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Canon 0914 - Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Canon of Faith
September 2014
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
San Jose, California
September 2014
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Mission Statement
Our Parish, the Parish of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of San Jose,
California, is committed to cultivating and nurturing faith in Our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ as taught by the doctrines and Tradition of the Holy
Orthodox Church. As a Eucharistic Community, we are called to be “Lights
in the World”, demonstrating our faith through stewardship, acts of mercy,
and sacramental participation. Through the acquisition of the Holy Spirit,
we are called upon to “grow in the grace and knowledge of Our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.” Finally, we are required by Our Lord in the great
commission to invite all people regardless of their ethnic, social, economic or
educational background to embrace the Orthodox Faith.
A monthly publication prepared by and for the parishioners
of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, San Jose, California.
Rev. Fr. Demosthenes Paraskevaides
Rev. Fr. Ion Coman
Rev. Fr. Deacon Demetrios Diakos
Church: 1260 Davis Street • San Jose, CA 95126
Office: 986 Chapman Street • San Jose, CA 95126
Web Site:
Telephone (408) 246-2770 - 24 Hour Answering Service
Fax (408) 246-0143
Education Center (408) 243-0507
Achilleas Veziris, President
Mary Ann Barrous, Secretary
Paul Pries, Vice President
George Spilios, Treasurer
(Efthimia) Andrews
John Armeniakos
Olga Mavrogenes
Dianne Antonopoulos
Dionysis Heliotis
Nick Pagonis
Tom Antonopoulos
Michael Kokinos
Pete Panos
Stelios Argiris
John Kouretas
Tom Stouras
James “Star” Fanakos, Member Emeritus
(See Schedule on Page 4)
Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sundays from the first Sunday after Labor Day to mid May
Orthros followed by 1st Divine Liturgy 7:15 a.m.
2nd Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Church School 10:00 a.m.
Sundays other than above days
Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 8:30 a.m.
Weekdays Eve of feast days Vespers 6:30 p.m.
Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m.
Choir Practice Hellenic School Classes
Thursdays 6:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Tues. - Thurs.
10:00 a.m. Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Kanella Sarros, Secretary
Anthie Karvounis, Bookkeeper
Euripides Gavras, Neokoros
Peter Pappas, Neokoros Emeritus (Honorary)
Acolytes George Pries, Advisor
Paul Papageorge, Director
Dr. Tikey Zes, Director
Steve Parsons, Organist
Paul Pronoitis
Junior Choir
Amanda Fields, Director
Youth Council
Angie Markolefas
Church School
Teena Claudatos, Superintendent
Hellenic School
Roula Demertzis, Director
Dance Activity Groups
George & Meredith Panayotopoulos,
General Directors
Dance Group Council
Stacy Panayotopoulos, Chairperson
Girl Scouts
Maria Trapalis, Director
Golden Years (Seniors)
Mina Masters, President
Greek Otthodox Youth of America-GOYA Johanna Duterte, Director
Junior GOYA
Saiyanna Charitou
Hellenic Orthodox Primary EducationHOPE Zaren Stouras
Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) Lorraine Hilty
Mothers and Tots
Roula Demertzis, Director
Philoptochos Society
Laurie Sahines, President
Sunday Coffee Hour
Theoni Maroudas & Helen Leos, Coordinators
Missions Ministry
Rosa Deamant
Vacation Church School (VCS) Julie Constant
Visitation Ministry
Pauline Ferrant
Order of AHEPA Daughters of Penelope
Hellenic Heritage Institute
Lakonikos Syllogos
Panarcadian Federation Pancretan Association
Dr. George Zioulas, President
Cathy Photopoulos, President
Marina Moustakas, President
John Varellas, President
Elias Psycharis, President
Ted Cocoles, President
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Message from Father Demosthenes Beloved parishioners and friends,
Yesterday I happen to witness an incident in our neighborhood. A man stole a car, and
shortly after he was chased by the police, the car jumped over the curb, landed in an old
lady’s yard, and destroyed the fence. The man got injured, but nobody seemed to feel
sad for him. Instead, everybody seemed to be glad and satisfied for the punishment he
got and he will get. This reminded me the following words from the wisdom of Saint
Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia:
We mustn’t think anything evil about others. Even a simple glance or a sigh influences those around us. Even
the slightest anger or indignation does harm. We need to have goodness and love in our soul and to transmit
these things. We need to be careful not to curse those who harm us, but rather to pray for them with love.
Whatever any of our fellow men does, we should never think evil of them. We need always to have thoughts of
love and always to think good of others. Look at Saint Stephen the first martyr. He prayed: “Lord, do not hold
this sin against them.” We need to do the same.
We should never think about someone that God will send him some evil or that God will punish him for his
sin. This thought brings to people great evil, without us being aware of it. We often feel indignation and say to
someone: ‘Have you no fear of God’s justice, are you do not afraid of God’s punishment?’ Or else we say,‘God
will punish you for what you’ve done,’ or, ‘O God, do not bring evil on that person for what he did to me’; or,
‘May that person not suffer the same thing.’
In all these cases, we have a deep desire within us for the other person to be punished. Instead of confessing
our anger over his error, we present our indignation in a different way, and we allegedly pray to God for him.
In reality, however, in this way we are cursing our brother. And if, instead of praying, we say, ‘May God repay
you for the evil you have done to me,’ then once again we are wishing for God to punish him. Even when we
say, ‘All very well, God is witness,’ the disposition of our soul works in a mysterious way and influences the
soul of our fellow man so that he suffers evil.
