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ŽINIOS – July 2013

Welcome to Apreiskimo Parapijos English Language Bulletin
JULY, 2013




July 6 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL DAY. Lithuanian Anthem was sung at SLA.

July 6 Celebration of Kazys Butkus’ 95th Birthday, Kavine Parish Lower Hall

July 10-21 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Paulinus Feast, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
See for information

July 14 80th Anniversary of the flight of Darius and Girenas
Ceremony at Union Avenue Memorial 9:30 AM
Memorial Mass, 10:00 AM, Annunciation Church
Kavine at Parish Lower Hall
Formal Ceremonies, Marker Dedication, 2:00 PM Floyd Bennett Field
Details and photos- in our News:

July 21 Kavine Parish Lower Hall
11:00 AM 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam, CT

July 26 Feast of Ss. Joachim and Anne “Onines”

July 28 Kavine at Parish Lower Hall

August 4 Kavine at Parish Lower Hall

JULY— and more than half of the YEAR OF THE FAITH has passed… We can all do SOMETHING to strengthen our own Faith, and that of others who share the “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith that comes to us from the Apostles…” In his Papal “Exhortation” to the Lithuanian Youth taking part in YOUTH DAYS, Pope Francis writes:

The encounter with the love of God in the friendship of Christ is possible first of all in the Sacraments, in particular the Eucharist and Reconciliation. In the Holy Mass we celebrate the memorial of the Lord’s sacrifice, His giving himself totally for our salvation: again today He really gives His Body and sheds His Blood to redeem the sins of humanity and make us enter into communion with Him. Jesus receives us with all of our limitations, He bring us the mercy of the Father who forgives us, and transforms our heart, rendering it a new heart, capable of loving Him, who loved His own to the end (cf. John 13:1). And this love is manifested in his mercy. Jesus always forgives us. THINK ABOUT IT. (Thanks to Msgr. Calise, who sent the text on to Pat!)

More good news about Sister Nicodema Park, is a “pocket park” dedicated to an extraordinary Dominican Sister who served our parish and parish school for many years. The City will install a small bench there! The bench will be carefully constructed so as not to invite loitering or sleeping!

Good news about our church interior! The gifted artist Ruta Mockute, with the help of Dr. Algirdas Lukosevicius, Parish Sexton Phil Caponegro, and Facilities Manager Richard Catalanotti, has repaired the nasty damage a water leak did quite a few years ago to the decorative fresco work around the door to the “left” sacristy! NO MORE UGLY WHITE PATCH! ACIU, Ruta!

Sick call list: Elvira Vilineskis, Phyllis Macenas, Liuda Gudelis, and Joe Levonas, and are suffering the assaults of age. Antanas Vytuvis and Regina Gelzinis also need prayers, as does Helen Bagdonas.

Annunciation Parish feted Father Volertas on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, June 23. Parishioners joined Father at a buffet luncheon, complete with sheet cake adorned with a BIG 2-0 set of candles. The Kungys family donated additional cakes, and the champagne with which all present drank to his health. Lithuanian Affairs Committee leader Vida Jankauskas and Dr. Giedre Kumpikas gave speeches of thanks, and noted Father’s service to the Lithuanians of Annunciation, Transfiguration, and Riverhead over the past 15 years. Big ACIU to Tracey and Raimundas Slizys, Josephina Senken, Bill Kumet, Ramute Hopanus, and Pat Sidas, who prepared the food and decorated the hall. Aciu, Father Volertas!

On the same day, the good folk at Mt. Carmel Parish celebrated the Silver Anniversary of the ordination of Father Michael Lynch, who occasionally says the 11:30 AM Mass, and who assists in coordinating joint liturgical celebrations at Annunciation. He was presented with a simply carved Lithuanian way Cross and green juosta (ceremonial belt) by the Lithuanian delegation (Dr. Giedre Kimpikas, Dr. Algirdas Lukosevicius, Raimundas Slizys and Pat Sidas) and a “wood burned” image of Our Lady of Guadeloupe by the Spanish delegation ( Mrs.Arenas. Mrs Arrango, Ms. Duran, and Mr. and Mrs. Rendon).

News from the Lithuanian Bishop’s Conference: The Holy Father, Francis, has elevated Father Lionginas Virbalas, SJ, to the Episcopate, naming him Bishop of Panevezys, succeeding Bishop Jonas Kauneckas, who recently resigned his office. The Good Lord Bless and keep them both!

