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We will be closed  next Sunday, September 5, 2021.  

October 3, 2021, Homecoming Sunday: In October, 2019 we had our first Homecoming Sunday to celebrate over a hundred years of parish life. We could not hold a Homecoming in 2020, due to the plague, so this year’s event is especially meaningful. By the grace of God, we survived the pandemic as a parish and even expanded our missionary outreach to members of our parish scattered across the country through videoing our services and sharing them on YouTube. It is with profound thanksgiving that we will come together as a community again on our Homecoming Sunday on October 3.

Saturday November 6, 2021 Daughters of St Nicholas Albanian Kitchen: If you missed all the wonderful foods and goodies our ladies are famous for--we are back! Come and enjoy the day in our Fellowship Hall. We'll have Albanian pies (lakror), our ladies unrivaled lentil soup, stuffed cabbage, and Albanian baked goods. Come and enjoy good company and happy faces as we continue to celebrate the reopening of the world!


God Bless you and keep you well,

Father John






Sunday May 9 2021,  St Thomas Sunday

Dear Parish Family,

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Krishti U' Ngjall! Vertet U' Ngjall!

I do have some news about the next steps in opening the church more fully:

Our first step will be to do a survey over the next couple of weeks to see what proportion of the parish has already be vaccinated against the COVID. If the percentage is high enough (as I anticipate it will be), we will start coffee hour on the first Sunday in June.

Over the course of the next couple of months we will begin to adjust spacing within the Church to allow for more people to attend.

Over the course of the summer will also return to the normal practices around Holy Communion (using the metal spoon, kissing the cross, etc.) .

Wearing masks in church will continue until the CDC and Massachusetts health authorities allow us to discontinue with them.

Parish functions (picnic, bazaar, etc.) will return to normal based on the CDC rules.

All of the above is subject to continued improvement in the pandemic. We are moving with due caution considering the age and general health of our population. Our church is open. Thanks be to God we have not lost anyone in the congregation to the plague. We are approaching the end of a long nightmare and we are on our way to recovery. With God's help, we will be back to normal very soon.

God Bless you all and keep you well,

Father John

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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.

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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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