When we speak evil about someone, an evil power proceeds from within us and is transmitted to the other
person, just as the voice is transmitted on sound waves, and in point of fact the other person suffers evil. It
is something like the bewitchment of the evil eye, when someone has evil thoughts about others. This occurs
through our own indignation. We transmit our evil in a mystical way. It is not God who provokes evil, but
rather people’s wickedness. God does not punish, but our own evil disposition is transmitted to the soul of the
other in a mysterious way and does evil. Christ never wishes evil. On the contrary, He commands, Bless those
who curse you…
It’s possible for someone to say,‘The way that person is behaving, he will be punished by God,’ and to believe that he is saying this without evil intent. It is not a simple thing, however, to discern whether he has or
does not have evil intent. It does not appear clearly. What is hidden in our soul and how that can exercise
influence on people and things is a very secret matter.
Do you see what happens? With the Spirit of God we all become incapable of every sin. We are made incapable because Christ dwells within us. We are henceforth capable only of good. Thus we will acquire the
grace of God and become possessed by God. If we abandon ourselves to the love of Christ, then all will be
overturned, all will be transfigured, all will be transformed, all will be transubstantiated. Anger, resentment,
jealousy, indignation, censure, ingratitude, melancholy and depression will all become love, joy, longing,
divine eros. Paradise!
From the book “Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia”
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Monday, September 1 - New Ecclesiastical Year/Labor Day
7:30am Blessing of the Water/Agiasmo
8:00am Orthros + Liturgy
Saturday, September 6
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, September 7 - Sunday before Holy Cross
Begin Two Liturgies
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Monday, September 8 - Nativity of the Theotokos
8:00am Orthros + Liturgy
Saturday, September 13
10:00am Agiasmo (for Hellenic School) - all invited
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Saturday, September 20
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, September 21 - Sunday after Holy Cross
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Thursday, September 25
6:30pm Vespers
Friday, September 26 - Falling Asleep St. John the Theologian
8:00am Orthros + Liturgy
Sunday, September 28 - 1st Sunday of Luke
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Wednesday, October 1
8:00am Blessing of the Water/Agiasmo
Saturday, October 4
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, October 5 - 2nd Sunday of Luke
Begin Two Liturgies
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Monday, October 6 - St. Thomas the Apostle
8:00am Orthros + Liturgy
Saturday, October 11
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, October 12 - 7th Ecumenical Council
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Godparents Sunday
Friday, October 17
6:30pm Vespers
Saturday, October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist
8:00am Orthros + Liturgy
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, Octoberf 19
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
Friday, October 24 - St. Sevastiani
8:00am Orthros + Liturgy
Saturday, October 25
5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, October 26 - 6th Sunday of Luke
7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am Litrugy 2
OXI Day Program
Friday, October 31
6:30pm Vespers
St. Nicholas Community Calendar
1 Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
7 Feast Day of St. Nikitas Luncheon
22 Father Berris Golf Classic
27 PAOI Gala
28 Walk for Missions
11 Philoptochos Autumn Tea
11 Panarcadian Dinner Dance
12 Godparents Sunday
26 OXI Day Program
2 Monastary Fundraiser
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Ο διάσημος ηθοποιός του
Χόλιγουντ, Ρόμπιν Ουίλιαμς,
που βρέθηκε νεκρός στο
σπίτι του, στο παρελθόν
μίλησε με θερμά λόγια για
την Ελλάδα λέγοντας πως «η
ανθρωπότητα οφείλει να υποκλίνεται στην ελληνική
ιστορία» και ότι «μπορεί η οικονομία της χώρας σας να
μην πηγαίνει καλά, αλλά αυτό δεν σημαίνει ότι είσαστε
ανίσχυροι». Μάλιστα ο ίδιος αρκετές φορές είχε κάνει
διακοπές στα ελληνικά νησιά.
«Τα οικονομικά δεδομένα
αλλάζουν συνεχώς για όλους.
Αυτό που δεν αλλάζει είναι η
κληρονομιά, η ταυτότητά σας.
Ο Παρθενώνας δεν φεύγει από
την Αθήνα. Είναι ακόμα εκεί για
να θυμίζει ότι η πρόοδος και η
ακμή μπορούν να επιστρέψουν»,
έλεγε το 2011 σε συνέντευξή του
στην εφημερίδα «Πρώτο Θέμα»
ο διάσημος κωμικός Robin Williams.
Είπε ακόμα, ότι έχει κάνει διακοπές με σκάφος στα
ελληνικά νησιά και πώς δεν ήταν αρκετό για να δει
όλα όσα έχει διαβάσει στην ελληνική μυθολογία. «Στην
Αγγλία για παράδειγμα, δεν πήγα πουθενά. Τι να δω;
Το παλάτι του Μπάκιγχαμ; Δεν με νοιάζει. Όπως κι αν
πάω στην Γερμανία, δεν θα πάω να δω το Τείχος του
Βερολίνου. Ωστόσο, την Δήλο, τον Παρθενώνα και τις
Μυκήνες δεν μπορείς να τις αγνοήσεις».
Ας είναι η μνήμη του αιωνία!
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You may watch the online video here:
Το Χάρβαρντ μοιράζεται online τους ελληνικούς
θησαυρούς του
Η ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη Κλασικών Σπουδών Loeb
του Χάρβαρντ, θα είναι διαθέσιμη σε όλο τον κόσμο.
Τα πιο σημαντικά έργα της ελληνικής και λατινικής
λογοτεχνίας online.Από το Φθινόπωρο του 2014, η
ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη Κλασικών Σπουδών Loeb Classical Library του Χάρβαρντ θα μοιράζεται με χρήστες
σε όλο τον κόσμο, σημαντικά έργα της ελληνικής και
λατινικής λογοτεχνίας.
