St. Mark's Orthodox Church - News Updates http://stmarksoca.org/ 60 Carols at the Birches http://stmarksoca.org/news_171218_2.html Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/carols_birches_2017/25353994_1530388573720845_4436690043356406190_n.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=83&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, December 17, 2017, the choir and church school sang carols at the Birches care facility in Newtown. Merry Christmas to all!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_171218_2.html Fr. Chad Hatfield visit http://stmarksoca.org/news_171218_1.html Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/fr_chad_hatfield/IMG_8853.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On&nbsp;Sunday, December 17, 2017,&nbsp;we welcomed Fr. Chad Hatfield, President and COO of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York to serve, preach and inform us about St. Vladimir&rsquo;s and its role in the life of the Church. We are grateful to Fr. Chad for being with us and sharing with us the work of the Seminary.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_171218_1.html Operation Christmas Child 2017 http://stmarksoca.org/news_171122_1.html Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/christmas_child_2017/image-5.jpg&archive=0&final_h=1200&final_w=1600&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, Nov. 19, the St. Mark's Church School packed &amp; shipped 50 boxes for children in need through Operation Christmas Child. Thank you to the kids, parents &amp; generous parishioners who donated again this year. God bless!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_171122_1.html Wisdom from the Desert: Life Lessons for Today from the Holy Harlots and Desert Fathers http://stmarksoca.org/news_171105_1.html Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/IMG_8575.jpg&archive=0&final_h=480&final_w=640&percent=40"><p>November 4, 2017: Priest David Mezynski hosted an advent retreat entitled "Wisdom from the Desert: Life Lessons for Today from the Holy Harlots and Desert Fathers." So many great discussions that he didn't get through all that&nbsp;he had planned, so Father David will be back for Part 2!</p> <p>Fr. David serves as the Associate Dean of Students at St. Vladimir's Seminary.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_171105_1.html Great Blessing of the Waters 2017 http://stmarksoca.org/news_170124_2.html Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Blessing-Waters/16142637_10211972360248434_5527342913254596067_n.jpg&archive=0&final_h=480&final_w=360&percent=50"><div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The Greater Philadelphia Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters at the Schuylkill River on Boathouse Row on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_170124_2.html Operation Christmas Child 2016 http://stmarksoca.org/news_161115_1.html Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Operation-Xmas-Child/IMG_6251.jpg&archive=0&final_h=307&final_w=410&percent=40"><p>On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, our Church School packed shoe boxes for this year's Operation Christmas Child. They packed 88 boxes, almost twice as many as last year! Thank you to all the parents &amp; teachers who helped our kids do such great work!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_161115_1.html Great and Holy Pascha 2016 http://stmarksoca.org/news_160502_1.html Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Great-and-Holy-Pascha/13.jpg&archive=0&final_h=410&final_w=768&percent=75"><p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, May 1, our parish celebrated the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha, the Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. This year, we were blessed to welcome our diocesan bishop, His Eminence, Archbishop MARK. His Eminence led a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy following the Paschal Nocturns and Matins. After Divine Liturgy, His Eminence blessed the Paschal Baskets followed immeadiately by the Agape Meal.</p> <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice, and be glad in it!</p> <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!</strong></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Khristos Voskrese! Voisitinu Voskrese!</strong></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!</strong></span></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_160502_1.html Christmas Caroling at the Birches 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_151221_1.html Sun, 20 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Caroling/Photo-Dec-20-1-29-21-PM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=307&final_w=410&percent=40"><p>On Sunday, December 20, faithful of St. Mark's gathered at The Birches nursing home in Newtown to sings Christmas carols for the residents.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_151221_1.html Operation Christmas Child 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_151123_1.html Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Operation-Christmas-Child/Photo-Nov-22-12-44-41-PM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=338&final_w=450&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, November 22, the Church School folded and packaged shoe boxes for this year's Operation Christmas Child. We packaged 41 boxes this year from our last year record of 30.</p> <p>Thank you to the teachers and children of the Church School who worked on the project and to those in the parish who supported it.