Bulletin # 18

December 21, 2008 to January 3, 2009

PARISH SUPPORT:

Collections: (last three weeks)       $ 3,192.00

Donations:                                $ 4,635.00

Baptisms :                                 $ 1,650.00

The clergy of Sts Peter & Paul Church along with the parishioners would like to welcome

Father Makarios Wehbi

As their new pastor and leader. We wish him well and we will give him our unconditional support in his sacred and holy mission of spreading the Good Word. We hope to work hand in hand for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome!! Father Makarios to your new family, the Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Ottawa.

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^In Memoriam

The sum of $ 2,855.00 has been contributed to the church for the repose of the soul of Ibrahim Mansour who has gone to his rest in the peace of Christ on December 3, 2008

May his memory be eternal!

Pastoral Activities

سهرات انجيلية باللغة العربية
كل اسبوع يوم الأربعاء الساعة السابعة والنصف

1.  Bible Study every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. A Scripture & Religious Study Program guided by Fr. Makarios Wehbi & Fr. Nadim Batikh. Different subjects and themes are discussed from the Bible. All parishioners are invited to attend.

2. TCG (teenager Catholic Group 13-15) meetings every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

3. YCG (Youth Catholic Group 16-20) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

4. MCYO (Melkite Catholic Youth Organization 19 & over) meeting every second Friday at 8:00 p.m.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday of the Genealogy of Christ

Epistle & Gospel of Sunday before Christmas

Memorial Divine Liturgy:

            Fares Marina                (40 days)

                                                also

Divine Liturgy at 3:00 p.m.

 

Following the Service the children are invited to the

       * * Children Annual Christmas Party * *

Sponsored by: the Melkite Catholic Young Adults Organization in the hall.  We promise you lot of fun including goodies and presents.  The party will be highlighted by the:

The Knights of Sts. Peter & Paul singing Choir, directed by Mrs. Samira Kairouz and  Ms. Diana Perry.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Paramony of Christmas

6:30 p.m.: Part of Christmas Matins (Orthros)

7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Solemn Divine Liturgy

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Feast of the Nativity

Epistle: Gal., 4: 4-7; Gospel: Matth., 2: 1-12

In the thirty-third year of the reign of Herold, when the staff had gone from Juda as had been prophesied by Jacob the Patriarch, at a time when the whole world was at peace, it pleased God to send his only-begotten Son and eternal Word to the world to become Man and to teach us God's love, to suffer and die and rise from the dead for our salvation. At that time, the Lord Jesus was born in a humble cave in Bethlehem of Judas, and no one knew of it but the Immaculate Virgin Mary his Mother and Joseph her spouse. No one heard of this miracle surpassing all miracles but a few humble shepherds who had been told by angels in the sky that sang this hymn:

"Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace

and good will towards men

Solemn Divine Liturgy at 11:00 a.m.

Christ is born, glorify Him!

Christ has come down from heaven, receive Him!

Christ is now on earth, exalt Him!

O you earth, sing to the Lord!

O you nations, praise Him in joy,

For He has been glorified!

Merry Christmas!  Joyeux Nol!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 p.m.

Third Day of Celebration of the Nativity of the Lord; commemoration of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen, and of our Holy Father Theodore the Confessor, brother of Theophane the Hymnographer.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

First Sunday after the Nativity

Commemoration of the Holy & just man, Joseph, spouse of the Mother of God, of James, brother of the Lord and David, the King & Prophet.

The Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is dedicated to the remembrance of three members of our Lord=s family: the King and Prophet of Israel David, Saint Joseph, the betrothed of the Mother of God and the Holy Apostle James, Abrother@ of God. Each of these three holy men is commemorated at this time for their contribution to our understanding of the Lord.

Saint Joseph, the betrothed of the Mother of God is honored for his humble obedience to the divine plan of the Father. It was he who devotedly kept and protected the Virgin and child Jesus as revealed to us in Sacred Scripture. His holiness was that of a just and gentle man committed to the will of God pointing ahead to the mission of our Lord to accomplish the Father=s will of salvation for humanity.

Commemorating Saint James, the Abrother@ of God, we call to mind that he was the head of the first Christian community of Jerusalem. As bishop of the Church of the Holy City, we are reminded of Christ=s special presence among us as we gather with our bishops as the Body of Christ, the Church, to celebrate the Eucharist.

Wedding Bells

ElieBoulos & Mireille Sabbagh

Will be joined together in the Holy Mystery of Crowning (Marriage) at 2:00 p.m.

May they be granted many years of joy & happiness!

Baptism

At 4:30: Karine, daughter of

Ghassan Sharara & Carole Dib

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Liturgy of St. Basil

Epistle & Gospel of January 1

Circumcision of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ; Commemoration of our Father among the Saints, Basil the Great.

Circumcision: "And then eight days were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses for his circumcision, his name was called Jesus, the name given Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb."

St. Basil: Basil is one of the foremost Fathers of the Church. Born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 329 or 330, he began his studies in Caesarea and continued them at Constantinople and Athens where he met Gregory Nazaianzen. Their close friendship lasted all their life. Basil returned to Caesarea in 356. He retired in the desert near Caesarea where his mother Emilia and his sister Macrina were living monastic lives. That is where he wrote his Essays on Spiritual Life. He was ordained to the priesthood by Eusibus, Bishop of Caesarea, and succeeded him in 370. He died on January 1, 379.

Solemn Divine Liturgy at 11:00 a.m.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Wedding Bells

Danny El-Marji & Charlene Reynolds

Will be joined together in the Holy Mystery of Crowning (Marriage) at 3:00 p.m.

May they be granted many years of joy & happiness!