St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-02-16
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661)325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • Mailing Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Tone

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone

As a liberator of prisoners, and as a guardian of the poor, a doctor of the sick, a defender of kings. Trophy bearer, O Great Martyr George. Intercede to Christ our God, and save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."

Saints and Feasts

February 16

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Through the parable of today's Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition -- inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries -- we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.

Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God's compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin -- no matter how great it may be -- that can overcome at any time His love for man.

February 16

Romanos the Younger

February 16

Pamphilus the Martyr & his Companions

This Martyr contested during the reign of Maximian, in the year 290, in Caesarea of Palestine, and was put to death by command of Firmilian, the Governor of Palestine. His fellow contestants' names are Valens, Paul, Seleucus, Porphyrius, Julian, Theodulus, and five others from Egypt: Elias, Jeremias, Esaias, Samuel, and Daniel. Their martyrdom is recorded in Book VIII, ch. 11 of Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History, called The Martyrs of Palestine.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ...
St. John Chrysostom

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom



  • St. George Calendar

    February 10 to February 24, 2020

    Monday, February 10


    Sunday, February 16

    Sunday of the Prodigal Son

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:15PM Book Club Meeting

    Monday, February 17

    8:00AM Divine Liturgy - St. Theodore the Soldier

    Tuesday, February 18

    6:00PM Vespers

    Wednesday, February 19

    11:00AM Father Joseph Office Hours

    6:00PM Vespers

    7:00PM Inquirers/Faith Class

    Thursday, February 20

    11:00AM Father Joseph Office Hours

    6:00PM Vespers

    Friday, February 21

    5:00PM Evening Office Hours - Sacrament of Holy Confession, No Appointment Necessary

    6:00PM Paraclesis

    Saturday, February 22

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy - First Saturday of the Souls

    6:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, February 23

    Judgment Sunday

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Philoptochos Stewardship Drive

    11:30AM Homeless Initiative Sign Ups

    12:00PM Youth Group/GOYA

    Monday, February 24

    Clergy/Laity Conference at St. Nicholas Ranch


St. George News and Events


Special Events Happening Today:



The month of February is Stewardship month for the Philoptochos. Women, men, young adults (18+) are all encouraged to become members. We are using a stewardship model this year. A stewardship commitment is a pledge of time, talent and resources. It is an annual commitment based on each individual's ability and willingness to give at their particular level of spiritual growth. A commitment of time and talent is given by signing up for helping with projects during the year. A commitment of resources is just that, your financial commitment to help those in need. Please understand that every dollar after the required $30 stays here at St George for us to help those in need in our community so try to be as generous as you are able. Look for our table on the first and last weekends of February to sign up and participate in this vital ministry in the parish.

Metropolis Young Adult Lenten Retreat 

St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center, April 3 - 5, 2020. This retreat is open to all Orthodox young adults ages 18-30's from across the Archdiocese.
SPEAKERS: Fr. Tom & Pres. Pat Tasgalakis from the Metropolis Family Wellness Ministry.

THEME: "Let Your Light So Shine" Living out our Christian faith amidst a complicated world.

Registration at

Parish Council 

Next meeting is February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice

There will be choir practices held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.  If you have any questions please contact Ted Budy.


All tonsured readers are requested to contact Ted Budy regarding an organizational meeting. 661-599-2224 or at

House Blessings

Please make your appointments with Sahar or Presbytera for house blessings. There will be a sign up sheet available in the hall during coffee hour for appointments. Father will be blessing homes until the end of February.

Narthex Ushers This Week

Julie Pierucci

Sunday School

Sunday school lesson 15.

Youth Group/GOYA 

Next Youth Group meeting is February 23rd at 12:00.

Sunday Coffee Hour

There will be a new sign up for coffee hours. Please plan on signing up for a Sunday this year.

Bible Study

Will be held February 13th, March 5th and March 12th at the home of Daniel and Mary Andrews. 8001 Corte Rey at 7 p.m. All parishioners are encouraged to attend. Bring and Orthodox Study Bible, pen, paper and highlighter. Study sessions will be held twice a month. Please check the St. George calendar online for future dates.

Women's Psalter Study Group 

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for study and fellowship! For more info or to RSVP, please visit our parish bookstore or see Monica (Cassiana). LENTEN PSALTER ROTATIONS: Psalter rotation reading dates are from March 2 to April 10.  Ideally, we need 20 Parishioners to sign up to read roughly 4-5 Psalms every day throughout Lent.  If you would like to participate, please see Heather West or email

Friends & Family Night

Join us for our next Friends & Family gathering which is scheduled on Cheesefare Friday, February 28th at 7 pm in preparation for Great Lent! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! Bring your family or bring a friend! There will be a cheese potluck and tree painting craft to help us journey through Great Lent. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family to help organizers pay for material costs. For potluck sign-ups and to RSVP please contact Monica (Cassiana) at 337-0566 or

Book Club 

For Lent we are reading Great Lent: Journey to Pascha by Fr Alexander Schmemann. Our upcoming meeting dates: March 1st and May 3rd. All are welcome! For more details, see bookstore or Monica (Cassiana).


The church bookstore is open Sundays during coffee hour or by appointment. For more info, special ordering, or questions please call or text Julie Pierucci (661) 342-2407.

