Weekly Bulletin


Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

June 16, 2019


PANGARI: Team D: Richard Warren, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
GOSPEL: John 7:37-52; 8:12
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 89 in Black Books)
PROSFORO: Jen Moissis
GREETERS: George & Lynne Stamatis
LIBRARY GREETERS: Emily Scocos and Nellie Baltazzi
LITURGY: 9:30 am
COFFEE HOUR: 11:00 am – Hosted by Philoptochos

We do not kneel in church until the Vespers on Pentecost Sunday.   

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11.

WHEN THE DAY of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontos and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

Gospel Reading

Holy Pentecost
The Reading is from John 7:37-52; 8:12

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.” Nikodemos, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Wisdom of the Fathers

For the grace of the Spirit, when it has entered into the mind and has been established, springs up more than any fountain, fails not, becomes not empty, stays not. To signify therefore at once its unfailing supply and unlimited operation, He has called it “a well” and “rivers,” not one river but numberless.

St. John Chrysostom

Homily 51 on John 7, 4th Century

This Week

June 17th – 23rd

MON. 6/17
9:00 am – Festival Baking – Make Crema & Assemble Pastitsio/Clip Grape Leaves
7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

TUE. 6/18
9:00 am – Festival Baking – Make Crema & Assemble Pastitsio/Clip Grape Leaves
6:30 pm – OPA Dance

SAT. 6/22
9:00 am – Festival Baking – Make Meat Filling For Dolmathes
9:30 am – Vespers (Confessions)

SUN. 6/23
9:30 am: Liturgy
11:00 am: Coffee Hour – Coffee only
11:30 am: Capital Campaign Q&A


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.


The 6th Annual St. Herman Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 17 at the Tanglewood Club. If you would like to play and/or be a sponsor, please contact Dick Warren (216-287-6886). Details are on the bulletin board.


If you have any door prizes that you are able to donate to the St. Herman Golf Classic, please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


Have questions or suggestions about the Capital Campaign? Attend a Q&A session at 11:30 on June 23 to learn about plans and progress.


The first festival meeting has been changed to Monday, June 24 at 6:30. Please plan to attend.


The annual youth “Greek Day” at Kennywood Amusement Park will take place on Tuesday, July 23. This is a great chance to connect with your friends from Camp Nazareth or from basketball tournaments. If there is enough interest we will have a carpool. Send RSVPs and any questions to Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


Orthodoxy on Tap for young adults ages 21 – 35(ish) will next take place on Friday, July 26th. Chrysanthe Loizos, the assistant director of St. Herman House, will be speaking. Location is TBA, but mark your calendars from now. Send any questions to Ted by e-mailing: gorealcleveland@gmail.com.


Our festival is August 22-25. Please don’t wait to be asked to volunteer. Please sign up by using one of the following:
1) SignUpGenius – go to stsconstantine.com. Select Volunteer for the Festival. That will take you to the sign up page.
2) Sign up sheet in the Fellowship Room
3) Sign up sheet on the bulletin board
Please be generous with your time. This is OUR festival, so we ALL need to volunteer.

Collis Lecture

Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sunday, 9/29/2019 at 2:00 PM. “Dangerous Beauty:  Medusa in Classical Art”.  Free: reservations required 216.421.7350 or engage.clevelandart.org beginning 8/1/2019.  Contact Renee Steffas hygienist83@yahoo.com or 216.287.5628, Bea Meros 440.449.5035 or Linda Glynias lglynias@gmail.com or 216-469-2663 for more information about the Hellenic Preservation Reception following the Lecture.


Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Festival will be August 22 – August 25.


Thank you so much to all the parents who donated food, extra money and so much time for the lunches, snacks and crafts during Vacation Church School. Thank you also to the teachers for teaching and being there all day, everyday. We could not have done it without you! Thanks to you, it was a great week!


The 2019 “In the Footsteps of St. Paul” Pilgrimage is currently underway. For updates from the group, Ted will be posting photos on our parish Facebook group. Be sure to check them out, and please keep the group in your prayers.


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.)


If you are 13 in 2019, we would love to have you join the dance group. Regular weekday practices are on Mondays & Wednesdays, at 6:30 pm.


FOCUS North America is sending our parish 24 backpacks to be filled with school supplies for students in need as part of a summer outreach project. The packing list includes items like pencils, folders, and index cards. All donations are tax deductible. Please see Ted to get involved or with any questions.


The junior dance group (ages 8-12) performs classic Greek dances during the Festival. The group practices twice a week (Mon/Wed 6:30-8:30pm) during the summer months. If you have a child who is interested in joining the Junior Hellenic Dancers, please contact Anastasia White 216-570-0988 or Maria Kallergis 216-570-6306; registrations are being accepted now. Instructors Angie Aivazis and Maria Kehres are waiting for you! Children turning 8 by Dec 2019 are welcome to participate. OPA!


Join a favorite family or friend to serve a simple Sunday coffee. Call Rose and select a June, July, or August Sunday.  It’s fun!


We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee Hour. The dates available are: June 23, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18. 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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