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 each month 6:00 PM

 

see below for Christmas events and services

 

 

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

 

Christmas Services

Christmas Services at St. Marks 2017
 
“Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has shone to the world the light
of wisdom! For by it, those who worshiped the stars were taught
by a star to adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness and to know
Thee, the Orient from on high (Lk 1:78, translated as Dawn or
Day spring). O Lord, glory to Thee! (Troparion).”
 
Thus, the feast of Christmas is the celebration of the world’s
salvation through the Son of God who became man for our sake
that, through him, we might ourselves become divine, sons of
God the Father by the indwelling of his Holy Spirit in us.
 
 
Sunday, Dec. 24: 5:30 pm
 
Eve. of the Nativity - Compline & Matins
 
Christ is born, glorify him. Christ is from heaven, go to
meet “him. Christ is an earth, be ye lifted up. Sing to the
Lord, all the earth. Sing out with gladness, all ye people.
For he is glorified.” (First Ode of the Christmas Canon)
 
 
 
Monday, Dec. 25: 10:00am
 
The Nativity of Christ - Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
 
The feast of Christmas is formally entitled the
Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
 
At Christmas we celebrate the birth as a man of the Son of
God, the one who together with the Father and the Holy
Spirit is truly God from all eternity. Thus, we sing in the Church.
 
“Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,
and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One!
Angels, with shepherds, glorify Him! The wise men
journey with the star! Since for our sake the Eternal God
is born as a little child” (Kontakion).
 
 
 
upcoming dates

:
  Sat., Dec. 2 - Great Vespers 6pm
  Sat., Dec. 16 - Kingston Luminary Night, Main street closes around 5:30pm
  Sun., Dec. 17-Women's group ornament swap at Catherine's
  Sun., Dec. 24 - Divine Liturgy 10:00am followed by children's play
                          Christmas Eve Compline/Matins-5:30pm
  Monday, Dec. 25 -- Nativity Liturgy 10:00am
  Saturday, Jan. 6 - Great Vespers 6pm
  Sunday, Jan 7 -- We will celebrate the feast of Theophany at Liturgy 10:00am, bring a container for holy water
  Sunday, Jan. 21 - We will celebrate our Patronal Feast of St. Mark of Ephesus with liturgy at 10:00am (also Zacchaeus Sunday - Begin Triodion)  
  Sunday, Jan. 28- Annual Meeting following Divine Liturgy 10:00am (Publican & Pharisee)
                              If you are interested in serving as a Parish council member please speak to any Council member!  
 
 
Please speak to Father James if you would like to have your house blessed during the Theophany 
season!  
 
Please see Cookie if you would like to donate toward the Community Christmas card and/or the Poinsettia donation.
 
The 2018 Orthodox wall calendars have arrived and are on the kiosk. Please help yourself to one per family. 
Thank you to our sponsor: Cartmell-Davis Funeral Home!
 
 
 
Upcoming events from St. Mark's newsletter

LUMINARY​ ​NIGHT​ ​Saturday,​ ​December​ ​16th​ ​at​ ​5:00​ ​PM
Shine your light on luminary night and volunteer to serve the community! If you would like to serve hot cocoa
and treats at the refreshment table, please speak with Catherine Condrick. If you would like to become an
ambassador and speak about the Orthodox faith with visitors, please speak with Subdeacon Peter Condrick. If
you would like to sing in the choir, please speak with Gina Margitich. Or you may show your support by just
being here on luminary night. Note that route 106 closes at 5:00 PM and reopens at 8:15 PM, so please arrive
early in order to park your car in our parking lot.

WOMEN’S​ ​GROUP​ ​CHRISTMAS​ ​ORNAMENT​ ​SWAP​ ​Sunday,​ ​December​ ​17th​ ​at​ ​3:00​ ​PM
This year’s Christmas Ornament Swap will be hosted by Catherine Condrick at 377 Prospect Street in Norwell.
Refreshments will be served, so come with a beautiful ornament and just relax and have some fun!

