Saint Maron's Lebanese Festval September 18 & 19
St Maron's Festival 2021

Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

September 2021

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,


I pray you are well and in good health with all your loved ones.

Despite the difficulties and the still-precautions from the corona virus and its variances, it seems that people are adjusting to the situation and continuing their life with carefulness.

Our parish has experienced some good life events and activities in the last couple of months that have truly strengthened the life of the parish. September is promising to be also another month full of life as we celebrate Labor Day, followed by the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14 and on the weekend of September 18 19 we will hold our annual festival as we will welcome many from the Twin Cities and beyond who come to celebrate these two days with us. I invite you to join us with your families and a friend and come to enjoy some delicious food and great company. Of course as usual I invite you and encourage you to volunteer your time and talents toward this festival. There is always a need for help and a chance to accomplish yourself at this great event. Pass the word around, especially to the extended members of your family.

I urge you parents to please register your children for the (MCF) Maronite Christian Formation program which will begin on Sunday, October 3. We are hoping through God’s grace to hold the classes in person this with all the guidelines that come from the CDC and our Bishop and the Archdiocese. If anything changes, we will re-adjust our program and practice as we all want the safety and wellbeing of all our children and teachers.

As I enfold my 32nd anniversary as your Pastor on September 13, I offer my thanks and gratitude to God the Almighty for bringing you into my life and for giving me the grace to minister to you. I feel more blessed every day and I wish I have more time and energy to serve you better. I thank you all for your continuous cooperation and hard work for your parish. I contribute all the success in this amazing parish to the hard working people who love from their heart and serve unselfishly. We will continue to strive for the better and to build up a stronger and holier community on the love of God and establish a better future for the generations who will come after us. I continue to depend on your prayers and I assure you of my prayers for you as we continue to work together in the vineyard of the Lord.

Wishing you all God’s abundant blessings, I remain


Devotedly yours, 

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


Pray for Lebanon

Chorbishop sharbel MarounWe stand in solidarity and prayer with our brothers and sisters in Lebanon as they are still suffering much from the catastrophic explosion that destroyed much of the city on August 4, 2020.

We pray that the Lord may heal their emotional and physical wounds and save them from the internal and external persecution and bring to justice all those who prepared, neglected and acted to cause this human tragedy.

We are people of hope and once again this city will rise like the phoenix as it always did. 

Basket for Silent Auction

We encourage all families to please prepare one basket for our Silent Auction as part of our Lebanese Festival on September 18-19, 2021
A basket may include: cosmetics, wines, children’s items, gift certificates, canned food or other fun items. 

Please contact the office for information on how to commit to a basket.


Thanks St. Rafka Club

We are so proud of the Saint Rafka Club for their continuous generous serving the poor at the Catholic Charities in town. For years every first Saturday of the month they prepare the meal and serve over 100 people. Often some generous parishioners from Holy Family Church join them.

We are thankful to all of them, especially to the director of this ministry Elena ElKhoury who does a superb job.

May the Lord God reward you and bless you with your families and loved ones. 


Tuition Subsidy

Applications for the Boutros & Zmeroud Nasseff Scholarship are now available for children who will be attending K-8 parochial schools.

An eligible recipient must be an active parishioner for at least one year.  This means attending the Liturgy and be involved with the parish’s spiritual and social events.
                                                               
Distribution will be based on the income and expenses of the household. If you are interested, please call the parish office for an application. We are very glad to assist our children and very thankful to the late great John Nasseff & The Men’s Club for making this scholarship available to support our children. It makes a world of difference.

Applications must be submitted by September 30th


Maronite Christian Formation

We are looking forward to starting school in person starting Sunday, October 3rd.

Religious Education for all children preschool thru high school will start the first Sunday in October.

Parishioners who have in their homes unused or gently-used Faith of the Mountain text books, Please return them to church.

Register your children for Sunday school - papers are in back of church,  on information table. They will be also on the Welcoming Table at our Festival.

For more information please contact our MCF Directors Joannie Moses or Carla Bedros  


Choir News

Starting the second weekend of September our choir will resume its ministry in our church.
  
We encourage anyone with a gift of nice voice to join us.

"To sing is to pray twice." (St. Augustine)


Health News

We continue to review the directions from the CDC in regard to the corona virus and follow the practice of the local Latin Archdiocese. We continue to practice safety and protection to all our parishioners and visitors.

If you are sick or have any of the virus’ symptoms, please remain at home for your safety and for others.

Wearing a mask in church is optional. If possible, please reduce the usual embracing and kissing. May the Lord grant you health and joy.


NAM 2022

Our parish is excited to host the 2022 NAM Convention. Please mark on your calendar the week of July 11-17, 2022. Please consider Not to plan any out of town trips at that time. We need everyone’s help and support as we welcome hundreds of clergy and laity from throughout the United States.

We need to form 37 different committees and we need you to serve on one of them.

Please reach out to our capable Chairpersons Lisa Gleason and Elena ElKhoury.

Together we can make it a great convention.


Talitha Cumi

"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.
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.


Regular Liturgies Schedule

Please call the office at 612-379-2758 for the latest schedule.

Day

Time

Sunday

10:10 am

Monday

No Liturgy

Wednesday

6:00 pm

Thursday

9:30 am

Friday

9:30 am

Saturday

4:00 pm


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

Noursat Donation

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

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Day

Time

Sunday

10:10 am

Monday

No Liturgy

Wednesday

6:00 pm

Thursday

9:30 am

Friday

9:30 am

Saturday

4:00 pm



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