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Welcome to Apreiskimo Parapijos
English Language Bulletin ZINIOS

JUNE, 2012


(Palaimintasis Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevicius 1871-1927 Malda (Prayer)
Palaimintasis arkivyskupe Jurgi. Nekaltai Pradetusios Svenciausios Mergeles Marijos myletojau ir istikimas Baznycios sunau, ismelsk mums dorybiu ir jegu bei ryzto uoliai darbuotis Baznyciai, Tevynei, ir viska atnaujinti Kristuje.

Ateitis Federation New Member Investiture 10: 00 AM Mass
And Family Celebration Parish Lower Hall

Day of Sorrow and Hope Commemoration Annunciation Parish
Following 10:00 AM Mass Lower Hall



Fathers Day Celebration Parish Lower Hall

June 20 First day of Summer!

June 24 Feast of St. John: “Jonines”
Kavine Parish Lower Hall

July 1 XIV Lithuanian Dance Festival Boston, Mass
Kavine Parish Lower Hall

July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY American National Holiday



Come to meet His Excellency Bishop Gintaras Grusas! Come and show Bishop Grusas that ANNUNCIATION PARISH is indeed alive and well and living at North Fifth and Havemeyer! COME, FILL OUR CHURCH!

Sunday June 3rd, His Excellency Bishop Gintaras Grusas, chaplain to the Lithuanian Army and Spiritual head of the Lithuanian Catholic Association “Ateitis”, is visiting Annunciation parish to celebrate a High Mass at 10:00 AM. During the Mass, he will induct several young people into the New York Ateitis Youth Chapter. After Mass, Bishop Grusas will greet parishioners and guests, and take part, with Ateitis members and Ateitis Youth, in the yearly NY Ateitis Family Celebration Program, in the Annunciation Parish Lower Hall. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND! ENTRANCE TO THE PROGRAM IS FREE! After the brief program, lunch, featuring Lithuanian food prepared by The Avenue Bar and Grill”, will be available for purchase: Adults $10.00, Children, $3.00.There will also be bar service available, and a fundraising lottery. Come and show your support for the young and not-so- young Lithuanian Families of our Parish! For more information, please contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas at . If you can forward this good news to others, PLEASE DO SO!

ALL the sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish:

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharist are celebrated every Sunday.

Confessions are heard by Fr. Volertas before Mass in Lithuanian and English EVERY Sunday. Baptisms and Weddings, or for the Sacrament of the Sick, and “Last Rites”, just call Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223 ) or Fr. Volertas (718-326-2236).

Funerals DO take place in our church. Be sure to specify ANNUNCIATION to the Funeral Director, so the funeral will be held in your own parish church, or contact the Rectory directly at 718-384-0223

Annunciation Religious Education Program for Lithuanian and English speaking only children:

First Penance/First Communion, Confirmation—Contact Raimundas Slizys –

Childrens’ Liturgy, in Lithuanian and English, takes place ONE SUNDAY a month. Contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas at for the monthly calendar.

Religious Education for Adults who wish to become Catholics, or Baptized Catholics who have not received all the sacraments is available. Contact Raimundas Silzys or Pat Sidas.

Altar Servers Children (or adults) who want to serve should contact Dr. Algis Lukosevicius at . Schedules for serving are flexible.

Lectors at Mass Ladies and gentlemen who would like to serve should contact Vida Penikas (, or 516-922-1760). Vida will show you the ropes and help you schedule your time.

Annunciation Parish Lithuanian Choir To join, please come to the Loft any Sunday to meet Organist and Choir Director Asta Barkauskas . The choir rehearses after Mass in the Loft or Lower Hall.

ATTENTION! VOLUNTEER USHERS are needed at Sunday Mass. Receiving the temporal offerings of our parishioners and guests and delivering them to the Altar at Sunday Mass is a noble thing to volunteer to do. Please consider volunteering to help the current Usher staff. (

Sunday, MAY 6 Lithuanian Mothers Day was celebrated in our parish. Maironis School held the Annual Mother’s Day Celebration at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Hall. The School’s Parents Committee put on a fine lunch, and precious entertainment was provided by the tallest and the smallest Maironis students, Thanks go to Parents, Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Children of Maironis School for making Mothers Day memorable in Annunciation Parish! Special thanks go to Dance Teacher Aldona Marijosius, who managed to pull together enough children to do the scheduled dances after illnesses caused several of the assigned dancers to be unable to come!

