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English Language Bulletin


February, 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.

February 2                                          “Ground  Hog Day”                          Silly American Custom!

February 2                                          Feast of the Purification/Presentation “Candlemas Day”

February 3                                          Feast of St. Blaise

February 7                                          Kavine , Parish Lower Hall

February 10                                        Ash Wednesday, shes distributed 7:00 PM, Annunciation Church

February 14                                        First Sunday of Len, Kavine, Parish Lower Hall, St. Valentine’s Day

February 15                                        PRESIDENT’S DAY, FLY OLD GLORY! AMERICAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY

February 16                                       LITHUANIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY   FLY THE TRISPALVĖ!

February 20                                      Lithuanian Independence Day celebration, Annunciation Church

February 21                                      Second Sunday of Lent, Mass in honor of Lithuanian Independence, Annunciation Church

Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

February 27/28                               Annual Lenten Retreat                       Annunciation Church

February 28                                    Third Sunday of Lent

Kavine                                               Parish Lower Hall

March 6                                              Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare (REJOICE!) Sunday, KAZUIKO MUGE! OLMC Lower Hall

February is a month filled with holidays……………The Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, was born February 12.  George Washington, “Father” of our country, was born February 22.  Lithuania declared its independence February 16. February 14 is universally celebrated as the Feast of St. Valentine.  “Mardi Gras” (Shrove Tuesday) is celebrated in many forms in many places on the day before Ash Wednesday.

February is also Black History Month.  Every nation whose sons and daughters make up the heart and soul of this country celebrate their “history” in some way.  The history of those who came from Africa,, by their free will or not, is very real in Brooklyn, and all of New York.  Free Africans founded Weeksville, a Brooklyn neighborhood that still exists.  That great American art form, Jazz, was brought to the world in the Harlem of the late 19th and early 20th Century.  All a part of that amazing thing we call the melting pot!

SNOW!  29 inches of it!  Inundated North 5th and Havemeyer on Sunday, January 24!  Father Volertas was unable to get to the church to say Mass.  Msgr. Calise generously offered to come after the Italian Mass at Mt. Carmel, but he could not get to the church before 10:30 AM, and he advised that the streets were in such bad condition that there was NO PLACE TO PARK.  Sadly, the decision was made to cancel the 10:00AM Mass for the safety of all.

Lent begins February 10, Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.  In addition, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast for those 21-59.

The annual parish Lenten Retreat will be held February 27/28.  Our guest Retreat Master will be Father Kestutis Ralys, from Vilnuis.  The retreat will begin Saturday Afternoon, (time to be determined) and conclude at Kavine Sunday morning.  Father will concelebrate Mass with Fr. Volertas, and will hear confessions.  Make the time to come.  It will be good for your soul!

The annual celebration of Lithuanian Independence will be celebrated February 20 and 21.On February 20, at 6:00 PM, there will be a concert in Annunciation Church.  Violinist Barbora Valiukeviciute  will be the soloist.  The New York Theatre group will deliver poetry readings, and Consul General Pranevicius will speak.  After the program there will be refreshments in the Annunciation Parish Lower Hall.    Sunday, February 21, the traditional Mass for Lithuania will be said in Annunciation Church, Father Volertas, celebrant.

On January 17 the parish, in conjunction with the New York Chapter of the Lithuanian American Community commemorated the frightful murders at the Vilnius TV Tower in 1991.  Before the Offertory of the Mass, a procession of adults and children carried photos of those murdered and burning candles to the Altar where they were placed on the rail.  After Mass, in the Parish Lower Hall, Consul General Pranevicius spoke of the horrors of that terrible day.  Maironis School Children Elzbieta Kungys, Greta Nemickas, and Elena Pranevicius recited poetry in honor of the dead.   Many thanks go to Maironis School Principal Rasa Sprindys for organizing the children’s presentation, Vida Jankauskas for acting as Mistress of Ceremonies, and members of the Executive Committee of the NYLB Chapter, under the leadership of Vida Jankauskas and Ramute Hopanus for preparing the refreshments.  Following the program the Robert Mullan film „Mes Dainuosim”, with subtitles, was shown. The film poignantly follows the path of those murdered as they made their way to the TV Tower.

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! A BIG ACIU to the Janusas family for donations of coffee and tea.

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

REJOICE!  Through the “good offices” of Rosemarie Walsh at Mt. Carmel and Parish Sacristan Phillip Caponegro there is now an excellent supply of ENGLISH LANGUAGE MISALETTES for folk for whom it is easier to follow the Mass in English!  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!  A BIG ACIU to Rosemarie and Phil!

Saturday, February 6 the film, THE STORY OF THE BALTIC UNIVERSITY will be shown at Estonia House, 4:00 PM (243 E. 34 Street, INFO@ESTONIANHOUSE.NEWYORK.COM )  Didn’t know there WAS a Baltic University?  Read about it in the most recent edition of LITHUANIAN HERTIAGE Magazine!  ACIU to Kestutis Bileris for the information!!

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

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 need prayers, too, as do Julia Schroeder and  Maria Cutrone, Grandmother of Altar Boys Martin and Ken Pietrusiewicz.  Albert Tamkus, Class of ’54, has had a health dustup and needs prayers…….Father Michael Mc Hugh, who assists Msgr. Calise at Mt. Carmel and regularly says the Annunciation Spanish Mass, has taken ill, but is recovering, according to Msgr. Calise.  Keep him in your prayers, too.

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.

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!

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

Parish Council News Annunciation’s Lithuanian Community is ably represented on the Council by Dr. Algirdas Lukosevicius, Vida Penikas and Raimundas Slizys.  Next meeting is February 8.

Camp Neringa News: REGISTRATION FOR CAMP IS OPEN!  DON‘T DELAY!  Places fill up REALLY QUICK 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!

News from the Lithuanian Foundation: Grant applications for 2016 are now being accepted. For information on the kinds of projects  funded or an application go to

DANCE FESTIVAL 2016 News:  Tryptinis Dance Troop is rehearsing   for the 2016 DANCE FESTIVAL in Baltimore! Interested?  Contact either Joe Milukas at, Milda Stanislauskas at or Rima Sekovas at . Rehearsals will be held at Annunciation Parish Lower Hall.  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 readers, Christopher Grimer and Egle Babrielyte!

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 Schoo, Rasa Sprindys, Principal                                 

Lithuanian Scouts :                                          Tomas Lora, Aldute Belzer,

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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