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Welcome to the website of Saint George Orthodox Church in Norwood, Massachusetts.

The mission of Saint George Church
is to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ through the Faith of the Holy Orthodox Church.
We exist to love and worship God, to serve our parish, our community, and all of God's people through
Worship and Prayer     Service and Outreach     Education and Faith 
Fellowship Being Good Stewards of God's Gifts




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PATRIARCH JOHN X IN NEW ENGLAND

His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN of Antioch and All the East will preside at the Divine Liturgy, Sunday July 19th at Saint George Cathedral in Worcester. The clergy of New England have been invited to serve with him and the parishes of the Diocese will be closed so that all the faithful may attend.

The following Sunday, July 26th, His Beatitude will again preside at the Hierarchical Liturgy, which will conclude the Archdiocese Convention being held in Boston. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has asked that parishes again be closed so that all the parishioners can participate in the service.

Saint Mary Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts is proud to host this year's biennial Convention from July 19 through 26 in Boston. Registration and information is on line at www.acboston2015.com.

The reports of the departments and organizations for the General Assembly of the Convention are available on line at www.antiochian.org.



ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION IN BOSTON

Saint Mary Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts is proud to host this year's biennial Convention from July 19 through 26 in Boston. Our historic city's significance in American history is a fitting backdrop as we celebrate our own history of Orthodoxy in America, the 100th anniversary of the falling asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. Making this event even more historic will be the presence of his Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch, presiding, and the first North American Convention under his Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Registration and information is on line at www.acboston2015.com.



JOIN US ON THE RED CARPET -- CELEBRATING GENERATIONS OF FRIENDS
October 3. Gala event. Central Flat, Norwood



RETREAT - MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Father Ted Pulcini will lead a retreat titled, "Hearing Your Call and Responding To It" on Saturday, September 26th, beginning at 9:00 am at Saint John of Damascus Church in Dedham. This was the event that was snowed out during the winter. Registration forms are available in the parish hall. (While sponsored by the Antiochian Women, it is open to everyone!)



NORWOOD DAY

Saturday, September 12th, is Norwood Day. Again this year our church plans to have a booth. Cindy Apgar is coordinating this effort; please see her with your ideas or if you can volunteer a couple hours.



LADIES & CHURCH SCHOOL PARENTS

Next Sunday, following the Liturgy, meetings are scheduled for both the Ladies of Saint George and our Church School parents. The Ladies will meet in the church right after the service (about 11:30.)

Then, following coffee hour, the parents will meet in the hall (about 12:15 ish.) The parents gathering is a follow-up to a meeting held last week to discuss the structure and timing of our program, as well as to name a successor to Rich Plouffe. Attending the meeting were Father Joseph, Rocco & Mara Giovanni, Valerie Saber and Marcia Deeb Shapiro.



PC MINUTES AND MONTHLY REPORTS

Don't forget, the bulletin board in the parish hall has the latest minutes from Parish Council meetings and the monthly Income & Expense reports. The latter has a new look, as it comes from the Power Church software we have recently adopted.



FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL

At the regular meeting of the Council this past week, we received a report from Cindy Apgar who participated in a Church Mutual Webinar. It was designed to help [board] members understand their fiduciary responsibilities. It is part of a series on "Board Governance: Best Practices". Church Mutual is our insurance company. The Council also welcomed Bob Berslin from the Dedham Savings Investment Group, who spoke about ways for organizations (including churches) to invest funds. This topic will be taken up again at a future meeting.



SUMMER COFFEE HOURS

From next week through Labor Day there are 15 Sundays (actually 14, since we will be closed July 26th for the Archdiocese Convention.) It would be so awesome to have each of those coffee hours covered before we leave today. Find a friend and sign up. It can be super simple, just coffee, soft drinks, bagels, pastry and fruit. Don't worry about a fancy spread, this time of the year it is just so nice to spend a little time in fellowship after the Liturgy.



HOLY BREAD BAKERS

Emily Pappas has stepped in as our new holy bread coordinator. The list, beginning with July 5 has been posted in the kitchen and copies are available there. If you are interested in joining the baking team, let Emily or Father Joseph know.



PATRIARCHS MEET IN SYRIA

On Monday, June 8, 2015, the five Patriarchs of the churches of Antioch met in a summit in Damascus to discuss the plight of Christians in the Middle East. "We are authentic (people) of this land, deeply rooted in its earth that was watered by the sweat of our fathers and grandfathers, and we confirm more than ever that we are staying," noted the statement released following the meeting, which was reported in several news outlets including Reuters and Ecumenical News.

His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, was in attendance, as was Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Gregorios III of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church,, and Bechara Boutros al-Rahi of the Maronite Church. The Vatican Ambassador to Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari, also participated. The Patriarchs called for "a culture of openness, peace and freedom of belief" in the region, and urged the international community to seek the political solutions that will lead to such conditions.



2015 ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN'S PROJECT

For 2015, the Antiochian Women have been tasked by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH with a new Project: "Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy Across North America: Regional Camping & Learning Centers & Monastic Communities." The Metropolitan's vision is to offer programs and centers across North America that focus on Orthodoxy: our way of life, our worship, and our faith. We must reach out to children and adults of all ages, and have facilities (camps and/or centers) for these activities to take place.

The second part of this Project is the establishment of "Monastic Communities." Monasteries are where the Gospel is lived on a daily basis and are places of beauty and holiness. It is where we as faithful Orthodox should go for spiritual nourishment and refreshment. Overseas, Antiochian Orthodox monasteries are plentiful but, in North America, they are sorely lacking. The goal is to create Antiochian Orthodox monastic communities throughout the United States and Canada.

Let us recall the parable of the mustard seed: "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? . It is like a mustard seed which . when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade." (Mark 4:30-32) We as Antiochian Women must help to nurture these mustard seeds, and Orthodoxy, across North America.

We ask for your support of this exciting Project towards the future of our beloved Antiochian Archdiocese.

Today following the Liturgy, Katie Birtwell, president of the Ladies of Saint George will speak about their work. And mark your calendars for March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation: The Ladies annual fish dinner will follow the 6:00 Liturgy. Reservations are required.



INTERVIEW ON CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA

This past Thursday, Ancient Faith Radio interviewed Samer Laham, Director of Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development for the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Syria. The Department is a nonprofit organization belonging to and operating from the Patriarchate, located in the old city of Damascus. Mr. Laham was visiting the headquarters of the International Orthodox Christian Charities in Baltimore, and sat down to share his up-to-date account of the dire situation inside his homeland. "About 10.8 million people are in need of assistance" due to the civil war conditions in Syria, he noted in his introduction. The full interview is on line at www.ancientfaith.com



ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION

52nd Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, Boston, MA - Sunday, July 19, 2015-Sunday, July 26, 2015 - Hosted by St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA. Go to www.acboston2015.com to register for hotel rooms, events and Boston excursions and to obtain Souvenir Journal information and information about family activities and events. Rooms are booking quickly for this historic convention. Please call the church at (617) 547-1234 with any questions.





 

 


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Regular Schedule of Services

Sunday
9:00 AM - Matins
10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
11:30 AM - Coffee Hour

Saturday
5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Confessions are heard on Saturdays after Great Vespers or by appointment



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