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Weekly Sunday Bulletin 11th Sunday of Luke

St. Herman of Alaska   December 13 ~ Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

Saint Herman (his name is a variant of Germanus) was born near Moscow in 1756. In his youth he became a monk, first at the Saint Sergius Hermitage near Saint Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland; while he dwelt there, the most holy Mother of God appeared to him, healing him of a grave malady. Afterwards he entered Valaam Monastery on Valiant Island in Lake Ladoga; he often withdrew into the wilderness to pray for days at a time. In 1794, answering a call for missionaries to preach the Gospel to the Aleuts, he came to the New World with the first Orthodox mission to Alaska. He settled on Spruce Island, which he called New Valaam, and here he persevered, even in the face of many grievous afflictions mostly at the hands of his own countrymen in the loving service of God and of his neighbour. Besides his many toils for the sake of the Aleuts, he subdued his flesh with great asceticism, wearing chains, sleeping little, fasting and praying much. He brought many people to Christ by the example of his life, his teaching, and his kindness and sanctity, and was granted the grace of working miracles and of prophetic insight. Since he was not a priest, Angels descended at Theophany to bless the waters in the bay; Saint Herman used this holy water to heal the sick. Because of his unwearying missionary labours, which were crowned by God with the salvation of countless souls, he is called the Enlightener of the Aleuts, and has likewise been renowned as a wonderworker since his repose in 1837.


We welcome Rev. Dr. Jim Katinas, our new parish priest, who for the first time celebrates, with us, the Divine Liturgy


Parish Council on duty:

John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr.,Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια…

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for 11th Sun. of Luke in the Second Mode

Ἐν πίστει τοὺς Προπάτορας ἐδικαίωσας …

By faith didst Thou justify the Forefathers, when through them Thou didst betroth Thyself aforetime to the Church from among the nations. The Saints boast in glory that from their seed there is a glorious fruit, even she that bare Thee seedlessly. By their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.

 Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode

Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις…

The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον…

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.

Epistle Reading

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

BRETHREN, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 14:16-24

The Lord said this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'”


Malama Clidas (40 days) survived by children Michael, John and Mary and 6 grandchildren.



Savas Kalaitzidis (2 years) survived by sister Alexandra Papadimitriou, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Vasiliki (5 years) and Constandinos (5 years) Marchelos survived by children Adrianne, Spiro and Louis, grandchildren Irene, Vasiliki Victoria, Marionna and Stephanie and 4 great-grandchildren.



Today’s flowers on the altar have been donated in loving memory of Malama Clidas

Welcome Fr. Jim and Presvytera Cori!

 Biographical Sketch of the Rev. Dr. James “Jim” Katinas

Fr. Jim Katinas comes to us from Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline Massachusetts where he served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for four and a half years.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, a Master of Arts in Psychology and Religion from Andover Newton Theological School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Fr. Jim also has five years of experience in the financial services industry where he worked as an Investment Advisor for AG Edwards and Fidelity Investments.

Fr. Jim was ordained in 1992 and has served Greek Orthodox parishes in Houston, Texas, Knoxville, Tennessee, Newport, New Hampshire and Kansas City, Missouri. Fr. Jim received the offikion of Protopresbyter from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America in October 2010.

Fr. Jim and his wife Presvytera Corinna (“Cori”) have three children (who are all in college) Catherine, Nicholas and Maria.



  • Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Today after the Divine Liturgy

  • Parish Council Elections

Today, the members of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church are invited to participate in the election of five “5” Parish Council members who will serve for the 3-year term 2016, 2017, 2018.  Voting will begin immediately following Church services and will end at 1:30pm. According to the Uniform Parish Regulations and by-laws, in order to participate in voting a member must be in good standing. Members in good standing are those who have paid their Stewardship Pledge, through December, for 2015. A member who is in arrears in his Stewardship Pledge may take part in the election by paying such arrears. New members may exercise the right to vote if they have been members for at least 3 months.  Your participation in this election will be appreciated.

