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ŽINIOS – December 2011

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Welcome to NY Apreiškimo Parapijos English Language Bulletin “ŽINIOS”

YEAR OF THE DIVINE MERCY

Jesus said: „Speak to the world about my Mercy; let all mankind recognize My my unfathomable mercy.“ Let us come to KNOW Christ, the Divine Mercy. Let us accept the Divine Mercy of Christ by conversion, and confess our sins. Let us,then, on our part, be merciful to others.

December 1 – World AIDS Day

December 4 – SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Kavine, VAIKU LITURGJIA, CHOIR REHEARSAL, ANNUAL STRAW ORNAMENT WORKSHOP, Parish Lower Hall

December 8 – FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, PATRONESS OF THE UNITED STATES, HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

December 10 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadelope, Patroness of the Americas Celebrated at Annunciation Church. Mass at 5:30 PM

December 11 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, SPECIAL ADVENT MINI-RETREAT With Dr. Aldona Lingertaitis, Festive Kavine and luncheon, Parish Lower Hall

December 17 – Preparations for Joint Kucios, Parish Lower Hall and Mt. Carmel Hall

December 18 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Annunciation Parish, Maironis Lithuanian School, and Lithuanian Scouts Association JOINT KUCIOS, Mt. Carmel Hall

December 24 – Berneliu (Shepherd‘s) Mass, 9:45 PM Choir Carols Concert, 10:00 PM Mass at Annunciation Church. Later- Kavine at Parish Lower Hall

December 25 – Christmas Day (Christmas is a Holy Day of Obligation). Spanish Mass at 11:30 AM. No Lithuanian Mass!

December 30 – Feast of the HOLY FAMILY

January 1, 2012 – Feast of Mary the Mother of God. KAVINE

January 6, 2012 – Feast of the Epiphany, „Little“ Christmas

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS! AGAIN, I SAY, REJOICE! These beautiful words of St. Paul are used in the Introit of the Mass for the Third Sunday, Laetare Sunday, of Advent. They remind us that, even in the midst of the penetential season of Advent, even in the midst of difficult times, we can not help but rejoice in the presence of Christ, our Savior. Remember, that on Christmas Eve, Our Lady of the Annunciation looks upon the Son born to her, and, in the words of one French version of the words for SILENT NIGHT, …………..“ She saw the Lord in the Child of her heart“ ………… A blessed, holy, happy Christmas to all of you, and all your „kith and „kin , wherever they may be!

The annual LITHUANIAN STRAW ORNAMENT WORKSHOP will take place after the 10:00 AM Mass at Kavine DECEMBER 4. Members of the Lithuanian Folk art Institute will be present to demonstrate the art of making ‘SIAUDINUKIAI” and help YOU make some yourself. Children and adults are welcome. Instruction will be in English and Lithuanian, so bring those grandkids!

On December 11, Professor Aldona Lingertaitis will join us for a Lithuanian language MINI-ADVENT RETREAT. Professor Aldona is well known as a counselor and leader at Camp Neringa, speaker, and teacher in the Boston area, and nationally. After 10:00 Am Mass we will all go to the parish hall, where Aldona will begin her presentation. The Kavine Committee will “Feed His Flock” with the help of the Penikas Family and the Povilaitis Family, for whose intentions the Mass will be said. We will all learn from Aldona, and pray together for one another, for ourselves, our families, our friends, and those standing in the need of prayer. If arrangements can be made, the day will conclude with Benediction. Please come, to feed your soul and your body. Bring a friend, and your children. There will be paper and crayons, and other small diversions for the children! Thanks go to Danute Norvilate Chotin and Raimundas Slizys for arranging for this very special event, and to Monsignor Calise for his resounding support for Aldona’s visit.

DECEMBER 12, the Guadalupe Committee celebrates the Feast of OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS. For information about the festivities contact Clemente Rendon at C12G...@aol.com.

DECEMBER 18 is the Annual Joint Parish, Mokykla, and Scouts KUCIOS. Surely, the chairs at Annunciation Parish don’t get COLD! But, there’s ALWAYS room for YOU! For information about tickets, reserving tables (minimum ticket purchase required in advance), and to DONATE a dish, please contact Fausta Sinkuninene at Faus...@yahoo.com. Come and break bread together with your fellow parishioners. What a beautiful way to start Christmas Week! Tickets will also be on sale at Kavine.

November was a very busy month at Annunciation: First, on November 5, there was the fabulous Dagilėliai concert. Then, on November 20, the Lithuanian Consulate and the New York District Lithuanian American Community Council sponsored the celebration of Lithuanian Army Day. Col. Jurgaitis was featured speaker. He even got to meet a few former “troops” now part of our parish!