Η βιβλιοθήκη ιδρύθηκε το 1911 από τον James Loeb,
και η αποστολή της ήταν πάντα να κάνει την κλασική
ελληνική και λατινική λογοτεχνία προσιτή σε ένα
ευρύ φάσμα αναγνωστών. Η ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη θα
επεκτείνει αυτή την αποστολή στον εικοστό πρώτο
«Το Harvard University Press έχει την τιμή να
ανανεώσει το όραμα της προσβασιμότητας του James
Loeb και παρουσιάζει μία διαδικτυακή βιβλιοθήκη,
με πλήρεις δυνατότητες αναζήτησης, με περιεχόμενο
που εμπλουτίζεται συνεχώς και περιλαμβάνει τα
πιο σημαντικά έργα της ελληνικής και λατινικής
Ολόκληρη η ελληνική και λατινική κλασική
κληρονομιά θα εκπροσωπείται σε αυτή την διαδικτυακή
Έπος και λυρική ποίηση; Τραγωδία και κωμωδία;
Ιστορία, ταξίδια, φιλοσοφία, ρητορική;
Ολα θα είναι διαθέσιμα online σε ένα μοντέρνο και
κομψό περιβάλλον, επιτρέποντας στους αναγνώστες
να περιηγηθούν, να κάνουν αναζήτηση, να κρατήσουν
σημειώσεις, να σχολιάσουν και να μοιραστούν το
περιεχόμενο με ευκολία.
Μέχρι να ανοίξει τις διαδικτυακές της πύλες αυτή
η βιβλιοθήκη, πάρτε μια γεύση από τον τρόπο που θα
λειτουργεί στο παρακάτω βίντεο.
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Dear parishioners of Saint Nicholas and friends,
During this past year, I have been approached by many of you telling me, “Father, you have to do something
about our Greek School.” At this point, I am very happy and excited to announce that our Greek School has
been reorganized in all areas. The new name is CENTER OF HELLENIC EDUCATION. This is because it is
no longer just a school for language, but a school for language and culture.
My personal goal is to set high standards for our CENTER OF HELLENIC EDUCATION, and thereby make
sure that we will offer the best education program for our children and adults. That’s why I, personally, have
assumed the responsibility to be the leader and director of the entire program. I am very happy to announce that
I have a powerful and dedicated group of well-educated people with experience and enthusiasm who will be
working me. We have worked extremely hard over the summer to prepare a very good program for our children.
Even during my vacation I was working with the Committees over the phone and the internet to have everything
ready and on time.
We have a Curriculum Committee for all the levels from preschool age up to New Testament Greek for adults.
We also have a Finance Committee, a Human Resources Committee, a Special Events/PR Committee,
and a Marketing Committee, and we are working with the dedicated President of our Community, Achilleas
Veziris, and Parish Council members to make sure that everything will be in the right order.
I am very grateful to all those who responded to my call with enthusiasm and excitement and became members
of the Committees. I would like to invite all of you, the stewards of our Parish, to support our CENTER OF
HELLENIC EDUCATION with any means you can. We have prepared everything for your children. I encourage you to enroll your children in this program, and I am sure that very soon you will be happy with the results.
• Every Sunday until classes begin, as you walk out of the Church through the main doors, you will see a
table on your left, where you can find all the information about the program and complete the registration
Second addition to the language program we will also offer a very rich cultural program, therefore the tuition fee will be slightly higher than it was last year. However, I don’t want to turn any of the students away
because of financial issues. If you need financial aid, please approach me, and I will make sure that your
children will be able to participate in the program.
If you are a teacher, please fill out the Job Application Form. If you are not a teacher, but would like to share
your skills with us by joining any of the Committees, please express your interest, and fill out the Form. We
will be very happy to have you on board. In any case please email directly the Human Resources Committee
([email protected]).
On August 31st we will offer an orientation class for everyone: the parents, the students, and the teachers at
the Small Hall, following Divine Liturgy. The purpose of this meeting is to present to the parish information
regarding the Center of Hellenic Education.
The Agiasmos, the Blessing of the Water, will take place on September 13, the first day of the school year.
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Canon of Faith
September 2014
• Regarding the dates of the classes, we plan to keep the same dates as we had last year, however, we are open
to any suggestions you may have for other days as well. You will be able to make these suggestions on the
registration form.
Again, I’m inviting all of you to work TOGETHER for the benefit of our children and the future of our Parish.
Your priest,
Father Demosthenes
Director of the Center of Hellenic Education
Τώρα τελειώνουμε κι εμείς την δοξολογία του Θεού και θα πάμε κι εμείς να
Λέει ο Γέροντας στον υποτακτικό: Έξεγερθέντες του ύπνου προσπίπτομέν Σοι,
αγαθέ, και των αγγέλων τον ύμνον βοώμέν Σοι, δυνατέ· άγιος, άγιος» κτλ. «Κουά,
κουά, κουά, κουά» τα βατράχια, κοάζουν, πως λέγεται, ξεχάσαμε και τα ελληνικά
— Βρε παιδί μου, λέει, πήγαινε στα βατράχια και πές τα: Α, να σας πώ, ο Γέροντας
λέει, σταματήστε τώρα γιατί θέλουμε να διαβάσουμε εμείς την ακολουθία.
— Να ‘ναι ευλογημένο, Γέροντα.
Αυτός ήταν υποτακτικός! Βλέπεις; Δεν είπε, «ε, Γέροντα, τα βατράχια θα πάω να πω εγώ;» Όχι,
— Ακουστέ εδώ, βατράχια, είπε ο Γέροντας να σταματήσετε τώρα, γιατί θέλουμε να διαβάσουμε
εμείς την ακολουθία.
Μίλησε το βατράχι εκεί! Λέει:
— Πές του Γέροντα, τώρα τελειώνουμε κι εμείς την δοξολογία του Θεού και θα πάμε κι εμείς να
Και τα βατράχια υμνολογούν τον Θεό! Όλη η φύση, να πούμε, υμνολογεί, δοξολογεί τον Θεό, και
κατά την καθαρότητα μας ακούμε κι εμείς αυτήν τη μυστική δοξολογία, τη μυστική, την άφωνο
υμνολογία που κάνουνε και οι πέτρες ακόμη. Αυτό πως το λένε, κάτι στίχους που έχει η μεγάλη
δοξολογία, δεν ξέρω πως τα λένε, γιατί εγώ έχω χρόνια να πάω πάνω στην ακολουθία.