May they rest in Peace… Our parish was stunned by the sudden death of Algirdas Jankauskas, beloved husband of Vida, father of Aukse, Nina, Laima, Jonas, and Gina, and brother to Irena and Zina. Many thanks go to Rev. Danielius Staniskis, who found his way through a 60 minute delay at the Lincoln Tunnel to arrive at our church in time to concelebrate AtA  Algis’ funeral Mass. The death of Nastute Umbrasaite was recently revealed. Funeral arrangements for Nastute are pending. Please contact Laima Sikeikyte-Hood (

A big Annunciation ACIU goes to Grazina Janusas, who graciously has produced the last two parish bulletins in the absence of editor Vida Jankauskas.

He’s a BOY! Jonas Nevery Lamb was born to Lina and Brian Lamb late last month. Jonas has a sister, Maria, Mociute Vida Penikas (also a backup BULLETIN editor! ACIU!), and Senelis Aldis. St. Peter’s Parish, Boston, grows!

He’s a BOY! Rejoice with Maryte Kumet! Her daughter Diana has given birth in Lithuania to a SON! His dad is Vytas; he has an older brother, 13, and a step-grandfather in the US, our own Bill Kumet!

MORE HAPPY NEWS! Ausra Kregzdyte Cunningham and her husband Dennis announce the marriage of their son Dennis July 6! The Pittsburgh Lithuanian American Community grows!

Annunciation is proud of… Shannon Curran, daughter of ZINIOS readers Loretta Milukaite and Joe Curran, who graduated as VALEDICTORIAN of her class at Holy Child School, Shannon, already an accomplished singer, will attend The Mary Louis Academy in the fall!

Annunciation’s Religious Education Program, is alive and well, and waiting for families to register their children for future Confirmation classes and First Holy Communion. To enroll your child or grandchild (English-only children are also welcome!) in future classes contact

GREAT NEWS! The New York Adult Chapter of ATEITIS has reorganized itself! Under the leadership of Dr. Algirdas Lukosevivius, members came together for a meeting at the SLA Headquarters in Manhattan, and began the process of reorganizing. If you are a member of Ateitis, please contact Algis at and help with the work of Christian Evangelization at the heart of Ateitis!

Ateitis Week is scheduled 8/3-8/10 at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, Maine. The chaplain is Father Aurelijus Gricius, OFM. Lithuanian Mass will be at noon on Sunday and 8 AM Monday – Friday. We encourage Annunciation choir members to come! If there are at least 3 choir members to lead the singing of Lithuanian hymns during the Mass, Chris Staknys has agreed to accompany them on the organ. There will be three musical events, and three very interesting speakers. For more information please contact Monika Sabalis at or Dalia Dzikas at For room availability please call the guest house at (207) 967-4865 or I...@FRANCISCANGUESTHOUSE.COM.

Eighty long years ago, a couple of Lithuanian American pilots from Chicago, Darius and Girenas, packed up a mail pouch of the United States Mail destined for Lithuania, and the hopes and pride of Lithuanians on both sides of the Atlantic into their small airplane, and took off from Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, for Kaunas… only the 5th attempt to fly the stormy, cold, and grey Atlantic Ocean nonstop. Having conquered that ocean, they were so near their destination when the little plane crashed, killing both men.

The New York Lithuanian Consulate, along with the New York City and Eastern Long Island Chapters of the Lithuanian American Community, will commemorate this historic anniversary on July 14. At 9:30 AM people are asked to assemble at the Darius and Girenas Monument, at Union Avenue and South Second Street, Williamsburg, where a short ceremony will take place. At 10:00 AM, the Mass at Annunciation will be celebrated for the repose of the souls of these Lithuanian Heroes. Following Mass there will be a light breakfast, prepared by the New York LB Chapter. At 12:30, a bus, arranged for by the Consulate, will transport attendees to Floyd Bennett Field, where ceremonies will begin at 2:00 PM. Special guest, Lithuanian Opera star Laima Janutyte, will sing the American and Lithuanian National Anthems, and Consul General Sarapinas will conduct the ceremonial presentations. Refreshments will follow. The bus will return to Annunciation Church at the conclusion of the event. (For those planning to drive, the formal address for Floyd Bennett Field “terminal”, where the event will take place is 50 Aviation Road, Brooklyn.) For more information, contact Rasa Sprindys at . Brief description of the event is available at our website:  , photos:  .

KAVINE NEWS: There is SERIOUS need for a few folk to volunteer to come a few minutes early to help spread the tablecloths and cut the cakes so that Pat Sidas, who regularly opens the hall and starts the coffee, can get to Mass on time. The work is easy, and folk always have fun. Just show up! ACIU! 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. Thanks to TWO anonymous cash donors! Donations also have come from the Sileikis family, who provided an elegant breakfast after the Mass for their dear mother, Valerija. Albina Zumbakis regularly brings something delicious to share! ACIU!