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_151123_1.html Sunday of the Good Samaritan http://stmarksoca.org/news_151116_1.html Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Good-Samaritan/FullSizeRender-2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=226&final_w=512&percent=50"><div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, November 15, the Sunday of the Good Samaritan, we welcomed Tony Pantazopoulos of IOCC who shared with us the work of IOCC throughout the world, especially in aiding the staggering number of refugees in and from Syria. IOCC is a pan Orthodox effort supported by all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America and is a highly regarded non profit which spends little on administration and is gifted in multiplying the sacrificial seeds sown by donors. We are delighted to have welcome Tony here.</p> </div> </div> </div></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_151116_1.html Church School Pancake Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child http://stmarksoca.org/news_151108_1.html Sun, 08 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Pancake-Breakfast/IMG_2293.jpg&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, November 8, 2015, the Church School held a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. &nbsp;The proceeds will help this year's Operation Christmas Child charity project.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_151108_1.html "Engaging the Culture" with Abbot Tryphon http://stmarksoca.org/news_151026_1.html Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Abbot-Tryphon/IMG_2140.jpg&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Thursday, October 22, a flock of faithful gathered here at St. Mark's to see Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Savior Russian Orthodox Monastery in Vashon Island, WA to lecture on "Engaging the Culture", a lecture on Orthodox living.</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2015/10/the-arrow-prayer/">"The Arrow Prayer"</a> (blog post about Fr. Tryphon's visit to us).</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The Morning Offering Podcast:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/morningoffering">http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/morningoffering</a></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The Morning Offering Blog:&nbsp;<a href="https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/">https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering</a></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_151026_1.html Exaltation of the Cross 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150914_2.html Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Exaltation-of-the-Cross/FullSizeRender-6.jpg&archive=0&final_h=512&final_w=384&percent=50"><p>On September 13-14, faithful of St. Mark's celebrated the great feast of the Exalation of the Holy Most Precious Cross.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150914_2.html Blessing of the New Church School Year 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150914_1.html Sun, 13 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Church-School-New-Year/FullSizeRender-1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=512&final_w=384&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, September 13, 2015, our children and teachers of St. Mark's Church School gathered for blessing of their new year.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150914_1.html Marriage of Max Kaplan and Marina Moser http://stmarksoca.org/news_150908_1.html Sun, 06 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Moser-Kaplan-Wedding/Photo-Sep-06-3-45-30-PM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, September 6, 2015, Max Kaplan and Marina Moser were joined in Holy Matrimony here at St. Mark's. &nbsp;Following the service, the reception was held at the Northampton Valley Country Club.&nbsp;</p> <p>May God grant Max and Marina and their familes many years!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150908_1.html Fathers Day 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150622_1.html Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Fathers-Day/image.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=512&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, June 21, our parish celebrated Fathers Day by recognizing all our living and departed fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers. &nbsp;It was the Ravetto family's last Sunday here at St. Mark's as they're preparing to start a new adventure in Germany. They will be missed.</p> <p>May God grant the Ravetto family, our fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers many years!</p> <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Grant rest eternal in blessed repose O Lord, unto thy departed fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers who have fallen asleep, and make their memory to be eternal!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150622_1.html Church Movie Nights - June 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150615_2.html Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Movie-Nights/June/Church-School-Movie-Night-with-Archbishop-MARK/Movie-Nite-3.jpg&archive=0&final_h=307&final_w=410&percent=40"><p>On Saturday, June 13, following Great Vespers, childern, teachers, and parents of the Church School met at the rectory for our monthly Church School Movie Night. &nbsp;His Eminence, Archbishop MARK met with the Church School before the movie and pizza started. &nbsp;</p> <p>On Sunday, June 14, Teens of the Church School had an impromptu movie night at the Regal UA Artists Movie Theater in Oxford Valley Mall to see new movie, Jurassic World in 3D.