November 27 the parish celebrated Thanksgiving. Chairman Pat Sidas and her committee put on the usual fabulous feast, complete with homegrown venison. Here’s a Who’s Who of “Who” did the work!

Thanks to: Joe and Irene Rudis, Irene’s sister Tilly, and her helper Lisa, for buying the food and preparing the salad and dressing…To Kazys Butkus, Potato peeler extraordinaire …To Eugenia Dirsyte and Ramute Hopmanas, who helped set up Saturday and served the feast Sunday…To Phil Caponegro, for all the additional setup required by the need to use the rear entrance!..To Ramute and Aldona Zukas, for preparing and running the Lottery… To Raimundas and Tracey Slizys, for running the Bar…To Tracey Slizys, Ticket Sales…To Vida Jankauskas, Mistress of Ceremonies, and chaplain in place of Father Volertas and Monsignor Calise, who both had Mass obligations at lunchtime…To Nijole Zukauskas, for preparation of Cakes Table, To Josephina Senken, for FABULOUS Centerpieces, To Ona Povilaitis, who brought the bread…To Nijole Mazeika, Milda Stanislauskas, and Matas Slizys, Kitchen Clean-up Crew Extraordinaire…To Maryte Kumet and Grazina Janusas, who helped serve AND clean up…To Laimute Kavaliauskas, Vitalija Slizys, and Janina Stanislauskas, who just pitched in!

CHRISTMAS NEWS: The Shepherd’s Mass, preceded by the Choir Carols Concert (9:45pm) begins at 10:00 PM. THERE IS NO LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE CHRISTMAS DAY MASS

CHRISTMAS DECORATING: A few “Stout hearted (young) men” are needed to help Joe Rudis and Phil Caponegro to decorate our historic church. Call Joe at 718-438-4649 to volunteer!

PLOTKELES will be available for purchase from Organist and Choir Director Asta Barkauskas before Mass (in the Loft) or after Mass (in the Parish Lower Hall).

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Beautiful cards, featuring photos of Annunciation Church decorated for Christmas, 20 to a package, ($5) with either Lithuanian or English text, will be available at Kavine.

CHRISTMAS KAVINE after Shepherd’s Mass needs HELP! Can you come half hour early? Can you donate a cake? Can you stay after to help clean up? Let Pat know! SID...@AOL.COM

CHRISTMAS PRESENT! Need a Christmas gift for someone who has EVERYTHING? Order blanks to subscribe to BRIDGES, the journal of the Lithuanian American Community, are available on the SHARE table, or contact www.lithuanian-american.org to order a subscription.

THE PARISH HALL CALENDAR FOR 2012 IS OPEN! Please contact Raimundas Šližys to schedule any events your organization might be planning for 2012 that involve the use of the Parish Lower Hall. The calendar fills FAST, so make your plans SOON!

ALL the sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish: The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday. Eucharistic Minister Vytautas Cereska will bring the sacrament to those who cannot come to Mass. (646-246-8270) Father Volertas hears Confessions before Mass Sundays in Lithuanian and English EVERY Sunday. If he is not in the confessional, he will be waiting in the sacristy, bless him!

To arrange for Baptisms and Weddings, or for the Sacrament of the Sick, and “Last Rites”, just call Msgr. Calise (718-384-0223) or Fr. Volertas (718-326-2236). When there is a death in your family, be sure to specify ANNUNCIATION to the Funeral Director, so the funeral can be held in your own parish.

To arrange for RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION for children in preparation for First Penance/First Communion, Confirmation, or for parental instruction prior to the baptism of infants, contact Raimundas Šližys Lithuanian), or Rose Marie Walsh (718-384-0223, EXT 28, English). HOME STUDY opportunities are also available. Arrangements can be made for instruction for adults who wish to become Catholics, or for Baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, or Confirmation. Contact Raimundas Silzys or Pat Sidas any Sunday at Kavine. VAIKU LITURGJIA, Childrens’ Liturgy, in Lithuanian and English, takes place the FIRST SUNDAY of the month. For more information on this valuable parish program, please contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas. ALL ARE WELCOME! (Did you see the Palubinskas-Chakar family on the cover of THE TABLET a few weeks ago?)

Children who have received their First Holy Communion who want to serve as Acolytes (Altar servers) should contact Dr. Algis Lukoševičius, or Raimundas Šližys (at Kavine). Schedules for serving are flexible. The same flexible scheduling is available for ladies and gentlemen who would like to serve as Lectors at Mass, or who would like to help out as Ushers. Bill Kumet will show you the ropes and help you schedule your time to serve! Call him at 718-846-3829. To join Annunciation Parish Lithuanian Choir, please come to the Loft any Sunday to meet Organist and Choir Director Asta Barkauskas. The choir rehearses after Mass in the Lower Hall.

