Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-02-09
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (216) 932-3300
  • Fax:
  • (216) 932-0825
  • Street Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
  • Mailing Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Past Bulletins



PANGARI: Team B - M. Stephanopoulos, J. Berry, C. Sarris
LIBRARY GREETERS: Thean Pelecanos & Dorothy Nolidis
PROSFORA: Dorothy Nolidis
GOSPEL: Luke 18:10-14
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: p. 172, black books
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
MEMORIAL: Harriet Kappos (1 year), John Kappos (5 Years) & Philip Poulos (1 year)
SPECIAL: the Stephanopoulos family is offering dessert at today's luncheon in honor of Fr. Robert's nameday; the Kappos & Osgood families in memory of their departed parents

WELCOME, Markella Balasis of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center! See note below about her presentation.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


Wisdom of the Fathers

If there is a moral quality almost completely disregarded and even denied today, it is indeed humility. The culture in which we live constantly instills in us the sense of pride, of self-glorification, and of self-righteousness ... Even our churches - are they not imbued with that same spirit of the Pharisee? Do we not want our every contribution, every 'good deed,' all the we do 'for the Church' to be acknowledged, praised, publicized? ... How does one become humble? The answer, for a Christian, is simple: by contemplating Christ..."
Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Great Lent, pp. 19-20., 20th Century


This Week


MON. 2/10
9:30AM- Liturgy (St. Haralambos)
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
7:30PM - Gamblers Anonymous
TUE. 2/11
6:30PM - GOYA Boys Basketball
6:30PM - OPA Dance
WED. 2/12
10:00AM - St. Makrina Bible Study
4:00PM- Greek kindergarten
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
THUR. 2/13
6:30PM- GOYA Boys Basketball
6:30PM- Parish Council mtg.
SAT. 2/15
9:00AM - Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
10:00AM- Greek School
5:00PM- Vespers

9:30AM - Liturgy
10:45AM- Memorial: June Nipros (1yr) Mother of Charlaine Preseren and Charles Nipros


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.


February 9th -- GODPARENT/SPECIAL PERSON SUNDAY.  Godparents or a special person is very welcome to come to class with their student this day.  7th -12th grades will meet in the conference room for class this day. Little Saints Reading Club will also be offered AND a special speaker from Florida Markella Balasis from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center will be present for class and will also speak at a complimentary lunch following OE, donations appreciated.  Please RSVP to Maria at, if you plan to stay for the lunch by February 3rd


Feb. 16th -- Clergy visits for 1st/2nd & 7th/8th grades

Feb. 23rd -- DONUTS WITH DAD for 3rd/4th grades, clergy visits for PreK & Kin. AND Little Saints Reading Club


Activities for February/March 2020

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

St. Herman's Dinner - volunteer to help serve dinner at St. Herman's House on Sunday, March 29 @ 5:30 p.m.

Men & Women’s Bible Study – we are starting a new series and also meeting at a new location this Spring 2020.  New series - we will discuss a different Biblical figure each month. On Wednesday, February 26, from 7 – 8 p.m., come and discuss the following Bible Verses about David, son of Jesse -- 1 Kingdoms/Samuel Chapter 17, Verses 1-33 (the story of Goliath) and 2 Kingdoms/Samuel Chapter 11, Verses 1-27 (the story of Bathsheba).  New location – the Panera Bread located at 13901 Cedar Road, South Euclid. Come and have fellowship over food and the Bible.

Zelma George Salvation Army Family Shelter – participate in a cookie craft event with the Zelma George families on Sunday, February 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

Contact Peter or Denise Poulos at to RSVP for any of these activities or if you have questions.

“Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”  (James 2:18)


Coffee hosting:  Get on the calendar for hosting coffee and keeping this beautiful tradition of our church going.  June 7, July 5, 12, 26, all of August, September, October and November are open.  Host coffee in memory of your loved ones or in honor of your family's birthdays, anniversary, or namedays.  See Christina Callos to sign up for your Sunday or email:


On Sat. March 14th. Father Nicholas Louh will be the guest speaker at our Lenten Retreat. Schedule, topic details, and registration forms are available in the church entryway. 


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.


All adults working with youth (Orthodox Education teachers and substitutes, GOYA chaperones, basketball coaches, dance instructors, etc.) must complete an online registration form to comply with the new Archdiocese Youth Safety Policy. Contact Costas J. Sarris or Ted Cherpas with any questions. Thank you in advance for your compliance.


1) Our next St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class (ages 21 - 35ish) will be Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. @ St. Mary Romanian Cathedral (3256 Warren Rd, Cleveland, 44111). A parishioner from the community will be teaching us how to make a Romanian dish. RSVP to Ted at


Tue Feb 11 - Zip Codes 44011, 44012, 44070, 44107, 44113, 44136, 44149, 44212
Wed Feb 12 - Zip Codes 44026, 44040
Please call the church office to request a specific time frame or to make special arrangements.


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).


Each week the deadline for entries for the Sunday bulletin will be Tuesday by 3PM. Any submissions after that will be included in the bulletin for the following week.


Feb. 22nd--A painting activity is being offered for anyone interested in writing their name or any word in Greek lettering on a 12x12 gray board for $16 on February 22nd from 1:15-3:15pm.  Anyone interested please RSVP to Maria Sikoutris by February 12th or for any questions.



Please join us Sunday, February 9th downstairs after Divine Liturgy to hear Markella Balasis, visiting us from Florida, to speak on Answering the Call to Missions.  All are welcome! Please contact Maria at to RSVP by Monday, February 3rd.  A complimentary luncheon will start promptly immediately after the end of Orthodox Education classes. Donations are appreciated.


The Hellenic Preservation Society invites you to see a modern interpretation of  “Antigone” on Saturday, April 4 at 2:30 pm at The Cleveland Play House. Tickets are $15/members | $25/nonmembers. Space is limited. Contact Linda Glynias at 216.469.2663 or for tickets.


No Forum on Feb. 9.

On Feb. 16 Dr. Michael Manos will speak on Discernment in the Modern World.


The Sunshine Group will meet on Thursday February 13th at Fazio's Restaurant located on Route 6 at 1:00 p.m. Please join us for our first lunch meeting this year and feel free to bring a friend!  If you have any questions, call Cathy Bartzis at 440-729-4804.



Calling all Chiotes! We are excited to bring Chios to Ohio by hosting the 65th National Chian Convention in Cleveland, Ohio from October 9th-12th. If you are interested in helping, joining a committee, or to learn more please call: Kosta Almiroudis: 216.970.1413, Kelli Almiroudis: 216.798.6150, Despina Matheos: 440.309.6752 or Peggy Kachevas: 440.554.0425.



The GOYA Spring Retreat at Camp Nazareth will take place March 20th - 22nd. The speaker and theme are still TBA, but save the dates from now. Questions about the retreat may go to our Metropolis Camping Ministry Coordinator, Marina Papafil, at <>. Contact Ted for details about a St. Cons carpool.



Our next HOPE/JOY field trip (kindergarten - 6th grade) will take place on Monday, February 17th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to Adrenaline Monkey Indoor Adventure Center. Tickets will be $10.00 per student. RSVP by contacting Ted no later than Wednesday, February 12th.



The annual Pan-Orthodox Vespers celebration will take place at St. Demetrios Church on Sunday, March 8, 5:00 PM. Sponsor donations are appreciated; forms available at the Pangari. 


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal 4th Tone

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)