FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Tone 4. Sunday of Orthodoxy, The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste: Cyrion (or Quirio), Candidus, Domnus, Hesychius, Heraclus, Smaragdus, Eunocius (or Eunicus), Valens, Vivianus, Claudius, Prescus, Theodulus, Euthychius, John, Xantheas, Helianus, Sisinius, Angius, Aetius, Flavius, Acacius, Ecditius, Lysimachus, Alexander, Elias, Gorgonius, Theophilus, Dometian, Gaius, Leontius, Athanasius, Cyril, Sacerdon, Nicholas, Valerius, Philoctimon, Severian, Chudion, Aglaius, and Meliton (ca. 320).
Please direct all inquiries to the church office.
*In an emergency contact Fr. Vincent at (780) 288-5347
SPRING FORWARD - Don't forget to set clocks ahead one hour at 2 am TODAY March 9
*Parish Semi-Annual Meeting – Sunday March 23
REMINDER TO COFFEE HOUR GROUPS
Please remember that we are now entering Great Lent, and as such our food must keep in line with the fasting guidelines of the Orthodox Church. Please refrain from including meat, fish, and dairy products (including eggs) for the parish meals. Shrimp is OK, and we will permit milk/cream for coffee. There are many great recipes available in our parish cookbook, and online. Please see Fr. Vincent if you have any questions.
Please mark your appointment calendars on Monday, March 31st and Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, as a Pre-Pascha General Clean-up of the church building is being organized.
A list of duties will be posted on the Narthex bulletin board two weeks prior to March 31st so that volunteer stewards may sign up for the duties that they are able to assist with. The work bees will start at 9:00 am on each of the days of the clean-up.
ST. HERMAN'S MEMORIAL FUND
The St. Herman's Memorial Fund is a way to remember the faithful departed by family and friends who want to pay tribute to a life well lived. You may donate funds to a specific parish project, or to the general memorial fund. Funds donated to the general memorial fund ensures that the legacy of our loved ones will live on, as the money will be used to help fund various ministries of the parish, and to help provide training for our leaders. Please consider donating to this fund in memory of your loved ones. You are also encouraged to remember our parish in your estate planning.
Orthodox Men’s Retreat of St. John the Baptist
April 4-6, 2014
Sanctum Retreat Centre - Caroline Alberta
Theme: Holiness in North America
Guest Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Michael Oleksa
For more information please see poster on the bulletin board in the narthex. Retreat registration/information packages are located on the candle desk in the narthex.
*As of March 2, there are only 9 rooms left. These are the rooms that are shared or have shared washroom facilities.
Suppers after Liturgies in Great Lent
Pre-sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, March 19 – Pasta & Salad supper
Holy Annunciation Vesperal Liturgy, Tuesday, March 25 – Fish supper
Pre-sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, April 2 – Soup & Bread supper
Sign-up sheet is posted for each supper :)
Orthodox Ladies' fellowship and craft night
Learn a new skill, work on a project, or just come to participate in edifying conversation and fellowship. Children are welcome.
Where: Callie Perry's house: 12272 132 Street
When: Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 7pm (and last Friday of the month thereafter).
For further information call or text 780-360-5206
1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy
Originally, the Prophets Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were commemorated on this Sunday. The Alleluia verses appointed for today’s Liturgy reflect this older usage.
Today we commemorate the “Triumph of Orthodoxy,” the restoration of the holy icons in the reign of the holy Empress Theodora (February 11).