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January 8, 2012: Danaha Service

The Parish celebrated Epiphany (Danaha) on January 8.

January 1, 2012: New Year's Day Service

The Parish rang in the New Year with Holy Qurbana on Sunday, January 1. The new 2012 Managing Committee took charge that day as well. Blessings for a healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year to all!

December 25, 2011: St. Mary's NoVA celebrates Christmas

The Parish celebrated Christmas on December 25. Following the Night Prayers (Rathri/Lilio), the fire service occurred, burning the palm leaves and everyone went around the fire to place a piece of incense in the fire. Then followed the Sleeba Akhosham. Morning Prayer began shortly therafter, followed by Holy Qurbana. After Holy Qurbana, the caroling group sang for the members we were not able to visit and the Sunday School presented a short program. Secret Santa Christmas gifts were distributed to all children. A sumptuous Kerala lunch was served to end the day. May the blessings of Christmas and the Christ-child be with all of you throughout 2012.

December 4, 2011: 2012 Election GB Results in First Woman Trustee

The Parish Assembly of St. Mary's met on Sunday, December 4 following Holy Qurbana. With the current revision of the Malankara Constitution to permit women participation in the Assembly and Managing Committee, the Assembly nominated three women and three men to the 2012 Managing Committee, pending approval by the Diocesan Metropolitan. We pray that the Holy Spirit will be with the new committee as they lead the activities of the parish in 2012.

December 3, 2011: Ecumenical Council of Kerala Christians (ECKC) Annual Christmas Program

The Sunday School presented a skit "Away With the Manger" at the annual ECKC Christmas program. We thank all the participants and parents who took time to help with the practices and transportation.

November 26, 2011: Christmas Caroling has begun!

Christmas caroling began at Achen's house in Baltimore on November 26 and worked its way around Maryland and Tyson's Corner. We raised $1500 the first day! Caroling throughout Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg will continue each weekend throughout December. If anyone would like to be visited, please contact Shiju Chacko or Jame George.

November 25, 2011: A Wonderful Thanksgiving Family Night!

The annual parish Thanksgiving Dinner and Family Night occurred on Friday, November 25 from 5-9pm at the Chantilly Government Center. After Evening Prayer, there was a talent show by children of the parish. Afterward, there was a game of Bible Jeopardy, with one male adult, one female adult, and one youth competing for the audience. After 30 questions, the youth prevailed. There was a scrumptuous potluck meal after the program and there was plenty of fun, food, and fellowship. We are truly blessed and thank God for all His blessings in our personal and parish life.

November 6, 2011: Feast of St. Gregorios Celebrated

The parish celebrated the feast of St. Gregorios on Sunday, November 6. After Holy Qurbana and Intercessory Prayers to St. Gregorios, the Sunday School conducted a short program, including a Powerpoint presentation on the life of St. Gregorios, followed by a song.

October 1, 2011: Church Trip to Sight and Sound Theatre, Lancaster, PA

About 50 adults and kids travelled by bus to Lancaster, PA to see the biblical play "Joseph". Everyone really enjoyed the show and bus ride!

September 18, 2011: Sunday School Begins for 2011-2012 Year

Our new Sunday School year commences this Sunday. If you have not yet registered, please contact Merin or Sheela as soon as possible. We pray for a year of spiritual knowledge and growth for all our children over the coming year.

September 11, 2011: Annual Perunal

We celebrated our annual Perunal on Sunday, September 11. H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan of South-West America Diocese, was the Chief Guest and gave a wonderful, inspiring message about St. Mary during Holy Qurbana and during the Evening Convention. After Holy Qurbana, there was Intercessory Prayers to St. Mary, Perunal festivities, and Onam Lunch. It was a blessed day!

September 4, 2011: Sunday School Anniversary

We had our Sunday School Anniversary on Sunday, September 4. There were variety programs from the students and awards for each class. Ms. Ceena Varghese, MTh was the guest speaker and really encouraged the kids.

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