we need 4 or 5 people to wash dishes and clean the kitchen. And everyone, please put away your chair and help put away your table.  Thank you!!
Please contact Socrates (dr.socrates@gmail.com) to let him know where you can help. Thanks!

SONIA’S RUN –The 5th annual Sonia’s 5K Run/Walk at St. George Church, West Roxbury, will be held this Saturday, September 21, beginning at 9:00 am.  All proceeds will benefit Sonia’s dream of finding a permanent home for Theophany school. For more information see http://theophanyschool.org/ways-to-help/sonias-run

COLLEGE STUDENT SUNDAY – This Sunday, September 22, is the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s “College Student Sunday” at St. Mary’s.   Our undergraduate and graduate student community will be performing liturgical service.
   If you are a new or returning college or university student, please fill out a green “College Student Address Form” on the Bengarri (desk in the Narthex) so that we have your current address and information and you can receive announcements about activities at St. Mary's and on campus.  Please leave the form on the Bengarri.  See Charlie Marge if you have questions.

“WELCOME BACK COLLEGE STUDENTS" BREAKFAST – After Liturgy this Sunday, the Fellowship of St. John the Divine (FSJD) will host a special breakfast to welcome college students back to their "Church home away from home." Please join us in welcoming and supporting students who strive to remain connected to the Church while away from their families.  All are welcome! A suggested minimum donation of $5 will be gratefully accepted from non-students.

CONVENTION CHAIRS MEETING – There will be a meeting of all subcommittee chairs for the 2015 Archdiocesan Convention, which will be hosted by St Mary, this Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the church hall. If you cannot attend please let Raymond Sayeg (rsayeg@aol.com) or Mary Winstanley O'Connor (moconnor@koilaw.com) know.


CHURCH SCHOOL THANK YOU – Thanks to all the Church School Teachers/Assistants for a successful Opening Day, to Karen Winstanley Noonan for coordinating the Coffee Hour, to all the parents who contributed to the Coffee Hour, and to Barbara Shoop, our Church School superintendent.

QUIET PLEASE – Please refrain from entering the hall during Church School class time, as it is distracting to Teachers and their Students.

KIBBEH SALE - The Women’s Club is offering for purchase freshly made Kibbeh (8½” x 11” tray made with ground lamb-meat and burghul).  Everything is cooked with the finest of ingredients and ready to eat now or freeze for the holidays!  To order, fill out the order form in your Sunday Bulletin and return it by Sunday, October 6 with your check for $35 payable to St. Mary Women’s Club. You may pass it in at the bengarri on Sunday OR mail it to:   St. Mary Church, Women’s Club,  8 Inman St., Cambridge, MA  02139, Attn:  Shirley Bezreh.  Checks must accompany all orders.

SEMINARIAN WELCOME RECEPTION AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – The Antiochian Women of the Diocese of Worcester & New England cordially invite you to attend their 40th Anniversary Celebration and Seminarian Welcome Reception on Sunday, October 6, 2013, with His Grace, Bishop John..  Vespers begin at 4:00 pm,  with Reception following. This event will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 55 Emmonsdale Rd., West Roxbury, MA

FALL DELEGATES MEETING – The Fall General Assembly Meeting of delegates from the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, Teen SOYO and Antiochian Women will be held here at St. Mary Church, on Saturday, October 26, 2013.


OLD TABLES AVAILABLE – If anyone would like one of the old brown tables from the church hall please feel free to take one.  The old tables must be removed from the hall by this Sunday, September 22nd.  Call the office if you want to schedule a weekday pick-up.

COFFEE HOUR CHANGES   Before you leave after coffee hour, please put away your own chair and help put away the table. As you know, "many hands make light work!”
   From now on, if no one volunteers to provide a coffee hour there will be no coffee hour that Sunday. There are a few empty Sundays still - please get a few friends together and sign up right away! (Signup sheet is on the bulletin board downstairs.)

BAKE SALE – The Women’s Club will hold a Charity Bake Sale on Sunday, September 29 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 “Operation Lace Up” which provides children with shoes nationwide.

FR. ANTONY’S  20th ANNIVERSARY -  Be with us on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013, as His Grace, Bishop John joins us to celebrate Fr. Antony’s first 20 years at St. Mary and his first 25 years in the priesthood!
   On Saturday, October 5: Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, chanted by the Boston Byzantine Choir, will be followed by a Banquet with Bishop John in the Church Hall.  (All proceeds will be used to send our children to Antiochian Village in July, 2014).  Sorry, all tickets for the banquet have been sold.
   Sunday, October 6:  Orthros at 8:45 am;  Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am, followed by a Coffee Hour.
   We are looking for Sponsors for the Banquet:  Platinum $2000, Gold $1000, And Silver $500.  To date we have $4500 in sponsors and are looking for an additional $2000 in Sponsorships.  See Mary Winstanley-O’Connor if you are interested in being a Sponsor for this joyous event.

ENQUIRERS’ CLASS - The St. Ignatius Catechetical Group (Enquirers’ Class) will begin meeting on Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 A.M in the library, next door to Fr. Antony’s office. The group is for non-Orthodox adults who are interested in exploring the Christian Faith as it has been – and continues to be – understood, preached, and lived by members of the Holy Orthodox Church, who descend from the early Christian community of Antioch where “the disciples were for the first time called Christians” (Acts 11:26). Bob Kowalik will be teaching the group, using materials developed and piloted by St. Mary catechist emeritus David Vermette.  If you would like to participate, please talk to Bob during coffee hour; or get in touch by phone 617-889-3436 or e-mail r.kowalik@comcast.net

WOMEN’S CLUB – The next Women’s Club meeting will be Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm in  the Church kitchen.

