REGARDING COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
To ensure the communities safety regarding COVID-19, please refer to the guidelines that were emailed to the community, posted on our website and made available at the candle stands. To summarize, if you are feeling ill or have flu-like
symptoms, please stay home and worship with us online. Please keep your hands clean by washing them regularly or
sanitizing them. Please refrain from kissing Holy Icons, kissing the hands of the clergy, embracing one another during the Kiss of Peace or in greeting one another. The Holy Eucharist will be distributed as usual. We thank you for your
cooperation in abiding by these new guidelines and efforts. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to email, call, or speak with Fr. Nick or Fr. Vinnie.
Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to cancel the following upcoming events and ministries: this
Sunday’s Church School, this Monday’s Orthodox Life, and Tuesday’s Greek School. As each week progresses, we will reevaluate and communicate our future plan via email and this bulletin. This is not an easy decision to make, especially so early into our Lenten Journey. Please continue to pray for one another and for those throughout the world who need our prayers today and everyday. Let us focus on our faith and hope in Jesus our Lord. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Additionally, the following events are cancelled:Philoptochos Lenten Retreat; Greek Independence Day Parade. We will update you if anything else changes.
ST. DEMETRIOS BOOKSTORE
The Lenten season is underway and the bookstore has a variety of Lenten books as well as crosses, icons and many other religious items. Some of the Lenten books include: Great Week and Pascha in the Greek Orthodox Church by Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas, Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann and The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus. The children’s books include: Holy Week and Pascha and The Miracle of the Red Egg and many others.
SPONSORING FLOWERS DURING LENT
Throughout Lent there are opportunities to sponsor flowers for the altar as well as for the icon of the Theotokos. If you are interested in sponsoring in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion please contact the church
office for more details on available dates.
2020 PHILOPTOCHOS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDS
Applications welcome from high school seniors, undergrad/grad students and law/medical school students.
Deadline: April 17, 2020. Applications can be accessed at: http://www.stdemetriosweston.org/philoptochos/
For questions contact Nancy Agris Savage at NancyASavage@gmail.com
YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT
The Lenten Young Adult Retreat will be the weekend of March 27th-29th at MBC. If you are interested in
attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILOPTOCHOS LENTEN RETREAT
On March Friday, March 20th to Saturday, March 21st join us at the St. Methodios Retreat Centerr in Contoocook, NH for a retreat. The theme this year is Developing A Sacred Space. Cost: $165.00 double room, $225.00 single room. This includes three meals. Sign up at the Philoptochos table during fellowship hour or by emailing Pres. Elaine Krommydas at email@example.com or Nikki Stournaras at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting of the Senior Guild is on the 25th of March (Annunciation of the Theotokos) following Divine Liturgy. We will discuss our future plans for this year. I would like to thank the ladies who cook, serve, and clean- up after us. I would like our Senior Guild Members to reflect on what the Annunciation means. This is the beginning of our Theotokos being informed by the Archangel Gabriel that she would become the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It is also Greek Independence Day. These are two very important events for our Greek Orthodox Church. Please come and join us for a delicious meal, and friendship. If you have any questions please contact Artemis Martakis @ (508) 785-0045. The Senior Guild hopes to see you there.
Starting on Clean Monday and continuing throughout the Monday’s of Lent we will be reading and discussing the book, “The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem” by Marcus Borg and John Crossan. This reading and discussion will be guided by Dr. James Skedros. Classes will begin immediately following Great Compline. Dates: March 23, 30 and April 6. Books will be available for purchase on the night of for $11 or you can purchase the book on Amazon. If you have any questions or concerns contact Fr. Vinnie at email@example.com
60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PHOTOS
To view images from the event visit: https://aretiphoto.shootproof.com/gallery/StDemetriosGala/
You can download a complimentary websize/watermarked image and also purchase prints or digital files as needed. For more information, contact Areti Bratsis at 508-698–0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.aretiphoto.com
60th Anniversary Commemorative Album
The 60th Anniversary Commemorative Album committee is hard at work! The album will be published in late Spring 2020. Please consider purchasing an ad in the album, It’s a wonderful way to send a congratulatory message to the
community, honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate your family or feature a business. The form can be found at: https://www.stdemetriosweston.org/forms-and-resources
In addition, we are currently collecting photos to include in the album. If you have any high quality photos from the last 60 years that you would like to submit for consideration, please do so by emailing them to
email@example.com or mailing them to Album Committee c/o St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,
Weston, MA 02493. We are particularly interested in group photos from the last 20 years. With each submission, please identify who is in the photo as well as when and where the photo was taken.
