10/15 announcements

October 15, 2017

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.

Luke 8:5-15: Our Lord tells the parable of the sower in which he teaches us that the believer who perseveres with honest and good hearts will bear much fruit.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.


Sunday, October 15 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, October 16

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 17

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 18 (Apostle Luke the Evangelist)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, October 22

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 15 Katool R. Root/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood Algood/Dansreau/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.

Reader Reading Page#

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

October 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

We mourn the passing of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Each and every one of us owes him a debt of gratitude for his role in establishing St. Peter Church as a canonical Orthodox Church back in 1987. During his many visits here, he always expressed his love for each of us and his firm belief that we would continue to grow and fulfill our mission to this community in which God had planted this church. He expressed to me many times that he loved to come here. Let us honor his memory by taking up our cross and following our Lord Jesus Christ and faithfully doing our part to make St. Peter’s a beacon for any and all who might come this way seeking the Kingdom of God. May our dear Bishop ANTOUN’s memory be eternal! — Fr. John

Welcome and Many Years! to Ana Maria Lavric who was baptized yesterday morning!

We are establishing a Seminary Fund for Phillip Lasseter. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a note on your check that it is for the Seminary Fund.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

Beginning soon, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

Many Thanks! to Reader Basil, the Choir, Dn. Richard and all who contributed for getting our new Chanters Stand which is beautiful!

Phillip and Nikki Lasseter’s new address is 50 Goddard Avenue

Brookline, MA 02445

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September.

* November 4th — Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson.

* We will celebrate the feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn on Saturday, November 4th with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for October

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for October

October 18 Apostle Luke, the Evangelist

October 23 Apostle James, Brother-of-the-Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Save the Date: Ladies . . .the 3rd Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson. Father Barnabas Powell of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cummings, GA will be our speaker. More information and registration forms will be available in early October. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Quotable: “When fallen man ‘comes to himself’ and turns to God, ‘it is time for the Lord to work’, as we say at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy; in pain, man then enters his own heart, which is the greatest honour reserved by God for wretched man. God knows they He can now seriously converse with him, and is attentive to him, for when man enters his heart he speaks to God with knowledge of his true state, for which he now feels responsible.”

Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 8:26-39

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Algood/Dansereau/Pacurari