Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)
Venerable Prokopios the Confessor of Decapolis; Thalelaeus, hermit of Gabala in Syria
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, we know that however narrow and limited the framework of our personal existence, each one of us has been made responsible for a tiny part of the Kingdom of God, made responsible by that very gift of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility, on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged.
Read more on the Greek Orthodox website.
Services This Week
Fr. Hans is attending the Clergy Conference and Winter Retreat this week. No services are scheduled.
Stewardship letters have been mailed out. God has blessed St. Peter’s. Please fill in your pledge so the work that we have been called to do will continue.
You can also print and download the form on the St. Peter website.
Lent is Coming So How Do We Prepare?
Preparation begins with a resolution in the heart to do better this year than we did last year. Lent requires more of us but the requirement is never a demand but an invitation because God is not coercive. He freely gives so that we may freely receive.
But God is what the scripture calls a “jealous God.” This does not mean that God is jealous, but that the requirements for salvation, the things that are necessary to experience His salvation do not change. For us Americans it might be easier to understand it this way: God’s directives are not subject to negotiation or compromise.
More is expected from us. The Sunday services will be longer because we perform the Liturgy of St. Basil instead of St. John Chrysostom. The prayers are longer and we will pray them all because we don’t negotiate or compromise with what the Fathers have handed down to us.
We are expected to fast from certain foods during Lent. Why? Because bodily discipline is necessary for the healing of the soul.
We are expected to attend more services. Why? Because prayer and worship are necessary to draw us closer to God. When we draw closer to God, He draws closer to us St. Paul teaches.
We are expected to aid the poor more. Why? Because he who cares for the poor finds honor from his maker.
We Americans don’t like being told what to do. We naturally resist any statement that begins with “We are expected…” We reflexively equate obedience with servitude and we don’t like servitude.
Remember though that God gives freely and we are to receive freely. God does not force obedience. If He did obedience would be coercion and not freely given.
At the same time, we don’t change the Church and its practices to fit our idea of how things should be. Through the Church we learn how to conform ourselves to Christ. We don’t conform the Church into our own image.
Finally please note: This year the Paschal service will be scheduled where it should be, near midnight (time to be determined). This is Orthodox practice. Metropolitan Joseph has been gently urging the parishes to conform closer to Orthodox practice. (In many areas, including Southwest Florida, the practices were relaxed.) The same will happen with the Nativity liturgy in December, 2022.
We Need a Volunteer to Organize Lenten Suppers
Every Wednesday after Presanctified Liturgy on the Wednesdays during Lent, we gather for fellowship over a simple Lenten supper.
We need a volunteer to take on organizing it. Basically it consists of finding other volunteers to prepare the supper. If you can do this please contact Fr. Hans.
Journey to Pascha
Liturgical Greek Language School Continues
Due to the parking lot being resealed this week, please part on the grass.
St. Peter’s has begun classes on the Greek language for the children of the parish. Their parents requested the classes so that their children can be exposed to liturgical Greek, the language of scripture and theology. Classes meet on Thursdays at 3:30pm in the Sunday School room.
Parents are responsible for the instruction of their children. St. Peter’s do will everything possible to help them.
St. Peter’s Adult Education Continues. Mark Your Calendars!
2) Journey through Lent. Saturday March 5, 2022 following the Saturday of the Souls Liturgy
This talk will explain the general outline of Lent and Holy Week so that we can understand the structure, meaning, and importance of this season more deeply. Leaarn why we do the things that we do. It follows the Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy held that morning (talk begins about 11:30am and will be over by 1:00pm).
3) St. Peter’s Women’s Retreat. Saturday March 26, 2022 at 9:00am
The tentative title is “All About Prayer” led by Presbytera Susan. Coffee at 9:00am, retreat begins at 9:30am and concludes with Vespers. More details forthcoming.
Church Parking Lot Closed February 23-26, 2022 (Wednesday through Friday)
The parking lot will be resealed and striped. After Wednesday you can park on the grass and walk into the church.
Helping Our Seniors With Parking
With the church growing the parking lot is close to full every Sunday. Younger parishioners, could you park in the grass lot even if spaces are open in the paved area? That way our seniors can park closer to the entrance and avoid the grassy area where it is easier to stumble and fall.
Keeping the Handicap Area Nearest the Front Door Open
The handicap areas nearest the front door have wider access. If you park in the handicap area but don’t need wider access, please avoid the space nearest the front door. These spots are exclusively for those parishioners who need wheelchair access, which for now is one parishioner.
Let’s Pray the Paraklesis to the Theotokos Daily
Our goal at St. Peter’s is to have one person or family pray the Parakelsis to the Theotokos for at least one day of every month. For each day of the month, individuals or even an entire family can sign up to pray the Paraklesis in their homes on the day/s which they select.
Hopefully, we will reach our goal of collectively praying for the intercessions of the Theotokos every day of every month. That way the supplications to the Theotokos will be offered for our parish, the larger world and those in need such as the people on our prayer list.
