The Sisterhood of Holy Resurrection consists of all women in the parish who wish to participate. We meet together several times a year to discuss fund raising, event planning, hospitality and how we can serve our parish through various projects. The Sisterhood sponsors a yearly Women's Retreat at the Church, allowing time to share together and grow spiritually. It also coordinates coffee hour food offerings
The St. Elisabeth Society continues to meet on a monthly basis to pray the Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God, offering prayers for the people on the current list and adding names as needed.
A number of new people have joined, asking to receive the ongoing lists and to hear of urgent situations requiring immediate prayer. There has been an increased effort, in conjunction with the Sts. Mary and Martha Sisterhood, to better cover the needs of people in the church who are ill; providing meals, visitations or rides to medical appointments.
"For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat..."
Our Open Door Ministry has been serving a free home cooked meal at our church every Monday night since 1988. We are currently serving 50-60 guests each week - 3,000 meals a year. Yearly expenses are approximately $6,000. Price per meal is $2.00. We received a $1,400 grant from Project Bread in Boston, and the remaining cost comes from our church-somewhat of a strain on our budget.
At the beginning of each meal all guests are asked to rise for the "Our Father". The overall emphasis is to provide a safe peaceful environment for guests to eat and socialize.
Most guests are low income, a few are literally homeless. Some have serious mental health issues and/or problems with drugs and alcohol. The majority are white males, although lately there has been an increase in the number of women in attendance (approx 10%). Children rarely attend. Also there has been an increase in Hispanic immigrants, some non-English speaking (approx 10%).
Will Raiman runs and supervises the program. A rotating staff of 6 cooks from the parish prepare the meals. The meal-serving staff consists of student volunteers from Holy Cross and Boston University as well as friends from St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Cambridge, St. Mark's Coptic Church in Natick and others.
Open Door has begun giving out small bags of non-perishable groceries at the end of each meal - approximately 25 bags/week, 1 bag/person from the St. Bridget's Food Pantry. Food is supplied by donations. Securing donations and maintaining consistent donations has been challenging, but by God's grace Food Drives have been run fairly consistently. Grocery bags are also occasionally given out if anyone comes to the church requesting groceries at other times.
The Parish Newsletter of our church took on a new name this year to highlight its distinctive place in the life of our parish. News of the Resurrection was launched in September of 2006 and has continued monthly or bimonthly up to the present.
In the newly designed newsletter, we typically include some word from the bishop and/or the parish pastor, local parish news and announcements, events and news from Orthodox Churches in the Boston area, and whenever available and pertinent, news and information from the national and international Orthodox Church.
The Newsletter has acted as a wonderful source of parish news and communication, and by the efforts of our editorial staff, the presentation has become increasingly more professional.
Aaron Friar continues as the editor of this publication and hopes to increase parish involvement both in the articles and pictures which are submitted.
The St. Helen’s Sacristy Guild is a ministry that serves to bring beauty, order and support to the Divine Services and sacraments of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church.
To that end the Sacristy Guild members are striving to inventory and procure icons for the feasts and commemorations of the liturgical calendar. We have catalogued and labeled the various festal cloths for the seasons of the Church year, in order to be prepared to adorn the church as needed.
The Guild has been quite fruitful in inspiring new and zealous members and assistants from among the young women and girls in the parish. They are being instructed and guided in all the vital tasks of this ministry.
We also have developed supply kits and designed protocol lists for the sacraments of the Church. These include: Baptisms, Weddings, Lityas, Holy Unction, and Burials. In addition the Guild took initiative to obtain a set of deep purple curtains for the iconostasis for the Lenten season.
This year the Guild has been blessed to receive from a monastery various liturgical cloths and a large wooden bier for Holy Friday. This afforded us the opportunity to pass our bier on to a parish that did not have one.
We have dedicated this ministry to St. Helen whose shining example inspires us to build up and beautify the church
The Festival Committee plans all the activities, repasts, decorations and gatherings that revolve around the Liturgical Celebrations. With such a full Calendar, the members of the Festival Committee meet together quarterly or more for careful planning of the events around holidays and saints days and fasting periods. Incorporating Orthodox traditions from different cultures, the planned events are full, diverse and reflective of our faith.
"We must thoroughly quench the darts of the devil and beat them off by continual reading of the divine Scriptures. For it is not possible, not possible for anyone to be saved without continually taking advantage of spiritual reading." - St. John Chrysostom
The Tree of Life Bookstore seeks to help the parish and its visitors by providing access to Orthodox Christian resources for every occasion and need. Its inventory includes Christian literature, gift cards, icons, incense, jewelry and seasonal items. The Tree of Life Bookstore also provides special orders for items and books not currently in stock.
The Bookstore is open regularly during coffee hour following Divine Liturgy on Sundays or by appointment.
St. Herman of Alaska Christian School is a monument and institution for parents who look for the support of the school to solidify, and not counteract, their labors in passing on the flame of zeal for God to their children. It is a proof that education is more than a collection of facts or skills required to “make it” and survive in this world, but rather a training of the mind body and soul as a handmaiden for our life with Christ. One prominent Russian Bishop expressed this very clearly when he said that the goal for parents and educators in regard to their children should be to “raise Saints”. If the parents are able to work together with the teachers and priests, then a firm foundation and straight course is set for the child’s future in the world and in the Church. This three-fold relationship is the subject of a brief article written by the founder and Headmaster of St. Herman’s School. The article delves into the importance of seeking to find a balance and completion in education by pursuing the three “weight-bearing pillars of education.”
The educational tone of St. Herman’s School is classical and deeply Christian. Our classes are small, and divided into multi-grade clusters. Student-Teacher relationship is of primary concern, providing ample individual attention for the students in each class. The class structure is personal and very human, based on the relationship between the teacher and the student and the mutual care of students for each other.
At St. Herman’s School we strive to take the profound ideas given to us by the Scriptures, Church Fathers, the writings and research based findings of contemporary educators and put them into practice. It is a continual process of self-reflection and application of these ideas in the realm of content, teaching method and goals. We are a “work in progress” and use the ideals presented thus far as a measuring stick, by which we can determine what we need to do to fulfill the call to implement a Theanthropic (both divine and human in nature or quality) education.
For more information visit the St. Herman's website.
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church hosts weekly Young Adults' meetings on Thursday nights. The meetings begin with Vespers at 6pm, and are followed by dinner and discussion from 7-8:30pm. Discussions are centered on a book, or a short text from the Fathers concerning life according to the Gospel. Occasionally guest speakers (Orthodox scholars, priests, lay men and women) are invited to give presentations on specific topics. Please contact Ephraim or Fr. Patrick for more information.