Today's Scripture Readings
August 12, 2010/July 30, 2010
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Fall Fun Day – Saturday, November 6th
Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church will host a Fall Fun Day on Saturday, November 6th beginning at 12:30 PM at our Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery (6480 Elibank Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075). Baltimore area Orthodox Sunday School students and families are invited. The day will begin with lunch. Families are asked to bring a side dish, snacks, desserts, cider, and hot chocolate to share. After lunch, the afternoon will be filled with games and activities for kids of all ages. At 5:00 PM we will serve Great Vespers in our Chapel.
+Deacon Michael Bishop: Memory Eternal
40th Day Panikhida – October 24, Sunday after Divine Liturgy we will serve a panikhida for +Deacon Michael Bishop (40th Day). May his memory be eternal.
September 24-25 our parish and many fellow Orthodox Christians and friends prayed in our church for the repose and blessed memory of Deacon Michael Bishop who departed from this life on September 19, 2021. On Friday evening, September 24th approximately 100 people attended the visitation in church, during which a panikhida was served by Fr. John along with Archpriest Theodore Boback (Rector of St. Andrew Church, Baltimore (OCA)), Archpriest Alexey Bocharnikov (Rector of St. Nicholas Church, Chester, PA), Priest Robert Miclean (Rector of Holy Archangels Mission, Annapolis, MD (OCA)), Deacon Michael Ardan and Deacon Michael Sidorochev (both from St. Nicholas Church, Chester, PA).
Then, on Saturday morning, September 25th, more than 100 people attended the funeral service which was served by Fr. John along with the following clergy: Priest Gregory Winsky (Cleric of Holy Trinity Church), Priest Timothy Barkley (Rector of St. James Church, Taneytown, MD (Antiochian)), Priest Joshua Burnett (Rector of Holy Cross Church, Linthicum, MD (Antiochian)), Priest Damian Dantinne (Cleric of St. John Cathedral, Washington, DC (ROCOR)) and Deacon Michael Ardan. Other clergy and laity from several Orthodox churches in the Baltimore/Washington region and from neighboring states attended the memorial services. Also attending were representatives from the Baltimore City Council, Baltimore Police Department and Chaplaincy Program, Baltimore City Detention Center, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, and some of the community organizations of which Deacon Michael was a member. Most of those who attended the funeral then proceeded to the cemetery for the burial, followed by the remembrance meal conducted in our outdoor pavilion.
We sincerely thank the members of our Parish Council for the overall coordination of the funeral, members of our Sisterhood and volunteers who prepared the remembrance meal and for the choir for their beautiful singing at both memorial services. Also, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made so many generous donations to the Deacon Michael Memorial Fund, which after covering the costs of the funeral, will be designated to support the charitable projects Deacon Michael helped to coordinate. Thank you for your kindness and prayers. Memory Eternal to Fr. Michael.
Each month we bake hundreds of small prosphora for commemorations at Proskomedia and several large prosphora for the altar. However, our current dough rolling machine is old and needs to be replaced. We request donations to help cover the costs of a new machine. A total of $5,000 is needed. Please help. Mark your donation with the notation “Dough Machine”. Thank you!
Private Confessions Restored
Private Confessions are restored. However, both the priest and confessor will need to wear masks. Please come Saturday evening during the vigil service or Sunday morning starting at 9:15 AM. We will no longer conduct General Confession.
Charitable Projects of the Sisterhood of St. Catherine
Support of "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"
Our parish Sisterhood is accepting donations in support of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. This non-profit organization provides beds to children in low-income families, so that no one has to sleep on the floor. You may donate mattresses, blankets or monetary contributions. Click here for more details. Thank you for your support.
2021 Appeal for Bethany Orthodox School for Girls
The Bethany Orthodox School for Girls in Bethany, Palestine requests donations to help them meet immediate infrastructure needs. In the past 14 months, the Bethany Orthodox School for Girls has suffered an unprecedented level of financial and logistical difficulties. Lockdowns, financial pressure on the families of students, non-existent donations from visiting pilgrims and a drop in international donations from parishes and individuals within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia have all taken a toll. The challenges are many and the need to support has never been greater.
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