Message from Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

April 2021

Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Beloved Parishioners and Friends of St. Maron,


Peace and grace to you from your spiritual home with the hope that you are well. Health is wealth they say and we pray that everyone would be rich and holy in health. Many people are challenged these days with sickness or with the loss of some loved ones or friends due to the covid or from other causes.


Easter comes to give us great hope and to give us peace, light, and courage, that the Lord of life has destroyed death by his own death. Christ has come from heaven to earth in order to take us from this earth to heaven, to make us one with Him. His life among us was a testimony of the power of God on earth, and the beauty of eternal life. True, no one has died and come back to life, but we have the Lord of Life who came to us to tell us about God and heaven and eternity, and He wants all of us to be with Him, to walk in His path, to follow His will, and to accept His gift of salvation as an admission to heaven. We all must live with this notion in mind, that we are on a short pilgrimage on this earth toward heaven, our final home. We are called to be happy and to celebrate and rejoice in every day that God gives us. Therefore let us live in His love and continue with Him this journey to eternity.


I urge you to continue praying with the Church for an end to the pandemic, for stability and peace in our cities, to pray for our beloved Lebanon that has been suffering so much from injustice and corruption, and recently from a great inflation that increased by at least 85%. Life is so hard for people there these days from the economical crisis and the top of that the Covid. Let us pray that the Lord may give them courage and strength to hold steadfast and to be united with each other and help one another, as well as for the international community to step in and to give them aid.

I want to thank many of you who acted very generously to support the poor families that are suffering so much in Lebanon. We have over 25 families that are being sponsored by your generosity. I know some of you are helping your own families and some of you are still looking for ways to give support there. It is never too late to try and give an aid to someone who is in need. We now that everything has an end, including covid-19, and hopefully soon it will be gone and we will be able to return to our normal, especially within the parish. While social activities were cancelled in the parish, the spiritual and liturgical life continues and you are all urged to come to church in a safe and healthy way, with masks on and social distancing. The church building continue to be safer than most places that we visit on a regular basis. Never keep distanced from Jesus!


I look forward to seeing you again soon, and I assure you of my prayers and love.


Devotedly yours,


Chorbishop sharbel Maroun


Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

FROM THE EPARCHY OF OUR LADY OF LEBANON OF LOS ANGELES
2021 Lenten Appeal

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I sincerely thank you for your support of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, especially in light of the challenges of the past year. The Eparchy’s mission is to serve the People of God and proclaim the Gospel message in today’s world. We can only continue to do this with your prayers and financial support.

The past year was filled with adversity, including the pandemic and difficulties at home and abroad. But we are a people of hope, and God helps us through all adversity to get to a brighter future.

Today, I would like to ask for your help with our Annual Lenten Appeal, to address the Eparchy’s most important and immediate needs. The proceeds of the Lenten Appeal will contribute to three especially key areas:

  • Opening New Parishes and Missions: There are many areas across the country where Maronite communities are unable to have Maronite services due to the lack of parishes and priests. Our goal is to strengthen existing parishes and build new missions so that our people can celebrate their faith and heritage.
  • Expanding Services: In light of the economic and emotional hardships of the past year, it is more imperative than ever to offer our support to young people, families, and those with the greatest need.
  • Helping our brothers and sisters in Lebanon and the Middle East: Lebanon has been especially affected after the Beirut explosion in August of 2020. Many people were displaced; and homes, hospitals, schools, and businesses suffered extreme damage. We need to give our support to our brothers and sisters as they go through these trying times.

Some people have asked about the Eparchy’s long-term Capital Campaign – Vision for the Future, Mission for Today. Unfortunately, the Campaign was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic, but we hope to re-start it at an appropriate time in the future.

In the meantime, I ask for your help through this Annual Lenten Appeal with the important and immediate needs described more fully in this short brochure. Please review it and prayerfully consider how you may help, and please be generous.

May God bless you and keep you!