Also, you will come to know and love this beautiful hymn and learn more about the Theotokos and her benevolence and power towards us. We supplicate the Theotokos who responds in mercy, and she supplicates her son on behalf of the parish and its people.
Get more information on how to participate from the St. Peter’s website.
Cafe of Life— If You Do Good, Do It For Christ
We want to thank all those who donated so far to help feed the less fortunate in our community. Please be mindful that the Cafe of Life depends on donations like St. Peter’s to feed the hungry and homeless. So please keep so donations coming in and never forget:
If you do good, you must do it only for God. For this reason you must pay no attention to the ingratitude of people. Expect a reward not here, but from the Lord in heaven. If you expect it here — it will be in vain and you will endure deprivation (St. Ambrose of Optina, quoted from Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of Optina).
Thank you, God bless and IC XC NI KA!
Man of God (St. Nektarios) Movie Coming to Fort Myers/Naples on Monday March 21, 2022
A special showing of “Man of God,” an award winning feature film about the life of St. Nektarios is coming to Southwest Florida on Monday, March 21, 2022. Fr. Hans has already seen the film and gives it five stars. It is very good.
We can go view the film as a parish. Locations include:
|Prado Stadium||25251 Chamber of Commerce Dr||Bonita Spring||FL|
|Regal Coconut Point||8021 Cinema Way||Estero||FL|
|Regal Belltower||13499 Belltower Drive||Fort Myers||FL|
|Regal Gulf Coast Town Center||10028 Gulf Center Drive||Fort Myers||FL|
|Regal Hollywood||6006 Hollywood Drive||Naples||FL|
This movie was supported by St. Maxim the Greek Institute and Vatopedi Monastery for the spiritual enrichment of Orthodox Christians and all of humanity. The 2021 #1 movie in Greece, “Man of God” depicts the life of St. Nektarios, his struggles, his deep faith in God and his unwavering compassion for all people.
Keep in mind that St. Nektarios has performed miracles in our parish including the healing of cancer and other maladies.
Save the Date! DOMSE Parish Life Conference June 15-18, 2022
Learn more on the DOMSE website.
Pledge & Income Report – January 2022
Donations received in January: $25,767.
Amount of money needed to cover expenses: $24,114.
We are ahead by $1,653.
St. Peter Orthodox Church
7470 Hickory Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33967
You can also donate online:
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The Social Hall All Stars are the men and women that make St. Peter’s Social Hall happen. Thank you All Stars!
February 6 – February 27
- Pavlo Bilych
- Bonnie Joseph
- Al Joseph
- Sandy Krotov
- Nader Sahawneh 214-695-5710
- Anna Tsikitas
- Margie Zimmerman
March 6 – March 27
- Leon Dephkalion
- Marlene Haley
- Tom Haley 239-887-0753
- Cheryl Morse
- Tim Morse
- Diana Najjar
- Debbie Repya
- Elaine Semeretis
- Gregory Semeretis
Procedures for Hospitality
Please note: If you would like to bring in your own prepared food, please contact Tom Haley at 239-887-0753 a week before the upcoming Sunday. That way we know not to prepare any food for Sunday.
- On most Sundays we will serve lighter refreshments like coffee, sweets, hummus, olives, feta, pita and similar items. Please continue bringing these items. Even though we have a range (unlike our former facility), we appreciate items that are “ready to be served.”
- Please do not donate coffee. We have a space age coffee brewer that we acquired at no cost if we buy our coffee from one supplier. If you bring in coffee, we can’t use it.
- We cannot continue preparing meals for Memorials, Name Days, Anniversaries, and other celebrations. We don’t have the appliances or manpower to do it well. We do, however, have the name of two catering companies that can prepare and deliver the food if you would like to sponsor a celebration. Please call Tom Haley at 239-887-0753 for details and to make arrangements.
- If you would like to bring in your own prepared food, please contact Tom Haley at 239-887-0753 a week before the upcoming Sunday. That way we know not to prepare any food for Sunday.
The Safest Way to Come to Church
US 41 is a busy highway and the intersection at Hickory Drive does not have a stop light. We recommend turning on Sanibel Boulevard and following Coconut Road instead.
Calendar At A Glance
Calendar also available on the St. Peter website.
