6 Atwood Avenue Norwood, MA 02062
Most Rev. Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate
SYRIAN BISHOP TO VISIT HOLY CROSS
The Boston Theological Institute presents the the Costas Consultation "Christians in Syria at the Crossroads" on Friday, March 28 from 1:00 - 8:30 pm on the HCHC campus. Keynote addresses will be given by Bishop Elias (Toume) of Wadi Al Nassara, the Bishop in Homs, Syria and Professor at the University of Balamand, Lebanon) and Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou (Harvard University; former Vice Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom). The event will also feature student papers and the film "Displaced in their Homeland" about Christians in Iraq produced by Fady Mekhaeel.
We are delighted to once again have Father Damaskinos, Ramia and Michael Issa with us in Norwood. Father is here for the 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies at Holy Cross Seminary. On Friday he presented a paper on the Image of the Throne in the Book of Revelation.
This month, throughout the Archdiocese, all the faithful celebrate the work and ministry of our women. At the conclusion of Liturgy today, Katie Birtwell, our Ladies' president, will speak about this work. Here in Norwood, the next meeting of the Ladies is March 16th after coffee hour. And all women are asked to turn in $10 annual dues to Camille Florio.
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK NEWS
In response to demand for news, OCN has launched a weekly news program covering Orthodox events worldwide. The show, entitled This Week in Orthodoxy, brings worldwide Orthodox news into one place. To watch the latest episode, go to www.myocn.net.
As we fill up the big board with parish photos, the small boards on the cabinets include notices from around the Orthodox world. Also, the Council is posting meeting notes and monthly P & L statements.
We are filling that empty space on the parish hall bulletin board with photos of our Saint George family. Dan Bitar will be taking pictures most Sundays next month. Plan now for a good hair day and smile!
FIRST WE FAST, THEN WE FEAST
A recipe collection is now under-way for a parish-wide cookbook. A flyer detailing the effort is in the hall; you can also ask Lucine Kouyoumjian for information.
FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE
A vital part of our Lenten journey is the giving of alms for those less fortunate than ourselves. Our parish will once again be part of the Archdioecse FFHP program. There are collection boxes in the narthex; please take one home to fill up and then bring back at Pascha.
There are copies of the Lenten retreat CD from Saint Vladimir's Seminary. They are on sale today at coffee hour for $10 each.
COFFEE HOURS TEAMS
Please check the coffee hour book beside the door to the kitchen and sign up for those special dates on which you provide refreshments. Your dates can be for memorials, birthdays, names days etc. As for refreshments, they can be whatever you like, fancy or simple. If there are still empty dates, we will put together teams of parishioners (perhaps alphabetically) and teams will be assigned dates. A member of the parish council will oversee each month to make sure coffee hour is provided.
PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE
A note from Saint George in West Roxbury, host parish of the PLC: If you plan to attend the Diocesan Parish Life Conference in June [and we hope you do] please be advised that room choice at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth is becoming extremely limited - already suites are sold out and there are only a few king size rooms available. Please make your reservation today and hold your room. Go online to the Saint George website http://www.stgeorgeofboston.org/ and click on the Parish Life Conference logo in the upper right corner. On the Conference page click on Hotel Reservation. Select the dates [19-22 June 2014 or whatever nights you will be staying] and select the number of rooms you want and the number of adults/children for your stay. On the reservation page enter promotional code PLC14. You will then see what's available. You can also call the hotel directly at 508.747.4900 -- ask for reservations to PLC14 Saint George Church.
WHERE DO YOU SHOP FOR GROCERIES
Stop & Shop has a program for non-profit organizations, like us, in which we earn $5 for every $100 worth of cards we sell. The way it works is we purchase cards in advance at a 5% discount and sell them at regular price. For anyone who shops there, you would just buy cards from the church and shop as usual. For example, if 20 people each spend $100 a week at the store and they bought their cards from us first, the church would make $100 per week or $5200 per year. For now, we want to know how many shop there and would be interested in this program. Let a member of the Parish Council know.
We welcome our