DANCING WITH THE AABA STARS- On Saturday, October 13, 2013 (note corrected date) the American Arabic Benevolent Association will present the annual “Dancing with the Stars.”  Representing St. Mary’s Church will be Amanda Noonan, daughter of Karen Winstanley Noonan.  This event is a fundraiser to benefit senior affordable housing at Cheriton Heights in West Roxbury.  The event will take place at The Norwood Theatre, Norwood, MA. Ticket price is $45.00 per person.  For tickets, sponsoring or information contact David Franciosi, 617-347-1005.  Sponsor seating will have 10 seats reserved plus an AABA Gift bag.  Sponsors names will appear in program and donations may be applied as points to dancer.   

SYRIA RELIEF BENEFIT – Come to St. Mary Church of Pawtucket, RI on Saturday October 12 for an evening of prayer, food, and support for the relief effort desperately needed in and around Syria. The sweeping violence in Syria has left more than six million people in urgent need of help and more than four million children, women and men displaced in their own country. Your efforts will help the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) respond quickly to those in need by providing emergency relief items such as food, heating, fuel and basic necessities like blankets and hygiene kits. All proceeds to benefit IOCC efforts to help the more than 6 million in urgent need.
   The evening begins with a pan-Orthodox vespers at 5:00 pm, followed by Dinner and a presentation from IOCC's Development officer Lou Zagami.  Even if you cannot attend, sponsorships and other opportunities for involvement are available. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Jamil Samara at 617-501-4427 or jamil@jamilsamara.com,  or Joe Samra at 401-440-0029 or joesamra@gmail.com.  Register online at www.iocc.org/pawtucket

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

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.


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 – If you do not sing in the choir, or chant, serve in the Altar or at the Bengarri, and  are not a Church School teacher,  please consider serving the Church as a Greeter!  Greeters arrive 15 minutes before Liturgy, get a Greeter Name Tag from the Bengarri, pin it on and greet visitors/parishioners at the Church Entrance and direct them upstairs to the Church, or to the cloakroom or restrooms.  Greeting time ends when Communion starts.  Send your name and e-mail address to Buddy Mabardy: buddymabardy@cjmabardy.com or phone him 781-729-6303. 

LITURGICAL SERVICE – Each Sunday, members of the congregation are needed to read the Epistle and assist during Communion by holding the Communion Cloths.  All Orthodox Christians in the Parish are welcome and encouraged to participate. We usually need one Epistle reader and four people to hold the cloths.  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 monthly Cornerstone), or ask Marilyn at secretary@stmaryorthodoxchurch.org or 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.
   Also - please donate unwanted past issues of Orthodox magazines such as The Word, OCMC or other periodicals to our prison ministry to hand out to inmates.  Please remove any personal mailing address for security purposes and give them to Mitrophan Chin.
   Our own Deacon Jeff Smith can be heard in a recent interview with Ancient Faith Radio at http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/features/prison_ministry_awareness_sunday1  

VIDEO EDITING – Volunteers are wanted to assist with video editing of sermons and lectures.
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 - email live@stmaryorthodoxchurch.org.

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS – Are you a photographer or a graphic designer? Would you be willing to share your talents with St. Mary Church and her ministries?  We are looking for you 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.

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


Greeter:  Deno Takles

Coffee Hour:  FSJD “Welcome Back College Students” Breakfast


Saturday, September 21:  No Vespers

Sunday, September 22:  Orthros  8:45 am,  Divine Liturgy 10:00 am, Church School Lesson 2; followed by FSJD “Welcome Back College Students” Breakfast
SCRIPTURE READINGS for Sunday, September 22:
   Epistle: St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 16:13-24
BRETHREN, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicos, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

   Gospel:  Luke 5:1-11
At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


Saturday, September 28:  Great Vespers 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 29:  Orthros  8:45 am,  Divine Liturgy 10:00 am, Church School lesson 3; followed by Women’s Club bake sale

Saturday, October 5:  Great Vespers 5:00 pm, chanted by the Boston Byzantine Choir, followed by Fr. Antony’s 20th Aniversary Banquet with His Grace, Bishop John

Sunday, October 6:  Orthros  8:45 am,  Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 10:00 am; no Church School


He is not yet a faithful servant who bases himself on bare knowledge alone; a faithful servant is he who professes his faith by obedience to Christ, Who gave the commandments.
   - St. Mark the Ascetic

But mark both their faith, and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work (and you know how greedy a thing fishing is), when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said not, “let us return home, and converse with our kinsfolk,” but “they left everything and followed” ... Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time, though something absolutely most needful should vehemently press on us
   - St. John Chrysostom  

Ultimately…the secret is perfect abandonment to the will of God in all things you cannot control, and perfect obedience to Him in everything that depends on your own volition, so that in all things, in your interior life and in your outward works for God, you desire only one thing, which is the fulfillment of His will.
   - Fr. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Brothers, we shall hymn with praise the tongues of the disciples, because not with elegant speech but in divine power they have revived all men. Because they took up His Cross as a fishing-pole, so that they might again use words as fishing lines and fish for the world. … they had speech as a sharp fishhook, … the flesh of the Master of all has become for them a bait…
   - St Romanos the Melodist,  On Pentecost

If Peter had not failed to catch anything during the night's fishing (cf. Luke 5:5), he would not have caught anything during the day. And if Paul had not suffered physical blindness (cf. Acts 9:8), he would not have been given spiritual sight. And if Stephen had not been slandered as a blasphemer, he would not have seen the heavens opened and have looked on God (cf. Acts 6:15; 7:56).
   - St. Mark the Ascetic