NEWS FROM CAMP NERINGA: Visit the camp web site for information on MENO8, the annual August Adult Arts Camp! Rytas Stankunas is Neringa Board Chairman, BLESS HIM! Remember, donations are still needed to cover the extensive storm damage at this magical place!

News from Mt. Carmel: ( THE FEAST STARTS JULY 10! Next Serenity Sunday will be August 4, starting with Mass at 5:00 PM. Glad Tidings (LGBT Community): Meets second and fourth Monday, 7:00 PM. Rectory:718-384-0223.

Our Lady of Vilnius News: Elaine Derso, 212-874-2506, Mindaugas Blaudziunas at Sunday gatherings near St. Patrick and at Our Lady of Vilnius continue, in front of St. Patrick’s at 11:00 am and at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Vilnius.

News from the Diocese of Brooklyn: Renewing our Faith through acts of Charity Atnaujanti musu tikejimas per labdaros darbu atlikima! …the motto of this year’s appeal! Our goal this year is to raise at least $3879. Every penny raised above that sum COMES BACK TO ANNUNCIATION! We ALL need to make donation to this fund. EVERY donation is a valuable one to both Bishop DiMarzio and Annunciation. FEWER THAN 50 of us gave last year. That won’t DO! Please look for the envelopes in the church and hall, and do your part to support Annunciation AND Bishop DiMarzio and his work for the people of our Diocese of Brooklyn!

News from the NY Lithuanian American Community: At the June 1 meeting, a new district executive committee was elected. The New York District Council is now under the leadership of President Algis Grybas. Also elected was Angela Miknius, Treasurer, and Vytautas Gostautas, Member at Large. Retiring President, Ramute Zukas isn’t retiring far: She has been elected as president of the Long Island (aka Great Neck) Chapter! The former Brooklyn/Queens Chapter and the Manhattan/ Staten Island/ Bronx Chapter have now been reorganized into a single chapter, the New York Chapter of the Lithuanian American Community of the US, under the joint leadership of Rasa Sprindys and Laurynas Vismanas. Thank you, Algirdas, for taking up the work of the District Council! VALIO, Ramute, for all the work you have put in over these past years as President! Every bit is appreciated. Welcome, Rasa and Laurynas… and A BIG HUGE ACIU to retiring LBBQ president (and treasurer, Josephina Senken!) Vida Jankauskas for all her work over her many years of local leadership.

News from New Jersey: The Annual Picnic of the Lithuanian Club of N. New Jersey will take place July 14 at Hidden Park, Randolph, NJ from 1:30-5:00 PM. Contact Aldona Skrypa at 973-377-8148.

Welcome to our new reader: Jurgita Maciunaite

HEADS UP! Annual Annunciation Picnic will be September 22! On September 21, join the NY Lithuanian Athletic Club in their third annual FAMILY DAY in our parish “back yard”… the School Parking LOT! TWO DAYS OF LITHUANIAN FUN! WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

HEADS UP: Parishioner and talented “Renaissance Man” Algis Norvila will mount an exhibit of his photography at ART MUSIC HARDWARE at 558 Metropolitan Avenue beginning August 25. For more information, please contact Algis at Annunciation is proud!

Help for those experiencing hearing problems! SPEECH/HEARING SCREENINGS are available, FREE, at St. John’s University. Call 718-990-6480 to get more information or to schedule an appointment! Got hearing troubles? CALL NOW!

DID YOU GRADUATE RICHMOND HILL HS IN 1963? Please contact Ed Corrado at EDCO...@AOL.COM for further details. The organizing committee wants to hear from you.

SATLAP: Successful and Talented Lithuanian American Professionals is an new organization that will have its first networking and organizational brunch on 7/13/13 at 11 AM in Rye, NY. During the meeting the goals and objectives of this fledging organization will be decided. Officers and a Board of Directors will be elected to schedule future networking events. For more information or to register, contact Laima Lileika at LTL...@HOTMAIL.COM by July 6th.

ALL the sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish:

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Sundays 10:00 am and 11:30 am

Confessions (Lithuanian and English): 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, 347-62-2240) or Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223). Eucharistic Minister V. Cereska will bring the Eucharist to you. 347-656-9815.

Annunciation Religious Education Program (Children), Childrens Liturgy, in Lithuanian and English, Contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas at for the monthly calendar.

Religious Education (Adults): Raimundas Silzys or Pat Sidas.

Altar Servers: Dr. Algis Lukosevicius – Schedules for serving are flexible. English-only servers are welcome, as are those who can’t come all the time.

Annunciation Parish Lithuanian Choir: The choir rehearses after Mass in the Loft or Lower Hall. The choir will soon start to prepare for Easter 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 URGENTLY needed at Sunday Mass. Contact Raimundas Slizys at LIT...@AOL.COM to volunteer.

