Thanksgiving Liturgy Scheduled on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 23 at 6:30pm

St. Peter's will hold a Thanksgiving Liturgy on November 23, Thanksgiving Eve starting at 6:30pm. Although there technically is no Thanksgiving in the Orthodox Calendar, Thanksgiving is as close as it gets to a Christian Holiday on the American civil calendar. Met. Joseph has encouraged churches to begin the weekend by giving thanks to God from who all blessings flow. Where does Thanksgiving Day come from? George Washington Thanksgiving Proclamation Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 16, 2016 — Forefeast of the Theotokos, Christmas Fast, Supporting NAMI…more

Ninth Sunday of Luke Sunday Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, also called The Presentation, is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on November 21. Among those Orthodox Christians who use the "Old" (Julian) calendar as their Church calendar, the date of this feast corresponds to December 4 in the secular calendar. According to Tradition, the Theotokos was taken – presented – by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served … [Read more...]

“A Personal Call to Holiness” — Christmas Lent Retreat This Saturday 9am-3pm

St. Peter's First Annual Christmas Lent Retreat Saturday, November 12, 9am-3pm From Fr. Hans: I encourage everyone to attend this retreat. It is structured not take your entire day, and I you will personally profit from it. I also believe it will strengthen our parish long term. It's a six hour commitment (9-3) but you will reap great benefits from it. All of us are called to a life of holiness through a life of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and manual labor. And, for all of us, monastic life remains for us the touchstone for what it means to live life in Christ. Asceticism and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 8, 2016 — St. John Chrysostom, A Personal Call to Holiness, Helping NAMI

Eighth Sunday of Luke SundaySt. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople He was born in Antioch of noble parents: his father was a high-ranking military officer. His father died soon after his birth and so he was brought up by his mother Anthusa. He was baptized in 370 and tonsured a reader (one of the minor orders of the Church). He began his education under a pagan teacher named Libanius, but went on to study theology under Diodore of Tarsus (one of the leaders of the later Antiochian School) while practising extreme asceticism. He was not satisfied, however, and became a hermit … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 1, 2016 — St. Paul the Confessor, Interfaith Charities Needs Food, A Personal Call to Holiness

Twentieth Sunday after PentecostSeventh Sunday of Luke SundayPaul the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople Saint Paul was from Thessalonica. He became the secretary of Alexander, Patriarch of Constantinople (see Aug. 30), a deacon, and then the successor of Saint Alexander in about 337. Because of his virtue, his eloquence in teaching, and his zeal for Orthodoxy, the Arians hated and feared him. When the Arian Emperor Constantius, who was in Antioch, learned of Paul's election, he exiled Paul and proclaimed the Arian Eusebius Patriarch. Saint Paul went to Rome, where he found Saint … [Read more...]

A Personal Call to Holiness — St. Peter Christmas Lent Retreat, November 12, 2016

All of us are called to a life of holiness through a life of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and manual labor. And, for all of us, monastic life remains for us the touchstone for what it means to live life in Christ. Asceticism and monasticism can help us live as disciples of Christ. The good will and the hunger for a deeper, more personal spiritual life is there. The challenge, for all of us, is making the connection between our heart's desire and the tradition so that we can draw close to Christ. Fr. Gregory Jensen will teach us about (with plenty of time for questions): The … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 28, 2016 — Interfaith Charities Needs Cereal and Canned Soup and Vegetables

Interfaith Charities is a coalition of churches and business that help the poor in the San Carlos and south Fort Myers area (view their website). They reached out to St. Peter's and asked for cereal, canned soup and canned vegetables to help them feed the working poor. Supplies are running low. St. Peter's is committed to helping the poor among us. If each family could bring some of these items to church this Sunday and the next, then we will get them to Interfaith Charities and the families who need them. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 25, 2016 — St. Demetrios Liturgy Tonight, The Martyrs Zenobios and Zenobia

The Hieromartyr Zenobius, Bishop of Aegea, and his sister Zenobia suffered a martyr’s death in the year 285 in Cilicia. From childhood they were raised in the holy Christian Faith by their parents, and they led pious and chaste lives. In their mature years, shunning the love of money, they distributed away their inherited wealth giving it to the poor. For his beneficence and holy life the Lord rewarded Zenobius with the gift of healing various maladies. He was also chosen bishop of a Christian community in Cilicia. As bishop, St Zenobius zealously spread the Christian Faith among the … [Read more...]

St. Demetrios Divine Liturgy Tuesday, October 25, 6:30pm

We will celebrate a Divine Liturgy on the eve of the feast day of St. Demetrios starting at 6:30pm. Who was St. Demetrios? The holy, glorious and right-victorious Great-martyr Demetrius of Thessaloniki the Myrrh-streamer (also Demetrios) is one of the most popular saints in the Orthodox world. He was martyred around the year 306 in Thessalonica. Demetrius came from a noble family of the Roman province of Macedonia. Through this noble ancestry and through his own ability and virtue he rose to a high military position under Galerius Maximian, Caesar of the Eastern part of the Roman … [Read more...]

Prayer Ropes

The three prayers ropes Fr. Stephanos recommended in his talk on the Jesus Prayer are: 100 knot with cross Order this prayer rope from St. Paisios Monastery 50 knot with cross Order this prayer rope from St. Paisios Monastery 33 knot without cross Order this prayer rope from St. Paisios Monastery … [Read more...]