St. Mark Of Ephesus
St. Marks Welcomes You

Our mission has been in witness to Christ since 1983

Parish Priest: Father James Robinson

Church phone: (781) 585-8907
Father James:   (339) 204-3074  (

Liturgy:  Sunday mornings  10:00 am  (followed by coffee hour)

Vespers:   first Saturday of the month 6:00 PM


Liturgy for The Ascension - Thursday May 21st - 10:00 AM


Due to weather our Yard Sale has been moved to May 23rd

people can drop things off at the church on Friday May 22nd from 5 to 7 PM




Sarah Robinson - Daughter of our Priest Father James - has earned her Masters of Divinity Degree 

from the Hellenic College - Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology in Boston


Our entire community congratulates you!!!!


The graduation ceremony is May 16th in Boston

for more information or to congratulate Sarah - her email is:

Mark Your Calendar!

May 23rd (New Date) - Saturday - Yard Sale at the Church 8 to 2

Baked Goods Table - Women's Group

Cemetery Baskets for Memorial Day (from Nancy Haddad)

Please bring items that are clean and priced to the Church on Friday May 22nd (from 5 to 7 PM)


OCA Youth Camp

Fr. John Hopko (Director of Youth Rally) would like all parishes to be informed of Youth Rally 2015 dates-see flyer attached.  (For kids ages 10-17)
He is also now recruiting volunteer adult staff members.  Adult Staff Members need to be active Orthodox Christian communicants of at least 18 years old who have the blessing of their parish priest (i.e. the priest who regularly hears their confession) to participate and who have been approved as staff by Fr. John Hopko.

Christ is Risen!   Laura

Here are the details concerning this year’s Youth Rally: New England Diocesan Youth Rally 2015
When: August 10-15, 2015 (Rally Staff arrives the evening before Rally begins, on Sunday evening, August 9)
Who: All diocesan youth who have completed fifth grade and have not yet celebrated their 18th birthday are eligible to attend Youth Rally, (together with adults who are interested in and eligible to serve as leaders!)
Where: At the Campgrounds of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston’s Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, Contoocook, New Hampshire, (the same place as last year!)
For further information and to request registration materials, please call or email Fr. John Hopko, Youth Rally Director, at phone number (860) 582-3631, or email address
NOTE:   The FIRM deadline for youth registration is July 6, 2015 (Potential Staff Members should contact Fr. John right away!)
We can’t wait to see you at Youth Rally this year!
 Adult Staff Members (Volunteers)
Adult Staff Members need to be active Orthodox Christian communicants of at least 18 years old who have the blessing of their parish priest (i.e, the priest who regularly hears their confession) to participate and who have been approved as staff by Fr. John Hopko, Rally Director, on behalf of the Diocese of New England.
Highlighted Feast - Ascension


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Jesus is seen rising to Heaven.  The Theotokos (who represents us the Church - is looking up with the disciples awaiting Jesus return.  The icon is divided into two parts, top and bottom, heaven and earth. The top is in order, the bottom, except for the Theotokos, is in confusion. The figures are set against the hilly landscape of the Mount of Olives, scattered with olive trees. It is painted with bright colors as a joyous icon.  Two angels in white are saying as in the Gospel...  "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." Then the disciples returned to Jerusalem (Acts 1:11).


Ascension is one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church and is celebrated this year on May 21st.

It always occurs on a Thursday since it commemorates Jesus leaving his disciples 40 days after the Resurrection to ascend into Heaven.

It is followed ten days later by Pentecost which commemorates Jesus sending the Holy Spirit to us.


The following is the OCA description of Ascension:



Jesus did not live with his disciples after his resurrection as he had before his death. Filled with the glory of his divinity, he appeared at different times and places to his people, assuring them that it was he, truly alive in his risen and glorified body.

To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).

