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 | (401) 658-0874

Attached Priest: Archpriest John T. Bacon | burbank302@aol.com

President/Warden: Catherine Condrick | 781-635-7481 | catherinecondrick@yahoo.com

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, June 23 - SYNAXIS OF ALL SAINTS Readings: Hebrews 11:33-12:2, St. Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30

The Sunday following Pentecost is dedicated to All Saints, both those who are known to us, and those who are known

only to God. There have been saints at all times, and they have come from every corner of the earth. They were Apostles, 

Martyrs, Prophets, Hierarchs, Monastics, and Righteous, yet all were perfected by the same Holy Spirit.

 

The Descent of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to rise above our fallen state and to attain sainthood, thereby fulfilling

G0d's directive to "be holy, for I am holy" (Lev. 11:44, 1 Peter 1:16, etc.). Therefore, it is fitting to commemorate All Saints on the

first Sunday after Pentecost.

 

This feast may have originated at an early date, perhaps as a celebration of all martyrs, then it was broadened to include all 

men and women who had borne witness to Christ by their virtuous lives, even if they did not shed their blood for Him.

(To continue reading, please go to oca.org under "Synaxis of All Saints, commemorated on June 23")

 

Troparion - Tone 4

As with fine porphyry and royal purple, Your church

has been adorned with Your martyr's blood shed

throughout all the world. She cries to You, O Christ God:

Send down Your bounties on Your people,

Grant peace to Your habitation, and great mercy to our souls!

 

Kontakion - Tone 8

The universe offers You the God-bearing martyrs, 

As the first fruits of creation, O Lord and Creator.

Through the Theotokos, and their prayers establish

Your Church in peace!

 

(Fast-Free Week)

 

Monday, June 17: Trinity Week - Day of the Holy Spirit

Readings: Ephesians 5:9-19, St. Matthew 18:10-20

 

Tuesday, June 18: Trinity Week - Third Day of the Trinity | Parish Council Meeting at 6:00 PM

Readings: Romans 1:1-7, St. Matthew 4:25-5:13

 

Wednesday, June 19: Afterfeast of Pentecost; Holy Apostle Jude, the brother of the Lord (ca. 80)

Readings: Apostle: Jude 1:1-10, St. John 14:21-24

 

Saturday, June 22: Leavetaking of Pentecost; St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britian (ca. 287) | Community Yard Sale Fundraiser from 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Sunday, June 23: FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENECOST - SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM | Archpriest John T. Bacon, Celebrant | Coffee & Fellowship Hour - All are welcome!

 

 

 

Community Church Yard Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, June 22 from 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

All are welcome to join us for our community yard sale this coming Saturday!

It is not too late to donate items and if you would like to volunteer,

please contact Joe Pecevich at 781-422-1179.

Reading of the Akathist to the Most-Holy Theotokos, Inexhaustible Cup

Reading of the Akathist to the Most-Holy Theotokos, Inexhaustible Cup

 

Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 PM: A reading of the Akathist of the Inexhaustible Cup for healing from alcohol and drug addiction

will take place. The icon of the Inexhuastible Cup will be in the church for veneration. Please come and pray with us if you or 

a loved one is suffering from an addiction. This icon is known for its miracles in healing the passion of alcoholism, drug addiction,

and psychological problems.

 

If you would like to volunteer to help read the Akathist, please contact 

Catherine Condrick at catherinecondrick@yahoo.com.

 

 

Summer Church School Day

Summer Church School Day

 

August 2 from 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM: This summer we will offer for the first time a Summer Church School Day. The day will begin at 9:30 AM

with breakfast and run through dinner into the evening followed by Great Vespers at 6:00 PM. Our theme is "Defenders of the Faith,"

and the children will participate in a variety of educational and indoor/outdoor activities. On Sunday, August 3rd, the children will share

their experience with the parish. We hope your child/children can join us for this special day! Other local Orthodox parishes are invited

to join us as well. 

 

If your child is interested in attending, please RSVP to Jennifer Paulin at jennifercpaulin@gmail.com by Wednesday, July 30th.

 

Please click on the Church School tab to view more information about the 2019-2020 church school year 

and the schedule for the 2019 Summer Church School Day.

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Please send a "praying for you" card to His Eminence Archbishop Nikon to:

P.O. Box 149

Southbridge, MA 01550

*Be sure you mention you are from St. Mark in Kingston. His hospital stay has been extended and he will be spending a few days at the rehab facility.

 

Please consider sending a card to someone on our prayer list to show them that you care and please continue to pray for them.

Greeting cards are available in the bookstore at St. Mark for $3.00.

 

The ill and shut-in: Archbishop Nikon (hospitalized), Reader John Hood, Gina, Paula & Jeff Starr, Norma & Peter Samiotes, Nicholas Samiotes, Alexandra Pirano, Archpriest Steven Belonick (seriously ill), Nancy & Thomas Zotos, Alban Frank Ryles, Matushka Eleanor, Priest Antony, Child Joshua, Tatiana, Kh. Diana, Frances, Alexandra, Euginia, Lydia, Reader George, Matushka Irene, Gregory; the kidnapped Hierarchs Metropolitan Paul (Boulos Yazig) & Archbishop John (Yohanna Ibrahim); the suffering Christians of Egypt/Syria; those who suffer from terrorist attacks, fires, storms, floods, earthquakes.

 

Please pray for and visit those who are sick and suffering today, as many need our love and support.