Concert for St Sharbel - October 9th, 2020

A Concert to Celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of the Canonization of St Sharbel

A short concert performed by Chorbishop sharbel Maroun and Father Emmanuel Nakhle-Ghorr with meditations on the life of the Saint presented by Deacon Mikael Jalkh. The concert opened a 24 hour period of adoration to honor St Sharbel and to pray for Lebanon and the Unites States.


Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

October 2020

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

         Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,


I pray you are well and in good health with all your loved ones. The Autumn Season is here presenting us with the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of nature. We thank our God, the Creator, who formed this earth so beautifully. I hope you will find some time to walk in nature and to gaze upon the beauty that we have before it disappears. You and I are called to enjoy every minute of our life, with or without the presence of the Corona virus. Every day is a gift from God, we are to live it to its fullest, with all the challenges that come our way. Covid-19 is still a challenge in our daily walk, but we need to do the best so that we can continue living our life and moving with our daily activities. Wearing a mask, sanitizing our hands, and social distancing becomes a habit that we need to live with for the time being, just as we adjust to the cooler weather by wearing coats, hats and gloves. It is most important to hold on to our faith. Jesus is the most essential gift that we need in our life. You and I are called to live our faith during this Covid-19 period more than ever before. You should put all your efforts to pray every day, to read the Bible during the time you are locked in, and to come to church on the weekend or during the week to receive the most Holy Communion. There are some people who unfortunately have not received Communion in maybe half a year and they need to make the time and the effort to receive It. If they can not enter into the building for health reasons they could arrange the time to come after church, or if they are sick to arrange a visit where I would be happy to take Communion to give it to them even outside of their doors. I ask you please to call upon me and make these arrangements for me to visit you. I will continue to practice safety and precautions, as you are, in order to protect everyone from the Corona Virus, especially the vulnerable among us.

I encourage all parents to register their children for the MCF, Maronite Christian Formation program, that we start the first week of October. It is a must that the children should receive religious instruction. We will visit the situation on a monthly basis to see when we will resume our classes here in our church, meanwhile we will be doing them online.

I join my prayers with yours on behalf of the sick and the challenged, especially those from Covid-19. We also unite our prayers on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Lebanon and ask the Lord to sustain them and bring them out of this very difficult crisis in their lives. A special thanks to all those who supported the drive that we are shipping to Lebanon. May the Lord God bless and protect you from evil and harm and increase your faith and your love.

Please keep me and all our parishioners in your prayers as you are in mine.
With prayers and best wishes, I remain,

Devotedly yours,

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


Guidelines and Registration for In-Person Church Attendance

We are currently able to have limited seating for in-person church attendance. Please play the important video message from chorbishop sharbel Maroun on this page about the guidelines and registration procedures that will be required. Your cooperation is crucial for the success of this reopening. After viewing the video and/or reading the guidelines, make sure to click on the button below to sign up for the liturgy before coming to the church.


Updated Liturgies Schedule

Some liturgies and other events are broadcast live on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Please check below for schedule. You may CLICK HERE to see live and previously recorded events on our page even if you don't have a Facebook account.

Day

Time

Facebook Broadcast

Sign-Up Required

Sunday

10:10 am

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE

Monday

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

Tuesday

6:00 pm

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Wednesday

6:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE

Thursday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Friday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Saturday

4:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE


Important Notice

Saint Maron’s church relies on proceeds from the weekly collection and other special events to support operating expenses and outreach in our community and across the world. In these trying times, please consider making a donation online by clicking on this link (donate.stmaron.com). Your donation may be tax deductible and will be made securely and privately on Paypal. You don’t need to have a Paypal account. If you wish to donate for a particular purpose, you’ll be able to specify that in the comments area of your donation.

Thank you and may the Lord grant you faith and health.
~Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Maronite Christian Formation

We will be starting our Maronite Christian Formation classes virtually in October. Please register your children by clicking on the button below. We look forward to seeing the children again and being able to share the faith with them. 


Lebanon Needs Your Help

Please donate to the Beirut Relief Fund

In the middle of the Corona virus outbreak and the dire economic situation in Lebanon, a devastating explosion rocked the beautiful city of Beirut. Over 190 souls have been lost, 6,000 injured, and hundreds of thousands of residents have become homeless. The physical damage has been estimated in the billions of dollars. Please donate generously through our church or the all-volunteer Caritas organization.


Pope Francis Calls for Prayer and Fasting for Lebanon

Solid color intro with an image on the right side. Also this block has no Vatican City, Sep 2, 2020 / 08:00 am MT (CNA).- At the end of his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis made a lengthy appeal for peace and harmony in Lebanon, asking people around the world to spend a day in prayer and fasting for the Middle Eastern country.

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Support Your Parish of St Maron's

Due to the cancellation of the Lebanese Festival and other in-person events, the parish income has been significantly reduced and your support is greatly appreciated.

You are urged to support your church during this hard period. Please mail in your offering envelopes to the church or donate online. Donating online is a very easy, convenient, and secure process:

Click on: donate.stmaron.com
Then click Donate
Then Enter the amount you wish to offer

If you wish to donate for a particular purpose, you’ll be able to specify that in the comments area of your donation.

Very special thanks to those who already sent in their donations.
May our loving Lord reward you kindly. 


STAY HEALTHY, HAPPY AND HOLY

Unfortunately the Covid-19 has separated people physically in many different ways. We are not able to be together at church to touch shoulders with each other and to work for the parish events. It is important that we encourage and urge all of you make time to call one another, if not daily, at least on a weekly basis. Call your friends, pick up your phone and call someone from our parish. Let your children communicate with each other, especially since they have not seen each other for a few months. The fear is that if this period continues for longer, some people will lose connection with one another. Let's keep that friendship and family spirit going around by calling one another and supporting one another.   


Shelter at Home for your Safety and that of Others

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic we urge you to stay home for your sake and the sake of your loved ones and others.

Divine Liturgies will be broadcast on our Facebook Page. If you wish to attend liturgy services in person, please see the special guidelines on this page.

Don’t risk your life and others. Unite with us wherever you are until this storm passes by. Be responsible!  Thank you for your cooperation.


Act of Spiritual Communion

Many of us yearn for the Eucharist but are unable to receive Jesus in Holy Communion at this time. In this case, the Church encourages us to make an act of "Spiritual Communion," where we unite ourselves to Christ by a prayerful act of internally receiving Holy Communion spiritually. This can be done while participating in the Holy Liturgy online at the time of communion or at any time throughout the day. This prayer below is an example of the type of prayer we can do:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

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Day

Time

Facebook Broadcast

Sign-Up Required

Sunday

10:10 am

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

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Monday

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

Tuesday

6:00 pm

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Wednesday

6:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

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Thursday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Friday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Saturday

4:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

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