Weekly Bulletin


March 18, 2018


PANGARI: Team C, Costa Tsatiris, Costa Sarras, Eftihia Tsengas
GOSPEL: Mark 9:17-31
GREETERS: Keith and Kathy Cramer
PROSFORO: Anne Mitchell
LIBRARY GREETERS: Rosemarie Paliobeis and Emily Scocos
LITURGY: 9:30 am
MEMORIAL – 10:45 am – 1year for Michael P. Papouras, Husband of Sia, Father of Christopher (Veena), Connie (Jack), George; Papou to Michael J. Papouras and Gianna George.
MEMORIAL – 10:45 am – 40 Days for Panagiota Adams, age 89 years, mother of Andrew, Paul, John, and Harry
MEMORIAL – 10:45 am – 20 Days for Avrelia Georgiades, Mother of Maria (Mike) Sikoutris
MEMORIAL – 10:45 am – Angelo and Stephen Sikoutris
40 DAY BLESSING: 11:00 am – John Patzakis, son of Nick & Tiffany
COFFEE HOUR: 11:00 am – Hosted by Mike P. Papouras, Panagiota Adams, Georgiades, and Sikoutris Families
OE ART DAY: 11:45 am

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 Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”

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

He that prays with fasting hath his wings double, and lighter than the very winds. … For nothing is mightier than a man who prays sincerely. … But if thy body be too weak to fast continually, still it is not too weak for prayer, nor without vigor for contempt of the belly. For although thou canst not fast, yet canst thou avoid luxurious living.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

This Week

MAR. 19, 2018 – MAR. 25, 2018

MON. 3/19
7:00 pm – Compline
7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

TUES. 3/20
6:30 pm – OPA Dance

Wed. 3/21
5:45 pm – Presanctified Liturgy (Potluck Supper follows)

FRI. 3/23
5:00pm – Fish Fry
7:30pm – Salutations Service

SAT. 3/24
7:00pm – Vespers at Annunciation Church
GOYA Volleyball

SUN. 3/25
9:30am – Liturgy 
10:45 am – GOYA Trophy Presentation
11:30 am – Greek Independence Day Luncheon & Program


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.


Orthodox Forum, Sunday, March 18 Kathy Chimples will discuss “The Six Things Your Guardian Angel Will Say On Judgment Day”


On Mar. 18th we will have an ART DAY for any OE and past and present Greek school student presently in grades PreK-12th grades from about 11:45 am-1:00 pm in preparation to showcase our artwork to all participating diocesan churches coming to our Greek Language Festival here at Saints Constantine and Helen’s on Sat., Apr. 14th 11-3pm. On Mar. 18th we will have 5-6 art stations. Signup sheets with different art stations are on the bulletin board across from the office, next to the OE work room and on the table across from the Preschool room. If any child is interested, please RSVP Maria Sikoutris at orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com by Mar. 15th. Further details will be forthcoming.

Sun., Mar. 25th — Feast Day of the Annunciation, regular OE class

Apr. 1st — Palm Sunday and procession for 5th grade and under, regular OE class for 6th and up

Apr. 6th — Good Friday Program 9:30-4pm Registratrion forms will be passed out

Apr. 8th — Pascha Agape Vespers at 12 noon with egg hunt right after


The annual GOYA Volleyball tournament will be Saturday, Mar. 24th. St. Nicholas Cathedral in Pittsburgh is hosting this year. This is another exciting opportunity for our youth to grow closer to Christ and one another through an athletic ministry. There is no fee to participate and rides to and from the tournament will be provided by the coaches. If interested, please just let Ted know at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


Sunday, March 25th is the Feast Day of the Annunciation and our annual Greek Independence Day celebration. All are welcome to enjoy our Greek School students’ program and the luncheon after.  The fish dinner is a $12 donation and the pasta dinner is a $7 donation which you can pay at the door.


