Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

March 2021

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

         Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,


Peace and grace to you in the Lord Jesus with the hope that you are well and in good health with your loved ones. I also take the opportunity to wish you a very blessed holy lent. May it be a journey of renewal and transformation, and a deeper relationship with Jesus our Savior.


A year ago this month we started discovering Covid-19 in the USA. It has been a challenging year for all of us as we have been locked down, masked, and distanced physically from one another. Last March 14 we had the last social event in our parish, when our shepherd, Bishop Elias, was visiting us. Since then we stopped all our social activities and we have worked and prayed hard to keep our unity together. Although we are distanced physically I know we are united spiritually and praying for healing and protection of all our loved ones.


Covid-19 has taken many dear lives. It continues to challenge us but taught us many lessons: We lost many loved ones, families couldn’t visit one another, loved ones couldn’t hug one another or even get close to each other. Covid-19 taught us that our life was so beautiful but we did not appreciate it or we did not know it. Many today wish that those days can return back, to be able to shake a hand, have dinner with a friend, work together and celebrate our festival and dinners and parties, to be able to sit next to a person, to hug them and laugh with them. Hopefully soon those days will return and will be even better as we will open a new page and create great memories with our friends and loved ones. Covid-19 taught us, most importantly, that everything on earth is vain and has an end, but our spiritual life with God is eternal and lasts forever. Covid taught us that faith is more important than anything else, and hope is the only key that allows us to continue our journey toward heaven.


During this month of March we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. This year has been dedicated as the Year of St. Joseph. We turn to him for assistance and guidance. We ask him to intercede on our behalf, to protect our families and communities as he protected Mary and the child Jesus, and sheltered them from harm and evil. I pray that his faith will be yours and he may protect your families and loved ones.


Our beloved Bishop Elias has chosen me as his Protosyncellus (Vicar-General), which I am not worthy of. I am thankful for his trust in me. I ask you please to pray for me, that I will serve faithfully and diligently for the good of our Eparchy, under the guidance and great leadership of our beloved Bishop. You might be happy to know that I will carry this office while staying in Minneapolis, but my work and my travel will increase more. Again, pray for me please.


I assure you all of my love and prayers. Please call upon me if I can be of any help.


With prayers and best wishes, I remain,

Devotedly yours,


Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


Lent Guidelines

Our Lent begins this year with Ash Monday, February 15th and concludes on Easter Sunday, April 4th. Ash Monday Liturgies will be at 10:00am & 7:00pm.

Here are the Lent Regulations
All those who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Ash Monday & on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting should be from midnight until noon. Of course you are all encourage to also fast & do other acts of penance on the other days during Lent, especially Fridays. There are plenty works of charity & you can help by doing your share of compassion & mercy. Most important do good things instead of just giving up some food…
Have a blessed Lent.

Confession during Lent
You are encouraged to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season of Lent. Catholics must go to confession at least once a year and as often as they need it in order to cleanse themselves of sins and be in a state of grace. 

Eucharistic Adoration
Adoration of the Holy Eucharist will take place on the first Friday of each month.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 9:30AM Liturgy until 12:00 noon, Benediction of the Holy Eucharist will take place at 11:45AM.
Come spend some time with the Lord


Benediction of the Cross

The Benediction of the Cross will take place every Friday during Lent following the 6:00pm Liturgy.
During Lent, please remember to abstain from meat on all Fridays and to fast and abstain on Ash Monday and Great Friday.


Holy Week Schedule


Hosanna Sunday, March 28th:
Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 11:30 AM Divine Liturgy
(We will have a procession with the palms - Outside if the weather permits)

Holy Thursday, April 1st:
Divine Liturgy at 6:00pm
With the Washing of the Feet

Great Friday, April 2nd:
Signing of the Chalice at 10:00am
Rite of Burial & Adoration at 3:00pm
Rite of Burial & Adoration at 7:00pm

Saturday of the Light, April 3rd:
Rite of Forgiveness at 10:00am

Easter Liturgies
Saturday, April 3rd at 4:00pm
Saturday, April 3rd at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 4th at 11:00am

(We will have a procession - Outside if the weather permits)

Also, there will be Services of Coming To The Harbor on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday March 29th-30th-31st at 6:00pm

We hope you can join us!


Adopting a family in Lebanon

Our Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles is aiming to sponsor 250 families in Lebanon. We have the names of 10 families that our parish is aiming to sponsor. The basic cost to support these families is $75 - $100 per family. We have a description of each family. If you are able, and would like to adopt one of these families for the year, please contact the parish office, or email Fr. Sharbel at abouna@stmaron.com
May the Lord God bless you to continue being a blessing to others, and may God help the people of Lebanon who are suffering on all levels in their country.

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.


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.


Regular 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

Icons Of the Holy Family

by Debra Korluka

Holy Family Icon

From as early as the 5th century, holy icons have been handed down to Christians as a "sacred doorway" into heaven providing believers with a spiritual connection to the Divine.

Icons are painted in a way that is designed to be timeless and represent the eternal Kingdom or the Heavenly Jerusalem.

In this Icon:

Mary is shown wearing a veil typical of Jewish women of the period. The veil is red, the color of divinity, whilst the clothes under the veil are green or blue, the colors of humanity.

This is the exact opposite of the usual depiction of Christ: Who has humanity worn upon His eternal, divine nature.

Joseph is not depicted in the centrality of the scene in the same plane as the role of the Mary, but as the guardian of this most profound mystery and his role in the Holy Family.

Three stars on the veil of Mary, which represent her eternal virginity: before, during, and forever after the Birth of Christ.

Scroll in Jesus’ hand - A Scroll indicates holy Wisdom; rolled up revealing the Word yet not revealed.

2 doves- The Bible depicts doves as loyal, honest and loving. The doves also represent the spiritual nature of Joseph- pure, just, and faithful. White cloth- Joseph's hands are covered, in reverence, anticipating his future betrothal to the future Mother of God, pure virginal vessel of the Son of God.

Cross in Christ's halo- always identify Christ as our Savior; forbearing the passion.

May the Holy Family bless all families

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.  Online donations, no matter how small, on a weekly basis allows us to have a steady revenue to keep our doors open:

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 of your donation.

We offer our gratitude to all the generous people who have mailed in their offerings or donated online to support our parish.  May our loving Lord reward you one hundred fold. 


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

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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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