We will celebrate All Saints Day, which is November 1, on the Sunday within the Octave, November 6. As has been our custom, at Coffee Hour that day, instead of “Ask Abouna”, we will have a time of sharing the stories of the saints. Please come prepared to tell about your patron or a favorite saint. Costumes and/or “props” are welcomed!
We will observe All Souls Day on the Eve, November 1 with Vespers of the Departed at 7:15PM and a Requiem Mass at 7:30 followed by a pot-luck supper. Please give Fr. Nicholas the names of loved ones that you wish to have remembered at this Mass.
We have now completed the assembly of clean-up buckets for International Orthodox Christian Charities. This project proved to be more difficult than the health kits we had assembled in the past, but they are now ready to be sent to flood-ravaged areas of our country. Thanks to all who participated in this project.
When we are finally able to be in our church permanently, there are several areas of parish life – “behind the scenes” work – for which more volunteers will be needed. Another bread maker would be helpful (to bake the antidoron loaf and priests’ and peoples’ hosts from a set recipe); someone to help with the care of altar linens (washing, some by hand, and ironing, tasks which could be done at the church or at home); someone to mark the Psalms in the Office books, set out candles and other ways of preparing the chapel for worship; and more volunteers to help with building and yard maintenance. Please consider how you may help with any of these volunteer opportunities.
On Sunday, November 27, we will have come full circle in the Western liturgical year and will begin another year with the season of Advent. During this time of fasting, we prepare our hearts again for the celebration of the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Read the full November newsletter here.