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Volume VI

Maronite Voice

A Publication of the Maronite Eparchies in the USA

Issue No. V May 2010

Not Until You See God Face to Face, Will You Realize What It Means To Be A Mother

Dear Friends, f all the months of the year, May is considered the most beautiful, and of all the days of May one is most significant... it has been commonly called Mother's Day. Although it is a mere secular celebration, a civil observance, we often speak of it from the Holy Sanctuary. We speak of it because even in the Sacred Scriptures Old and New Testament, there are many inspired canticles in praise of motherhood, and the one that comes to mind immediately is the beautiful Magnificat of Our Lady in which the greatest of all Mothers, Mary extols her own motherhood.

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In May then, we renew in a particular manner our love and devotion to Mary, our Mother, and on the special day we pay our own mother special tribute of love and gratitude for that which we are now. In doing so, we hope in some small way to return the same love that they have given us. Old or young, alive or having already been called to their eternal reward, they never cease to be mothers. Their title is never lost, nor is their role ever forgotten. We could never say enough of the role of our mothers in our own lives and in our world, because we do not always realize what they mean to us. They reflect in their nature the eternal motherhood that was assumed by our Blessed Lady Mary... and this gives our lives and our world its true significance from the beginning until the end. Dear Mothers! You have a wonderful mission here on earth. Not until you see God face to face in heaven will you ever be able to realize what it meant to be a mother. So dear friends, today on this Mother's Day let us all pray that our Savior will bless all mothers in a special way. To those mothers who are still with us, we pray that he will grant many years. To those mothers who have departed into eternal rest, we beg our Lord that they rest in Eternal Joy and Happiness. We close these few words begging the blessings of the Glorious Mother of God from Heaven upon all of us. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers. +Bishop Robert J. Shaheen Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon

Schedule of Bishop Robert Shaheen

May 2, 2010 Our Lady of Lourdes, France May 4-10, 2010 Rome, Italy May 14-16, 2 010 Deacon Ordination and Pastoral Visit, Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Church, Akron, Ohio June 3-12, 2010 Annual Maronite Bishops' Synod, Bkerke, Lebanon June 19, 2010 Wedding, St. Raymond Cathedral, St. Louis, Mo. June 25-27, 2010 Ordination of Deacon Tony Massad to Priesthood, Flint, Mich. The Maronite Voice 4611 Sadler Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 Phone: 804/270-7234 Fax: 804/273-9914 E-Mail: [email protected] http://www.stm aron.org http://www.usam aronite.org The Maronite Voice, (ISSN 10809880) the official newsletter of the Maronite Eparchies in the U.S.A. (Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles and Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn), is published monthly. Send all changes of address, news, pictures and personal correspondence to The Maronite Voice at the above captioned address. Subscription rates are $20.00 per year. Advertising rates are available upon request. Publishers · Most Reverend Bishop Robert Joseph Shaheen · Most Reverend Bishop Gregory John Mansour Editor Msgr. George M. Sebaali Consultor Fr. Abdallah Zaidan, M.L.M. Editing and proofreading Mary Shaia Anne-Marie Condlin

Eparchial Condolences

Nancy Larocco, the mother of the Eparchy of Saint Maron's Secretary, Camille Manning, passed away on April 26, 2010, after a brief illness. Nancy is predeceased by her husband Frederick and daughter RoseAnn. She is survived by her daughter, Camille Manning, and her son, Rocky Larocco, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Funeral Liturgy took place on Friday morning at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church on Staten Island, New York. Condolences may be sent to Camille Manning in c/o The Chancery, 109 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Bishop Gregory Mansour, along with the clergy and faithful of the Eparchy of of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, extend their heartfelt sympathy and the promise of our prayers to Camille and all of her family. May the Lord God grant Nancy eternal rest in His Kingdom and consolation to her family and loved ones. Souad Hannoush, the mother of Subdeacon Norman Hannoush of St. Anthony Church in Springfield, Mass., passed away on April 3, 2010. In addition to Subdeacon Norman, she leaves seven sons, thirty-five grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Subdeacon Norman Hannoush, 100 Forest Ridge Rd., West Springfield, MA 01089. Bishop Gregory Mansour, along with the clergy and faithful of the Eparchy of of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, extend their heartfelt sympathy and the promise of our prayers to Subdeacon Norman and all of his family. May the Lord God grant Souad eternal rest in His Kingdom and consolation to her family and loved ones.

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Pope Names Officials for Synod on Middle East

is Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has named the officials for a special meeting of the Synod of Bishops devoted to the Middle East, which will take place in Rome in October. Three Eastern Catholic Patriarchs will be Honorary President Delegates, along with the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri. The Eastern Prelates filling that role will be Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir, Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly, and Syrian Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan. Perhaps not coincidentally, all three Eastern Patriarchs will come to Rome from nations that have seen bloody conflicts in recent years: Patriarch Delly from Iraq; Patriarchs Sfeir and Younan from Lebanon. Coptic Catholic Patriarch Antonios Naguib will be Relator General for the Synod meeting. Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, a Maronite, will be Special Secretary.

Maronite Convention 2010

St. Elias Maronite Church Birmingham, Alabama

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July 7-11, 2010

For more information contact the NAM office at (914) 964-3070 or visit www.Namnews.org

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THE ORDER OF

Brockton, Massachusetts Maronite Servants Teen Retreat

SAINT SHARBEL Annual Members

i Mr. Brian M. Dunn Fall River, Massachusetts i Mr. Jam al Tawil San Antonio, Texas The Order of Saint Sharbel is an organization of lay people and clergy who have pledged their spiritual strength and financial support for Our Lady of Lebanon Seminary and the retired Maronite clergy of the Maronite Eparchies in the USA. For more information about the Order, ask your pastor or write to Eparchy of Saint Maron Order of Saint Sharbel 109 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 Or Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon Order of Saint Sharbel 1021 South 10 th Street St. Louis, MO 63104 The group with Fr. Nadim Helou. by Evette Franjieh he "Radiate His Light" Retreat with The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light is a time in my life I will keep close to my heart and in my memory forever. Sister Marla Marie and her two postulants, Tresa and Therese, prepared a wonderful time at their convent where four other girls from nearby Maronite parishes and I learned to open and feed our spiritual hearts and ask Jesus to come into our lives. This remarkable retreat included lectures and reflections about Jesus' Light and how it provides warmth, guidance and purification for our souls. Talks by Tresa and Therese consisted of our history as Maronites, the Maronite Saints, Scripture and the cell phone versus the Bible, which put our daily lives into perspective. I was thankful that we were not allowed to bring cell phones, makeup or iPods, because it was an escape from the frantic world and the distractions from Jesus. This retreat was not only comprised of lectures, but also fun activities which coincided with the main topic of the retreat. We played games like Marco-Polo, to ensure in us that we need Light to be shown our path in life and guidance through Scripture. By the end of the retreat, the other girls and I connected all the activities and lectures around His Light. We also attended liturgy and prayer with the Maronite Servants. Father Nadim Helou celebrated Liturgy, provided a lecture, a time for reconciliation and shared a meal with us. At the end of the first day we watched a movie highlighting a young girl's journey in choosing to start her vocation and we concluded with a traditional dabke and a midnight prayer hour. The next day we took a walk with Therese and Tresa to a nearby pond. The retreat was so peaceful and very much needed in this hectic time in my life. Sister Marla Marie and her postulants were very inspirational and encouraging. They introduced to us new inspiring songs that got stuck in my head for the rest of the week. I will share with you one quote which sums up what I took away from my time at the convent, and has become my favorite quote during the retreat "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a Light to my path" (Psalm 119:105).

