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ŽINIOS – July 2012

Welcome to Apreiskimo Parapijos
English Language Bulletin ZINIOS

July 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.

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

American National Holiday

Lithuanian National Holiday

July 8
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

July 15, Darius and Girenas Commemoration
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

July 22
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

July 26, Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne “Onines”
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

July 29
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

August 5
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

Most everyone loves summer — the warm—even hot—weather, long days, flowers in the field, fresh fruits and vegetables with which to refresh body and soul. Vacation and Camp often take up a chunk of July…time to be free of the rules of work, maybe even the stricter winter rules of family life… time to cook out, time to dress casually, time to just BE. BE grateful to Almighty God for the happy things of summer, for the freedom to relax and the extra time to play. Just don’t forget, Jesus awaits you every Sunday in His Tabernacle Home…

Sunday June 3rd, His Excellency Bishop Gintaras Grusas, chaplain to the Lithuanian Army and Spiritual head of the Lithuanian Catholic Association “Ateitis”, visited Annunciation parish to celebrate Mass and take part in the Ateitis Group’s Annual Family Celebration Program. The parish choir, under the direction of Organist and Choir Director Asta Barkauskas, not only sang the Mass and hymns as usual, they also sang the traditional greeting to a Bishop, Ecce, Sacerdos, which they learned for the occasion. They also learned the Ateitis Himnas for the occasion. During the Mass, Bishop Grusas inducted several young people into the New York Ateitis Youth Chapter. After Mass, Bishop Grusas greeted parishioners and guests, and took part, with Ateitis members and Ateitis Youth, in the yearly NY Ateitis Family Celebration Program, in the Annunciation Parish Lower Hall. Many Annunciation parishioners joined the Ateininkiai for this special affair. Monsignor Calise even came and spoke a few words of welcome and praise for the event. Annunciation was also honored by the presence of retired priest, Father Haggerty, who grew up in the neighborhood and now lives at Mt. Carmel. After the brief program, lunch, featuring Lithuanian food prepared by The Avenue Bar and Grill, was served.

Many thanks go to Ateitis members Dr. Algis Lukosevicius, Dr. Milda Palubinskas, Monika Sabalis, and Mindaugas and Jurate Zukauskas for organizing this wonderful event. Parishioners who helped were Antanas Bublis, Onute Povilaitis, Irene and Joe Rudis, Pat Sidas, Matas Slizys, Raimundas Slizys, Tracey Slizys, and Milda Stanislauskas. Thanks also to Father Volertas and Bishop Grusas, who so reverently said and sang the Mass. For more information about this Catholic Action Group, please contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas at

ALL the sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish:

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

Confessions in Lithuanian and English, EVERY Sunday before Mass, heard by Fr. Volertas.

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 for Lithuanian and English- 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.

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. (

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.

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.

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.

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 very generous donation 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.

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.

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.

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. A BIG Kavine Aciu to Ona Povilaitis, Nijole Mazeika, Vitalija Slizys, Grazina and Saulius Janusas, Asta Barkauskas, and Giedre Kumpikas for volunteering to help July 1 so Pat could go to the Sokiu Svente! Aciu to Joe Rudis for a donation of coffee.

May they rest in peace in the arms of the angels! Actor Tadas Alinskas, husband of Renata, father of Audrey, Trachtenberg Linas Alinskas, and their brother, has died. Valerija Sileikis, mother of Aldona Marijosius, Audrone Staknys, Laima Hood, and Rimas Sileikis died peacefully in her home in Florida.

THEY ARE GIRLS! Consul General and Doctor Sarapinas announce the arrival of their granddaughter Lukne! Vida and Aldis Penikas rejoice in the safe delivery of Finn Ona! Mama Megan and Dad Darius are thrilled (And very tired….!)

Hooray for the Bride and the Groom! Parishioner Adrian Tedesco, son of Mary Povilaitis and the late Fernando Tedesco, was married to Meghan Miller June 8 in her parish church! Rytas Stankunas was married to HIS sweetheart in Vermont on June 16.

Three of our precious parish children received their First Holy Communion this year: Arijana Lukosevicius, Petras Vygantas-Winkler, and Elizabeth Zukauskas! GOD BLESS THEM!

Two of our student parishioners are very busy in the world: Alis Dicpinigaitis is doing Christian Service in faraway Ecuador! His brother Tomas is spending his summer semester in London at the London School of Economics. ANNUNCIATION IS PROUD!

Jean Pietrusiewicz’s oldest grandson, John, graduated High School this June! Congratulations!

