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St. Peter News June 13, 2023

St. Matthew

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Second Sunday of Matthew

Martyrs Leontios, Hypatios and Theodoulos at Tripoli in Phoenicia

Who Were the Martyrs Leontios, Hypatios and Theodoulos at Tripoli in Phoenicia?

Martyrs Leontios, Hypatios and Theodoulos at Tripoli in Phoenicia

The Holy Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus were Roman soldiers. The holy Martyr Leontius, a Greek by origin, served as a military-chief in the imperial army in the Phoenician city of Tripoli during the reign of Vespasian (70-79). Leontius was distinguished for his bravery and good sense, and the people of Tripoli held him in deep respect because of his virtue.

The emperor appointed the Roman senator Adrian as governor of the Phoenician district, with full powers to hunt out Christians, and in case of their refusal to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods, to give them over to torture and death. And on his way to Phoenicia Adrian received a report that Saint Leontius had turned many away from worshipping the pagan gods. The governor sent the tribune Hypatius with a detachment of soldiers to Tripoli so as to find and arrest the Christian Leontius. Along the way the tribune Hypatius fell seriously ill, and being near death, he saw in a dream an angel, which said: “If you wish to be healed, you and your soldiers should say three times: ‘God of Leontius, help me.’”


Read more on the The Orthodox Church of America website.


Services and Events This Week

  • Sun Jun 11 — SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Tue Jun 13 — Paraklesis to the Theotokos 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Wed Jun 14 — Divine Liturgy 6:00am LIVE STREAM
  • Wed-Sat Jun 14-17 — DOMSE Parish Life Conference in Miami Fr. Hans Out of Town
  • Fri Jun 16 — CANCELLED Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall

Early Morning Liturgy Begins on Wednesdays at 6:00am

arly Morning Liturgy Begins on Wednesdays at 6:00am

Early morning Liturgies continue on Wednesdays at 6:00am.

Watch your calendar however. If a major feast lands on a Wednesday or if we are in a special worship period, the schedule may change.


We Are Behind on Our Pledges

Summer is always a bit lean on our contributions and pledges. As noted below we are behind by $12,339 in our contributions for May.

This is a gentle reminder to remain current on our giving so that we continue to the maintain the work of St. Peter’s responsibly and with care.


Fr. Hans Out of Town

Fr. Hans will be out of town from Wednesday June 14 to June 17, 2023. He will be attending the Diocese of Miami Parish Life Conference in Miami.


Bible Bowl Participants Will Compete at the Parish Life Conference

The teens at St. Peter’s have been studying for about 4 months for the Bible Bowl competition at the Parish Life Conference in Miami June 16th.

They have been studying the book of Genesis. Our team consists of Gregory, James and Jillian Tomlinson, and Aspen and Elizabeth Kerr. Please encourage them as they finish their final studies.

We know they will represent St. Peter’s well! If you are attending the conference, definitely go to the competition on Friday June 16th at 8pm in the Embassy Suites and cheer them on!


Barbara Dusckas Surgery

Barbara Dusckas is having hip replacement surgery on Wednesday June 28 and would appreciate calls or visits and prayers. Please call Barbara at 239-220-7383.


Shelving Installed for the Library

The new shelving you see in the Social Hall along the back wall is for our expanding library. We will have books to borrow, and books and icons to buy.


Humanitarian Aid for the Suffering in Ukraine

Humanitarian aid for Ukraine — What is Needed:

  1. Children‘s clothes and footwear;
  2. Baby formula;
  3. Food for infants and toddlers;
  4. Nut, protein bars;
  5. Cookies;
  6. Diapers ( size 1-6), wet wipes;
  7. Hygiene products for kids and adults( soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes);
  8. Towels, bed sheets.

Look, please, at the expiration day of the food.

Please do not donate following:glass containers, liquids.

Humanitarian aid would be appreciated packed in boxes.Don’t seal the boxes.

