St. Peter Newsletter October 17, 2017 — St. Averkios, An Alternative to Halloween, Church Clean Up Day, St. Peter Bake Sale, more…

Sixth Sunday of LukeTwentieth Sunday after Pentecost Averkios the Wonder Worker, Equal to the Apostles and Bishop of Hierapolis, The Seven Holy Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) martyred in Ephesus, and Bishop Eulalios Who Was St. Averkios the Wonder Worker?   During the reigns of Emperor Antoninus and his son, Marcus Aurelius, St. Abercius was the bishop of the city of Hierapolis in Phrygia. The great majority in this city were pagans, and St. Abercius governed his sparse flock, sorrowing in his heart because of the great number of pagans and idolaters, and diligently … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 10, 2017 — Sunday of the Fathers, St. Peter’s Bake Sale, Choir Practice Starts, Living the Orthodox Faith Class, Mary Spiropoulos Memorial, more…

Fourth Sunday of LukeThe Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council Who Were the Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council? The Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council On Sunday the Church remembers the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council under the holy Patriarch Tarasius. The Synod of 787, the second to meet at Nicea, refuted the Iconoclast heresy during the reign of Empress Irene and her son Constantine VI. The Council decreed that the veneration of icons was not idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5), because the honor shown to them is not directed to the wood or … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 3, 2017 — Righteous Mother Pelagia, Living the Orthodox Faith Class Starts, Wisdom from the Elders, more…

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Third Sunday of LukeRighteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch Who was Righteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch? Righteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch The Lord loves sinners with an abiding love, we are told, and it is easy to imagine that He must have loved the Venerable Pelagia pelagia2 with a special fervor – because this egregious sinner not only sought repentance for her misdeeds, but then went on to become a pious and ascetic saint. Born in Antioch to parents who were intensely observant pagans, this … [Read more...]

His Grace Bishop Antoun — Memory Eternal

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Meet John Heers of First Things Foundation on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 to hear John Heers speak about his work helping the poor around the world. Those of us present last Sunday heard John Heers of First Things Foundation give a short talk after Liturgy. John told us about the work of First Things Foundation in helping the poor become self-sustaining. John will worship with us when he is in Naples which is about two weeks every month. Many parishioners asked to learn more about John and his work. They are located in different parts of the world including Sierra Leone where they work with Fr. Themi. You can learn … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 26, 2017 — Apostle Ananias of the Seventy, Righteous Father Romanos the Melodist, Orthodox Practices Class Starts October 4, more. . .

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost First Sunday of LukeApostle Ananias of the Seventy, first bishop of DamascusRighteous Father Romanos the Melodist Who was the Apostle Ananias? St. Ananias Baptizing Saul (St. Paul) The Holy Apostle Ananias of the Seventy (October 1), was the first Bishop of Damascus. The Lord ordered him to restore the sight of Saul, the former persecutor of Christians, then baptize him (Acts 9:10-19, 22:12). Saul became the great preacher and Apostle Paul. St Ananias boldly and openly confessed Christianity before the Jews and the pagans, despite the danger. … [Read more...]

St Peter Newsletter September 20, 2017 — First Sunday of Luke, Akathist for the Hurricane, St. Thekla and St. Silouan, Fr. Hans out of Town…more

First Sunday of Luke Proto-martyr Thekla, Equal to the Apostles Venerable Silouan of Athos Who was St. Thekla? St. Thekla, was a disciple and companion of the Apostle Paul in the first century. She is given the title "Equal-to-the-Apostles" because she accompanied St. Paul in founding churches because her witness converted so many others to Christ, and she was the first woman martyr for the Christian Faith. According to ancient Syrian and Greek manuscripts, Saint Thekla was born into a prosperous pagan family in the Lycaonian city of Iconium (present-day Konya in south-central … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Akathist to the Theotokos on Thursday Evening

On Thursday, September 21, 2017 evening will offer thanksgiving to our Lord by honoring the Theotokos who, along with Sts. Panteleimon and Paisios, protected us during the hurricane. The Akathist to the Theotokos will begin at 6:30. Following the service we will have a light pot-luck so please bring some simple to share. Thanksgiving and celebration is a good way to mark the ending of this time of difficulty we all experienced. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 15, 2017 — Church this Sunday! About Hurricane Irma. Sunday After the Elevation of the Cross. Bea Chionis Memorial

Church this Sunday (September 17, 2007)! The only damage to the Church was water seepage that soaked the carpet about 10 feet in. We got on it right away and everything will be ready for Divine Liturgy this Sunday.   Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross The Elevation of the Precious and Life Giving Cross Please Note: Since we had to cancel Liturgy this week for the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, we will hold the small service for the Elevation following Liturgy this Sunday. Save O Lord your people and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 9, 2017 — A Call from Bishop Nicholas and A Word From Greece

I received a call from Bp. Nicholas this morning. He asked me to inform the parishioners of St. Peter's of his concern for us especially his prayers. He wants me to call him early next week to let him know how the parish is doing. I thanked him and mentioned that this would be assuring to everyone. Also, a friend in Greece named Dimitri who was very close to St. Paisios when he was growing up (St. Paisios was like a second father to Dimitri) will be holding all night vigil at the grave of St. Paisios asking for our protection. Demetri is a man of deep prayer and received the insight that … [Read more...]