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ŽINIOS – November 2012

Welcome to Apreiskimo Parapijos

English Language Bulletin ZINIOS


The Month of the Holy Souls


For help in doing so, please visit , the web site of the American Bishops, or consult with Father Volertas for information in Lithuanian.

Mass 7:00 PM (Spanish), Annunciation Church

November 2, All Souls Day (Velines)

November 4, VELINES commemorated
Vaiku Liturgija, Annunciation Church
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

November 6, Election Day in the US VOTE!

Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

November 18, Lithuanian Veterans Day
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

November 22, THANKSGIVING DAY, American National Holiday

November 24, Prepare for Parish Thanksgiving Feast
Parish Lower Hall

Ending of the 2012 Liturgical Year


December 2, First Sunday of Advent
Straw Ornament Workshop, Parish Lower Hall
Vaiku Liturgija, Annunciation Church
Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

The Year of the Faith has begun. It is our duty as Catholics to know, live, and exemplify the Holy Faith, with which we were blessed at our baptism, every day in our lives. The American Bishops have asked us to strengthen our life in the Holy Faith by: HEARING MASS; CONFESSING OUR SINS; LERNING ABOUT THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS; READING THE BIBLE EVERY DAY; READING THE VATICAN II DOCUMENTS; STUDYING THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH;VOLUNTEERING YOURSELF IN YOUR PARISH; HELPING THOSE IN NEED: ASKING YOUR FRIENDS TO COME TO MASS; LIVING THE BEATITUDES EVERY DAY. You can GOOGLE VATICAN II, YEAR OF THE FAITH or CATHECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH to help you achieve these commitments to strengthen YOUR faith. Check Msgr. Putrimas’ web site for information about the Year of the Faith in Lithuanian! (for Lithuanians Living Outside Lithuania).

HURRICANE! If you were affected and suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy or Snowstorm Athena, get in touch with FEMA… Federal Emergency Management Administration.. at 1-800-621-3362. Do not be shy to call…… it is for things like this that we Americans loyally pay our taxes!

The Lithuanian American Community and the Scouts Association are collecting money to help any Lithuanians afflicted by the storm in the New York area. All parishes in the diocese took up collections after Mass on November 4. The good folk who attended 10:00 AM Mass that day donated almost $300 to help those in need, in the Diocese. God Bless you All! Another collection was taken up this week after the Lithuanian Mass to help people known to have been afflicted by the storm through LAC and Scouts. Our generous parishioners donated over $400 ! If you could not be at Mass and want to donate, contact the Lithuanian American Community via

Fortunately, the Williamsburg neighborhood and Annunciation Church, Rectory, and School survived the storm with minimal or no damage as did the Mt. Carmel complex. THANK YOU, Blessed Mother!

November 4 the parish commemorated VELINES, All Souls Day. Before the Offertory, family members and parishioners carried a candle to the altar for all our beloved dead who died in 2012. Please remember the following deceased in your prayers…………they were dear to our Parish Family and those who loved them………Tadas Alinskas, Sister Georgina Altamore, OP, Juozas Arminas, Regina Balsienė, Julia Cohen, Živilė Jurienė, Andrew A. Keines, Viktoras Kirkyla, Malvina Klivečkienė, John Krantz, Amelia Kraznica, Juozas Milukas, Valerija Šileikienė, Simon Ulcickas, Marianne Wulff-Ward, and Ralph Gerald Degnan. (Sister Gerogina was a teacher at Annunciation School.)

Annunciation Parish suffered another „death in the family“ last week………….The long serving BOILER in Annunciation School „gave up the ghost“…AFTER the storms! With luck, enough donations above our quota for the Bishop‘s Appeal will come in to cover the unexpected cost of the replacement. See below for how to donate…………

The 2012 Bishop’s Appeal is drawing to a close. 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. A BIG Annunciation THANK YOU to those who already made a donation. Bishop DiMarzio prays especially for ALL of you every day….

Work has been completed on replacing the sidewalks in front of and beside the church. This work is indicative of the diocese’s faith in the future of Annunciation Parish. Funds to cover the cost of this work are available from parish savings currently in the Building Repair Fund. Thanks to Msgr. Calise, Facilities Manager Richard Catalanotti and Sacristan Phillip Caponegro for attending to this repair, so necessary to the safety of the parishioners and the citizens of Williamsburg who pass our church every day! (Yes, the fence will be reinstalled!)

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

Sacrament of the Sick (Last Rites)Father Volertas (718-326-2236) or Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223) Eucharistic Minister Vytautas Cereska will bring theEucharist to you. 646-246-8270.

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 under way for Lithuanian speaking children. If your children are ENGLISH ONLY and wish to receive First Holy Communion at Annunciation, contact Pat Sidas or Raimundas Slizys. Instruction can be arranaged for your child.

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, as are those who can’t come all the 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. The choir is starting to prepare for Christmas Mass. COME SING ! New singers are needed in all voice parts.

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. (

To ask a Mass be said in Annunciation Church: Joe Rudis has the Sunday Mass Book Sundays after Mass in the Parish Hall. The usual stipend is $50. MASS IS SAID EVERY WEDNESDAY (in Spanish) at 7:00 PM. AT ANNUNCIATION. REJOICE! Intentions are available for this Mass. Contact Msgr. Calise at OLMC...@YAHOO.COM for information.

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

JOYFUL NEWS! SHE’S A GIRL! Elzbieta and Gabriele have a baby sister! Elena Kyngys was born to Salvijus and Monika!