CHURCH  SCHOOL  PERFORMANCE  |  The  Nativity  Story:  A Dramatic Retelling 
December,​ ​24th,​ ​Eve​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nativity,​ ​following​ ​Divine​ ​Liturgy
Come and support our church school children as they perform the story of the
Nativity of Christ! The play is directed by Jennifer Paulin with her daughter, Polly
Paulin. Fiona Sutton will be playing the Theotokos and Matthew Williams will be
playing Joseph. This all-star cast also includes (in alphabetical order): Nicholas
Condrick, Jacob Kwong, Avery LePage, Cecelia Paulin, Melina Paulin, and Andrew
Williams. All are most welcome and encouraged to attend. You won’t want to miss
this wonderful and endearing performance!

FEAST​ ​OF​ ​THEOPHANY​ ​Sunday,​ ​January​ ​7
Joyous feast! Please bring a container for holy water with you to church today for the blessing of the waters. If
you would like your home to be blessed, please call or email Father James at 339-204-3074 or
paisius1@verizon.net.

PASTORAL​ ​VISIT​ ​FROM​ ​HIS​ ​EMINENCE​ ​ARCHBISHOP​ ​NIKON​ ​Sunday,​ ​January​ ​21
We welcome His Eminence Archbishop Nikon who will be visiting our parish in celebration of our patronal feast.
A potluck lunch will be served following Divine Liturgy. Please make every effort to attend church on this day.

ST.​ ​MARK​ ​OF​ ​EPHESUS​ ​ANNUAL​ ​MEETING​ Sunday,​ ​January​ ​28th​ ​following​ ​Divine​ ​Liturgy

 

 

 

praying for your loved ones

 

In 2018, we would like to begin a monthly remembrance of loved ones who have departed to the Lord.  If you would like to have someone remembered, please PRINT their first name on the calendar form available below and return it to George Haddad by the end of the year. The purpose of this project is to ensure that a loved one is remembered during the month they reposed, just in case you are away or can’t make it to church. 

You can print and send the calendar to St. Marks - 261 Main Street - Kingston MA  02364      or there are hard copies in the vestibule in church. 

 calendar

Diocesan Newsletter

 
 
The most recent version of the ONE (our Diocesean newsletter) may be found here
 
 
If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the Diocese newsletter, email Father Joshua Mosher, editor at
                                                   
 
 
 
 
 

 

memory eternal Father MIchael Margitich

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Father Micahel Margitich.  He fell asleep in the Lord  November 11th, 2017.  Father Michael was the first Priest of St. Michael's when it began in 1984.  He built this community as well as the wonderful Santa Rosa California parish through his humility, intelligence, unwavering faith and consistent love for God and all people.  He is much loved, respected and honored by so many across this country - most especially by our own Mark, Gina, Bobby and Simon Margitich.

Father Michael represents all that is good and right about the clergy and the Orthodox Church. His leadership and wisdom helped so many find and keep their faith - including as an Air Force Chaplain in Viet Nam.  He recently retired after over 60 years of active service as a priest - with his son Father Lawrence now overseeing the church in Santa Rosa.  Archpriest Michael Margitich will be remembered always and his legacy of faith and love endure in our hearts forever.

Please keep Father Michael and his family in your prayers - May His Memory Be Eternal.

 

Memory Eternal

The father of our close friend Protodeacon Nicholas Drobot fell asleep in the Lord recently.  He was quite an interesting man and a beloved Priest within the Orthodox Church.  More information can be found here -   http://eadiocese.org/news_171108_2.html

Please keep Father Wsevolod and his family - especially Nick - in your prayers.