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Pleasantville, New Jersey NAM Mid-Atlantic East Regional Convention

From left to right: Fr. Paul Mouawad, Msgr. Maroun Asmar, Bishop Gregory Mansour, Fr. James Root and Fr. Elie Saade. by Lillian Shahade he weekend of April 9-11, 2010, marked a great event and several firsts in Pleasantville, New Jersey. When Fr. Paul Mouawad, Pastor of St. Sharbel Church in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, first applied to host a Regional Convention, many said he was wasting his time and that he and the small community in Pleasantville could never pull it all together. Fr. Paul again proved that with faith in God and faith in your parishioners anything can be accomplished. He not only got it done, but this was the first mission to ever hold a NAM convention, the first to gain financially from a regional convention, and the first regional convention that Bishop Gregory ever attended. The mission is small in numbers, but the people are very large in heart and all have a willingness to give to the Lord. Well over 350 people attended and had a great time praying, playing and remembering that this is the Jubilee Year of 1600 years since the death of St. Maron. Hosted by the small community of Our Lady Star of the East Mission and Fr. Paul Mouawad, Pastor of St. Sharbel Church in Newtown Square, Penn., the Convention was held at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center outside of Atlantic City, N.J. Convention Chairpersons, Fares Nammour of Our Lady Star of the East and Fr. Paul Mouawad did a great job in organizing the various committees to achieve what many said could not be done for such a small community. There were many who helped in putting this convention together to achieve such a monumental feat: Mr. Saqer Nammour and Mr. Nael Zumot, Procurers of Advertising for the Ad book; Mr. Mike Nammour, ChairmanConvention Ad Book; Mrs. Camellia Nammour, Chairman of Finance; and Mrs. Ghada Zumot, Chairman of Registration. Mr. Mousa Dabenah was the Committee Chairman in charge of all the food for the three days. The ladies of his committee

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did a wonderful job of preparing the food in abundance and in presentation. Those who helped and some even took off from work to prepare the food were: Rania Dabenah, Georgette F. Nammour, Jamila M. Nammour, Rema E. Nammour, Hanadi Nammour, Nawal Gammouh, Sana Nammour, Evon Nammour, Rose Nammour, Mona Nammour, Hiam Nammour, Randa Nammour and Tarez Nammour. Mousa Dabenah is also the official photographer for many of the events that are held at the Mission. Bishop Gregory Mansour was pleased to accept the invitation and attend his first regional convention. Lorenzo T. Langford, Mayor of Atlantic City, and Mrs. Langford were also pleased and impressed to be a part of the Maronite Celebration of the Maronite Faith and Heritage. On Friday morning three workshops were available: Fr. Elie Saade presented a talk on "The Maronite Identity" that was well attended by many at the convention. Deacon Martin LoMonaco, of St. Sharbel, Newtown Square, held a workshop for the young adults titled "What is God Calling Us to Do" and Mrs. Lisa LoMonaco held a workshop for the children titled "All God's Children." Ms. Mary Boese, Executive Director, HSUF (Holy Spirit University Foundation), W ashington, D.C., had a presentation on Kaslik University in Lebanon. Mrs. Evelyn Stilwell of St. Sharbel, Newtown Square, held a workshop and taught the children the Dabke in preparation and anticipation of next year's convention. Friday's Ramsho (evening prayer) was chanted by Prof. Fr. Elie Kesrouani, Fr. Elie Saade, O.L.M., Msgr. Maroun Asmar and Fr. Paul Mouawad and responded to by the faithful in attendance. Saturday afternoon Bishop Gregory spoke with over one hundred young adults on the topics that many of the youth introduced into the talk that were of concern to them, such as reconciliation, abortion, Theology of the Body, and evangelization. Many thought provoking questions were asked and were not easily answered. Bishop Gregory was truly pleased to see so many of the youth in attendance. Many of the adults and parents attended as well. Fr. James Root, Rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Fr. Elias Kesrouani, O.L.M., Lebanon, currently teaching at Yale University; Fr. Elie Saade, O.L.M., Lebanon, currently attending and teaching at Villanova University; Msgr. Maroun Asmar, Pastor, St. Sharbel Church, Somerset, N.J.; Fr. Paul Mouawad, Pastor, St. Sharbel Church, Newtown Square, Penn.; and Subdeacon Joseph Chebli, St. Sharbel, Somerset, concelebrated with Bishop Mansour the Saturday evening Divine Liturgy. Fouad Nammour of Our Lady Star of the East was the Altar Server. Bishop Gregory and Fr. Paul Mouawad concelebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. The essence of Bishop Gregory's homily was not to be stingy in our relationship with God, to be on His terms not ours, and not to be stingy in our commitment to our church. We are all needed to do our part for God, church, family and community, and that we should heartily try to settle our differences and work in accord with one another. He couldn't stress enough how pleased he was to see so many of the young adults taking part in the church, community and the convention ­ they are our future.

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Reflection in which Rev. Nadim Helou, M.L.M., Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony of the Desert Church, Fall River, Mass., gave a presentation on temptation. After lunch, the community broke into discussion groups and then reassembled to report their conclusions. The MYO's Day of Reflection followed.

Bishop Mansour with the MYA at the Convention. After the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Gregory imposed the blessing with the icon of St. Maron. Dr. and Mrs. Judy Soma had presented Bishop Gregory with the icon of St. Maron that was used at the altar and painted by Judy, who is a Maronite iconographer. John Khawam, organist and Choir Director of St. Sharbel Church in Newtown Square, directed the choir both at Saturday night and Sunday's Divine Liturgy. At the grand Hafli on Saturday night The Faith of the Mountain Award was presented to Jennifer Zumot of Our Lady Star of the East Mission. The Faith of the Mountain award is presented to Young Adults (18 - 25) who show an appreciation of their Maronite faith and heritage and who foster leadership, enabling them to accept their responsibilities in the service of their church and community. The Silver Massabki Award was awarded to Adeeb and Tariz Nammour, Our Lady Star of the East Mission. Mike Naber, NAM Executive Director, was the Master of Ceremonies, Tommy J. Tedros, NAM President, and Patty M. Boulous, NAM National Coordinator were present. Also present were Regional Vice-Presidents Theresa Y. Abi-Habib Mid-Atlantic Region East, and Janine Helou, Southern Region. See you next year in Philadelphia, "The City of Brotherly Love," for the 48 th Annual Maronite Convention - July 6-10, 2011, hosted by Fr. Paul Mouawad and St. Sharbel, Newtown Square, Penn.

Fr. Nadim Helou (left) and Fr. Charles Khachan with a group of San Antonio MYO. Each Friday, we began our evening with the Divine Liturgy followed by the Benediction of the Holy Cross. After the services, the community gathered for a traditional meatless meal, followed by presentations and/or films to promote reflection, learning, and the grace of our Maronite tradition. Dr. Robert O'Connor, professor of theology at St. Mary's University, discussed the challenges and graces of marriage. During succeeding weeks the movies of the lives of Maronite Saints Rafka, Sharbel, and Nimutallah were shown. Each year the youth of the parish raise funds for Maronite Outreach Children to Children project to support youth in Lebanon who wish to attend a Catholic school. Gene Karam and Chris Karam, chapter coordinators for St. George, spoke to Faith Formation Groups to remind us that we are called to help those in need because we are all children of God, to maintain a proper focus toward the poor and vulnerable, and to stand in solidarity with the human family no matter the differences of race, gender, ideological or socioeconomic differences. W hat better time than Great Lent to remember our own Maronite children who need our help. From Wednesday's Rite of the Lamp to the Prayer of Forgiveness on Great Saturday, the services were very well attended. When we arrived at the Glorious Resurrection, we are rightfully grateful for the victory of life over death, hope over despair, and a Savior who will never abandon us. On Easter Sunday, following the morning Liturgy, all families were welcomed to a picnic on the lush grounds of our parish. The weather was perfect for fellowship and time spent with family, friends, and the community. Deadline for next month's issue of The Maronite Voice is May 25, 2010. Send all changes of address, news, pictures and personal correspondence to: The Maronite Voice 4611 Sadler Road Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 Phone: (804) 270-7234; Fax: (804) 273-9914 Email: [email protected] Digital pictures must be high resolution in JPEG format. The Maronite Voice is also available online in PDF format at www.stmaron.org.

