Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

January 2021

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

         Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,


I pray that this letter will reach your hands and find you in good health of spirit and body with your loved ones. I extend to you my warmest wishes for a very blessed and healthy 2021. I ask the Lord to pave your road with peace, health, and security.


For sure the year 2020 was a challenging year in many different ways and I hope that the pandemic will be gone soon and our life will start returning back to normal. We pray that all those who been affected by covid-19 may regain their health and those whose businesses have been affected may also recover soon. We thank God that we are all alive, but we need to pray for those who are still suffering from the COVID-19. Until the vaccine takes its effect and slows down the pandemic we just need to continue to be careful and to make the best out of every day. Every day is a good day and every year is a good year, and many of them are great. 2020 was a good year, but we hope that 2021 will be a great year for all of us. Cherish the moments that you spend with your loved ones. Appreciate everything that you have, as we now understand that even the old days that we had were incredible days that we didn’t realize and often did not appreciate. As of now, most of our social activities are on hold, hopefully not for too long. Meanwhile make sure that you put your efforts and time in to attend Divine Liturgy because we still need Jesus more than anything else in life. I thank all of you that have been making the effort to attend liturgy, and for those of you who are vulnerable at home for making the time to join us virtually on-line. I encourage you to be careful and to be patient and ask God for wisdom to be able to do the right things to please him in this life.


I invite you to join me in prayer on Thursday, January 21, 2021, for the intentions of Deacon Mikael Jalkh, who will be ordained a priest on that day in Lebanon with his family and loved ones. We have been blessed for the last 7 months with Deacon Mikael among us and we pray that the Lord God may continue to shower His grace upon him, especially on the day of his ordination. Once the newly ordained priest returns to us in the spring, he will celebrate a liturgy of thanksgiving here on our altar, and you will have the chance to congratulate him.


Although we are not able to gather socially in a high number I highly encourage you to reach out to your friends and members of our community, even with a phone call, just to tell them that you are thinking of them and praying for them. This is the most important thing that we can do for each other at this time.


I, from my side, assure you of my daily prayers and ask you to remember me in your prayers and hope that very soon I will be able to see your faces again in church.


Wishing you God’s grace, I remain,

Devotedly yours,


Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


Virtual Bake Sale

In joint efforts the St. Rafka and St. Anne’s Clubs will be holding a Mini-Bake Sale with a couple of items to be ready for your Christmas.
Please, keep your eyes opened for more details on when, what and how to order?

With the lockdown it seems that we are planning day by day. We will work and prepare with high safety for our volunteers and all.
Please support this Bake Sale when it comes up.  


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

Lebanon Needs Your Help

Please donate to the Beirut Relief Fund

In the middle of the Corona virus outbreak and the dire economic situation in Lebanon, a devastating explosion rocked the beautiful city of Beirut. Over 190 souls have been lost, 6,000 injured, and hundreds of thousands of residents have become homeless. The physical damage has been estimated in the billions of dollars. Please donate generously through our church or the all-volunteer Caritas organization.


Pope Francis Calls for Prayer and Fasting for Lebanon

Solid color intro with an image on the right side. Also this block has no Vatican City, Sep 2, 2020 / 08:00 am MT (CNA).- At the end of his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis made a lengthy appeal for peace and harmony in Lebanon, asking people around the world to spend a day in prayer and fasting for the Middle Eastern country.

Click for full article...


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:

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 area of your donation.

Very special thanks to those who already sent in their donations.
May our loving Lord reward you kindly. 


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

Sign-Up Required

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

PRE-RIGISTER HERE



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If you're donating to the Beirut Relief Fund please mention "Caritas Lebanon" in your comments

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