GOYA will be having its annual Palm-folding retreat on Fri., Mar. 30th here at Sts. Constantine & Helen beginning at 6:00 p.m. Food and drink will be provided. We will need lots of help to make all those crosses, so please plan on attending!


Your help is needed to prepare the flowers for the Epitaphion on Holy Friday, April 6 beginning at 9:30 am. We will share a potluck luncheon. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you can. No experience necessary!! Please bring a pair of scissors and a friend. Call Paula Kappos (440-247-7508) or Anna Warren (216-287-6890) with any questions.


Annually the Metropolis of Pittsburgh honors two people from each parish, parishioners who have voluntarily served in exemplary fashion- the unsung heroes of our churches.

The 2018 St. Photios Awardees from our parish are Elaine Joaquin and Mary Lambert.

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


We’ve made the turn and we’re headed down the home stretch! Only two more weeks of the Fish Fry! We had another great despite poor weather. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped so far. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated people serving out parish! We still need your help in these last two weeks. If you helped in the past, we are hopeful that we’ll 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, all of the proceeds 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 one of the largest single-church Fish Frys in the area and our menu selection and quality are second to none. We served around 565 meals last week with a crew of about 50 dedicated church members and non-member friends of Sts. Constantine & Helen.

Please commit to at least one of the last two Fridays (it only lasts three hours from 5-8pm) or even Thursday-evening prep (6:00 pm). You’ll see what a wonderful endeavor the Fish Fry is. Our hope is that, like us, you’ll get hooked!

Please contact the Church office to volunteer (or just show up).


During this Great Lent, we are called to put our faith in action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. There are many different Church activities that give you this opportunity, so put your faith in action and take one more step during this Lenten Season. Listed below are just some of the many ways you can take one more step. For more details, contact Peter Poulos at peter.poulos@case.edu.

Book of the Month Sponsored By The Library Committee: “Great Lent – Journey to Pascha”

St. Herman’s FOCUS – serve/prepare a meal at the St. Herman’s House of Hospitality.
Salvation Army Zelma George Family Shelter – host a cookie craft for children at the shelter.


Meeting for those interested in attending a Mission Trip Wed., 6/6- Sun., 6/10/18 to Detroit: on Sun., Mar. 18th at 11:30 am following OE in the Board Room – during this trip, we will be working with FOCUS Detroit to help children experiencing poverty to succeed in school. The service projects will revolve around the needs of the schools FOCUS serves in the city. Participants must be high school age or older. For information contact: Maria Misthos (Cashy) 440-338-3510 or mmisthos@mindspring.com.


The St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. Our guest instructor will be fellow young adult George Cherpas, and we will be learning how to make St. Phanourious Cake which is both Lent-friendly and very delicious. Yum!


The Haitian Vision Foundation is doing a fundraiser May 18 to keep our free medical clinic going in Haiti. If anyone would like to contribute goods for our silent auction, call Dena Magoulias 216-225-4850. Sports tickets, jewelry, restaurant coupons, etc


We have begun preparing the 2018 Luminaries which will be used to line the Holy FridayEpitaphios procession route. Forms are available in the foyer on the display table. All the proceeds will go towards Camp Nazareth Scholarship for our students. Scholarship requests should be directed to Fr. Stephen. Your support is greatly appreciated. For information about the luminaries please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


Our previous instructor relocated this past year and we are in need of a new instructor for the Junior Dance group. The junior dance group performs classic Greek dances during the Festival (6 performances). The group practices twice a week (Monday and Wednesday evenings 6-8pm) during the summer months and consists of children ages 8-12. Dancer parents assist with costumes, snacks, and instruction but we need a lead instructor for this great group of kids! For more information please contact Anastasia White at 216-570-0988 or Fr. Stephen at the church office.


Our St. John Byzantine Chant Class has begun its 2018 “Spring Semester.” 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 Cherpas at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com for the schedule and more information.


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: Apr. 15 &  29. 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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