ST. DEMETRIOS BOOKSTORE
Discover the rich collection of inspirational books for adults and children in our bookstore. The collection includes outstanding texts, written by our very own clergy and parishioners. There are also beautiful icons, St. Demetrios crosses and prayer bracelets from various Greek monasteries.
It has come to our attention that someone is sending fraudulent emails pretending to be Fr. Nick and asking for electronic gift cards. Please do not respond to this message and immediately mark as spam and delete. Many of the emails are being sent from a gmail email account– our parish email addresses are not associated with gmail. They will have “@stdemetriosweston.org” as the ending.St. Demetrios and its priests will never ask for funds via electronic gift cards ever. If you have any questions or concerns please call the main office, 781-237-5561.
FR. MANIKAS LIBRARY
Check out the magazine "Cyprus Today" which is available for circulation. If interested, you are welcomed to
borrow. So we can keep track of the interest of these magazines, please fill in your last name and the dates (month and year) on the label on the back cover. Allowed check out period is one month.
Philoptochos is delighted to offer their St. Christine's Catering Program. Visit the church website under the Philoptochos page to view the ordering menu. Thanks for using the Philoptochos Catering.
If you would like to sponsor altar flowers in memory of loved ones or in honor of a special occasion please contact the church office for more details on available dates.
SPONSORING FELLOWSHIP HOUR
The calendar is open for any one wishing to sponsor coffee hour this coming year. If you are interested please contact Pam Brody at 781-864-6427.
As the Church School year comes to a start, we ask that everyone assist us by waiting patiently in your seats for the children to receive Holy Communion first so that they may get to their classes.
In order to facilitate this process as efficiently as possible, we ask that Church School Teachers, Children and their parents be dismissed first for communion. All other parishioners are asked to stay in their seats and wait for the ushers to dismiss their row. We appreciate your patience and your support!
ST. DEMETRIOS ORTHO-TAXI SERVICE
We miss you when you are not with us! If you need a ride to and from church consider taking the St. Demetrios Ortho-Taxi service. If you are interested call the church office (781-237-5561) by Friday at noon for Sunday Liturgy, or two days in advance for other services or events. You will receive a call from your driver to arrange pick-up times. The roundtrip fare is $5 to be donated to the Senior Guild.
We are looking for additional people to help greet/welcome our parishioners to church on Sunday mornings. All those who are interested in being a part of this wonderful program please contact Angel Hatgelakas through Marianne at the church office. Tel: 781-237-5561 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
If you are interested in joining the Usher Team please contact Georgia Gefteas at email@example.com or 978-973-7476.
The webpage of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has a great amount of resources for anyone looking to learn more about the faith. You can find the daily readings of the church, information about saints, what we believe, and prayers for any occasion. Additionally, you can stay up to date with news that affects us as Christians. Be sure to check www.goarch.org regularly!
Located near HCHC in Brookline, the Philoxenia House offers a home and hospitality to patients and those who accompany them while they are undergoing treatment in the Boston area. For several years a few of us visit the home twice a year to try to brighten their lives by planting flowers. This is a joy for us. For more information regarding this ministry please contact Betty Titus, 781.237.4748, or Eleanor Spiliakos, 978.443.3746.
WHAT IS THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
Being asked this during our festival a number of times — we as Orthodox Christians ought to respond:
“The Orthodox Christian Church is a worldwide body of believers who confess and worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as Lord and Messiah. This body has a tangible and continuous history of Christian faith and practice from the time of Christ’s Apostles. The use of the adjective ‘orthodox’ to describe the Church dates back to the earliest centuries and was applied to those Christians who maintained the tradition transmitted by Christ’s Apostles (1 Thess 2:15)”
FR. MANIKAS LIBRARY
Come and visit the Fr. Manikas Library and check out one of our many books on a variety of different topics. After Divine Liturgy, please stop by the library and see what we have to offer. See Cindi Dabrowski in the library for assistance on picking out a selection to take home and further your knowledge of our faith.
DAILY READINGS APP
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has developed and released a Daily Readings App for iOS and Android. It offers the daily Epistle and Gospel readings of the day as well as the saints that are commemorated on that day. Furthermore, it offers prayers, dates of future Feast Days and fasting guidelines.
It’s a great resource that is offered by our Archdiocese. Sign into your app store and download it today!
BE THE BEE WEBSERIES
The National Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries offers a weekly web video series on YouTube called “Be the Bee” each week a question or theme about our faith is answered in just 5 minutes! Check out this new and interesting approach to learning about our faith! Go to: www.youtube.com/user/y2am to see the entire series!