Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

March 2023

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron's,

Peace and blessings to all of you with the hope you are all doing well and in good health in spirit and body.

March is a beautiful month, in which we walk the journey of Lent. The time for rebirth, and a time to welcome Spring. Lent is a call for all of us to turn our back on sin, and walk in the light of Jesus. It is a time to intensify our prayer life, our fasting, and our almsgiving. We pray and fast as a command from our Lord, as an imitation of his journey in the dessert, and we help and support the poor and the less fortunate with our almsgiving, as a command from him to serve him in the faces of the poor. Lent brings a fresh beginning to us, we fast with food, but we are hungry for the spiritual gifts. We sacrifice a little so that we can help people in need. Lent helps us prioritize our daily life by putting Jesus as the center of our life, to be more spiritual, Praying, reading our Holy Bible, attending Divine Liturgies and retreats. All to enrich our spiritual journey. Lent is like a mirror where I see the real me and see my faults and shortcomings and move to fix them for better and to become more like Jesus and less than the world.

There is so much hunger in the world today, so much misery, so much suffering, and Christ is needed everywhere. Our responsibility as God’s children is to bring Jesus to others and others to Jesus. We can do that in the most effective way by living the Beatitudes and by bringing the message of hope and love to our families and the world around us.

As we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph on the 19th of this month, we have so much to learn from this silent saint who has inspired the world throughout history. May he protect our families, and help us in our journey as we seek Christ and follow him in this world.

I pray that all of you make more time to attend the Divine Liturgy not only on Sunday but also during the week, and to make time in your family to pray together and be united in faith and love.

Wishing you the joy, peace, and serenity of this holy Lent. I assure you of my prayers and love.

Have a Blessed Lent
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Please feel free to reach me if I can be of any help at any time. Wishing you God’s choicest blessings. I remain,
In Christ’s Hope,
Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Maamoul Pre-Order Here

The Saint Rafka Club will be selling maamoul on Saturday April 1st and Palm Sunday April 2nd after liturgy. Members of Saint Rafka will be there to deliver your order. Please click here to place your order now. Thank you.

Our Monthly Bulletin

Earlier this year, we stopped sending physical copies of our bulletin and started emailing them instead. This way, you receive the bulletin before the end of the month and there are no post office delays.

There are options for viewing the monthly St. Maron bulletin electronically:

  1. Go to: and Click on Read/Download Our Bulletin.
  2. Go to: and Click on Download Latest Bulletin.
    Past Bulletins are also available at this site.
  3. If you need assistance please email us at with name and email address and we will register you. 

Talitha Cummi

"The grateful community of Ascension parish wrote to our community:  "Thanks so much for the donations of clothing, books, and toys this past December. Many families here on the Northside had a joyful and warm Christmas due to your generosity of spirit and material items! We are grateful for this partnership and the opportunity to steward the abundance that is shared with us."

"For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you clothed me,
I was sick and you visited me,
I was in prison and you came to me"…
"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the
least of these my brothers, you did it to me." 
Matthew 25:34-40
Continue bringing food and items for FOOD
SHELVES and gently-used clothing. If you
have larger items, please call Joan Moses.
Thank you for your generosity!

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
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.

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. Please consider making a donation online by clicking on this link ( 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

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