San Antonio, Texas Great Lent-Communal Focus

by Robert Beathe reat Lent is a sacred season to reexamine our lives and strive to live as Jesus taught us; this includes fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and service to those in need. At St. George in San Antonio, Texas, opportunities for practice in these good habits were made available through activities and services celebrated by the community. On March 6, 2010, the community gathered for a Day of

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Lawrence, Massachusetts Basketball Team

Maronite Mission has been an outreach to many Catholics of Middle Eastern heritage who reside in the Columbus area. Despite a very busy Holy Week schedule in Dayton, Fr. Pierre Bassil made time to bring us the joy of Palm Sunday and blessings of the Resurrection of Christ. Fr. Pierre Bassil is the Mission Administrator and also the full time Pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Church in Dayton. The Mission parishioners in Columbus are grateful to Fr. Pierre for sharing his priestly ministry with us.

Somerset, New Jersey Papal Blessing

Msgr. Peter Fahed Azar with the Parish's basketball teams. by Otis Veilleux n Sunday, April 18, 2010, St. Anthony Parish in Lawrence, Mass., recognized the efforts and dedication of their youth basketball program with a special liturgy and breakfast for the teams. St. Anthony had five teams participating in the Merrimack Valley Catholic Basketball Association's (MVCBA) 2009/2010 season. With over fifty participants in the program ranging from grades four through eight, St. Anthony was well represented at all levels in the league. The teams focus on basketball skills, teamwork, and fun. They compete against the other parishes and parish schools from around the Merrimack Valley from December through March. The teams came to celebrate the Eucharist together, before adjourning to the Parish hall for a breakfast prepared by many of the church's elders. Over $400 was raised in donations to help defer the operating costs of the program.

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by Mary Asmar Smith n Sunday, February 14, 2010, Msgr. Maroun Asmar, Pastor of St. Sharbel Church in Somerset, New Jersey, presented a Papal Blessing to Tony and Nahed Srour for their 25 th Wedding Anniversary. Msgr. Asmar expressed his gratitude to them and their entire family for many years of volunteering, dedication and outstanding support for St. Sharbel Church.

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Columbus, Ohio Easter Celebration

by Adele Knieser Busch he parishioners of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Mission in Columbus, Ohio, joyfully celebrated Hosanna Sunday and the Great Sunday of R esu rre ctio n a t S t. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church. The newly formed Choir provided English and Arabic songs for the Easter Liturgy. The Fr. Pierre Bassil

Maronite Youth Conference

he National Maronite Youth Workshop will be held at St. Vincent College in Latrobe (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, from Monday, July 19, through Saturday, July 24, 2010. The cost for the conference this year is $375 per person (double occupancy); $500 per person (single occupancy-adults only). Applications and a non-refundable deposit of $150 per person are due by May 28. Applications submitted after June 18 are subject to a $50 late fee per application. No applications will be accepted after June 28. For more information, please email Fr. Gary George, Director, at [email protected]

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North Jackson, Ohio Annual Recognition Dinner

event year after year. These people include the Advisory Board members, especially Mrs. Carol Desmond, Deacon Joseph Nohra, and Dr. and M rs. Elias T. Saadi. A special thank you also to Mrs. Shirley Sunderlin for the elegant dinner set-up, to Mrs. Joann Pavlidis for the beautiful linens, and to all the clergy whose presence and support has been overwhelming this year. Membership in the Guild of St. Anthony is open and available by contacting The Antonine Sisters at 2675 North Lipkey Rd., North Jackson, OH 44451. Phone 330-5389822. Email [email protected] aol.com. W ebsite: www.antoninesistersadultdaycare.com. You will be included in the Sisters' daily prayers and invited to their annual Recognition Dinner in the spring.

Beatification of Brother Nehme

n March 27, 2010, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, approved recognition of a miracle obtained through the intercession of the Servant of God Stephen Nehme (born Joseph), Lebanese professed religious of the Order of Maronites (18891938). The Beatification will take place in Lebanon on June 27, 2010.

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Left to right: Sr. Kawsar Choufani, Sr. Celine Nohra, Sr. Nancy Najjar, Sr. Cosette Ghanem and Sr. Marie Madeleine Iskandar. by Dr. Elias T. Saadi n April 10, 2010, the Antonine Sisters gave their 10 th Annual Recognition Dinner for the Guild of St. Anthony of the Desert. There were two hundred members present to enjoy the Lebanese dinner which was prepared and served by the Sisters. Prior to the dinner, welcoming remarks were made by Msgr. Anthony Spinosa, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, North Jackson, Ohio; Sister Marie Madeleine Iskandar; and Dr. Elias T. Saadi. In 2002, friends of the Sisters formed the Guild of St. Anthony to help financially support the Adult Day Care, which consistently receives top ratings by the State of Ohio. The Day Care has its own fleet of buses, which picks up the elderly in the morning and delivers them home in the afternoon after a day full of activities. Sister M arie Madeleine Iskandar is the Superior of the convent and Director of Adult Day Care. Sister Celine Nohra, RN, MSN, is the Assistant Director and is pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Kent State University. Sister Claudette Bou Saade is the Activity Coordinator for the Day Care, and Sister Kawsar Choufani, Sister Cosette Ghanem, and Sister Nancy Najjar assist at the Day Care and are also pursuing their education. The ministry of these beautiful Sisters is based on the most difficult words of the Gospel of Jesus, "Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." They serve the people of the local community, Maronites and non-Maronites alike, with untiring care and dedication. The Sisters would like to thank all the people who attended the dinner and acknowledge the individuals whose help and support make the fundraising dinner a successful

Schedule of Bishop Gregory Mansour

May 2, 2010 Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y., Homecoming Liturgy May 9, 2010 Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y. May 16, 2010 Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y. May 18-19, 2010 Maronite Servants of Christ in Brooklyn for classes May 20, 2010 Syriac Symposium, New Brunswick, N.J. May 22, 2010 Al Kafaat Fundraiser, Manhattan, N.Y. May 23, 2010 Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y. May 24, 2010 Vespers and Dinner in honor of Cardinal Egan, Manhattan, N.Y. May 26 - June 15, 2010 Annual Maronite Bishops' Synod, Bkerke, Lebanon May 29, 2010 Ordination of Deacon Dany Abi Akar to Priesthood, Lebanon.

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Norman, Oklahoma Church Dedication

Bishop Shaheen consecrates the Altar of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Mission in Norman, Okla. fter many years of dreaming, hoping, and praying, the parishioners of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Mission in Norman, Oklahoma, celebrated the Dedication of their Church on April 18, 2010. This joyous event of the Maronite community of Norman was realized after much hard work by the eighteen families who worked together to purchase the beautiful Church. His Excellency Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, blessed the new building and was the main celebrant for the Dedication Liturgy. The Dedication was preceded the day before by a banquet at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. The parishioners of Our Lady of Lebanon Mission wish to thank Bishop Shaheen; Most Reverend Eusebius J. Beltran, Archbishop of Oklahoma City; Chorbishop Faouzi Elia, Vicar General of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon; Fr. Abdallah Zaidan, Rector of Our Lady of Mount Lebanon Catehdral, Los Angeles, Calif.; Fr. Boyer, Pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church; Fr. Nasr, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church; Fr. Elias Abi Sarkis, Pastor, St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church; and Fr. Ghassan Mattar, St. George Church, San Antonio, Texas. We also want to extend our thanks to the parishioners of St. Therese of the Child Jesus from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the parishioners of Our Lady of Lebanon, Dallas, Tex., for joining us for this joyful celebration.

