Special Welcome to Our Beloved Bishop Elias

Our Shepherd, His Excellency Bishop Elias Zaidan will be gracing our community with a pastoral visit on Saturday and Sunday, January 8 and 9, in thanksgiving for my 33 years as a priest and 60th birthday. I would like to dedicate this event toward the support of our Eparchy’s Capital Campaign.

Bishop Zaidan will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 10:10 am. We encourage all parishioners to attend these Liturgies and to welcome our beloved Bishop and celebrate with him.

There will be a dinner on Saturday night in our hall. Tickets will be available at Christmas Liturgies or BY CLICKING HERE.

Please plan on attending to share fellowship with Bishop Zaidan and your fellow parishioners and to hear more on the Capital Campaign.

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Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

January 2022

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,


Prayers love and peace to you with the hope that you are well and in good health.
 
I extend to you my best wishes and prayers for a very blessed and prosperous 2022. May the Lord surround you in His love and protect you from harm and give you health of spirit, mind and body. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I rejoice and give thanks to God for allowing me to celebrate among you this January 6 my 33rd Anniversary as a priest and my 60th birthday. I am blessed to have spent the last 32.5 years among you. I am thankful for each and everyone of you for all the blessings you have brought into my ministry. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Lord continues to bless us and we need to continue celebrate life fully, one day at a time. Our walk on this earth has one goal, heaven where our citizenship is from. Our main goal is to serve the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls and to love and serve one another. We work daily to build up the Kingdom of God and to follow His will. I invite all of you to participate in the Capital Campaign of our Eparchy, Vision for tomorrow, Mission for today. No gift is a small gift and the Lord will reward you generously. Your gift will strengthen our Eparchy and secure the future of our church in the USA. We need to give hope to those who will come after us as we have received hope from those who have come before us. Please pray about your gift/offering and act upon it today. 

I take the opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude and thanksgiving for all the parishioners who go beyond the basic and sacrifice their time, talents, and treasures to make our parish strong and healthy. Special thanks to the subdeacons who serve on the alter, altar servers, lectors, ushers, choir and different ministries and the volunteers in the office and those who work beyond the stage whether on our website or many other ministers within our parish. Also, the teachers, parishioners who serve coffee in the hall, etc. May the lord continue to give you faith and strength to continue His beautiful work. I am looking forward to another beautiful year of service among you, especially as we will be hosting the 57th National Apostolate of Maronites NAM Convention July 11-17. Thanks to chairpersons and all the amazing volunteers who are working so hard in preparation for this great event. May the Lord continue to bless you all and sustain you in His mercy and love. I offer you all of my prayers and love and ask you to call upon me if I can be of any help at any time.

I wish you and your loved ones God’s choicest blessings,  
Chorbishop sharbel Maroun and Abouna Jean El Helou

Electronic Bulletin starting Early 2022

Starting early in 2022 we will be sending the bulletin by email to our parishioners. This way you will receive the bulletin early before the end of the month and no post office delays. We will be saving on paper, trees, postage, money and hard work. Please submit to us your email address as soon as possible so you will be included in this emailing. There will be some printed copies of the bulletin in the back of the church for those who would like to have it in a hard copy.

To sign up for the electronic bulletin delivery, please email your request to: secretary@stmaron.com and, besides your email address, please include your phone number.  Thank you.


Epiphany Liturgy

Please note that this year the Epiphany Liturgy will be at 11:30 pm on Thursday January 5.

There is a tradition that on Epiphany night at midnight Jesus passes by and blesses all the homes and places. Of course there is no better place to be at that time than in the middle of the Divine Liturgy.

You are encouraged to join us for this special liturgy as we petition God to bless our homes and parish and hearts.   


Sanctity of Life
 

SPAGHETTI DINNER and a pro-life MOVIE, Friday, January 28.
5:30 Social Hour, 6pm DINNER and Movie to follow.

 "It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Brotherhood between all men and women."  
~Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, the third encyclical of his pontificate


Thanks for Enhancing Christmas

Our thanks and gratitude go out to all the wonderful parishioners who have contributed of their time and talents to make our Christmas Season so beautiful and joyful. Special thanks to the amazing decoration committee, our Subdeacons, the choir, ushers, altar servers, lectors, and those who served the refreshments. 


Save the Date for our St. Maron Feast Day/Hafli 

Don’t miss the Dinner and Hafli on Saturday, February 12, 2022 in honor of the Feast of Saint Maron.

A Full Lebanese dinner and entertainment will be served followed by a night of live music and dancing. Limited seating.

Please put this date on your calendar and we hope that you will join us.

Reserve your tickets from the St. Rafka Club, at the parish office, or after Liturgy.
  


Welcome Father Jean Maroun

Father Jean Maroun

Please give a warm welcome to Father Jean Maroun El Helou who is going to be with us the next few months serving and assisting our community as well as gaining experience to serve in a parish in our Eparchy.
Father Jean was ordained in 2005 for the Archdiocese of Beirut and served 7 parishes in his 16 years after ordination, and his last parish was the Church of St. Rita & Our Lady in Sin-el Fil.

Father Jean is originally from the town of Kfar-Shelal in southern Lebanon. His parents live in Sin-el Fil, Lebanon and he has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Father Jean is also in need of improving his English language so please converse with him in English or take the time with a cup of coffee to converse with him to improve his English.

We will be having mass on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. during Father Jean’s stay with us.  We hope to see you for Monday Mass along with all the other mass days.

We wish Abouna Jean Maroun and the blessings in his beautiful ministry.


Capital Campaign

"Vision for the Future, Mission for today."

Our Eparchy’s Capital Campaign is a vision to establish a foundation that will sustain and secure the future of our Eparchy. The goal is to raise $15 millions that will be locked and only the interest will be used to support the Ministry, Missions, and Ministers such as the education of seminarians, MYO, MYA, NAM, Order of St. Sharbel, Religious Education, Charity, and the many programs.

Each one of us is called to be a part of this milestone, according to your ability. Check if your company will match such a donation to charity.

The names of the parish’s ambassadors will be listed in the January Bulletin. Meanwhile if you have a question or wish to make a stock donation before the end of the year, please call our parish office. Together we can fulfil the mission of our vision.


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

NAM News

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

LOve Thy NeighborPlease bring unwrapped gifts and food for the needy.

Cherish your loved ones while you provide for the needs of the less fortunate.

Thank you for you generosity!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!


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.


Our General Divine Liturgy Schedule

Please call office or view calendar in the bulletin for latest schedule

Day

Time

Sunday

10:10 am

Monday

6:00 pm

Tuesday

6:00 pm

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



Pray for Lebanon

Pray for LebanonWe 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. 

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