St. Mark Of Ephesus
Our mission has been in witness to Christ since 1983


Parish Priest: Father James Robinson

Church phone: (781) 585-8907
Father James:   (339) 204-3074  (paisius1@verizon.net)


Liturgy:  Sunday mornings  10:00 am  (followed by coffee hour)
 

Vespers:   first Saturday of each month 6:00 PM

 

Bishop Nikon is making a pastoral visit this Sunday, Jan. 21
to help us celebrate our patronal feast!  (The Feast of St. Mark of Ephesus)

A special pot luck coffee hour will follow liturgy. 
 
His Eminence will arrive around 9:30 am, so please plan to arrive before that. 
Acolytes should contact Subdn. Peter if they are planning on serving. (Subdn. Peter: 781-634-7486)


 

Anyone wishing to have Father James Bless their homes may call him at 339-204-3074  
This is traditionally done through Lent

Many interesting Saints/Feasts listed below - check them out!!!

 

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Sunday, Jan. 21 -      Patronal Feast of St. Mark of Ephesus with liturgy at 10:00am (also Zacchaeus Sunday - Begin Triodion) 

                       
                               PASTORAL​ ​VISIT​ ​FROM​ ​HIS​ ​EMINENCE​ ​ARCHBISHOP​ ​NIKON​ ​Sunday,​ ​January​ ​21

                                 We welcome His Eminence Archbishop Nikon who will be visiting our parish in celebration of our patronal feast.
                                 A potluck lunch will be served following Divine Liturgy. Please make every effort to attend church on this day.
 
 Troparion of St Mark of Ephesus Tone 3
Holy Mark, in thee the Church has found a zealot/ by thy confession of the sacred Faith;/ for thou didst champion the Fathers’ doctrine/ and cast down the pride of boastful darkness./ Pray to Christ our God for those who honour thee,/ that we may be granted the forgiveness of sins.
 
Kontakion of St Mark of Ephesus Tone 3
As one clad in invincible armour,/ thou didst cast down the pride of the Western rebellion;/ thou didst become an instrument of the Comforter/ and shine forth as Orthodoxy’s defender./ Therefore we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Mark, boast of the Orthodox.
 
 

Sunday, Jan. 28 - Annual Meeting following Divine Liturgy 10:00am (Publican & Pharisee)
                              If you are interested in serving as a Parish council member please speak to any Council member!  

 

  
Please speak to Father James if you would like to have your house blessed during the Theophany 
season!  
 
 
The 2018 Orthodox wall calendars have arrived and are on the kiosk. Please help yourself to one per family. 
Thank you to our sponsor: Cartmell-Davis Funeral Home!
 
 
 

click on the words to the right of the Saint or Feast to learn more - now this opens a new window so you don't have to hit "Back"

Jan 14             St. Sava I, First Archbishop of Serbia     info here

Jan 17             Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the Great     info here

Jan 21             Sunday of Zacchaeus     info here

Jan 22             Apostle Timothy of the Seventy     info here

Jan 25            St. Gregory the Theologian the Archbishop of Constantinople     info here

Jan 28            Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee Beginning of the Lenten Triodion     info here

Feb 2             The Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple     info here

Feb 3             Holy, Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver     info here
 
                     Holy, Righteous Anna the Prophetess     info here

Feb 4            Sunday of the Prodigal Son     info here

Feb 10          Memorial Saturday of Meatfare     info here

Feb 11          Sunday of Meatfare of the Last Judgment     info here

Feb 18          Sunday of Cheesefare: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise     info here

  

 

In 2018, we would like to begin a monthly remembrance of loved ones who have departed to the Lord.  If you would like to have someone remembered, please PRINT their first name on the calendar form available below and return it to George Haddad by the end of the year. The purpose of this project is to ensure that a loved one is remembered during the month they reposed, just in case you are away or can’t make it to church. 