From left to right: Victoria Chihane, President, Lisa Nasser, Deacon Bob Calabrese, Subdeacon Leo Shababy, Fr. Dominique Hanna, Mike Hiffa, Charlene Hiffa, VicePresident, Rodrique Murad, and Marie DiPoala, Director of Religious Education. Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Atlanta to Divine Liturgy, a Lebanese Lenten meal followed by a talk by our own Dr. Ann Hartle. On Sunday, April 18, our dancers joined with dancers from St. Elias, St. John, and the Alif Institute to perform for a large audience at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Special thanks were extended to Father Dominique Hanna for facilitating the preparation of the Lebanon Educational Tent at ADF. Finally, the MYO served Lebanese food at the Inman Park Festival April 24 and 25 despite the horrific storms that pounded the Atlanta area. Plans are well on the way for celebrating St. Joseph's 100 th anniversary in 2011.

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Jacksonville, Florida Easter Bake Sale

Atlanta, Georgia Busy Season at St. Joseph Church

t. Joseph Maronite Church in Atlanta has had a busy beginning to 2010. After the presentation of its annual Maronite Heritage Play on Sunday, February 7, 2010, the Ladies Rosary and Altar Society presented our new administrator, Fr. Dominique Hanna, with a beautiful set of vestments dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. The vestments were handmade by Sandra John of Wilkes-Barre, Penn. On M arch 3, the Maronite Young Adults welcomed the

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group of dedicated ladies in Saint Maron Mission in Jacksonville, Florida, enjoyed the camaraderie while preparing the "Ma'amoul" for the annual Easter Bake sale held on Hosanna Sunday.

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Phoenix, Arizona Talent Show

New Castle, Pennsylvania First Holy Communion

Participants in the talent show at St. Joseph Church in Phoenix, Arizona. by Maggy Makhlouf Eid n Sunday, April 17, 2010, the Maronite Youth Organization organized the fifth anniversary of the talent show at Saint Joseph Church's stage in Phoenix, Arizona. The talent show featured children and adults singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and telling jokes. W hile in past shows the participants' ages ranged from three years to eighteen years old, this year the age extended to sixty-five years. The set up and the management of the program were carried out by the MYO, directed by Marlene Boulos. The show started right after the Divine Liturgy. The favorite food for this occasion were hotdogs and hamburgers. Yara Boulos and Joe Achkar were the Masters of Ceremony. The opening show started with the American Anthem followed by the Lebanese Anthem. Father Ghattas Khoury, Pastor, welcomed everyone by way of a poem. The talent show went on with American and Lebanese songs. There were comedians; joke tellers; piano, violin and other instrument players; and American and Lebanese show dancers. Near the end, the poet Jim Salem, 65, presented many of his poems. The next talent show will be in April 2011, with more talents and hopes that our future participants may go on to compete in American Idol.

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ary Omar, Kennedy Gabriel, Emily Alfera, Cecelia Hanna, Emme George, Taylor Tanner, Sadie Demko and Amanda Beers received their First Holy Communion on April 25, 2010, at St. John the Baptist Church in New Castle, Penn. The children also participated in the Liturgy with songs, special intentions and poems.

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Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Easter Egg Hunt

Food For Thought

It is not the noise we make in our lives, or the things we see that count, but the love with which we do the will of God.

Pope John XXIII he Maronite Community of Aliquippa joyfully celebrated Our Lord's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Afterwards, the children of the community had an Easter egg hunt and were given a small gift from Rev. Rodolph Wakim.

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The Inseparable Unity of the Eucharist and the Priesthood

by Fr. Georges Y. El-Khalli, Ph.D. Pastor of St. John Maron Church Williamsville, New York is Holiness Pope Benedict XVI dedicated this year beginning June 19, 2009 and ending June 19, 2010 for the priests. This jubilee commemorates the one hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the death of St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney. Clergy and faithful around the globe have been p rayin g for vocations. A s w e concentrate on the life of St. Jean Vianney, meditate on the example of his priesthood and read his inspirational writing, we rediscover the spiritual and the ministerial treasures of the priesthood that seemed to have been forgotten in our modern era. Four q u estion s, d i sc u s s e d throughout this essay, explain the solemnity of the priesthood and prove its inseparable unity with the Eucharist. They are as follows: priest. Guitton has some impressive, touching and moving words about the priest: "When I listen to my young priestfriends, I feel uncomfortably conscious that they do not seem to appreciate sufficiently the dignity of their proper and special vocation. The priest is not a functionary of either a social, political or psychological organization. And so I say to them: what we lay folks ask of you is to give us God, and this by means of your exclusive powers of sacramental absolution and the consecration of the Eucharist. We ask you to be constantly conscious of the fact that we look to you as our representatives among us of the Eternal. Therefore, we need you in our midst, men who will remind us of the fact that He is closer to us than we can possibly imagine." Catholics of today expect the priest to bring God into their lives. They expect him to help them reconcile with one another; to reconcile with God, the Father and the Creator; and to nourish them with the Bread of Life. No career, profession, or any way of life can replace that of the priest. Who can communicate the eternal presence of God to our simple and perishable humanity? This unique task makes the priest the only person who can bring the Body and the Blood of Christ to our world, the true Emmanuel, which means, God is with us. It is stated beautifully in the Council of Trent that our Lord instituted the Eucharist and the Priesthood at the Last Supper: "Our Blessed Lord was about to offer Himself, once and for all, to the Father ... But His priesthood was not to end with His death. Therefore, at the Last Supper, during the night of His betrayal, He willed to leave to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a visible sacrifice, necessary as such to our human nature ... Therefore, in His quality of Eternal Priest according to the order of Melchizedek, He made the oblation of His Body and of His Blood, to God the Father under the species of bread and wine. Then, He gave that Body and that Blood to the Apostles Issue No. V who were constituted at that moment priests of the New Testament, and lastly, with the words: 'Do this in memory of Me,' He commanded the A p o stles th em se lves a n d th eir successors in the priesthood to repeat that same oblation" (Sess. 22, e.l.).

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Is There Eucharist Without the Priest?

T h e m i n i s te ria l p rie sth o o d is substantially connected with the Eucharist, as Vatican Council II teaches: "In the mystery of the Eucharistic sacrifice in which priests fulfill their principal function, the work of our redemption is continually carried out. ... So when priests unite themselves with the act of Christ the priest, they daily offer themselves completely to God, and by being nourished with Christ's Body they share in the charity of him who gives himself as food to the faithful" (Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 13). Thus, the priests alone have received from Christ this awesome power, in a sacramental mystery, to consecrate His Body and His Blood, in order to perpetuate through the centuries the Eucharistic sacrifice. The Lord Jesus intended to prepare his followers to understand this Mystery of Faith. As he began his ministry, preaching by the Sea of Galilee, he started by making the Eucharist the center of faith in the Christian life, as well as in the priestly life. Saint John tells that, after the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus placed the Eucharist at the centre of His life and of His mission of salvation. Through the Eucharist, Christ proves His Real Presence in the Eucharist to the crowd as well as to His twelve Apostles.

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What is the task of the priest? What do we understand by the Mystery of Real Presence? Is there a connection between the E u charist and M in isterial Priesthood? Is there a connection between the E ucharist and Ecclesial Communion?

