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Welcome to NY Apreiškimo Parapijos English Language Bulletin “ŽINIOS”

(Thanks to Joe Kulp for the reminder that Blessed Jurgis was a Marian Father……)

Palaimintasis Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevicius 1871-1927 Malda (Prayer)

Palaimintasis arkivyskupe Jurgi. Nekaltai Pradetusios Svenciausios Mergeles Marijos myletojau ir istikimas Baznycios sunau, ismelsk mums dorybiu ir jegu bei ryzto uoliai darbuotis Baznyciai, Tevynei, ir viska atnaujinti Kristuje.

(Thanks to Astra Bileris, who found this prayer among the effects of her late father, A. Ruzgis.)

March 4 – FEAST OF ST. CASIMIR, Lithuania‘s Patron Saint, Kaziuko Muge 11:00 AM, Mt. Carmel Hall

March 11 – Third Sunday of Lent, Commemoration of March 11, Lithuanian Independence following 10:00 AM Mass, Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

March 18 – Fourth Sunday of Lent, Brooklyn Queens Chapter LB Community Annual Meeting, following 10:00 AM Mass, Kavine, Parish Lower Hall

March 19 – Feast of St. Joseph, Patron of The Universal Church


March 24, 25, 26 – Annual Parish Lenten Retreat 6:30 PM, Annunciation Church and Parish Lower Hall

March 25 – Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday), Parish Retreat Luncheon Parish Lower Hall, after 10:00 AM Mass, VERBOS WORKSHOP, Parish Lower Hall, 11:30 AM
Remembrance of 1949 Deportations

March 26 – Parish Lenten Retreat, 6:00 PM, Annunciation Church COMMEMORATION OF THEFEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION, 7:00 PM

April 1 – Palm Sunday / Blessing of the VERBOS and Palms, Vaiku Liturgjia, Kavine, Parish Lower Hall, Easter Egg Workshop Following both Masses, Parish Lower Hall

April 8 – Easter Sunday Traditional Mass at Dawn 7:00 AM, Annunciation Church, Easter Breakfast Following Mass, Spanish Community Coffee Hour 12:30 PM, Parish Lower Hall

Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow, like unto His sorrow……….. These words come from the Old Testament Book of Lamentations. They are, in a nutshell, the story of Christ‘s Passion. When we walk the Stations of the Cross, we behold the Christ in agony in the Garden of Gethsemeni, tortured by Pilate‘s men, carrying His Holy Cross, meeting Our Lady of the Annunciation, His Mother, and the women of Jerusalem, being nailed to that Cross three long hours, struggling to breathe, do we not „behold, and see, if there be any sorrow…….?

Stations of the Cross (In Spanish) are conducted every Wednesday during Lent in our church at 7:30 PM, and in English at Mt. Carmel Church Mondays at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to walk the Way of the Lord‘s Suffering, regardless of your language! Behold, and see……

The LIVING STONES are coming! This evangelizing group from Lithuania will be with us the weekend of the FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION to preach our Lenten Retreat! They will even take part in the celebration of our Titular Feast, on the 26th. On Saturday, March 24, at 5:00 PM, they will lead the congregation in the Stations of the Cross at Annunciation Church. The Retreat will continue afterwards in the Parish Lower Hall, with refreshments served. Sunday, March 25, Confessions will be heard before Mass. The LIVING STONES ensemble will sing at Mass, and visit with us at the luncheon after Mass. On Monday, March 26, at 6:00 PM, before the special Mass celebrating Annunciation’s Titular Feast (7:30PM), the LIVING STONES will conduct the closing hour of our Lenten retreat, leading us in the prayer of intercession, “užtarima maldos”, and will sing at the Mass.

Easter News: Donations (There are envelopes in the church vestibule and in the Hall.) for Easter lilies to decorate our glorious sanctuary are needed. If you can‘t come, consider sending a donation by mail! Easter Mass will begin at 7:00 AM. There will be an Easter Breakfast in the Hall after Mass. Kavine Committee needs donations of boiled colored eggs, butter, cakes, ham, desros (cooked/smoked), cut fruit, and cheese. If someone would like to donate several loaves of bread, that would be great, too. A helper or two to set up the tables Saturday evening, and to help clean up, are REALLY needed. Let Kavine Committee know (SID...@AOL.COM) how you can help!

