Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 5th, 2020

Memory Eternal

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with sadness that we are writing to inform you that Mrs. Mary Kumaras fell asleep in the Lord.

The viewing will be Saturday, January 4 from 2:30pm-4:30pm with a Trisagion at 3:30pm at Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home 1100 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

The funeral and burial will take place in New Jersey.

May our most compassionate Lord comfort and strengthen Mary’s family and friends in their loss, and may He grant Mary forgiveness of sins and rest in a place of light, green pasture, refreshment, from where pain, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.

May her memory be eternal.



Young Adult New Year’s Gathering

Friday, January 3, 2020

7:00pm – 9:00pm at Rafina Greek Restaurant, 6877 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433



Sunday after the Nativity – January 5, 2020

Righteous Syncletike of Alexandria

Saint Syncletike was from Alexandria in Egypt. She lived eighty-three years in virginity and asceticism, and became the leader and teacher of many nuns. What Saint Anthony the Great was to men, she became to women: a model of mortification of the flesh, of patience in afflictions, and of wise instruction; for this, she is known a “Amma,” a title corresponding to “Abba.” Towards the end of her long life, she was stricken with an exceedingly painful disease, which she endured with faith and magnanimity. She reposed in the middle of the fourth century. It is said of Saint Syncletike that she was the virgin who hid Saint Athanasius from the Arians for more than a year in the environs of Alexandria, and it is to Saint Athanasius that her life is ascribed.



Parish Council on Duty:


George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Philip Vias



 Liturgical Guide


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα …

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Eve of Epiphany in the Fourth Mode
Ἀπεστρέφετο ποτέ, ὁ Ἰορδάνης ποταμός …

River Jordan was turned back by Elisseus’ mantle once, when the fiery man of zeal Elias had been taken up; then were its waters divided hither and thither. The running streams became dry passage unto him, truly as a sign and type of Baptism, whereby we pass to the other side of the shifting stream of this fleeting life. Christ hath appeared in the Jordan River, to sanctify the waters.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode
Ἐν τοῖς ῥείθροις σήμερον τοῦ Ἰορδάνου …

In the running waters of the Jordan River, on this day the Lord of all crieth to John: Be not afraid and hesitate not to baptize Me, for I am come to save Adam, the first-formed man.

Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8.

Timothy, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ John was baptizing in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”




Pledge 2019

316 stewards                           Amount pledged:  $283,338.50                            Amount received:  $273,524.30

It’s not too late to complete your year 2019 pledge.  Please note in the memo line of your check that your gift is for Pledge 2019.

Pledge 2020

61 stewards            Amount pledged:  $58,944.00 Amount received:  $37,570.00

Thank you!

Tracy Thanos (9 days)






Vasilopita All proceeds from today’s Vasilopita will benefit St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY.  Saint Basil’s provides a loving, nurturing home for Orthodox children in need.  Please give generously.

Thank you for supporting all Philoptochos’s fund raisers in 2019.  Because of your generosity, and on your behalf, we fulfilled our donation commitments at the Metropolis and Archdiocese levels, and made additional donations to Metropolis youth programs, Kids in Distress, and Feeding South Florida, and assisted four households during the holidays who were in serious need.  St. Demetrios is a dynamic community!

Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

Save the dates The Festival is coming, and we have baking to do.  Thursday, January 16 we will bake koulourakia and Thursday, January 23, we will bake kouroumbiedes.  We need lots of help and all skill levels.  Men, too! We start at 9.  Come when you can and stay as long as you can.

The Daughters of Penelope will have our 1st meeting of 2020 on Wednesday January 8th at 6:30 pm in The Church Hall. We will be accepting donations for the baskets for our Fashion Show on March 21st, starting this Sunday, please contact Melissa Bakatselos 954 661-5707 or Tara Bakatselos 954 650-1387 for additional arrangements.

Bingo/Feather Party time is almost here!  Bring your family and friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes on Friday, January 17th in the church hall.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida!  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Additional cards are available for $1 each.  NEW…50/50 raffle will be offered this time. Sponsored by Philoptochos.   Buy your tickets today!!!

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival to cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. If anyone has a lead, contact the church.

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at  https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020.

Applications for Cross Road Hellenic College Holy Cross Program Cross Road, a 10-day program for Orthodox Christian high school juniors & seniors 16 -18 years of age, takes place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA & at North Park University, Chicago, IL. Participants connect with the Orthodox Christian theological & spiritual tradition, experience daily worship, take theology classes, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor as well as make new friends & discover a new city. Applications for are open & will close on Feb 1, 2020. For more information go to the website: www.crossroadinstitute.org or call (617) 850-1310. On the website you will find information about the program, the application process & financial assistance. The St. Demetrios Scholarship Committee may be able to assist with partial assistance toward the tuition once the student’s application has been accepted.




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Calendar of Events for the Week


Sunday                  1/5
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy/Blessing of the Waters
11:30am                                 Vasilopita blessing
12:00pm                                GOYA meeting

Monday                 1/6
9:00am/10:00am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy/Epiphany Blessing
4:15pm-6:00pm                    Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ
6:00pm-8:00pm                  Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2

Wednesday          1/8
6:30pm                                   Daughters of Penelope meeting

Thursday              1/9
6:30pm                                Philoptochos Holiday Party, Gift Exchange, Annual
Membership Drive
Friday                 1/10
6:00pm-9:00pm               HDF practice

Saturday            1/11
9:00am                               Epiphany celebration @ St. Catherine, West Palm Beach