THIS WEEK, NOVEMBER 9, 2014: SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE CROSS. COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLY MARTYRS ONESIPHORUS AND PORPHYRY AND OF OUR VENERABLE MOTHER MATRONA. 9:00 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY: + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + HENRY A. ELMER, JR. by George & Jeanne Harraka. CHARLES SLEMON by George & Jeanne Harraka. WILLIAM BAKER (24thAnniv.) by Caroline St. Germain& Family. WILLIAM T. ASERMELY by Dr. & Mrs. Gaglione& Family. DOLORES SABA NASSIMOS by Archdeacon George & Violet Yany. ANITA & JOSEPH BRULE by the Family. GEORGE MATOOK by Hon. Thomas Lazieh& Sons. JAY PAUL by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Biswa N. Paul. ROSE B. KAHLA by her brother, George Kahla. MARY & MICHAEL L. KOUSSA, SR. by the Family. KIM A. (NASSANEY) by Mrs. Alice Azar & Family. PHILIP P. CIMINI by George & Jeanne Harraka JOSEPH R. MARDO by M/M Wayne Koury. ROBERT KOURY by M/M Wayne Archambo. VIOLET MARCOTTE by M/M Justin Boudjouk. DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE HANNA E. HANNA FAMILY by their loved ones. 11:15 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY: + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + JAY PAUL by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Biswa N. Paul. VICTOR RAMLA by the Family. MEAGHAN MELLO by Margaret Sabbagh. ABDUL-MASEEH KARRAZ by Joe & Yolanda Saggal. SALIM ABSI by Khalil Faddoul& Family. JEAN LOZE by M/M Paul &ChirinAshkar& Family. JACQUELINE (BATCH) BAZERJI (Aleppo, Syria) by M/M Albert Kishfy& Family. LOUIS M. PETERS by Mrs. Lydia Deeb. JULIA & FRED KISHFY by the Family. VIOLET CANDJON by Thomas Valentino. AGNES (PETERS) HAYEK by Danielle& AmandaWaye. NEZHA KAYAL (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) by M/M Samir Boudjouk& Family. HATEM AL-ONAINI (Marra, Syria )by Riad&SouhairKhoury. PETER MASHATA by Eugenie, Shakib&Mary Mashata. BAHJAT KHOURY (Marra, Syria) by Kathleen Koury SAMUEL SABBAGH by M/M Samir Boudjouk. RAYMOND SAGGAL (Australia) by Francis & Joseph Saggal, their children & Families. MICHAEL PATRICK LEFRANCOIS III by Joseph & Tina Stonbely& Family. MARY V. SARKAS by Douglas & Jeanne Allam. LINA WARD (Valencia, Venezuela) by Ms.VickyBoudjouk. MARJORIE & ANTHONY TAGER by the Family. HOLY & FORGOTTEN SOULS IN PURGATORY by M/M Joseph Saggal. SACRIFICIAL GIVING: November 2, 2014:Budgets: $3,323.00 (Env-3,231.00, Loose Cash $92.00)Candles: $92.00; Building Fund: $115.00;Stipends: $450.00 (Liturgies, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, & any other Church related services will be lumped into one sum and not listed as Stole Offerings each week. It will be explained at the Parish Council Meeting since book keeping methods have been changed by our Financial Officer to conform to Diocesan policy.)Adit’lMelkite Support: $90.00;Cemetery: $853.00. Last year’s: Budgets:$3,759.00;Candles: $66.00;Building Fund: $60.00;Addit’lMelkiteSupport: $232.00; Addit’lReligious Education: $60.00. Stipends: $350.00; Cemetery: $837.00; Addit’l Fuel: $56.00. At a time when world-wide inflation has placed a terrible burden on most people, particularly the poor, we would prefer to refrain from mentioning finances. However, we would be neglectful of our duty if we did not tell you that your Church is affected by inflation too. Please let your contributions be a measure of your thanks for the gifts God has given you. VOCATION VIEW: Paul urges Christians readers to live a life of communion in mutual love, in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and encourage possible candidates. NEXT WEEK, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014: EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER THE CROSS. COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLY AND ILLUSTRIOUS APOSTLE MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST. 9:00 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY: + MICHAEL MASSUD by Richard & Christine Barrett and Daughters. + ANTHONY D. ASERMELLY (19th Anniv.) by his mother Mrs. Jean Asermelly& Family. + LAWRENCE R. MOON (30th Anniv.) by his children and grandchildren. + JOSEPH G. BRULE by Mrs. Mary Sackal, Janice & Paul. + DOLORES SABA NASSIMOS by Joe & Connie Fayan. + NAJEEB & MARY NASSIMOS by Archdeacon George & Violet Yany. + PHILIP P. CIMINI by Zaky& Lillian Nassaney. + JAY PAUL by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Biswa N. Paul. + ROSE B. KAHLA by her brother Mr. George Kahla. + WILLIAM T. ASERMELY by his wife Mary Ann Asermely. + CHARLES SLEMON by Hon. Thomas Lazieh& Sons. + MARY & MICHAEL L. KOUSSA, SR. by the Family. + JOSEPH R. MARDO by M/M William Coyle. + KIM A. (NASSANEY) CULPAN by Anthony & Jayne