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    Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

    October 20, 2019

    ACOLYTES: Team B
    PANGARI: Team B: Marguarite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
    PROSFORO: Maria Misthos-Cashy
    GREETERS: Zisimos and Katy Giatis
    LIBRARY GREETERS: Emily Scocos and Dorothy Nolidis
    GOSPEL: Luke 8:26-39
    GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 147 in Black Books)
    LITURGY: 9:30 am 
    OE: 10:30 – Special Speaker (grades 7-12), Game Day 3rd-6th/Crafts PreK-2nd)
    MEMORIAL: 10:45 am – (1 yr.): George Misthos
    MEMORIAL: 10:45 am – Memorial (1 yr.): Mary Linkas, Wife of Pat, Mother of Jim (Sal), Christine Taylor (Rob), Yiayia of Nicholas and Melina Taylor
    COFFEE HOUR: 11:00 am – Hosted by the Linkas, Taylor, and Cashy Families
    ORTHODOX FORUM: 11:30 am
    HOPE/JOY Field Trip: POSTPONED (new date TBA)
    EASTERN CHURCHES SEMINAR: 3:00 pm – “How to Be a Sinner”

    Gospel and Epistle Readings

    Epistle Reading

    Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
    Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
    Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

    The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11.

    Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

    Gospel Reading

    6th Sunday of Luke 
    The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

    At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

    Wisdom of the Fathers

    Some say, ‘Why do they [demons] possess people?’ I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, ‘Your judgments are a vast abyss.’ As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark.

    St. Cyril of Alexandria

    Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)

    This Week

    October 21st – 27th

    MON. 10/21
    7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

    TUE. 10/22
    6:30 pm – OPA Dance

    WED. 10/23
    10:00 am – St. Makrina Bible Study

    SAT. 10/26
    9:00 am – Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
    10:00 am – Greek School
    5:00 pm – Vespers (& Confessions)

    SUN. 10/27
    9:30 am – Liturgy
    10:30 am – OE – Muffins w Mom (Kin, & 5/6)
    10:45 am – Little Saints Reading Club
    11:00 am – Coffee Hour – OXI Day Hosted by Greek School
    11:30 am – Fall Fest


    1) Orthodox Education students & teachers.
    2) Elderly & people with disabilities.
    3) Parents with infants being carried in arms.
    4) The rest of the congregation and visitors wishing to receive will be dismissed row by row from front to back.

    Only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive sacraments.


    October 20th – PreK-2nd Crafts, 3rd-6th Game Day, 7th-12th Speaker Kathy Kovalak in Conference Room
    Muffins with Mom – October 27th for Kin. & 5th/6th Grades, November 3rd for 3rd/4th, 7th/8th & 11th/12th Grades
    Little Saints Reading Club – October 27th


    St. Makrina Bible Study will take place this coming Wednesday at the Orange Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd. from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Everyone is welcome to join us whenever you are able. For more information please call Melissa Manos at 216-921-8577.


    Saturday, November 2nd — will be our 7th Diocesan Greek Language Festival at St. Demetrios Rocky River from 11am-3pm for any student who has studied Greek from Kindergarten through 12th grades. Students can enter artwork, play their instruments or other in a talent show and participate in a quiz bowl. Please e-mail Maria at orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com for further details and to include you on the roster by October 27th.


    11/7 Open Hearts and Wallets Fundraiser


    Prayer Team – join the prayer team and keep others in your daily prayers. (Prayer Requests – If you have any prayer requests for our prayer team, please send them to peter.poulos@case.edu.)
    St. Herman’s Dinner – volunteer to help serve dinner at St. Herman’s House on Saturday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m.
    Men & Women’s Bible Study – come and discuss the Book of John Chapters 6 – 10 at the next Men & Women’s Bible Study on Wednesday, October 30 from 7 – 8 p.m. We meet at the Church.
    Zelma George Salvation Army Family Shelter – organize and/or participate in a cookie craft or other children’s event – date to be determined.
    Contact peter.poulos@case.edu to RSVP for any of these activities or if you have questions.


    GOYA will be visiting St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Food Bank on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This will be our fall service project. Send RSVPs and any questions to Ted Cherpas.