On May 20, Father Gediminas, Numgaudis, OFM, came “straight off the plane” practically, to Annunciation! He presented an afternoon program of meditation and instruction on the Sacrament of Baptism for a fine crowd of young families and young people that Sunday afternoon. Thank you, Father Gediminas, thank you Dr. Milda Palubinskaite for organizing the afternoon, and thank you, Kungys family, for hosting Father Gediminas!

Sick call list: Regina Balsys, Elvira Vilineskis, Phyllis Macenas, Liuda Gudelis, Joe Levonas, and Anele Steponis are suffering the assaults of age. Gloria O’Brien, Edward Diskevich, Antanas Vytuvis, and Jerry Cernauskas also need prayers. Virginia Scheibis has had health issues, too. Tadas Alinskas is recovering from a mild heart attack. Daughter Audrey would like to engage a Lithuanian speaking person to visit with him. Contact her if you know someone who could help: GENT...@HOTMAIL.COM

A BIG Annunciation ACIU for all her work in producing Annunciation Weekly Bulletin goes to Vida Jankauskas, who is “temporarily” relinquishing her duties as BULLETIN Editor to Grazina Janusas. Of course, a second BIG ANNUNICATION ACIU goes to Grazina for consenting to do the bulletin. News items for the bulletin need to be in Grazina’s hands WEDNESDAY of each week. Contact her at GRAZ...@YAHOO.COM. 516-676-6496.

This year’s commemoration of June 14′s Mourning and Hope Day, for remembrance of those who were exiled to Siberia, or killed, as part of Soviet genocide in Lithuania, will be held on Sunday June 10th after the 10:00 AM Mass. The event is being hosted by LAC NY District and Chapters.
We will have the honor of having Valdemaras Sarapinas – Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in NY, introduce this year’s main speaker, Rita Kazragiene – Minister Counselor at Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact NYLB District Council President Ramute Zukas at

Are you unable to get to Mass? Know someone else who can’t? Eucharistic Minister Vytautas Cereska will bring the Body and Blood of Christ to you. Call Vytautas at 646-246-8270. Father Volertas (718-326-2236) and Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223) are available to bring the Sacraments and anoint the sick and frail.

KAVINE NEWS: If you want to provide something special at Kavine, please contact Pat Sidas at SID...@SOL.COM so she can help you coordinate your donation. God Bless the KAVINE SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP COMMITTEE. To volunteer to help at Kavine, contact Vida Penikas or Pat Sidas. All you have to do is come half an hour early once in a while to set up the hall, and/or stay 15-20 minutes longer to clear the tables, fold the cloths, and “wash” the coffee and tea pots. THANK YOU to Virginia Scheibis, who now helps both BEFORE and AFTER Mass, and to Cecile Murgatroyd, who brought cake when she was “in town”!

Cecile has found a web site, through FACEBOOK, that is called NORTHSIDE BROOKLYN. For those of you who miss Sarah Newman’s COMMENTWILLIAMSBURG, try NORTHSIDE BROOKLYN via Facebook! Thanks, Cecile!

Speaking of being in town, Linda Mockapetris Greene and her dear George were “in town” recently: ALL THE WAY FROM BUSHKILL, PA! Linda and George not only brought their joyful, happy faces to Kavine, they also brought fabulous homemade cake, provided the coffee, and made a donation of cake plates and forks! Annunciation is proud of Linda and George, who are VERY, VERY active in their local parish and the food pantry in Bushkill.

NORTHSIDE SENIOR CENTER, 179 North 6th (Bet. Bedford and Driggs Aves.) is open to ALL SENIORS! They have “Morning Coffee Break”, lunch, recreational, educational, and social activities, a COMPUTER LAB, and Social Services information available free, or for VERY LITTLE charge. Check this Catholic Charities Center OUT! Remember the Bishop’s Appeal? Well, here’s where some of the money goes! (718-387-2316.) THEY EVEN HAVE TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE!

The 2012 Bishop’s Appeal has begun. Annunciation’s “quota” is $3,611. Where does the money go? See above, or ask Fr. Volertas, who runs the Migration Office Lithuanian Apostolate, or ask the children in Religious Education programs. Last year only TWENTY SEVEN of us made donations, one a very generous donation that made making our parish quota possible. WE ALL have a responsibility to make a donation, no matter how small. “Where Charity and Love prevail, There God is ever found. Brought here together by God’s love, by love are we thus bound…” Envelopes are available on the Share table or in the church vestibule.