Mardo. + VIOLET MARCOTTE by Deacon Edmond & Terri Raheb. + GEORGE MATOOK by Alberta Mardo. + CHRISTOPHER HAKEEM by the Hakeem Family. + LOREEN HAKEEM by the Hakeem Family. + CLAUDE RICHARD by the Hakeem Family. + GEORGE HADDAD by the Hakeem Family. + DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE HANNA E. HANNA FAMILY by their loved ones. 11:15 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY: + GEORGE BSHARA (Syria) by Neil & Yolanda Karraz. + NEZHA KAYAL (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) by M/M Jeffrey Boudjouk&Family. + LINA WARD (Valencia, Venezuela) by George &KawsarBoudjouk& Family. + VICTOR RAMLA by the Family. + GHANIE HAYEK (Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela) by M/M Samir Boudjouk& Family. + TONY GUERRA by Dn. Dr. & Mrs. Gilbert Altongy. + RICHARD BELISLE by Dn. Dr. & Mrs. Gilbert Altongy. + SALIM ABSI by Josephine Antoine Killizli. + JACQUELINE (BATCH) BAZERJI (Aleppo, Syria) by M/M Craig Kishfy& Family. + LOUIS M. PETERS by Samir &HanaaBoudjouk& Family. + JULIA & FRED KISHFY by the Family. + ROBERT KOURY by M/M Elias Deeb. + JEAN LOZE (Maracaibo,Venezuela) by M/M Leon Attarian& Family. + HATEM AL-ONAINI (Marra, Syria )by Michael &AfafAshkar. + PETER MASHATA by Eugenie, Shakib& Mary Mashata. + BAHJAT KHOURY (Marra, Syria) by Tony & Andree Charchafliah. + JAY PAUL by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Biswa N. Paul. + SAMUEL SABBAGH by M/M FaizAlbatal& Family. + RAYMOND SAGGAL (Australia) by Francis & Joseph Saggal, their children & Families. + MICHAEL PATRICK LEFRANCOIS III by M/M Joseph Stonbely& Family. + AGNES (PETERS) HAYEK by Delores &LoriannAgag. + + + + VIOLET CANDJON by Robert & Jeannette Voas. JAMES KARNEEB by Margaret Sabbagh. MARJORIE & ANTHONY TAGER by the Family. HOLY & FORGOTTEN SOULS IN PURGATORY by M/M Joseph Saggal. St. Basil Church 2014 Liturgical Calendar Friday, November 21 st November, 22nd& 23rd Sunday, December 7 th Wednesday, December 31 st Bazaar Kickoff Sahra Annual Bazar St. Barbara Hafla after the 11:15 a.m. Liturgy New Year’s Eve Party VOCATIONS: Our Melkite Church in the U.S. is in need of Priests, Deacons, Monks& Nuns. First of all, pray to the Lord to send laborers for His Vineyard. Secondly, speak to your children about the positive aspects of giving themselves to the Church. Thirdly, encourage others whom you might feel have a calling. BAKING SESSIONS: Monday, November 17, 9:30 a.m. - Batlawa TODAY, November 9, 2014, there will be a special collection taken up for your FUEL OFFERINGS. Help defray the cost of heating the church, as prices escalate rapidly. We must remember that utilities are more than doubled in our new complex. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. PLEASE NOTE:Before making any ENGAGEMENT/BAPTISM/MARRIAGE/RECEPTION PLANS, please contact the Church in advance. We would rather not have you disappointed if you’ve already made commitments without checking our schedule first. THE BISHOP’S APPEALIf you have not already given, it’s not too late to send your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal. YOUR Melkite Church is counting on YOUR support. Show you love for our Melkite Church and offer your gratitude to God by giving a generous gift today. Every dollar you give will directly touch the lives of your Melkite brothers and sisters and help those who suffer the loss of homes and loved ones in the Middle East. Please respond with a generous heart to the call of our Father and Shepherd, Bishop Nicholas. Let’s have 100% of our parish contribute to the Bishop’s Appeal! Donation cards and envelopes are available in the narthex. NEW YORK CITY 1 DAY SHOPPING TRIP: Sponsored by St. Basil’s Bazaar Committee, Saturday, November 29 th, 2014. Depart from St. Basil’s Church at 7:00 a.m. and return at approximately 10:00 p.m. Enjoy the start of holiday shopping whether you’re looking to window shop, or catch a play, enjoy lunch or dinner, find it all on a Holiday visit to New York City! Seats are limited to 54; 1 st come basis. $49.99 per person. Sites include: Radio City Music Hall, Canal Street, Little Italy, 911 Memorial, and Macy’s! For more information, contact Joe Massud @ 508.802.7585. OUR LADY OF THE ANNUNCIATION MELKITE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL, 7 VFW PARKWAY, WEST ROXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS will sponsor a St. Barbara’s Feast Day Hafli on Saturday, December 6th, 2014featuring the very popular international singer, Yousef Shamoun& Ensemble. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and dinner served promptly at 8:00 p.m. Delicious Middle Eastern Dinner, entertainment & full cash bar. Tickets: $40; Children 12&Under: $20 Please Purchase your tickets in advance: GraciaSkaf: 617-470-8050; Denise Habib- Chairperson: 508-878-2420 or [email protected] SOCIAL COMMITTEE MEETING for St. Barbara’s Feast Day Celebration. A meeting will be heldthis Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center to discuss plans for the St. Barbara’s Feast Day Event to take place on Sunday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon following the 11:15 a.m. Liturgy. Please make an effort to attend this meeting as your help and input is appreciated. The Celebration was rescheduled to Sunday at noontime so that families and especially the children could attend to learn about their beautiful religious and social heritage and to continue this tradition for generations to come. For more information call: GeorgeannaDeckey, Chairperson, 401-723-3997; Bill Haddad, Co-Chairperson, 401354-4581; St. Basil’s Church Rectory, 401-722-1345. EVERYONE IS WELCOMED! – AHLAN WA SAHLAN! BLESS GOD WITH THE GIFTS WITH WHICH HE HAS BLESSED YOU! Those parishioners, who are not worshipping here each week or do not support your Parish on a regular and consistent basis, are really hurting your Parish physically, spiritually, socially, and financially. PARISHIONERS who miss Sunday attendance at Liturgy for several weeks are missed and unfortunately hurt themselves and the parish on many levels. Welcome Back to our parishioners who have been away. Your parish hopes that you will remember your responsibilities. USING CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES: Did you know that the money you contribute to the Church is tax-deductible? The envelope system that we use allows a statement to be generated at the end of the year, which you can submit when you are filing your taxes. It is provided as a service to you, for which we pay. Please take advantage of it; it is to your benefit to do so. Thank you kindly! A SPECIAL THANK YOUto those who voluntarily welcome visitors to our church by inviting them to the Cultural Center and/or sitting with them during Coffee Hour or inviting them to visit again. You are good apostles of & for our church! If, God-willing, our Parish grows, it will be because of these actions. May we all remember to be thankful for everything that we have and be always ready to display that gratitude honestly & fairly! THE ECONOMY: we fully understand that presently, some may be hurting financially, as your Parish is also. God sees all. We appreciate all that each really can do. Our faith in Him, Who told us to trust and test Him, could very well be the directive that we all need now and always. This is the reason that we are praying to Him for a solution to the economy of all of us. We also need to remind all of their love obligations to the church. STEWARDSHIP (AL WAQF) is our being entrusted by God with the gifts of the earth and of our church. We are all stewards: earthly caretakers and managers for the Lord. Our return of Time, Talent and Treasure to Him is our understanding of being good stewards of what is already His. BLESS GOD WITH THE GIFTS WITH WHICH HE HAS BLESSED YOU! OUR RESPONSE TO HIS GIFTS ATTENTION PARENTS: Unless there is a real physical situation, excessive extended trips by your children to the rest rooms during Liturgy is unnecessary and distracting. ENVELOPE USERS: It would be helpful to us if you could please check off the amount on the outside of the envelope. This will allow for more efficiency and accuracy in the recording of your budgets. Thank you kindly! Also, it has been observed that some people have forgotten to fill their budget envelopes with their offering (some sealed and others unsealed), and it is awkward to put us in this kind of position. We humbly ask you to be more careful in this regard. BULLETIN BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Church Bulletin Boards are not to be used for business or political advertisements. Only church related events are to be posted on the Bulletin Boards that have been approved by the Clergy. All organizations should clear dates with the Pastor for any events to ensure there is no conflict. BULLETIN NEWS DEADLINE: All organizations who wish to have news in the weekly parish bulletin, are asked to submit information no later than Sunday noon time to meet the publishing deadline for the following Sunday. 