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ŽINIOS – September 2012

Welcome to Apreiskimo Parapijos
English Language Bulletin ZINIOS

September, 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.

September 3, LABOR DAY
American National Holiday, FLY OLD GLORY!

Our Lady of the Isle Shrine, Manorville, NY

Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

Annunciation School Yard, 1:00PM-8:00 PM

Annunciation School Yard and Parish Lower Hall
After 10:00 AM Mass- 5:00 PM BE THERE!


September 23
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

September 30
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

October 5
Office of Migration
Shining Star Banquet

October 7
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

October 8, COLUMBUS DAY American National Holiday

Annunciation Parish will commemorate the Feast of OUR LADY OF SILUVA on Sunday, September 9. Father Volertas will celebrate the Mass for her feast Day. Our Lady of Siluva, Intercede for us with Your Son, Our Blessed Lord!

The day before, Knights of Lithuania Council 152, invites all Lithuanians to the celebration of Mass in Lithuanian by Fr. Volertas in honor of Our Lady of Šiluva, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, in Manorville. For more information contact President Julia Schroeder at JASC...@AOL.COM.

HEADS UP! Sunday, September 16, THE ANNUAL ANNUNCIATION PARISH PICNIC will take place, so, Y’ALL COME Sunday for Mass, then come to the PICNIC in Annunciation School Yard for good Lithuanian Food and Beer, fun with friends old and new, and to support our beloved parish! THE ALTAR BOY HOT DOG STAND WILL BE BACK! EVERYONE is invited! There will be VERY special entertainment by KOLORADO ROMAS, and singing, dancing, a mini-lottery, lots of friendship and fun. EVERYBODY has a good time at our parish picnic! BE THERE!

CHANCE BOOKS have been sent to parishioners of record. IF YOU DID NOT GET your chance books, PLEASE, PLEASE, contact Joe and Irene Rudis RIGHT NOW at 718-438-4649 or at IMG...@VERIZON.NET. They will send you the books, with 5 tickets for the Annunciation Cash Lottery. THE FIRST PRIZE IS $500! Each individual chance ticket is $5. You can purchase all the tickets yourself, or sell them to your friends, neighbors and relatives! Can you sell an extra book? Joe can help with that, too! It is through this lottery that the MOST money is made by this parish event. DO YOUR PART! TAKE A CHANCE….. or five!

Donations are also needed for the MINI-LOTTERY. Aldona Senken, bless her, brought the VERY FIRST donation already! Perhaps you have a wood carving or painting to donate. A fine embroidery, or linen cloths, some amber jewelry, perhaps a good bottle of aged brandy…. Let Raimundas Slizys know, at LIT...@AOL.COM. Be sure to bring it this Sunday or EARLY in the day on September 16.

HELP! ANNUNCIATION NEEDS SOME BODIES! Putting on the parish picnic is a LARGE undertaking. Help is always needed……….to help with preparing the school yard Saturday (With LAK), help preparing food and the Lower Hall Saturday and Sunday, help with the mini-lottery. IF you are willing to volunteer an hour or three to help your parish with its biggest single fundraiser of the year, please contact ant member of the Lithuanian Affairs Committee. Many hands DO make light work!

NY Lithuanian Athletic Club News: This year’s LAK Event. LithNY, will take place September 15, from 1PM-8PM in the Annunciation Parish School Yard, 70 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn. EVERYONE, especially families, is invited! There will be food, refreshments of several sorts, music, and a lottery. The profits from this great fun event will be split between Camp Neringa and the Lithuanian Athletic Club. For more information about the picnic or about the club, contact Jonas Jankauskas at NEW LAK MEMBERS ARE MOST WELCOME! (For information about Lithuanians participating in the NY MARATHON, contact the Consulate at KONS...@URM.LT!)

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. It is important to be registered in our parish to show Bishop DiMarzio how important it is to have a parish in the diocese where Lithuanians can be at home in the Holy faith!

ALL the sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish:

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Eucharist is celebrated in LITHUANIAN every Sunday.

Confessions in Lithuanian and English, are heard EVERY Sunday before Mass.

Baptisms and Weddings are arranged through the Parish Office at 718-384-0223

Sacrament of the Sick, and “Last Rites”, Father Volertas (718-326-2236) and Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223) are available to bring the Sacraments and anoint the sick and frail. 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.

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 (Children) First Penance/First Communion, Confirmation. Childrens Liturgy, in Lithuanian and English, takes place ONE SUNDAY a month. Contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas at for the monthly calendar. A FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS is being formed NOW by Dr. Palubinskas. Contact her for details!

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. English-only servers are welcome!

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. ! If you are interested in the instrumental make up of our Mighty Austin Organ, Opus 288, go to the American Guild of Organists web site at . Our instrument truly is MIGHTY! Every organ is UNIQUE!

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.

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. (

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.

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.

GOOD NEWS! At least ONE weekday—Wednesday—The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in our church. The Mass is said in Spanish at 7:00 pm. ALL Catholics are welcome to attend!