TEACHERS OF LIGHT provide FREE tutoring programs in any subject, at any grade level, including preparation for the SAT exams. Go to www.Teachersoflight.org, or call 347-342-8354 for information.

Maironis School News: Classes are available from preschool through grade 10. The School meets at 206 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211. New students and adult learners are always welcome! For more information, contact school principal Fausta Sinkunas.

Lithuanian Scouts Association News: For more information about the Lithuanian Scouts Association, contact Tomas Lora or Aldute Belzer.

Sick call list: Elvira Vilineskis, Phyllis Macenas, Liuda Gudelis, Joe Levonas, and Anele Steponis are suffering the assaults of age. Gloria O’Brien, Edward Diskevich, Julia Cohen, and Jerry Cernauskas also need our prayers. Arturas Jautakas is still VERY sick……….but, Simon Ulcickas is BETTER!

KAVINE NEWS: If you want to provide something special at Kavine, please contact Kavine Committee chairman Pat Sidas so she can help you coordinate your donation. Blessed candles are available at Kavine. Catholic families should have a blessed candle at home. There is no charge for them, but a donation is appreciated. God Bless the KAVINE SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP COMMITTEE. To join it — it is NOT hard work! – contact Vida Jankauskas or Pat Sidas. All you have to do is come half an hour early once in a while to set up the hall, and stay 15-20 minutes longer to clear the tables, fold the cloths, and “wash” the coffee and tea pots. THANK YOU to an anonymous donor, who made the Velines Luncheon possible, to the debonair Henrikas Miklas, and to a gracious anonymous donor who provided monetary donations to kavine. Thanks too, to the Brooklyn-Queens Lithuanian American Community Chapter for a donation of LEFTOVERS from the Dagilėliai concert reception.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please be aware that the Guadalupe Committee and the Annunciation Spanish Affairs Committee also use the parish refrigerator in the Lower Hall. In order to avoid confusion, PLEASE LABEL anything you put into the refrigerator, so someone else does not take or use it.

Like to play CHESS? Kazys Butkus, Matas Slizys , Milda Stanislauskas, Paulius Sabalis, and Antanas Bublis and others await challengers Sundays at Kavine! For those who might like a less exotic challenge, the Kavine Committee has CHECKERS!

St. John’s University is providing FREE Speech and Hearing screenings! Help with hearing aids, too. Appointments are available until December 7. Call 718-990-6480 for more information.

RADIO MARIJA is a source of religious information and programming: www.marijosradijas.lt

May they rest in peace in the arms of the angels! Marie Strimaitis McCauley has died. Condolences to husband Tom and daughter Laura. Glen Bater, Metropolitan Opera singer and member of the NY Lithuanian Choir, has died. Condolences to his wife Kathleen….

LAST CALL for the Annual Catholic Appeal of the Diocese of Brooklyn! Annunciation’s quota is $3,611.00. Whatever is donated over the quota is RETURNED TO ANNUNCIATION for our parish’s use! Make your check payable to ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL, and drop into the collection basket, or mail it to 1712 10th Avenue, Brooklyn. NY 11215, ATT: Annual Appeal. ANNUNCIATION ALWAYS MEETS ITS QUOTA…as long as YOU help….. Donate BIG if you can, but, every $20 helps!

News from the Diocese Office of Migration. Diocese Office of Migration site can help you find vocational classes, English classes, and citizenship classes: 718-236-3000. For information about the LITHUANIAN APOSTOLATE, contact Father Volertas, or Advisory Committee members or Vida Jankauskas, Malvina Klivecka, or Joe Rudis.

Diocesan Catholic Charities Family / Counseling Centers help with mental health issues for children and adults, and employment counseling. For information go to www.ccbq.org or call 718-281-9540.

Churches United offers FREE CLASSES to people looking for work, classes in English, and a FREE LEGAL CLINIC. (718-388-3774). For translation help, contact the Lithuanian Apostolate (See Above).

News from Mt. Carmel: Mt. Carmel Parish will begin its celebration of its 125th Anniversary Year

Mt. Carmel Serenity Sunday Fellowship and healing for people recovering from addictions, and for those who love them. Mass at 5:00 pm, “pot luck” supper after, followed by “meetings” according to the precepts of “AA”. Next Serenity Sunday will be November 6. Support Group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community meets the second and fourth Monday of each month.

LAK News: For information about the NY Lithuanian Athletic Club and its activities, contact Jonas Jankauskas, LAK president. For information about YOUTH BASKETBALL, contact Joe Milukas, or go to the LAK website www.lithnyc.com, or NY LAK Blog website.

Camp Neringa News: Visit www.neringa.org for information about the CAMP NERINGA WATER BOTTLE SALE! Funds are still desperately needed to make flood repairs! You can also find the 2012 CAMP SCHEDULE there now. Neringa is a great place for Lithuanian- American Kids!