25 WEEK CLUB GRAND BANQUET, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2014: The winners and the ticket numbers of this major fundraiser were as follows: o o o o $250 Prize - John O’Neill (Member #: 434) $250 Prize - Vincent Soucar (Member #: 440) $500 Prize - Carol Danho (Member #: 388) $500 Prize - Bruce Balon (Member #: 444)… Bruce also gets the award for “most excited” winner! Congratulations and best wishes to them, and renewed thanks to all members who were aboard supporting us in these difficult economic times! FOXWOODS TRIP: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. Departs Church Parking Lot at 8:30 a.m., returns at 5:30 p.m. NEED 33 people. The cost is $21.00, which includes Buffet Coupon and $15.00 slot play. Kindly sign your name on the bulletin board sign-up sheet and send your check to Joan Ray, 45 Spencer Street, West Warwick, RI 02893. For more information, call Joan at 401.821.5958. Saint John Chrysostom was born in Antioch, Syria around the middle of the fourth century. His father was an officer in the Roman army and his mother a woman of devout faith. At the age of twenty he retired to the desert outside the city of Antioch for prayer and fasting and eventually became a monk. After seven years in the desert he was forced by failing health to return to Antioch in 381 and was ordained to the diaconate later that year. In 386, he was ordained to the priesthood and became what amounted to chancellor for the Archbishop of Antioch. In 397 upon the death of Nectarius, Archbishop of Constantinople, Saint John was elected as his successor and installed as Patriarch ofthe capital city of the Empire in 398. Saint John was critical of many superfluous concerns of the Church of Constantinople and redirected much of the wealth of the Church to assist the poor, establish monasteries, support hospitals and house the homeless. Through his preaching, Saint John won for himself the Empress Eudoxia as a violent enemy. She was disturbed by his public condemnations of her lavish living and had Saint John exiled in 403. The population of Constantinople along with an earthquake forced the Empress Eudoxia to reconsider her exile of the Patriarch and he returned to the city. For a period of four years, Saint John fluctuated between exile and his Patriarchal See at the instigation of the Empress Eudoxia and Emperor Arcadios. In 407, he died during a final exile at Comanos on 14 September. Saint John Chrysostom, meaning the "Golden-mouthed", is remembered for his great homiletic eloquence and ranks as one of the greatest pastors of the Church. He is also commemorated on two other dates on our Church calendar, on 27 January, the Transfer of His Holy Remains from Comanos to Constantinople and on 30 January along with Saint Basil the Great and Saint Grego ry the Theologian, the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs. Saint Philip the apostle was a native of the city of Bethsaida in Galilee and appears to have been a member of a group which followed Saint John the Forerunner. There is no mention of Philip in the synoptic gospels beyond the list of apostles in each. The Gospel of Saint John tells us that Philip was called by the Lord to be His disciple on the day following the call of Peter and Andrew (John 1:4344). Like his brother disciple Peter, Saint Philip was a married man. He had several daughters, two of which lived in virginity for the sake of the Kingdom of God until they fell asleep in the Lord at an old age. After the Ascension of our Lord, Christian tradition holds that Philip went to Asia Minor to preach the gospel of the Savior. At the city of Hierapolis in Phrygia, a center of pagan idol worship, Philip devoted much of his efforts to convert the people to Christ. They ignored his preaching so after spending time in prayer, he destroyed a hugh serpent worshipped by the people. The residents of Hierapolis became so angry at Philip that they put him into prison, tortured him and finally executed him. The remains of Saint Philip the Apostle were eventually taken to Rome and preserved in the Basilica of the Apostles since 561. Saint Philip is recognized by the Church for his devotion to our Savior during His earthly ministry and for his apostolic zeal in spreading the Word of God. FAMILY CAREGIVING: We believe that no one can care for family like family. That is why Caregiver Homes provides training, support, and financialassistance to give caregiving in the home. A caregiver is most often a family member, but she or he can be anyone willing to live with a consumer, provide support as needed around-the-clock, and care like family. CONTACT THERESE IBRAHIM @ 508-369-0993. Caregivers Receive: Payment twice a month Support from professional care team including a registered nurse Training and education specific to the needs of the consumer and caregiver Consumers who can be helped through our program: Require daily help with personal care Benefit from 24-hour supervision Are financially eligible - who are in danger of being 'thrown away,' expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs." St. John Paul and Pope Benedict often called on the European Union and its related