Μοναχοί: Πύρ, χάλαζα, χιών, πνεύμα καταιγίδος…
Γέροντας: Πύρ, χάλαζα, πύρ καταιγίδος κτλ., όλα, τότε αρχίζει η μεγάλη δοξολογία. Βλέπετε;
Και τα όρη και τα βουνά και τα δέντρα και η θάλασσα και τα ψάρια, όλα υμνολογούν τον
Θεό. Αλλά εμείς, επειδή έχουμε αμαυρώσει, δηλαδή, το νοερόν της ψυχής μας, γι’ αυτό λίγο
το καταλαμβάνουμε, λίγο. Όσο καθαρίζεσαι μέσα σου, τόσο και περισσότερο λαμβάνεις έναν
φωτισμό, λαμβάνεις μιαν αίσθηση ότι κανένα κτίσμα του Θεού δεν μένει αργό, αλλά όλα
δοξολογούν τον Θεό. Και η μύγα και το κουνούπι, και το βόδι και το ζώο, όλα δοξολογούν
τον Θεό. Όταν καθαριστείς μέσα σου, θα την δεις αυτήν τη μυστική δοξολογία του Θεού. Όσο
καθαρίζεσαι μέσα σου, θα το δεις και λές: Ταλαίπωρε άνθρωπε, εσύ μόνο δεν δοξολογείς τον Θεό.
Canon of Faith
September 2014
August 15, 2014
We have also put a lot of our school information on
the St. Nicholas website ( This includes Faculty, Council, Schedule of Events, Curriculum
Philosophy and Church School Guidelines. If you want
us to add anything else please let us know. Our goal is
to supply all current information to help you make your
long term planning and not miss anything going on at
our school. You will also receive your weekly update. If
you are not getting these please let me know at [email protected] so you can be added.
We have talked with a number of you over the summer and understand that many of our families have their
children involved in club sports, theatre and academic
events and competitions. These events are either held
on Sunday or your travel time is on Sunday. We know
this is out of your control, so we ask that if this is your
family please make that extra effort to attend Church
and Church School on the Sundays you’re in town. If
you want your child to get the perfect attendance award
you can attend a make up Liturgy on a Sunday we do
not have Church School or a weekday Liturgy. We will
make sure their attendance is updated if you let us know.
This is very important if you have a 12th grader and they
are trying to earn their class icon or apply for a Church
School Scholarship.
If you are new to our school or had any of your
information changed such as your address or email you
can tell us on Sunday, August 24th or on the 31st. We
will have a table in front of the church before and after
the Liturgy. If nothing has changed than you are good
to go for the new school year. We automatically place
your students into their new grades. The web site has the
room numbers that your students will be in and their
teachers for the school year.
We are excited about this new school year and
look forward to your continued support. Remember, it
is important to start your child’s Sunday off by attending the 10:00 AM Liturgy. Everyone is in class until
12:30 PM. Of course, toddlers can be picked up any
time. The 12:30 dismissal gives you time to get your
coffee and enjoy some fun and friendship yourself!
If you have any questions please feel free to come
to the Church School office on Sunday mornings or
contact us at [email protected]
See you on Sundays!
Church School
Dear Church School Parents and Grandparents,
Our new school year starts Sunday, September 7th.
With the Blessings of our Proistamenos and approval by
the parish council, we have worked through the summer
cleaning and updating the classrooms, working on curriculum and planning for our new school year.
Thanks to MaryAnn Barrous and Harry and Olga
Mavrogenes our 8th, 9th, and 10th grade classrooms are
newly painted in a beautiful Tuscany yellow. And thanks
to Mrs. Bessie Kouretas, those same classrooms have new
brick red curtains and rods.
We removed the last 7 chalk boards and put up new
white boards with generous donations from: Achilleas
and Eleni Veziris, George Spilios, GOYA, Philoptochos,
AHEPA/DOP, John and Roula Demertzis and Kosta and
Dimitra Amberiadis. Four of the white boards were a
little smaller than the old chalkboards so we have beautiful hand painted wall decorations done by Evagelia
We also installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Our heaters are in good shape but we want to go
that extra mile to ensure the health of our students and
the safety of our classrooms.
In an effort to be more proactive than reactive we are
in the process of taking and getting certified in the California Mandatory Reporting Course and looking into
fingerprinting. Because of our professional lives many of
us have fingerprints already on file.
We are extending the class time just another 15 minutes so our new dismissal time is 12:30. Our teachers
have a full curriculum designed to give your children the
basic understanding of their faith and how to apply it to
their lives. We need an hour to teach it so we are asking
for your patience. This will give you more time to have
your parea in the coffee hour.
We are also extending the music program to include
the fifth graders. The goal is that our students have a
good understanding of the Liturgy hymns, what they
mean and why we sing them when we do. We also want
them to be able to sing them during the Liturgy.
Starting with our first Sunday we will go down the
middle aisle for Holy Communion. This will enable our
students to be dismissed from the solea and go out our
side door. This is a streamlined way to get the kids to
their classrooms faster with no detours into the small
hall to grab a cookie.
Teena Claudatos
Superintendent, St. Nicholas Church School
Canon of Faith
Saint Nicholas Church School
School Year 2014-2015
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
19 26
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School (OXI Day) End of 1st Quarter
November 16
November 23
November 30
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)
December 7
December 14
December 21 December 28 January
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School - End of 2nd Q
Sunday School
Sunday School
1 Sunday School - Triodion Begins
Sunday School
Sunday School - Forgiveness Sunday
15 22 29 April
Sunday School - Palm Sunday
19 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL-Thomas Sunday
26 Sunday School
Sunday School - Sunday of Orthodoxy Sunday School
Sunday School - End of 3rd Q
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School
Sunday School - Mother’s Day - End of 4th Quarter
LAST Sunday School - Sundae Sunday
September 2014
Canon of Faith
September 2014
by Ellie Prokopakis
of families coming together for fellowship, not some
gourmands out to celebrate an exclusive event. We have
come to expect the same quality of food and service as if
we are paying professionals. This is what I want to say to
anyone that fields a complaint in our direction. We are a
Church, not a five star restaurant.
