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Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

September 2023

Festival 2023 Announced 

Festival Page
Warmest welcome to all our friends and guests who will be visiting our Festival. We are thankful to God to allow us to share our rich heritage with the people of the Twin Cities and beyond. As usual we are all called to extend our warm hospitality to our visitors. You are all urged to be a part of this festival and to volunteer your time and talents where you are needed. Together we can make it a great festival. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FESTIVAL PAGE.

Thank you.
Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron's,

May the peace and grace of the Lord Jesus be with you always. As we enter the month of September, I send you greetings in the Lord Jesus and lift you up in my prayers as I petition God to continue blessing our community. September is a special month for me as I commemorate and celebrate my 34th Anniversary as your Pastor. I came to this parish as a 7 month-old priest and found a home and a beautiful community that I find joy in serving it. In the 34 years, I grew to see an amazing spirit of love and dedication that has made a huge change and difference in the life of this parish. Being in a location that is far from most of the Maronite Parishes, except our sister of the Holy Family, makes it more challenging, but I found a family and community here that have surrounded me with a lot of care and love as my own biological family, that has made my ministry enjoyable and fruitful through God’s grace. Every September 13th, I have a special day to give thanks to God who put me in Minneapolis and to have put you all in my life. I am thankful to the Bishops who have trusted me in my ministry, Archbishop Zayek, Bishop Chedid, Bishop Shaheen, and our present Bishop Elias Zaidan. I am thankful for all the priests, deacons and seminarians who have come to help in our parish. I am thankful for Subdeacons Gabe, Subdeacon James, and Deacon George for their ministry.

No Priest can serve a parish by himself. He needs the support of the parishioners and organizations that exist within. Our groups are so committed and so generous in supporting our mission. I call upon all of you, with no exception, to be more involved and to be a living part of our community, to contribute your time and talents wherever you are needed. Do not wait to be asked to do something, rather take the action to be involved. In the end, this is the most important gift that you can give to the Lord and the world, building a bright future for your parish. Our ancestors left us an amazing gift that we have in our hands. We need to preserve and cherish it and pass it on to the next generation. I renew my commitment to you and I stand ready to serve you in any way possible at any time. My heartful thanks and prayers are offered to the soul of our brother Raymond Haik who willed in his will to sponsor the Pentecost Mosaic that was revealed recently on our altar. May the Lord grant him eternal rest and reward him generously.

I pray and hope that all of you will be able to join us at our festival and work together to welcome other people who are visiting us and to make this event a great success in our community.

Thanking you for your love and prayers, I remain, Devotedly yours,

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beautiful Mosaic Completes Wall Behind Alter

The Pentecost Mosaic was donated in memory of our brother Raymond Haik, of blessed memory. Beneath the Most Holy Trinity, it depicts the Virgin Mary and the 12 Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit that gave life to the Church. Praise be to God the Holy Spirit and may He fill us with abundance of grace.

Capital Campaign Fund

Capital Campaign
"Vision for the Future, Mission for today."

Each one of us is called and urged to be a part of our Eparchial Capital Campaign that our Eparchy (Diocese) is undertaking. It is not the amount that you give, but the meaning of the sacrifice that you will make for the future generations. The future of the Maronite Church in America depends on us. Together we can make a great future for the generations who will come after us. Please pray about this great mission and about your contribution that will make a big difference. Packages with the information and are in the lobby of our church or in our parish office. Call our office for more details.

The Capital Campaign Committee is ready to answer any questions. May our Lord reward you for your generosity and love.

It is our opportunity to bless the future generations as our ancestors blessed us.

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: https://www.stmaron.com and Click on Read/Download Our Bulletin.
  2. Go to: https://parishesonline.com/find/st-maron-maronite-church and Click on Download Latest Bulletin.
    Past Bulletins are also available at this site.
  3. If you need assistance please email us at Secretary@stmaron.com 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 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.

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 (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

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