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ŽINIOS – December 2013

Welcome to Apreiskimo Parapijos English Language Bulletin
December, 2013

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns is earthly exile here
Until the Son of God Appear!


December 8 Second Sunday of Advent, FEAST OF THE IMMACUALATE CONCEPTION, Kavine at Parish Lower Hall
Annual STRAW ORNAMENT WORKSHOP at Parish Lower Hall 11:30 am, 12:30 AM, Mini-Muge! 11:30 AM, Parish Lower Hall

December 9 FEAST OF THE IMMACUALATE CONCEPTION, Celebrated: Feast of America’s Patron Saint!

Mass at 7:00 PM Annunciation Church

December 15 Third Sunday of Advent, GAUDETE SUNDAY
JOINT COMMUNITY KUCIOS 11:00 AM, Mt. Carmel Upper Hall

December 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Kavine at Parish Lower Hall

December 24 BERNELIU MISIOS / CHRISTMAS EVE MASS at Annunciation Church
Carol Concert 9:30 PM, Solemn Mass 10:00 PM
Reception following Mass at Parish Lower Hall

December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY MASS IN SPANISH 11:30 AM at Annunciation Church

December 29 FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY, KAVINE at Parish Lower Hall

January 1 Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Sunday, December 8, the Annual Straw Ornament Workshop will take place following both Masses. This year, for the first time, the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute, the Lithuanian Scouts Association, and Annunciation Parish will hold a CHRISTMAS MINI-MUGE, Starting at 11:30 AM. Do your Christmas Shopping in our Parish Lower Hall December 8!

Annunciation Christmas Cards, Lithuanian and English, will be available at the Parish Table. You will be able to purchase Gingerbread Houses (And coffee and cake!) from the Scouts, and straw ornaments from the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute! Ceramics Artist Asta Bublis will have a table, as will Rasa Bobelyte-Brittain (Framed Posters). You can order a “Spiky Cake” or purchase a freshly smoked pork roll! There will be a whole table full of Kaledos/Kucios appropriate items to buy. Asta Barkauskas will have plotkeles! Ateitis will have Advent Wreaths. Not only will you have one-stop Lithuanian Shopping, you will also be supporting local Lithuanian organizations and merchants!

Speaking of Christmas: Below is a list of publications that would make fine Christmas presents! (English)  (Lithuanian) (Lithuanian) (English) (Lithuanian, monthly in English) (Lithuanian)

Aciu to the Philadelphia Lithuanian American Community and Terese Gecys for this information!

Christmas Flower Offering envelopes are available in the Hall and in the vestibule of the church. Funds raised through this collection are used to make sure that the glorious poinsettia display traditional every Christmas at Annunciation is as full and beautiful as ever!

The traditional Annunciation Parish, Maironis School and Lithuanian Scouts KUCIOS will take place on December 15 following 10:00 AM Mass. TICKETS are available in advance at Mini-Muge Sunday December 8. Tickets bought in advance are $15 Adults, $5 Children 5-12. Tickets bought at the door are $20 for Adults, so buy those tickets in advance! Contact Raimundas Slizys at LIT...@AOL.COM to reserve tickets if you cannot get to Annunciation Hall December 8. There will be the traditional Scouts presentation of the wreath and breaking of the bread ceremony, Lithuanian Christmas Carol singing, Maironis School’s Christmas Show, and a traditional Kucios table, complete with herring, kompotas, kisielius and auguono pienu! If YOU can donate a dish to the Kucios “stalas”, please contact Pat Sidas at SID...@AOL.COM. Ditto if you can help with the set-up December 14.

Sad news: Vytautas Milukas has died after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Leokadia (Lile), daughters Rasa and Nida, and son Albinas. His funeral will be from Annunciation FRIDAY, December 6, at 10:00 AM. May he rest in peace!

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 our parish program,contact THE 2014 CONFIRMATION CLASS is already in Session! There is always room for more at the classroom table! Contact Dr. Milda Plaubinskas at for information! Accommodations can be made for English-only children. Any ADULTS who never received the sacrament can contact Raimundas Slizys for information about instruction.

KAVINE NEWS: Sunday, October 27, parishioners were surprised with a SANDWICH LUNCH! Thanks to Dr. Giedre Kumpikas, the Lora family, and anonymous donors of platters and coffee! Apologies to Vida Kristolaitis, whose name was left off the Velines THANK YOU list! 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. HELP IS DESPERATELY NEEDED AT 9:30 AM! Pat cannot continue to do it alone!

Sick call list: Elvira Vilineskis, Phyllis Macenas, Liuda Gudelis, and Joe Levonas, are suffering the assaults of age. Regina Gelzinis also needs prayers, as does Helen Bagdonas. Laurynas Vismanas still needs prayers. Erna Milukas has again fallen ill. Aukse Edwards and Vida Penikas are suffering health dust-ups. Dr. Paul-Michael Kazas, president of Council 110, Knights of Lithuania was injured in a fall.

On Sunday November 24, Lithuanian Army Day/Veterans Day was celebrated. The Mass intention was for all who served. Kazys Butkus, and all who served in the Lithuanian or US Army were honored. Many thanks to NY Lithuanian American Community Chapter Vice President Vida Jankauskas for organizing the event.

