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Welcome to Apreiškimo Parapijos

English Language Bulletin


MARCH, 2016

The Jubilee Year of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy: teach the ignorant, pray for the living and the dead, correct sinners, console the sorrowful, bear wrongs patiently and forgive wrongs willingly.

The Corporal Works of Mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, comfort prisoners, visit the sick, and bury the dead.

March 4                                                FEAST OF ST CASIMIR

March 6                                              Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare (REJOICE!) Sunday, KAZIUKO MUGĖ! OLMC Lower Hall

March 11                                            Restoration of Lithuanian Independence Day

March 12/13                                       DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!  SPRING FORWARD!

March 13                                            Fifth Sunday of Lent:  Passion Sunday, Annual parish retreat with Father Lukas, Laniauskas, SJ,  Annunciation Church, Luncheon after Mass , Parish Lower Hall, Annual VERBOS WORKSHOP after lunch

March 21                                            Sixth Sunday in Lent, PALM SUNDAY, Easter Egg workshop after Mass, Parish  Lower Hall

March 24                                            Holy Thursday MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

7:00 PM                                              Annunciation Church

March 25                                            Good Friday

March 26                                            Holy Saturday

March 27                                            THE FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION! Resurrection Mass 7:00AM, Annunciation Church

April 3                                                 Divine Mercy Sunday

April 4                                                 SOLEMNITY OF THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

(Celebrated:  March 25 fell on Good Friday this year)

HE IS RISEN!   Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult!  Let the mighty trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!  (Easter EXULTATE from the Roman Missal)   HAPPY EASTER!  Linksmu sv. Valyku!  Our salvation is accomplished!

The Resurrection Mass will be said by Fr. Volertas Sunday. March 27 starting at 7:00AM.  BE THERE!  There are enough seats for all.  The choir is busy getting ready. Dr. Algis and his Altar Boy Crew are polishing the lamps.  The lectors are lined up.  We are a blessed parish to have such volunteers to “minister” at Mass.

A few volunteers are needed to bring food for the Easter breakfast.  Can you bring a platter of ham and cheese?  a ham?  bread?  a cake?  rolls?  hardboiled colored eggs?  horseradish?  whipped butter?  A bag of mini-bagels?  Sign up at kavine, or send Pat an e-mail at  Let us “Feed our flock like a Shepherd…………..”   If one or two people could come a bit earlier to Mass and help lay the table, that would be WONDERFUL!

HEADS UP! The Lithuanian Scouts Association annual ST CASIMIR’S FAIR (Kaziuko Mugė),

will take place Sunday, March 6.  The festivities will begin with the Scouts serving at Sunday Mass in Annunciation Church.  Then everyone will hasten to the Lower Hall at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (275 North 8th Street) for good Lithuanian food, “refreshments”, coffee, cake, childrens’ games, crafts sales, and lots of FUN!  BE THERE!

The postponed Parish Retreat will take place on Passion Sunday, March 13.  The parish is grateful that Fr. Lukas Laniauskas  will come from Chicago for a one-day retreat.  He will hear confessions before and after Mass. He will preach the sermon at Mass, which will be concelebrated with Fr. Volertas.  When he returns to the Lower Hall after hearing confessions, he will again make a presentation.  Make the time to come.  It will be good for your soul!  Ateitis Youth will attend Mass in a body. Its members will be the lectors. Lunch to follow.  Many thanks to the parishioners and Ateitis members who offered to donate  food for the luncheon. Following Father’s talk after lunch, there will be an opportunity to make traditional “verba”.

On Palm Sunday, March 20, there will be an Easter Egg Decorating Workshop following Mass. If anyone can donate hard boiled eggs for the workshop, it will be appreciated.  Just bring them!

Bishop Di Marzio’s Annual Catholic Appeal has started.  This fundraising campaign is DIFFERENT from the recently concluded GENERATIONS OF FAITH campaign.  While Generations of Faith collected money for LONG RANGE projects and facilities repairs. the Catholic Appeal is Bishop Di Marzio, coming to us, miter in hand, begging for funds to help him feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide services to migrants such as are provided through the Lithuanian Apostolate, to assist parishes with religious education, etc. Everyone is asked to give, not a LOT, but SOME.  Your small donations of $25-$50 ADD UP, so make your Lenten sacrifice payable to His Excellency, and show your Mercy to your fellow man in our diocese!

Did you know that the good folk at Mt. Carmel run a food pantry?  They do!  Our dear sacristan, Phil Caponegro, is one of the Pantry’s volunteers.  Phil recently mentioned that when the bags of food are assembled, the volunteers like to slip a treat into them…….some mini-candy bars, packets of craisins or raisins, etc.   If you would like to donate some of these treats, Phil would be delighted.  Just bring them to the kitchen any Sunday and the Kavine crew will see to it Phil gets them.

Members of Steel Wolf will be performing their iTunes/Spotify/Youtube single, “Kur Tas Kugelis?”, at the Lithuanian Brunch taking place on Sunday, April 3rd from noon till 4pm at The Avenue Restaurant & Bar, 71-22 Myrtle Ave, Glendale. More info on band available at their student-run website… Please click on the link below to the newly renovated student-run STEEL WOLF website and watch the new music video recorded and edited by Vast Expanse productions and starring Ed Adomaitis!