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150615_2.html Archpastoral Visit of His Eminence, Archbishop MARK 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150615_1.html Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Arch-pastoral-Visit-of-Archbishop-MARK/IMG_7980.JPG&archive=0&final_h=302&final_w=410&percent=40"><p>On June 13-14, His Eminence, Archbishop MARK made his annual archpastoral visit to our parish. On Saturday, His Emenince met with all parish groups: Parish Council, Sistherhood, Choir, and Church School. On Sunday, His Eminence led the service of Divine Liturgy. Following Divine Liturgy, couples celebrating 10 to 15 years of marriage were given blessings from His Eminence, and the Ravetto family received the Gramota in recognition for service to the parish.</p> <p>May God grant all of them many blessed years!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150615_1.html Mothers' Day at St. Mark's 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150511_1.html Sun, 10 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Mothers-Day/MDay14.JPG&archive=0&final_h=346&final_w=461&percent=45"><p>On Sunday, May 10, St. Mark's celebrated Mothers' Day. May God grant all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers many years! Grant rest eternal in blessed repose O Lord, unto the thy servants, the departed mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers, and make their memory to be eternal!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150511_1.html Baptism of Anna Crosby http://stmarksoca.org/news_150504_1.html Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Baptism-of-Anna-Crosby/Baptism-06.jpg&archive=0&final_h=344&final_w=461&percent=45"><p>On Sunday, May 3, Anna Crosby, infant daughter of Dustin and Gillian Crosby, was baptized into the Holy Orthodox Church. &nbsp;Christopher and Jennifer Seremenak are the godparents.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150504_1.html Parish Work Day - Spring 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150426_1.html Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Spring-Work-Day/IMG_7362.JPG&archive=0&final_h=346&final_w=461&percent=45"><p>On Saturday, April 25, parishoners of St. Mark's volunteered for the spring parish work day where we clean up the mess on the property from winter. Thank you to all who helped.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150426_1.html Bright Monday 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150414_2.html Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Bright-Monday/Divine-Liturgy/04.jpg&archive=0&final_h=269&final_w=403&percent=70"><p>On Monday, April 13, parishoners of St. Mark's celebrated Bright Monday with the Divine Liturgy and Procession with the 4 Gospels. &nbsp;Following Divine Liturgy, parishoners traveled to the Corner Bakery Cafe in Newtown for brunch. &nbsp;After brunch, Church School made a field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150414_2.html Great and Holy Pascha 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150414_1.html Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Great-and-Holy-Pascha/Pascha-12.jpg&archive=0&final_h=244&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, April 12, faithful gathered at St. Mark's to celebrate the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha (The Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ). &nbsp;The celebration began with Nocturns 30 minutes before midnight. &nbsp;Paschal Matins began with the procession around church. &nbsp;Following Matins, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was celebrated. &nbsp;After Liturgy, the faithful gathered at the church hall for the Blessing of the Baskets and meal.</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!</strong></span></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150414_1.html Holy Week 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150411_1.html Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Holy-Week/Holy-Friday/Matins/ML-11.jpg&archive=0&final_h=307&final_w=410&percent=40"></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150411_1.html Palm Sunday 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150406_1.html Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Palm-Sunday/Palm-Sun-04.jpg&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, April 5, 2015, the faithful of St. Mark's celebrated the Feast of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). The feast was celebrated with Vigil on the eve of the feast and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150406_1.html Parish Lenten Retreat 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150321_1.html Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Lenten-Retreat-2015/FullSizeRender-13.jpg&archive=0&final_h=218&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Saturday, March 21, 2015, our parish held its annual Lenten Retreat. This year's speaker was Archpriest Alexander Golubuv of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, on the topic "Genesis Revisited".</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150321_1.html Sunday of the Cross 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150316_1.html Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Sunday-of-the-Cross/FullSizeRender-5.jpg&archive=0&final_h=246&final_w=410&percent=40"><p>On Sunday, March 15, 2015, our parish celebrated&nbsp;the Third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Holy Cross.