To help explore the incredible gift of a couple's fertility, we have invited Julie Tomko, a certified Natural Family Planning (NFP) instructor in the Creighton Fertility Method, to speak about the myriad physical and spiritual benefits of Natural Family Planning.
A fundraising dinner will be held at 6:00pm on November 6th at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church to benefit those in the estimated 100,000 homes which were destroyed in the recent flooding of Baton Rouge.
All donations will go directly to flood victims via IOCC and Catholic Charities, who are both active in the area. Thank you for your support!
By the Grace of God and through the intercessions of the Mother of God, Holy Cross Church is honored and blessed to host the Miraculous Icon of the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (Iveron-Hawaiian) on Sunday evening, July 17. Plan to come and bring friends and neighbors as we venerate the Myrrh-Streaming Icon through which so many have been healed, comforted, and converted to the Faith. A Paraklesis will be served before the Icon at 5:00pm and everyone will have a chance to be anointed and, God willing, receive a portion of the holy Myrrh. See http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/49458.htm.
From the Diocese of Charleston and New York: Join us June 29 - July 3 for the 65th annual Parish Life Conference hosted by: St. Mary Church (Johnstown, PA) & St. Michael (Greensburg, PA) Antiochian Village Conference Center. Details on registration and event deadlines can be found at antiochianevents.com/ny.html.
Please join the Annunciation Cathedral for it's 22nd annual Lenten retreat sponsored by the "Growing in Faith" Bible Study: "I Will Walk Among You": Our participation in the Incarnation of Christ with retreat master the Very Reverend Abbot Gryphon of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, WA. Saturday, April 2, 2016 9:00am to 3:30pm and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Great Vespers.
The Sisterhood of Saint Nina is sponsoring a service day at Saint Nina’s Monastery on Saturday March 26. The day begins at 8:00am at Holy Cross. We will car pool to the monastery to celebrate 9:00am Liturgy with the nuns followed by breakfast. After breakfast we will begin our tasks. We plan to work until 2:00 or 3:00pm and then car pool back to Holy Cross. Bring a bag lunch and something to drink.
The Anchisyhati quartet from the Republic of Georgia. A performance of ancient three-voiced Georgian Orthodox liturgical polyphony and Caucasian folk-song, with goatskin bagpipe of 4-stringed lute at St. Nicholas Cathedral on Friday, March 11 at 6:30pm. Suggested donation: $20 (students and children free).
The Purpose of Marriage and/or Monasticism, a talk by Constantine Zalalas Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:00pm at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 10760 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705 (in Twin Chimneys Office Park). Donations will go to the support the needs of Holy Apostles’ parish. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome! For more information contact Matushka Deborah Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Holy Archangels February 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for an evening of discovery as we explore the history and elegance of Georgian wine (the country not the state) for a good cause. Georgia is widely recognized to be the oldest wine making region with over 8,000 years of continuous wine making tradition.
Lent begins late this year, so in the gray days of February, come to Holy Cross for an uplifting evening of warmth and green. On Sunday, February 21 at 5:00pm, we'll gather to pray an Akathist to the Celtic Saints; then we'll enjoy a traditional Irish dinner with a photo tour of some holy sites in that blessed country.
Suggested donation is $30 per person, and every penny will go straight to supporting the Monastery of All Celtic Saints on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, which is in need of major repairs in order to open its doors.
The 9th Annual Baltimore Orthodox Bible Bowl will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church. We warmly invite you and your Sunday School students to participate. It is a great event… each year the quality of the competition improves noticeably.
What is the Baltimore Orthodox Bible Bowl?
- Orthodox youth from around the Baltimore/Washington DC region participate in friendly competition.
- Our youth study specific books from Holy Scripture and answer age appropriate questions.
- Sunday Schools from various Orthodox Churches participate – it’s Pan-Orthodox.
This is a great way to encourage your youth to study Holy Scripture and learn team work.
