Welcome

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
Being Good Stewards of God's Gifts




Place your mouse over the date in the calender to see the service or event schedule.

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Advent Fast

We fast before the Great Feast of the Nativity in order to prepare ourselves Our Lord's birth. As in the case of Great Lent, the Nativity Fast is one of preparation, during which we focus on the coming of the Savior by fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

By fasting, we "shift our focus" from ourselves to others, spending less time worrying about what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat ... in order to use our time in increased prayer and caring for the poor. We learn through fasting to gain control over things which we sometimes allow to control us - and for many people, food is a controlling factor. Thou, O lonely manger, prepare thyself.

Hasten, O ye shepherds,
for the birth of Christ is at hand.
Hurry on, ye magi, and gather, all ye angels,
And shout, "To thee be glory,
Who for our sakes art born!"
-- from the Advent Paraklesis



SERVICES DURING ADVENT

In addition to the weekly cycle of services (Saturday Vespers, Sunday Matins and Liturgy) there are other services to help you prepare for the feast.

  • Liturgy on Monday, 5 December, at 6:00 pm for Saint Nicholas
  • Advent Paraklesis on the 13th ∧ 20th at 7:00 pm
  • the Royal Hours of the Nativity on the 23rd at 8:00 am.


The Nativity this year falls on a Sunday -- Matins and Liturgy will be served at 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve. There will be no services on the 25th. Looking ahead to Theophany, the diocesan liturgy and blessing of waters with Bishop John will be in Dedham on 5 January.



MARRIED? PLANNING TO BE? QUESTIONS?

Bishop John will offer Reflections on Marriage and Our Marriage Ceremony at the Chancery (2 Lydia's Path, Westborough) on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 to 3:00. Registration is $15 per person and includes lunch. Make your reservation with His Grace at frjpa@aol.com. Questions can be directed to Bishop JOHN at 724.518.5788.



STEWARDSHIP

Each November, we set aside one day to speak about stewardship -- a topic not focused on dollars but rather our response as Christians to the abundance of gifts God has given us. At the conclusion of the Liturgy last week, Father Joseph spoke about our 2017 program and packets were passed out to those here -- the remainder were mailed on Monday. It is so important that each of us take this responsibility seriously; both for the building up of our community and our spiritual well-being.

Make sure you return your pledge card by December 15th. If you have any questions, see Father or Joan Cassidy.



SOYO - SACRED MUSIC CD

Young people from around the archdiocese have released the new beautifully sung music CD "Grace Shining Forth". Order your CDs through our SOYO https://TeenSOYO.org/Shop All profits from this Music CD will go to provide Scholarships to our parish teens to attend the Youth Music Program at the Sacred Music Institute. Cassidy.



Sittee's Savory Kitchen

Sales of our Middle Eastern Salad Dressing kicked off at Norwood Day in September and then 2 weeks ago we had a huge turn out at the OCC in town where parishioners, friends and diners enjoyed great food marinated with our dressing. Pick up a bottle at coffee hour or order on line at SitteesSavoryKitchen.com What a great stocking stuffer! Proceeds are all going to our building fund.

The Mission Statement (from the lid of the jar):
Sittee is "my grandmother" - one of countless women who, as the backbone of our community, used their culinary talents to help build and sustain our church. Sittee's Savory Kitchen honors these beloved women and their legacy by giving all proceeds to the Building Fund.



Saint George Capital Campaign

Since kicking off the campaign to raise funds for our building renovation, expansion and elevator we have received pledges from 58 families and foundations. This represents 95 parishioners and friends and totals over $215,000. And with what is in the bank we now have committents or cash for over $825,000. The Council and Building Committee met recently with our architect to refine the design and costs. It was a fabulous meeting and we plan to share all the information with everyone very soon.



Conference & Convention

The 2017 PLC and Convention are less than a year away: In New England, the Parish Life Conference will be June 23-24.

The Archdiocese Convention is July 23-30 in Miami and hotel registration is open. The Convention website is www.AC2017Miami.org.

The Convention and Conference Theme for 2017 will be: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. (Mark11:17) That is also the theme for the Oratorical Festival.

The Bible Bowl book is Saint Mark.





 

 





 






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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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