institutions to recognize that having a common currency and forging joint economic policies will foster the good of Europe's citizens -- and people around the world -- only if economic growth and profits are a result of promoting the good of the human person and not the exclusive goals. In his 2003 exhortation after the special Synod of Bishops for Europe, St. John Paul wrote that the aim must be "building a Europe seen as a community of peoples and individuals, a community joined together in hope, not exclusively subject to the law of the marketplace but resolutely determined to safeguard the dignity of the human person also in social and economic relations." For the Polish pope, who had worked in a quarry as a youth and who constantly preached the dignity of labor, unemployment was the key test of whether Europe's economic policies put people or profits first. Pope expected to talk dignity, jobs, family life On that score, Pope Francis is not expected to go light on the European Union or the Council of Europe, especially when it comes to unemployed young people and, particularly, the so-called NEETs -- those neither employed, enrolled in educational programs or in training. Pope Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from "the end of the earth," will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, reported that in September, the unemployment rates across its 28 member-countries was 10.1 percent and the unemployment rate of people under age 25 was 21.6 percent. The youth unemployment rate ranged from 7.6 percent in Germany to 53.7 percent in Spain. For the Polish St. John Paul II and the German Pope Benedict XVI, the destruction of World War II and the erection of the Iron Curtain separating the democratic West from the communist East fueled a passion for European unity and cooperation, and an emphasis on the Judeo-Christian values that had formed the continent's cultures and governments. In a July speech on economic reform, Pope Francis pointed to the statistics saying, "a generation of young people is being thrown away, and this is most serious!" Too many European youths "don't study because they don't have the means, they don't work because there are no jobs. More waste. What will be the next thing thrown away?" While the Argentine Pope Francis is less focused on Europe than his predecessors were, his teaching on human rights, justice, peace and solidarity is just as relevant to Europe as anywhere else. During a visit to Italy's Molise region, Pope Francis sounded very much like St. John Paul when discussing the importance of work. "Not having work is not only to lack life's basic necessities," Pope Francis said, pointing out there are many places to get a free meal or food handouts. "The problem is not being able to bring home the bread: This is serious, and this takes away dignity." The pope will spend four hours in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25 to address the European Parliament -the legislative arm of the 28-member European Union -- and the Council of Europe, an organization of 47 countries formed to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law on the continent. If the focus of attention is on the human person, recent popes have insisted, then policymakers must recognize the connection between economics, work and family life. Like his predecessors, Pope Francis is expected to call the European institutions and the people they represent to recognize the values that inspired their commitment to unity and democracy. In particular, the church wants them to recognize that repetitious appeals to human rights and human dignity mean little if entire categories of human beings are denied those rights or robbed of them. In a May speech to United Nations' officials, Pope Francis said true development included addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger, promoting protection of the environment, guaranteeing dignified and productive labor and protecting the family, which is a basic and potentially efficient form of cooperation, intergenerational solidarity and education in social skills and values. Pope Francis' repeated condemnations of a "throwaway culture" may have been formed and informed in the barrios of Latin America, but what he has seen in Europe has not softened his language. In a speech last December, he said, "The victims of this culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings -- the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. - True progress for humanity, he said, involves "resisting the 'economy of exclusion,' the 'throwaway culture' and the 'culture of death,' which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted."
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