    Our annual parish Fall Fest will occur on Sunday, October 27th for all HOPE, JOY, and GOYA families from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. It will be a wonderful event with friends, games, candy, costumes, music, and more! We look forward to seeing you then. Contact Ted with any questions.


    Cavs Greek Night – Nov. 29! Tickets are on sale at cavsgreeknight.com. DEADLINE IS OCT. 25. Join Greeks from across the region as we celebrate our community, culture, and heritage with the Cleveland Cavaliers as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks and the Antetokounmpo brothers, Giannis “Greek Freak” and Thanasi. Tickets include a commemorative hat, and on court fan experiences will be offered in order of ticket purchase. Visit the website for details or email tickets@cavsgreeknight.com.


    We need to start preparing for our Thanksgiving and Christmas bake sales. Mark your calendar and come help us when you can: November 2, 23 and December 7, 14, 21. We start at 9 am.


    A Parish General Assembly will take place on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019, beginning at 11:30 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter. All parishioners are invited to attend; however, only those who are in good standing (i.e., pledge paid for 2018 and/or pledge form submitted for 2019) are eligible to vote. If you have not submitted a 2019 stewardship pledge form, please do so at your earliest convenience. Forms are available in the Narthex and online at http://www.stsconstantine.com/ministries/stewardship-committee.
    The agenda for the Parish General Assembly will include the following:
    1. Call Meeting to Order / Opening Prayer
    2. Election of Chairman
    3. Approval of Minutes of previous General Assembly
    4. Priest’s Report
    5. Treasurer’s Report for 2019 and 2020 budget presentation
    6. Audit report
    7. Festival Report
    8. Foundation Report
    9. Stewardship Report
    10. Philoptochos Report
    11. Youth Ministries Report
    12. Election of Audit Committee
    13. Board of Elections – Election of Parish Council Members
    14. New Business/Old Business
    15. Adjournment / Closing Prayer
    Copies of the 2019 financial statements and proposed budget for 2020 will be available in the Narthex in the weeks leading up to the meeting, at the meeting, and upon request.


    The annual Metropolis Folk Dance Festival will be November 15th -17th. This event is a great opportunity for youth interested in Greek dance. The host will be Holy Cross, Pittsburgh, and guest instructors from Hellas Group of Clearwater, FL will be visiting. To sign up, please contact Presbytera Christina at or Ted at no later than Monday, October 21st.


    St. Herman House – FOCUS is hosting its 7th Annual Fall Speaker Event titled “Beyond the Numbers: A Closer Look at Living in Poverty” on November 18th at 6 pm at the Breen Center in Ohio City. Free parking in the lot adjacent to the building. $30 suggested donation. Tickets will be able to be purchased through the parish representatives (note that not all parishes have a representative at the moment) or purchased online at www.focusnorthamerica.org/clevelandevent


    Registration for the 2019 GOYA Fall Retreat at Camp Nazareth will be November 22nd – 24th. Camp registration is now online at pittsburgh.goarch.org. Questions about the event may be sent to Marina Papafil at camp@pittsburgh.goarch.org. Contact Ted to reserve your spot in a St. Cons GOYA carpool.


    We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee Hour. The dates available are: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24. Please call the Church Office at (216) 932-3300 to sign up. Thank you.


    Information on the Orthodox Churches of Greater Cleveland:


    The congregation is asked to sing together the responses to the litanies after the Great Entrance (pp. 33-37) and after the Holy Anaphora (pp. 51-53).


    Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church & may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service, but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.


    Our sister parish of St. Demetrios, 22909 Center Ridge Rd. Rocky River, celebrates its nameday this week with a Vespers Service on Friday, 10/25, 7:00 PM and Divine Liturgy on Saturday, 10/26, 9:30 AM. All are invited.

    Hymns of the Day

    Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal 4th Tone

    Your Apostle among the Rulers, St. Constantine, who once beheld in the sky the image of Your Cross, and who like Paul received his calling not from man, once entrusted the Ruling City into Your hand. We entreat You to restore it in peace forever, at the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord who loves humanity. (Copyright Fr. Seraphim Dedes, used by permission. All rights reserved)

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