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 the Butkus family for a donation of serving trays. Rany and Milda Chakar-Palubinskas for fruit and for milk, Vida Jankauskas and the Cereska family for donations of cakes. A HUGE thank you goes to Nijole Baltrulionis, for a VERY generous cash donation….There will be no problem covering the Apple Juice and Milk bills for Vaiku Liturgia for quite a while!

On Sunday, October 28, Kazys and Sofia Butkus celebrated their SIXTY-SIXTH wedding anniversary. TO THE DAY! Together with the beautiful Astra Vilija, they brought cake and champagne and cider bubbly for the children!) so that we could all celebrate together with them. What an example of faith, hope, and love they are to our parish, especially our young people!

THE ANNUAL ANNUNCIATION THANKSGIVING FEAST will take place November 25 after Mass. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students under 21, and $2 children under 5. They can be purchased at Kavine Sundays and at the door. There will be turkey, corn and beans, potatoes, something else special for those sick of turkey, salad, and PUMPKIN PIE, made from pumpkins grown in Pat Sidas’ garden! There will be a mini-lottery (donations needed!), and, maybe even some singing and dancing! Gather together with your fellow parishioners and give thanks for the Good God has done for you!

May they rest in peace in the arms of the angels! Vytautas Katinas, who was buried from our church, and Edmundas Vaiciulis, who died in Lithuania.

The following were the winners of the Traditional Picnic Cash Lottery:
Jonas Vasbys, $500, Aida Starke, $300, Sofia Skobeikis, $100, Zivile Ratas, $100
Thanks to Joe and Irene Rudis for all their hard work to make this lottery happen!

Parish Council News: Mr. Michael Chirichella has been elected chairman of the Pastoral Council. Annunciation is represented at the council by Eric Arango, Dr. Algis Lukosevicius, Vida Penikas, Leticia Serrano, and Raimundas Slizys.

Natalie Fahey is searching for family records: Does anyone remember hearing about folks named Witold Laniewski and Ursula Kaziukonis, her great grandparents, or their son John Laniewski? Let Pat Sidas know if you do! (SID...@AOL.COM). Our Blessed Mother ever calls her “children” back to Annunciation!

News from Mt. Carmel: ( Mt. Carmel Serenity Sunday Mass at 5:00 pm.. Next Serenity Sunday will be December 2. Glad Tidings (LGBT Community): Second and fourth Monday, 7:00 PM. Congratulations to Lady Rosemarie Walsh, Director of Religious Education, who Helps us at Annunciation with English instruction, who has been inducted as a Lady in the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre! The Anniversary Banquet that was canceled due to the storm is postponed until April 5. Closing Mass will be November 18 at 11:00 AM with Bishop Caggiano!

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

Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid News: WEBSITE E-mail tel: 718-326-5202.

MAIRONIS SCHOOL NEWS: SMaironis School holds classes Saturdays at 206 Skillman Street in Brooklyn Contact Director Fausta at for more information, or to MAKE A DONATION!

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! . Rehearsals will be at Annunciation!

News from the Consulate: We welcome two new consular officers: Agne Sakalauskaite and Laura Ziliajevaite!

Northside Senior Center News: 179 North 6th (Bet. Bedford and Driggs Aves.) 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. Our parishioners are welcome there, no matter where they live. (718-387-2316.) THEY EVEN HAVE TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE! TRY IT! Bet you’ll LIKE IT! Let folk who do not have access to a computer and who live nearby know about this Catholic Charities run place.

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 HEARING AIDS!

HEADS UP! The Feast of the Nativity… CHRISTMAS! is coming!

Annunciation Christmas Cards will be available at Kavine….$5 a box, each with a picture of our Lord’s House on North 5th and Havemeyer all dressed up in poinsettias or Christmas (Thanks, Rudis Family…)

Poinsettias for decorating the Altar Donations can be sent to ANNUNCIATION 279 N. 8 St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 att: Phil Caponegro. Make check payable to ANNUNCIATION. Your name will be listed in the joint ANNUNCIATON/OLMC Thank you list in the New Year. (Thanks Joe Rudis, Algis Lukosevicius, and Phil!

Christmas Wafers (Plotkeles) will be available in December at Kavine. They come in an envelope with FOUR plotkeles. (Thanks, Asta Barkauskas)

Gift subscriptions to BRIDGES are available at: (Thanks, Rimas Gedeika!)

A Mosaic of Works, The book about the work of Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid, can be purchased at LCRA -64-25 Perry Ave., Maspeth New York. (Thanks, Salvijus Kungys!)

Straw Ornament Workshop will be held after both Masses, in Lithuanian and English, December 2. (Thanks, Lithuanian Folk Art Institute NY Chapter!)

KUCIOS will be held Sunday, December 16 (OLMC Hall) after Mass. (Thank you, NY Scouts, Maironis School and Annunciation Lithuanian Affairs Committee!)

Welcome to our New readers: Onute Adams

VERY IMPORTANT: TO REGISTER yourself and your family at Annunciation Parish call 718-384-0223 or e-mail, or in person at Kavine. See Joe Rudis for a registration form. DO NOT ASSUME that if you were baptized or married at Annunciation you are automatically a “member”, You have to REGISTER yourself (and your family). 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! 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
LectorsVida 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.


Editor’s Note: Please forgive the late arrival of ZINIOS. We were without power (and heat and water!) for 6 ½ days after Hurricane Sandy. Then Storm Athena dumped 6 inches of snow here, bringing down our phone line for 2 ½ days… I love you all… Pat S.

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