Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sat. Dec. 25 9 AM Christmas Liturgy NO meal after and NO Saturday vespers in the evening
Sun. Dec. 26 10 AM Liturgy-- NO Matins preceding, Lunch as usual after.
Fr. Lawrence will be leaving immediately after Sunday liturgy for vacation.
Wed. Dec. 29 7 pm Deacon's vespers
and New Year's Day Sat. Jan 1st, 6:30 pm Deacon's vespers
Fr. Lawrence will return for Jan. 2nd Sunday Matins & Liturgy
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Cards would be ordered in advance and available for pick-up or distribution on Sunday December 19.
The price for individual cards is $3.50 or 5 for $15.00 (excluding the oversized card). $2.50 from the sale of each card will be donated back to the church for youth events, such as the Winter Retreat. The remaining funds will cover the cost of materials and time.
There are 6 styles to choose from. All cards are made with paper obtained from an environmentally sustainable paper mill and prices include envelopes. Photos can be mounted on red or green cardstock for an additional 25c/card (or $1.00 flat fee for groups of 5).
Many thanks for your participation in this fundraising initiative. Please feel free to speak to me directly if you wish to place an order or email us before Friday December 17.
Love in Christ, Peter & Macrina Hall
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Father John Bingham is collecting used Orthodox books for one of his parishioners who owns a used book store. The man and his wife are going through a rough spell financially; the wife recently hit a moose while driving and their car was totaled. Insurance did not cover the damage and in addition to that, the wife had to stop working to undergo surgery and will be off for recovery and rehabilitation.
The book store business is slow. Father John is hoping that as well as making Orthodox reading material available to the public through the book store, the proceeds will help to provide a bit of additional income to this struggling couple.
If anyone has any used Orthodox books that they are no longer reading or using as reference, or second copies of good Orthodox books that they would like to donate, please give them to Hannah Pryadko to send to Father John. They will be sent out the first or second week of December. Thanks so much.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday Nov. 28th-- 2 pm baby shower to welcome baby Meredith at Ana W's
Wednesday Dec. 1st-- 7 pm Bp. Irenee is with us for vespers & coffee time. Please bring some finger food!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Meanwhile, this Sunday is the last day before Advent-- time to use up all your non-fasting food!
Details are found on your liturgical calendar at home and in the November bulletin available in the church narthex.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Very Rev. John Behr, Professor of Patristics, St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York
WED. OCT. 27TH AT 7:30 P.M.
IN THE NW AUDITORIUM AT TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
SPONSORED BY THE CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN INTERPRETATION, RELIGION AND CULTURE
AND BY THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT AT TWU.
- The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 2006). 186 pp.
- The Nicene Faith, vol. 2 of The Formation of Christian Theology (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 2004). 2 vols in paper; single hardcover volume 580 pp.
- The Way to Nicaea, vol. 1 of The Formation of Christian Theology (Crestwood: SVS Press, 2001). 261 pp
Thursday, October 14, 2010
When: Sunday, November 28th
Where: Ana Wright's house
What: please bring something edible to share - remember it will be the Advent fast.
Also - I am collecting money for a stroller so if you are so inclined you are welcome to give your stoller donation to me any Sunday between now and November 21st.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Some of you were present at vespers on Wednesday when we prayed about this matter, along with various other requests for particular needs, as we do every vespers. At that time, Fr. Lawrence gave a brief message prepared by him with help from Dn. Kurt and Dn. Greg. Several people have since asked for a copy, so it is now being posted here. You will find that Fr. Justin has also posted a helpful message on the St. John's blog.
No doubt most of you will have heard about the allegations made about our Archbishop in the media. Regarding this situation, I would like to say the following:
1. The first thing to remember is that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is the true head of our Church, not Archbishop Seraphim or Fr. Lawrence or anyone else. As such, we continually look to Him for support. As the Scripture says, the joy of the Lord is our strength.
2. The archdiocese is currently in the capable and loving hands of Vladika Irenee, who has been given the task of being the Administrator of the Archdiocese for the present time. He has been at our church, and we have already experienced his pastoral care.
3. The clergy of the Archdiocese, to the best of my knowledge, do not know anything beyond what they have read in the media and on the official OCA website. We found out about this situation when everyone else did.
4. The Archbishop has not been charged yet with anything. Certain allegations have been made, but to date, no charges have been laid.
5. The Church is cooperating with the police, and is also conducting its own investigation, as mandated in its Policies, Standards and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct.
6. The early date of the alleged offence has no moral significance for the question one way or the other--the passage of time in itself does not lessen any offence.
7. The sacramental acts done by any cleric are not dependent upon his moral state--any baptisms or ordinations done by the Archbishop will remain valid regardless.
8. The proper response to the situation is prayer for all concerned, not speculation.
It is tempting to cope with the situation by talking endlessly about anticipated or feared outcomes.