The annual celebration of Lithuanian Independence was celebrated February 20 and 21. Sunday, February 21, the traditional Mass for Lithuania was said in Annunciation Church.   Father Volertas celebrated the Mass.  The parish is grateful to the Lithuanian American Community, which provided an excellent luncheon following the Mass that was enjoyed by all!

KAVINE NEWS: If you want to provide something special at Kavine, contact Pat Sidas at SID100@AOL.COM IN ADVANCE so she can coordinate your donation.  Donations of supplies like coffee or napkins or juice are ALWAYS welcome.  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. HINT, HINT:

The clean-up could be made MUCH LIGHTER WORK if all of us pushed in our chairs and CLEANED UP OUR SPILLS. Help keep our hall NEAT AND CLEAN! Thank you to the wonderful parishioners who made donations to Kavine last month:  Janina Stanislauskas, Jean Pietrusiewicz, Giedre Kumpikas, Algis Cesnavicius, Aldona Senkus, Ramute Vonusais. Another big ACIU goes to Vida Wilson’s THEATRE GROUP, which refinished our “bar” in the Lower Hall!

HORRORIFIC NEWS……….From California comes the heartbreaking news that there was a FIRE the home of our beloved former organist and choir director Viktoras Ralys!  Thank You God, no one was hurt.  Keep Viktoras and his precious family in your prayers…………

Lectors and Ushers  at Mass Ladies and gentlemen who would like to serve should contact Vida Penikas (, or 516-922-1760).  Schedules are flexible!

ENGLISH LANGUAGE MISALETTES for folk for whom it is easier to follow the Mass in English are now available!  If you don’t find them on the table with the bulletins in the vestibule you will find them on the bench just to the right of the center aisle.  HELP YOURSELF!  Use these helpful books to expand and strengthen your faith!  Yes, you can take one home!

Sick call list: Elvira Vilineskis, Liuda Gudelis, Mrs. F. Palubinskas, Robert Fisher, Antanina Bulotiene, Aldona Senken, Joe Rudis, Linas Eitmanas and Regina Gelzinis are suffering the assaults of age. Erna Milukas is HOME! Maria Cutrone, Grandmother of Altar Boys Martin and Ken Pietrusiewicz  is better…..  Albert Tamkus, Class of ’54, has recovered from his health problems!   His sister Mary Ann Tamkus Weber says a BIG THANK YOU to all who prayed for his recovery!

If you need a proper copy of your DONATIONS RECORD for your income taxes, now is the time to request it from the parish off ice.  You can make the request by telephone at 718-384-0223 or through the Internet at OLMCN8TH@YAHOO.COM.

The beautiful vigil candles (for use at home, or, by custom, at cemeteries) decorated with photos of our beloved church and the painting of Our Lady of Vilnius  (Ausros Vartu), are available every Sunday at Kavine.  You can get one with a verse on it in Lithuanian or English.  Cost is $5.

Sad news:  Valdas Duoba has died. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Maironis School News:  For information about classes (Adult classes, too!) contact principal Rasa Sprindys at School meets at St. Francis of Paola, 206 Skillman Avenue, Williamsburg 11211. 718-497-3219. Be sure to put Mother’s Day Celebration on your calendar:  May 1!

Summer Internships in Lithuania: For more information about  LSS,  a project of the Lithuanian American Community, contact arba FB poskyroje .  Application deadline:  March 15.

The Lithuanian Foundation Inc. is accepting 2016 grant applications.The Lithuanian Foundation supports heritage, education, cultural affairs, youth organizations and Lithuanian community activities.  The Foundation provides grants to projects that propagate Lithuanian culture, urging a better understanding of our language and promoting the Lithuanian identity. LF priority is support activities in Lithuanian diaspora.  Deadline:April 1, 2016. to

JOB OPPORTUNITIES with the DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: There are many types of jobs, full time and part time that become available, from cooks and custodians to organists, teachers, and bookkeepers.  Contact

Lithuanian American Club of Northern New Jersey shares news of upcoming events for 2016!

March 6, 2016 Lithuanian Independence Celebration: St. Peter and Paul Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey

Mass at 11AM followed by program including Dr. V. K. Lithuanian School Dance Group, Varpelis For more information contact President Aldona Skrypa  973-377-8148 or

Parish Council News Annunciation’s Lithuanian Community is ably represented on the Council by Dr. Algirdas Lukosevicius, Vida Penikas and Raimundas Slizys. Communion Breakfast April 17. Next meeting is March 14.

Camp Neringa News: REGISTRATION FOR CAMP IS OPEN! Places fill up REALLY QUICKLY for this magical place!  ( )DONATIONS to Camp Neringa are always welcome! NERINGA, Inc. 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam, CT 06260.  JOIN Neringa as a member of the Corporation!  Congratulations to Rytas Stankunas, newly elected Board Chairman!