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150316_1.html Sunday of Orthodoxy 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150301_1.html Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Sunday-of-Orthodoxy/FullSizeRender-2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=410&final_w=307&percent=40"><p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, March 1, 2015, our parish the First Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy.</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">"Great Lent is an icon workshop. We are the defaced, chipped, cracked, soot-covered icons whom the Iconographer wishes to restore."</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">- Fr.Martin Browne</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150301_1.html Scout Sunday 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150209_2.html Sun, 08 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Scout-Sunday/Scout-pic.jpg&archive=0&final_h=269&final_w=358&percent=35"><p>Microsoft Word - Bulletin 2-8-2015.docx</p> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, February 8 was National Scout Sunday was designated by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas as Orthodox Scout Sunday.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150209_2.html Installation of Parish Council 2014-2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150209_1.html Sun, 08 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Parish-Council-Installation/IMG_6667.JPG&archive=0&final_h=240&final_w=320&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, February 8, the Prodigal Son, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne installed the Parish Council of 2014-2015. May God grant them many years.</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong>Parish Council 2014-2015:</strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Jeanette Ruano, Warden</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Larrisa Ravetto, Vice Warden</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Kevin Swan, Treasurer</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Douglas Yates, Financial Secretary</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Daria Cortese, Recording Secretary</li> </ul> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Trustees</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Martha Moser</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">James Pitra</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Jennifer Sremenak</li> </ul> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Auditors</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Lucy Znak</li> <li style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Judi Rybny</li> </ul></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150209_1.html Theophany 2015 http://stmarksoca.org/news_150106_1.html Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Theophany/IMG_1604.JPG&archive=0&final_h=263&final_w=350&percent=100"><p>On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, our parish celebrated the Feast of the Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150106_1.html St. Mark's Choir sings at The Birches in Newtown http://stmarksoca.org/news_150103_2.html Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Birches/Photo-Dec-26-11-37-04-AM.jpg&archive=0&final_h=263&final_w=350&percent=350"><p>On Friday, December 26, 2014, St. Mark's Choir sang Christmas psalms and music for the senior citizens living at the Birches in Newtown nursing home.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_150103_2.html Nativity of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ 2014 http://stmarksoca.org/news_141228_1.html Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Nativity-2014/IMG_1316.JPG&archive=0&final_h=307&final_w=410&percent=40"><p>On December 24-25, our parish celebrated the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. On Christmas eve morning, Royal Hours followed by Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil was celebrated. &nbsp;On Christmas eve night, faithful gathered at the church hall to celebrate our Holy Supper. &nbsp;Great Compline and Matins followed. &nbsp;On Christmas morning, Divine Liturgy was celebrated followed by Coffee Hour.</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Christ is Born! Glorify Him!</strong></span></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_141228_1.html Pool Demolition - Phase One http://stmarksoca.org/news_141110_1.html Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Pool-Demolition-1/10610800_606946839434781_2364246958135102067_n.jpg&archive=0&final_h=320&final_w=320&percent=50"><p>On Saturday, November 8, following Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Archangel Michael the Other Bodiless Hosts, volunteers of our parish began a new project, Pool Demolition. Two jackhammers and other assorted tools in the hands of a dedicated group of parishioners and friends completed the first phase of this large and difficult project. &nbsp;We look forward to Phase Two.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_141110_1.html Operation Christmas Child 2014 http://stmarksoca.org/news_141103_1.html Sun, 02 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Operation-Christmas-Child/IMG_6090.JPG&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, November 2, 2014, The Children of the Sunday Church School packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The children packed 30 boxes.