St. Peter Newsletter July 31, 2018

Forefeast of the Transfiguration Sunday after Pentecost Ninth Sunday of Matthew Martyr Eusignios of Antioch; New-martyr Habakkuk of Thessalonica The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on August 6. The feast commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and John. Biblical Story The event of the Transfiguration is recorded in three of the four Gospels: Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. Jesus took the … [Read more...]

Fr. Stephanos Shagoury – May His Memory Be Eternal

Fr. Stephanos Annointing Robert Jarvis It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Stephanos Shagoury. Fr. Stephanos suffered a heart attack on Monday and the emergency personnel were not able to revive him. Many of you will remember Fr. Stephanos assisting St. Peter's as well as his two children, Abraham and Sophia. The funeral will be held at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11am. Please pray for Fr. Stephanos and Abraham and Sophia. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 24, 2018 Holy Martyr Kallinikos of Gangra in Asia Minor

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Ninth Sunday of Matthew Holy Martyr Kallinikos of Gangra in Asia Minor, Holy Virgin Martyr Theodota of Bithynia, Pious Emperor Theodosios the Younger, Constantine III, Patriarch of Constantinople, Lupus the Confessor, Bishop of Troyes, Martyr Serapia of Antioch Who is the Holy Martyr Kallinikos of Asia Minor? Holy Martyr Kallinikos, a native of Cilicia, was a Christian from childhood. Grieving that many misguided people would perish for eternity because they worshiped idols, he went through the cities and villages to proclaim Jesus Christ and His … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 17, 2018

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Eighth Sunday of Matthew Mary Magdalene, Myrrh-Bearer and Equal to the Apostles Saint Mary was from Magdala in Galilee on the Sea of Tiberias, and for this was named Magdalene. When the Lord Jesus cast out seven demons from her, from which she had been suffering, she became His faithful and inseparable disciple, following Him and ministering unto Him even to the time of His crucifixion and burial. Then, returning to Jerusalem together with the rest of the Myrrh-bearers, she prepared the fragrant spices for anointing the body of the Lord. And on the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 10, 2018

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council Great Prince Vladimir (Basil) of Kiev, Equal-to-the-Apostles; Martyrs Kyrikos and his mother Julitta of Tarsus On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together in the Seven Ecumenical Councils, that is: the First Council, of the 318 Fathers who assembled in Nicaea in 325 to condemn Arius, who denied that the Son of God is consubstantial with the Father; the Fathers of the First Council also ordained that the whole Church should … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 4, 2018

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost The Sixth Sunday of Matthew Great-martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine New-Martyrs Theophanes and Anastasios of Constantinople; Venerable Theophilos, The Myrrh-Streaming of St. Basil Kelli on Athos; Procopius of Ustug, Fool-for-Christ The Holy Great Martyr Procopius, in the world Neanius, a native of Jerusalem, lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Diocletian (284-305). His father, an eminent Roman by the name of Christopher, was a Christian, but the mother of the saint, Theodosia, remained a pagan. He was early deprived of his … [Read more...]

Sts. Peter and Paul Feast Day Liturgy on Thursday June 28, 2018 (Tomorrow)

Our Patronal Feast of St. Peter will be held Thursday at St. Paul Orthodox Church in Naples (get map). His Grace Bishop Nicholas will preside and area clergy will attend. Sts. Peter and Paul are known as the "preachers of the universe." St. Peter was the first Bishop of Antioch where "...the disciples were first called Christians" (Acts 11:26). St. Paul was the Apostle to the Greeks and planted Christianity in Europe. Both St. Peter's in Bonita Springs and St. Paul's in Naples are sharing this day together since we celebrate this feast on the same day. We begin this year at St. Paul's … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 27, 2018

The Holy Unmercenaries Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs in Rome The Fifth Sunday of Matthew New-martyr Panayiotis of Caesarea in Cappadocia Sts. Kosmas and Damian suffered at Rome in the reign of the emperor Carinus (283-284). Brought up by their parents in the rules of piety, they led strict and chaste lives, and they were granted by God the gift of healing the sick. By their generosity and exceptional kindness to all, the brothers converted many to Christ. The brothers told the sick, “It is not by our own power that we treat you, but by the power of Christ, the true God. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 19, 2018

The Nativity of the Forerunner and Baptist John New-martyr Panayiotis of Caesarea in Cappadocia Among the Church's feasts, there are three in honor of God's saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation. These three feasts are the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, his Beheading, and the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The apparition of the holy Archangel Gabriel to the priest Zacharias in the Temple, with the … [Read more...]

General Assembly Meeting this Sunday, June 17, 2018

General Assembly Meeting this Sunday to Discuss Acquisition of New Property Our search and possible acquisition of a piece of property has moved to the front burner. We want to inform the parish of recent developments and some decisions that may have to made soon. There are many moving parts to projects like this including the approval of His Grace Bishop Nicholas. Nothing is set in stone but keeping all of our parishioners informed is a top commitment of parish leadership. Please plan to attend the General Assembly meeting this Sunday (June 17, 2019) following the Divine Liturgy. … [Read more...]