Friday, June 10, 2016

Bulletin June 12-19, 2016

Sub-Deacon’s Corner

From the Maronite Patriarchal Synod (2008), there are 5 elements of the Maronite identity, they are defined below in an excerpt from the Maronite Patriarchal Synod, Bkerke 2008, discussing the bolded portion.

“…it becomes apparent that she (the Maronite Church) is firstly an Antiochene Syriac Church, with a special liturgical heritage; secondly, a Chalcedonian Church; thirdly, a Patriarchal Church with an ascetic and a monastic aspect; fourthly, a Church in full union with the Apostolic Roman See; fifthly, a Church incarnated in her Lebanese and Eastern environment and the Countries of Expansion…”

Excerpt from the Maronite Patriarchal Synod, Bkerke 2008

A Church incarnated in her Lebanese and Eastern environment and the Countries of Expansion.  The Maronite Rite although having begun in what is now south eastern Turkey really took roots and prospered in the Mountains of Lebanon.  Disciples of St. Maron moved and began evangelizing in Lebanon around 400 AD.  St. Abraham of Cyrrhus, also known as The Apostle of Mount Lebanon, is credited for bringing the Maronite faith and customs to Lebanon as a disciple of St. Maron.  This embedded the Maronite Rite into the culture of Lebanese Christian community.  The continued persecution of Maronites by other factions of Christians wanting to impose their beliefs in Christ’s nature caused the Antiochene Church and its newly elected Maronite Bishop, St. John Maron, to leave the Beth-Maroun Monastery for Lebanon.  During this battle the city of Antioch was overrun, and the monastery of  “Beth-Maroun” was destroyed and many Maronite Monks were killed.

For these reasons and the fact that the Maronite Rite flourished in Lebanon we say the church was in its Lebanese and Eastern Environment.  Edward Gibbon, the 18th century English historian, in his “Fall in the East-The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, wrote;

“'Maronite(s)' was transferred from a hermit to a monastery, and from a monastery to a nation. This humble nation survived the empire of Constantinople, which persecuted it'.”


Graduate Sunday

All High School and College graduates from the parish are invited to attend and participate in the liturgy on Sunday June 26th  at 10am, to honor your accomplishment and present the scholarship award to one of our high school graduates who has received the St. Raymond’s College Scholarship, Mr. Ralph Skitt, who will be attending Creighton University. Following the liturgy, everyone is invited to a pancake breakfast hosted by St. Raymond’s Men’s Society in honor of all our High School and College Graduates.

All Are Welcome!

Golf Tournament
Sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Mike Rask and his committee, to the Men’s Society Members and all those who helped to make the golf tournament a great success this year in memory of Mike Buckley.
Special thanks to the Garrett Family for their great support and generosity!
Weekly Finances 6/5/16-6/12/16
Income: $7,861.24 (The Cedars rent and Maintenance and repair is included)
Expenses:$5,076. 84 (Personnel costs,  Laclede Gas for Complex, Lawn Care, Supplies for the church, Kitchen repair, Copier Lease, and Clergy NAM convention)

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