 

On Wednesday, November 8, Archpriest Wsevolod Drobot, longtime cleric of the Eastern American Diocese, reposed in the Lord. Fr. Wsevolod’s clerical service lasted 57 years, and he had been rector of Nativity of the Mother of God parish in Albany, NY. In the course of his 52-year service in Albany, Fr. Wsevolod oversaw the construction of a new church building, the great consecration of which took place in September 2010. Fr. Wsevolod buried his Matushka Nadezhda in 2015.

Fr. Wsevolod will be buried at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY.

Memory eternal to the newly reposed Archpriest Wsevolod!

 

Obituary for Father Wsevolod can be found here

 

 

 

memory eternal - Haig

Many of us remember Haig Karakashian - he was part of the early beginnings of Saint Mark's - Mark Margitich was a good friend and helped bring him to church when he was not attending in his home parish near Boston.

Haig was kind and filled your heart with love when you talked to him.  Always smiling - he was a gift to our community when he was present.  May his Memory be Eterrnal.

Haig fell asleep in the Lord on June 21, 2016 and his obituary and a story about him are found at the links that follow.

 

BYLAWS

The drop down page on the menu has been updated with the most recent By-Laws for the parish from 2015.

The relevant OCA bylaws may be found at https://oca.org/statute/article-xii

Location

261 Main Street; Kingston, MA
Detailed Map

Directions

From the North

Take Route 3 South to Exit 9 (route 3A). Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston.  After passing two stoplights you will come to a fork - bear left onto routes 106 and 27.  That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right.                  

 

 

 

From the South

Route 3 North to Exit 9 (route 3A)  Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston.  After passing two stoplights you will come to a fork - bear left onto routes 106 and 27.  That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right. 

 

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"

Nov 30             Apostle Andrew, the Holy and All-Praised First-Called     info here

Dec 4               Glorification of the Priestmartyr Alexander Hotovitzky     info here

Dec 6               Saint Nicholas     info here

Dec 13             Repose of the Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America     info here

Dec 24             Eve of the Nativity of our Lord     info here

Dec 25            The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ     info here

Dec 26             Second Day of the Nativity of our Lord     info here     more info here

Dec 27             Third Day of the Nativity of our Lord     info here     more info here

Dec 31             Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of -      info here
                         Holy Righteous David the King     info here
                        Joseph the Betrothed     info here
                        James the Brother of the Lord     info here

Jan 1               St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cæsarea in Cappadocia     info here

Jan 2               Repose of the Venerable Seraphim the Wonderworker of Sarov     info here

Jan 4               Apostle James, of the Seventy, the Brother of the Lord     info here
                        Apostle Mark the Evangelist of the Seventy     info here
                        Apostle and Evangelist Luke of the Seventy     info here

Jan 6              Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ     info here

Jan 7               Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John     info here

Jan 14             St. Sava I, First Archbishop of Serbia     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)

 

Axios!

Our elected Council is as follows for 2017:

President:   Laura Geigle

Treasurer:   John Rusinak

Reporting Secretary:   Julie Bacon Sutton

At-Large:    George Haddad

At-Large:    Subdn. Gregory Arnold

At-Large:    Ron LePage

At-Large:    Alexandra "Sandy" Laferte

At-Large:    Catherine Condrick

At- Large:   Katina Manning

Nancy Haddad, Dan Bacon & Subdeacon Gregory Arnold have been elected to the Finance Committee

as well as Anna Wozniak as our auditor

Catherine Condrick will be managing the bookstore as wel as our 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  2017

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:   John Rusinak

Reporting Secretary:   Julie Bacon Sutton

At-Large:    George Haddad

At-Large:    Subdn. Gregory Arnold

At-Large:    Ron LePage

At-Large:    Alexandra "Sandy" Laferte

At-Large:    Catherine Condrick

At- Large:   Katina Manning

Nancy Haddad, Dan Bacon & Subdeacon Gregory Arnold have been elected to the Finance Committee

as well as Anna Wozniak as our auditor

Catherine Condrick will be managing the bookstore as wel as our lending library.

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

Substitute Directors: 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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