ORTHODOX LIFE - St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church

October 2014 – ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΖΩΗ, Οκτώβριος 2014
Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church
www.stnectariosma.org Tel. # (617) 327-198
39 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale MA 02131
Make Up Your Mind!
Two Scripture readings for October 4th tell us that we need to
decide, as people called to follow Christ, what we will do when
the time to follow actually comes.
The Gospel reading is Luke 7: 31-35. These are Jesus' words,
comparing the people who reject Him to two groups of children who
refuse to agree on how to play together. Each group insists that the
game they play must be the one they have chosen. They can't adapt
themselves to play the game chosen by the others.
The people of this generation, Christ goes on to say, are much like
those children. When John the Baptist preached among them, they
dismissed his self-discipline and fasting--"neither eating bread nor
drinking wine,"--as too severe. So, they said, it must be the work of a
But when they saw another kind of living practiced by the Son of Man, they didn't like that either, for the
opposite reason. Jesus "has come eating and drinking" and so they call Him a glutton and a drunkard.
They add to this another charge that apparently strikes them as going right along with gluttony and
drunkenness: He is a "friend of tax collectors and sinners."
Jesus assures His listeners, though, that "wisdom is justified by all her children." No matter what criticisms
people may dream up to reject John and the Son of Man, they both are doing God's work, and the fruits of
that work will become evident. The faith will spread, the numbers of disciples will grow, and those who
have made up their minds to follow Christ will know that He is the Truth.
An epistle reading for this day is Galatians 4: 8-21. Paul agonizes as he asks a question of the Galatians.
Before they knew God, they were in "bondage to beings that by nature are no gods." But "...now that you
have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and
beggarly elemental spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more?"
Paul makes a specific complaint: "You observe days, and months, and seasons, and years." He is
addressing Christians still young in the faith. They are being urged by certain teachers to go back to the
Old Testament calendar, and to observe the Jewish laws that go with it. Paul wants them to remember,
instead, how joyfully they responded when he preached the Gospel to them. They received him "as an
angel of God, as Christ Jesus."
But now, cajoled by false teachers, they are hostile to him. "What has become of the satisfaction you felt?"
he asks in bewilderment. What has become of the faithfulness to the Gospel they once made up their
minds to live by?
Jesus wants His hearers not to manufacture reasons to reject the truth. Paul wants his hearers not to turn
back from the faith he preached. It's time for all of them, and all of us, to make up our minds and follow.
2 Οκτωβρίίου
Του εν αγίίοις πατρόός ηµμώών Κυπριανούύ επισκόόπου Καρθαγέένης και Ιουστίίνης της παρθέένου ((†304). Του αγίίου Μάάρτυρος Θεοδώώρου, του Γραβάά. Νεοµμάάρτυρος Γεωργίίου, του Χατζήή (†1794). Οσίίου Θεοφίίλου.
