Dear Brothers and Sisters, Friends of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Orthodox Church in Springfield, MA:
Christ is in our midst!
This past Sunday, October 13, 2013 our beloved sister in Christ Paraskeva (Pamela) Parsons, after 11 months of patiently fighting with brain cancer, fell asleep in the Lord. For all who knew Pam it is a great loss. An outstanding Christian, loving wife, mother and grandmother, caring and kind friend, choir director with perfect pitch and angelic voice, president of the parish council and much much more, who has served St Peter and St Paul church magnificently for many years will be always remembered.
The funeral arrangements for Paraskeva are as follows:
Thursday, October 17, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM – visiting hours at Funeral Home “St. Pierre-Phaneuf Chapel”, 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA – Phone: 413-737-1177
Friday, October 18, 10:00AM – funeral service at St Peter and St Paul Church, 118 Carew Street, Springfield, MA
Saturday, October 19 11:00AM – burial at cemetery in Springfield, VT
Please keep the newly departed handmaiden of God Paraskeva (Pamela) in your prayers.
SCRIPTURAL LECTURE/DISCUSSION IN PREPARATION FOR GREAT LENT – In an effort to better enable us to enter into the spirit of Great Lent, the gospel of the Publican and the Pharisee will be the topic of a lecture/discussion immediately before Vespers on Saturday, 23 February at 5:00 pm in the parish hall. The lecture/reflection will explore the themes of prayer (both the “how” and the “why”), one’s relationship with God and one’s neighbor, as well as the proper interior disposition necessary. Should there be sufficient interest, similar lectures/discussions/prayer may be offered on each of the following Saturdays of Great Lent at 5:00 pm, immediately preceding Saturday evening Vespers. Lecture will be conducted by Steven McGuigan.
Always thought the list containing Jesus’ genealogy was quite possibly the most boring 17 verses in the entire New Testament?
Experienced long, sleepless nights wondering who Zarubabbel was?
Curious as to how 3 women found their way into an otherwise all-male list of Jesus’ ancestors?
The Scriptural Talk: Jesus’ Family Tree according to St. Matthew: God Does Write Straight Using Crooked Lines which will take place on Saturday, 22 December at 5 pm will attempt to provide the answers to these questions as well as help discover spiritual to enable you to get more out of St. Matthew’s gospel in general and the account of Jesus’ birth in particular.
Hope to see you there!!!
Matthew 1:1-17 :
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.
Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram.
Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon.
Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse,
and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa.
Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah.
Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah.
Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah.
Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel.
Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor.
Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud.
Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob.
And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
ALL ARE INVITED to attend, play and be merry at the Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:30AM. Refreshments follow. The last day to reserve a seat and a present for your children is December 16, 2012.
Все приглашаются на празднование Рождества Христова. Рождественская Ёлка для детей состоится 12 января 2013 года в 9:30 утра. Праздник начнётся Рождественской Божественной литургией (на церковно-славянском языке). Сценка, песни, стихи, Дед Мороз и Снегурочка вот не полный список того что ждёт наших маленьких прихожан. Запись детей на подарок продолжается до 16 декабря 2012 года в храме.
On Sunday, January 8, 2012 we will once again be hosting our annual Christmas party “Yolka” in the church hall downstairs. On Sunday, December 4, volunteers will be needed to help stuff envelopes to be mailed to our parishioners and friends inviting them to our annual Yolka. Many hands make light work so please, if you can spare a little extra time, help us get this mailing ready. Please let Pamela Parsons know if you will help. Thank you!
Saturday December 10, from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Items must be wrapped and priced and may be brought to the church on Saturday before the start of the sale. A Friday time for drop off will be determined closer to the 10th. A crew will be needed to decorate, line up tables and man the tables during the sale. Everyone capable of baking is urged to contribute to the sale. Unsold items will also be available on Sunday after the Liturgy.
Dates for the making of pirozhki and holubtsi will be announced soon and will be done at the church. Money and/or donations for the ingredients will be gratefully accepted. See or call (413-584-5024) Pamela Parsons to volunteer or if you have questions.
Posters will be available for those who have a location to post them so that advance orders may be taken. Please, everyone do what you can to support your parish! Thank you!
On Thursday, December 8 we will make the holubtsi (golumpki). I know that everyone is busy and can come up with many excuses not to come, but please, make these dates a priority and do your part to help your parish. We will also need ingredients such as flour, margarine, eggs, milk, etc. Please let me know what you are willing to donate. And all of you wonderful bakers who have always baked for the sale, we’re counting on you again!
Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist and Director of the Department of History and Archives for the Orthodox Church in America will be giving a parish retreat on Saturday, December 3, on the subject of the early history and growth of the OCA, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. In his presentation, titled “The Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in America and Church Unity: From Historical Vision to the Present,” Mr. Liberovsky highlights key people, events, and documents that have shaped the Orthodox Church’s life on this continent beginning with the Alaskan mission in 1794 to the granting of autocephaly to the OCA in 1970. He also will speak of various efforts to unite the Church in North America throughout the 20th century and the current work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. A PowerPoint presentation with over 200 historical images accompanies the lecture.