  • Stewardship

The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Stewardship Program is based on the ideal that Stewardship Pledges are able to cover the Budgeted Operating Costs of our Church. In that regard the Parish Council proposed a plan which accomplished that objective. The General Assembly of St. Demetrios Church on November 22, 2015 unanimously voted to approve this new Stewardship Program effective January 1st 2016. Thank you to all who unanimously voted to approve these measures.  By now, all of our generous year 2015 stewards should have received a very important letter regarding the new program. We ask that you carefully review the information and promptly respond. If you have any questions, please call (954) 467-1515.

  • The Cancer Chapter invites you to join us in the war against cancer by participating in today’s fundraising event ”Cancer Fighting Sunday”.

 The event includes a bake sale with delicious homemade items, a Christmas Boutiques where you can purchase lovely holiday items and delicious pita & salad lunch. Please join us for any or all of these events. You can also purchase raffle tickets for a beautiful Holiday Gift basket. Your contributions will go toward funding important research in the fight against cancer at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

  • Christmas Poinsettias

Help celebrate the Christmas season!  Make a donation to adorn the sanctuary with Poinsettias.   In the memo line of your check note : ”poinsettias” . Thank you for your generosity!


  • FESTIVAL Volunteers 2016…BEST FESTIVAL EVER!!!

Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th  Pick your spots now.     Join any of the many talented teams that make our festival ONE OF THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES & FUNDRAISERS OFFERED.

We have a spot for everyone:  Ad Book Sales, Admissions, Appetizers/Mezedes, Pre-Festival Baking, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar Tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki, Taverna,  Volunteer Processing and more!

Come see us in the narthex today!


  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at St. Demetrios

New Year’s eve Parisian Style ~Thursday, December 31, 2015~ Cocktails at 8:00pm; Dinner at 8:30pm

Catered by Culinary Republic

Music by Sasha

Adults:  $65.00; 12 & Under $25.00; Cash Bar

For Reservations:  Contact Chris Kapakos@ 954-709-9651 or via email @ CKapakos@comcast.net or Purchase your tickets in the Community Center every Sunday after Liturgy through Dec. 27, 2015

Sponsored & Hosted by AHEPA #394~ Proceeds to benefit St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church


  • Save the Date ~Feast of the Epiphany ~ Pan Orthodox Celebration ~Saturday, January 9, 2016

At Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

Orthros 9:00am, Archieratical Divine Liturgy 10:00am, Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross 12:00 Noon

Followed by a Luncheon:  Lamb Shank over Rice, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee

Adults $25, Children $10 (12 years and under)


  • Save the date ~Daughters of Penelope Wine Tasting & food pairingSaturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00pm. More details to follow.


  • A Devoted Heart

Precious friends of “A Devoted Heart” , for the month of December we will be meeting to study on Dec.20th   We will be continuing our biblically based, scripturally solid study of the dual nature of Jesus Christ.















Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 10th Sunday of Luke

St. SpyridonDecember 7, 2014

O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl in the grave and turned the serpent to gold. And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned you; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all.
December 12 – Apolytikion of Spyridon the Wonderworker in the First Tone

Parish Council on Duty
George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley

Sunday School in January

For the January Youth Newsletter from Sunday school


  • Hymn singing with Fr. John on Sunday, January 5
  • Kick-off event for the St. John Oratorical Festival on Sunday, January 19, for all students in grades 7-9.  This year’s Festival allows poetry and essays in addition to oration.

Recent events:

The “Christmas Path,” this year’s Sunday School Christmas pageant, was presented on December 20.  About 50 children told the story of the Nativity through a modern play that also illustrates how the timeless story of the Nativity affects us still today.  The Parish Council offered a delicious dinner and Sunday School parents provided dessert.  Santa even came to distribute small gifts to the children.

Sunday School children and parents donated 50 Boxes of Hope to the Children’s Home Society.  They collected empty shoe boxes then donated appropriate items for various ages.  Finally they filled the boxes, gift-wrapped them and delivered them to the Children’s Home Society.

