Weekly Bulletin


August 12, 2018

Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH


PANGARI: Team D, Richard Warren, William Chevako, Gus Kallergis
LIBRARY GREETERS: Popie Papouras and Maria Sikoutris
GREETERS: Charles and Sophia Nail
PROSFORO: Cynthia Asimakopoulos
GOSPEL: Matthew 18:23-35
LITURGY: 9:30 am
MEMORIAL: 10:45 am – (3 yrs) Caryn Cherpas , (5 yrs) Angie Lakios, (1 yr) George Lakios
COFFEE HOUR: 11:00am – Hosted by the Cherpas and Lakios Family


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12.

Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a sister as wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 18:23-35

The Lord said this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the torturers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal Fourth Mode

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)

Wisdom of the Fathers

When then you are minded to be revengeful, consider that against yourself are you revengeful, not against another; that you art binding up your own sins, not your neighbors ….
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 61 on Matthew 18, 4th Century

This Week

August 12, 2018 – August 19, 2018

MON. 8/13
9:00 am – Festival Baking – Pasta Flora & Syrup Finikia
6:30 pm – Junior and Senior Hellenic Dance Practice
7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

TUE. 8/14
6:30 pm – OPA Dance

WED. 8/15
9:30 am – Liturgy (Dormition)
6:30 pm – Junior and Senior Hellenic Dance Practice

THU. 8/16
9:00 am – Festival Baking – Baklava

SAT. 8/18
10:00 am – Festival Set Up
5:00 pm – Vespers (& Confessions)

SUN. 8/19
9:30 am – Liturgy
11:00 am – Coffee Hour – Coffee Only


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.


Due to the overwhelming amount of donated treasure and lack of space, the final day to drop off donations will be Sun., Aug. 12. As ever, we appreciate your generosity. We accept just about everything except clothing, furniture and tube televisions. Please bring your items to Church and bring them into the rear doors by the Flea Market. Call 216-932-3300 during normal office hours for assistance in dropping off items. Thank You!


Join our Festival Baking group as we prepare foods and pastries for our Greek Festival. We meet each Monday at 9:00 am beginning June 4th. Lunch is always an enjoyable occasion to celebrate a “job well done”. Sometimes we finish by lunch depending on the number of helpers and the difficulty of the item we are making. Feel free to contact Aggie Goss for more information at (440) 526-6313 or aggiegoss@yahoo.com. Experience is NOT required. PLEASE JOIN US – and bring a friend!


We invite the Cleveland area Orthodox community to join us on Friday 8/10 for a fun evening of bowling and fellowship at Yorktown Lanes in Parma Hts. The event runs from 6:00-8:30pm. Admission is free, and pizza and pop will be provided while supplies last. Free-will donations will be accepted throughout the evening. All proceeds benefit the St. Panteleimon ministry. We ask everyone to RSVP by phone at 440-941-4850, or online at bowling4babas.eventbrite.com

The St. Panteleimon ministry serves residents of area nursing homes


Saturday, August 11th at 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. is our Vacation Church School reunion for all 2018 participants, helpers, their families, all those interested in future VCS and all Orthodox Education students grades PreK-12th. We will meet first in the Conference Room. Please RSVP to orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com by Wed., Aug. 8th.

Early Orthodox Education registration will begin after the VCS Reunion at 7-7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 12th immediately following the Divine Liturgy. No fee is required. Children who are turning 4 by September 30, 2018 may register for preschool. Parents please do register your preschoolers at the early registration dates or at least e-mail Maria Sikoutris ASAP at orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com to start the registration process.

Teacher meeting August 12th after the Divine Liturgy.

First day of class will be September 9th with regular registration offered for both Orthodox Education and Greek School. Alternate teacher meeting date after class.

Greek School begins Saturday, September 15th with Aghiasmos.

September 16th Special speaker for 6th-12th grades during class in the Conference room.


A joint-GOYA “kickoff” panygiri will take place at St. Demetrios, Rocky River on Sunday, August 19th at 1:00 p.m. All five Cleveland GOYA chapters have been invited to start the new school year together. Plan on attending, and send any questions to Ted Cherpas.


St. Herman’s Cleveland Indians Outing – we are having an Cleveland Indians baseball game outing with the men of St. Herman’s. The game is on Saturday, August 18 at 4:05 p.m. The Indians are playing the Baltimore Orioles. If you are interested in coming to the game and having fellowship with the men of St. Herman’s, please RSVP to peter.poulos@case.edu. The deadline is Saturday, August 11. (“Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18))


Online registration for all 2018-2019 Youth Ministry Programs (HOPE/JOY, GOYA, Young Adults) will go live on Monday, August 13th. Any families interested in participating in our various youth groups are encouraged to sign up to receive communications for the next school year. Links will be made available via our parish e-mail list. See Ted Cherpas with any questions.


Please help set up for the festival on the following dates:

-Set up inside- Saturday, August 18 – 10:00am

-Set up outside – Wednesday, August 22 – 6:30pm

Please be generous with your gift of time. Thank you in advance for your help.


Please help spread the word about our Greek Festival by taking fliers, postcards and pamphlets to distribute to friends, neighbors, co-workers and businesses. They are available in the entry and the Fellowship Room. Thank you for your help.


We still need volunteers for over 200 shifts at our festival. We ask that each parishioner donate as much time as possible – at least 2 shifts during the festival, if possible. If you have already volunteered, thank you. If not, please do one of the following to sign up:

1) Go to stsconstantine.com. Click on Volunteer for the Festival. That will take you to SignUpGenius where you can sign up for as many shifts as you can.

2) Sign up on the volunteer sheet on the bulletin board outside the main office or at coffee hour

3) Contact Anna Warren at annabell49@sbcglobal.net or 216-287-6890


Ads will be shown on 3 large screens inside and outside the church throughout the Festival Weekend. 15 second ad-$200.00 or 30 second ad-$300.00

Please forward artwork (jpeg preferred, landscape orientation, still photos only) to StConsFestivalAds@gmail.com or contact Rosanne Klonaris at 440.336.0390.


Announcing a special General Assembly to discuss the Clergy Laity Congress and any other business to be brought forth at that time. Sunday September 16, 11:30 am.


A young adult retreat will be taking place at the Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp on Labor Day weekend. A few weeks later Antiochian Village will host an “Adult Camp” from September 14th – 17th. These are both great opportunities for all parishioners ages 21 – 35(ish). For more information or if you have any questions contact Ted Cherpas.


Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sunday, 9/30/2018 at 2:00 PM “The Cleveland St. Luke: The Byzantine Artist as Creator, Bureaucrat, or Copyist”. Free: reservations required 216.421.7350 or engage.clevelandart.org. Contact Renee Steffas 216.287.5628, Bea Meros 440.449.5035 or Gary Thomas 440.823.9011 for more information about the Hellenic Preservation Reception following the Lecture.


All youth families are invited to attend a “BeeTreat” event at Annunciation, Akron featuring Steve Christophorou, Director of the Archdiocesan Y2AM Office, on Saturday, October 27th. This is an exciting opportunity to meet the person behind the popular “Bee the Bee” and “Live the Word” online video series. See you then, and direct any questions to Ted Cherpas.


We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee Hour. Gather a group of old friends and spend Sunday morning after church getting to know and welcome new friends. All you need are donuts, the ability to pour a cup of coffee and a smiling face!!! The dates available are: Aug. 19. 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.

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