CLERGY IN THE NEWS! Did you know that Father Podziunas, Franciscan Provincial in faraway Wisconsin, is a “grandson” of Annunciation? His precious Mom was from our parish! He was “back East” for the Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid 50th Anniversary festivities!

Two priests of our diocese will soon be ordained auxiliary bishops……….Monsignors Raymond Chapetto and Paul Sanchez. God Bless and Keep them!

Father Daniel Staniskis, who served our parish as an assistant to Father Pakalniskis, will take up a new assignment in his New Jersey Diocese, at Our Lady of the Magnificat (Our Lady of the Annunciation by any other name!) in Kinnelon on June 29. Father assures everyone he still plans to serve the New Jersey Lithuanian Community at Saint Peter and Paul Parish!

Parish Pastoral Council News: At the May meeting, Monsignor Calise and all the Council members thanked retiring Annunciation Parish Council member, Vida Jankauskas, for her dedicated work in representing Annunciation Parish on the Joint Council.

MAIRONIS SCHOOL NEWS: Saturday, May 19, FIVE students graduated! Graduation for Matas Angelaidis Antanina Belzer, Lina Mickus, Auste Norvila, and Matas Slizys was held in Annunciation Church, with a reception in the Parish Lower Hall. CONGRATULATIONS!

Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid News: LCRA has produced a history of its work! The English Title is “A Mosaic of Works” . The Lithuanian version is in the same book, and is titled “Veiklos Fragmentai”. The price is $25.00 plus shipping. The book can be purchased at LCRA -* 64-25 Perry Ave., Maspeth New York. E-mail tel: 718-326-5202.

May he rest in peace in the arms of the angels! Arturas Jautakas, after much suffering, has gone home to The Father and St. Cecelia. Loneda. Loris and Adris need our prayers, too. Algis Sruoginis, husband of Aldona Simutis Sruoginis, father of Laima, Andrius, Kristina nad Vincas, has died. Two of God’s Chosen have left us this month: Passionist Father Clement Kasinskas, renowned preacher of Lithuanian and English retreats has died at age 82. (Aciu, Father Yenkevich, for this sad news…) Sister Georgina Altamore, OP, who taught at Annunciation School in 1968-69, has died………….at age 100.

ANNUNCIATION IS PROUD OF: Organist Virginijus Barkauskas (and Maestra Asta, too!) recently returned from his triumphant visit to Lithuania! He was invited by the “Lietuvos Muzikos Remimo Fondo” to participate in the “Sugrizimai” festival. This year marked the 13th season of the event in which Lithuanian heritage musicians from all over the world participated. The first concert was performed at St. Michael the Archangel’s Pro-Cathedral in Marijampole on May 13th, and the second, which ended this season’s “Sugrizimai” festival, was held at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius on May 15th. Virginjus performed solo pieces for the organ and compositions for the oboe and for voice. He was accompanied by renowned oboist Robertas Beinaris and a bass soloist from the Lithuanian National Opera, Liudas Norvaisa. Both performances attracted a large audience. Former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and his wife Alma attended the concert in Vilnius. In the program Virginijus included the music of J.S. Bach, J.L Krebs, G. Verdi, L. Vierne, and other classical pieces and works by Lithuanian composers such as Juzeliunas’ “Concerto for the Organ”, as well as a piece specially composed for the festival by V. Striaupaite-Beinariene, Sonata “Sugrizimas,” for the organ and oboe. For more information visit: (Aciu, Asta for this wonderful information!)

CALLING ANNUNCIATION CLASS OF 1955! Please get in touch with your classmates Jim Thomas (aloft or Linda Mockapetris Greene at .

CALLING ANNUNCIATION CLASS OF 1963! Know a member? Maybe, your baby brother? Let Larry Kiceina know: IPAC...@YAHOO.COM The Class wants to have a REUNION!

Camp Neringa News: www.NERINGA.ORG Neringa is a great place for Kids! Want to visit one weekend? June 27-29 is OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND! Contact for information!

NY Lithuanian Athletic Club News: NEW MEMBERS ARE MOST WELCOME! (

The 14th Lithuanian Dance Festival for information on tickets. HELP WANTED: Sister Igne needs some volunteers, who will be at the Dance Festival, to help “man” the Neringa Exhibit table there. Maybe you’re going and could help? Call Sister at 978-582-5592!