Attention dancers ages 5 to 100! The 14th Lithuanian Dance Festival will be held July 1, 2012 in Boston. If you want to participate or would like information, contact Cheryl Milukas.
More information on the Internet: Facebook: TryptinisN.Y.; www.nymaironiomokykla.org; www.2012sokiusvente.org. FORTY THREE dancers, in all age ranges, including ADULTS, have already registered. Want to learn to do Lithuanian Folk Dances? Contact Cheryl today! Great EXERCISE, Great FUN! Can’t dance, but CAN donate? Go to the website for information about personal and professional ad space!

Our Lady of Vilnius News: Sunday meditation and prayer continue at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and in front of the closed church. Visit www.ourladyofvilnius.org or ausrosvartunyc.blogspot.com for more information. Contact the Save Our Lady of Vilnius Committee, Elaine Derso, Chair, PO Box 230253, NY, NY 10023. Email: Elaine Derso. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ourladyofvilniusnyc.

The case was heard by the Newy York State Court of Appeals. Go to the website: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/CTAPPS/arguments/2011/Nov11/Nov11_OA.htm and press November 15, Case No. 231, Blaudziunas vs. Egan, to see the court proceedings video!

Welcome to our new reader: John Kaline

Nijole Vasilauskas has reopened her catering business! For information, contact her at 718-318-7226

News from STEEL WOLF 2000BAND! The band will be performing at FUZZY’S, 239-21 Braddock Avenue, Bellerose 11426 December 12th! For information contact Mark Adomaitis at stee...@optonline.net

TO REGISTER yourself and your family at Annunciation Parish call 718-384-0223 or e-mail. You can also register at Kavine. See Joe Rudis for a registration form. The more registered, the more secure our parish. NUMBERS COUNT!

COME VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR PARISH! Come help do His work on Earth!

Administrator:
Msgr. Joseph Calise – 718-384-0223

Associate Priest and Lithuanian Apostolate:
Rev. Vytautas Volertas

Parish Trustees:
Eric Arango, Raimundas Šližys

Lithuanian Affairs:
Vida Jankauskas

Committee:
Raimundas Šližys

Lectors, Ushers:
Bill Kumet – 718-846-3829

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

Kavine:
Pat Sidas – 203-762-9726

Lithuanian/English Bulletin Editor:
Vida Jankauskas

Parish Website Administrator:
Arūnas Tirkšliūnas

Decorating the Church:
Joe Rudis, Lidia Santos – 718-438-4649

Acolyte:
Father Volertas, Dr. Algis Lukoševičius. See either one after Mass

Religious Education:
Dr. Milda Palubinskas, Salvijus Kungys, Dana Račiūnas Norvila, Raimundas Šližys, Rosemarie Walsh (English) – 718-384-0223, ext. 28

Ateitis:
Dr. Algis Lukoševičius

Children’s Chapter:
Dr. Milda Palubinskas

Spanish Affairs Committee / Bulletin:
Leticia Serrano

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

Guadalupe Committee:
Clemente Randon

Queen of The Rosary Academy:
Sr. Joan Losson, OP – 718-782-1110

Diocesan Migration Office:
Msgr. Ralph Marino – 718-236-3000

Serenity Sunday / LGBT Ministry:
Msgr. Joseph Calise – 718-384-0223

KNIGHTS OF LITHUANIA: Council 12: Elaine Derso, tel. 212-874-2506. Council 110: Dr. P. Kazas. Council 152: Julia Schroeder.

Are you unable to get to Mass? Eucharistic Minister Vytautas Cereska will bring the Body and Blood of Christ to you. Call Vytautas at 646-246-8270. Father Volertas (718-326-2236) is, of course, also available to bring the Sacraments and anoint the sick and frail.

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.

To schedule an event in the Parish Lower Hall, please contact Raimundas Šližys.

Want to get on the ENVELOPES List? Envelopes are a very convenient tradition of the Church in the US that makes it easy to make your weekly donation to the support of the parish. You receive an envelope packet monthly by mail with an envelope for each Sunday and for any scheduled special collections. To get on the list, con tact MARY ANN at the office… 718-384-0223 .

IF ALL OF US CAME TO MASS JUST ONCE A MONTH, OUR BEAUTIFUL CHURCH WOULD ALWAYS BE FULL!

MASS IS SAID AT 10:00 AM IN LITHUANIAN, AND AT 11:30 AM IN SPANISH

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ANNUNCIATION PARISH IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING AT NORTH FIFTH AND HAVEMEYER. COME BE A PART OF IT!

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY OF THE ANNUNCIATION, PRAY FOR US!
OUR LADY OF ŠILUVA, PRAY FOR US!
OUR LADY OF VILNIUS, AUŠROS VARTŲ, PRAY FOR US!

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