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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-04-14
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (904)-829-0504
  • Fax:
  • (904)829-0504
  • Street Address:

  • 2940 CR-214

  • St. Augustine, FL 32084-2718


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday  Divine Liturgy 10:00am    V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest


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Parish News

A WORD FROM:

V. Rev. Fr. Maximos Politis, HTGOC Parish Priest 

(347) 500-8176   Fathermaximusa7@gmail.com

2η Κυριακή της Μ. Σαρακοστής (Η Ορθή Πίστη και η Ορθή πράξη)

Η δεύτερη Κυριακή των Νηστειών είναι αφιερωμένη στον Άγιο Γρηγόριο Παλαμά που ήταν Αρχιεπίσκοπος Θεσσαλονίκης. Όπως η πρώτη Κυριακή της Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστής ονομάζεται Κυριακή της Ορθοδοξίας, αυτή θα μπορούσε να ονομαστεί Κυριακή της Ορθοπραξίας. Και αυτό γιατί ο Άγιος Γρηγόριος, παράλληλα με την άσκηση των αρετών, ήταν και μεγάλος θεολόγος. Η μεγάλη του αγάπη ήταν η ησυχία. Όταν όμως τον κάλεσε η Εκκλησία, άφησε τη σιωπή του και έγινε Αρχιεπίσκοπος της μεγαλούπολης. Θεωρητικά δεν είναι δύσκολο για τους Πιστούς να αποδεχτούν και να πιστέψουν τα σωστά πράγματα. Τι γίνεται όμως με την πράξη; Ακούγονται πολλά ωραία λόγια. Ακούμε ανθρώπους να μιλούν, για παράδειγμα, για αγάπη. Μα τι αγάπη; Πώς το εξασκούν; Έχει το πνεύμα της θυσίας όπως ασκείται από τον Κύριο και τους Αγίους; Πολλοί, λόγιοι και αμόρφωτοι, μιλούν για θεολογικά και πνευματικά θέματα. Στην εποχή του Διαδικτύου είναι εύκολο να βρίσκουμε και να διαβάζουμε και να μαθαίνουμε για οποιοδήποτε θέμα, ακόμα και τα πιο προχωρημένα θέματα της Πίστης μας. Και μερικές φορές νομίζουμε ότι είμαστε στο ίδιο επίπεδο με τους Αγίους, αν και στην πράξη η ζωή μας είναι τελείως διαφορετική. Η Εκκλησία μας καλεί σήμερα όχι μόνο να πιστεύουμε σωστά αλλά και να ασκούμε σωστά την πίστη.

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2nd Sunday of Great Lent. The Right Faith and the Right practice

 

The second Sunday of Lent is called it is dedicated to Saint Gregory Palamas who was the Archbishop of Thessaloniki. Just as the first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy, this could be called the Sunday of Orthopraxy. And this is because Saint Gregory, along with practicing the virtues, was a great theologian. His great love was the quiet. But when the Church called him, he left his silence and became the Archbishop of the big city.

 

In theory it is not difficult for the Faithful to accept and believe the right things. But what about the act? Many nice words are heard. We hear people talking, for example, about love. But what love? How do they practice it? Does he have the spirit of sacrifice as practiced by the Lord and the Saints? Many, scholars and uneducated, talk about theological and spiritual matters. In the age of the Internet it is easy to find and read and learn about any topic, even the most advanced topics of our Faith. And sometimes we think that we are on the same level as the Saints, although in practice our lives are completely different. The Church today calls us not only to believe correctly but also to practice the faith correctly.

 

 WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 

We are happy that you are with us today!

“Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. ”Romans 15:7  our churchparish

We pray that your worship experience with

us today will be inspirational and uplifting.

Please introduce yourself to a

parish ambassador. 

 OUR MISSION:  Our parish is a living witness of Jesus Christ, serving the spiritual and physical needs of all people, through worship, outreach, and education.

 OUR VISION:  Fostering an Orthodox Christian environment that encourages parishioner engagement, increasing public awareness of our faith and of our parish as a spiritual home, and nurturing and growing our stewardship commitments.