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_141103_1.html Exaltation of the Holy Most Precious Cross 2014 http://stmarksoca.org/news_140915_1.html Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Exaltation-of-the-Cross/IMG_5772.JPG&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, September 14, the faithful of St. Mark's gathered to celebrate the second of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church Year, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Most Precious Cross. &nbsp;The feast was celebrated with Vigil on the eve of the feast (Saturday evening), and Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Sunday morning.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140915_1.html New Icons Blessed and Church School begins New Year http://stmarksoca.org/news_140908_1.html Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Church-School-New-Year-and-Icon-Blessing/IMG_5745.JPG&archive=0&final_h=346&final_w=461&percent=45"><p>On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne blessed new icons that where painted by Joseph Brown and also the children and teachers of the Sunday Church School for the beginning of the new year.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140908_1.html St. Mark's and Mother of God, Joy of All Sorrow Baseball Outing http://stmarksoca.org/news_140623_1.html Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Trenton%20Thunder%20Game/08.jpg&archive=0&final_h=360&final_w=480&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, June 22, parishoners from St. Mark's joined parishoners from the Mother of God, Joy of All Sorrow Mission in Princeton, NJ for a baseball game at the Arm &amp; Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder. &nbsp;During the game, parishoner, David caught a foul ball, well sort of. &nbsp;Sadly, the Thunders lost 7-2, but everbody still had a good time.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140623_1.html Philadelphia Deanery hosts Baseball Outing http://stmarksoca.org/news_140614_1.html Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Philadelphia%20Deanery%20Baseball%20Outing/10.jpg&archive=0&final_h=360&final_w=480&percent=50"><p>On Friday, June 14, clergy and layity of the Philadelphia Deanery gathered at the Campbell Stadium in Camden, NJ for the Camden Riversharks game against the York Revolution. &nbsp;Sadly the Riversharks lost with 7-3, but everybody still had a great time. Following the game, fireworks lit up the sky.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140614_1.html Pentecost 2014 http://stmarksoca.org/news_140608_1.html Sun, 08 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Pentecost/IMG_4740.JPG&archive=0&final_h=384&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On Sunday, June 8, 2014, our parish of St. Mark's celebrated the Great and Holy Feast of Pentecost.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140608_1.html First Pastoral Visit of His Grace, Bishop MARK http://stmarksoca.org/news_140603_1.html Sun, 01 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Bishop%20Mark%20Visit/IMG_1886.jpg&archive=0&final_h=342&final_w=512&percent=50"><p>On the weekend of May 31-June 1, His Grace, Bishop MARK made his first pastoral visit to our parish as &nbsp;Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. &nbsp;His Grace attended Great Vespers on Saturday night and served Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. &nbsp;During Divine Liturgy, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne was awarded with the Gold Cross for his dedicated service to the diocese. &nbsp;His Grace also recognized our parish couples who are celebrating major wedding anniversaries from 60-20 years. &nbsp;Following Liturgy, a luncheon was held in the church hall. &nbsp;</p> <p>On Monday, St. Mark's hosted the Diocesan Council for its regularly scheduled meeting, the first with our newly installed hierarch.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140603_1.html Holy Week & Great and Holy Pascha 2014 http://stmarksoca.org/news_140423_2.html Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Great%20and%20Holy%20Pascha/_MG_9352.JPG&archive=0&final_h=167&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On April 14-April 20, our parish celebrated Holy Week and Great Holy Pascha. This week was very joyous and had a massive adentence for the services.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!</strong></span></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140423_2.html St. Mark's makes trip to Adventure Aquarium http://stmarksoca.org/news_140423_1.html Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Church%20Trip%20to%20Aquarium/_MG_9453.JPG&archive=0&final_h=167&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Bright Monday, April 21, following Divine Liturgy and breakfast, 27 of our parishoners took a trip to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. It was a beatiful day and everyone enjoyed themselves. We're expecting more trips like this in the future.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140423_1.html His Grace, Bishop Mark visits on Holy Tuesday http://stmarksoca.org/news_140415_1.html Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Holy%20Week/Holy%20Tuesday/IMG_3656.JPG&archive=0&final_h=533&final_w=400&percent=100"><p>On Great and Holy Tuesday, April 15, His Grace, Bishop Mark visited our parish of St. Mark's and celebrated Presanctified Liturgy. &nbsp;His Grace made some remarks on Holy Week at the end of the service.