Can you give some time to help decorate the church? Decorator-in-Chief Joe Rudis needs to hear from you–718-438-4649. Joe‘s back is out of whack, so he REALLY needs some young folk to help.

Annunciation Parish and the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute, New York Chapter, will provide a workshop in making the traditional VERBOS on Sunday, March 25 for children and adults. Instruction will be in Lithuanian and English. Many, many dried flowers are needed, and lots of crepe paper flowers. You can help by drying flowers like liatris and baby‘s breath and bringing them to the workshop. If you are willing to help make the crepe paper flowers needed, donate dry flowers, or financially support this event, please contact Pat Sidas. She will explain how to make the flowers (EASY!), and give you the materials. Lithuanian people carry the VERBOS Palm Sunday, and often bring them to the cemetery.

The following Sunday VERY POPULAR Easter Egg (Marguciai) Workshops will take place after 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses. Donations of HARD BOILED EGGS are needed on Palm Sunday for the workshop participants. Tautodalies Institutas members will demonstrate making very intricately designed eggs. Institute member Pat Sidas will demonstrate and teach simpler designs and techniques. Helpers to assist younger marguciai makers are needed, especially after 11:30 AM Mass. Children under age 7 are welcome, but need to have an adult with them to help with the hot wax. Can you help teach? COME!

Sunday, March 25th will be a very busy Sunday in our parish: The Lithuanian Consulate and the Lithuanian American Community New York District Council will commemorate the lesser known 1949 deportations from the Baltic States, when some 95,000 people, mostly women and children, were rounded up and sent to almost certain death in Siberia. This commemoration will be but one of thousands being held all over the world under the auspices of the European Parliament, UNITAS Foundation, and the International Commission for the Evaluation of Nazi and Soviet crimes.

Sunday, March 11 is the Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuanian Independence. The Lithuanian Consulate and the Lithuanian American Community New York District Council will hold a celebration at Kavine. There will be a brief program, followed by refreshments!

HAPPY GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Anterio! Joe is a member of Annunciation School Clas of 1954! Thanks to classmate Ralph Cogliano for the great news!

A HUGE Annunciation ACIU goes to Bill Kumeta, who has retired as chairman of the Lithuanian Lectors Committee. Bill has served our parish as lector, lector organizer, usher, Parish Council President, and President of Council 44, Knights of Lithuania. Don’t get the idea he and Maryte are going anywhere, though……..Bill will ALWAYS help out “in a pinch”! Maryte faithfully helps with Kavine, and other parish meal events. She’s a lector, too!

A great big Annunciation welcome goes to Vida Penikas, who has graciously taken over organizing the Lectors, so that there is always someone to read the Word of God, in Lithuanian, at Mass!

IMPORTANT News about the Diocese of Brooklyn Strategic Planning Commission: For the past year the Commission has been working with parishes, reviewing their financial situation, their facilities, and the sacramental life of the parishes. The Commission made its recommendations to Bishop DiMarzio about what steps should be taken to strengthen Phase IV parishes on February 27. Annunciation Parish, Mt Carmel Parish, and Transfiguration Parish are involved in Phase IV. Bishop DiMArzio will announce his decisions relating to the recommendations April 15.

The 2011 Annual Appeal has ended. Fewer than thirty parishioners participated in this important fundraising effort in honor of our Bishop. Fortunately, they were VERY generous! Annunciation was able to fulfill its quota of $3,611.00, plus $319.00 above the quota, which will be returned to our parish for our use. The 2012 campaign will begin soon. Please, let‘s ALL support our bishop!

Offertory Envelopes make it easy to make your weekly donation to the support the parish. You receive a packet monthly, by mail, with an envelope for each Sunday and for any scheduled special collections. To get on the mailing list, contact MARY ANN at the OLMC office…718-384-0223.

