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  (paisius1@verizon.net)


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

Vespers:   first Saturday of the month 6:00 PM

see Holy Week schedule below - services this Tuesday through Sunday!

  

Many interesting Saints/Feasts listed below - check them out!!!

 

 

 

Hello Church Family, As we begin Holy Week- here is a slide show discussing the major themes of each day: https://slate.adobe.com/cp/U0cyt/

Also from the OCA site:   http://oca.org/news/headline-news/ten-things-as-we-begin-holy-week

 

 

upcoming events and holy week

 

Holy week services at Saint Marks 2016

 

 Saturday, April 23, Lazarus Saturday

 10:00 am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 (Raising Lazarus from the dead)

 

 Sunday, April 24, Palm Sunday

 10:00 am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 (The entry of our Lord into Jerusalem)

 

 Holy Tuesday, April  26

 6 pm- Bridegroom Matins

 (Watching & waiting for the Lord to come)

 

 Holy Wednesday, April  27

 6 pm, Holy Unction

 (Healing service)

  

Holy Thursday, April 28

 10 am - Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

 6 pm - Passion Gospels

 (This service recalls the Washing of the Disciples’ feet, the Betrayal, The Last Supper and Christ’s Vigil in the Garden)

 

 Holy Friday, April 29

10:00 am - Royal Hours

 (This service retells the story of Christ’s passion)

 3 pm - Vespers of Holy Friday

 (The Epitaphios/Plaschanitisa of Christ’s body is taken to the tomb)

 6 pm - Matins/Lamentations

 (We lament Jesus’ underserved death for our salvation. With both sorrow & joy we sing the Lamentations (Praises) to Him.  At this service the Epitaphios is taken in a candlelight procession around the church)

 8 pm - Morning Vigil at the Tomb

 (We keep vigil at the side of the crucified Christ)

 

 Holy Saturday, April 30

 10:00 am - Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

  (This is the blessed Sabbath, a day of strict fasting, but a day of hope & waiting. Today’s liturgy anticipates the Resurrection & includes reading from the Old Testament.)

 11:30 pm - Paschal Compline ( All acolytes need to arrive by 11:00pm, the faithful should plan to arrive before 11:15pm)

 12 midnight - Matins of Holy Pascha & Paschal Liturgy followed by the blessing of baskets.  (We celebrate the Lord’s Glorious Resurrection!)

  

Great & Holy Pascha, Sunday, May 1

 Christ is Risen! Truly He has Risen!

   2 pm - Agape Vespers

  

Church Yard Sale      Saturday   May 21, 2016   - please start saving items! (clean and priced)

 

 

 

Diocesan Youth Rally

OCA Diocesan Youth Rally
August 8 through August 13
 
It is held at the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Ctr.  in Contoocook, NH.
(for 5th graders to age 18)
 
For further information contact Fr. John Hopko (Rally Rector & Director) at saintcyrill@snet.net

 

 

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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"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 23      The Raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday)     info here
                Greatmartyr, Victory-bearer and Wonderworker George     info here
 
Apr 24      Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)     info here
 
Apr 25      Great and Holy Monday     info here
                Apostle and Evangelist Mark     info here
 
Apr 26      Great and Holy Tuesday     info here
 
Apr 27      Great and Holy Wednesday     info here
 
Apr 28      Great and Holy Thursday     info here
 
Apr 29      Great and Holy Friday     info here
 
Apr 30      Great and Holy Saturday     info here
                Apostle James the Brother of St John the Theologian     info here
 
May 1       HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of Our Lord     info here
 
May 2       Bright Monday     info here
three excellent short resources

 

Short pamphlet on preparing for Orthodox marriage     files/CrownedBooklet.pdf (175kb)

Short pamphlet on Chhurch Etiquette     files/ParishEtiquetteBooklet.pdf (96kb)

Finishing the Race (by Concilar Press)     files/FinishingRaceBooklet.pdf (282kb)

 

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
                                                   
 
 
 
 
 

 

Axios!

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

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"

ministries

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 (living in Maine), attached to St. Marks

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 Peter Condrick

Subdn. Nicholas Vantangoli

Reader Daniel Bacon (Diocesan Council Member)

 

Acolytes:

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

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 - LePage
March - Haddads
April - ALL (Pascha month!)
May - Laferte
June - Arnold
July - Ed Carlier.
August - Geigle
September - Condrick
October - Haddads
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 orthodox@comcast.net


Resources to check out...

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnlXsWoE_Zw&feature=share


view a wonderful video featuring our Church click here

An interesting and informative article on church eitiquette can be found here:http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/etiquet.htm

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:  http://www.stots.edu/these_truths_we_hold.html

A good online Bible with commentary approved by the Orthodox Church is at http://orthodoxstudybible.com/




Church Cleaning List


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

July - Ed Carlier                        August - Laura                        September - Subdeacon Peter and Catherine     

October -  The Haddads          November - Nancy Zotos         December - Vantangolis 

 

IF YOU NEED A KEY TO GET INTO THE CHURCH, SEE LAURA GEIGLE
 

 


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