- + Β’ Νηστειών (Γρηγορίου Παλαμά). Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- Altar Boys: Team Mark – Aris Roubanis C, Alex Roubanis C, Emilio Platis, Mateo Platis, John Confrey, Dimitri Spiropoulos, Dimitri Stavros, George Stavros.
- General Assembly is Cancelled
- Sunday School
- Choir practice 9:00 am
- Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. Nicholas (Away)
- + Προηγιασμένη Λειτουργία. Pre-sanctified Liturgy 10 am
- Panagia’s Little lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Greek school 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- + Γ’ Χαιρετισμοί. 3rd Salutations to the Theotokos 7:00 pm
- PeeWee Basketball 5pm – 6pm
- GOYA Basketball practice 6pm – 9pm
- Sunday, 3/11
- + Γ’ Νηστειών (Σταυροπροσκηνήσεως). Sunday of Holy Cross
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- Altar Boys: Team Matthew – Elias Eleopoulos C, Dennis Dalkos C, Panayotis Christidis, Alexander Eleopoulos, Nikolas Eleopoulos, Paul Dunbar, Andrew Girgis
- Philoptochos: General meeting following Church Services & Lenten Bake Sale
- Sunday School
- Choir Practice 9:00 am
- Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. Katherine (Home)
Saints and Feasts
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas – This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.
His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.
Gerasimus the Righteous of Jordan – This Saint, who was from Lycia in Asia Minor, lived there for many years as a hermit, and then went to Palestine. There he built the great Lavra by the Jordan River, where a lion served him with great obedience and devotion. One day the lion came looking for Gerasimus that he might feed him, but his disciples took the lion to the place where they had buried the Saint shortly before. The lion fell at the Saint’s grave and, after roaring with grief, died at that very place. Saint Gerasimus reposed in 475.
Paul & his sister Juliana and their Companions
Memorial Service/Μνημόσυνo – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Aristidis Roubanis (40 days). May his memory be eternal.
Σήμερα προσευχόμαστε υπέρ αναπαύσεως της ψυχής του κεκοιμημένου δούλου του Θεού Αριστείδη Ρουμπάνη (40 ήμέρες). Αιωνία σου η μνήμη αξιομακάριστε και αείμνηστε αδελφέ ημών.
Churching – 40 days churching of Loukas Christopher Nicolaou son of Alexander & Reese Nicolaou. Congratulations.
General Assembly – Due to out of town GOYA basketball game on Sunday, March 4, the scheduled General Assembly meeting is cancelled.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Savva & Jody Roubanis and Alkisti Deneff.
Philoptochos News for Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Please join us on Sunday, March 11 for our first General Meeting of 2018 to review and approve our budget. Our guest speakers will be Denise Manos and Maria Kootsikas who will talk on Women’s Heart Health and the affects of cholesterol, blood sugar and your prescribed medications. A light lunch will be served. Don’t miss it!
We will also be having our annual Lenten Bake Sale with all proceeds going to Holy Cross/Hellenic College. You can still enjoy some excellent Greek desserts and sweets during Lenten or “fasting” periods. Whether you’re observing religious tradition or suffer from food allergies, know that many of the desserts featured here are dairy-free and do not contain eggs, so you can enjoy them guilt free.
Flowers for the Panagia Icon – We would like to have our icon of the Panagia decorated with flowers for the Salutation Services each Friday. If you would like to donate please send your donation to the office. Thank you.
Save the Dates
- Sunday, March 25 – Greek School “Independence Day Celebration”
- Friday, March 30 – Holy Week Retreat at 6:00 pm
Good Friday Luminaries – Don’t forget to order your Luminaries to light the path around the church with the names of the loved ones or wishes for good health on Good Friday night during the Epitaphios procession. Deadline is Palm Sunday April 1.
Easter Baking (place your order/s) – Pascha is approaching – April 8th … A time of renewal, celebration and tradition…. Tsourekia, Koulourakia, and beautiful red eggs! Kourambiedes and Bakalva also available!
Don’t have enough time to bake these traditional sweets?? Leave it up to the awesome and talented ladies of Philoptochos; we will do it for you!
Pre orders are now being accepted by calling Voula at the church office (562-494-8929) or email Kathy Bastas (email@example.com).
- Tsourekia =$15.00 (available April 1, Palm Sunday)
- Koulourakia = $8.00 – 1 dozen
- Kourambiedes = $12.00 – 1 dozen
- Baklava = $2.00 a piece
- Red Eggs = $6.00 – 1 dozen (orders only)
March’s Prosforo – Prosforo for the month of March is donated by Costa & Cecilia Kourtis and Thano & Niki Vorris. Thank you.
Request for 2017 Year-End Tax Receipt – Contact Voula at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562.494.8929 to request your church year-end tax receipt for 2017.