Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple


Dear Members and Friends of St. Peters,

This Saturday we celebrate the feast day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.

We will join our sister parish, St. Paul Orthodox Church (get directions) at 6:30pm for a Vesperal Liturgy on Friday evening starting at 6:30.

Fr. Hans will not be serving the Vesperal Liturgy that evening. Fr. Gleb of St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in South Naples (get directions) is out of town and Fr. Hans will substitute for him. The Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00am.

There is something very special about stepping out of your routine and going to Church during the week. It takes some effort, but the reward is great although usually experienced afterwards.

May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Hans

End of Summer Appeal

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter Orthodox Mission,

Summer is always a difficult time for parish finances and St. Peter’s is no exception.


While we are capable of holding our own and meeting our obligations for the most part, occasionally we have to dig a little deeper to support the parish. Now is one of those times.

Would you be able to send a contribution to St. Peter’s to help us pay our expenses?

St. Peter’s is a fledgling but growing mission. We have a very strong core group, a good stream of visitors, and great promise for growth. According to statistics that measure mission growth, we are doing very well. But missions take time to grow, and while we are getting on our feet we need your help even more.

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Artist Michael Moukios at the Promenade

Many of our parishioners know Michael Moukios from St. Katherine’s and St. Paul’s. For those of you who don’t know Michael (or his lovely wife Catherine), read the biography below to learn more about Michael and his talents. Michael paints beautiful paintings and has a small studio set up at the Promenade (near E. Terry and 41 — see map)

Michael’s first career in the arts was advertising and marketing, creating imagery for major department stores and major advertising firms in Manhattan. Throughout his 25-year career he never lost sight of his love for the fine arts. Now retired, Michael enjoys spending more time painting the world around him, working mostly in oils on canvas. He’s received a number of awards for his paintings in Southwest Florida as well as New York, and Rhode Island. Open 10 AM – 3 PM Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the Artists Studios at the Promenade are a collaborative project of the Art League of Bonita Springs and the Promenade. The last Thursday of each month, they are open from 4 to 7 PM.

The Antiochian Women are organizing an evening to celebrate the art of Michael Moukios. Please join us on Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 PM at the Promenade in Bonita Springs (see map) to tour the gallery and enjoy Michael’s art

Following the gallery tour, tables will be reserved at the Silver Spoon Restaurant (in the Promenade) for dinner.

Sign up in the Vestibule (if you go to St. Paul’s) or email Diane Shaheen (diane_shaheen@comcast.net).

Individual checks – you may order what you wish.

Chris Spina plays basketball


Chris Spina, treasurer of St. Peter Orthodox Mission, was featured on the front page of Naples Daily News yesterday. Chris is trying out for the basketball team at Ave Maria University where is also completing a degree. Congratulations Chris.

Story follows:

BONITA SPRINGS — A little over eight months ago, Bonita Springs resident Chris Spina had a revelation.

At 53 years old and tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, he knew he needed to make a change.

But when he told friends and family of the change he had mind, he couldn’t blame them for being a little skeptical at first.

That’s because Spina proudly announced that he was going to drop nearly 100 pounds and play college basketball — all in less than one year.

Now as Spina’s quest has become well-known through local communities, cynics have become supporters and strangers have become fans. Spina has lost 70 pounds, and thanks to the support of the coaching staff at Ave Maria, will try out for the team’s basketball team in September.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play organized basketball,” said Spina, who owns the Southwest Florida-based Spina Realty Company. “I love the game so much and I’ve always loved playing so I thought this would be the perfect motivation.”


Read the entire story on the Naples Daily News website.

Holy Transfiguration Liturgy

St. Paul’s Church will be serving a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration at St. Paul’s (Immokalee Road — get directions) on Wednesday evening, August 5 at 6:30pm. All parishioners are invited (and encouraged) to attend this service marking a very important Feast Day.

Also, mark you calendar for August 14, 6:30pm when St. Paul’s will serve a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition.

From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website:

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 Apostles Peter, James, and John with Him up upon a mountain, and while they were on the mountain Jesus was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and His garments became glistening white.

Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ, talking to Him. Peter declared how good it was for them to be there and expressed the desire to build three booths for Moses, Elijah, and Christ. This reference to the booths could imply that this occurred during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles when the Jews would be camping out in the fields for the grape harvest; for this Feast had acquired other associations in the course of its history, including the memory of the wanderings in the wilderness recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus.

While Peter was speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice came from the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” When the disciples heard this they fell on their faces filled with awe. Jesus came to them and told them to not be afraid. When the three looked up they saw only Jesus.

As Jesus and His disciples came down the mountain, He told them not to speak of what they had seen until He had risen from the dead.