What is the Task of the Priest?

Yes, the priest is human. He is a part of society and the world like everyone. He lives in the midst of his flock and shares in th e successes and disappointments of their daily lives. He is expected to be a leader and a hero, but he also can make wrong decisions. Living in the world, he is drawn to adopt attitudes and habits of his society, its agitated way of life and challenges. People in general think that the priest should be like everyone else. Others think that he is like a god; he must be perfect and make miracles; he has a unique role and must fulfill that role according to his sacred mission. Jean Guitton, a French intellectual, provides a crystal-clear answer as to what today's Catholics expect from the

What Do We Understand by the Mystery of Real Presence?

When the priest pronounces the words of the Lord Jesus over the bread saying: "This is my Body" and over the chalice,

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mixed with wine and water: "This is my Blood," these species are no longer looked upon as bread and wine, but as the true Body and the true Blood of the Lord Jesus. This makes our Lord present among us not just symbolically but realistically. Jesus Himself placed the Eucharist, i.e., the mystery of the Real Presence of His Body and His Blood, in the heart and soul of His Apostles. And so He does even today. Therefore, the Eucharist is in the very center of the life of each one of us. It is further a test, as well as a proof, of our true Christian faith that Christ strengthens not only his Apostles but his community, the Church. It is more poignantly expressed at the Last Supper when Jesus placed the Eucharist in the center of His life and His mission of salvation: "I have greatly desired to eat this Paschal meal with you before suffering. This is My Body ... This is My Blood ... Do this in memory of Me." At the Last Supper, the Eucharist was no longer a test, but a reality to the Apostles and to the entire Church. This is the reality of the "Memorial" of C h r is t' s P a s c h a l M y s te r y -- t h e Memorial of His death, resurrection, ascension and glorification. The Twelve rejoiced to be in the Reality of the Body and of the Blood of Christ. They had received, as we priests have received, from the Lord Himself, the mandate to repeat this very same Mystery: "Do this in memory of Me!" The Lord established a substantial connection between the Eucharist and the priesthood. There is no priesthood without the Eucharist, and without the priesthood the Eucharist cannot be. It is evident, from the Church's lifelong tra d ition , th a t th e E u ch aristic celebration and the priest's ordination have always been united. The sacerdotal ordination has never been celebrated separately by itself, but has always been accomplished only during the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice. In the Maronite Tradition, the sacerdotal ordination takes place after the communion of the celebrant and before the communion of the faithful; the bishop places one hand on the Eucharist and the other on the head of the candidate as he proclaims the prayer of the imposition of the hands. Thus, the apostolic succession is in effect and the priesthood is perpetuated. By virtue of his ordination, the

priest has been constituted a minister of Christ--the True and Eternal Priest. The Vatican Council II confirms that the priest is the minister of the Eucharist: "Priests as ministers of the sacred mysteries, especially in the sacrifice of the Mass, act in a special way in the person of Christ who gave himself as a victim... In the mystery of the Eucharistic sacrifice, in which priests fulfill their principal function, the work of our redemption is carried out. For this reason the daily celebration of the Mass is earnestly recommended. This celebration is an act of Christ and of His Church" (Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 13). Therefore, through the priesthood, our redem ption is u n in terru ptedly perpetuated day after day, year after year, until the Lord's second coming. Jesus came to the world "that we might have life and have it in abundance." For priests, the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the living model of sacerdotal life and of pastoral action. Thomas Kempis writes: "What a wonderful mystery is this great dignity of priests, to whom is given that which is not given even to the angels! Priests alone, being rightfully ordained in the Church, receive the power to celebrate and to consecrate the Body of Christ." The Vatican Council II expresses this presence quite vividly: "In the sacrifice of the Eucharist Jesus is present both in the person of the minister, "the same now offering through the ministry of the priest who formerly offered himself on the Cross" and above all under the species of the Eucharist. For in this sacrament Christ is present in a unique way, whole and entire, God and man, substantially and permanently. This presence of Christ under the species "is called `real' not in an exclusive sense, as if the other kinds of presence were not real, but par excellence" (Eucharisticum Mysterium, n. 9). Christ is permanently present among us. He is substantially alive within the Church. This is what Amanu-el, Aramaic for Emmanuel, means: "God is with us."

Is There a Connection Between the Eucharist and Ministerial Priesthood?

t is clearly expressed in the document of the Vatican Council II that the priest, and the priest alone, is the minister of the Eucharist:

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"It is indeed the priest alone, who, acting in the person of Christ, consecrates the bread and wine, but the role of the faithful in the Eucharist is to recall the passion, resurrection and g lo rific a tio n o f th e L o rd ... " (Eucharisticum Mysterium n.12). The Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia of Pope John Paul II states that the priesthood of the laity is not sufficient for the Mystery of the Eucharist, but absolutely requires a ministerial priesthood. Further, the Vatican Council II affirms: "The ministerial priest, by the sacred power that he has...; in the person of Christ he affects the Eucharistic sacrifice and offers it to God in the name of all the people. The faithful indeed, by virtue of their royal priesthood, participate in the offering of the Eucharist" (Lumen Gentium n.10). This implies the uninterrupted sequence of the apostolic succession from the very beginning, which is validated through the Episcopal ordinations. The Encyclical further comments on the term "in persona Christi" which means: "in specific, sacramental identification with the eternal High Priest who is the author and principal of this sacrifice of his, a sacrifice in which, in truth, nobody can take his place." The community by itself is incapable of providing an ordained minister. A true Eucharistic assembly must have present an ordained priest through the apostolic succession which dates back to the Apostles. It is the bishop who, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, confers upon the new priest the apostolic succession and the power to consecrate the Eucharist. Due to the shortage of priests, unfortunately, many communities are deprived of the Eucharistic celebration on Sunday. The Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia notes:

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"When a community lacks a priest, attempts are rightly made somehow to remedy the situation so that it can continue its Sunday celebrations, and those religious and laity who lead their brothers and sisters in prayer exercise in a praiseworthy way the common priesthood of all the faithful based on the grace of Baptism. But such s o lu tio n s m u s t b e c o n s id e re d temporary, while the community awaits a priest" (32). The Church must continue to promote vocations to the priesthood. It is a task in which all members of the Church must participate, laity as well as clergy. We all must resort to the one and common goal, which is to pray with greater fervor that the Lord will send laborers into his harvest (Mt 9:38). Priests are the vivid witnesses to this commitment. With joyful acceptance of their own identity they can contribute greatly to the promotion of priestly vocations.

Is There a Connection Between the Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion?