To view pictures of the kids dropping off the Boxes of Hope see the gallery.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 11th Sunday of Luke

St. Eleftherios

O venerable One, we all praise and entreat you, Eleftherios, Priest-Martyr, comeliness of Priests and exaltation of champions. Deliver from    diverse dangers those fervently honoring your memory, interceding unceasingly for us all.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

St. Eleftherios– December 15


Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 10th Sunday of Luke

St. Spyridon

O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl in the grave and turned the serpent to gold. And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned you; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all

Apolytikion in the First Tone

St. Spyridon – December 12

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Medon Michaelides, Delcho Ogorelkoff, Eleni Varvoutis

Sunday School in December

We discovered that the monks and nuns who make prayer ropes have an intricate task.  On October 27 all the classes made prayer ropes and learned about the Jesus Prayer.  Father John reinforced the lesson with a Children’s Sermon about prayer.  The younger children used beads to make their prayer ropes and the middle and high school students learned to tie the traditional knots.  By now your children should have incense, a prayer rope and a copy of the Jesus prayer to help then with their own rule of prayer.  As a family, you may want to use these items to cense your home and pray together on Saturday evenings.

Make plans to attend and enjoy the Christmas Pageant on December 20.  The parish council will offer a supper, the children will present a lively new production of the Nativity Story and Sunday school parents will offer dessert. All children are expected to participate in the Pageant and some of the children have speaking parts.

It’s not too soon to think ahead to the St. John Oratorical Festival.  We will begin preparations in January.  This year the Festival has added categories for poetry and written essays, so all children in grades 3-12 will participate in one of our three Festival dates. Go to the Archdiocese website to take a peak that these topics.

Please bring in a shoebox of stuff!!!  For more information view stdemetrios.org


Upcoming Dates

  • Pageant costume fitting and speaking parts practice, Nov. 24
  • No Sunday school, Thanksgiving break, Dec. 1
  • Pageant Practice, all students, Dec. 8, 15
  • Christmas Pageant and Family Night, December 20. For more information and the Script visit stdemetrios.org
  • Oratorical Festival Kick-Off, grades 7-12, January 19

2013 Christmas Pageant

Come join the community for the Sunday School’s annual Christmas Pageant. Food will be provided by the parish council and desserts will be provided by the parents.

Who:  Hosted by St. Demetrios Sunday School
What:  2013 Christmas Pageant
Where:  St. Demetrios Church
When:  Friday, December 20,  2013 at 6:30pm


 2013 Christmas Pageant Script

(Mary, Joseph, any extra shepherds and angels without speaking parts, such as the younger ones walk to the stable during the entrance hymn.)

All sing during entrance: Joy to the World

(Samuel and Hannah are kneeling down next to beds finishing their bedtime prayers.)

Samuel and Hannah: And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power ·and the glory of the Father,and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (They make the sign of the cross) Amen. (Stand up.)

Hannah: Goodnight Samuel.

Samuel: Goodnight Hannah. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve.I hope I get lots of presents.

Hannah: Well, I’M the good child. (Pointing to self.) I bet I get more presents than YOU!

Samuel: No way.

Mother (from background): Goodnight children,or there will be NO presents for EITHER of you.

Samuel and Hannah: Goodnight mother.

Father (from background): Did you two say your prayers? Samuel and Hannah: Yes Father. (Children lie down on cots.) (Angels enter, facing audience. Angel 2 is carrying icon.)

Angel 1: I believe these children need to learn the REAL meaning of Christmas.

Angel2: What do you have in mind?

Angel1: I’m thinking,I’m thinking. (Finger on chin.) Angel 2: We could put a bible in their stockings.

Angel 1: We tried- that last year.

St. Nicholas: And keep praying of course.

Samuel: Sure, sure


(They start walking around the audience on red path. St. Nicholas picks up items from -under tree and places them around path, then goes to stand by stable.)

Children: Jingle Bells,Jingle Bells,Jingle all the way. ………

(Shepherd 1 enters, blocks path, interrupts singing.)

Shepherd 1: Whoa,where are you two going at this hour?

Samuel: (Sarcastically) We are going to find our REAL Christmas gift.

Shepherd 1: It’s awfully lonely out here. Can I come along too?

Hannah: Sure,why not. Ask him. (Points behind, but St. Nicholas is gone.)  Hey, where did he go?