Sept 1 Mon, Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
…also Labor Day
Sept 3 Wed, Philoptochos Meeting, Rm 3, 7:30 pm
Sept 7 Sun, Luncheon for His Eminence Nikitas
Sept 14 Sun, Elevation of the Cross (Tray Collection)
Oct 11 Sat, Autumn Tea, Laurie Sahines’ Home
I worry about the future of Philoptochos. I hate to
see that so few new people are interested in joining. Yet,
at the luncheon, it made me smile to see all the ladies,
and gentlemen, who got up to get their own coffee, extra
water, or to help bus dishes, without complaining. I
liked that. Maybe we should quit trying to be a restaurant
and get back to serving casseroles, Jello salads, and
homemade cookies and enjoy the company, more than
the meal (which is what happens at my own parties at
home anyway!) Maybe that will take some of the pressure
off of women who are interested in being of service, but
worried that they might not do things well enough to
meet some mysterious standards. Signed… Lucky to be
a Philoptochosian,
WELCOME BACK: It is with smile and open arms
we welcome students. Teachers, and vacationers back for
the start of the new Ecclesiastical Year. Probably many
think the summer was too short and vacation so difficult
to end but now we look forward to once again entering a
more disciplined schedule.
Without leaving the fond memories of summer and all
her glory, we greet all who were away and hope to unite
towards the classes and projects to come. We settle into
a more structured and timely schedule and encourage all
of us to begin anew.
THE PANAGIA LUNCHEON: Our tribute to the
Falling Asleep of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, followed
the Liturgy which was dedicated to Her. The traditional
Philoptochos luncheon was held in the Community
Center to be able to accommodate all who chose to stay
for the luncheon. We acknowledge and thank all who
took the time to attend and thank the two generous
fellows who worked in the kitchen. We also are grateful
to Sofia Papanicolaou and Terry Kylan for organizing
this event, as well as Kudos to our faithful women who
are always with us to set, serve, and clean up. God love
you all!
Dear sisters in Christ,
Thank you for organizing this beautiful event. It was
very well attended, thank God. As for the food, it was
delicious! Everything was great. It must have been the
secret ingredient (love) that made it so good... It is not
about pleasing all, but rather about serving Christ.
God bless you, Father Ion
Particularly pertinent in a time of drought: Exodus
23:25-26 25- Worship the LORD your God, and His
blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away
sickness from among you, 26- and none will miscarry or
be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
JUST A THOUGHT: I had a thought that I wanted
to share with you all. I enjoyed the Panagia Luncheon. I
wasn’t able to help with all the walking around that many
did, but I did get to arrive early and help out a little in
the kitchen. There were 3 people in there....who would
rather have been in other places doing other things....yet
they felt they couldn’t say no to this very special occasion.
That’s why it hurts so much when I hear that some people
have complained about the food.
NIKITAS: You are encouraged to attend this meal which
supports the PAOI, the favored baby of the Metropolitan.
We all know how favored our St. Nicholas parish has
been by Met. Nikitas so now you can thank him by being
a part of this luncheon.
The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute exists
to Educate, Communicate, Promote and Sustain the
Traditions, Values, Teachings and Culture of Orthodox
Christianity. We are most fortunate to have this facility
here on the West Coast.
The Thought: “We”, as a Church, have been spoiled for
years by having successful restaurant owners cooking for
us. I think “we” have forgotten that we are an assembly
Canon of Faith
September 2014
COLLEGE: As we celebrate the Elevation of the Cross,
our own Holy Cross Seminary and Hellenic College
comes to mind. It is the center where the future of our
Holy Orthodox Church is being formed. This hub of
learning sets not only the future deacons and priests on
their paths but different ancillary Church leaders are
being trained there as well.
waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was
when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared
in a loud voice, “Mommy, I’m over here.”
A BLUE ROSE: Having four visiting family members,
my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for
her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs,
paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I
God’s garden.” She reached out, squeezed my hand and
said, “God bless you!” and then I had tears in my eyes.
It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and
also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to
him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise
exploded on his face as I said, “Hey Buddy, what’s your
name?” “My name is Denny and I’m shopping with my
Since it is not a publicly supported school, it falls upon mother,” he responded proudly. “Wow,” I said, “that’s a
each of us to see to the success of the school. First of all, cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is
tuition for the education of the leaders of our faith is quite Steve.” “Steve, like Stevarino?” he asked.
costly. For this reason, Philoptochos Chapters all across
“Yes,” I answered. “How old are you Denny?” “How
our nation pass a tray to raise funds used for scholarships. old am I now, Mommy?” he asked his mother as she slowly
On Sunday, September 14, your Philoptochos will pass came over from the next aisle. “You’re fifteen-years-old
a tray asking that you support our dedicated students Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by.”
by adding your donation which will be used for the
I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny
scholarships for them.
for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and
Checks should be written to: “St. Anna Philoptochos” school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement,
with “HC/HC” on the notation line. Your Chapter sends because he was the center of someone’s attention. He
your donation on to National which collects the funds then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.
from all Chapters and sends it on to Holy Cross. Your
Denny’s mom had a puzzled look on her face and
donation is fully tax deductible.
thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She
TEA TIME: Your Philoptochos is welcoming you to told me that most people wouldn’t even look at him,
come, socialize and fully enjoy yourself. Bring a guest much less talk to him. I told her that it was my pleasure
or two and love every minute of a charming afternoon. and then I said something I have no idea where it came
Who could ask for more than a cup of coffee or tea and from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I
delightful conversation? Coming up soon you will hear told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses
all the details. Laurie Sahinas has volunteered to open in God’s Garden; however, “Blue Roses” are very rare and
her home and yard to give us ample room for socializing. should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness.