Gratefully yours in Christ,

+A. Elias Zaidan

Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

Holy Week Schedule



Holy Thursday, April 1st:
Divine Liturgy at 6:00pm
With the Washing of the Feet

Great Friday, April 2nd:
Signing of the Chalice at 10:00am
Rite of Burial & Adoration at 3:00pm
Rite of Burial & Adoration at 7:00pm

Saturday of the Light, April 3rd:
Rite of Forgiveness at 10:00am

Easter Liturgies
Saturday, April 3rd at 4:00pm
Saturday, April 3rd at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 4th at 11:00am

(We will have a procession - Outside if the weather permits)

Also, there will be Services of Coming To The Harbor on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday March 29th-30th-31st at 6:00pm

CLICK HERE to Sign Up to Reserve A Seat...

We hope you can join us!


2021 Lenten Appeal 

We urge you to please respond to the Lenten Appeal that was mailed to your house by Bishop Elias Zaidan (See letter above). The Eparchy relies upon you to support our Maronite parishes and train our future Maronite priests. Every family is asked to participate in the Appeal and be generous. Please be generous and support the Eparchy.


Papal Blessing

If you are celebrating a silver or golden anniversary of your marriage our parish would like to present to you a Papal blessing from the Pope in honor of that milestone. Please let Father know about an anniversary date at least 4 months before the date, since things are difficult to process in Italy these days. Please email Father or the parish office with your name and date of your marriage


NAM News

We would like to inform you that the NAM 2021 Convention that was to be held in Philadelphia, PA, has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Last year’s convention was also canceled Cincinnati, OH. The next NAM Convention will be in our own Minneapolis, July 13-17, 2022. The hope is that this will be a big and successful convention. We will keep you updated and want all of you to be involved in the different committees such as transportation, decorations, registration, hospitality, liturgies, souvenir books, etc. Hopefully soon we will call for a meeting and start forming our committees for this great big event.


Adopting a family in Lebanon

Our Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles is aiming to sponsor 250 families in Lebanon. We have the names of 10 families that our parish is aiming to sponsor. The basic cost to support these families is $75 - $100 per family. We have a description of each family. If you are able, and would like to adopt one of these families for the year, please contact the parish office, or email Fr. Sharbel at abouna@stmaron.com
May the Lord God bless you to continue being a blessing to others, and may God help the people of Lebanon who are suffering on all levels in their country.

Guidelines and Registration for In-Person Church Attendance

We are currently able to have limited seating for in-person church attendance. Please play the important video message from chorbishop sharbel Maroun on this page about the guidelines and registration procedures that will be required. Your cooperation is crucial for the success of this reopening. After viewing the video and/or reading the guidelines, make sure to click on the button below to sign up for the liturgy before coming to the church.


Concert for St Sharbel - October 9th, 2020

A Concert to Celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of the Canonization of St Sharbel.

A short concert performed by Chorbishop sharbel Maroun and Father Emmanuel Nakhle-Ghorr with meditations on the life of the Saint presented by Deacon Mikael Jalkh. The concert opened a 24 hour period of adoration to honor St Sharbel and to pray for Lebanon and the Unites States.


Regular Liturgies Schedule

Some liturgies and other events are broadcast live on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Please check below for schedule. You may CLICK HERE to see live and previously recorded events on our page even if you don't have a Facebook account.

Day

Time

Facebook Broadcast

Sign-Up Required

Sunday

10:10 am

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE

Monday

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

Tuesday

6:00 pm

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Wednesday

6:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE

Thursday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Friday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Saturday

4:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE


Important Notice

Saint Maron’s church relies on proceeds from the weekly collection and other special events to support operating expenses and outreach in our community and across the world. In these trying times, please consider making a donation online by clicking on this link (donate.stmaron.com). Your donation may be tax deductible and will be made securely and privately on Paypal. You don’t need to have a Paypal account. If you wish to donate for a particular purpose, you’ll be able to specify that in the comments area of your donation.

