March 29, 2015: Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt (Mar. 16 on Orthodox calendar)
• PARISH NEWS
Final Call: Our Annual General Parish Meeting will be held today, March 29, after the Divine Liturgy. Those who wish to participate should be current in your obligations, having communed and confessed at least once in the past year, and up to date on your parish dues.
Children’s Communion and Communion Breakfast is today. We thank the mothers who put together the Children’s Lenten Retreat yesterday; we had a record number of children this year.
We thank Greg Romanovsky for all the work he did on the church hall downstairs (it was a lot!); the work is ongoing, but it will be beautiful – we hope to have it ready for Pascha. We also thank Maria Peavy, Mary Madzik, and all the ladies who prepared the Fellowship Hour for the Lenten Vespers last Sunday.
Please look for pussy willows when they bloom and save them for Palm Sunday—we need them by this coming Saturday! The collection box in the middle of the church is for flowers for the Plaschanitsa and Pascha (only two weeks away!); please give a little each Sunday.
April Bulletins with schedule for Holy Week and Pascha are now available.
• UPCOMING SERVICES
Presanctified Liturgy at 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 1. (This will be the final Presanctified service at St. Nicholas this year.)
Palm Sunday is next week:
- Vigil with Litya and blessing of palms (and pussy willows) at 5 pm on Saturday 4 April. Please being your contributions of pussy willows to church before then.
- Divine Liturgy for the Feast at the usual time, at 10 am, on Sunday, April 5.
- We shall take the annual collection for the Russian Spiritual Mission in the Holy Land.
- Fish, wine and oil are permitted next Sunday for the sake of the Feast.
Feast of the Annunciation is also next week:
- Vigil with Great Compline and Litya at 6:30 pm on Monday, April 6.
- Vesperal Divine Liturgy at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 7.
Holy Unction in Nyack, served by Bishop Nicholas, at 4 pm next Sunday, April 5. Holy Unction here at St Nicholas will be at 6:30 pm on Holy Wednesday, April 8.
Please see the special Schedule of Services for Holy Week and Pascha as posted in your April Bulletin, and also at the Candle Desk.
It is now Lent, we eat no meat (or chicken!), fish, eggs or dairy until Pascha, Sunday, April 15; wine and oil permitted on Saturdays and Sundays.
Exceptions: Fish, wine and oil are permitted on Palm Sunday next week. Wine and oil are permitted on Annunciation (April 7), but not fish, since the feast occurs during Holy Week this year.
Name days: Today – St Mary of Egypt; Wednesday, April 1 – Martyr Daria. Many Years to Mary Coroneos, Maria Curran, Maria Hancin, Mary Madzik, Maria Peavy, Daria Shurba, and Daria Sipyeykina.
Eternal Memory to Mary Colello, whose Fortieth Day is today; we shall serve a Pannychida for her after the Liturgy.