Watch for further details!
You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn’t stop
This Autumn Tea is one of the fund raisers of your and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose
Philoptochos. Funds from this allow us to continue with their kindness, then they’ve missed a blessing from
supporting many facets of charity on the Local, Metropolis, God.
as well as National levels. We appreciate whatever support
She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye
you can give. AND gathering together brings us closer as she asked, “Who are you?” Without thinking I said, “Oh,
a Church Family.
I’m probably just a dandelion, but I sure love living in
May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE,
don’t turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile
and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD,
I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies this mother or father could be you. This could be your
and headed for the checkout counter, only to be blocked child, grandchild, niece or nephew. What a difference a
in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be moment can mean to that person or their family.
about sixteen-years-old. I wasn’t in a hurry, so I patiently
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Philoptochos Society Convention
Other interesting presentations included Jerry
Dimitriou; Executive Director of Administration Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America spoke on St. Nicholas
Shrine. Hard cost estimates are $37,000,000 and we are
over half way there.
The National Philoptochos completed fundraising of
$3,000,000 towards the mortgage of the Philoptochos
Center of Philanthropy. Also an additional $100,000 was
raised and placed in an Evergreen fund to be used for the
maintenance and repairs as needed. Special note: after
an hour, delegates came forward raising $202,000.
What amazed me was the amount the National
Philoptochos donated. There was $509,580 distributed
for programs impacting families. They are too many to
list in this so if you would like a listing please feel free to
contact me: [email protected]
The other amazing things were the Chapter
Challenges. One chapter from each Metropolis were
given $100 seed money to start meaningful two year
Chapter projects. Large amounts of monies were raised
with projects such as Career Training Centers, Healing
The Philoptochos had a Delegate Orientation going
over what would be covered during convention and how.
There was also an Exhibit/Hospitality area where different
Diocese sold various items such as pins, tickets to concerts
and notebooks.
Meetings were as would be expected, mostly began
around 9:00 am and first day went till around 9:30 pm.
We had 3 Convention Chairs and each went through the
program keeping us on track and on time. There were 423
registered delegates with an average of 346 in attendance
and 8 observers.
Usual committee meetings:
bylaws/Resolutions, Budget, Chapter Challenge
Presentations, Philoptochos Ministries, AGAPE Awards,
Philoptochos Literacy Programs (Loukoumi Books –
Author was present and signed books), Philanthropic
Organization presentations as well as Hierarchical Sessions
It wasn’t all about meetings. We had a few social
events. Monday night we went to the Waterworks where
we had quite a spread of food, drink and dessert. There
were a number of Dance group performances, Basil the
comedian was there and it was followed by fireworks.
House (residential recovery programs for women and
children);Crocheting Prayer Shawls, Evening of music
and Information benefitting children with special needs,
TLC blankets of hope, Housewarming gifts for homeless
families transitioning to home owners, Operation LaceUp (new shoes for the children who don’t have this
luxury) as well as American Heroes project – donating
hours of service to their local Veterans Hospital. $20,000
was raised allowing them to purchase 2 wheelchair Scales,
15 iPads, golf cart to transport Veterans to on-site garden.
I kept the best for last. There was a presentation
made called “The Brave Ones Past and Present. They
incorporated pictures of war veterans into a movie collage.
This was quite moving.
Ellie every month keeps us all updated on all our St.
Anna Philoptochos does and what donations are made. I
have just put forth what the National Philoptochos did
just in this last year. I hope that you are as impressed as I
was. I also hope after realizing all we do you will take the
time to not only join our Philoptochos but become an
active member. Our meetings are on the first Wednesday
of the month beginning at 7:30pm. Please come join us.
by Laurie Sahines
Convention 2014 – What a wonderful organization we are!
It is amazing how much you don’t know about the
organization until you attend a convention. This last
July, I was blessed to be able to attend the 2014 National
Philoptochos Society Biennial Convention held in
Philadelphia Pennsylvania July 6th – 9th, 2014.
It began with Orthos & Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
at St. George Cathedral. Officiating were His Eminence
Archbishop Demetrios of America; His Eminence
Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey; His Eminence
Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago; His Eminence
Metropolitan Methodios of Boston; His Eminence
Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver; His Eminence Metropolitan
Alexios of Atlanta; His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas
of Detroit; His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of
Pittsburgh; His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of
San Francisco; His grace Bishop Sevastianos, National
Philoptochos Advisor. What a very special treat this was.
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Happy New (liturgical) Year
Yes, it is our New Year. September 1 is the start of our new liturgical year. As our Church has moveable feast
days during the year, our Walk For Missions sometimes changes days, also. This year with the blessing of our
Proistamenos and the parish council it is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 12 – 4pm. This is
a great opportunity for generations to participate together in an enjoyable family affair. Walking the track is
optional. There is something for everyone.
Visit our photo gallery. Come see how the orphanage in India looks. See the photos from recent mission trips
to Project Mexico, Guatemala and Alaska. It is because of many of you and your gifts that the missionaries are
able to continue to do God’s work. Our speaker is Thomaida Hudanish. She has recently returned from spending three months at the orphanage in Calcutta. She will give us an update on the children and progress of the
work there. Sr. Nektaria and the children invite each of you to sign your name on a prayer list so that they can
offer their gift of prayer and thanksgiving for you.
Wear your favorite ministry t-shirt to the event like VCS, Greek School, Dance group, St. Nicholas Ranch, FDF,
Project Mexico, etc. Explore the silent auction and raffle areas. Stop by the Wellness Booth and get your blood
pressure taken by Dr. Marlen Pajcini. Our life coach Maia Tamanakis, will have additional health information
and a gift for you. For pre-K kids we have a separate play area along with crafts that have been designed by
moms of our Mother’s and Tot’s group. There is brunch. There is lunch. Stay and dine or pick up a takeout
meal. Also, enjoy a great bake sale!