A BIG, BIG Annunciation THANK YOU goes to our Curator of the Organ, Saulius Janusas. Saulius made his “debut” at the keyboard last month while Asta and virginius barkauskas were on holiday in sunny italy! St. Cecelia, bless him!

The 2012 Bishop’s Appeal has begun. Annunciation’s “quota” is $3,611. Last year only TWENTY SEVEN of us made donations. 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 publications table in the Parish Lower Hall or in the church vestibule. Any monies donated ABOVE our quota come back to the Parish for parish use.

Sick call list: Elvira Vilineskis, Phyllis Macenas, Liuda Gudelis, Joe Levonas, and Anele Steponis are suffering the assaults of age. Gloria O’Brien, Edward Diskevich, Antanas Vytuvis, Roma Zakas, Regina Gelzinis, and Jerry Cernauskas also need prayers. Virginia Scheibis has had health issues, too..

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, or stay 15-20 minutes longer to clear the tables, fold the cloths, and “wash” the coffee and tea pots. Aciu to Albina Zumbakis for donations of candy— from Kaunas!!

May they rest in peace in the arms of the angels! Joana Pumputis, who served Lithuanian Catholioc Religious Aid for many years, and Jonas Vilgalys, longtime member of the Great Neck LB Chapter, have died. Jonas is survived by Dr. Rytas, Justas, and Rasa, his (And a.a. Irena’s…) children.

There will be a funeral Mass for Valerija Sileikis on Saturday, October 6, at 10:30 am at Annunciation Church.

Pianist Gabrielius Alekna will perform with the New Amsterdan Symphony Orchestra on September 13, 7:30 PM. At Chelaea’s St. Peter’s Church, 246 W. 20 Street. The concert is FREE. See Gabrielius’ web site for more information:

Have you noticed the RAILING on the inner front door of our beloved church? Thank you, Phil Caponegro and Msgr. Calise for this safety modification!

The St. John’s SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER is providing FREE Screenings at their center from September 8- December 6. FOR INFORMATION contact them at 718-990-6450. There is also FREE help for folk with HERAING AIDS!

Ateitis Week, in Kennebunkport, Maine, was once again a resounding success! Choir members Astra Butkus (With her mother and her friend Catena Spiritosanto) and Audrone Overas lent their voices to the singing at Mass. Conseul General Sarapinas came..his first time! Pianists Dr. Frances Covalesky, Chris Staknys, and Darius Schubertas performed, as did singers Danute Mileika and Antanas Meilius, accompanied by Ginta Bistras. Guest speakers included Dr. Andrius Kazlauskas, Laima Sruoginis, and Julie Banionis. Go take a look at her presentation on the following link Sports Day was led by Alex Lileika, and Dalia Dzikas “produced” “Radio Ateitis”! Meals were produced by Chef Aldona, and Fr. Aurelijus Gricuis served as Chaplain. For information about NEXT YEAR’S Ateitis week, contact Laima Lileika Shea at

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!

CALLING ANNUNCIATION CLASS OF 1955! Jim Thomas (aloft or Linda Mockapetris Greene at . CALLING ANNUNCIATION CLASS OF 1963! Larry Kiceina know: IPAC...@YAHOO.COM

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 October 7. Glad Tidings (LGBT Community) meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 PM. Registration is open for students in grades k-8 at Queen of the Rosary Academy. Call 718-1110 for information. Registration for the Fall Catholic HS admission test (TACHS) is available at 1-866-61TACHS. The test is given in all Catholic High Schools on November 10.

TRYPTINIS, NY Lithuanian Folk Dance Ensemble News: Newcomers and former Tryptinis members of ALL AGES are welcome to join the group, as supporters or dancers. Contact Jonas Jankauskas to join the fun and great exercise!! .

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

Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid News: Executive Director Salvijus Kungus invites you to visit the NEW WEBSITE! LCRA has produced a history of its work, “A Mosaic of Works” . 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. It has both English AND Lithuanian text!

MAIRONIS SCHOOL NEWS: School will be open September 15. School Director Fausta Sinkunas invites all children, ages 2-15, and adults wanting to learn to speak Europe’s oldest living language to come to school! Maironis School holds classes Saturdays at 206 Skillman Street in Brooklyn (St. Francis of Paola parish). There are a few openings in the faculty as of this time. Can YOU give some time to teach? Contact Director Fausta at

THE BI-ANNUAL DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN PILGRIMAGE to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will take place this year on October 27. For information about bus transportation and the program for the day contact Father Volertas at VOLE...@AOL.COM or at 718-326-2236.

BRIDGES, the English Language Journal of the Lithuanian American Community, has a new editor! Terese Vekteris replaces the incomparable Jeanne Shalna Dorr, who has elevated BRIDGES to the effective news and information publication that it is today. Aciu, Jeanne! Welcome aboard, Terese! (Do YOU subscribe to BRIDGES? NO? Well! Contact Rimas Gedeika at to remedy the situation!)

Welcome to our New readers: Giedrius Jursys, Ijole Brazauskas, and to „returning“ reader Jurate Balsys Spencer!

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! E-MAIL!

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 Grazina Janusas GRAZ...@YAHOO.COM
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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