Divine Liturgy and Ordination on Sat, Sep 30th 2023

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is a joy and pleasure to announce that Deacon James Irving will be ordained to the holy priesthood and be assigned to the pastorate of St. Michael as our priest, effective September 30th.

Please join Bishop John and our parish community at Deacon James’ ordination to the holy priesthood this Saturday, September 30th at 9:00 AM. Following Divine Liturgy and the ordination, we will welcome Fr. James and Kh. Valerie at luncheon in the Parish Hall.

In light of the Divine Liturgy and Ordination on Saturday morning, we will not have vespers on Saturday evening. Fr. James will officiate at Orthros and Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 1st.

Please join in congratulating Deacon James on his ordination and appointment!

Peace in Christ!

The Parish Council of St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church

Non-food Donations to the Food Pantry

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is requesting NON-FOOD donations as their current need is great for health and beauty products. We would like to collect items by the end of October 2023. Please consider the following sample list of items – think of things you find in the pharmacy:

  • Toothpaste/toothbrush/floss
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Razors/shaving gel
  • Bandaids
  • Nail clippers
  • Body lotion
  • Comb/hairbrush

This is just a sample of products. Anything would be appreciated, although they specifically said NO FEMININE HYGIENE products.

Please consider bringing a few items to each service that you attend to help us collect as many items as possible by the end of October.

Church School Registration Form 2023-2024

Please fill out and return the registration form (one per family).
Bible Study for kids ages 10 and older will start on Sunday, September 17th at 9:15 AM (attention time was changed). Please, see Ned Chatelain if you have any questions.
The Church School for younger kids will start after all materials are ready. This is why we are calling all artists. We need help painting fine details and drawing figures on pre-cut forms for our Atrium church school program. Please consider donating your talent to help teach our children the faith using this tactile and immersive teaching program. We have lots of items to be completed in order to proceed to the next level in our course. See Macrina (Colleen) Stewart if you can help or would like more information.

Backpack Blessings 2023 Thank You!

Backpacks for kids from Cataumet Village Shelter were filled with supplies and delivered along with trash cans. Thank you so much for donating time, supplies, and money.

Memory Eternal Rev. Father Nicholas Manikas

It is with great sadness and yet hope in the resurrection that we inform you of the repose of Rev. Father Nicholas Manikas this Thursday, August 24, 2023. Fr. Nick was the priest at St. Michael from 2001 to 2014.

Visiting Hours and Services will be at St. Demetrios Church (57 Brown Street, Weston, MA) and streamed at https://www.stdemetriosweston.org/live-streaming. Visiting Hours will be on Wednesday, August 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The Funeral will be on Thursday, August 31 at 9:00 AM, followed by Burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland.

Father Nicholas’ obituary can be found here.

May his memory be eternal!

Announcement from The Parish Council – August 9, 2023

Dear St. Michael Family,

It is with heavy hearts and yet acceptance through the grace given to us by God, that we share with you the news that our beloved Fr. Ben Kjendal has been appointed as the Assistant Pastor (Second Priest) of Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Yakima, Washington. Father’s appointment is effective September 1st, in preparation for the retirement of the V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Copeland, on March 1, 2024. At that time, God willing, Fr. Ben will succeed him as Pastor (Proistamenos).

Our community of St. Michael has been blessed and has prospered under Fr. Ben’s stewardship for the past nine years. Fr. Ben, Kh. Alyssa and their family have so positively impacted all of us at St. Michael in all aspects of their ministry. We are grateful for their service to us and we are especially thankful for Father’s abiding love for our community.

We know that although Father and his family will miss us, they are also honored by and excited for this new opportunity and assignment. Please join the Parish Council in community on Sunday, August 20th, 2023, for Orthros, Divine Liturgy, and a cookout following services to celebrate Fr. Ben’s ministry here and wish Father, Kh. Alyssa and the Kjendal Family our best wishes as they depart for Yakima.

May this be blessed! May God grant them many years!

The Parish Council of St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church

Backpack Blessings 2023

Once again we are collecting NEW school supplies for children living at the Village at Cataumet, a transitional housing shelter. Please see the list of suggested items and bring your donations to church by Sunday, August 20. On Sunday, August 27 we will pack and deliver the filled backpacks to be distributed as needed to the children at the Village at Cataumet.

Thank you for donating time, supplies, and money to help these kids start the school year off on the right foot!!! Please see Kh. Alyssa for details.

