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Weekly Sunday Bulletin-May 22, 2016

Sunday of the Paralytic

Sunday of the ParalyticI am grievously paralyzed in a multitude of sins and wrongful deeds. As You raised up the paralytic of old, also raise up my soul by Your divine guidance, that I may cry out “Glory to Your Power O Compassionate Christ.” Kontakion in the Third Tone

Close to the Sheep’s Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep’s Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had. It was there that the paralytic of today’s Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool.” The Lord said unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

 

 

Parish Council on duty:

Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis, Harry Tangalakis, Mark Zaden

 

Flowers and Coffee Hour:

In loving memory of Maria Konstantinidis, her family has donated the flowers on the solea and today’s coffee hour.

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin April 10, 2016

ladder-of-divine-ascentSunday of Saint John Climacus (St. John of the Ladder)

On this Sunday of Great Lent, we remember St. John Climacus or St. John of the Ladder. He was the abbot of the Monastery of St. Katherine on Mt. Sinai during the seventh century. St. John wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent, which is a guide to ascetic living (living a spiritually disciplined life). This book is read in every Orthodox monastery during Great Lent. In this book, St. John writes about 33 rungs of the ladder we climb in our ascent to   heaven. Each rung represents a different Christian virtue (obedience, repentance, love, humility, etc.). In today’s Gospel passage, we are shown that through faith in Christ all things are possible. We too need to cry as the father in today’s Gospel, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” Furthermore, this passage reveals that faith to conquer our demons comes only from prayer and fasting. At this point, Christ begins to reveal to the disciples about His upcoming suffering. St. John of the Ladder is commerated on the Fourth Sunday of Lent. His Feast Day is on March 30.

 

O John our father, saint of God, you were revealed as a citizen of the desert, as an angel in a body and a worker of miracles. Through fasting, prayer and vigils you have received heavenly gifts of grace, and have healed the sick and the souls of those who turn to you with faith. Glory be to Him who gave you strength; glory to Him who crowned you; glory be to Him who through you grants to all men healing.

 

Parish Council on duty:

Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Harry Tangalakis

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-February 28, 2016

February 28 –

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Through today’s parable, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God’s compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition — as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries — we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.

Furthermore, those who have wrought many iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God’s compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin — no matter how great it may be — that can overcome at any time His love for man.

 

Parish Council on Duty:               

Basil Economou,  Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis,  Harry Tangalakis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-February 7, 2016

Parthenius_Bishop of Lampsacus16th Sunday of Matthew

Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus

Saint Parthenius was born in Melitopolis on the Hellespont, the son of a deacon named Christopher. Because of the miracles that he wrought even as a young man, he was ordained a priest and then Bishop of Lampsacus in the days of Saint Constantine the Great, from whom he received great gifts and authority both to overturn the altars of the idols and to raise up a church to the glory of Christ. Working many miracles throughout his life, he reposed in peace an old man and full of days.

 

Parish Council on duty:

John Argiropoulos, Basil Economou, John Ioannou, Jr., Marion Koliniatis, Tony Maiorana,

Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-January 24

                            Mother Mother Xenia of RomeXenia of Rome

Our righteous Mother Xenia of Rome was of a distinguished family. While her parents were preparing to wed her, she stole away secretly, taking two handmaids with her, and departed for Mylasa of Karia in Asia Minor, and there she completed her life in asceticism. She was ordained deaconess by Paul, her spiritual father, who became Bishop of Mylasa. Although she was originally named Eusebia, to conceal her identity , she took the name Xenia – which means “stranger” in Greek – because of her estrangement from her country.

 

 

 

 

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-January 17

St AnthonyJanuary 17th – Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor” (Matt. 19:21), he put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.

The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation.

When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.

Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress “initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God.” Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.

Saint Athanasius says of him that “his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul.” So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.

 

Parish Council on Duty:              

Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis, Harry Tangalakis

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-December 27-Sunday after the Nativity

Stephen_Archdeacon and First MartyrDecember 27- Stephen the Archdeacon & First Martyr

Saint Stephen was a Jew, and, as some say, a disciple of Gamaliel, the teacher of the Law mentioned in Acts 5:34 and 22:3. He was the first of the seven deacons whom the Apostles established in Jerusalem to care for the poor, and to distribute alms to them. Being a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, he performed great signs and wonders. While disputing with the Jews concerning Jesus, and refuting their every contradiction, he was slandered as a blasphemer and was dragged off to the Sanhedrin of the elders. There with boldness he proved from the divine Scriptures the coming of the Just One (Jesus), of Whom they had become the betrayers and murderers, and he reproved their faithless and hardheartedness. And finally, gazing into Heaven and beholding the divine glory, he said: “Lo, I see the Heavens opened and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.” But when they heard this, they stopped up their ears, and with anger cast him out of the city and stoned him, while he was calling out and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then, imitating the long-suffering of the Master, he bent his knees and prayed in a loud voice for them that were stoning him, and he said, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge,” And saying this, he fell asleep (Acts 6, 7), thus becoming the first among the Martyrs of the Church of Christ.

Parish Council on duty:

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

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.'”

Memorial

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

 

Trisagia

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.

 

Flowers

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.

Announcements

 

  • 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.