The pledge sheet is attached if you have any questions please contact [email protected]
This beautiful icon of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of the mariners, has been written by Ionut Popa, a wellknown iconographer, who has painted churches and icons in the Romanian
home area of Fr. Ion. The icon is a copy of the one owned by Metropolitan
Nikitas which we keep in the altar at St. Nicholas Church. This icon was
made with the blessing of the Metropolitan for the purpose of helping the
Missions Ministry and is modeled after one of the mural icons in the church
of Saint Nicholas in Thessaloniki. The icon is very beautiful and measures
20”x20”. It can be yours to have in your home. The icon will be given
in gratitude to the person who contributes the most in our Walk for Missions by the closing date of 10/12/14. All gifts are appreciated, are greatly
needed, and will be used with care.
Ελάτε να δείτε πως φαίνεται ένα ορφανοτροφείο στην Ινδία. Ελάτε να δείτε φωτογραφίες από
τα τελευταία εραποστολικά ταξίδια στο Μεξικό, Γκουατεμάλα και Αλάσκα. Επειδή δώσατε τις
προσφορές σας, οι ιεραπόστολες κατάφεραν να πραγματοποιήσουν τα έργα του Θεού. Η ιερομοναχή
Νεκταρία και τα ορφανά, σας προσκαλούν όλους σας να γράψετε τα ονόματα σας σε έκανα κατάλογο
παρακλήσεως ώστε να μπορέσουν και αυτοί να σας ευχαριστήσουν και να ανταποδώσουν με το δώρο
της προσευχής.
Η εικόνα που βλέπετε θα δωθεί σαν δώρο ευγνωμοσύνης στο πρόσωπο που θα
προσφέρει τα περισσότερα χρήματα στο Περπάτημα Για Ιεραποστολές μέχρι
στις 12 Οκτωβρίου, 2014. Η Ιεραποστολική Επιτροπή εκτιμεί ό,τι προσφορἐς μπορείτε
να κάνετε για να καλυφθούν οι απαραίτητες ανάγκες.
12:00pm Registration opens & lunch in CC
12:30 pm Walk start & all activities open
1:30 pm Presentations start
3:00 pm Silent Auction closes
3:30 pm Drawing for iPad
Volunteer? Contact [email protected]
11:30am CC driveway closed. Exit school gate
Itinerary for the day:
10/12/14 is the last day drop off your
pledges to be eligible for prize. After liturgy in small hall or at the church office.
Your donation is important to us! All donations apply to the prizes up to 10/12/14.
What if I chose not to walk? Every one is very
welcome. Come listen to our speaker and enjoy
the event. We will offer take out as well.
What if I have a sports event that day?
Come before or after your sports event. If you
are registered you get 10 laps credit.
Your signed pledge sheet , emergency contact
information, pledge cash or checks.
What do I need to register?
We encourage FLAT pledges so you can get your
chances to win the iPad on the day of the event
Checks made out to St’s Peter and Paul Mission
A Per Lap Pledge is an amount promised to you for
each lap walked. Return your completed lap card with
money collected with your pledge sheet by 10/12/14.
You will then be eligible for your fundraising level prize.
A Flat Pledge/donation is a set amount that should
be collected immediately and turned in on the day of
the event (9/28). Ask your friends and neighbors!
Go UP the ladder and receive the pledge
prize listed for each level. You also get the
prize/s below each level. One for each registered participant.
 $10 to walk & be eligible for lap
prize and treats.
 $25 A Pedometer.
 $50 For each $50 you turn in on
9/28 you get 1. A chance to win an
iPad. 2. A chance to win a $5 gift card.
 $300 Bowling with our priests.
 $500 and over. A tour of & reception at the PAOI in Berkeley lead
by His Eminence Met. Nikitas. Bus
will be provided. The date TBD
by His Eminence.
A prize for the top fundraiser is a beautiful hand painted icon of St. Nicholas modeled after the mural icons in the church of
St. Nicholas Orphanos in Thessaloniki.
Proceeds benefit the Theotokos Greek
Orthodox Girls Orphanage in Calcutta,
India and the humanitarian work of
Sr. Nektaria.
Sponsored by the Missions Ministry of St. Basil
and St. Nicholas Orthodox Churches.
Together we are Saints Peter and Paul
Missions Ministry.
NO STREET PARKING in front of church
Presentation by Thomaida Hudanish
recently back from the orphanage
Metropolitan Nikitas & Fr. Demosthenes
Introductions by His Eminence
Photo Gallery of the Orphanage Site
Kiddie Corral play area for preK kids
Kids Korner - New or nearly new gifts
Silent Auction & Raffle items for all ages!
Wellness Booth
Frappes * Bake Sale * Crafts
Pasta Lunch $5 *Take Out available*
Fun for the whole family!
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Emergency Contact: ______________________Phone______________
Lap Money due by 10/12/14
Per Lap Pledges _______x Laps_____ =
Total flat donation/s
Official Use Only
Yani Smithopolous
Online ___________
Checks __________
Cash ____________
Per Lap
Pledge Amt.
Signature Parent/Guardian if under 18 years old. Minors please make
sure to have an adult contact on the premises. NO Drop Offs please.
I hereby waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages
against St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, officials and sponsors of
the Walk for Missions from any and all liabilities incident to our, mine
and/or my minor child’s involvement or participation in the program.
300 Wall Street, SJ 95125
For Official Use Only/
Walker’s Address:____________________________________________Phone___________________email____________________
Walker’s Name:__________________________________
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Great Feasts of the Church
Feast of Christ’s Resurrection.
Holy Pascha is the greatest feast of the Church.
