Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

June 2021

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,



I pray that this newsletter reaches your hands and finds you in good health of spirit and health with your loved ones. I also hope that all of you are feeling confident and strong as we near, hopefully, the end of the pandemic as we see people more active and returning back to semi-normal life.

During June we celebrate Father’s Day, a day that is special to all of us, not because of our earthly fathers only, but also because we celebrate our Heavenly Father, who loved us so much, to the point of sending His Only Son to die for us on the cross. Our hearts, and love, and prayers turn to all the fathers in our community and beyond, asking God Our Father to guide, protect, and shelter them from all harm, as they nourish and protect their families. This year we are celebrating a special Year of St. Joseph, who was and is the best model of a father. Joseph cared for Mary and Jesus with love, dedication, and commitment, despite the challenges that he faced. He accepted God’s will for him and took it to heart and raised Jesus, and protected Mary, the Virgin-Mother. All fathers are encouraged to turn to Joseph for inspiration and guidance and ask him to help them during this year and throughout their whole life. 

During June we also celebrate a feast of a special saint in our tradition, Saint Aquilina, whose feast day is celebrated on June 13th, with St. Anthony of Padua. Aquilina was a young girl from Byblos, north Lebanon, one of the oldest cities in the world. She converted to Christianity at the age of 12 and refused to renounce Christ when her father, a pagan ruler, tried to force her. She suffered martyrdom at the hands of her father because she refused to give up Christ. Oh how much we need young and older people like her these days, who are committed to their faith and willing to die for Christ. May she be an example for us, who are defending our faith and trying to follow our Lord Jesus every day. We should not forget the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th. These 2 pillars of the Church, who have given their lives to preach Christ, and inspired millions to convert to Christians in the Middle East and Europe. At the end one was beheaded and one was crucified upside down on the hills of Rome to glorify God. We pray that the Lord God may bless us all, through their intercessions, and protect His Church that He built upon Peter, the rock.

Hope is on the horizon, as always, and we are hoping that by July 1st our bishop will lift up the dispensation from attending Sunday Liturgy and we will return back to our normal life that we missed so much. We didn’t know how precious it is until we started losing it. Please make all efforts to return back to church and to be committed and be present with your brothers and sisters in the faith.

Wishing you all a very blessed a beautiful summer season, I remain,
Devotedly yours, 


Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


NAM News

We would like to inform you that the NAM 2021 Convention that was to be held in Philadelphia, PA, has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Last year’s convention was also canceled Cincinnati, OH. The next NAM Convention will be in our own Minneapolis, July 13-17, 2022. The hope is that this will be a big and successful convention. We will keep you updated and want all of you to be involved in the different committees such as transportation, decorations, registration, hospitality, liturgies, souvenir books, etc. Hopefully soon we will call for a meeting and start forming our committees for this great big event.


Talitha Cumi

For love of God and neighbor.  As summer approaches, please remember those less fortunate.  We will continue collecting food and household product for FOOD SHELVES and donate gently used items for all ages. Also, please think of those in shelters--purchase children’s summer clothing and playthings. A bottle of bubbles, a new ball, a new book, can change the daily life of a child in poverty.

Thank you for your generosity.
May you always know God’s blessings.


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.

Good News Ahead!

Please keep your eyes open. Most probably our Bishop will lift up the Sunday dispensation in our Eparchy by July and our life will return back to normal. We call upon everyone to return back home. In the meanwhile we will continue to be careful and protect one another based on the regulations of the local state. 


Eucharistic Procession: Sunday, June 13

On Sunday June 13 we will celebrate our 16th Annual Eucharistic Procession to give honor and glory to our Lord Jesus. We will be processing through seven of our neighborhood Churches.

Service will begin at 3:00pm at Holy Cross Church, 1621 University Ave. NE. The Procession wCHurill move to Sts. Cyril & Methodius, St. Anthony, St. Boniface, St. Maron, St. Constantine, and closing Benediction at All Saints.

You are encouraged with your families, especially your children, to participate in this procession.  


Maronite Christian Formation

We are looking forward to starting school in person in the fall - first Sunday of October.

Keep an eye out for a notice of a summer Bible Camp, if we are able to meet in person.

Saint Pope John Paul II said, "It is first of all necessary for you young people to give a forceful witness of love for life, God’s gift. This love must extend from the beginning to the end of every life and must struggle against every attempt to make man the arbiter of his brother’s life, of unborn life, of life that is waning to that of the handicapped and the weak." 


Farewell Abouna Mikael

We extend our best wishes and prayers to Father Mikael Jalkh on his new assignment as the Administrator of the St. Sharbel Church in El Paso, Texas.

His new address will be:
St. Sharbel Maronite Mission
851 Thorn Avenue El Paso, Texas 79912 

 
We pray for him and wish him all the best in his service in Texas.   


Abouna Mikael Jalkh First Liturgy at St Maron's

Abouna Mikael Jalkh celebrated his first liturgy at Saint Maron's in Minneapolis on April 18th, 2021.

It has been a pleasure to have him among us and we will miss his gentle presence and his kind spirit.  We wish him the very best in his new spiritual journey wherever it may take him with the blessings of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.  


THANK YOU!

Thank you to the St. Rafka and St. Anne’s Clubs for holding the Baked Kibbe and Hummus sale the weekend of May 8th and 9th. There were 113 9" trays of Kibbe and 50 containers of Hummus sold. The sale raised $2,725 for the church.

May the Lord God bless the hands and the hearts of those who worked very hard for this event. May the Lord God reward you with good health and peace.


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. 


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

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Monday

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

Tuesday

6:00 pm

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Wednesday

6:00 pm

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Thursday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Friday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Saturday

4:00 pm

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