1st Divine Liturgy 8:45 a.m.
2nd Divine Liturgy 10:45 a.m.
Service 8:45 a.m.
***Sunday school 9:30-11:30 in both churches
Fr. Nektarios Papazafiropoulos: Archimandrite
Fr. Ioannis Antonopoulos: Protopresbyter
Fr. Anastasios Pourakis: Presbyter
Fr. Vasilios Louros: Presbyter
Dr Maria Asprogerakas …….Saint Demetrios
Thalia Christoforou ….Saint Catherine and Saint George
Children from 2nd Grade on in the Church School Program, must participate in the Sacrament of Confession. The Church never condemns the person, but since sin takes away from the presence of God, it is sin that has to be expelled. You should therefore have a spiritual «check-up» to cleanse your soul and indeed guard you from any deadly diseases.
There are two approaches to fasting in order to receive Holy Communion in the Church: The first is outlined in our Orthodox Calendar on www.goarch.org for the entire year.
The second is a tradition which our grandparents have adopted that before receiving Communion you would fast the entire week a «strict fast», (e.g. no meat, fish, dairy or oil). Please speak to your Spiritual Father in confession as to how you ought to fast to help you grow closer to Jesus Christ.
Please ensure that your child has not eaten before coming to Sunday school so that they may receive the sacrament of communion. All children will have a snack after they receive.
A minimal fee of $20 will be charged at registration for each student. This fee is to defray the cost of books, teachers’ guides, awards and other educational items. Please register your child on time in order to ensure that they acquire perfect attendance.
Most blessed Lord: Send down upon us the gift of your Holy Spirit, to endow and confirm our spiritual insight that giving heed to the instruction imparted to us, we may increase therein to Thy Glory, O our God and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Starting Sunday, October 20, 2013 and as listed in the Calendar approximately once a month will be dedicated to Youth Liturgy and a Family Worship Breakfast. They will alternate between Saint Demetrios and Saints Catherine and George, our two churches. The students and their parents are asked to attend the Divine Liturgy and to receive Holy Communion together as a family. Parents, you are the greatest teachers your children have. If you don’t receive Holy Communion they probably won’t either when they perceive the double standards in your lives.
Sunday of Thomas has been set aside as Godparent Sunday. We ask that you and your children invite their Godparents and ask that they attend Church with you together as a family on that day. Following the liturgy, we will have a breakfast in their honor. Please make every effort to renew the spiritual relationship between your family and the student’s Godparents.
All the children grades 4-8 are invited to write an essay about their spirituality to be sent to the Archdiocese. Please refer to the www.goarch.org website for all the standards and additional information.
You are all invited to hear the Word of God at the Bible Classes. We are given the opportunity to go through the Scriptures, become enlightened on the word of God and learn more about our Orthodox Faith. The Bible Classes will begin soon, please refer to the church weekly bulletin. You can also find additional information on our website at www.saintdemetriosastoria.com.