Ο ΆΆγιος Κυπριανόός έέζησε και µμαρτύύρησε επίί αυτοκρατορίίας Δεκίίου. Γεννήήθηκε στην Αντιόόχεια της Συρίίας απόό επιφανήή και πλούύσια οικογέένεια, η οποίία του είίχε προσφέέρει αξιόόλογη µμόόρφωση. Ο Κυπριανόός υπήήρξε για πολλάά χρόόνια ξακουστόός µμάάγος. Σε αυτόόν µμάάλιστα προσέέτρεξε και έένας ειδωλολάάτρης ο Αγλαΐδας, ο οποίίος ήήταν ερωτευµμέένος µμε µμια παρθέένα την Ιούύστα. Επειδήή όόµμως δεν έέβρισκε ανταπόόκριση στον έέρωτάά του ζήήτησε απόό τον Κυπριανόό να τον βοηθήήσει µμε τις µμαγικέές του ικανόότητες. ΌΌµμως οι ενέέργειες του Κυπριανούύ δεν έέφεραν κανέένα αποτέέλεσµμα και γι` αυτόό έέκαψε τα βιβλίία του που περιείίχαν τις απατηλέές γνώώσεις της µμαγικήής τέέχνης και βαπτίίσθηκε χριστιανόός. ΈΈκτοτε αφοσιώώθηκε στο κήήρυγµμα του ευαγγελικούύ λόόγου, προσελκύύοντας στη χριστιανικήή πίίστη πολλούύς ανθρώώπους. Κατόόπιν έέγινε ιερέέας και αργόότερα επίίσκοπος Καρχηδόόνας. Την Ιούύστα την χειροτόόνησε διακόόνισσα και την µμετονόόµμασε σε Ιουστίίνη. Για τη χριστιανικήή τους δράάση οι δύύο ΆΆγιοι συνελήήφθησαν και εξορίίσθησαν στη Νικοµμήήδεια. Ο εκείί ηγεµμόόνας Κλαύύδιος υπέέβαλε σε πολλάά βασανιστήήρια τους Αγίίους. Στο τέέλος διέέταξε τον αποκεφαλισµμόό τους.
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Sunday’s Services start at 8:30 AM. The Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Holy Day Liturgies at 8:30 A.M.: Saturday, October 18 (St. Luke) and Tuesday, October 28 (Holy
Protection of Theotokos)
Vespers: Every Saturday at 5:00 PM , followed by the sacrament of confession.
Baptisms - Congratulations
Sunday, October 5 at 3:00 P.M. Family of Mr. &Mrs. Athanasios Zeimbekis
Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 P.M. Family of Mrs. Martha Koutounidou
Memorial Services – May the Lord our God give rest to their souls
Sunday, October 5: Twenty years for Theodore Adam.
Sunday, October 19: Six years for William (Vasili) Koustenis and 10 years for Christos Koustenis.
Our Church Festival on October 10-11 and 12. Please join us with your friends.
The Greek School’s OXI-DAY celebrations on Sunday, October 26 (Feast-day of St. Dimitrios).
GOYA’s breakfast on Sunday, October 26, after Church Services.
Τhe Dinner at the Four Points by Sheraton (Norwood) on Sunday, November 9th at 5:00 PM for the
40th Anniversary of our Church’s establishment (Tickets for the event: $100 per person).
Αγαπητοί Γονείς και παιδιά του Ελληνικού μας Σχολείου,
Ο μήνας Οκτώβριος είναι ο μήνας του ετήσιου Φεστιβάλ της Εκκλησίας μας, αλλά και ο μήνας που γιορτάζουμε την Εθνική Εορτή της 28ΗΣ ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ 1940
Την ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ 26 ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ, θα γίνει ένας μικρός εορτασμός για να θυμηθούμε όλοι μας μικροί και μεγάλοι τι εορτάζουμε και γιατί εορτάζουμε την ημέρα αυτή. Μην ξεχνάμε την ιστορία μας και την καταγωγή μας.
Σας περιμένουμε όλους την ημέρα αυτή να καμαρώσετε τα παιδιά μας που θα μιλήσουν για την σημασία της ημέρας αυτής.
Ενημερώστε μας αν έχετε ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση. Επισκεφτείτε μας στο www.stnectariosma.org
Η ηλεκτρονική μας ιστσελίδα έχει προσφάτως ΑΝΑΝΕΩΘΕΙ...
Ο Κυριακάτικος εκκλησιασμός αρχίζει στις 8.30 π.μ. Η Θεία Λειτουργία στις 10.00 π.μ.
Εόρτιες Θείες Λειτουργίες στις 8.30 π.μ. –Σάββατο 18 Οκτωβρίου (Αγ. Λουκά) και Τρίτη 28 Οκτωβρίου (Αγ. Σκέπη της Θεοτόκου).
