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+Bishop ANTOUN Khouri
of Thrice-Blessed Memory
Bishop Antoun was born Antoun Yssa Khouri on January 17, 1931, in Damascus, Syria. At the age of fourteen, he entered seminary at Balamand Monastery in Lebanon, where he met and befriended Philip Saliba, the future Metropolitan of North America. He received his diploma in theology from the Balamand Seminary.
On October 28, 1951, Antoun was ordained a deacon by Patriarch Alexander III at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Damascus. Upon graduation from Assiyat Orthodox College in 1957, he was assigned to the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Brazil. In 1959 he came to the United States to pursue a Master of Divinity at St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary, from which he graduated in 1962. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1960, by Metropolitan Antony (Bashir), and was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) on August 3, 1969.
Fr. Antoun was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on January 9, 1983, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, where he served as pastor. His consecrating bishops included Metropolitan Philip, Archbishop Michael (Shaheen), and Metropolitan Antonios (Chedraoui).
Bishop Antoun served as a beloved pastor and educator in many settings, including St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, New York, St. George Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
St. George Church in Toronto, Ontario, St. George Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania; and St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York.
His smile is unforgettable. His love for Christ and the Church never wavered until his last breath on Monday, October 2, 2017.
May the memory of our beloved Bishop Antoun be eternal!
Rest well, Sayidna.
(reprinted from the funeral service program printed at
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Coral Gables, Florida)
ANNOUNCING THE VISIT OF HIS BEATITUDE,
PATRIARCH JOHN X TO THE U.S., OCT. 21-31, 2017
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Metropolitan and Archbishop of New York, is pleased to announce the visit of His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, to the U.S., October 21-31, 2017.
The purpose of the visit is to meet with leadership of the UN as well as members of the current U.S. Administration to: 1) promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, 2) highlight the current humanitarian crisis, and, 3) discuss the future of Christians in Syria and the Middle East. He is also an honored guest at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit, October 24-26, titled:
American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East.
His Beatitude has grown increasingly concerned over the last six years as the situation in Syria has worsened. One of the key goals of his visit is to ensure that U.S. and International decision-makers understand that the Antiochian Patriarchate represents a strong network of Christian churches in Syria and the Middle East, and that this is a constituency which is committed to peace. As an historic and highly regarded institution in the Middle East, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church can contribute to a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.
Another one of His Beatitude’s goals will be to highlight the very effective humanitarian arm of the Patriarchate, the Department of Ecumenical Relationships and Development (DERD). DERD is the largest independent local NGO operating inside Syria and like the Patriarchate, is completely independent of government involvement. DERD seeks to: “offer help to those who are in dire need, ensuring that efforts are made to provide service to all, to spread the spirit of humanity, justice, tranquility and peace among those affected, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.”
While there has been tremendous media interest in the Syrian Refugees (which number approximately 2.5 million), the situation is even more dire within Syria. The UN estimates that there are currently 6.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) inside of Syria with more than half of those being children. It is this population which DERD seeks to reach. DERD now ministers to approximately 3 million Syrians annually, and seeks to go and have mercy, as did the Good Samaritan. In that spirit, almost 90% of those it serves are of the Muslim faith.
Information on scheduling and liturgical services at which His Beatitude will be presiding will be available shortly. For questions regarding the visit of His Beatitude, Patriarch John X or for press inquiries, contact: Sonia Tower at:
STower@antiochian.org or (212) 308-3696.
OCTOBER is PLEDGE Month
This is the twelfth year of our formal (pledge card) Stewardship effort at St. Michael’s. Our pledges show commitment and help maintain our fiscal health. Through your generosity, we have been able to shrink our mortgage from $736,600 to $170,026.
Our pledges support the entire budget of our church which includes both day to day expenses (salaries, lights, heat, grass-mowing, etc.) and the mortgage payment. Our average monthly expenses are $23,000, which includes $4,400 for the Mortgage payment.
Pledge packets will be mailed next week. Please be generous and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Thank you.
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(A slightly deeper look into our score’s worth of Pledge Program years reveals some real changes over that time in the context of our giving. As is the cross-denominational national trend, participation in “organized” religion is decreasing. One way that trend is reflected here at Saint Michael’s is that when we first utilized the Pledge Card Program, 120 pledges were returned. For 2017 that number had shrunk to 70. One need not be a trained statistician to understand that that affects the financial management side of our church’s life. The term “sacrificial giving” takes on a different meaning than compared to those days. A simpler example could be that “back then” our budget was usually balanced (same ‘in’ as ‘out’). This year we are projecting the expending of $23,000 more than we will receive.)
