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Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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Our mission...

...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources

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Dear Parishioners of St. Michael's,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

My condolences to all of you as we continue to mourn the loss of our father and Metropolitan PHILIP. May his memory be eternal.

His Beatitude, JOHN, Patriarch of Antioch has appointed Metropolitan SILOUAN, of Buenos Aires and All Argentina as Patriarchal Vicar for our Archdiocese. As such, Metropolitan SILOUAN will lead us through the transition from the 48 year Arch-Episcopacy of Metropolitan PHILIP to our participation in the determination of our late Metropolitan's successor.


 

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 Communion is 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).


 

If “Confession is good for the soul,” then

early Confession might be great for the soul.

“My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping?...
Destruction hangs over you...”

(from the kontakion of the Canon of St. Andrew,
prayed during week one of the Fast)

In our experience of Great Lent over the years, it may not be destruction that we have found hanging over us as much as the impending Confession that we know we will make before the arrival of Great and Holy Pascha. While it is good that we eventually come and have our Confession heard (even when we have waited until the “last hour”), when we wait until the last we make our Confession a kind of high point of our entire Lenten experience. What could happen if we didn’t do that. What might happen if the “climax” of our Lenten endeavor that Confession can be were to be bumped up a few weeks earlier?

At the very least, early arrival might open up a spot in the Confessional late-lent-line for a person who has not usually participated in the Sacrament, making use of the long-line excuse with which we have supplied them. At the very most, we might find our whole Lenten experience transformed, by God’s grace, from an automatic thing Ido each year which ends in Confession to a miracle Goddoes in me which begins with Confession.

Give God a better shot at miracle-working in you. Come to Confession early.

 


Church School Meeting Produces Activity Calendar

Sunday, April 13, 2:00 PM - Field trip to the Palace Theatre for the musical, “Children of Eden”

Sunday, April 26, 6:00 PM - Movie Night - Disney’s “Frozen”


Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13

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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.

Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.

In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.

In 1984, Metr. Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.

On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dcn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida (near St. Petersburg).

Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.

Bp. Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, Bp. Thomas was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University.  His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.

His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars, Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians and  An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox ChristiansHe also co-authored The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America.

In 2006, the Church of St. George in Charleston, West Virginia, purchased a chancery for the diocese, and in October of that year was elevated to a cathedral, thus adding another see to the diocese and renaming it to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.

His Grace's residence is at the diocesan chancery in Charleston.

In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bp. Thomas also served as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011.  Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Philip in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Christian Education Department, the Youth Department and the Antiochian House of Studies.

Since 2011, he has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

Bishop Thomas's namesday is October 6 (Thomas the Apostle of the Twelve).


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3 DAY CALENDAR
Thursday, April 17th
**HOLY WEEK**
GREAT and HOLY
9:00am Divine Liturgy of the Institution of Holy Communion
6:30pm Washing of the Feet
7:00pm Matins with 12 Gospels
Friday, April 18th
**HOLY WEEK**
GREAT and HOLY
9:00am Royal Hours
3:00pm Great Vespers
     Taking Down from the Cross
   Vigil at the Tomb of Christ begins
7:00pm Matins with Lamentations at the Tomb
10:30pm Full Lamentations
Saturday, April 19th
**HOLY WEEK**
GREAT and HOLY
8:00am ?CHRISTMATIONS? (Maybe)
9:00am Divine Liturgyof Descent into Hades with 15 Old Testament Readings
10:30pm Nocturne, Rush, Matins and Divine Liturgy of the Resurection of Our Lord aqnd Savior Jesus Christ
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On April 1st, the Men’s Fellowship will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!

April's "Food on the Hill" will be on April 1st!

Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis (724-237-2064) or Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443).

 


Spring Cleaning is Just around the Corner
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A Happy New Year's Eve Diner and Dance
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Additional Bread Makers and Greeters are needed. Please contact the office if you would like to serve on either team. Neither task is difficult; “mentors” are available!


BREAD COMMEMORATION

Secretary Debbie is working on the 2014 schedule for Holy Bread offerings. If you know of any specific date for which you might want to offer the commemoration, please notify her as soon as possible so changes/additions can be made before the schedule is printed. Also, we could use additional bread (and wheat) makers!


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March 23rd Attendance

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AHOY, WEB-MATES!


It’s now a little less treacherous to navigate the Internet seas to our website and discover what’s happening at St. Michael’s! Set your course to a simplified  ‘www.stmgbg.org’ and “Land-ho,” you are on our shores! “Argh,” to ’Skipper’ Ed Sam, Jr. for pacifying the web waters for us internet salty dogs, virgin voyagers and Landlubbers alike!


Vacation Bible School 2013

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2011 Graduates
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