Εσπερινοί – Κάθε Σάββατο στις 5.00 µµ. Κατόπιν το μυστήριο της εξομολόγησης
Κυριακή 5 Οκτωβρίου στις 3.00 μμ (βάπτιση οικογένειας Αθανασίου Ζειμπέκη).
Σάββατο 18 Οκτωβρίου στις 1.00 μμ (βάπτιση οικογένειας Μάρθας Κουτουνίδου).
Επιμνημόσυνες δεήσεις – Ο Θεός ας αναπαύσει τις ψυχές τους
Κυριακή 5 Οκτωβρίου – 20 Χρόνια για τον Θεόδωρο Αδάμ.
Κυριακή 19 Οκτωβρίου – 6 Χρόνια για τον Βασίλειο Κουστένη και 10 Χρόνια για τον Χρήστο Κουστένη.
Το Φέστιβαλ της Εκκλησίας μας στις 10 -11 και 12 Οκτωβρίου. Ελάτε με τους φίλους σας.
Την Εορτή του Ελληνικού Σχολείου για την Ημέρα του ΟΧΙ την Κυριακή 26 Οκτωβρίου (Εορτή του Αγίου Δημητρίου).
Το Πρόγευμα της Νεολαίας την ίδια ημέρα, αμέσως μετά τον εκκλησιασμό.
Το Επετειακό Δείπνο για τα 40 Χρόνια της Κοινότητας μας την Κυριακή 9 Νοεμβρίου στις 5.00 μμ στο Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood (Εισιτήρια για την εκδήλωση: 100 δολάρια το άτομο).
ΝΕΑ ΦΙΛΟΠΤΩΧΟΥ________________________
Αγαπητά Μέλη και Φίλοι της Φιλοπτώχου Αδελφότητος,
Ένα μεγάλο ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΩ για την προθυμία που δείξατε και προσφέρατε για τις ανάγκες του εφετεινού μας Φέστιβαλ. Ο Άγιος Νεκτάριος να προστατεύει εσάς και την οικογένειά σας.
Σας περιμένουμε όλους να έλθετε και να δοκιμάσετε τα νόστιμα φαγητά και γλυκίσματα που σας ετοιμάσαμε και συγχρόνως να διασκεδάσετε, βοηθώντας συγχρόνως και την Εκκλησία σας !!!
Θεοδώρα Χρονοπούλου- Πρόεδρος
Our NEW program name!!!!! GRACE Place (where God Reaches All Children Everywhere)
The 2014 / 2015 GRACE Place program will include a focus on saints.
Program groups:
o LITTLE ANGELS: ages 3-5; teachers Eva Karkaetedes & Angelika
o HOPE: ages 6-7; teachers Sophie Donovan & Christina Michaelidis
o JOY: ages 8-10; teacher Despina Liakos & Vicky Mantas
o Youth Group: ages 11+ (broken up into 2 groups: middle school
ages and high school ages); teachers Alex Lymberatos, Maria
Bregianos, Sassa Tselengidis, GOYA and JOY staff.
This year, we will also weave into GRACE Place a dance program. Here is how it will
o Little Angels will not participate in the dance program. There is just
not enough time to complete their lesson, their craft, and participate
in the dancing.
o Upon coming downstairs, all children will have their snack.
o Youth Group kids will grab their snack and return to the GOYA
Room for their lesson (@ 15-20 minutes). After their lesson, they
will walk over to the Blue Room for their dance lesson (@ 30
o JOY & HOPE kids will have their snack and remain in the Blue
Room for their dance lesson (@ 15-20 minutes). After lesson, they
will walk over to their class room for their lessons with their
respective teachers.
o Little Angles will grab their snack and return to their class room for
their lesson.
For the 2014-2015 GRACE Place year, we are going to reward children for good
attendance. Each child with good attendance will be able to choose a reward from a
selection of three Toys R Us items.
