March 29th

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I wanted to thank you for allowing me to serve as your children’s teacher, and to tell you a few things about myself. I am married to Relian Pirvulescu and we have two boys, Zian and Luca. I currently serve as a Newcomer Program Specialist for Houston ISD. Previously, I was a campus coordinator, and have taught at the elementary as well as secondary level. Father Iulian has been my father confessor for over ten years, so I am so happy that our little community has found roots. I believe that raising our children in Christ is the most important path to follow, and that is why I want to ensure you of my dedication to our program.

Your servant in God,
Lia Oprea

Article of the day : A True Friend
from the OCN magazine

What’s the best thing you ever did for a friend?
Today, we hear a Gospel reading about four men who did the best thing any of us could do—they helped their friend come closer to Jesus Christ.
In the story, a man who was paralyzed wanted to see Christ, so he could be healed. The problem was that
he couldn’t see Christ because there were so many people surrounding Him. Everybody knew that Jesus had the power to heal! So this man’s friends made a hole in the roof, and they lowered their friend through it.
When Christ saw the faith of the four friends, He forgave the paralyzed man of his sins, and later He healed him. The man could walk again!
Even though we probably won’t ever be in that situation, we can still do what the friends did for their sick friend. They helped him see Jesus Christ. We can help our own friends see Christ too. But how? We can try to act like Him. By being kind to others. By being helpful. By not fighting. By being humble. By not gossiping. By showing love to everybody around us. Then, when our friends see us, they will be seeing Christ in us, too!

Suggested weekly activities


Sunday27
St. Gregory of Palamas
Say a special prayer for your grandparents
Matins: John 21:1-14
Epistle: St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14;2:1-3
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12
MondayMarch 28
Great Compline
Help set the table and clean up after dinner
Orthros OT: Isaiah 8:13-9:7
Vespers OT1: Genesis 6:9-22
Vespers OT2: Proverbs 8:1-21
Tuesday March 29
Do something nice foryour dad
Orthros OT: Isaiah 9:9-10:4
Vespers OT1: Genesis 7:1-5
Vespers OT2: Proverbs 8:32-9:11
WednesdayMarch 30
Family dinner, talk about your patron Saint
Orthros OT: Isaiah 10:12- 20
Vespers OT1: Genesis 7:6-9
Vespers OT2: Proverbs 9:12-18
Thursday March 31
Collect some coins to bring to church on
Orthros OT: Isaiah 11:10-12:2
Vespers OT1: Genesis 7:11-8:3
Vespers OT2: Proverbs 10:1-22
FridayApril 1
Salutations to the Virgin Mary
Pray the Lenten prayer of St.Ephraim together with your family
Orthros OT: Isaiah 13:2-13
Vespers OT1: Genesis 8:4-21
Vespers OT2: Proverbs 10:31-11:12
SaturdayApril 2nd
Read about the life of a Saint with your family
Saturday of the Souls service
Epistle: St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 10:32-38
Gospel: Mark 2:14-1

Prayer

Parishioner Magda Deaton shared with us a beautiful prayer for our kids. If you would like to have the
prayer in another language, we will make a few printed copies and have them set in the back of the
church.

Lord Jesus Christ, our God illuminate the minds of our children with the life-giving Thy grace.
You, who give wisdom of the wise and the prudent skills, send your Holy Spirit upon them, the giver of wisdom, of knowledge and understanding. Thou hast thy elect lit all the time. Did you inspire the three great teachers of the world and Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, showed the chosen vessels of holiness, spreading the faith in the world right. You lit it on to St. Catherine, and she shamed the pagan crowd. You, O Lord, enlighten them and our children (say their names), to learn what is good pleasing to Thee and let them be filled with the fullness of the Truth. Give them the knowledge, understanding, patience and discipline. Let them not learn knowledge that will harm their soul, nor learn what is displeasing to the Lord. Make them obedient to the teachers who teach righteousness and diligent in carrying out those tasks they were entrusted with. And in due time, God help them find where to use what they have learned and work for their own prosperity and for the benefit of their neighbor. Thou condemn those who bury their talents and bless those who skillfully multiply. Appoint them thou, O Lord, Who orders all to salvation, where to work, what to work and how to work. Give them their God, intensification in all the good work and strengthen them in their faith to confess Thee, through a virtuous living until the last moment of their lives. Amen.

Questions for older kids

  1. What does Jesus say will be the result “for those who lose their life for My sake, and for the sake of the gospel?”
  2. What did your patron saint do for the sake of the gospel?
  3. What do you think your patron saint had to give up so he or she could do that?
  4. Do you think your patron saint gained anything by doing that? If so, what? If not, why do you say that?
  5. Do you think a person has to give up something in order to follow Jesus? Why or why not?
  6. What do you think of this idea? What bothers you about it? What do you like about it?

We will start putting together a show for Pascha celebration. Please practice with your student at home, once they receive their material. I will keep you posted.

Other Resources

A mother’s blog that covers topics from childrearing to fasting recipes.
www.orthodoxmom.com

Reminders

Please fill out a Sunday School application.
While all children at any time are welcome to participate, it would greatly help us to have the
forms filled out for accountability purposes. We also have Stuartship cards next to them.