Archdiocesan Benefactor Fund Committee Update
The Archdiocesan Benefactor Fund committee held its initial meeting via conference call on Saturday, March 22nd. At this meeting, the committee agreed that the initial focus will be on the first three items identified in the proposal adopted at the assembly meeting, which are 1) to generate awareness of benefactor fund; 2) to encourage contribution to the benefactor fund; and 3) provide guidance for identifying and enrolling donors for the fund. In addition, the committee agreed to work on renaming this effort more appropriately so as not to focus solely on fundraising and monetary contributions, but rather to promote its purpose in enabling the many charitable activities and ministries that are desired to be performed through our Archdiocese.
Missions Chair Visits Christ the Savior, Berlin, MD
On the Sunday of the Cross, March 23rd, the Christ the Savior Mission in Berlin, MD, welcomed Archpriest Mark Koczak, chairman of the Missions Board for the Archdiocese of Washington. Some 93 people gathered to worship the Lord and venerate His precious and life-creating Cross, singing the hymn: "Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection we praise and glorify!" This was Fr. Mark's fourth visit to the Mission and his first on a Sunday. After leading the faithful in worship and delivering the homily, Fr. Mark spoke with members of the Mission during the fellowship hour. Serving with Fr. Mark were Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, founder of the Mission, and Priest John Parsells, the current rector.
St. Luke celebrates 5th anniversary of Fr. John and Popadija Kitty
On Sunday, July 27th, 2014, St Luke Orthodox Church in McLean held a celebration to mark Fr. John Vitko and Popadija Kitty's 5th anniversary at the parish. One of the many highlights of the day, was this "procession" at the end of the Liturgy of 12 or so of the young children in the parish, each bearing two roses -- one for Fr. John and one for Popadija Kitty. This video was 'shot' by their 11 year old granddaughter, Tatiana, on her cell phone:
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On Saturday, September 6th, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon let a spiritual retreat entitled, "The Treasures of Ancient Christianity", at Christ the Savior Mission in Berlin, MD. The event doubled as the annual Archdiocese Day as faithful clergy and laity journeyed to the shore to share in worship, fellowship, and education. The Synodal Youth Choir performed a concert with hymns from the ancient Liturgy of the Church as well as sang the responses during the divine services. In addition to the lecture, concert, question/answer session, and divine services, there was a barbeque and lamb roast, swimming, and activities for children. Glory to God and many thanks to all!
Archdiocesan Council Meeting
On Saturday, October 11th, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon met with the diocesan council of the Archdiocese of Washington. The meeting was held in preparation for the 2014 Archdiocesan Assembly which will be held on Saturday, November 15th, at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesday, MD. Additional information for the assembly may be found here.
In Memoriam: Matushka Doris “Daria” Mason
Matushka Doris “Daria” Mason, 85, wife of Archpriest John Mason, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, October 11, 2014. A resident of Hagerstown, MD, she attended Saint Catherine Church.
Holy Archangels Outreach on the Eastern Shore MD
On Saturday, October 25th, Holy Archangels Orthodox Church, a mission of the OCA in Annapolis, MD, participated in the 2014 Centerville Day in Centerville, MD on the Eastern Shore. The mission had a tent staffed with Fr. Robert and family and parishioners as well as icons on prominent display together with a wide variety of literature on Orthodoxy. Seldom was there not someone at the tent talking and asking questions. The mission was very encouraged by the interest and openness that they experienced at the event and had many people sign up for our mailing list. The mission expresses their thanks to the many parishioners who gave their time and energy to support the spreading the Gospel in our area. May God grow and nurture the seeds that were planted on this Centreville Day 2014.
2014 Annual Assembly Concludes
The 2014 Annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of Washington took place on Saturday, November 15, at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland. The reports together with the draft minutes will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, please enjoy photos taken during the assembly by Fr. Gregory Safchuk and Victor Lutes.