You can print and send the calendar to St. Marks - 261 Main Street - Kingston MA  02364      or there are hard copies in the vestibule in church. 

 calendar

 

From the North

Take Route 3 South to Exit 9 (route 3A). Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston.  After passing two stoplights you will come to a fork - bear left onto routes 106 and 27.  That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right.                  

 

 

 

From the South

Route 3 North to Exit 9 (route 3A)  Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston.  After passing two stoplights you will come to a fork - bear left onto routes 106 and 27.  That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right. 

 

 
 
The most recent version of the ONE (our Diocesean newsletter) may be found here
 
 
If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the Diocese newsletter, email Father Joshua Mosher, editor at
                                                   
 
 
 
 
 

 

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Father Micahel Margitich.  He fell asleep in the Lord  November 11th, 2017.  Father Michael was the first Priest of St. Michael's when it began in 1984.  He built this community as well as the wonderful Santa Rosa California parish through his humility, intelligence, unwavering faith and consistent love for God and all people.  He is much loved, respected and honored by so many across this country - most especially by our own Mark, Gina, Bobby and Simon Margitich.

Father Michael represents all that is good and right about the clergy and the Orthodox Church. His leadership and wisdom helped so many find and keep their faith - including as an Air Force Chaplain in Viet Nam.  He recently retired after over 60 years of active service as a priest - with his son Father Lawrence now overseeing the church in Santa Rosa.  Archpriest Michael Margitich will be remembered always and his legacy of faith and love endure in our hearts forever.

Please keep Father Michael and his family in your prayers - May His Memory Be Eternal.

 

The father of our close friend Protodeacon Nicholas Drobot fell asleep in the Lord recently.  He was quite an interesting man and a beloved Priest within the Orthodox Church.  More information can be found here -   http://eadiocese.org/news_171108_2.html

Please keep Father Wsevolod and his family - especially Nick - in your prayers.

 

On Wednesday, November 8, Archpriest Wsevolod Drobot, longtime cleric of the Eastern American Diocese, reposed in the Lord. Fr. Wsevolod’s clerical service lasted 57 years, and he had been rector of Nativity of the Mother of God parish in Albany, NY. In the course of his 52-year service in Albany, Fr. Wsevolod oversaw the construction of a new church building, the great consecration of which took place in September 2010. Fr. Wsevolod buried his Matushka Nadezhda in 2015.

Fr. Wsevolod will be buried at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY.

Memory eternal to the newly reposed Archpriest Wsevolod!

 

Obituary for Father Wsevolod can be found here

 

 

 

Many of us remember Haig Karakashian - he was part of the early beginnings of Saint Mark's - Mark Margitich was a good friend and helped bring him to church when he was not attending in his home parish near Boston.

Haig was kind and filled your heart with love when you talked to him.  Always smiling - he was a gift to our community when he was present.  May his Memory be Eterrnal.

Haig fell asleep in the Lord on June 21, 2016 and his obituary and a story about him are found at the links that follow.

 

The drop down page on the menu has been updated with the most recent By-Laws for the parish from 2015.

The relevant OCA bylaws may be found at https://oca.org/statute/article-xii

 

Short pamphlet on preparing for Orthodox marriage     files/CrownedBooklet.pdf (175kb)

Short pamphlet on Chhurch Etiquette     files/ParishEtiquetteBooklet.pdf (96kb)

Finishing the Race (by Concilar Press)     files/FinishingRaceBooklet.pdf (282kb)

 

Our elected Council is as follows for 2017:

President:   Laura Geigle

Treasurer:   John Rusinak

Reporting Secretary:   Julie Bacon Sutton

At-Large:    George Haddad

At-Large:    Subdn. Gregory Arnold

At-Large:    Ron LePage

At-Large:    Alexandra "Sandy" Laferte

At-Large:    Catherine Condrick

At- Large:   Katina Manning

Nancy Haddad, Dan Bacon & Subdeacon Gregory Arnold have been elected to the Finance Committee

as well as Anna Wozniak as our auditor

Catherine Condrick will be managing the bookstore as wel as our lending library.

