St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church
1317 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach Florida 33406
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Sunday, May 22, 2022

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is Risen!

This week, I came across the following words by +Saint Issac the Syrian that I would like to share with you.

"God is greater! Greater than your illness whatever it may be. Greater than your deepest disappointment. Greater than your greatest worry. Greater than your worst enemy. Greater than your most difficult problem. Greater than life. Greater than death. God is greater! Believe it! Live by it! Affirm it! Claim it by faith and use it as a pillow to rest your weary soul. God is greater! If your God is not greater, then the God you believe in is too small. He is not the God the Church believes in." + St Isaac the Syrian

NOTES:

  1. Attached is The Weekly Bulletin for May 22nd.
  2. 'Family Movie Night' is this coming Saturday, May 21st, at 6:00 PM. Donation is $5.00 per person to cover food costs. The movie is 'Wish Man,' a true story about Frank Shankwitz, an Arizona motorcycle cop with a troubled past, survives a near-fatal accidentwhich leads to the creation of the Make-A-Wish foundation.
  3. This coming Sunday, May 22nd, is the last day of Sunday School until August. Thank you to all the parents who have faithfully brought their children, and the teachers who have volunteered.
  4. Join in prayer this coming week:

Sunday, May 22nd: Matins at 8:50 AM, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. A Memorial (Trisagion) Service will be offered by Fr. Elia and Odette Shalhoub in memory of his newly departed sister Hooda Shalhoub. A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow.

Wednesday, May 25th: Vespers Service at 6:30 PM. 'Ask Abouna' will follow the service.

I look forward to seeing you in church this coming Sunday.

In the Risen Lord,

Fr. Peter

Sunday May 17, 2022

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Beloved in Christ,

Christ is Risen!
The definition of 'hopelessness' is the feeling or condition of having no hope; despair; desperation. In the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday - John 5: 1-15, we learn of an encounter between Jesus Christ and a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. For quite some time, he sat by the 'Sheep Pool' hopeless, in despair and desperately  looking to be healed. Christ would grant him healing that he sought with one condition: "Go and sin no more."
Most of us no doubt have felt hopeless at times, enduring times in our life when everything around us seems to be crumbling, and nothing can be done about it. If we’re not careful, the sense of hopelessness can morph into an ongoing outlook on life where we expect the worst to happen. We believe things are already decided against us—and there’s nothing we can do. The Paralytic believed this.  
Christ restored the Paralytic who had all but lost hope. If we trust in Him, Christ can give us a fresh perspective on the darkness that can surround us. He is our true hope. 
Glory to Thee, O Christ our God and sure hope, glory to Thee!
 
NOTES:
**Attached is The Weekly Bulletin.
**Mark Your Calendars for 'Family Movie Night' on Saturday, May 21st. Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a movie. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 5 years and under. This is being hosted by our Teen SOYO and is open to everyone!
**"Ask Abouna" where you can get your questions answered is held each Wednesday following Vespers at 6:30 PM. Bring a friend and your questions.
**Attention Parents and Graduates: On Pentecost Sunday, June 12th, we will honor all of our elementary, middle school, high school and college graduates for 2022. All our graduates will have their names offered in prayer during the Divine Liturgy, with a Coffee Hour in their honor afterwards. Please submit names of those graduating by June 8th to be included in the bulletin and prayer list.
**The Parish Council is working on updating our Church Directory. If you have not done so already, please take a couple of minutes to complete the form and return it to Shannon Pasley or Jane Pasley. Forms can be found on the table in the Church Narthex.
**Join with us in prayer this week at Saint Mary's"
Sunday, May 15th: Matins begin at 8:50 AM, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Wednesday, May 18th: Vespers Service at 6:30 PM.
 
In closing, some wisdom from the Church Fathers.
"The heart naturally seeks happiness—and the Devil gives a false direction to this tendency, and allures it by earthly happiness, that is—by riches, honors, splendor of dress, furniture and various amusements."  St. John of Kronstadt
 
God bless,
Fr. PeterBeloved in Christ,
Christ is Risen!
The definition of 'hopelessness' is the feeling or condition of having no hope; despair; desperation. In the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday - John 5: 1-15, we learn of an encounter between Jesus Christ and a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. For quite some time, he sat by the 'Sheep Pool' hopeless, in despair and desperately  looking to be healed. Christ would grant him healing that he sought with one condition: "Go and sin no more."
Most of us no doubt have felt hopeless at times, enduring times in our life when everything around us seems to be crumbling, and nothing can be done about it. If we’re not careful, the sense of hopelessness can morph into an ongoing outlook on life where we expect the worst to happen. We believe things are already decided against us—and there’s nothing we can do. The Paralytic believed this.  
Christ restored the Paralytic who had all but lost hope. If we trust in Him, Christ can give us a fresh perspective on the darkness that can surround us. He is our true hope. 
Glory to Thee, O Christ our God and sure hope, glory to Thee!
 
NOTES:
**Attached is The Weekly Bulletin.
**Mark Your Calendars for 'Family Movie Night' on Saturday, May 21st. Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a movie. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 5 years and under. This is being hosted by our Teen SOYO and is open to everyone!
**"Ask Abouna" where you can get your questions answered is held each Wednesday following Vespers at 6:30 PM. Bring a friend and your questions.
**Attention Parents and Graduates: On Pentecost Sunday, June 12th, we will honor all of our elementary, middle school, high school and college graduates for 2022. All our graduates will have their names offered in prayer during the Divine Liturgy, with a Coffee Hour in their honor afterwards. Please submit names of those graduating by June 8th to be included in the bulletin and prayer list.
**The Parish Council is working on updating our Church Directory. If you have not done so already, please take a couple of minutes to complete the form and return it to Shannon Pasley or Jane Pasley. Forms can be found on the table in the Church Narthex.
**Join with us in prayer this week at Saint Mary's"
Sunday, May 15th: Matins begin at 8:50 AM, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Wednesday, May 18th: Vespers Service at 6:30 PM.
 
In closing, some wisdom from the Church Fathers.
"The heart naturally seeks happiness—and the Devil gives a false direction to this tendency, and allures it by earthly happiness, that is—by riches, honors, splendor of dress, furniture and various amusements."  St. John of Kronstadt
 
God bless,
Fr. Peter
Organizations, Ministries and Education

Our parish organizations, which include Amen, the ladies Society, Teen SOYO, young Adult Ministry, Sunday School, and the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, we welcome your participation

Our Mission
The mission of St. Mary Orthodox Church of West Palm Beach is to live out and proclaim the gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ through worship, witness, fellowship and service.

Father Peter Shportun, Priest/Pastor

 

Sunday Morning Services:

 

    Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

    Matins at 8:45 AM

    Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.


    Wednesday Service:

       Vespers at 6:30PM

 

Feast Day Services are as announced in the Sunday Bulletin and the Church Website.

 

Schedule of Services
Sunday
8:30am - Sunday Morning Service

Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Matins at 8:50 AM

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.<

  
Wednesday
6:30pm - Wednesday Vesper Service:
  
Feast
  - Feast Day Services

Feast Day Services are as announced in the Sunday Bulletin and the Church Website.