The eight great feasts in honor of our Lord and the four great feasts in honor
of His Mother taken together are called
“The Twelve Great Feats”
The Nativity of the Theotokos
The Annunciation of the Theotokos
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Palm Sunday
The Ascension of our Lord
The Entrance of the Theotokos
The Nativity of Christ
The Transfiguration
Epiphany (The Baptism of our Lord)
The Presentation of our Lord into the Temple
The Dormition of the Theotokos
2015 - Easter Sunday - April 12th
2016 - Easter Sunday - May 1st
2017 - Easter Sunday - April 16th (same)
2018 - Easter Sunday - April 8th
2019 - Easter Sunday - April 28th
2020 - Easter Sunday - April 19th
2021 - Easter Sunday - May 2nd
2022 - Easter Sunday - April 24th
2023 - Easter Sunday - April 16th
2024 - Easter Sunday - May 5th
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Come Join the Fun!
An Invitation
San Francisco Metropolis
You are cordially invited to a Luncheon
in honor of His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas
for the
Feast Day of Saint Nikitas
Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00pm
Adult Resort Camp
St. Nicholas Ranch - Dunlap, CA
Monday - Friday
September 15-19, 2014
Saint Nicholas Community Center
1270 Davis Street, San Jose, CA 95126
Theme: Greeks with the Luck of the Irish
$50 per person
All donations/proceeds will benefit the PAOI
Flyers and registration forms at
the bulletin board display in the
Small Hall.
To reserve your seat or to make a donation,
make check payable to St. Nicholas Church and
mail tochurch office: 986 Chapman Street, San
Jose, CA 95126
Roula Demertzis (408) 268-7645
Father Berris Golf Classic
You are cordially invited to a celebration… Honoring
San Jose City Councilman
Pete Constant
St. Nicholas Church-Father Berris Golf Classic
benefiting the Father Berris Scholarship Fund
and St. Nicholas Church Building Fund will be
held Monday, September 22, 2014 at Silver
Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose. Over
$148,000 has been awarded to seminarians
from our Metropolis who are enrolled in the Masters of Divinity Program at Holy Cross Seminary.
Over $91,900 has been donated to St. Nicholas Building Fund since the memorial tournament began in 1989. Please join us for a fun
day of golf and fellowship and/or consider being
a sponsor, gift donor or volunteer at the tournament. For more information visit
or call Jim Chiochios at 408 741-5534 or Joanne
Pagonis at 408 741-0596.
Saturday, October 18, 1pm-­‐4pm Sponsored by: The Hellenic American Professional Societies (HAPS) And Other Bay Area Hellenic American Organizations Hosted by: The Hellenic Heritage Institute 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112 An Afternoon At The Hellenic Heritage Museum • Tour of the Museum • Barbeque Dinner • Presentation “A Greek American in the San Jose City Hall” For more details visit or call: 408 241-­‐8662 17
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Daisy Girl Scout Troop
Starting this Fall at St. Nicholas!
Father James Adams is preparing for the San
Francisco Bay Area annual three-day pilgrimage to Saint Nektarios Shrine in Covina, California for the Feastday of Saint Nektarios. Dates
are November 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Roundtrip
transportation by bus will be provided. Cost per
person is $265 double occupancy and $385
single occupancy. Includes bus transportation,
two nights at the Radisson Park Inn Suites Hotel
in Covina with full breakfast each morning. The
bus leaves from Nativity of Christ Church Novato at 6:00am; from Holy Trinity San Francisco
8:00am; from Holy Cross Belmont at 9:00am;
from Resurrection Castro Valley at 9:30am.
Reservation Forms and payment MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 1, or the trip will be cancelled. Reservation Forms are available at the
bulletin board display in the Small Hall.
Our troop will be for girls ages 5 & 6 (or
entering K and Transitional K). Meetings will
be held once per month following Sunday
School at our church. The girls will be
earning their Daisy Girl Scout petals, the
Orthodox Christian Medal of St. George, and
My Faith Pin.
Interested? Any Questions? For more details
please contact Maria Trapalis (415) 572-5213
or [email protected]
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox
We had the opportunity to share some of our extra bottles of olive oil with the Monastery of the
Holy Theotokos /the Life-Giving Spring in Dunlap. The Monastery has a great need for olive
oil for the many kantelia (oil-burning vigils) which
burn continuously throughout the year. Gerontissa Markella and all the Sisters were so happy
and appreciative to receive this unexpected gift
from us. We would like to continue this practice by providing olive oil to the Monastery on a
regular basis. If you would like to participate in
this unique and blessed project, we ask that you
purchase only ONE bottle of Virgin Olive Oil once
per month and bring the oil to the church office.
Parishioners from St. Nicholas visit the monastery often and would be able to take the oil with
Church of Vallejo Festival: August 17, 12 noon to
7pm at 1224 Alabama Street, Vallejo. For more
information: or 707-642-6916.
Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro
Valley: Friday, August 22 5:00-10:00pm; Saturday, August 23 12:00-10:00pm; Sunday, August
24 12:00-7:00pm.
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Belmont
Festival: Saturday, August 30 through Monday,
September 1 at 900 Alameda de las Pulgas (corner of Ralston Ave) in Belmont. For information
650-591-4447 or
Canon of Faith
Choir Practice
Church School
September 2014
Great Vespers
Blessing of the
Orthros + Liturgy
Orthros + Liturgy
Nativity of the
Orthros +
1st Liturgy
2nd Liturgy
Blessing of the
Water for
Hellenic School
Great Vespers
Orthros +
1st Liturgy
2nd Liturgy
Great Vespers
Orthros +
1st Liturgy
2nd Liturgy
Orthros + Liturgy
Falling Asleep of
Saint John the
No Vespers
Orthros +
1st Liturgy
2nd Liturgy
Walk for Missions
Strict Fast
Fish Allowed
Wine and Oil Allowed
Dairy, Eggs,
Fast Free
Canon of Faith
September 2014
Canon of Faith
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
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San Jose, California 95126
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