Holy Communion is offered only to Orthodox Christians who are in good canonical standing with the church and who have prepared through prayer and fasting. Everyone is invited to receive the Antidoron (Blessed Bread) at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Order for Holy Communion—With Sunday School back in session the order for Holy Communion will be as follows:

  1. Newly illumined – recently baptized and babies.
  2. Sunday school teachers and students (who will line up in the middle aisle before Communion) – all visiting children are invited to join us!
  3. The remaining congregation as directed by the usher.
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request 4PRAYER REQUESTS:

"I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people….  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing of all parishioners.

Prayers for the family and friends of:  Mikae Gaetanos, Kostas Lantzounis, Chresanthe Lemieux, Nicolaos Pramagioulis, Susana G. Kugeares, Leonardos Daniels, and Maryann Bolt.  May their memory be eternal!

Prayers for Taki Andriotis, Angelique Dalarides Kelley, Michael Colburn, Chris Bersu, Michael and Ingrid Fotianos, Ruza Basimamovic, Zoe Kauttu (daughter of Melissa Sarris Kauttu), James Day, Margaret, James, Kyriake,  Joseph, Alex Aclim, Jane Anderson, Gwen H., Thanos Nikolopoulos, and Sophia Poland's brother-in-law, Tommy Steward who is battling cancer.

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*NEW*  HolyTrinityStAugustine.org   WEBSITE ADDRESS

Check out our new website! It's easy to navigate and we'll keep adding more ways to make it your "go-to" destination for all things Holy Trinity of St Augustine!

Looking for the weekly bulletin? It's on the main page. Looking for the Parish calendar? Or the Sunday Coffee Hour signup? They're both under "Events". We look forward to keeping you well informed!

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Sunday School is looking for leaders and teachers!

Our Sunday School is looking for leaders and teachers to enhance our Sunday School offerings and grow this important ministry. If you're interested, please speak with Kaliroi or any Parish Council member.

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STEWARDSHIP:

2024 Stewardship - Together, we are the Caretakers of our Church.

 2024 "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant"   
Our Stewardship theme for 2024 is “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant,” from the Parable of the Talents. We are all blessed with certain gifts. This parable stresses the importance of developing our gifts, multiplying them, and offering them back in service to God.

Effective Stewardship Begins with a plan. Each year, we have an opportunity to consciously plan our contributions and our involvement in the life of our parish. Please consider God’s blessings in your life and make a conscious decision to actively and generously support the operating needs of our parish by planning your 2024 stewardship contributions.

You can submit your pledge by printing the attached form in Special Announcement Section of Bulletin or online at www.holytrinitystaugustine.org

You can also set up regular monthly payments through the church website or your bank. Thank you!

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CHURCH FINANCIALS

 

 

Feb - 24

YTD

Income

 $14,460 

$26,039

Stewardship

 $7,877 

$15,826

Expense

 $24,331 

$43,661

Bank Balance

 $5,271 

 

Reserves Balance

 $92,715 

 

 

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PHILOPTOCHOS EVENTS:

We welcome ALL ladies in our Parish to join and participate in our local Philoptochos chapter.  Please ask any of the Philoptochos members for details.

 Upcoming Events:

  • 4/21 Easter Bake Sale and Tsoureki Sale
  • 4/21 Easter Card sign-up deadline

Philoptochos Board:  President - Paula Marchman-Lekas; Vice President - Martha Tzemopoulos; Immediate Past President - Irene Pergeorellis; Treasurer - Toula Zotos; Recording Secretary - Connie Espinosa; Corresponding Secretary - Gigi Ray; Social Services - Faye Peterson, Joan Manias, Stacy Symeonides

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YOUTH MINISTRY: 

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Upcoming Holy Trinity GOYA events:

  • Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14 – GOYA Spring Retreat at Camp Wead in Live Oak, FL hosted by St John the Divine GOYA.

The Holy Trinity Church GOYA ministry integrates worship (liturgia), fellowship (koinonia), service (diakonia), and witness (martyria).  Contact Connie or Andy for additional information.

