Sunday, December 8, 2019: Venerable Patapius of Thebes and Holy 362 Martyrs in Africa (477)
Saint Patapius was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanities of the world and so went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to dwell in silence, people began to come to him for advice. He went eventually to Constantinople, where he obtained a cell at the city wall, near the Blachernae church. But here, too, he quickly became known. The sick began to throng about, and he having been vouchsafed the gift of healing, began to help all the needy. After a life adorned with virtue and miracles, Saint Patapius fell asleep in the Lord and was buried in the church of Saint John the Baptist.
Services for Sunday morning on December 8: Third Hour at 9:30 | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 | Fr. Kevin J. Kalish, Celebrant | Readings: Ephesians 4:1-6, St. Luke 17:12-19 | St. Nicholas Day Children's Event and Lenten Coffee Hour
Wednesday, 12/4: Great Martyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana of Heliopolis in Syria (306); Ven John of Damascus (776); Glorification of New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Alexander Hotovitzky, missionary to America (1994)
Friday, 12/6: St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (ca. 345) | Fish, Wine & Oil
Saturday 12/7: St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (397) | Great Vespers at 6:00 PM
Sunday, 12/15: Monthly Memorial Service
CONFESSION: It is customary for Orthodox Christians to approach the Holy Chalice for the Great Feast of the Nativity with recent Repentance/Confession. Please make an appointment with Fr. John in advance via email or when you see him. No Confessions will be heard Christmas Day or Sunday, January 5.
Sunday December 15 Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Confessions at 9:00 AM
Sunday December 22 Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Confessions at 9:00 AM
Tuesday December 24 Compline/Matins 4:00 PM Christmas Eve (no confession)
Wednesday December 25 Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
Sunday December 29 Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Fr. Mark Sherman, Celebrant
Saturday January 4 No Great Vespers
Sunday January 5 Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Great Blessing of Waters (no confession)
If you would like to contribute towards the purchase of poinsettias to beautify our sanctuary for the upcoming Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, please complete the form below and indicate whether your gracious donation is in memory or in honor of a loved one. Including the name(s) of those remembered allows us to include them on our prayer list.
Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Paid:______CASH ________CHECK AMOUNT:______________________
(Make checks payable to the St. Mark Women's Group - suggested donation is $20)
In Memory of:
In Honor of:
Please give this form and your donation by: Sunday, December 15th to Jen, Mina or Cece
Thank you for your generosity! God Bless!
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
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
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!