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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 8th Sunday of Luke

allsaintsNovember 15, 2015

Guria, Shamuna & Habib, Martyrs & Confessors of Edessa

Of these Martyrs of the city of Edessa in Syria, Guria and Shamuna contested in 288; after many tortures, they were cast into prison, then beheaded. Saint Habib, a deacon, contested in 316, and was burned alive; he was buried with Saints Guria and Shamuna. The three have one common feast. On account of a miracle they worked, they are invoked for help in marital difficulties. A Goth had come with the Roman army to Edessa and was quartered in the house of a pious widow, Sophia. The Goth asked Sophia for the hand of her daughter, Euphemia; after resisting for a long time, Sophia agreed. When it was time for the army to return home, Sophia made the Goth vow by the power in the holy Martyrs Shamuna, Guria, and Habib, to keep Euphemia as the apple of his eye. However, the man revealed to Euphemia that he already had a wife. Euphemia was compelled to serve the Goths wife, who dealt with her mercilessly. After extreme sufferings, including being sealed alive in a tomb and left there to die, Euphemia was miraculously conveyed to Edessa, to the shrine of the holy Martyrs whose surety they had taken, and was reunited with her mother through their holy prayers.

Parish Council on duty:
John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr., Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Garry Paxinos, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 7th Sunday of Luke

Synaxis of the ArchangelsNovember 8, 2015

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel

All the Angels, according to the Apostle Paul, are ministering spirits, – sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation – (Heb. 1:14). God set them as overseers of every nation and people, and guides to that which is profitable (Deut. 32:8); and while one Angel is appointed to oversee each nation as a whole, one is also appointed to protect each Christian individually. He commands them to guard them that hope on Him, that nothing should harm them, neither should any evil draw nigh to their dwelling (Ps. 90:10-12). In the Heavens they always behold the face of God, sending up to Him the thrice-holy hymn and interceding with Him in our behalf, seeing they rejoice over one sinner that repents (Esaias 6:2-3; Matt. 18:10; Luke 15:7). In a word, they have served God in so many ways for our benefit, that the pages of Holy Scripture are filled with the histories thereof. It is for these reasons that the Orthodox Catholic Church, wisely honouring these divine ministers, our protectors and guardians, celebrates today the present Synaxis that is, our coming together in assembly for their common feast to chant their praises, especially for the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who are mentioned in the Scriptures by name. The name Michael means “Who is like God?” and Gabriel means “God is mighty.” The number of Angels is not defined in the divine Scriptures, where Daniel says that thousands of thousands ministered before Him, and ten thousands of ten thousands attended upon Him -(Dan. 7:10). But all of them are divided into nine orders which are called Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

Parish Council on duty:

Manny Daskos, Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Eleni Varvoutis, Marion Koliniatis, Karyl Zitis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Saint Luke the Evangelist

lukeOctober 18, 2015

This Apostle was an Antiochean, a physician by trade, and a disciple and companion of Paul. He wrote his Gospel in Greek after Matthew and Mark, after which he wrote the Acts of the Apostles, and dedicated both works to Theophilus, who, according to some, was Governor of Achaia. He lived some eighty-six years and died in Achaia, perhaps in Patras, the capital of this district. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ’s sacrificial and priestly office, as Saint Irenaeus says

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2October 11, 2015

feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us today! For the teachings of the true Faith shine forth in all their glory, and the Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy Icons which now have been restored; and God has granted to the faithful unity of mind.
Orthros– Sunday of Orthodoxy

Parish Council on Duty
George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Fossler, Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin 11th Sunday of Luke

St. EleftheriosDecember 14, 2014

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, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 9th Sunday of Luke

St. KatherineNovember 23, 2014

O friends of martyrs, now divinely raise up a renewed chorus, praising the all-wise Katherine. For, she proclaimed Christ in the arena, trampled on the serpent, and spat upon the knowledge of the orators.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

St. Katherine– November 25
Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Holy Pentecost

Holy PentecostJune 8, 2014

When the Most High came down and confounded tongues of men (Babel), He divided the Nations. When He dispensed the Tongues of Fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, James Carras, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Haralambis,Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Father’s of the First Ecumenical Council

Father's of the First Ecumenical CouncilJune 1st, 2014

The Church was strengthened into one faith through the preaching of the Apostles and the doctrines of the Fathers. The Church is robed in truth woven of the word of God from above. It teaches truth, and glorifies the great mystery of faith.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on duty:

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

Presidents Message

We wanted to share with you the remarks of John Ioannou Jr., our New Parish Council President, as stated during our General Assembly on Sunday, June 2nd.

President Remarks

My remarks are about gratitude.

I have been on the Parish Council now for 9 years and during that time I have met many amazing people who have given to the Church on countless occasions and in countless ways of their time, talent, and treasure, not to gain recognition for themselves, but for the simple love of the Church, the faith and of our community – and to those people, many of whom are here today, I say thank you.

Not that you need it or even want it, but as a small way to show you that the Church appreciates all you have done, all you are currently doing, and all that you will do in the future.

Regarding the future, we have a lot of exciting things coming up such as the Church renovation project which includes the new Icons, Narthax and Altar; hall renovation project which includes the kitchen, small hall, bar, and eventually the large hall; and purchase of the property to the south of the Church.

We also have some not so exciting things coming up such as needed repairs to the Church roof and dome, and upgrading our landscaping.

But regardless of the exciting things or not so exciting things coming up, one thing I know that I will be able to count on as President is the love and support of the St. Demetrios family, and that is what I am most grateful for. So for that I say thank you as well. And I will end with a quote about gratitude.

“Let us be grateful for each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
And for everything God sends.”

John Ioannou, Jr., Esq.