It should be noted that the time span of forty days is used many times in the Bible and signifies a temporal period of completeness and sufficiency (Gen 7:17; Ex 16:35, 24:18; Judg 3:11; 1 Sam 17:16; 1 Kg 19:8; Jon 3:4; Mt 4:2). On the fortieth day after his passover, Jesus ascended into heaven to be glorified on the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; Mk 16:19; Lk 24:51). The ascension of Christ is his final physical departure from this world after the resurrection. It is the formal completion of his mission in this world as the Messianic Saviour. It is his glorious return to the Father who had sent him into the world to accomplish the work that he had given him to do (Jn 17:4-5).

... and lifting his hands he blessed them. While blessing them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. ... (Lk 24:51-52).

The Church’s celebration of the ascension, as all such festal celebrations, is not merely the remembrance of an event in Christ’s life. Indeed, the ascension itself is not to be understood as though it were simply the supernatural event of a man floating up and away into the skies. The holy scripture stresses Christ’s physical departure and his glorification with God the Father, together with the great joy which his disciples had as they received the promise of the Holy Spirit who was to come to assure the Lord’s presence with them, enabling them to be his witnesses to the ends of earth (Lk 24:48-53; Acts 1:8-11; Mt 28:20; Mk 16:16-14).

In the Church the believers in Christ celebrate these very same realities with the conviction that it is for them and for all men that Christ’s departure from this world has taken place. The Lord leaves in order to be glorified with God the Father and to glorify us with himself. He goes in order to “prepare a place” for and to take us also into the blessedness of God s presence. He goes to open the way for all flesh into the “heavenly sanctuary ... the Holy Place not made by hands” (see Hebrews 8-10). He goes in order send the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father to bear witness to him and his gospel in the world, making him powerfully present in the lives of disciples.

The liturgical hymns of the feast of the Ascension sing of all of these things. The antiphonal verses of the Divine Liturgy are taken from Psalms 47, 48, and 49. The troparion of the feast which is sung at the small entrance is also used as the postÄcommunion hymn.

Thou hast ascended in glory O Christ our God, granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the blessing they were assured that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world! (Troparion).

When Thou didst fulfill the dispensation for our sake, and didst unite earth to heaven, Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, not being parted from those who love Thee, but remaining with them and crying: I am with you and no one will be against you! (Kontakion).




Saints and Feasts for the Month

click on the words to the right of the Saint or Feast to learn more - now this opens a new windowso you don't have to hit "Back"

May 17   Sunday of the Blind Man     info here
May 20   Leavetaking of Pascha     info here
May 21   The Ascension of Our Lord     info here
              Equal of the Apostles and Emperor Constantine with his Mother Helen     info here
              Equal of the Apostles Helen, the Mother of the Emperor Constantine        info here
May 30    Memorial Saturday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council     info here
May 31    Holy Pentecost     info here
June 1     Postfeast of Pentecost — Day of the Holy Spirit     info here
June 4     Righteous Martha the sister of Lazarus     info here
June 7     Synaxis of All Saints     info here
June 14   Synaxis of the Saints of North America     info here
               Prophet Elisha     info here
June 19   Apostle Jude the Brother of the Lord     info here
June 24   Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John     info here
June 29   The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul     info here
               The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leader of the Apostles, Peter                    info here
               The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leader of the Apostles, Paul                     info here
June 30    Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Twelve Apostles     info here
July 1       Holy Wonderworking Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian at Rome     info here

Peace Garden

Please come and enjoy our Peace Garden behind the church - stop by and relax and pray









Diocesan Newsletter

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the Diocese newsletter, email Father Joshua Mosher, editor at
 Current copy can be found here:


Father Antoni is now officially attached to Saint Mark of Ephesus parish

GORI, Rev. Anthony, in his retirement, is attached to St. Mark of Ephesus Mission,Kingston, MA, effective May 12, 2014. (Diocese of New England)



Our elected Council is as follows for 2015:

President:   Laura Geigle

Treasurer:   Subdn. Gregory Arnold

Reporting Secretary:   Jen Paulin

At-Large:    George Haddad

At-Large:    Subdn. Peter Condrick

At-Large:    Maria Mojica

At-Large:    Ramon Mojica

Also elected at the annual meeting were co-presidents of the Women's Group:  Nancy Haddad & Cookie Bakas

John Wozniak & John Rusinak will continue on the Finance Committee

as well as Anna Wozniak as our auditor

Lisa Shortes has agreed to start up a Teen/Young Adult group

Catherine Condrick will take over the bookstore managing.  She has rearranged the kiosk area already and will be using the bottom half of the bookshelf in that area as a lending library.