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140415_1.html Installation of Parish Council 2013-2014 http://stmarksoca.org/news_140302_1.html Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Parish%20Council%20Installation/_MG_9148.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=167&final_w=250&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 90%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Meatfare Sunday, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne installed the new Parish Council of 2013-2014. May God grant them many years.</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong>Parish Council of 2013-2014</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Jeanette Ruano, Warden</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Larissa Ravetto, Vice-Warden</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Kevin Swan, Treasurer</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Doug Yates, Financial Secretary</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Daria Cortese, Recording Secretary</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Trustees </span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Sandy Bohlender</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Martha Moser</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Jim Pitra</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Auditors </span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Chuck Ravetto</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Judi Rybny</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140302_1.html Theophany 2014 and Greats Blessing of the Waters http://stmarksoca.org/news_140106_1.html Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/Theophany/IMG_1395.jpg&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Monday, January 6, 2014, parishoners of St. Mark's gathered to celebrate the joyous feast of the Lord's Theophany with the Great Vespers, Divine Liturgy, and the Great Blessing of the Waters.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_140106_1.html His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon attends Divine Liturgy http://stmarksoca.org/news_131230_1.html Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=&relativeimage=&archive=0&final_h=263&final_w=350&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On Sunday, December 29, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon attended Divine Liturgy while on his way home from Washington D.C. &nbsp;Following Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude also participated in a memborable panikhida for Pierre Djockic on the occasion of his 40th Day, and for Sam Mervis on the occasion of the First Anniversary of his repose.&nbsp;<br /><br />May God grant His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon many years!</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong><em>Eis Polla Eti Despota</em></strong></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">May Pierre's and Sam's memory be eternal!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131230_1.html Nativity of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ 2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_131228_1.html Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Nativity/Christmas%20Day/photo-5.jpg&archive=0&final_h=225&final_w=300&percent=100"><p>On Wednesday, December 25, parishoners of St. Mark's Orthodox Church gathered to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. &nbsp;We began the celebration with the Royal Hours and Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve morning. &nbsp;Then in the evening, we held our Annual Nativity Holy Supper, and then continued with the Great Compline and Matins. &nbsp;Finally, on Christmas morning, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for the feast. &nbsp;Many faithful gathered for the feast to celebrate.</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>Christ is Born! Glorify Him!</strong></em></span></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131228_1.html Advent Retreat with Fr. Alexander Golubov http://stmarksoca.org/news_131209_1.html Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Advent%20Retreat/IMG_2573.jpg&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Saturday, December 7, 2013, The Parish Advent Retreat was held. The retreat was led by Fr. Alexander Golubov of St. Nicholas Patriarchical Cathedral in New York City. &nbsp;Many faithful attented.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131209_1.html Operation Christmas Child 2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_131117_1.html Sun, 17 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Operation%20Christmas%20Child/photo-1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=267&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>The Sunday School children helped put together a chairty event called "Operation Christmas Child". &nbsp;They asked for donations of hats, scarves, gloves, stuffed animals, toys, candy, and toiletries. &nbsp;These are being sent to the needy children in war zones like Syria. &nbsp;Thanks to all who helped and donated to make this possible.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131117_1.html Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry visits St. Mark's http://stmarksoca.org/news_131105_2.html Sun, 03 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/OCPM/IMG_1138.jpg&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, November 3, Chaplain&nbsp;Patrick Tutella, executive director, and his wife visited St. Mark's to talk about the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). &nbsp;Peter gave the homily on the prison ministry. &nbsp;Following Divine Liturgy, everyone gathered downstairs for coffee hour and talked with Peter and his wife about the ministry.