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St. Peter Newsletter October 2, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Third Sunday of Luke

Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus of Syria
Hieromartyr Polychronios of Nicaea
Priest Julian and Deacon Caesarius of Campania
Venerable John the hermit and those with him
Venerable Sergius of Nurma

The Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus of Syria

Who were the Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus of Syria?

These holy Martyrs were Romans of high rank in the service of the Emperor Maximian, to whom it was reported that they did not take part in the festivals of the idols. When he called them into his presence, they confessed their Faith in the one God. He had them arrayed in women’s clothes and paraded through the streets in mockery.

They were afterwards scourged, from which Saint Bacchus died. This was about the year 296. Saint Sergius was then taken to Resapha in Syria, where he was tortured and beheaded. His tomb in Resapha became a very famous shrine, to which pilgrims came from as far away as Western Europe; Resapha was later renamed Sergiopolis in his honour.

Source: Antiochian Patriarchate.


Community Luncheon on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 12:00pm

Community Dinner

You are invited to join your St. Peter’s friends for lunch and fellowship at 12 noon on Thursday, September at 12:00pm.

Barbara Dionysopoulos and friends are preparing a delicious meal for all our members. Come and join us to enjoy some good food and the company of your friends. Make some new friends too and get to know other parishioners.

Reservations are required! Please call Barbara at 239-826-1655 or sign up in the Social Hall after Divine Liturgy.

The cost is $5 per person.


Fr. Hans Out of Town Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2-3, 2018

He will be attending a meeting in Washington, DC. For pastoral emergencies please contact Fr. Paul Girgis at 509-845-4540.


New Icons Installed at St. Paul’s

Our sister parish in Naples is installing new icons. In a report and video featured on the Naples Daily News website you can get a glimpse of their impressive progress. Click the image to see the story.


Fr. Hans Speaking at Chicago Conference

Fr. Hans will speaking at the conference “Patriarchy: Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture” on October 11-13, 2018. He will back for Divine Liturgy that Sunday. For pastoral emergencies please contact Fr. Paul Girgis at 509-845-4540. For more information click the image.


Interfaith Charities Needs Food, Clothing, Towels, and Bedding

Support Interfaith Charities

Interfaith Charities, the local assembly of churches that helps the poor in our area, needs:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Tuna
  • Jelly
  • Other food items you can give (peanut butter, spaghetti, etc.)

They also need:

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Other items that can be used but in good condition.

If you bring to the church, we will get them to Interfaith Charities.


Calendar At A Glance

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 12:00pm Community Luncheon
  • Thursday, October 26, 2018 — 6:30pm St. Demetrios Divine Liturgy

Wisdom From The Elders

The word “world” has two meanings. First, the external world, fallen mankind, and secondly—our own fallen nature, with its passions and sinful tendencies, This world is subject to the power of the devil. Here he finds weapons with which he pursues and persecutes the disciple of Christ, hoping to destroy him. Abbot Nikon Vorobiev

Generally speaking, one living a recollected life should not stare at anything, should not listen to anything with special diligence, but should see as if without seeing and hear as if in passing, so that the memory and power of attention may be always free, immune to the impressions of the world, apt and ready to receive the divine impressions. St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

In sorrows borne with gladness and with thanks to the Lord, who saves us through suffering, there is hidden a spiritual joy, the joy of rising from strength to strength in our spiritual life. Abbot Nikon Vorobiev

Speak and do everything right undoubtingty, boldly, firmly, and decidedly. Avoid doubts, timidity, languor, and indecision. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love.” St. John of Kronstadt

Most importantly, preserve peace with your close ones, insofar as this depends on you. Consider that all sorts of sick people have gathered there in a group; this is so. For this reason you must relate to everyone as they do in a hospital. They don’t berate people there (i.e., in a hospital) for having an ailing lung or heart or stomach; they don’t say: “O you good-for-nothing blind woman, what’s the matter with you that your eyes are infected?”! So, too, you mustn’t rail at each other about your spiritual illnesses. Abbot Nikon Vorobiev

Worthy, sincere, and reverent service to the Lord in the temple, accompanied by lively faith, is a source of peace, joy, and blessedness to our souls. Thus a reverent priest celebrating the services, the sacraments, and the reading of the prayers, in his very duty itself finds the highest delight and blessedness for himself. St. John of Kronstadt


Remember in Your Prayers

Sofia Tešanovic
Carmine Anthony John
Dennis H. and Family
Victor Evan
David (Speakman)
Joyce (Speakman)
Dimitri – Presbyter
Nikolay (5 year old boy in Bulgaria whose parents asked us to pray)
Eva K.

Baby Brynn L.
Presbytera Rosy
Eva W.
Carol Ann
Maria Louise
Petronia (Wife of Phil Pappas)
Constantine Houpis
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Ron Chromulak
Beverly Chromulak
Loucine Kassis
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
James Hord

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.


Sunday Readings

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For the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Lord is my strength and my song.
The Lord has chastened me severely.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (11:31-12:9)

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He Who is blessed forever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands. I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

I know a man in Christ who 14 years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.

Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


For the Third Sunday of Luke

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (7:11-16)

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and many of His disciples and a great crowd went with Him. As He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And He came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you: arise.” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited His people!”

St. Peter Orthodox Church