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, July 28 - Apostles Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas of the Seventy | The Holy Relics of St. Panteleimon will be present for veneration, and a short service for the sick will follow the Holy Liturgy, with the anointing of Holy Oil - this anointing is open to everyone, Orthodox or Non-Orthodox. 

 

(Readings: Luke 24:36-53, Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8)

Saints Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas, Apostles of the Seventy were among the first deacons in the Church of Christ. In the Acts of the Holy Apostles (6:1-6) it is said that the twelve Apostles chose seven men: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and appointed them to serve as deacons. They are commemorated together on July 28, although they died at various times and in various places.

 

At first, Saint Procorus accompanied the holy Apostle Peter, who made him bishop in the city of Nicomedia. After the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, Prochorus was a companion and coworker of the holy Apostle John the Theologian and was banished with him to the island of Patmos. There he wrote down the Book of Revelation concerning the final fate of the world. Upon returning to Nicomedia, Saint Prochorus converted pagans to Christ in the city of Antioch, where he suffered martyrdom. 

 

Third Hour at 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am | Fr. John T. Bacon Celebrant | Gina Choir Director | Dan B. and Julie S. Coffe Hour Hosts

 

Wednesday, July 31: Forefeast Procession of the Lifegiving Cross | Deadline to sign-up for the Summer Church School Day on Saturday, August 3. Please see the "Church School" tab on the website for details about the Summer Church School Day. 

 

Church Cleaner for the month of August: Laura G.

 

Thursday, August 1: Beginning of the Dormition Fast & Blessing of Waters (Wine & Oil)

 

Saturday, August 3: Summer Church School Day! Beginning at 9:30 am at St. Mark | Confession at 5:00 PM - Great Vespers at 6:00 PM

 

Sunday, August 4:  Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, Martyr Eudoxia of PersiaThird Hour at 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am - Celebrant to be determined, Gina M. Choir Director | Catherine C. Coffee Hour (Lenten Coffee Hour) | Summer Church School Presentation 

 

Tuesday, August 6: Transfiguration of our Lord (Fish, Wine & Oil) - Readings: Exodus 24:12-18, Composite 15 - Exodus 33:11-23; 34:4-6, 8, Composite 23-3 [1] Kings 19:3-9, 11-13, 15, 16, Luke 9:28-36, 1 Corinthians 10:5-12, Matthew 16:6-12, 2 Peter 1:10-19, Matthew 17:1-9

 

Sunday, August 11: Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus of Catania - Blessing of the Fruit | Third Hour at 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am - Fr. John T. Bacon Celebrant, Gina M. Choir Director | John & Amy R. Coffee Hour (Lenten Coffee Hour)

 

Thursday, August 15: Dormition Most-Holy Theotokos - Readings: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11, Luke 1:39-49, 56, 1 Corinthians 14:6-19, Matthew 20:17-28, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

 

Sunday, August 18: Martyrs Florus and Laurus, Ven. John of Rila - Afterfeast of the Dormition, including Sunday Readings | Third Hour at 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am | Celebrant to be determined, Jen P. Choir Director | Laura G. Coffee Hour Host

 

Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 pm - Parish Council Meeting

 

Sunday, August 25: Relics of the Apostle Bartholomew, Apostle Tutus of the Seventy - Third Hour at 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am | Celebrant Fr. John T. Bacon, Laura G. Choir Director | Andrew D. Coffee Hour

 

Saturday, August 31 - Membership Diocesan Dues Due Date- pledge forms are available on the prayer table in the narthex and were sent out by email. If you need a pledge form sent to you, please write Catherine Condrick at catherinecondrick@yahoo.com. Thank you!

 

 

Summer Church School Day

Saturday, August 3 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 4th, 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. If you would like to send a card to a parishioner and do not have their address, please contact Catherine Condrick at catherinecondrick@yahoo.com.

 

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

 

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