The hardest thing is to simply wait and pray. But we must not let either any love for our Archbishop on the one hand, or any sense of moral indignation regarding the alleged offence on the other, dislodge us from our posture of prayer. We do not know the events of the past, or the outcomes of the future. All we know is that we are all in the hands of God.
All my love in the Lord,
Monday, October 04, 2010
Please bring your harvest bounty (on Saturday night or early before liturgy) to decorate the temple and be blessed with holy water.
Monday, September 20, 2010
On Sunday, November 28th the church women will gather at Ana Wright's house at 2:00pm for a baby shower for the newest little Bishop. Robyn is due at at the end of October/beginning of November so by then the wee one will have arrived.
Robyn has advised that she and Ryan need a stroller. So if you would like to contribute towards the stroller please let me know. I'm away from church for the next 2 weeks but after that I will collect money for and then buy the stroller.
Feel free to do your own gift as well!
Feel free to bring some snacky foods for us all to share while we ooh and ahh over the baby!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Please see the info on the archdiocesan website:
(nb. the Holy Resurrection website says the service will be held at Saturdy vespers and at Sunday liturgy, but I gather from HE's message that perhaps there was some sort of delay, and now there will be a service held Sunday evening at 6 pm. I am also told that Fr. Michael hopes to have English as well as Slavonic used in the service.) --- Mat. Donna
I am writing to tell you that the Relics of the Holy Prince Vladimir of Kyiv are in Holy Resurrection Sobor this week-end. An Akathist will be served there Sunday evening at 1800 hrs. You are all welcome.
I am sorry for short notice. We could not tell until the last minute when and how the Relics would come from the Kyiv Caves, and we had to devise our agenda at the last minute.
Love in Christ,
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Vladika Seraphim will be with us to visit on Sunday, and one of our readers will be ordained to the subdiaconate. (I don't know if he wants a fuss made, so I am not posting his name just now. :-)
There will be NO matins, and instead we will formally greet the bishop upon his arrival at 9:30 AM
It would be wise to arrive well -before- 9:30 if you can. Also, please remember to bring a little extra food as these visits always draw attendance from beyond the parish. As a monk of course Vladika does not eat meat, so cheese, eggs and fish will not go amiss. Plenty of green veggies are also good for his health.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Also, I was thinking of canvasing the community to see if anyone was likewise interested in putting together a regular Sit 'n' Stich. Imagine if you will, a cozy room with comfy chairs, fire roaring in the corner, steaming cups of tea and coffee and hot chocolate grouped on a coffee table, and mountains of yarn and fabric creations gracing the laps of a small collection of individuals who have gathere for a common interest: creating with their hands something not only functional, but beautiful! This kind of get-together would provide a neat opportunity for getting to know people with whom we might not otherwise socialize. Since there are a LOT of knitters and crocheters and quilters and other crafty gals in our ever growing community, this would be a great excuse to get together semi-regularly... not to mention get those projects done!!
For those who don't have specific projects in mind, there is also the possibility of gathering a collection of hand-made scarves, hats and mitts to contribute to the Diakonia, and keep warm the bodies of those who will suffer in the cold and wet this coming winter.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A friend at work knows the family well and has given me their names that our church and wider community might remember them in prayer. The family's name is Delesalle, and the mother (who is likely particularly distressed at this time) is named Patricia. They have two other children.
The funeral for the young girl was today.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The Beheading of St John the Baptist, a Feast day established by the Church, is also a strict fast day because of the grief of Christians at the violent death of the saint. In some Orthodox cultures pious people will not eat food from a flat plate, use a knife, or eat food that is round in shape on this day.
Please remember to bring only strictly lenten food to church this Sunday-- no meat, fish, eggs or dairy.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Dear brothers and sisters;
Macrina Lewis has passed on her deepest gratitude to all of you at St Herman's, for the card and generousity her family received.
Her husband Christopher is done with his three (!) surgeries on his leg and is mending- he's nearing the end of a very fragile 10-day resting time following the final surgery.
From one of Macrina's emails:
"...But I did get loud and clear that this was a VERY complex break, with bits and pieces 2.5" away from where they should have been. And [the doctor's] impression on opening it all up was that he's rarely seen an injury like that. The upshot of his brief report was that the knee is now "mechanically sound" and that his part went smoothly. He also reiterated that it will be 12 weeks of non-weight-bearing, with some exercising of the knee after about 3-4 weeks."
Please keep them in your prayers, and thanks for your love.
(PS given it's after sunset... Blessed Feast Day to you all!)
Friday, August 06, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
....with the Blessing of Grapes and other summer fruit harvest, so please remember to bring these with you!
Fast from noon in preparation for receiving communion tonight.
Also fish will be permitted at the festal meal afterward, as we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord tonight on the eve of the Feast.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
reposting to bring this to the top-- not sure if anyone has volunteered yet? MatD
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
See you at church, and may your fast be blessed.