IMPORTANT HELPLINE FOR LITHUANIAN SPEAKING PEOPLE! There is a toll-free number to call for Lithuanian speakers when in need of mental health help. It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 6PM-9PM. 866-438-7400. Share this information! It can be life saving!

Volunteers are always needed in our parish.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 – 347-628-2240

Parish Trustees, Parish Council Members: Eric Arango, Raimundas Slizys

Lithuanian Affairs: Vida Jankauskienė – ALGI...@YAHOO.COM

Committee: Raimundas Slizys – LIT...@AOL.COM

Lectors / Ushers: Vida Penikas –

Annunciation Parish Lithuanian Choir: Asta Barkauskas. Just Come to the loft!

Curator of the Organ: Saulius Janusas

Kavine: Pat Sidas- 203-762-9726, email- SID...@AOL.COM

Lithuanian / English Bulletin Editor: Vida Jankauskienė – ALGI...@YAHOO.COM

Parish Website Administrator: Arunas Tirksliunas –

Decorating the Church: Joe Rudis, Dr. Algis Lukosevicius – ALGI...@YAHOO.COM, 718-438-4649

Acolyte Program: Dr. Algis Lukosevicius – ALGI...@YAHOO.COM

Religious Education: Dr. Milda Palubinskaite –, Raimundas Slizys – LITH...@AOL.COM, Rosemarie Walsh (English) – 718-384-0223, ext. 28

Queen of the Rosary Academy: Maureen Rooney, 718-782-1110

Teachers of Light Tutoring / SAT Prep program (FREE): 347-342-8354,

Ateitis Adult Chapter: Dr. Algis Lukosevicius Dr. Algis Lukosevicius – ALGI...@YAHOO.COM

Ateitis 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

Lithuanian Apostolate provides counsel, access to resources, translation services, social and religious assistance to Lithuanian speaking people in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Greater New York. Contact Rev. Vytautas Volertas – VOLE...@AOL.COM, 347-628-2240) or Diocesan Migration Office 718-236-3000

Lithuanian Languagae Internet Apostolate:

IMPORTANT HELPLINE FOR LITHUANIAN SPEAKING PEOPLE!/ There is a toll-free number to call for Lithuanian speakers when in need of mental health help. It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 6PM-9PM. 866-438-7400. Share this information! It can be life saving!

To schedule an event in the Parish Lower Hall, please contact Raimundas Slizys – LITH...@AOL.COM

VERY IMPORTANT: TO REGISTER yourself and your family at Annunciation Parish at 718-384-0223 by e-mail at , or at Kavine. See Joe Rudis for a registration form. Offertory Envelopes make it easy to make your weekly donation to the support the parish. To get on the mailing list, contact MARY ANN at the OLMC office… 718-384-0223.

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. Intentions are available for this Mass. Contact Msgr. Calise at OLMC...@YAHOO.COM for information.

Lithuanian Organizations

Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid: 718-326-5202, email:

Maironis Lithuanian Saturday School: Rasa Sprindys, Principal –

Lithuanian Scouts: Tomas Lora – , Aldute Belzer –

Lithuanian Athletic Club: (, contact Jonas Jankauskas –

Tryptinis NY Lithuanian Folk Dance Ensemble: Jonas Jankauskas –

Lithuanian Folk Art Institute NY Chapter: Laurynas Vismanas –

Lithuanian American Community: Algirdas Grybas –

Lithuanian Citizens Club: Dr. Giedre Kumpikas –

Knights of Lithuania: K12 NYC: Elaine Derso – ; K110 BQ: Dr. P. Kazas – ; K152 LI: Julia Schroeder –;

Marija Radijas: www.marijosradijas.LT

NEW YORK Lithuanian Radio: New York, Tuesdays, 9:00 PM WPAT 930 AM, or at



Workers’ Rights Hotline: For complaints or concerns about pay or working conditions, 877-525-2267

Grace Institute: Free Job Training for Women: 1223 2nd Avenue, NYC, 212-832-7605

Churches United: English Classes, Legal Clinic, Employment Services. All free, 718-388-3774

Diocesan Catholic Charities Family /Counseling Centers: 718-281-9540,

Rachel’s Helpers: Abortion Victims Consolation, 718-939-6646

Serenity Sunday: Monsignor Calise, 718-384-0223

LGBT Ministry: Father Michael Lynch, 718-834-0223

Monica Ministry: Domestic Abuse, 718-384-0223

Northside Senior Center: 179 North 6th (Bet. Bedford and Driggs Aves.) “Morning Coffee Break”, lunch, recreational, educational, and social activities, a COMPUTER LAB, and Social Services information available FREE, or for VERY LITTLE charge. 718-387-2316





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