St. Mark Of Ephesus Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church of America
261 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 02364
St. Mark of Ephesus Welcomes You!

Church Phone: (781) 585-8907

Administrator and Dean: Archpriest Vasily Lickwar 

Attached Priest: Archpriest John T. Bacon 

President/Warden: Catherine Condrick 

Third & Sixth Hour: Every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy: Every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM followed by Church School and a fellowship meal

Vespers: The First Saturday of every month at 6:00 PM


To arrange a confession, baptism, marriage or funeral, please contact Fr. John Bacon.

You may also speak with him during the fellowship hour on Sundays.


St. Mark of Ephesus is blessed with a small, but actively participating congregation. We are a warm, family-oriented body of faithful believers and our members are of all age groups and we embrace many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The parish conducts a regular and traditional cycle of Orthodox liturgical worship throughout the course of the year. Great Vespers takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Church School classes meet every Sunday after Divine Liturgy. The Parish Council meets the first Tuesday evening of every month, under the guidance of the parish rector to maintain and promote the wholesomeness, stability and well-being of the parish. 


Each Sunday, Divine Liturgy is followed by a time of pleasant fellowship and hospitality, as an expression of Eucharistic unity. The St. Mark parish participates regularly in several community charitable ministries such as on-going charities to aid local shelters, grocery collections for our on-going food pantry, and visiting the ill and shut-ins in our community. All these inititatives are supported by the free-will offerings and volunteer assistance of the parishioners.



Parish News and Events

Sunday, November 17, 2019: St. Gregory, Wonderworker of Neocaesarea

Saint Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neocaesarea, was born in the city of Neocaesarea (northern Asia Minor) into a pagan family. Having received a fine education, from his youth he strived for Truth, but the thinkers of antiquity were not able to quench his thirst for knowledge. Truth was revealed to him only in the Holy Gospel, and the youth became a Christian. (to read the rest of St. Gregory's story, please visit the OCA website "Lives of the Saints" for November 17th).


Third Hour at 9:30 AM, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM| Archpriest John T. Bacon, Celebrant | Readings: Galatians 6:11-18, St. Luke 12:16-21 | Blessing of Icons and Memorial Service |Fish, wine oil allowed


Monday, 11/11: St. Martin the Merciful, Bishop of Tours (397)


Tuesday, 11/12: St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria (612-20)


Wednesday, 11/13: St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (407); New Hieromartyr John Kochurov (1917), who labored in America | Parish Council Meeting at 6:30 PM | Readings: Hebrews 7:26-8:2, St. John 10:9-16


Thursday, 11/14: Holy and All-praised Apostle Philip (1st) | Readings: Apostle: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, St. John 1:43-51


Friday, 11/15: BEGINNING OF THE NATIVITY (ST. PHILIP'S) FAST: Ven. Paisii (Paisius) Velichkovsky (1794)


Saturday, 11/16: Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew; St. Fulvianus, Prince of Ethiopia, in Holy Baptism Matthew (1st) | Readings: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, St. Matthew 9:9-13 | Fish, wine & oil allowed


Wednesday, 11/20: Forefeast Entrance


Thursday, 11/21: ENTRANCE OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, readings: Heb. 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42, 11: 27-28 (fish, wine & oil)


Sunday, 11/24: Great Martyr Catherine, Great Martyr Mercurius, Martyr Merkury | Celebrating the ENTRANCE OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS | Third Hour, 9:30 AM | Divine Liturgy, 10:00 AM | Celebrant, Fr. John | Church School |fish, wine & oil


Thursday, 11/28: Thanksgiving Day





Children's Christmas Tree Decorating Event

Please come and bring your children to help decorate the St. Mark Christmas tree and our church for the nativity season

on Sunday, November 17 following the fellowship hour.


This event is well-loved by our church school students and we hope and pray 

that all of you will participate in this very special event. Friends, family and 

grandparents are welcome as well!


The children will be hanging ornaments on the tree, putting up the star,

setting up the nativity set and decorating the church with wreaths and bows.

Thank you so much for all your help!

Community Christmas Card

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mark of Ephesus,

As in years past, we hope to receive your full support in our annual Community Christmas Card.

Your family's holiday greeting will be shared by not only our own,

but those who support our parish from afar.


The price remains at $20.00


Simply fill in the name section and kindly update your address if you've moved in the past year.


Thank you and God Bless You.


Please help us achieve our goal and make your check for $20.00 payable to St. Mark of Ephesus Church Women's Group. You may give your check to Cookie or Nancy H.


Many thanks for your support.


Your Name:___________________________________________________________________






Please note the deadline is December 1, 2019



St. Nicholas's Day Children's Event

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Come join us for a special St. Nicholas Day celebration following Divine Liturgy 

There will be a special visit from St. Nicholas as well as crafts and activities.

Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend as well!


Happy St. Nicholas's Day!

Women's Group Ornament Swap

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Come and join us for this year's Ornament Swap! Children are welcome as well.


Host: Elaine A.

Time: Following Divine Liturgy with adequate time for communting to Elaine's house from church

What to bring: Your favorite dish for the potluck luncheon along with your wrapped ornament


Flyers will be handed out at church with more information and Elaine's address

Luminary Night

Saturday, December 21, 2019


Luminaries on Main Street at Christmastime began 28 years ago by the Kingston Firefighters who hoped to do something special in the area. The first year, they lined Christmas luminaries on one side of Main Street, from the Hose House to the police station, creating a glorious trail of light. By 1994, the luminaries were placed on both sides of the street. Druing this night, local churches on Main Street are open to the public with refreshments and Christmas choirs to add to the festivities and provide shelter from the cold. The Kingston Fire Department organizes Luminary Night, but asks the community to help. One and all are invited to come and join the festivities by strolling along Main Street and experiences Kingston's very own gift to her friends and neighbors.


Please find a place in your heart to come and support our beloved St. Mark by attending and/or volunteering on luminary night! Here at St. Mark, our beautiful choir sings liturgical Nativity hymns and hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes are served by our children and their parents with heartfelt warmth and joy, our bookstore is open, and St. Nicholas comes to welcome guests to our parish. Remember to please make sure you arrive before they close the roads at 5:00 PM if you wish to park in our parking lot. 


Here are the following things you can do to help out:


1. Just coming and attending luminary night is a great way to support our parish!

2. Volunteer to sing in the choir 

3. Volunteer with your child/children to serve hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes at the refreshement table

4. Volunteer to help out at the book store table

5. Be a spokesperson for the Orthodox Faith and our parish 


Children's Christmas Pageant: A Visit with the Shepherds

Sunday, December 22, 2019


Please join us on this special Sunday for this year's Church School Pageant called:


"A Visit with the Shepherds"


Written and produced by our St. Mary of Egypt church school class.

This story takes us to the hills of Bethlehem where we will see the shepherds

and their sheep hear the good tidings of Jesus's birth.


You won't want to miss this endearing story about the shepherds and their sheep at the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!