Saint Mark of Ephesus parish cookbook available!

St. Mark's Cookbook is on sale!  Over 200 of our favorite recipes in an easy-to-read format!
Contact Women's Group Co-Presidents Cookie Bakas or Nancy Haddad
$15 cash or check made payable to: "St. Mark's Women's Group"


St. Mark’s Ministries  2015

If you are interested in serving the church, please contact the names listed below:

Clergy: Major Orders:

Pastor: Fr. James Ransford Robinson

Fr. John T. Bacon, retired Archpriest, attached to St. Marks

Fr. R. Antony Gori, retired, attached to Chelsea church

Fr. Vasily Gilbert, attached to Holy Annunciation, Maynard

Fr. John Bernardi, attached to St. Marks, resides in Arizona

Protodeacon Nicholas Drobot, attached to Norwich, CT, ROCOR


Minor Orders:

Subdeacon Gregory (Douglas) Arnold

Subdeacon Shell Shortes

Subdeacon Peter Condrick

Subdn. Nicholas Vantangoli

Reader Daniel Bacon (Diocesan Council Member)



Lawrence Reardon, Evan Shortes, Nicholas Haddad, Simon Margitich, Peter Rusniak, Nicholas Williams, George Williams


Parish Council:

President: Laura Geigle

Treasurer: Subdn. Gregory Arnold

Secretary: Jen Paulin

At Large: George Haddad

At Large: Subdn. Peter Condrick

At Large: Maria Mojica

At Large: Ramon Mojica


Finance Committee:     John Wozniak        John Rusinak

Auditor:     Anna Wozniak

Choir Director: Gina Margitich (please speak to Gina about joining the choir)

Substitute Directors: Lisa Shortes, Laura Geigle, Susan Homyk (summers)

Church School Director: Jen Paulin       Assistant: Julie Sutton

Teen Group Committee Chair: Lisa Shortes

Women’s Group Co- Presidents: Cookie Bakas & Nancy Haddad       Secretary: Nancy Haddad          Treasurer: Diana Masood

Webmaster: George Sowpel

Bookstore Manager & Lending Library: Catherine Condrick

Sacristan/Mower: Mark Margitich & Simon Margitich

Vestment Care: Maria Mojica

Food Pantry Box- Subdn. Gregory & Elaine Arnold

Church Cleaners

January - Margitich
February - OPEN!
March - Haddad
April - ALL (Pascha month!)
May - Laferte
June - Arnold
July - Corey K.
August - Geigle
September - Condrick
October - Shortes
November - Zotos
December - Vantangoli

Coffee Hour Hosts - Rusinak   Geigle   Vantangoli   Mojica   Robinson   Haddad   Arnold   Shortes   Kwong   Masood


Please send any comments or suggestions for the website to George Sowpel at

Resources to check out...

excellent short film on prayer - be sure to watch part two...

view a wonderful video featuring our Church click here

An interesting and informative article on church eitiquette can be found here:

Interesting video from Serbia - Christos Voskrese song     click here

Please look at the MINISTRIES tab on the right for ways to get involved!

A wonderful link to a good basic primer/dictionary on Orthodoxy is:

A good online Bible with commentary approved by the Orthodox Church is at

Church Cleaning List

- Margitich                   
February -               March - Haddads
April - ALL (Pacha month!)       May - Laferte           June - Subdeacon Gregory and Elaine

July - Corey K.                          August - Laura        September - Subdeacon Peter and Catherine     

October -  Lisa Shortes            November - Nancy Zotos         December - Vantangolis 




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