St. George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul, MN PUBLISH DATE: March 11, 2012

 

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ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH REV. FR. RICHARD D. ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
www.stgeorgegoc.org

MARCH 11, 2012 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT

TODAYS EVENTS; Daylight Savings Begins; Acolyte Training 12:00PM; Feed the Hungry at FOCUS 4:00PM;
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers & meal at St. George GOC 4:00PM
Epistle Reader: Dinah Lampros Prosfora: Anonymous
Fellowship: Bovis-Fuller Family Head Usher: Joe Weiser

Monday 3-12 COMPLINE SERVICE 6:00PM
Catechism Class- Sacraments II- Eucharist, Liturgy, Worship, Prayer 7:00PM
Wednesday 3-14 NINTH HOUR (5:30pm) & PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture: Great Lent & Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7:30PM
Thursday 3-15 AHEPA Meeting 7:00PM
Friday 3-16 AKATHISTOS-SALUATIONS SERVICE 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture - Gifts of the Spirit: Faith by Fr. Paul Hodge 7:30PM
Saturday 3-17 GREAT VESPERS 5:00PM
Sunday 3-18 ORTHROS (8:15am) & LITURGY- 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT 9:30AM
Veneration of the Cross 11:30AM
Parish Assembly Meeting 12:00PM
Feed the Hungry at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
LENTEN VESPERS and JOY Youth at St. George Antiochian Church 4:00PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
May Her Memory Be Eternal- Please pray for the soul of Kathleen Niki Boosalis-Rogers, daughter of Nick & Katherine Boosalis, who fell asleep in the Lord five years ago.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our annual Lenten retreat with Fr. Alexander Goussetis a success!

Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Greek- Fr. James Katinas will lead the Lenten retreat next weekend, March 16-17, titled “Working as the Body of Christ in Parish Ministry” beginning with Friday evening 7:00pm with “The Church as the Body of Christ” and continuing Saturday 9:30am with “Orthodox Ecclesiology” and 12pm the title presentation. Lunch will be served in between the Saturday presentations. For more info or to RSVP, contact Sandra Anderson 612-825-9595 or sandra@stmarysgoc.org.

Parish Assembly this Month: is scheduled for Sunday March 18th after Divine Liturgy. The agenda includes review of the 2011 audited financial statements, election of 2012 Board of Auditors and Board of Elections and delegates to Archdiocesan Clergy-Laity Congress in Phoenix, Arizona this summer. Please join us that day.

Think About It: You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand

Summit Avenue Closed- The 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Human Race will take place Sunday March 18th. Summit Ave. will be closed from Cretin to Hamline (11:30am – 12:45pm), and from Cretin to Victoria (12:45 – 2:15pm). The second leg covers our area of Summit. Please plan ahead for travel and parking.

Lenten Lectures: Our 11th annual series will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday’s theme is Great Lent: Journey to Pascha. Friday’s theme is The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. See the inserts. Each lecture will be preceded by a Lenten meal. Please sign-up in social hall or email the church office to host a meal.

Orthodox Media: The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) produces the Come Receive the Light (CRTL) weekly radio broadcast. The CRTL program broadcasts every Saturday at 5:00pm on KKMS 980AM. You can also listen on
the internet anytime along with an array of other Orthodox Christian programming on www.myocn.net. Ancient Faith Radio also has excellent programming: www.ancientfaith.com.

Great and Holy Lent : Be purposeful about the following ascetical disciplines: 1) increased prayer and worship; make plans for intensified personal prayer and attending Lenten worship services; 2) fasting according to church guidelines; don’t make up your own fasting rules; seek advice from priest about how to grow in this discipline; 3) budget to give alms which means setting aside money for the poor; 4) confess your sins; daily in prayer, make amends with others and sacramental confession with the priest; 5) reduce distractions with less television and internet; avoid parties and social gatherings; 6) Learn and grow by participating in lectures, seminars and retreats. These are some of the main pillars of the Lenten experience. If any questions, please contact Fr. Rick. Kali Tessarakosti!

Wisdom from the Church Fathers: No one is free from the risk of persecution…But how serious it is for Christians who are unwilling to suffer for their own sins when He who had no sin suffered for us! The Son of God suffered in order to make us children of God. St. Cyprian of Carthage

Fresh Phyllo Fundraiser-The Ladies of Philoptochos will be selling fresh, never frozen phyllo for upcoming Pascha! Cost is $4 per pound. Orders and payment will be taken in the Social Hall Sundays, March 11 &18 for pick up on Sundays, March 25-April 8th. You can also place an order via email (janedono1@gmail.com) with check mailed to church by deadline. Encourage friends to order some too! The dough keeps up to 4 months in the refrigerator.

AHEPA News: Scholarship applications and guidelines for Ahepa District #14 and our local Ahepa Gekas scholarships are available in the Church`s social hall bulletin board. Application must be received for District by April 26th, and Gekas by May 1st. For questions please call Thanasi Contolatis at 952-200-0330.

Junior Olympics- will be held in Chicago May 25-27, 2012. Events include Track & Field, 10K Run, Bowling, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Chess, Checkers & Backgammon. Annually, over 800 medals are awarded. Now is the time to start planning for your child’s involvement.

The Church Fathers Speak: Let us not be pleased if we are successful in anything; let us not be proud of our activities; let not our material good and glory exalt us. If we swell up with pride about any good things that come our way we are displeasing to God. The psalmist says of the humble: ‘The Lord protects the little ones.’ If anyone wonders what else the Lord does with the ‘little ones’, the psalmist adds, ‘I was made humble and He set me free.’
St. Gregory the Great

Radio Support- Thanks to all those who generously supported "Come Receive the Light". Your gift will keep this national Orthodox Christian Ministry radio program on KKMS 980AM every Saturday at 5 PM in the Twin Cities area. Broadcasting cannot happen without your contributions. We count on your donations to help. If you have not yet, please contribute a tax deductible gift to Mrs. Myra Toconita, Treasurer, 1391 W. Sandhurst Dr., St. Paul, MN 55113. Please make your check payable to “MEOCCA – Radio Ministry”. Thank you for your generous support of this ministry.

Summer Church Camp Counselors: faithful, responsible, mature young adults and parents are encourage to apply for positions as staff/counselors for the St. Mary Summer Church Camp program 2012. It is extremely rewarding to help kids grow in their Orthodox Faith. If interested contact Fr. Rick and apply online: http://youth.stmarysgoc.org/

Photos: if anyone has photos from the Oratorical Festival, Godparent/child Sunday & luncheon or the Basketball Tournament, please email them to photos@stgeorgegoc.org. If too many or too large to email, please upload to CD and give to Fr. Rick or email him for instructions on how to upload to the parish shutterfly.com account. Thanks!


St. George Greek Orthodox Church
1111 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: (651) 222-6220
Fax: (651) 225-9276
Website: www.stgeorgegoc.org
Email: info@stgeorgegoc.org

Proistamenos: Rev. Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews
Email: fatherrick@stgeorgegoc.org

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