Prosphora Schedule 

2/16 Nahla Demestihas, 2/23 Basema Madain, 3/01 Mary Mekhel, 3/08 Sahar Ayoub, 3/15 Joyce Cisneros, 3/22 Olympia Hackleman, 3/29 Nahla Demestihas, 4/05 Basema Madain, 4/12 Mary Mekhel, 4/19 Sahar Ayoub, 4/26 Joyce Cisneros.  Thank you.Please make arrangements with Sahar or Despina to bring the offering Saturday night either to the church or Father's home.  We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread. Please approach Father Joseph if interested. If you want to learn more about how to make Prosphora, you can visit our Prosphoro site under the "Resources" tab on our website. Thank you.

Social Media

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General Announcements: 


Leave your mark!

Consider naming St. George Church as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. It's a great legacy gift to your parish and very easy to do...just ask your provider for the change beneficiary form and complete and return to them.  The legal name for the church is Hellenic Community St. George Church Tax ID #95-3575365 God bless you.


Honor your loved ones birthday and or anniversary by making a contribution to the Endowment Fund in their name. Make checks payable to St. George Church and write Endowment Fund on the memo line. Distributions from the fund will benefit the youth and maintenance needs of the Parish. For more information contact a Parish Council Member. 

Thank you.

Text Notifications

If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to Sahar (

This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurences that affect the entire parish.  We see this as being used infrequently but feel that we need to an effective way to communicate important information quickly. 

Stewardships Envelopes

Envelopes have arrived for the new year. Each family is asked to sign off on a box of envelopes.  Please see Julie in the bookstore.

Items on the Bar in the Hall

Thank you for helping keep our hall neat and clean.   We are asking all parishioners--young and old--to help clean the hall clutter.  Many items are frequently left in the bar area, kitchen and back room. Any clothing, books, decorations, office supplies, etc. will be saved for two weeks.  After that time all remaining items will be gathered and donated to local charities.

Please check the hall every Sunday to claim your family's items and take them home. 

Father Joseph's Hours

Father Joseph will be in the office Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 3:00. 

Father will also maintain office hours on Friday evenings from from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the sacrament of Holy Confession.  He will be available to meet in the hall, narthex, or crying room on these nights.  Please feel free to send Father Joseph a text message at 661-496-5768 during this time to check his availability. You will receive an estimated wait time if any. 

Confessions appointments can be made with Sahar or Presbytera.    

If you need to meet with Father please make appointments during the week. Sunday should be left for Father to have time to visit with parishioners during coffee hour. Please give him the time to do so unless it is an emergency. Thank you for your understanding.

Hall Reservation System

To reserve the hall for any church functions or activities please communicate with Sahar if you will be using the hall anytime to be placed on the calendar. This includes groups that meet on a regular basis or for any event. Thank you for your cooperation.

Anyone using the hall during the week, please make sure you turn off all lights, coffee maker and the hall is left clean.

Welcome New Parish Members


Glory to God for His Bountiful Blessings

Please add to your daily prayers for: 

  • Catechumens:Angela
  • Holy Cross Seminarian Anthony Cornett and family (Anna, Miriam,Zoë and Despina).
  • Our brothers & sisters unable to attend:  Marika Psihoundas, Mary Valos & Beverly Balasis.
  • Healing: Marika, Victor, Helen K., Irene, Mary, Mary, Serephima, and others in our parish.
  • Those who are traveling George (Walter) and Judith Schartman.
  • Orthodox-Elaina,Naguib,Katherine,Kaliope,Lorece Noel,Mary C., Sophia,Virginia, Petros, Panagi, Elle, Eva L., Nicholetta Y., Dan S., Monica, Yorgos K, Giorgos, Anna,Angela, Antonia, Stelios, Petros, Anne, Anna, Leonid, Mariyka, Archalia,Natalie, Eva,Eleni K.,Efstratios, Ourania, Christopher, Alice, Suha,Abla, Jennifer, Tom, Gabriela,Ion,Danny,Nadia, Niko, Musa Daoud, Vasiliki, Theodore, Achilles, Vasiliki, Elizabeth, Labrini, Bert & Louise Moosios,Olympia,Margarita, Seraphim, Mary, Tika,Maria Sporaa, Athina, Helen, Gerry Collis, Nektarios,Marika,Noah A.,Nick K., Kyriaki, Fred, Hannah, Irene Sinopole, Helen Protopapas, Candess Strategos,Gene, Kathy, Sofia, Clemy (Clementina), Jane, and Matthew.
  • Non-Orthodox -Amparo, Mark, Uvaldo,Yesenia, Angelica, David, Nancy, Bud Lung,Julie, Pamela Y., Debbie, Emmitt, Donna,Steve, Richard,Donald, Christina, Eva, Dominic,Gaby Garcia,Romona, Elea, Graysen Astumian, Marie,Michelle, Irma,  Julie, Greg, Allyson, Margaret, Valerie, Martha Rogers, Joseph, Stephen, Elizabeth,Ellen, Ling, Richard, Christine & David, Debby.

 Financials               Budgeted                    Actual




Candles & Tray




  • 02/24 Will & Alexandra Shackleford


  • 02/01 Lucas Jennings                      
  • 02/03 Juliana Murray


    02/03 Ailish Grens                          
  • 02/04 Osama Dawood
  • 02/14 Isaiah Murray                          
  • 02/14 Dimitrios Demestihas
  • 02/16 Father Joseph Chaffee           
  • 02/16 George Demestihas
  • 02/17 Teddy Chaffee                       
  • 02/20 Eleas Exarchoulakos
  • 02/21 Robert Niz                               
  • 02/22 Alison Yanney
  • 02/24 Helen Protopapas

Please note:  All bulletin announcements must be received each week by 3:00 pm Tuesday to be included in the Sunday bulletin for that week.