Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

May 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 all well and in good health. We give thanks to God for the little relief that we have from the Covid-19 as we see people feeling a little more comfortable to come to church and to be together, as we understand more everyday that Jesus is the most essential gift that we need in our life and receiving Him in the Eucharist is more important than anything else. We know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are hoping that the light of Christ will always shine upon you and guide and protect you in your life.

Now that the trial of Derek Chauvin is over we pray for our city and country, and we ask the Lord to protect all the innocent people, to grant justice to all those who seek it. Justice has spoken and democracy is respected. Meanwhile, we pray for the family of George Floyd and others. We pray for all policemen and women and all law enforcement who are serving us faithfully and keeping peace and protecting the innocent. We pray for the first responders who are there first to serve the people, we pray for the medical staff who are caring for all those who are injured physically and need healing, and we pray for those who are caring for the spirit and the mind of all people, that they may give them healing to enjoy good health.

The United States continues to be one of the best countries to live in and we need to pray for all of its citizens. We need to pray that governing officials may do all in their powers to serve the people and to respect life, from the moment of conception to natural death with dignity and honor, to give the right to the citizens to enjoy the gift of freedom which is the best gift that God gave to humans. We need to pray for citizens of all backgrounds and colors and political links to respect one another and to live as brothers and sisters in God. We pray that Christians may serve as they ought to be, light to others and salt to the earth, to keep the message of the Gospel of life alive wherever they are by living it and spreading the mercy of God to others. The Lord has called all of us to live in peace and harmony with one another and we are called to light a candle rather than to curse the darkness, to build bridges with our neighbors and get to know them better and allow them to know us better.

As we live the beautiful moment of the Easter Season let us rejoice with the Apostles who witnessed the risen Christ and to bring that message of the Resurrection to all people who are still living in darkness and death and announce to them the new life that is Jesus. He is the only hope of the word and without Him there is no eternal life. This life is ours, but not to keep, but to share with the world around us. May you be pure temples of God the Holy Spirit and sacred tabernacles of Jesus, who resides in you through the Holy Eucharist.

With the Newly Ordained Fr. Mikael Jalkh, we continue to celebrate this beautiful season with you and hope always for a better tomorrow and greater joy in the Lord Jesus. May He bless you and your loved ones, and walk by you and with you throughout your whole life.

In Christ’s hope,


Abouna Mikael Jalkh and
Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


Duane Nasser

Duane Nasser, a pillar of pillars, who has gone from our community into his eternal rest. His heart and soul were so connected to our parish. Growing up with his wife Elizabeth in our parish, they established a blessed marriage together. Duane was a man of integrity, honesty, and faith. He spent much of his time serving our parish and the community at large. He gave from his heart and used his time, talent, and treasures so wisely, to build up our community. He has chaired countless events in our parish, giving it much strength and richness, among them chairing the National Maronite Conventions (NAM), the 100th Anniversary of our parish, the Ordination of Fr. Rodrigue Constantine, the grand banquet welcoming Patriarch Sfeir, the elevations to Msgr. and Chorbishop of Abouna sharbel, the visit of the Maronite Patriarch Rahi, chairing the Annual Taste of Lebanon for over 20 years and chairing the annual Scholarship Dinner for 38 years, just to name a few. Duane was a mentor and a support to so many, young and old, and a great example of leadership, giving with love and faith. We will miss his presence from among us. Our task is to keep his spirit alive and his memories eternal. His wife Elizabeth and children Lisa, Laurie, Bruce, Karen, and Paul, along with their families, wish to thank you all for standing near them and by them at their great loss. Like them we mourn his absence and pray for his eternal reward and faith for his family.


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.


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.

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.  


NAM Scholarship 2021-2022

The applications for all scholarships offered by NAM can be found online at www.namnews.org 


THANK YOU!

The Zaatar Bread sale raised $2,930 for our church. St. Maron is so fortunate to have parishioners that so willingly volunteer their time and talents to put on events like this and to support these events with their generous purchases. 


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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Our General Divine Liturgy Schedule

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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