Thank you and may the Lord grant you faith and health.
~Chorbishop sharbel Maroun

Icons Of the Holy Family

by Debra Korluka

Holy Family Icon

From as early as the 5th century, holy icons have been handed down to Christians as a "sacred doorway" into heaven providing believers with a spiritual connection to the Divine.

Icons are painted in a way that is designed to be timeless and represent the eternal Kingdom or the Heavenly Jerusalem.

In this Icon:

Mary is shown wearing a veil typical of Jewish women of the period. The veil is red, the color of divinity, whilst the clothes under the veil are green or blue, the colors of humanity.

This is the exact opposite of the usual depiction of Christ: Who has humanity worn upon His eternal, divine nature.

Joseph is not depicted in the centrality of the scene in the same plane as the role of the Mary, but as the guardian of this most profound mystery and his role in the Holy Family.

Three stars on the veil of Mary, which represent her eternal virginity: before, during, and forever after the Birth of Christ.

Scroll in Jesus’ hand - A Scroll indicates holy Wisdom; rolled up revealing the Word yet not revealed.

2 doves- The Bible depicts doves as loyal, honest and loving. The doves also represent the spiritual nature of Joseph- pure, just, and faithful. White cloth- Joseph's hands are covered, in reverence, anticipating his future betrothal to the future Mother of God, pure virginal vessel of the Son of God.

Cross in Christ's halo- always identify Christ as our Savior; forbearing the passion.

May the Holy Family bless all families

Support Your Parish of St Maron's

Due to the cancellation of the Lebanese Festival and other in-person events, the parish income has been significantly reduced and your support is greatly appreciated.

You are urged to support your church during this hard period. Please mail in your offering envelopes to the church or donate online. Donating online is a very easy, convenient, and secure process.  Online donations, no matter how small, on a weekly basis allows us to have a steady revenue to keep our doors open:

Click on: donate.stmaron.com
Then click Donate
Then Enter the amount you wish to offer

If you wish to donate for a particular purpose, you’ll be able to specify that in the comments of your donation.

We offer our gratitude to all the generous people who have mailed in their offerings or donated online to support our parish.  May our loving Lord reward you one hundred fold. 


STAY HEALTHY, HAPPY AND HOLY

Unfortunately the Covid-19 has separated people physically in many different ways. We are not able to be together at church to touch shoulders with each other and to work for the parish events. It is important that we encourage and urge all of you make time to call one another, if not daily, at least on a weekly basis. Call your friends, pick up your phone and call someone from our parish. Let your children communicate with each other, especially since they have not seen each other for a few months. The fear is that if this period continues for longer, some people will lose connection with one another. Let's keep that friendship and family spirit going around by calling one another and supporting one another.   


Shelter at Home for your Safety and that of Others

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic we urge you to stay home for your sake and the sake of your loved ones and others.

Divine Liturgies will be broadcast on our Facebook Page. If you wish to attend liturgy services in person, please see the special guidelines on this page.

Don’t risk your life and others. Unite with us wherever you are until this storm passes by. Be responsible!  Thank you for your cooperation.


Act of Spiritual Communion

Many of us yearn for the Eucharist but are unable to receive Jesus in Holy Communion at this time. In this case, the Church encourages us to make an act of "Spiritual Communion," where we unite ourselves to Christ by a prayerful act of internally receiving Holy Communion spiritually. This can be done while participating in the Holy Liturgy online at the time of communion or at any time throughout the day. This prayer below is an example of the type of prayer we can do:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

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Our General Divine Liturgy Schedule

Day

Time

Facebook Broadcast

Sign-Up Required

Sunday

10:10 am

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE

Monday

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

No Liturgy

Tuesday

6:00 pm

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Wednesday

6:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE

Thursday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Friday

9:30 am

No Broadcast

Limited Seating

Saturday

4:00 pm

Live on Facebook CLICK HERE

PRE-RIGISTER HERE



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If you're donating to the Beirut Relief Fund please mention "Caritas Lebanon" in your comments

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