Galyna plans to have folks drop items off between noon and 3:00 PM on Sundays (you can bring them to church in a box). She will coordinate with contributors on Wednesday June 28, 2023.


Let’s Pray the Paraklesis to the Theotokos Daily


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Click the image to get more information on how to participate from the St. Peter’s website


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.

Get more information on how to participate from the St. Peter’s website.

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Visit the DOMSE Website (scroll to the bottom, fill in the form on the left side) to sign up for “The Light” Newsletter and DOMSE emails.

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JUNE 2023

  • Jun 04 Joe and Deb Repya Need Additional Volunteer
  • Jun 11 Need Additional Volunteers
  • Jun 18 Need Additional Volunteers
  • Jun 25 Need Additional Volunteers

Can you volunteer? Please call Joe Repya 612-270-4443.



Social Hall All Stars


  • Marlene Haley
  • Cheryl Morse
  • Tim Morse
  • Diana Najjar
  • Deb Repya
  • Elaine Semeretis
  • Gregory Semeretis
  • Dino Magas
  • Jennifer Magas
  • Mikala Magas
  • Michael Magas

The Social Hall All Stars are the men and women that make St. Peter’s Social Hall happen. Thank you All Stars!

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Sts. Peter and Paul Fasting Period June 12-28, 2023

  • Sun Jun 11 — SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Tue Jun 13 — Paraklesis to the Theotokos 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Wed Jun 14 — Divine Liturgy 6:00am LIVE STREAM
  • Wed-Sat Jun 14-17 — DOMSE Parish Life Conference in Miami Fr. Hans Out of Town
  • Fri Jun 16 — CANCELLED Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall
  • Sun Jun 18 — SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Tue Jun 20 — Paraklesis to the Theotokos 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Wed Jun 21 — Divine Liturgy 6:00am LIVE STREAM
  • Fri Jun 23 — Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall
  • Sat Jun 24 — Nativity of St. John the Baptist Divine Liturgy 9:30am
  • Sun Jun 25 — SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Tue Jun 27 — Paraklesis to the Theotokos 9:30am LIVE STREAM
  • Wed Jun 28 — Divine Liturgy 6:00am LIVE STREAM
  • Thu Jun 29 — Sts Peter and Paul Divine Liturgy 9:30am
  • Fri Jun 30 — Men of St. Paisios 7:00pm Social Hall
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Prayer is the fruit of joy and thankfulness. Evagrios the Solitary

One who is repenting must for a long time force himself and train himself so as to do good, so as to perform it easily; and even after attaining this, he must constantly keep himself in a state of tension and fear. On the other hand, one who has not fallen lives in simplicity of heart, in a kind of assurance of salvation which blesses him and is not deceived. St. Theophan the Recluse, bishop of Tambov

We cannot pray truly when we are dominated by the pas­sions, for true prayer is the heart’s rest in God, while the passions are the heart’s captivity to its impulses and fallen desires. You cannot serve both God and mammon. Bishop Irenei Steenberg

Our thoughts can be very penetrating, and they have great power. This is especially true of the thoughts of parents. A parent must bear much and forgive all. We can help others only if we have good and kind thoughts. If we have thoughts about correcting the faults of others, that is like hitting them. No matter how close a person is to us, he will slip away from us because we have dealt him a blow with our thoughts. And we believe that thoughts are nothing! Elder Thaddeus(Strabulovich) of Vitovnica

The evil spirit tries to scatter prayer as if it were a sandheap, tries to turn the words into dry sand, without coherency or moisture—that is to say, without fervour of heart. Thus prayer may become either a house built on sand or a house built on a rock. Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt

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  • 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.