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AGORA:Olive  Featuring delicious imported Greek food items like cheeses, olives, olive oil, oregano, frozen tiropites and spanakopites, phyllo, chocolates, lentils, orzo and pastichio noodles, halvah, spoon sweet preserves, and household items like Greek coffee and soap. Gift baskets are available. All proceeds benefit Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of St Augustine. Please contact holytrinityagora@gmail.com to place an order or see us after church at the Agora in the church hall. Online pre-ordering for pickup on Sundays at church will be available soon. Stacy Symeonides, Stephanie Danikas & The Agora Team

GreekST. THEODORA BOOK STORE AND GIFT SHOP:  Give that special someone a gift or even give your home a lift with beautiful items from Greece.  For info, contact Paula Marchman - paulamarchman@yahoo.com. St Theodora bookstore is ready with prayer ropes, orthodox bibles, and inspirational books for your family. Do your shopping now and support our church. We are open on Sundays and by appointments during the week, Email paulamarchman@yahoo.com

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HOLY TRINITY FENCE PROJECT: 

Michael Lekos has committed to help our Holy Trinity Church raise funds for a new replacement fence.  He organized over 20 volunteers to remove the old fence and prepare the area for a new fence.  If you choose to help, you can make your donation on his GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/holy-trinity-fence-project), OR send a check [checks can be made payable to “Holy Trinity Church”; please write ‘Fence Project’ on the memo line; and send to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - 2940 County Road 214 - Saint Augustine, FL  32084-9307]. Thank you for supporting this effort.

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COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!  

 

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You can do it solo or share the responsibility with someone else. 

NEW link for Coffee Hour Sign-up”. Please sign up at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4BA9AB29ABF58-47162771-holy

Email Gigi Ray at gigiray703@gmail.com or call her at 404-375-5859; or email Toula Zotos at zotost@gmail.com. You can speak to them after church, and they can sign you up also.  Thank you in advance for considering offering this hospitality to our parish family and guests. [Using the SignUpGenius link:  click the blue box that says SIGN UP; then the brown box at the bottom of the page that says SUBMIT AND SIGN UP - this will take you to the next screen; and click on SIGN UP NOW.

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HOLY SERVICES AND EVENTS SCHEDULE: Please see the Special Announcements section of the bulletin and the new website for the official calendar.

If you have any special dates to include on the PC calendar, please contact Kaliroi Parris.

Sunday:  Matins 9 am- Divine Liturgy 10 am.  Lent:  Wed presanctified 6pm…Fri Salutation 6pm…Wed/Fri Paraklesis 6pm....Parish Council 3rd Monday 6:30 pm

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Greek Summer Night

Save the Date! This year's Greek Summer Night will be Saturday, June 8, 2024. Join us for an enjoyable evening of fun and fellowship, and delight in Greek food, musigc and dance.  THis annual event benefits our beloved Holy Trinity Church. Opa!

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WAYS OF GIVING:

On-Line:  Click “Donate Now” on our Church’s webpage:  www.HolyTrinityGOC.com to make a gift.  Give via credit card, PayPal, or set up recurrent giving through your bank.  Please be sure a specific notation (ex: stewardship) is included for each transaction.

Our “Light a Candle & Say a Prayer” ministry lets you light a candle during divine services.  Your request will be forwarded to a Council member in the Narthex to light your candle.  If you wish to provide names of loved ones to be prayed for, those will be provided to Fr. Maximos.

Giving by Check or Cash: Please be sure to include a notation on the memo line on checks to allow us to identify your intentions (i.e., stewardship, candles, trays, memorials, etc.). Please use a donation envelope available at the welcome desk and the Narthex and fill out the information requested.

Weekly Offering: The Lord's day is to be the time for a weekly offering for the support of His cause.  Make your offering today...check or cash and enable our Church to continue to enhance the spiritual growth of the Orthodox Christians entrusted to our care.  Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service or mailed to HTGOC using the donation envelopes are available at the welcome desk and in the Narthex.

Celebrations:  Are you celebrating a special day? Birthday, Anniversary, Seasonal House Cleaning? Whatever the event, please consider celebrating it with others and making it a fundraiser for our church. People have raised $6 billion USD on Facebook and Instagram for causes they care about. Create a fundraiser and Facebook will take care of the donation processing with no fees.  You can also place the PayPal giving link for the church in your on-line message for donations to be made directly to our account. This can be a fun way to share your happy day with your friends and community and an effective fundraiser for our church. Please reach out to Fr. Maximos or Nick Lekas for details.'

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brickTHE COMMEMORATIVE BRICK WALKWAY

The Commemorative Brick Walkway began as a parish fundraising program for Holy Trinity at the time of the Opening of the Doors in 2008.  It has become a vehicle to honor individuals who have impacted our parish. At the same time, it continues to provide a wonderful opportunity for people to create a lasting memory for a myriad of reasons.  Show your support to Holy Trinity by purchasing a 4" x 8" paver with 3 lines for $100, or an 8" x 8" paver with 6 lines for $250.00.  