 

St. Mark's Cookbook is on sale!  Over 200 of our favorite recipes in an easy-to-read format!
 
Contact Women's Group Co-Presidents Cookie Bakas or Nancy Haddad
 
$15 cash or check made payable to: "St. Mark's Women's Group"

St. Mark’s Ministries  2017

If you are interested in serving the church, please contact the names listed below:

Clergy: Major Orders:

Pastor: Fr. James Ransford Robinson

Fr. John T. Bacon, retired Archpriest, attached to St. Marks

Fr. R. Antony Gori, retired (living in Maine), attached to St. Marks

Fr. Vasily Gilbert, attached to Holy Annunciation, Maynard

Fr. John Bernardi, attached to St. Marks, resides in Arizona

Protodeacon Nicholas Drobot, attached to Norwich, CT, ROCOR

 

Minor Orders:

Subdeacon Gregory (Douglas) Arnold

Subdeacon Peter Condrick

Subdn. Nicholas Vantangoli

Reader Daniel Bacon (Diocesan Council Member)

 

Acolytes:

Lawrence Reardon, Evan Shortes, Nicholas Haddad, Simon Margitich, Peter Rusniak, Nicholas Williams, George Williams

 

Parish Council:

President:   Laura Geigle

Treasurer:   John Rusinak

Reporting Secretary:   Julie Bacon Sutton

At-Large:    George Haddad

At-Large:    Subdn. Gregory Arnold

At-Large:    Ron LePage

At-Large:    Alexandra "Sandy" Laferte

At-Large:    Catherine Condrick

At- Large:   Katina Manning

Nancy Haddad, Dan Bacon & Subdeacon Gregory Arnold have been elected to the Finance Committee

as well as Anna Wozniak as our auditor

Catherine Condrick will be managing the bookstore as wel as our lending library.

Choir Director: Gina Margitich (please speak to Gina about joining the choir)

Substitute Directors: Laura Geigle, Susan Homyk (summers)

Church School Director: Jen Paulin       Assistant: Julie Sutton

Women’s Group Co- Presidents: Cookie Bakas & Nancy Haddad       Secretary: Nancy Haddad          Treasurer: Diana Masood

Webmaster: George Sowpel

Bookstore Manager & Lending Library: Catherine Condrick

Sacristan/Mower: Mark Margitich & Simon Margitich

Vestment Care: Maria Mojica

Food Pantry Box- Subdn. Gregory & Elaine Arnold

Church Cleaners

January - Margitich
February - LePage
March - Haddads
April - ALL (Pascha month!)
May - Laferte
June - Arnold
July - Ed Carlier.
August - Geigle
September - Condrick
October - Haddads
November - Zotos
December - Vantangoli

Coffee Hour Hosts - Rusinak   Geigle   Vantangoli   Mojica   Robinson   Haddad   Arnold   Shortes   Kwong   Masood

 

Please send any comments or suggestions for the website to George Sowpel at orthodox@comcast.net


excellent short film on prayer - be sure to watch part two...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnlXsWoE_Zw&feature=share


view a wonderful video featuring our Church click here

An interesting and informative article on church eitiquette can be found here:http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/etiquet.htm

Interesting video from Serbia - Christos Voskrese song     click here

Please look at the MINISTRIES tab on the right for ways to get involved!

A wonderful link to a good basic primer/dictionary on Orthodoxy is:  http://www.stots.edu/these_truths_we_hold.html

A good online Bible with commentary approved by the Orthodox Church is at http://orthodoxstudybible.com/





January
- Margitich                   
February - Ron and Carolyn Lepage       March - Haddads
April - ALL (Pacha month!)       May - Laferte                           June - Subdeacon Gregory and Elaine

July - Ed Carlier                        August - Laura                        September - Subdeacon Peter and Catherine     

October -  The Haddads          November - Nancy Zotos         December - Vantangolis 

 

IF YOU NEED A KEY TO GET INTO THE CHURCH, SEE LAURA GEIGLE
 

 


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