Current Prayer List

George (Tsikistas 8/1)
George (Mourgis 8/1)
Barbara (Sason 8/1)
Stelios (Haley 7/1)
Madison (Tewis 6/1)
Anthony (Breitenbach 6/1)
Arielle (Ghanem 6/1)
Nicholas (Ghanem 6/1)
Father Demetris
Christina (Hildreth)
Georgia and Richard and their unborn child (Chapekis)
Dionysios Chapekis)
Nancy (Forderhase)
Kayla (Palantine)
George (3/23 Chapekis)
Penelope (3/23 Chapekis)
Theodora (3/23)
Victor (3/23)
Barbara (Dusckas 3/23)
James (Dusckas 3/23)
Les (3/23
Lynn (Hurely 1/23)
Irene and unborn baby (Tsikitas 1/23)
Linda (Pappas 1/23)
Ekaterina (Chapekis 1/23)
Lee (Hurley 1/23)
Emmanuel (Kalousdis 1/23)
Katherine (Dusckas 1/23)
Vassiliki (Diveris 1/23)
Zena Touma (Contorelli 1/23
Lamia Touma (Contorelli 1/23
Matthew (Contorelli 1/23
Emmanuel (Kaloudis 1/23)
Marlene (Tewis 12/22)
Tina (Johnson 12/22)
Nicholas (De Lorenzo 12/22)
Priest Anthony (Karbo 11/22)
Archpriest Dionysius (Valentine 9/12)
Anthony Presbyter (Kerr 10/22)
John Presbyter (Jacobse)
Elain Presbytera (Jacobse)
Angel (Ghanem 10/22)
Edgar (Chapekis 9/22)
Evthriki (Jacobse 9/22)
Christos (Johnson 8/22)
Jon Paul (Andrew 8/22)
William (Brubaker 8/22)
Peter (Tewis 8/22)
The People of Ukraine and People of Russia and all those who are suffering in the war

Permanent Prayer List

Michael (Sovjani)
Arsen (Sovjani)

Irene (Diveris)
Katheryn (Tolkkinen)
Markisia (Long)
Angela (Long)
Marina (Long)
Eleni (Long)
Raphaella (Long)
Joanne (Haley)
Corwin (Dusckas)
Corgette (Troutman)
Irina (Irina)
Lidia (Irina)
Sarina (Ghanem)
Debbie (Breitenbach)
Kathy (Breitenbach)
Hope (Isadore)
John (Long)
Pantelis (Tsikita)
Marisa (Tsikita)
Barbara (Dionysopoulos)
Patricia (Evanoff)
Gabriel (Mankus)
Baby Dani (Repya)
Despina (Diversis)
Fredericos (Diveris)
Makrina and her unborn baby (Kerr)
Herman (Kerr)
Innocent (Kerr)
Nicholas (Kerr)
Paola (Jacobse)
Gregory (Yankopolos)
Pauline (Poulos)
Sergio (Kazakos)
Fran (Hansen)
Nina (Krotov)
Franklin (Pyrrson)
Demetrios (Kuchera)
Theodosios (Palis)
Theodora (Webb)
Robert (Smith)
Presbytera Rosy (in Pakistan)
James (Hord)
Vassiliki (Kontinos)
Vassiliki (Morekeas)
Vassilike (Hord)

Founders, Members, Benefactors and Friends Departed this Life

John (Hansen)
Anatoly (Kurdsjuk)
Thareni (Brooks)
Milan Evanoff
Jean (Sam)
Eleni (Pearson)
Richard (Pearson)
Fr. Stephanos (Shagoury)
Panagiota (Bea Chionis)
Anthony (Mourgis)
Anthony (Mankus)
Constantine (Houpis)
Constantine (Joseph)
Mary (Jarvis)
Panagiota Margarita (Palis)
Maria (Ninos)
Soterios (Ninos)
John (Katsigianopoulos)
George (Chionis)
Mary (Spiropoulos)
Gregory (Pappas)
Angela (Coran K
Eugene (Rust)
Robert (Jarvis)
George (Corey)
Patricia (Cotsones)
Seraphim (Zolio)

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.

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For Second Sunday after Pentecost

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. (2:10-16)

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law. For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the Law do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law. They show that what the Law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.


For Second Sunday of Matthew

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:18-23)

At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.

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