St. Mary e-Newsletter for Friday, October 2, 2020


Every Sunday Orthros is at 8:45am, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am. Members of St. Mary’s laity may attend Sunday services in rotation, with appropriate physical distancing throughout the nave. Complying with the Governor’s order, we are permitted 46 people per service based on square footage and depending on household size. The list of voting members is subdivided into three or four parts, and members in each part will receive an invitation on a Tuesday afternoon, by telephone or by email, to attend on the following Sunday.   Your response is requested by noon the following Friday.
     Please visit our church webpage under “News,” “COVID-19 Safety
Directives and Policies” (  to review the procedures for attendance.
     You will notice that we do not take up a collection, either during the service or via collection trays at the Bengarri. This is in compliance with a directive from the
Archdiocese, intended to limit contact and the touching of surfaces. To make a donation to the church you can mail a check (St. Mary Orthodox Church, 8 Inman St,
Cambridge MA 02139) or sign up for eGive:
On the first Saturday of every month we have a Vespers service at 5:00pm.  The EventBrite link for Vespers on Saturday, October 3 is:
     All the Divine Services held in St. Mary’s Church can also be seen live-streamed at   or    or
     Monday–Saturday you can join Morning Prayers on Zoom with James & Brooke Wilcox. They write: “Morning Prayer has now become part of our daily routine, where we are joyfully able to participate with others in the St Mary’s community, including Fr. Antony who has recently come alongside to lead us each morning. And thanks to the power of the internet, and the influence of other participants, we now have people joining us each morning from Chile, Arizona, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York City and other portions of Massachusetts as well. We are always happy to add more!”
     We run morning prayers for 15 minutes each morning, Monday through Saturday, beginning at 8:45am:   password: 28052020


Church School Registration
Please e-mail Deno Takles at if you would like to register your child for church school, or if you have any questions about it. This request is for new participants only. Children registered for last year have their registration rolled over to this year. Note: we still need two teachers for 2nd and 3rd grades.
     Classes are expected to resume on or about September 27, and are expected to last between 15 and 30 minutes. Our church school includes a Pre-K class for children 3 years old and up. All our classes will be conducted over Zoom. We recognize that not all children will understand how a Zoom meeting works. That’s why we are asking all our parents to be with their child during the Zoom class to help out with the technology or in how to be part of the class. You will be the judge of when your child is able to negotiate a Zoom meeting and then you can step away.
Enquirers Class
     The St. Ignatius Catechetical Group – Enquirers’ Class  began meeting virtually last Monday, September 28 at 7:00pm, over the church’s Zoom account. Enrollment will be open until October 26. 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. Bob Kowalik will be teaching the group. If you would like to participate, please get in touch with Bob: phone 617-889-3436 or  For those seeking to be received into the Orthodox Church, participation in the group and Fr. Antony’s blessing are required.
Orthodoxy 102
     Orthodoxy 102 is an adult education class designed for Christians who have spent many years in the Orthodox church, but have never had any formal teaching on the theology and liturgical structure of Eastern Christianity. This is the second year the class is being offered. It will meet weekly to journey through the structure of the Divine Liturgy, while taking an in-depth look at Scripture, the Ecumenical Councils, our iconography, and the meaning and application of Orthodox theology. If you would like more information or want to join, please email The class begins at 7:00pm on Zoom.
Parish Council
    The Parish Council will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 pm.
Parish Council Elections
     If you are interested in serving on the Parish Council please speak to Mary Winstanley O’Connor or Fr. Antony by November 1.  To be eligible to serve you must be a member of St. Mary’s for two years and in good financial standing.
People Helping People
     A number of parishioners have made known their desire to help people who need assistance. The church office is keeping a list of volunteers. Call the office if you would like your name added to the list of volunteers. There can’t be too many.
     If you know of anyone who needs any sort of help call the church office (617) 547-1234 to make the connection.  Remember, many people are ashamed/afraid to ask for help. Keep your eyes and ears open and ask about needs with kind concern.


Those who do not co-suffer with those who live in great pain are suffering from the most fatal of spiritual illnesses ... Mercilessness.
- Elder Paisios the New, of Mt Athos

The lover of money sneers at the Gospel, and is a willful transgressor. He who has attained to love scatters his money.
- St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.