St Nicholas Orthodox Church Southbridge Massachusetts

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Announcements:

  • We have had two deaths in the parish this week. Our dear brother in Christ, Henry Skarani, passed away peacefully at home on Friday January 14, 2022. Henry was a quiet and gentle man. His love for his family and his faith was shown through his actions. He was a life-long member of St Nicholas parish and his presence among us will be deeply missed. I perjetshim kujtimi! May his memory be eternal! Visiting hours will be from 9:30 -11:30 on Saturday morning, January 22, with the funeral to follow at the church at 12:00 noon.


  • On Tuesday, January 11, our brother, Randy Benoit passed away. Randy was received into the church with his mother Pat Benoit in 1993. He lived across the street from the church for many years and loved to hear the bell ring (He loved to ring the bell, even more). Randy was intellectually disabled but his joy and love shone like the sun on anyone who knew him. His funeral will be on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 11:00 AM. I have no link to his obituary just yet. May his memory be eternal!



  • Sunday, December 19 will be our final coffee hour until the warmer weather (unless the Covid situation changes)

  • BUT we will have a wonderful end to the season. Our Daughters of St Nicholas will be hosting a luncheon and there will be Christmas carols and all around joy! Right after the Divine Liturgy.


  • Also,  Sunday, December 19, will be our last day collecting money for "Blankets for Vets", our Advent-Christmas outreach this year. $10 purchases a warm blanket which will go to one of our all too many Vets living on the streets or in shelters. If you are interested, you can write a check to St Nicholas Orthodox Church with "Blankets for Vets" in the memo line.


  • Christmas Liturgy of St Basil will be celebrated at 5 PM on Friday, December 24. This is our only Christmas liturgy.


  • We will have Divine Liturgy for the Second Day of Christmas on Sunday, December 26.


God Bless you all and keep you well!

Fr. John

Dear Parish Family and Friends, below is a link to a beautiful setting of the Hymn to the Theotokos (Birthgiver of God).
https://youtu.be/MaC76ilcIzg


Mission and Outreach:


We just completed a collection of Walmart and grocery cards for our greatly delayed Lenten project.  Five hundred dollars were donated and there are still funds coming in.  Our President and Vietnam war vet, Dan Dono, has coordinated bringing donations to the organization that provides care and outreach to vets in need and their families.

We completed our Christmas offering: 10 adult women's hats, 6 pairs of adult glove, along with 5 sets of childrens' hats and gloves  were "bought". The items (which were donated) and an additional $200 will be brought to Abby House right after Theophany.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StNicholasSouthbridge


SPECIAL ENDING TO THE LITANY OF FERVENT SUPPLICATION

During the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in thine ineffable goodness, look down upon us, thy people gathered in thy Holy Name.
Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction.
Thou knowest our weakness.
Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart.
O Lord who lovest mankind, deliver us from the impending threat of the Corona Virus. Send thine angel to watch over us and protect us.
Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus.
Guide the hands of physicians and preserve those who are healthy.
Enable us to continue to serve our suffering brothers and sisters in peace
that together we may glorify thy most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.
Choir: Amen.

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