Simply stated, the Eucharist nourishes the Church and builds it up as a united community. Can the connection between the Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion be any closer? The Eucharist brings us together, as one family, united with the most Holy Trinity. This is why the Church urges us to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the Eucharist. This Ecclesial Communion, understood in its deepest sense, is rightfully explained in the Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia: "The Church is called during her earthly pilgrimage to maintain and promote communion with the Triune God and communion among the faithful... The Eucharist appears as the culmination of all the sacraments in perfecting our communion with God the Father by identification with His onlybegotten Son through the working of the Holy Spirit... God joins Himself to us in the most perfect union" (34). Ecclesial Communion is also a h ierarchical com m u n ion of th e Universal Church. The Ecclesial C om m union of the E u ch aristic assembly, i.e., the particular Church, is The Maronite Voice

gathered around its leader and united to its apostle who is the local bishop. This particular Church is also in communion with the Roman Pontiff, along with the Episcopate, the clergy and the entire people. Another facet of this Ecclesial Communion is of an ecumenical nature. A greater openness must be emphasized when ecumenical matters come into the picture, especially to the Orthodox Churches, our Eastern brethren, since they are closer to the Catholic Church. If and when faithful of the Eastern Churches participate in our Eucharistic celebrations and come forth to receive the Eucharist, they must be welcomed and ought to be able to partake of this communion. It is also hoped that, when our faithful participate in Eastern Churches' Eucharistic celebrations, they are treated with the same dignity. The Encyclical Ut unum sint declares: "It is a source of joy to note that Catholic ministers are able, in certain particular cases, to administer the sacraments of the Eucharist, Penance and Anointing of the Sick to Christians who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church..." (46). These norms are not to create a new order of intercommunion. They are only taking place in certain areas under some particular circumstances so as to provide for the spiritual needs and the eternal salvation of the faithful. It is pastorally and spiritually gratifying to reach a common understanding on the doctrine of the Church and of the Eucharist with other Churches.

proven. Therefore, the priesthood cannot exist without the Eucharist. The Eucharist cannot exist without the priesthood. And thus, there can be neither priesthood nor Eucharist without Christ. The solemn words of our Lord "Do this in memory of Me" have institutionalized the ministerial priesthood in its eternal and inseparable unity to the Eucharist. My warm affection and sincerest wishes during this Jubilee year dedicated for the Priests are a humble prayer beseeching the Lord Jesus Christ, the High Priest, to continue to bless His Church with saintly priests and to feed her with the Eucharist until His second coming.

People's Prayer for Priests

Dear Lord, We pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around your priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry. We pray that Mary will guide your priests to follow her own words, "Do whatever He tells you" (Jn 2:5). May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most chaste spouse. May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross. May your priests be holy, filled with the fire of your love seeking nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of souls. Amen. Saint John Vianney, pray for us. © 2009 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. Permission is granted to reproduce this text in whole or in part without adaptation for non-commercial use. Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

Conclusion

Pope John Paul II concludes the Encyclical by directing our attention to the Virgin Mary. The Eucharist, being the M ystery of Faith, was proposed to the faith of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which received it in the most perfect way. The Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God, shares her faith with us priests, and assists us in assuming our duty to perpetuate and to distribute the Eucharist for the life of the Church. She addresses to each one of us, priests of today, what she once said at the wedding of Cana: "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5). Through the discussion of these four intertwined points, the inseparable unity which exists between the Eucharist and the Priesthood is clearly

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"Overcome Evil with an Abundance of Good"

catechists and parents in the diocese. In doing research on correspondence education for Father Hardon, I met the Executive Director of the National Home Study Council in Washington, D .C ., M ic h a e l L a m b e rt. M ik e convinced the Bishop not only to offer a correspondence program for the diocese, but to consider offering a nationwide program for Catholic adults to provide education and faith formation in the comfort of home. At that time, Pope John Paul II had appointed B ish op W elsh N orth American Chairman of the new Pontifical Council for the Family. B ishop W elsh w o n d ered if a correspondence program in the faith could be a great source of renewal for Catholic families. He happily agreed to establish and chair the formation of the Catholic Home Study Institute (CHSI) in 1983, which grew and became the Catholic Distance University in 1997. Bishop Welsh was a busy man but could never say no to projects that reflected the abundance of good in bringing people closer to God. As former Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, he especially loved Catholic education. He understood the importance of the vocation of the laity and the universal call to holiness. He knew that education and formation were essential for the laity to fulfill their distinctive role in the Church and the world. In the Jubilee Year 2000, CDU delivered high quality theological education through a computer-mediated digital network called the Internet. Bishop Welsh's leadership enabled a mother in California to pursue a graduate degree in theology while responding to faculty and caring for children in the comfort of her home. Bishop Welsh fulfilled his prophetic role as Christ the Teacher, not only as primary teacher of the Diocese of Arlington, but through technology, overseeing the instruction of adult learners preparing to make the face of Christ present in parishes, communities, and workplaces throughout the world. As I reflect on twenty-eight years of friendship and collaboration with Bishop Welsh, his mentoring of my youthful inexperience as head of CDU, Issue No. V directing a predominantly clerical faculty, his fidelity to its mission, and his fatherly presence in our family, I am reminded of the words of St. Paul: "Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind... (Rom 12:21). Bishop Welsh's pastoral heart revealed a passion to share the joy of the truth beyond the boundaries of a diocese. His passion became a university that, in God's Providence, now transforms minds and hearts throughout the world. Using the Internet, CDU puts out into the deep of the Net every day of the year, at the command of Christ, to extend the invitation to contemplate the face of God and share in the redemption of the world. Dr. Mount is President of The Catholic Distance University, founded in 1983 by the late Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. She grew up in a military family and has lived on a farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, for 34 years. She is the mother o f tw o m a rried ch ild ren an d grandmother of three. She is a phenomenologist whose research interest is adult faith formation and distance education. This article was disseminated by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

by Marianne Evans Mount, Ph.D., President o you have any Irish blood in you ?" B ish o p T h om as Welsh asked me when we met for the first time on the 7 th Floor of the Chancery in Arlington on the Feast of St. John Mary Vianney, August 4, 1981. With a big smile, I replied, "Yes, Bishop, I am half Irish, and my mother is all Irish." He grinned, "I think we will be great friends." I had never been in a Bishop's office before; my anxiety, however, was countered by the Bishop's warm and welcoming personality. He was unhurried, humorous, and anxious to hear about my children. As I was leaving, he encouraged me not to fret about the Church, but to be full of optimism and trust in God's goodness. In the summer of 1981, I was one of two laywomen and seventy-five religious Sisters earning a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education, a graduate program offered summers in Middleburg, Virginia, for teaching S is te rs th ro u g h th e P o n tific a l University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. In a few weeks I would return to the Bishop's office with Father John Hardon, SJ, one of my professors who hoped we could convince the Bishop to establish a correspondence program for

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Waterville, Maine Holy Thursday Dinner

by Fr. Larry Jensen or many years the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament prepared a meal for the regional Catholic priests and their Bishop on Holy Thursday. Due to an aging community and costs, the Sisters regretfully were unable to continue with the tradition. St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville, Maine, has always had a close tie with the Sisters. The Chapel of the Sisters is known for a place to go to pray and parishioners from St. Joseph do perpetual adoration there. When it was made known the tradition of gathering on Holy Thursday might come to an end, it was an easy decision for Fr. Larry, Pastor, and Deacon Peter to keep the tradition alive. Bishop M alone of the Portland Diocese, the regional clergy and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament were invited for a Holy Thursday luncheon. It was a great and blessed time together for fellowship and a tasty meal for the twenty-eight clergy and sisters before going back to a busy Holy Week schedule.

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St. Rafka Church, Denver, Colo. St. Raymond Cathedral, St. Louis, Mo. St. Sharbel Church, Peoria, Ill. St. Sharbel Church, Portland, Ore. St. Sharbel Church, Warren, Mich., and St. Rafka Mission St. Sharbel Mission, Las Vegas, Nev. St. Therese Mission, Tulsa, Okla. Total

$1,340 $2,211 $2,000 $700 $3,000 $1,500 $605 $41,074.63.