Do you need a record of your donations for your tax records? Contact MAUREEN at the Mt. Carmel office at 718-384-0233. Please have your envelopes number handy!

ALL the sacraments are celebrated at Annunciation Parish:

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharist are celebrated every Sunday.

Confessions are heard by Fr. Volertas before Mass in Lithuanian and English EVERY Sunday.

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).

Funerals can take place in our church. Be sure to specify ANNUNCIATION to the Funeral Director, so the funeral will be held in your own parish church.

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION for Children in preparation for First Penance / First Communion, Confirmation, contact Raimundas Šližys (Lithuanian), or Rose Marie Walsh (718-384-0223, XT 28, English.) HOME STUDY opportunities are available! Childrens’ Liturgy, in Lithuanian and English, takes place the ONE SUNDAY of the month. Contact Dr. Milda Palubinskas for the monthly clendar.

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION FOR ADULTS who wish to become Catholics, or Baptized Catholics who have not received all the sacraments is available. Contact Raimundas Silzys or Pat Sidas.

Altar servers Children who want to serve should contact Dr. Algis Lukoševičius. Schedules for serving are flexible.

Lectors at Mass Ladies and gentlemen who would like to serve as should contact Vida Penikas (, or 516-922-1760). Vida will show you the ropes and help you schedule your time. Annunciation Parish Lithuanian Choir To join, please come to the Loft any Sunday to meet Organist and Choir Director Asta Barkauskas. The choir rehearses after Mass in the Loft or Lower Hall.

Sick call list: Regina Balsys, Elvira Vilineskis, Phyllis Macenas, Liuda Gudelis, Joe Levonas, and Anele Steponis are suffering the assaults of age. Mara Vygantas, Gloria O’Brien, Edward Diskevich, Antanas Vytuvis,and Jerry Cernauskas also need prayers. Arturas Jautakas is still VERY sick…. So is Juozas Rygelis, who suffered a massive heart attack. His beloved Aldona is also suffering…. from a viral infection. Their daughter Aldona says that they could really use some “love and prayers sent their way!”

Please keep US Marine Antanas Garbauskas, son of Ausra and Anatolijus, and US Army Sgt. Daniel Jaber, grandson of Adelaida Sidzikauskas McCarthy, in your prayers. Antanas is stationed in harm’s way in Afghanistan, and Daniel is stationed in the Philippines, also a “dangerous” place.

Did you know that Annunciation’s own Poet Laureate, Kazys Butkus, has had his works published in AMERIKOS LIETUVIS? Congratulations, “General” Butkus!

KAVINE NEWS: 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. SPECIAL thanks go to Aldona Marijosius who donated a gently used 100 cup coffee pot, and to Grazina Janusas, who donated a gently used 30 cup pot, as did Vida Jankauskas. To volunteer to help at Kavine, 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/or stay 15-20 minutes longer to clear the tables, fold the cloths, and “wash” the coffee and tea pots. THANK YOU TO: The Hopanas family for a donation of coffee, and to the Garbauskas, Hopanas, and Sidlauskas families, along with Anele Jasevicius, for providing a special kavine in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A Rackauskas. A generous monetary donation has come from Henrikas Miklas, bless him! Thanks also to Astra Bileris, always ready to help when she comes! She and Kestutis recently donated a dozen sternos to the parish. ACIU!

May they rest in peace in the arms of the angels! Gene Ramanauskas, wife of Ramunas, mother of Kristina, Donna and Viktorija, died suddenly. Simon Ulcickas, who has been battling a nasty brain cancer, has gone home to the Lord, leaving heartbroken parents Frank and Candy, his precious son Darius, and his beloved wife Anne-Marie. Jimmy Barnes has died suddenly, leaving his parents Suellen Kucinskas Barnes and her husband, young twin sons Jacob and Addison, and his Uncle Bill bereft. Mary Kulis, Knights of Lithuania and Choir member of Transfiguration parish, has died.

News from Mt. Carmel: ( The vandalism that damaged the statues of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Jude has been repaired, thanks to spontaneous donations. A collection was taken up at Kavine. Annunciation’s Lithuanian Community donated nearly $400. ($100 more came from Knights of Lithuania Council 110.) Msgr. Calise was very touched by the donations. Any funds left over will go toward repairing statues in the two churches.