The Saint Nectarios Church YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM
Director: Sophie Donovan
Pre/Kindergarten: Eva Karkaetedes & Angelika Katsinis
HOPE: Sophie Donovan and Christina Michaelidis
JOY: Despina Liakos & Vasiliki Mantas
YOUTH GROUP: Alex Lymberatos, Maria Bregianos, Sassa Tselengidis & Julie & Sia
Director of Evangelism and Outreach: JoAnne Kazis
FRIDAY’S HOPE PROGRAM: Helen Christou, HOPE Advisor
GOYA PROGRAM (Junior & Senior)
Director:Sassa TselengidisMichael Andrzejewski, GOYA Advisor
Angeliki Constantine, GOYA Advisor & Curriculum Consultant
Bobby Kariotis, GOYA Advisor, Nadine Kariotis, GOYA Advisor, Tony Kariotis, GOYA
AdvisorAlycia Kazis, GOYA Advisor, Kat Konstantinidis, GOYA Advisor, Tommy
Margaritis, GOYA Advisor, Peter Panagopoulos, GOYA Advisor.
Director of Athletic Ministries: Tony Kariotis
JOY BASKETBALL: Peter Petridis, Coach
GOYA BOYS BASKETBALL: Tony Kariotis, Coach
SAINT NECTARIOS Greek Orthodox Church is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of
Boston (Archdiocese of America), under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of
Constantinople. The Mission of the parish is to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation through the
Orthodox Christian Faith and preserve the cultural values of Boston’s Greek-American
The “Orthodox Life” newsletter is published the 1st of the month. The deadline for submissions to
this newsletter is the 20th of the previous month.
Address: 39 Belgrade Avenue, Boston-Roslindale MA 02131
Office Hours: 9:00 AM -2:00 PM, Monday-Friday
Telephone: (617) 327-1983
FAX: (617) 325-0634E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.stnectariosma.org
Secretary: Theodora Chronopoulos
PARISH COUNCIL (2014): Fr. Vassilios Bebis (Parish priest), Nicholas Anastasopoulos
(President), John Kazis (Vice President), Theodore Dimakopoulos (2nd Vice President),
Nick Eliopoulos (Treasurer), John Panagopoulos (Assistant Treasurer), Nikolaos
Merianos (Secretary), JoAnne Kazis (Assistant Secretary), John Chronopoulos,George
Giannarikas, Haralambos Michaelidis, Steve Minasidis, Nicholaos Papakonstantinou,
Vassilios Roussas, Demetrios Stamoulis, Konstantinos Vazakas
PHILOPTOCHOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Theodora Chronopoulos (President), Litsa
Stamoulis (VicePresident), Maria Kamberidis (Secretary), Maria Matheos (Treasurer),
Eleni Koutounidis (Assistant Treasurer),Georgia Teloniatis (Advisor), Klonara
Gerasimidis, Vasiliki Kariotis, Argyro Kazis, Christina Konstas, Despina Minasidis, Eleni
Mavridis, Eugenia Nikolopoulos, Stella Papakonstantinou, Michelle Photis, Kelly
Tsakmaklis, DinaToumboura.
GREEK SCHOOL TEACHERS: Theodora Chronopoulos (Director), Panagiota
Economopoulos, Anthoula Boutalis, Simela Minasidis, Maria Kamberidis, Kelly
Tsakmaklis, Vanessa Pantazis, Presbytera Xanthippi Zymaris.
PTA COUNCIL (Officers): Christina Vazakas (President), Hellen Fuller-Christou (Vice
President), Katerina Polechronis (Secretary), Maria Michaelidis (Treasurer) and Angella
Kattis (Assistant Treasurer).
CENTER OF ELLINOMATHEA: John Katsaros (Director)
SENIOR CITIZENS MINISTRY: Nikolaos Merianos (Coordinator)
CHANTERS: John Benelas (Protopsaltis), Markos Bratsis, Vasilis Zimplas
SOUP KITCHEN MINISTRY: Aaron Walker (Liaison).