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131105_2.html Baptism of Ashley Mary Hewitt http://stmarksoca.org/news_131105_1.html Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Baptism/IMG_1134.jpg&archive=0&final_h=170&final_w=226&percent=100"><p>On Saturday, November 2, Ashley Mary Hewitt was baptized into the Orthodox Church.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131105_1.html Archpriest Michael Sekela Honored http://stmarksoca.org/news_131012_1.html Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Fr%20Sekela%20Honored/photo.JPG&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Sunday October 6th, St. Mark's recognized Archpriest Michael Sekela for his fortieth anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. &nbsp;Fr. Michael was ordained on October 14, 1973. &nbsp;Additionally, he and Mat. Teresa were recognized for their 48th Wedding Anniversary which falls on October 16th. &nbsp;And to round off the family celebration, their grandson Matthew was included in the Many Years offered to his grandparents as he celebrated his birthday on October 9th. &nbsp;Congratulatory letters for both occasions were presented to the Sekela's from His Grace, Bishop Mark and a reception in their honor in the Church Hall was held following the Divine Liturgy. Following a ministry that saw him serve in parishes throughout the U.S. and in the military, Fr. Michael retired and is attached to St. Mark's where his daughter Larissa, son-in-law Chuck and grandsons, Luke and Matthew are members. &nbsp;</p> <p>May God Grant Fr. Michael and Mat. Teresa Many Happy and Blessed Years!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_131012_1.html Parish Revitalization Health Inventory http://stmarksoca.org/news_130930_1.html Sun, 29 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Parish%20Health%20Inventory/Open%20Communication/IMG_1003.jpg&archive=0&final_h=218&final_w=290&percent=100"><p>Our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church is currently holding the Parish Revitalization Health Inventory. This program continues every last sunday of the month following the coffee hour.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130930_1.html Elevation of the Cross 2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_130916_1.html Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Exaltation%20of%20the%20Cross/IMG_0809.jpg&archive=0&final_h=108&final_w=205&percent=100"><p>On September 14-15, St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross. On Friday evening, the Festal Vigil for the feast was celebrated, with Festal Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130916_1.html Church School Year of 2013-14 Begins http://stmarksoca.org/news_130909_1.html Sun, 08 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Church%20School%202013-14/Image-1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, September 8, 2013, on the feast of the Nativity of the Our Holy Most Lady, Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, our children and teachers of the Church School began their new academic year.</p><p>May God Grant them Many Years!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130909_1.html Pentecost 2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_130630_1.html Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Pentecost/_MG_9135.JPG&archive=0&final_h=233&final_w=350&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, June 23, parishoners of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Great and Holy Feast of Pentecost. Vigil was celebrated on eve of Pentecost. Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Sunday morning. Kneeling Vespers followed Divine Liturgy.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130630_1.html Pastoral Visit of His Grace, Bishop MARK http://stmarksoca.org/news_130617_1.html Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Bishop%20MARK%20Visit/_MG_9096.JPG&archive=0&final_h=233&final_w=350&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, June 16, 2013, our parish welcomed His Grace, Bishop MARK, Administrator of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania for his first pastoral visit. During Divine Liturgy, His Grace awarded Acting Rector, Fr. Martin Browne with the kamilavka for his service to the church. His Grace also blessed church renovations. Couples Mryon and Linette Sedor and Ken and Dorothy Martiak were recognized for their 40th wedding anniversaries. Following the service, a luncheon was held in the church hall. This day was special because it was Fathers Day and we were blessed to have our spiritual father of our diocese.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130617_1.html Bright Monday http://stmarksoca.org/news_130517_1.html Mon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Bright%20Monday/IMG_1438.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=333&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Monday, May 6, our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated Bright Monday. The celebration began with Divine Liturgy and concluded with a processions with 4 gospel readings.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130517_1.html Renovation of St. Mark's http://stmarksoca.org/news_130515_1.html Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/renovations/front%20door/IMG_0360.