The Parish THANKSGIVING FEAST was held on SUNDAY, December 1, following 10:00 AM Mass. The turkey was fabulous, the pumpkin pies homemade, and the venison and sauerkraut and sausage the best. Some 70 parishioners joined Father Volertas and Msgr. Calise, Consul General Sarapinas as Dr. Vyte Sarapinas to “gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing”. Father Volertas opened the feast with Grace. Consul General Sarapinas spoke graciously about learning firsthand about our unique American celebration of thanks in our parish hall. Msgr. Calise spoke movingly about how proud he was to be Administrator of such a loving and active parish.

Many hands were needed to carry off the feast. A BIG Annunciation ACIU to: Food and Preparation Volunteers Joe and Irene Rudis, Ramute Hopanus, Maryte and Bill Kumet, Pat Sidas, Tracey Slizys, and Aldona Marijosius; to Decorations Volunteers Maryte Kumet and Ramute and Ricardas Hopanus, Bar Crew Tracey and Raimundas Slizys, Lottery Helpers Vida Penikas, Robertas Norvila-Chotin, Nijole Zukauskas and Pat Sidas. The serving crew was: Arthur Wilson, Milda Stanislauskas, Matas Slizys, Jean Pietrusiewicz, Antanas Bublis, Maryte Kumet and Ramute Hopanus. The heroic Clean-up Committee

Members were: Saulius and Grazina Janusas “Stase”, Aldona Marijosius, Matas Slizys, Tracey and Raimundas Slizys, Ona Povilaitias, and all the folk who carried things, folded tablecloths, and organized tables, chairs, food and trash! Two young fellows, Vincent and Joseph Centeno, had volunteered to help, but had to leave early when their ride was ready to go!

Apologies to the Mikalauskas family, whose brother Jonas’ name was erroneously listed as Malinauskas, not Mikalauskas in last month’s issue. May both rest in peace……

CAN YOU HELP… with the Christmas Reception? In order to provide some refreshment after Berneliu Misios, volunteers are needed to bring cakes for the coffee table. At least one volunteer is needed to be in the hall at 9:30 PM to receive the cakes. Please let Pat know at SID...@AOL.COM.

Annunciation is proud of… ”Sad Dragons” artistic group (Which performed several weeks ago at Annunciation Hall) member Aiste Lasyte, who was a STUDENT of parishioner Aukse Edwards in grades 1-4 in Lithuania!

Sergeant Daniel Jabar, grandson of parishioner Adelaida Sidzikauskas McCarthy, has been deployed. Please keep him and the men with whom he serves in your prayers. If you would like to send him a card or note, his address is: SFC Jaber, Daniel AOB 1230 FOB LIGHTNING APO.AE 09354. Antanas Garbauskas, son of Anatolijus and Ausra Garbauskas, working as a civilian, is also in harm’s way. Keep him in your prayers, too!

Calling all singers! Choir rehearsals for Christmas are starting! Contact Asta Barkauskas (see list at end of ZINIOS) to get YOUR digital copies of the music you need to learn!

Neringa News: Winter Fest/Mardi Gras weekend January 31-February 2. Contact .

Parishioner Dr. Giedre Kumpikas was recently raised to the rank of Lady Commander with Star in the Religious order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Dr. Kumpikas was honored for her various works and donations in honor of the Catholic Church here and in the Middle East.

MAIRONIS SCHOOL NEWS: For information contact Rasa Sprindys at

News from Mt. Carmel: Next Serenity Sunday will be January 5 1 at 4:30 PM. Pot Luck Supper and 12 Step Meeting follows for ALL Fellowships. Msgr. Calise sends heartfelt thanks to Annunciation for the frequent donation of Kavine and event “leftovers” to the Pot Luck Supper. Glad Tidings (LGBT Community): Meets second and fourth Monday, 7:00 PM. Rectory:718-384-0223. Monica Ministry (Domestic Violence) Hotline: 1-800-799-7233. Mt. Carmel Theatre Company production CAROLS FOR A CAUSE will take place December 14 at 8:00 PM in the church

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

News from the Diocese of Brooklyn: Renewing our Faith through acts of Charity : Atnaujanti musu tikejimas per labdaros darbu atlikima! is the motto of this year’s appeal! Our goal this year is to raise at least $3879. We are VERY NEAR our goal… Every penny raised above that sum WILL COME BACK TO ANNUNCIATION! Look for the envelopes in the vestibule or, if you prefer to MAIL your donation, make it payable to ANNUAL APPEAL and send it to 310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Welcome to our new readers: Allen Prusis, Milda Stanislauskas, J. Mikalauskas, and Terese Vekteris, who edits BRIDGES!

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!

A CHILD IS IN THE HOUSE, a production led by Rasa Allen Kazlas, will take place on December 9 at 15 West 28 Street, NYC. At 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES with the DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: The Human Resources Center for Parishes and Schools is collecting resumes for positions that may become available in the diocese. There are many types of jobs that become available from cooks and custodians to organists, teachers and bookkeepers. Some jobs are full time others part time. For more information, contact

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: CONTINUES TO SING ALL SUMMER, BLESS THEM!

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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