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Church Bulletin: May 14, 2017

posted May 15, 2017, 7:43 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Christ is Risen!  Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Krishti u ngjall!

 This Week's Services and Events

May 16, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

May 17, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

May 18, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

May 20, Saturday
        + Meeting with architect, 1:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 21, Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Blind Man)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Happy Mother's Day!-
        To all mothers and godmothers.  May God grant you many years!

Congratulations!-

       Congratulations to parents Iulian and Alina Vamanu and big brother Oliver on the baptism of Emilia yesterday.  Her godparents are Robert Peterson and Lori Branch.  May God grant her many years!


Sunday School Summer Break-
        Next Sunday, May 21, will be the final day for Sunday School until we resume in early September.

News From Fr. Ioasaph-
        Many of you know Fr. Ioasaph, the monk who had visited our church multiple times over the last few years.  He has recently moved to Kodiak, Alaska where he has been accepted as a hieromonk (priestmonk) by Bishop David, the bishop of Alaska for the OCA.  Axios!

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

Food for All--Kalona
         Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, when Jesus was passing, He saw a man blind from his birth. And His Disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him Who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” As He said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” [which means Sent]. So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.” He said, “I am the man.” They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about Him, since He has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.” So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become His disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where He comes from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered, “And Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped Him.   (John 9:1-38)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

"Don’t pressure your children. In your prayers say the things that you want to tell them. Children don’t listen through their ears, but only when divine grace comes to enlighten them do they listen to the things we want to tell them. When you want to say something to your children, tell it to the Panagia [the Virgin Mary] and she will bring it to pass. This prayer of yours will be like a spiritual caress which embraces your children and will grab their attention. Sometimes we try to caress them and they react against it, but they never react against the spiritual caress."

- Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite, +1991



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