Our Lady of Vilnius News: For information, contact Elaine Derso, 212-874-2506, Mindaugas Blaudziunas at

NEW JERSEY NEWS: SUMMERFEST/JONINES, sponsored by Central New Jersey Chapter of the Lithuanian American Community, will take place June 23.

HEADS UP! Council 152, Knights of Lithuania president Julia Schroeder asks all of us to a commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of Siluva, September 8, 2012, at Our Lady of the Island Shrine, that will also commemorate the 99th ammiversary of the founding of the Knights of Lithuania.

News from Mt. Carmel: (

Mt. Carmel Serenity Sunday, for people recovering from addictions, and for those who love them. Mass at 5:00 pm, “pot luck” supper after, followed by “meetings” according to the precepts of “AA”. Next Serenity Sunday will be June 3. Glad Tidings (LGBT Community) meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 PM.

TO REGISTER yourself and your family at Annunciation Parish call 718-384-0223 or e-mail . You can also register at Kavine. See Joe Rudis for a registration form.

Are you unable to get to Mass? Eucharistic Minister Vytautas Cereska will bring the Body and Blood of Christ to you. Call Vytautas at 646-246-8270. Father Volertas (718-326-2236) and Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223) are available to bring the Sacraments and anoint the sick and frail.

Offertory Envelopes make it easy to make your weekly donation to the support the parish. You receive a packet monthly, by mail, with an envelope for each Sunday and for any scheduled special collections. To get on the mailing list, contact MARY ANN at the OLMC office…718-384-0223.

Volunteers are always needed: Someone to read at Mass, to sing in the choir, to wash a pot or set a table once in a while. . Maybe, YOU can volunteer just once in a while so the work does not always fall on the same generous souls? The list of who to contact is below…….CALL!

COME VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR PARISH! Come help do His work on Earth!

Administrator Msgr. Joseph Calise 718-384-0223
Associate Priest Rev.Vytautas Volertas 718-326-2236
Parish Trustees, Parish Council Members Eric Arango, Raimundas Slizys
Lithuanian Affairs Vida Jankauskas L...@EARTHLINK.NET
Committee Raimundas Slizys LIT...@AOL.COM
Lectors, Ushers Vida Penikas
Annunciation Parish Lithuanian Choir Asta Barkauskas Just Come to the loft!
Kavine Pat Sidas 203-762-9726, SID...@AOL.COM
Lithuanian/English Bulletin Editor Vida Jankauskas L...@EARTHLINK.NET
Parish Website Administrator Arunas Tirksliunas
Decorating the Church Joe Rudis, Algis Lukosevicius 718-438-4649
Acolyte Program Dr. Algis Lukosevicius ALGI...@YAHOO.COM
Religious Education Dr. Milda Palubinskaite
Salvijus Kungys
Dana Raciunas Norvila,
Raimundas Slizys LITH...@AOL.COM
Rosemarie Walsh (English) 718-384-0223, ext. 28
Ateitis Dr. Algis Lukosevicius
Youth Chapter Dr. Milda Palubinskas
Spanish Affairs Committee /Bulletin Leticia Serrano ARI...@AOL.COM
Annunciation Parish Spanish Choir Antonio Arenas See him after 11:30 am Mass
Guadalupe Committee Clemente Randon C12G...@AOL.COM
Queen of the Rosary Academy 718-782-1110
Teachers of Light Tutoring/SAT Prep program (free) 347-342-8354,
Diocesan Migration Office Msgr. Ralph Marino 718-236-3000
Serenity Sunday Monsignor Calise 718-384-0223
LGBT Ministry Father Michael Lynch 718-834-0223
Maironis Lithuanian Saturday School Fausta Sinkunas, Principal
Lithuanian Scouts : Tomas Lora, Aldute Belzer,
Lithuanian Athletic Club ( Jonas Jankauskas
Knghts of Lithuania: K12: Elaine Derso K110: Dr. P. Kazas: K152: Julia Schroeder
RADIO MARIJA www.marijosradijas.LT
Rachel’s Helpers (Abortion Victims Consolation) 718-939-6646
Churches United (English Classes, Legal Clinic, Employment Services, all free) 718-388-3774
Diocesan Catholic Charities Family/Counseling Centers 718-281-9540,

To schedule an event in the Parish Lower Hall, please contact R. Slizys at LIT...@AOL.COM

You can ask a Mass be said in Annunciation Church. Joe Rudis has the Mass Book Sundays after Mass in the Parish Hall. The usual stipend is $50.


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