This year’s commemoration of June 14′s Mourning and Hope Day took place in our parish June 10. Mass was concelebrated by Father Volertas and Father Gediminas Numgaudis, who was on his way “home”, who stopped off long enough to say Mass and preach the sermon! Valdemaras Sarapinas – Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in NY, introduced this year’s main speaker, Rita Kazragiene – Minister Counselor at Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations. Monsignor Calise brought greetings and noted the tragedy that befell many in our parish family. A procession to the Way Crosses was held, and a wreath laid in honor of those killed and deported. Light refreshments were served, courtesy of NYLB Chapters. Thanks to Ramute Zukas and Rasa Sprindys for organizing this yearly event.

June 16 the parish celebrated Fathers Day with the Annual Fathers Day Hot Dog Roast. The ladies of the parish provided good German hot dogs, rolls, sauerkraut, condiments, and good Lithuanian Beer for the gentlemen! Thanks go to Grazina Janusas. Virginai Scheibis, Pat Sidas, Tracey Slizys, and Milda Stanislauskas.

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!

ATEITIS NEWS: Ateitis Week is August 4-11, at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, Maine. Come for the week or come for a few days. There IS Lithuanian Mass every day. Our Chaplain is Father Aurelijus Gricius. Breakfast and dinner are available (Prepared by Chef Aldona!) daily. We are also planning a Sport’s Family Day, Simulated Radio Program a bonfire followed by a candlelit procession and a Lobster Dinner. We are organizing a golf outing, fishing trip and a Lobster boat trip or Whale Watching trip. For further details please contact Laima Lileikiene Shea at 914-433-7766, or LTL...@HOTMAIL.COM. For room reservations call 207-967-4865, or contact I...@FRANCISCAHNGUESTHOUSE.COM.

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: ( FEAST of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Paulinus will take place July 5-16. There will be music, dancing, singing, special Masses, food, the traditional bazaar and flea market,and the dancing of the Giglio and St. Paulinus’ Boat. VISIT THE FEAST AND SUPPORT OUR LADY’S SISTER PARISH!

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 July 5. Glad Tidings (LGBT Community) meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 PM.

The “live video stream” of the recent XIV Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival can be seen at:

HUGE thanks go to Aldona Marijosius, Dance Teacher for both Maironis School’s several dance groups, and for TRYPTINIS Adult group. HUGE THANKS also to Cheryl Milukas, who served as “administrator” for the dance groups. Many of the members of TRYPTINIS are Annunciation parishioners. Annunciation Parish is proud of you all! TRYPTINIS hopes to be able to continue to be organized so that it can participate in future Lithuanian events. 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, or Mindaugas Blaudziunas at

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. Welcome to new Administrator, Salvijus Kungys.

NY Lithuanian Athletic Club News: This year’s LAK picnic 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 abut the club, contact Jonas Jankauskas at NEW MEMBERS ARE MOST WELCOME!

HEADS UP! Sunday, September 16, same place, ANNUNCIATION PARISH PICNIC will take place, so, Y’ALL COME BACK Sunday for Mass, for good Lithuanian Food and Beer, and to support our beloved parish! (Chance books will be sent parishioners in August!) EVERYONE is invited!

LONG ISLAND NEWS: NYLB Great Neck Chapter invites you to its ANNUAL PICNIC Sunday. July 8, 1:00PM at KINGS POINT PARK, Area 25 (off steamboat Road, Great Neck) There will be Lithuanian Food, Beer, Dancing, and general good fun. The Vilnius University Ensemble, Jaunimelis, under the direction of Bronius Glovickis will perform! For more information contact Ramute Zukas at 516-353-1229 or 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.

CONNECTICUT NEWS: The Traditional LITHUANIAN FRIENDSHIP DAY PICNIC of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception will take place Sunday, July 22, at their convent grounds, 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam. Mass, singing, dancing, games for children, Neringa Alumni Reunion, food….lottery…Friendship, Indeed! For information: ADULT CAMP/MENO DIENA at Neringa is August 19-26. For more information go to

NEW JERSEY NEWS: News from Fr. Staniskis, who remembers and prays for us every day, and asks YOU remember him, too! Lithuanian and Eastern European Food, Music & Crafts Festival on Sunday, July 15 at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center in Whippany, 1 – 4:30 pm Free admission, plenty of parking, Indoors – rain or shine – kielbasi,kopusta, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, kugelis – the works! Writing to gets you info. Father recently sent a donation to Kavine, which will be used to finance the purchase of bagels and “schmeer”! Aciu, Father Daniel!

Welcome to our New readers: Maria Slizys, FROM CALIFORNIA! And Vytenis and Saule Radzevicius!

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.



Annunciation was founded as a parish in 1863—150 years ago.

50 years later, in 1911, the Lithuanian people took over the

Parish from the German -speaking founders. Committees soon will be forming to plan celebrations for both events. The Lithuanian and Spanish Affairs Committees will need LOTS of help to create a Faith filled, gratitude filled, and joy filled two year celebration. COME, BE A PART OF IT!


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