Communion Breakfast, March 25, 11:00 AM. Mt. Carmel Hall honors Father Zunno and James Dellocono. Admission is $20.00. Purchase tickets through Mt. Carmel Rectory (718-384-0223)

Mt. Carmel Serenity Sunday, 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 April 1. Msgr. Calise and the “Fellowship” communities of Serenity Sunday are grateful to the Lithuanian Scouts Association for their donation of food after Muge!

Glad Tidings (LGBT Community) meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 PM.

Mt. Carmel All-School Reunion: April 28, 8:00 PM, Mt. Carmel Hall. Admission is $35. Purchase tickets through Mt. Carmel Rectory (718-384-0223)

CALLING ANNUNCIATION CLASS OF 1963! Know a member? Maybe, your baby brother? Let Larry Kiceina know: IPAC...@YAHOO.COM The Class wants to have a REUNION!

Camp Neringa News: Neringa is a great place for Kids! There are sessions for both Lithuanian speaking and NON-LITHUANIAN SPEAKING Children! Registration forms and 2012 CAMP SCHEDULE (And information about summer employment) are on the web site

The 14th Lithuanian Dance Festival (July 1, 2012, in Boston). Contact Cheryl Milukas ( or go to for information on tickets and ads.

Our Lady of Vilnius News: Contact: Elaine Derso, Chair, Save Our Lady of Vilnius Committee, P.O. Box 230253, New York, NY 10023, 212-874-2506,

New Jersey News: Singer Irma Jurgeleviciute will perform 8pm March 17 at 177 Broadway. Clark, NJ. Please contact Zilvinas Bublis for more information 732-713-5708.

Connecticut News: Author Ruta Sepetys will discuss her book BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY at Barrett Bookstore, Darien, on April 4 at 7 PM. For more information contact

Welcome to our new readers: Tomas Kleiza, Ben Tockarshewsky, and Zvile Jurys!

STEELWOLF Band will be playing at THE AVENUE March 16, 7:30 pm (no cover)!

Evalina Puzaite performs at Weill Recital Hall/Carnegie Hall April 1, 2:00 PM. (212-239-4699)

HEADS UP! Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid will commemorate its 50th Anniversary April 22. For more information contact Executive Director Vida Jankauskas at

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.

Volunteers are always needed in a place like a parish……………someone to read at Mass, someone to sing in the choir, someone to wash a pot or set a table once in a while. Someone to make a centerpiece. Someone to decorate the altar. Someone to teach the children; someone to organize a picnic or a lottery. Maybe, couldn‘t YOU volunteer just once in a while so the work does not always fall on the same generous souls? The list of who to contact is below…….CALL!

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

Msgr. Joseph Calise – 718-384-0223

Associate Priest and Lithuanian Apostolate:
Rev. Vytautas Volertas

Parish Trustees:
Eric Arango, Raimundas Šližys

Lithuanian Affairs:
Vida Jankauskas

Raimundas Šližys

Lectors, Ushers:
Vida Penikas – 516-922-1760

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

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 Program:
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

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

Teachers of Light Tutoring / SAT Prep program (free):

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

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

LGBT Ministry:
Father Michael Lynch – 718-384-0223

Father Volertas,
(Advisory Committee members: Vida Jankauskas, Malvina Klivecka, Joe Rudis)


Churches United:
(FREE CLASSES for people looking for work, English classes, FREE LEGAL CLINIC)

Diocesan Catholic Charities Family / Counseling Centers:
(Help with mental health issues for children and adults, and employment counseling.)

Maironis Lithuanian Saturday School:
Fausta Sinkunas, Principal

Lithuanian Scouts:
Tomas Lora, Aldute Belzer

Lithuanian Athletic Club:
(, Jonas Jankauskas

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

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

Order blanks to subscribe to BRIDGES, the journal of the Lithuanian American Community, are available on the SHARE table, or contact to order a subscription.

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.







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