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Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn, N.Y. $1488 St. George Church, Pawtucket, R.I. $626 St. Ann Church, Troy, N.Y. $403 Our Lady of Mercy Church, Worcester, Mass. $180 Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Washington, D.C. $520.50 St. Anthony Church, Glen Allen, Va. $10,583 St. Anthony Church, Danbury, Conn. $462 Mary, Mother of Light Mission, West Palm Beach, Fla. $500 Our Lady of Lebanon, Waterbury, Conn. $450 St. Maron Church, Torrington, Conn. $2036.92 St. George Church, Dover, N.H. $25 St. Ann Church, Scranton, Penn. $161 St. Rafka Mission, Greenville, S.C. $440.30 St. Sharbel, Somerset, N.J. $4350 St. John the Baptist Church, New Castle, Penn. $815 St. Joseph Church, Olean, N.Y. $358 St. Anthony of the Desert, Fall River, Mass. $3850 Our Lady of the Cedars, Boston, Mass., $316 St. Joseph Church, Atlanta, Ga. $380 St. Rafka Retreat Center, Vermont $572 St. Anthony/St. George Church, Wilkes-Barre, Penn $450 Aliquippa Mission, Aliquippa, Penn. $235 Our Lady of Victory, Carnegie, Penn. $1030 St. Louis Gonzaga Church, Utica, N.Y. $584 St. Joseph Church, Waterville, Me. $537 St. John Maron, Williamsville, N.Y. $1182 Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Easton, Penn. $2523 St. Theresa Church, Brockton, Mass. $327 St. Elias Church, Roanoke, Va. $1039.50 St. Maron Church, Jacksonville, Fla. $5388. St. Sharbel Mission, Raleigh, N.C. $238 Our Lady of Purgatory, New Bedford, Mass. $855 St. Anthony Church, Lawrence, Mass. $3430 Our Lady of Lebanon, Miami, Fla. $865 Sts. Peter & Paul Mission, Tampa, Fla. $150 Archangel Michael Church, Fayetteville, N.C. $655 St. George Church, Uniontown, Penn. $419 St. Sharbel Church, Newtown Square, Penn. $300 St. Maron Church, Philadelphia, Penn. $100 St. Anthony Church, Springfield, Mass. $295 St. Jude Church, Orlando, Fla. $500 Total $49,619.22.

Maronite Eparchies Donation to Haiti's Earthquake A Big Thank You

he Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon and the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn would like to thank all the people who graciously responded to the eparchial collection taken to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

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Gary and Kathy Housey $100 Holy Family Church, St. Paul, Minn. $1,000 Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Millbrae, Calif. $100 Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Chicago, Ill. $300 Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Lewisville, Tex. $2,175 Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Wheeling, W.Va. $1,530 Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon Cathedral, Los Angeles, Calif. $1,876 Our Lady of the Cedars Church, Fairlawn, Ohio $400 Our Lady of the Cedars Church, Houston, Tex. $2,800 Our Lady of the Lebanon Church, Flint, Mich. $2,042 Our Lady's Parish, Austin, Tex. $950 St. Anthony of Padua Church, Cincinnati, Ohio $500 St. Anthony of the Desert Mission, El Paso, Tex. $224.63 St. Elias Church, Birmingham, Ala . $1,600 St. Ephrem Church, El Cajon, Calif. $2,923 St. George Church, San Antonio, Tex. $800 St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, Dayton, Ohio $167 St. John Maron Church, Anaheim, Calif. $1,322 St. Joseph Church, Phoenix, Ariz. $438 St. Joseph Mission, Riverside, Calif. $450 St. Jude Church, Murray, Utah $421 St. Maron Church, Detroit, Mich. $600 St. Maron Church, Minneapolis, Minn. $2,000 St. Maron Church, Youngstown, Ohio $5,000

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Lawrence, Massachusetts Knights of the Altar

program, while eight were promoted to the rank of Page. The promotions recognized their year-long effort of faithful service to the Lord, volunteering at parish activities, and learning. They have learned prayers, parts of the Liturgy, the names for parts of the church, the vestments, and the items used during the Liturgy. Each Knight received his certificate of rank. Attendance at monthly meetings has increased, with a mixture of training, spiritual growth, and social activities. The number of servers has grown over the past two years to nineteen members. St. Anthony's is blessed with their enthusiasm and reverence as they serve their Lord.

Glen Allen, Virginia May Procession

t. Anthony M aron ite Church in G len A llen (R ichm ond), Va., celebrated the crowning of Mary with a May Procession on Sunday, May 2, 2010. T h e teach ers and children in th e M aron ite Formation Program had been preparing for the celebration for several weeks. Five of the religious education classes chose to illustrate the decades of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Three of the classes created prayer chains, some with prayers that they wrote themselves, others with traditional Catholic prayers. Ten teens in the Youth Club and high school class formed an honor guard for the ceremony. The May Queen, Audrey Moore, and her honor attendant, Chantal Ghoussoub, were chosen from the seniors in the high school class because of their excellent attendance records. A second honor attendant with perfect attendance, Evelyn Mazloom, was chosen from the younger grades. On the afternoon of May 2, the parishioners gathered outside of the church and carried the statue of Mary to five stations as they prayed each decade of the rosary and sang Marian hymns. The children presented their posters at their proper stations and carried their prayer chains and flowers. As they entered the church, the children presented their work at the steps of the altar. After everyone had entered, the honor guard carrying candles led the May Queen and her attendants into the church. The ceremony concluded with the crowning of the statue of Mary and an act of consecration to the Blessed Mother. The teachers and the Pastoral Council then invited the parishioners to a picnic, not only to celebrate the day, but also to say goodbye to the parochial vicar, Father George BouChaaya who is being transferred to Troy, New York. Over 150 parishioners filled the pavilion as they chatted with Father about his new assignment and wished him well and many blessings.

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auction them Live. If you do not have an item, but would like some ideas, check out our registries with www.williamssonoma.com or www.bedbathandbeyond.com (first name: Theresa; last name: Bolus) and www.potterybarn.com (first name: LaVonne; last name: Williamson). Reserve a table to display your organization, sell your publications or your wares in "The Oasis," our hospitality, vendor and exhibition hall. You will not want to miss the Kahlil Gibran Traveling Exhibit or the Argileh Café. The coveted Commemorative Program Book is in need of business ads, church ads, family pages and sponsors for the information pages. You can use the form provided in The M aronite Voice or su b m it you r ad online at www.namnews.org. Once again, NAM registration is available online. Remember, NAM members receive registration discounts. For more information about NAM, NAM membership and NAM travel, visit www.namnews.org. Again, please visit the convention website at www.naminbham.com. Mirna and Joey Chbeir, Display & Exhibit Co-Chairs; Mary Milton, Host & Hostess Co-Chair; Dora Bolus, Membership Co-Chair; and Jeanne D'Arc Boohaker, Hospitality Chair. by Wanda Elkourie, Public Relations Chairman t. Elias Church, host of the 47 th Annual Maronite Convention, is celebrating the results of a very successful 12 th Annual St. Elias Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival held April 9 and 10. Our festival co-chair, Paul Bolus, says it best, "What a wonderful way to showcase our newly renovated church during our one hundred year celebration. For me, the scene on Saturday night at the tent with so many of our youth and parishioners obviously having such a good time with so many different people from throughout the community and beyond was a sight to behold. To think we are handing down our culture and heritage in such a positive light to the next generation should be reason enough to do the Festival. To think that we can do this at the same time we are raising money is just icing on the baklawa to me." It was a record weekend with compliments such as "the food was better than ever." After a few "hours" of rest, the 2010 Convention Committee continues in its efforts to have the "best time ever" in Birmingham, Alabama, in July 2010. Registration forms are now available, and you can register online at www.namnews.org.

Spring Raffle

he NAM Board of Directors wishes to sincerely thank those who participated in the 18 th Annual Spring Raffle 2010. 352 tickets out of the 500 were sold. Since the drawing, NAM has distributed the $17,500 in cash prizes to the winners. The remaining proceeds of $17,700 are being allocated to NAM's general account to help continue the Apostolate's work for the Maronite Church in the U.S.A. The drawing was held in Denver, Colorado, at the closing of the NAM Board of Directors' spring meeting hosted by St. Rafka Church on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Several NAM Board Members supervised the drawing and the winning tickets were drawn by young members of the Denver parish.