- Sun Feb 20 — SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON DIVINE LITURGY – Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Tue Feb 22 -26 — Fr. Hans out of town for the DOMSE Retreat in Atlanta
- Thu Feb 24 — Greek Language School 3:30pm
- Sat Feb 26 — CANCELLED – First Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy, Fr. Hans out of town
FEBRUARY – MARCH
- Sun Feb 27 — SUNDAY OF THE LAST JUDGEMENT DIVINE LITURGY / MEATFARE SUNDAY – Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Tue Mar 02 — Paraklesis to the Theotokos 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Thu Mar 03 — Paraklesis to the Theotokos 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Thu Mar 03 — Greek Language School 3:30pm
- Sat Mar 05 — Second Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Sat Mar 05 — Adult Education “Preparing for Lent” following Saturday of the Souls (about 11:30am)
- Sun Mar 06 — FORGIVENESS SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY / MEATFARE SUNDAY – Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Sun Mar 06 — FORGIVENESS SUNDAY VESPERS (Following Social Hall)
- Mon Mar 07 — LENT BEGINS
- Mon Mar 07 — Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew 6:30pm
- Tue Mar 08 — Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew 6:30pm
- Wed Mar 09 — Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
- Thu Mar 10 — Greek Language School 3:30pm
- Thu Mar 10 — Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew 6:30pm
- Fri Mar 10 — First Stanza Salutations to the Theotokos (Akathis Service) 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
- Sat Mar 11 — Third Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Sun Mar 13 — SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY DIVINE LITURGY – Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Mon Mar 14 — Great Compline 6:30pm
- Wed Mar 16 — Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
- Thu Mar 17 — Greek Language School 3:30pm
- Thu Mar 17 — Second Stanza Salutations to the Theotokos (Akathist) 6:30pm NOTE DATE CHANGE LIVE STREAM
- Fri-Sat Mar 11-12 — Fr. Hans Out of Town
- Sun Mar 20 — SUNDAY OF ST. GREGORY PALAMAS – Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Mon Mar 21 — Great Compline 6:30pm
- Wed Mar 23 — Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
- Thu Mar 24 — Greek Language School 3:30pm
- Thu Mar 24 — Great Vespers of the Annunciation 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
- Thu Mar 24 — ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS – Orthros 8:30am / Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Fri Mar 25 — Parish Council Meeting 3:30pm
- Fri Mar 25 — Third Stanza Salutations to the Theotokos (Akathist) 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
- Sun Mar 27 — SUNDAY OF THE HOLY CROSS – Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
- Mon Mar 28 — Great Compline 6:30pm
- Fri Apr 01 — Third Stanza Salutations to the Theotokos (Akathist) 6:30pm LIVE STREAM
Wisdom From The Elders
What is the sign to a man that a certain sin is forgiven? The sign that a sin is forgiven is that the sin does not generate any activity in your heart and that you have forgotten it to such a degree that, in conversation about a similar sin, you do not feel any inclination toward that sin, but rather consider it something totally foreign to you. Venerable Isaiah the Recluse
But even impudence is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The impudent person distorts or disobeys, for example, an evangelical commandment in order to justify his fallen state. Such a person does not respect the truth, reality, but knowingly distorts it and tramples upon a sacred object or principle. Saint Paisios of Mount Athos
Be kindly disposed in heart, word, and deed, ready at every time to serve others without the slightest vexation or irritability, remembering the words of the Saviour: “Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt
Although I have done nothing good in my life, I have always sincerely endeavored to draw close to God. For this reason I trust in God’s mercy with all my soul. The Lord will not turn away from anyone who always strove to draw close to Him. Abbot Nikon Vorobiev
As a mother teacher her child to walk, so also God teaches us to have a living faith in Him. A mother will make the child stand, and leave it for a while by itself, then she will tell it to come to her. The child cries without its mother; it wants to go to her, but is afraid to attempt to move its feet; it tries to walk, makes a step, and falls down. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt
Remember in Your Prayers
List has been updated. If you want some names restored, please mention it to Fr. Hans.
- Names will remain on the list for three months.
- If you would like to keep them on longer please mention it to Fr. Hans. We will keep the names on the list for as long as the person needs prayers.
- Names will include the person who requested the prayers and the month the name will be removed.
- The permanent list includes friends and members of St. Peter’s and others including shut-ins.
Were names dropped that should have remained? Please mention it to Fr. Hans. He will add them back.
Updated February 21 / Resets March 1.
Current Prayer List
Andrea, Yelena, newborn baby (Protpapadakis 4/22)
George (Haynes 4/21)
Kayla (Palentine 4/21)
Katherine (Jacobse 3/22)
Daniel, Fr. Deacon (Jacobse 3/22)
Lev (Jacobse 3/22)
Basil (Jacobse 3/22)
Linda M. (Dusckas 3/22)
Barbara (Dusckas 3/22)
Fr John (Jacobse 3/22)
Angel (Ghanem 3/22)
John (Duskas 3/22)
Nancy (Coin 3/22)
Nicholas (Ghanem 1/22)
Arielle (Ghanem 1/22)
Georgia (Sarros 1/22)
Kerri (Dusckas 1/21)
Permanent Prayer List
Lee Joseph (Irina)
Kasiani, Jordan and their unborn child (Chapekis)
Baby Dani (Repya)
Maria and her newborn baby (Diveris)
Sophia (D. Constantine)
Presbytera Rosy (in Pakistan)
Founders, Members, Benefactors and Friends Departed this Life
Fr. Stephanos (Shagoury)
Panagiota (Bea Chionis)
Panagiota Margarita (Palis)
Angela (Coran K
How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.
Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.
For Sunday of the Last Judgment
The Lord is my strength and my praise.
The Lord chastising hath chastised me, but He hath not delivered me over to death.
The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (8:8-9:2)
Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care, lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you—a man of knowledge—at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
For Sunday of the Last Judgment
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (25:31-46)
The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He will place the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left.
Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee? And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Then He will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”