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=175&final_w=350&percent=100"><p>Renovations were made at our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church. Wood work around the church was cleaned and restored, A new icon was installed over the church front door, and new blinds were put in the altar.</p><p><strong>More updates coming soon.</strong></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130515_1.html Great and Holy Pascha 2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_130505_2.html Sun, 05 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2013/PASCHA/_MG_8938.JPG&archive=0&final_h=333&final_w=500&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, May 5, our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. We began the celebration with the Nocturns, Matins, Hours, and Divine Liturgy. The Blessing of the Baskets and Agape Meal followed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!</strong></span></p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130505_2.html Holy Week 2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_130505_1.html Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week/Holy%20Friday/_MG_8759.JPG&archive=0&final_h=137&final_w=205&percent=100"><p>On April 29-May 4, our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated Holy Week. For the first three days whe had Bridegroom Matins and Presanctified Liturgy. On Holy Thursday, we celebrated the Vesperal Divine Liturgy and the Matins of Holy Friday with 12 Passion Gospels. On Holy Friday, we celebrated the Royal Hours, Vespers with Placing of the Shroud, and Matins of Holy Saturday with Lamentations. And on Holy Saturday, the Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130505_1.html Easter Food and Bake Sale http://stmarksoca.org/news_130325_1.html Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Easter%20Food%20and%20Bake%20Sale/_MG_8061.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=137&final_w=205&percent=100"><p>On March 23-24, the our parish held the Easter Food and Bake Sale. &nbsp;We sold pierogies, kielbasi, babka, nut and poppy seed rolls, and more. &nbsp;On Sunday, Artisan Christa Bain sold her collection of pysanky eggs. This was an incredible event.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130325_1.html New Flooring Installed at St. Mark's http://stmarksoca.org/news_130324_1.html Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/New%20Flooring/_MG_8082.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=137&final_w=205&percent=100"><p>We are blessed new carpet and new flooring installed at St. Mark's. Thanks to everyone who donated to make this possible.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130324_1.html Parish Starts Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/stmarksoca Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Facebook-Page.jpg&archive=0&final_h=121&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Friday, February 22, 2013, the official Facebook Page of our parish was launched.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church https://www.facebook.com/stmarksoca Installation of Parish Council 2012-2013 http://stmarksoca.org/news_130203_4.html Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Parish%20Council%20Installation/_MG_7606.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=167&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, January 27, 2013, our Parish Council of 2012-2013 was installed.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130203_4.html Enthronement of Metropolitan TIKHON http://oca.org/news/headline-news/dcs-st.-nicholas-cathedral-site-of-metropolitan-tikhons-enthronement Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Enthronement%20of%20Metropolitan%20TIKHON/2013-0127-enthronement-met-tikhon73__large.jpg&archive=0&final_h=165&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, January 27, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON was enthroned as Metropolitan of All America and Canada at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p>May God grant him many years!</p><p>Eis Polla Eti Despota!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://oca.org/news/headline-news/dcs-st.-nicholas-cathedral-site-of-metropolitan-tikhons-enthronement Nativity 2012 http://stmarksoca.org/news_130203_2.html Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2012/Nativity/Vigil/IMG_3255.JPG&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On December 24-25, 2012, parishoners of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. We began the celebration with the Royal Hours and Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Monday morning. Then on Monday evening, our annual Nativity Holy Supper and the Great Compline and Matins. On Tuesday morning, everyone gathered for the Festal Divine Liturgy.</p><p></p><p>Christ is Born! Glorify Him!</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130203_2.html New Acting Rector - Priest Raymond Martin Browne http://stmarksoca.org/news_130203_1.html Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stmarksoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2012/Fr%20Martin/IMG_3230.JPG&archive=0&final_h=188&final_w=250&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, December 16, 2012, our parish welcomed Priest Raymond Martin Browne and his family. Fr. Martin is currently serving as acting rector.</p><p></p><p>May God grant Fr. Martin and his family many years.</p></div> St. Mark's Orthodox Church http://stmarksoca.org/news_130203_1.html