St. Michael’s Financial Summary Year to Date as of August 31, 2017
This YearLast YearBudget
Income $143,448.82 $166,747.74 $166,796.64
Expenses $172,432.35 $181,963.46 $188,122.48
Net Income/ (Loss) $(28,983.53) $(15,215.72) $(21,325.84)
(This report is a summary of our financial position through the month of August. Updated Monthly Financial Summary Reports will appear in the bulletin. Questions may be addressed to Treasurer Christian Sam or Assistant Treasurer Jeff Curry.)
(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)
FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.
There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.
ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS
His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE
Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13
Rock Zone—Jill & Anthony Crowe Bell Corner—Sara Armanious Hedge Wall— Main Entance Left—Christine Mansour, Carolyn Hill Main Entrance Right—Barli Ross “Cornerstone Sign Wall—Tom Sproch Holy Cross Wall—the Wetzel family Main Church Sign and Tree—Diana Lammert Fellowship Hall Entrance Left—Stephanie & Ted Zarras Fellowship Hall Entrance Right—Ted & Stephanie Zarras The Hedge Wall - Rick Shaheen Family
The next meeting of AMEN is Saturday, October 28that Bean & Baguette, 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.
The AntiochianMEN will be setting up shop at the:
Jeannette Business Association Ethnic Food and Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Clay Avenue (400-500 block) and 5th Street,
Downtown Jeannette (rain plan is in the American Legion)
The fun includes: ethnic foods, scarecrow contest, pumpkin painting, crafters, Art on the Avenue, gift card raffle, 50/50, music by DJ Danny Cooper
Our men will be selling: lamb shish-kabob, grape leaves, Syrian bread, kibbee, baklawa & hummus
Ina Abraham Camp Scholarship Fund Card Party
11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 18
Mark Your Calendars. (More details later.)
Thanks for noticing the large, goldenrod, “Fellowship Hour” sign-up sheets...
Please take a moment and sign up for a future coffee hour date (and mark it in your calendar). Fellowship Hour is an important time for us to get together each week after Divine Liturgy to socialize and get to know each other better.
Coffee is provided. You provide the refreshments, such as fruit, pastries, nuts, candy, etc., and, very importantly, the clean-up afterwards. Thank you for your participation. We appreciate all those who have just signed up!
To contribute to disaster relief around the world and to have your donation dollars increased sevenfold,
You are now able to purchase gift cards through Great Lakes Scrips and St. Michael’s earns money on every gift card purchased. You can purchase gift cards for your everyday shopping like gas, groceries and eating out, as well as giving the cards as birthday or Christmas gifts.
Some of the gift cards available are: Giant Eagle, Dicks Sporting Goods, Macy's, Texas Road House, Panera Bread, Sheetz, Dunkin Donuts, Starbuck’s, Old Navy, Chipotle, Red Robin, Eat n Park, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wendy’s, Subway, Olive Garden, Denny’s, IHOP, GFS, Visa Gift Card, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and many more! Go to http://www.shopwithscrip.com to review the complete list of retailers.
We submit everyone’s orders together to Great Lakes. The gift cards will arrive to the Church anywhere from 7-10 days after an order is placed. We will notify you when they are available for pick-up in the office. You do not have to order each time. You choose the order dates that work best for you.
Our first gift card order will be placed next Sunday, October 15th after Divine Liturgy. Bring your check book to pay for your gift cards (checks need to be made out to St. Michael’s). Payment must be made when you order. Thank you for supporting St. Michael’s and Happy Shopping!
Those who attend our “Food on the Hill” luncheon are also the same people who make use of the generous donations made to “Caleb’s Cupboard,” (which is located at the front entrance of the church). If everyone brought in one item of canned food, or a paper or hygiene product, it would keep Caleb’s Cupboard full so that there is something for those who attend “Food on the Hill” each month. The participants are most grateful for the continuous generosity of food, fellowship and donations. Thank you to the parishioners who consistently give of their time, their culinary skills, their financial and material donations to make these ministries possible.
"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!
We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.
The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.
Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)
I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities
It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.
One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.
For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit www.iocc.org.
Please CLICK HERE for the form to provide us with your information. Or, see the form on the new back page of the weekly bulletin. We want to serve you better and we need your help. Please understand that we will protect yur privacy from the standpoint of the church. We will not show or distribute your email address!
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You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.
At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”
Please remember that Holy Communionis reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.
Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to…
...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.
...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).
...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).