St. Peter Newsletter February 14, 2017 – Sunday of Last Judgment, Saturday of Souls, Women’s Retreat Coming, Akathist Hymn in Cape Coral…more

Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare) The Last Judgment The parable of the Last Judgment is about Christian love. Not all of us are called to work for “humanity,” yet each one of us has received the gift and the grace of Christ’s love. We know that all persons ultimately need this personal love—the recognition in them of their unique soul in which the beauty of the whole creation is reflected in a unique way. We also know that people are in prison and are sick and thirsty and hungry because that personal love has been denied them. And, finally, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 7, 2017 –Prodigal Son, Akathist Hymn in Cape Coral, Orthodox Fellowship Started, Meet Georgia Katsigianopoulos, more…

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son St. John of Kronstadt: All our attention must be centered on the parable of the Prodigal Son... All our attention must be centered on the parable of the Prodigal Son. We all see ourselves in it as in a mirror. In a few words the Lord, the knower of hearts, has shown in the person of one man how the deceptive sweetness of sin separates us from the truly sweet life according to God. God knows how the burden of sin on the soul and body, experienced by us, impels us by the action of divine grace to return, and how it actually does turn many again to … [Read more...]

Preparing for Lent Mini-Retreat Tomorrow (Saturday, February 4, 2017)

What will we learn? We we learn how to fast, but most important we will learn why we fast. Did you know that fasting helps us focus our interior lives? That fasting helps us to find the place where we can receive God's grace -- His transforming power -- more readily? Did you know that Jesus, the Apostles, and the Saints fasted too and that they instructed us to do the same? Fr. Stephanos will give an overview of how to fast, but more importantly he will explain in a very clear how fasting helps us get closer to God. 9:00 - Coffee, bagels, more 9:30 - Start of Presentation 11:00 … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 30, 2017 — Presentation Liturgy, Sunday of Publican and Pharisee, Preparing for Lent Mini-Retreat, Helping NAMI, Women’s Retreat…more

Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican After-feast of Presentation (Meeting) of Christ What is a Publican and a Pharisee? A Pharisee was an externally decent and righteous man of religion. The publican was a sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people. Though the Pharisee was genuinely righteous under the Law, he boasted before God and was condemned. The publican, although he was truly sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God. The focus this Sunday is on the Gospel of Luke 18:10-14, in which two men went to the Temple to pray. On this Sunday in the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 25, 2017 — St. Ignatius of Antioch, Preparing for Lent, Helping the Poor…more

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew Translation of the relics of Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch New-martyr Demetrios of Chios Who Was St. Ignatius of Antioch? Our father among the saints Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch (probably died AD 107) was the third bishop of Antioch, after the Apostle Peter and Euodios, whom Ignatius succeeded around AD 68. Ignatius, who also called himself Theophorus ("God-bearer"), was most likely a disciple of both Apostles Peter and John. Several of his letters have survived to this day; he is one of the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 17, 2017 – A Bell Rings in the Distance, Helping Interfaith Charities…more

Thirty-secondSunday after PentecostFifteenth Sunday of Luke The Bell Rings in the Distance When the Sunday of Zaccheus rolls around, we know that Lent is not far behind. Begin thinking about Lent now. Resolve to do better than you did last year. To aid us Fr. Stephanos will present a short (morning only) talk on preparing for Lent on Saturday, February 4 from 9:00am to 11:00am. More information below. House and Business Blessing Schedule Fr. Hans will be doing house and business blessings all through January and February on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 11, 2017 – St. Paul of Thebes, House Blessings…more

Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost St. Paul of Thebes Who Was St. Paul of Thebes? Paul was born of wealthy parents in Lower Thebes in Egypt during the reign of Emperor Decius. Paul, with his sister, inherited all the property of their parents. But his brother-in-law, an idolater, wanted to confiscate Paul’s share of the property and threatened to betray Paul before the judge as a Christian if he did not cede his property to him. This misfortune, coupled with the heroic examples of self-sacrifice by the Christian martyrs that Paul saw with his own eyes, motivated … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 3, 2017 — Sunday after Theophany, Practice Reverence in the Church, Vasilopita Sunday…more

Sunday after the Baptism of Christ Wisdom from Abott Tryphon: Practice Reverence in Church We must practice reverence in the temple, whether during services or when we step into the church to light a candle and venerate the holy icons. The temple is the place set apart for the worship of the Holy Trinity and is the place where the Bloodless Sacrifice is offered before the Throne of God. It is in the temple that we receive the Body and Blood of our Saviour unto remission of sins and unto life everlasting. It is the holy place where we are cleansed of our sins through the … [Read more...]

Schedule for Theophany (January 5-6, 2017)

Theophany means "the revelation or revealing of God" and happened at the Baptism of Christ. It is a great feast day in the Orthodox Church. The schedule for Theophany 2017 is: January 5 (Thursday) Theophany Royal Hours 9:00am January 5 (Thursday) Vesperal Liturgy and Blessing of the Waters 6:30pm January 6 (Friday) Theophany Divine Liturgy 9:30am The Baptism of Christ This observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ's earthly ministry. The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season, which … [Read more...]

Theodore Bonstedt — May His Memory Be Eternal

With sadness we report the passing of Theodore Bondstedt. Ted was a friend of St. Peter's who visited on occasion with his wife Dorothy and son Steven. Some of our parishioners know him from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Myers. Ted passed away Saturday, December 29, 2016 at Hope Hospice in North Fort Myers at about 6:30pm. The funeral will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11am (get map). May his memory be eternal … [Read more...]