We are also collecting (new, clean) 13-gallon trash barrels and small bathroom waste baskets to donate to the Village of Cataumet. Most of us have several trash baskets in our homes that we only think about when we lament having to empty them. For families living at the Village at Cataumet, having a trash receptacle in their room is a luxury. The trash barrels we donate will be much appreciated by the families and be able to be taken with them when they move into their own homes.

The collection will continue through August 27, when they will be delivered with backpacks.

National Bible Bowl & Oratorical Festival

Erika, Mary, and Nicholas Kjendal traveled to the national convention in Phoenix, AZ this past week to compete in the national Bible Bowl against the teams from the seven other dioceses. It was a tough, tight competition. At the end of the second round, two teams were tied for first, and our team was tied with another team for second. After staging a comeback in the second half of the five round competition, our team was tied for first going into the last question! The final scores for the top three teams were the Diocese of Toledo with 96, the Diocese of Worcester (that’s us!) 94, and the Diocese of the East 89. Great job Erika, Mary, and Nicholas for placing SECOND in the NATION!!!

Anders Kjendal also traveled to the national convention in Phoenix, AZ this past week to compete in the national Oratorical Festival against teens from the other seven dioceses and placed SECOND! Great job, Anders!!!

St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Children’s Library is now open!

Please visit the children’s library just outside the front entrance of the nave and help your children, grandchildren, or godchildren check out a book or two! If you are interested in helping our children’s library grow, we have a wish list of books that we would love to add to our library’s shelves. See Kh. Alyssa with any questions or suggestions of books to add to the wish list!

Borrowing Rules
  1. Please sign out library books before borrowing them.
  2. Please return books in a timely manner so others also have the opportunity to benefit from the material.
  3. When you return library books, place them in the return basket and cross off your name from the sign-out sheet.
  4. Wash and dry your hands before reading library books.
  5. Keep food and drinks away from library books. Do not eat or drink while you are reading library books!
  6. Keep your library books in a safe place, where pets, weather, or young siblings will not be able to damage them.
  7. Enjoy your library books at home, not in the car, on a boat, with a goat, in the rain, on a train, or during Liturgy or other church services!
Wish List:
  • And Then Nicholas Sang: The Story of the Trisagion Hymn by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
  • A Boy’s Journey to Sainthood: St. Paisios the Athonite by Anna Iakovou
  • Celebrate the Earth by Dorrie Papademetriou
  • The Children’s Bible Reader
  • A Child’s Guide to Confession
  • A Child’s Guide to the Divine Liturgy
  • A Child’s Guide to Prayer
  • From I-Ville to You-Ville by Mersine Vigopoulou
  • The Illustrated Life of the Theotokos for Children by Georgia and Helen Horns
  • The Legend of the Cross by Chrissi Hart
  • Little Lost Nun by Melinda Johnson
  • The Miracle of Saint Nicholas by Gloria Whelan
  • The Miracle of the Red Egg by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
  • My Holy Queens and Princesses by Eglé-Ekaterine Potamitis
  • My Warrior Saints by Eglé-Ekaterine Potamitis
  • North Star Saint Herman of Alaska by Dorrie Papademetriou
  • Prepare O Bethlehem: The Feast of the Nativity by Niko Chocheli
  • Rejoice, Panagia: Offering to Children the Akathist Hymn by the sisterhood of the Life Giving
  • Spring of the Theotokos Monastery
  • Saint Catherine of Alexandra by Eglé-Ekaterine Potamitis
  • Saint George and the Dragon by Jim Forest
  • Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins by Jim Forest
  • Saint Paisios of the Holy Mountain: The Heavenly Signalman
  • Saint Sergius: A Beacon in the Wilderness of Radonezh by George and Christian Danias
  • Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue by Jim Forest
  • St. Seraphim’s Beatitudes: Blessings for Our Path to Heaven by priest Daniel Marshall
  • Sweet Song: A Story of Saint Romanos the Melodist by Jane G. Meyer
  • A Taste of Paradise: Stories of Saints and Animals by Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • A Visual Catechism of the Orthodox Church by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos
  • Books in the Friends of Christ series by Demitrios and Anna Fotopoulos
  • Any children’s book from Saint Paisius Monastery Gift Shop (stpaisiusgiftshop.com)
  • Any children’s books from Saint John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery Bakery (bakery.stjohnmonastery.org)
  • Any children’s book from The Life Giving Spring Monastery’s Zoe Press (zoepress.us)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien