Weekly Bulletin


Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

  • January 21, 2018

    PANGARI: Team C: Costa Tsatiris, Eftihia Tsengas, Costa Sarris
    GOSPEL: Luke 19:1-10
    GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (pg 169)
    GREETERS: Kathy, Nicole & Athena Cramer
    LIBRARY GREETERS: Kathy Bartzis, and Elaine Joaquin
    PROSFORO: Helen Primbas
    LITURGY: 9:30 am
    MEMORIAL: 10:45 am – (40 day) Katherine Cashy
    MEMORIAL: 10:45 am – (40 day) for Kalliope “Pipitsa” Lambrinoudis, aged 89 years, mother of Vassilios, sister of Katina Varella (decease). Friend of Roula Kontos and family.
    MEMORIAL: 10:45 am – (40 day) Cleo Antonopoulos, (1 yr.) Thalia Antonopoulos, sisters of Plato Anton (Mary), Aunts of Sherry (Fred) Jones, Bill (Ramona) Anton, Chris (Susan) Anton, Robert and Tina Blackham, Peter and Carolee Papouras. Great aunts of Kuper, Alec (Nancy), Gordon, Alexis, John, Chad & Robbie.
    ORTHODOX EDUCATION: 10:45 am – Game Day grades 3 & 6, OE Speaker
    COFFEE HOUR: 11:00 am – Hosted by the families of Kalliope “Pipitsa” Lambrinoudis, Cashy, Anton, Jones, Blackham and Papouras
    GOYA MEETING: 12:00 pm

    Gospel and Epistle Readings

    Epistle Reading

    Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
    Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
    Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

    The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15.

    Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and suffer reproach, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

    Gospel Reading

    15th Sunday of Luke
    The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10

    At that time, Jesus was passing through Jericho. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”

    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

    For Christ’s presence is like that of some life-giving, scented balsam which restores health, enriches life and gives savor to the soul, the thoughts, the words of a man. In brief, distance from Christ means corruption and death, and closeness to Him means salvation and life.
    Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
    Prolog, 4 February

    This Week

    JAN. 22, 2018 – JAN. 28, 2018

    MON. 1/22
    6:30 pm – Girls Basketball
    7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous
    TUES. 1/23
    6:30 pm – Boys Basketball
    6:30 pm – OPA Dance
    WED. 1/24
    6:30 pm – Girls Basketball
    THU. 1/25
    6:30 pm – Boys Basketball
    FRI. 1/26
    Metropolis GOYA Bball Tournaments
    SAT. 1/27
    10:00 am – Greek School
    5:00 pm – Vespers (& Confessions)
    Metropolis GOYA Bball Tournaments
    SUN. 1/28
    9:30 am – Liturgy
    10:45 am – Memorial – (40 day) Angelyne Mathews
    10:45 am – Orthodox Education – Donuts with Dad, grades 1-2 and 5, Little Saints Reading Club
    11:00 am – Coffee Hour: Hosted by Greek School and the Library Committee
    11:45 am – Orthodox Education – Teachers Meeting
    Metropolis GOYA Bball Tournaments


    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.


    Tue., Jan. 23 – Zip code 44143 south of Highland Road (between Highland and Mayfield Roads)
    Wed., Jan. 24 – Zip Code 44121
    Thur., Jan 25 – Zip Code 44077, 44057, 44041
    Fri., Jan. 26 – Zip Code 44021, 44024, 44072


    Jan. 21st — PreK-2nd Crafts, 3rd-6th Game Day, 7th-12th will meet in the conference room across from the office for a special speaker
    Jan. 28th — Little Saints Reading Club after Holy Communion in the play room/Teachers’ meeting at 11:45 in the alcove
    Feb. 4th — Guest speaker Fr. Dimitrios Moraitis will speak on the Miracles at St. Paraskeve’s Shrine Church from the holy water in class and at retreat 11:30-4:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

    Donuts with Dad: Jan. 28th — for 1st/2nd & 5th Feb. 4th — for PreK & 7th-12th Feb. 11th — for K, 3rd/4th & 6th


    The annual Fish Fry begins Friday, February 16th and runs for six weeks. We are in need of help this year. If you helped in the past, we are hopeful to see you again, if you haven’t been able to volunteer, we welcome you with open arms.

    The fish fry benefits our church in many many ways. It builds fellowship among our parishioners, its proceed go directly to the Church, it serves as a major fundraiser for Philoptochos (pastries) and we further solidify our relationship with our surrounding community.

    We are arguably the largest single-church fish fry’s in the area and our menu selection and quality is second to none. We served an average of 4.5 meals per minute last year with a weekly crew of about 50 dedicated church members and non-member friends of Sts. Constantine & Helen.

    We need your help. Please commit to at least one Friday (it only lasts three hours from 5-8pm) or even Thursday-evening prep. You’ll see what a wonderful endeavor the Fish Fry is…our hope is that you’ll be hooked! Please contact the Church office or Keith Cramer to volunteer (of just show up).


    Metropolis Summer Camp staff applications are now online. Volunteering at camp is a wonderful way to serve the Church especially if you were once a camper yourself. Applications are available at pittsburgh.goarch.org. Questions may be referred to our Metropolis Camping Ministry Coordinator, Marina Papafil, at camp@pittsburgh.goarch.org.


    Our next GOYA meeting will be on Sun., Jan. 21st at 11:45 a.m. Please plan on attending!


    Our HOPE & JOY families (those with children in kindergarten through 6th grade) are invited to the annual youth “Epiphany Dive” today shortly after Liturgy, Jan. 21st. This event is being hosted by our sister parish of St. Paul, North Royalton. Please see Ted Cherpas with any questions.


    On February 4th a luncheon will be provided in the fellowship hall open to the entire community. Immediately following all are also welcome to stay to hear an Orthodox Education guest speaker, Fr. Dimitrios Moraitis from Worcestor, MA who will be speaking on the Miracles of St. Paraskevi Shrine Church and briefly on his book “Returning the Lost Sheep.” People will be anointed with St. Paraskevi’s holy water later in the afternoon. Please see the information and schedule posted on the Orthodox Education bulletin board, and information on the website and future e-mails.


    Go deeper in your faith in the new year and attend the final bible study on the parables! The final bible study on the parables is set for Wed. Jan. 31 @ 7 p.m. at the Church. We will be studying the parables about prayer in Luke 11:5-13 and Luke 18:1-14. This bible study is for men and women and even if you have never attended before, you can still come to this last session. Please RSVP to peter.poulos@case.edu. If you are interested in acting as the facilitator, please let Peter know.


    Philoptochos is collecting hats, mittens, and socks for students at Fairfax Elementary school.  The collection will last until the end of January.


    The IOCC will sponsor a European Wine Tasting Event on Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 at the Copper Stone Event Center, 4630 Ridge Rd., Brooklyn Oh. Tickets are $50 each and are available from jim Basilion, cell (216)502-1803, email: james.basilion@case.edu.


    Annually the Metropolis of Pittsburgh honors two people from each parish who are nominated by the Parish Council. Nominees are to be parishioners who have voluntarily served the parish in exemplary fashion- in the words of Metropolitan Savas, “men and women who have served your community in previously unsung ways, not choosing those who have already been honored for their Church service (such as Archons, St. Paul Medal recipients, or prior St. Photios awardees).”

    This year the awards banquet will take place on Saturday, April 21, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Cranberry (near Pittsburgh).

    Parishioners are asked to suggest names to either Fr. Stephen or Parish Council President Dick Warren no later than Thursday, February 8, 5:00 PM.


    Philoptochos is now collecting membership dues for 2018. Our goal is to have over 125 members. Please join us in helping others! You can find membership forms on the tables or glass cases outside the gym. Thank you so much. Together we can make a difference!


    Our St. John Byzantine Chant Class will be beginning again in a few weeks. Men and women of all ages are welcome. No musical background is required to participate. You are welcome to attend even if you did not participate in the class during the fall – we accept everyone and are happy to work with anyone! If interested, please contact Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    Fr. Theodore Dorrance, Director of Missions and Evangelism for the Metropolis of Denver, has agreed to lead our Lenten Retreat on Sat., Mar. 10. Please save the date.


    The new Faith in Action Ministry Group issues a challenge to all parishioners. The challenge is to do one tangible thing in 2018 that takes your faith one step deeper. The Ministry Group is asking each parishioner, from teenagers on up, to formally join the Group as a declaration that they accept this challenge. Over the next year, Faith in Action will sponsor and support various faith related activities in which parishioners can participate. Our faith in action can take many forms and there is no single right answer; from a daily prayer practice, studying the bible, fasting, to helping the physical or spiritual needs of another. To join the group or get more information, contact Peter Poulos, peter.poulos@case.edu, or Steven Jensen, scjensen369@gmail.com.


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    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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