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Following is a list of this year's winners: First Prize of $10,000 (ticket no. 116) went to Haleem Zihenni of Scarsdale, New York. Second Prize of $3,000 (ticket no. 324) went to Marion Mike-Coury of Corona, California. Third Prize of $2,000 (ticket no. 118) went to the Ciaccia Grandkids. Fourth Prize of $1,500 (ticket no. 267) went to Kim Richey of Washington, D.C. Fifth Prize of $1,000 (ticket no. 220) went to John Hashem of Coatsville, Penn. Once again, NAM would like to thank you for your support and pray you have a prosperous and rewarding year. We look forward to your continued support of NAM and to seeing many of you in Birmingham, Alabama, for the 47 th Annual Maronite Convention, July 7 ­ 11.

NAM is important. Our heritage is important. There are a few things you can do to help us continue--to help our future: Please support the raffle. Raffle Chair Maron Boohaker has some fantastic prizes in the annual convention raffle to include two round-trip tickets to Lebanon, jewelry and much more. The cost is $5 per ticket or the book for $20. The Infamous Silent Auction, started right here in Birmingham in 1993, looks forward to your donations. This year, we are going to take the top Vacation Destinations and

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Issue No. V

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A Passion to Serve New Report Says Pregnancy Centers Save Lives

A woman bound for an abortion in New York City recently agreed to an ultrasound at a pregnancy help center. But even after the baby's perfectly formed image was revealed on the screen, the mother insisted she was still going to keep her abortion appointment. The distraught Pro-Life consultant found herself offering something unique to a pregnant mother, something seemingly nonsensical:"would you like to hold your baby's hand? Put your hand here." With a quizzical look on her face, the woman slowly placed her hand on her womb. To the shock of both mom and consultant, the baby's tiny hand, visible on the screen, shot up immediately and touched her mother's hand! In tears, and finally bonded with her baby, the mother chose life.

by Peggy Hartshorn (reprinted with permission)

ope John Paul II commended the work of pregnancy help centers in Evangelium Vitae: "Newborn life is also served by centers of assistance and homes or centers where new life receives a welcome. Thanks to the work of such centers many ... find new hope and find assistance and support " (#88). Since he wrote those words in 1995, the number of pregnancy help centers has at least doubled, with nearly 3,000 in the U.S. and another 2,000 around the world. About 40 years after pioneering centers were founded, the first attempt to quantify and describe their impact has been published by the Family Research Council. I was involved in the research that resulted in A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life. Its conclusions are stunning. For example, the facts show that the pregnancy help movement is one of the greatest volunteer movements in American history: 29 out of 30 people involved (about 40,000 people at any one moment) are volunteers. These volunteers are impacting about 2 million people every year, ab o u t 5 ,5 0 0 p eo p le p er d ay. Heartbeat-affiliated centers (about half of all those in the U.S.) save at least 2,000 babies every week whose mothers would otherwise have had an abortion. This decreases the annual number of abortions in the U.S. by about 10%. We reduce abortions even further through our post-abortion care and recovery programs. (Nearly half of all abortions are performed on women who remain unhealed after at least one previous abortion.) If the budgets of help centers and their affiliated groups are added up, they total $200 million per year. Unfortunately, this is still miniscule compared to the goliath Planned Parenthood, which had a $1 billion budget last year. Research indicates that pregnancy centers enhance maternal and child health by averting the negative consequences of abortion such as incidences of preterm births. Our centers also help avert the mental health effects of abortion, which include elevated risks of depression, substance abuse and suicide. Our diverse pregnancy support and education programs also enhance maternal health and build stronger families. A Passion to Serve highlights many centers and maternity homes, with pictures and inspirational stories of

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individual and community impact. Heartbeat of Miami, for example, s t a r t e d a s p a r t o f H e a rtb e a t International's Urban Initiative to put ultrasound-equipped centers in the areas of greatest need (Miami had 37 abortion clinics and no pregnancy centers with life-saving ultrasound). These clinics, in Hialeah and North Miami (Hispanic and African American communities, respectively) are each saving about 15 babies every day. These ethnic groups are only about 24% of the U.S. population but, targeted by abortionists, they suffer 56% of all abortions. At a time when our centers are u n d e r in c re a sin g a tta c k , w ith harassment laws already passed against us in Baltimore and the surrounding county, the findings of this report are crucial for defending our life-saving work. Heartbeat's center directors, with mothers and babies saved by their staff, have hand-delivered copies of A Passion to Serve to key members of Congress. We're also taking the report to the states where hostile bills are being introduced. How do we explain the fact that, for the first time in polling history, more than half of Americans describe themselves as pro-life -- and 58% of 18-29-year-olds describe abortion as "morally wrong"? It's certainly the work of the Holy Spirit! Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, in an editorial soon after this year's March for Life, twice singles out our centers as change agents: "Thousands of pregnancy centers, many of which now offer high resolution sonograms, not around in 1973, along with the unwavering commitment of pro-lifers are winning a new generation to their view." Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., is President of Heartbeat International, a member of Legatus' Board of Governors and chairperson of its Pro-Life Awards Committee. This article first appeared in Legatus Magazine, April 2010. Patrick Novecosky, Editor, granted The Maronite Voice permission to reprint it. A copy of A Passion to Serve is available at heartbeatinternational.org.

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The Maronite Voice St. Anthony's Maronite Catholic Church 4611 Sadler Road Glen Allen, Virginia 23060-6108

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Boston, Massachusetts Chorbishop Lahoud Honored

Lahoud as he begins his retirement. The meeting began with Morning Prayer of the Day (Safro) to set the tone for the fraternal spirit, which overshadowed the entire time together. Needless to say, the clergy in attendance exchanged the camaraderie and the fellowship among themselves as they gathered around the table for the breaking of the bread. The hospitality of Chorbishop Lahoud was overwhelming. The afternoon concluded with a prayerful gathering full of sincere wishes and good thoughts to carry us until we meet again in the Fall. On behalf of the New England priests, a token of fraternity and love was presented to Chorbishop Lahoud in appreciation for the gift of Priesthood and for the many years of services rendered to the Eparchy and the Maronite Church at large.

Three New Maronite Priests to be Ordained

First row: Father Jean Younes, Father Naji Kiwan, Chorbishop Joseph Kaddo, Chorbishop Joseph Lahoud, Msgr. Peter F. Azar, Father Robert Nortz and Father Nadim Helou. Second row: Subdeacon Patrick Kokorian, Abbot William Driscoll, Father Larry Jensen, Father Anthony Weiller, Father Cyprian Apfelbeck, Msgr. David George, and Brother John Baptist Livingston. by Msgr. Peter Fahed Azar he Maronite clergy of the New England area are indeed grateful to Chorbishop Joseph Lahoud, Pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars in Jamaica Plain, Mass., for hosting their regional meeting on Thursday, April 22, 2010. A good number of priests from the Region, along with the Abbot Driscoll and three monks of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery in Petersham, attended the meeting. The gathering was not only fraternal but also supportive for Chorbishop

Deacon Danny Abi Akar

Deacon Tony Massad

Deacon Vince Farhat

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hree priests will be ordained to serve the Altars of the Maronite Church in the U.S. D e a c o n D an n y A b i Akar will be ordained on May 29, 2010, in Lebanon for the Eparchy of Saint Maron. Deacon Tony Massad will be ordained on June 26, 2010, in Flint, Mich., for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. D e a c o n V in c e n t F a r h a t w ill b e ordained on June 25, 2010 in Lansing, Mich., for the Eparchy of Saint Maron.

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