Samuel: This better not be another joke.


in case.

(They continue walking and around path singing.)


Children and Shepherd 1: Jingle bells,jingle bells,jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to walk in the middle of the night. ·

Shepherd 2: (Enters) Where is everyone going?

Shepherd 1: To find Christmas.

Shepherd 2: I need a little Christmas too. Can I go with you?

Shepherd 1: Just follow the red path.

Shepherd 2: I don’t go anywhere without my cross. (Picks up cross.) I’m ready now. Let’s go.


(They continue walking.)


Shepherd 1: Does anyone hear voices?

All from stable: Christ is born.Glorify Him. (3 times.) Shepherd 2: (Nervously) I’m turning back.

Shepherd 3: Wait,listen.

Messenger 1: (Front and center) And she brought forth her firstborn Son,and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes,and laid Him in a manger,because there was no room for them in the inn.

Messenger 2: Now there· were in the same country, shepherds living out in the fields,keeping watch over their flock by night.

Messenger 3: And behold,an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,and they were greatly afraid.· ·

(Baby Jesus is placed into manger while Messengers are speaking.)

Joseph: For unto us a Child is born,unto us a Son is given.


All: Sing 0 Come All Ye Faithful.


(Samuel, Hannah and shepherds walk towards stable and join in singing.)

Hannah: So,THIS is Christmas. (Loudly, with outstretched arms.) Samuel: What are you talking about?

Hannah: Don’t you see? Christmas is a celebration. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus. HE is our gift!

Samuel: But I wanted a real gift,with wrapping paper and batteries and……

Ange/1: Jesus IS real Samuel. He is the most special gift- of all,because you can keep Him in your heart all year long. He is always .with you.


Samuel: {Takes Bible and gives it to mother.) Merry Christmas Morn.

Mother: Oh Samuel, I love it. Thank you.

Samuel: (Takes prayer rope and gives it to father.) Merry Christmas,Dad.

Father: Very nice. Thanks son. Just what I needed.(Pats Samuel’s shoulder.) Samuel: (Holds cross to his heart.) I think I will keep THIS to remember what Christmas is really about.


(Angel 1 and 2 enter and stand front and center.)

Angel 1: We did good.

Angel2: REAL good. (Angels shake hands.) (All on stage.)

All: Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

All sing: Nativity Hymn.

(All Bow)

The End

Sunday School in November

On September 29 all the Sunday school students gathered to make incense.  The scents of rosemary rose and frankincense wafted through the classrooms as each child made his own combination.  Teachers followed the activity with age appropriate lessons about how to use incense and why we use it.  On October 13, the students offered some of the incense to use in the church.  Each student made enough to also take some home. 

Our ninth and tenth graders have been working in groups to plan video presentations on a variety of topics.  They’ll be ready to start taping in just a few weeks.

We’re making some changes to the Christmas Pageant this year, so join the fun and be sure your child participates.  Children who are interested in a featured role should plan to the audition during Sunday school on October 27.All ages are invited to be part of the Christmas Pageant, from pre-school up through high school .  We’ll be practicing throughout November and December, so children will want to be in Sunday school every week to avoid missing anything.  Mark your calendar now!!! The Christmas Pageant is Friday, December 20.


Upcoming Events:

  • Prayer Rope workshop, October 27
  • Christmas Pageant Auditions, October 27
  • Music with Fr. John, November 3

Christmas Pageant

Dear Parents,

Please plan to join us Friday, December 21, for our annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant.  There will be a scrumptious dinner, dessert and a cookie table, and your own children acting out the Nativity of our Lord. What better way to begin your Christmas celebration? This event is always a happy combination of moving and amusing.

If your children are part of the performance, please have them at the church hall by 6:30 for pizza. They will begin dressing at 7:00.  The Pageant will begin promptly at 7:30 with dinner immediately after.  The dinner will be by donation.  Please bring a plate or box of some kind of baked good for our dessert table. It can be bought or homemade.

I’m looking forward to seeing the whole family at the Christmas Pageant.



Paula Kirifides
Sunday School Director