The net profit supports the parish operations.

Brochures are available on the card rack in the Church Hall or you may contact Connie Espinosa at connie.l.espinosa@gmail.com to either contribute to the 2023 campaign or to assist in this parish ministry.  Your support is a lasting tribute that will honor a veteran, a family member, a loved one, a business or organization. 

Blessings, Connie Espinosa

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KOLIVA FOR MEMORIAL SERVICES: is used for commemorations of the departed (40th day after death; 3rd, 6th, 9th month, annually) and Saturdays of the Souls.  Contact Faye Peterson, pete9839@comcast.net or Angela Lekos, angelmou1@att.net if you need Koliva prepared.  There is a fee of $100 for materials, supplies and labor.

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ARTOKLASIA: Blessing of the Five Loaves is a service of thanksgiving through which we express our gratitude for all the blessings of life. The Blessing is offered on a feast day or special occasion. If you need Artoklasia prepared, contact Angela Lekos, angelmou1@att.net.

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CHURCH OFFICE: 

Please be aware that Nelda Hann, our Administrative Assistant, has decided to take her well deserved retirement as of last week.  We wish her all of God's blessings as she begins yet another chapter in her life.  She will be sorely missed!

We are currently interviewing applicants for the position.  In ther interim, please address any needs directly with a member of the Parish Council.  You may also leave a message on the church's voice mail system or call Nick Lekas or Father Maximos directly.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

  • If you have a request for a special service (traditionally, a volunteered donation is given to the priest) such as a memorial, please email the church office at holy3goc@gmail.com or call 904 829-0504 (if you do not have access to email) in advance of requested date with details.
  • If requesting a graveside memorial, please contact the priest.
  • If you would like any of the following, please contact the priest: 
    • To arrange an appointment for a House Blessing.
    • To offer Holy Communion to someone in need at a hospital, nursing home, in hospice care, or at home.
  •  The normal deadline for the Church bulletin e-mail articles is before 12pm on Wednesday weekly. Thank you.

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Special Announcements

    2024 Stewardship Commitment Form

    2024 Stewardship Commitment Form

    2024 Stewardship Commitment Form - Updated 2024 Stewardship - Together, we are the Caretakers of our Church Effective Stewardship Begins with a plan. Each year, we have an opportunity to consciously plan our contributions and our involvement in the life of our parish. Please consider God’s blessings in your life and make a conscious decision to actively and generously support the operating needs of our parish by planning your 2024 stewardship contributions. You can submit your pledge by printing the attached form, or online at HolyTrinityStAugustine.org You can also set up regular monthly payments through the church website or your bank. Thank you!


    Updated Church Calendar as of April 10, 2024

    Updated Church Calendar as of April 10, 2024

    Calendar of Holy Services and Events updated as of April 10, 2024. Contact Kaliroi Parris roi.parris@gmail.com for updates on PC Calendar or adding events. She will maintain the PC calendar on the church website.,


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal 4th Tone

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 4th Tone

Blessed are You, O Christ our God; You made wise men of poor fishermen by sending down upon them Your Holy Spirit, and through them You caught the whole world, O Lover of mankind, glory to You.

Εύλογητός εἶ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεος ἡμῶν ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἁναδείξας καταπέμψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον καὶ δι᾽ αὐτῶν τῆν οἰκουμένην σαγηνεύσας φιλάνθρωπε δόξα Σοι

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
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Saints and Feasts

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April 14

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Allsaint
April 14

Ardalion the Actor and Martyr


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April 14

Aristarchus, Pudens, Trophimus the Apostles of the 70

Saint Aristarchus is mentioned in the Epistle to the Colossians (4:10), and also in the Epistle to Philemon (v. 24). By his ascetical manner of life, this Saint proved to be another Saint John the Baptist. He became Bishop of Apamea in Syria, and brought many to the Faith of Christ. Saints Pudens and Trophimus are mentioned in II Timothy 4:20-21. Also, Acts 21:29 mentions that Trophimus was from Ephesus. According to sources that Saint Dorotheus of Tyre (celebrated on June 5) found written in Latin in Rome, these Apostles were beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero (54-68).


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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."


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