As we have each year since our founding as a mission, Holy Cross members will witness to the sacredness of each individual life, from conception, by joining thousands of others in Washington, DC for the March for Life. This year's rally and march will be held on Friday, January 22.
The Sunday School would like to encourage everyone to fill a shoebox with various items for Operation Christmas Child. In addition to the filled box, please include a $7 check to cover shipping costs. If you need a box, I understand Chick-Fil-A is giving them away!
Holy Archangels will be holding a very important retreat focused on raising our children in the Orthodox Faith the weekend of our Patronal Feast on Saturday, Nov. 7, entitled, "Raising our Children in Christ in an Age of Disbelief: Family, Church, Community."
The Center for Byzantine Material Arts will host a series of lectures from scholars/clergy who specialize in Byzantine studies to lecture on aspects of the Icon November 5th at 7:00pm. We invite you to join us for the Fall/Winter series which meets the first Thursday of the month. Check calender for scheduled lectures each month.
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church will host a Fall Fun Day on Saturday, October 31st beginning at 11:30 AM in the many-acre picnic area of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery. All Baltimore area Orthodox Sunday School students and families are warmly invited.
From Mike Sisco: I've booked the retreat for the Brotherhood of St. Joseph at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY from October 30th–November 1st. The suggested donation is $25 per night. They have room for up 45 guests and I'd like to have all of the RSVPs by October 23rd.
A casual, young adult event will be hosted by Michael, Peter and Greg at our house on October 25, 5:00pm. Please join us for a relaxing evening of good food, fellowship and fun. Fr Gregory will be joining us. Address 317 Orchard Rd Glen Burnie Md, about 5 minutes from Holy Cross. Contact Greg Coogan for more information. See you there!
From Sd. John David: Holy Cross will provide lunch to the homeless on Saturday October 24th. We need people to help make and serve the food. We need one more entree, a desert, and a food that they can "take away" with them for the afternoon. Something like PB&J sandwiches and a box juice in a gallon zip lock bag. We should plan to serve about forty (40) people.
From Fr. Raphael Barberg: I would like to invite you to the celebration of our patronal feast, James the Apostle and Brother of the Lord, October 23. The festivities will include:
- a Great Vespers served on Thursday evening October 22 which will include Litia, Artoklasia and anointing with the Oil of Gladness, to be followed by a reception. This will all begin at 6:00pm.
- The morning of Friday the 23rd we will serve Festal Matins beginning at 8:30am followed by the Divine Liturgy of St. James beginning approximately 10:00am. This will be followed by an informal brunch.
It is always such a blessing and encouragement to have our brothers and sisters celebrate with us on our patron’s feast day! And of course, please keep us in your holy prayers as we remember you in our own.
Calling all men and women of Holy Cross! The sisterhood is sponsoring a new club and joining forces with the brotherhood to create the Holy Cross Book Club for men and women! We will meet every 3rd Sunday starting on October 18th from 6:30-7:30pm in the parish hall.
You and your family are cordially invited to a 'newcomers reception' on Sunday, October 18, at 1:00pm at the home of Fr. Gregory and Kh. Frederica. The parish council is planning this event as a way for all of us to meet each other, have casual conversation and enjoy dessert.
The third Sunday of October, October 18, 2015 is Special Olympics Awareness Day (SOAD) across our Archdiocese. On Sunday, October 18th, our teen group are asked to seek the financial help in funding the Special Olympics Sports Camp to be held at the Antiochian Village in the summer of 2015.
The 42nd Annual Russian Festival will take place at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church on Friday Oct. 16through Sunday, Oct. 18. Homemade ethnic dishes, artisan breads, live entertainment, icons, liturgical recordings and much more are available at the festival. See www.russfest.org for more information.
Join us to bid farewell to Janet and Ephraim Roseland on October 11th at 2:00pm at the Denton's. It is a sad time when we have to say goodbye to one of our own. But instead of moping about, let's celebrate their new adventure ahead and the wonderful times we have had together!