DANCE FESTIVAL 2016 News:  Tryptinis Dance Troop rehearses in the Parish Lower Hall. Contact  Joe Milukas at, Milda Stanislauskas at or Rima Sekovas at rima.sekovaite@gmail.comfor rehearsal dates and times.  Aldona Marijosius is the teacher!

The Ausros Vartu Council 12, Knights of Lithuania, meets at 207 West 30 Street, NYC.  Father Sawicki graciously comes to say Mass.  For information contact Elaine Derso at

SLA/LAA News: For information about joining this oldest still- functioning Lithuanian organization, see Grazina Janusas at Kavine! ( For general information contact Laima Mihailovich at .  They have many wonderful exhibits there!

October 9, 2016 there will be a celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the dedication of the Chapel of Our Lady of Siluva at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.   Visit

Welcome to our new reader, Doroteja!!

HEADS UP! The Annual Diocesan Migration Day Celebration will be at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral (856 Pacific Street) April 30. Ask Fr. Volertas for further information.

The Sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish!

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is said in Spanish in our church Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Sundays at 10:00 AM in Lithuanian and 11:30 AM in Spanish.

Confessions are heard (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 Slizys 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 is always open for new members.  Just come to the loft!

Lectors and Ushers  at Mass Ladies and gentlemen who would like to serve should contact Vida Penikas (, or 516-922-1760).  Schedules are flexible!

The MASS BOOK The 2016 Mass Book is open.  See Vida Penikas to have a Mass said for your intention.  The usual stipend is $50.  Mass intentions can be shared.


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 Jankauskas                                  ALGISVIDAJ@YAHOO.COM

Committee                                                              Raimundas Slizys                                                   LITHNY@AOL.COM

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

Curator of the Organ                                                  Saulius Janusas

Kavine                                                                   Pat Sidas                                 203-762-9726, SID100@AOL.COM

Lithuanian/English Bulletin Editor                      Vida Penikas                                       VIDAALDIS@GMAIL.COM

Parish Website Administrator                              Arunas Tirksliunas                          

Decorating the Church                                   Joe Rudis, Dr.Algis Lukosevicius                                       718-438-4649

Queen of the Rosary Academy                               Marian Hernandez                                                         718-782-1110

Ateitis   Adult Chapter                                       Dr. Algis Lukosevicius                

Ateitis   Youth Chapter                                     Dr. Milda Palubinskas                

For a Sober Lithuania (Sobriety and Health Activists)     Genovaite Meskelis                                         347-268-6391

Spanish Affairs Committee /Bulletin                      Leticia Serrano                                             ARILET@AOL.COM

Annunciation Parish Spanish Choir                        Antonio Arenas                                       See him after 11:30 am Mass

Guadalupe Committee                                            Clemente  Randon                                   C12G4H9A6S@AOL.COM


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

Lithuanian Language Internet Apostolate:

ANNUNCIATION SCHOOL FACEBOOK: Search “ANNUNCIATION SCHOOL”.  You will find a picture of the dear old building, and an army of Annunciation Sons and Daughters waiting to be in touch!!

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 R. Slizys at LITHNY@AOL.COM

VERY IMPORTANT:  TO REGISTER yourself and your family at Annunciation Parish, call 718-384-0223 by e-mail DO NOT ASSUME YOU ARE REGISTERED BECAUSE YOU GET MAILINGS!

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

Lithuanian Organizations

Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid        718-326-5202

Maironis Lithuanian Saturday School   Rasa Sprindys, Principal                  

Lithuanian Scouts :                                   Tomas Lora, Nida Stnkunas

Lithuanian Athletic Club                                     ( Jonas Jankauskas    

Tryptinis NY Lithuanian Folk Dance Ensemble                                                              

Lithuanian Folk Art Institute NY Chapter                      Aldona Rygelis

Lithuanian Citizens Club                                   Dr. Giedre Kumpikas                                     

Lithuanian Alliance of America  (Susivienijimas Lietuvių Amerikoje (SLA) (212) 563-2210

Knights of Lithuania: K12NYC: Elaine Derso K110BQ: Dr. P. Kazas:

K152LI:Julia Schroeder

RadioMarija www.marijosradijas.LT

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

THE DAILYGOSPEL                                                                                                        

RELEVANT RADIO        WNSW AM 1430 AM.                                                     

THE TABLET Diocesan Newspaper                                                                                             


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 (For those in recovery and those who love them)          Msgr. Calise  718-384-0223

Northside Senior Center: 179 North 6th (Between Bedford and Driggs Aves.)

Lithuanian periodicals in US  (Aciu Philadelphia Pranesimai!) (Lithuanian) FOR CHILDREN (English) (Lithuanian Newspaper thrice weekly OR English DRAUGAS monthly plus Lithuanian Heritage Magazine) (Lithuanian weekly newspaper) (English Magazine of Lithuanian Life) (Magazine for Seniors)

DRAUGAS, the Chicago based Lithuanian newspaper, is now streaming MASS from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Chicago’s Marquette Park community, 11AM, CDST, at !






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