Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (651) 222-6220
  • Street Address:

  • 1111 Summit Ave

  • St. Paul, MN 55105

Contact Information

Services Schedule


We hope that you will make this your spiritual home. Connect with us on our website, Facebook page, YouTube, or sign-up for our email list at

Worship Sunday Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

Confession (by appointment)

Weekday Services (


Fellowship Hour Sunday following Divine Liturgy

Office Hours Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Our Mission St. George Greek Orthodox Church is a Christ-centered community that: inspires faith and worship, cultivates spiritual growth and fellowship, and encourages benevolence and outreach.

Our Vision Ascending together to the fullness of Life.

Past Bulletins


  • Parish Calendar

    May 15 to May 22, 2022

    Sunday, May 15

    Sunday of the Paralytic

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School Promotion & Graduation

    11:00AM Sunday School Teachers Meeting

    Monday, May 16

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, May 18


    4th Wednesday after Pascha - Mid-Pentecost

    1:30PM Online Daytime Bible Study (via Zoom only)

    Thursday, May 19

    11:00AM 55+ Arboretum Trip

    Friday, May 20


    Saturday, May 21


    4:00PM VESPERS

    Sunday, May 22

    Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    11:15AM Parish Assembly

  • Ministries Calendar

    May 21 to May 21, 2022

    Saturday, May 21

    5:00PM Youth & Family - Artoklasia Making


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the mighty power of his arm. He has trampled down death by death, becoming the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell and has granted to all the world his great mercy.

Apolytikion for St. George in the 4th Tone

As the deliverer of captives, and the protector of the poor, a physician of the sick, the defender of kings, O Great Martyr Saint George Victorious; intercede to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Into the grave you descended, Immortal One, yet you destroyed the power of Hades, and as victor you arose, O Christ our God; you proclaimed to the myrrhbearing women a greeting of joy, you brought peace to your holy apostles, and to the fallen you granted resurrection.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.




Dylan Eisenhuth



Fellowship Hour

Carol Alexis

Sunday School Promotion & Graduation Ceremony - Today

We invite everyone to attend this year’s Promotion and Graduation Ceremony honoring our Sunday School students and teachers! Congratulations to all the students and many wishes to all our Sunday School graduates! A heartfelt thank you to all our Sunday School teachers for your didactic devotion in nurturing the Orthodox Christian Faith; Your presence and service is invaluable! Many thanks to our teacher substitutes, and parent volunteers for your prayers and kind support! The program begins immediately following Divine Liturgy. We look forward to celebrating all together the blessed end of this year’s Sunday School Program! Yours in Christ, Aleka

Crown them with Glory & Honor!

Congratulations to Christina Withers and Bryan Bakke who were united in the Mystery of Marriage on May 7, 2022. The sponsor is Joanna Tzenis.

Online Bible Study

The next Bible Study will be Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 to 3 pm exclusively on zoom. We will read about crossing the Jordan in Joshua 3:1-4:24. Please join us for a relaxing afternoon!

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 820 9207 4213 Passcode: 058614 Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Parish Assembly - May 22

A Parish Assembly meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2022 immediately following Divine Liturgy in the hall and on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting Join by phone: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 862 4307 8110 Passcode: 538052.

We need forty stewards to reach quorum. *If we do not reach quorum on Sunday, May 22, a second assembly will be automatically called on Sunday, June 5, immediately following Divine Liturgy, and email communications will be issued via our parish email list as to whether the June 5 meeting will convene. Please visit the Parish website ( or to sign up for our parish email list.

May-June Glad Tidings

View the latest issue of Glad Tidings here:

Sensory Saturday - June 4

Special needs families, join us on Saturday, June 4 for Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am followed by fellowship and refreshments at 10:30 am in the hall. We will celebrate Liturgy with a softened sensory experience. Please join us after in the hall for fellowship with other special needs families from around the Twin Cities. Please see the flyer for more info.

Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Visit to learn about scholarships available to Orthodox high school seniors enrolling in a 4-year accredited US university in fall 2022. The deadline for application is June 20, 2022.

Vacation Church School at St. Mary’s GOC

Children age 4-entering 6th grade are invited to participate in VCS June 13-17, 2022, from 8:45 am-12 pm at St. Mary’s GOC in Minneapolis. See flyer: June 2022 Vacation Church School; register here:

Register for Lighthouse: A Camp for 12th Grade Graduates 

The Metropolis of Chicago has announced registration for Lighthouse: a camp for graduated High School Seniors. Lighthouse aims to prepare campers for the social, emotional, practical, and spiritual challenges they will encounter in the college experience and beyond. The first Lighthouse camp will run from June 25 – July 2 at Carroll University. For more information and to register:

CrossRoad Summer Institute 2022 in San Francisco!

High school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in the Crossroad Summer Institute July 2-12 in San Francisco, CA. See video


Wisdom of the Fathers

For where tears are-- or rather, where miracles are, there tears ought not to be; not where such a mystery is celebrating. Hear, I beseech you: although somewhat of the like kind does not take place now, yet in the case of our dead likewise, a great mystery is celebrating. Say, if as we sit together, the Emperor were to send and invite some one of us to the palace, would it be right, I ask, to weep and mourn? Angels are present, commissioned from heaven and come from thence, sent from the King Himself to call their fellow servant, and say, dost thou weep? Knowest thou not what a mystery it is that is taking place, how awful, how dread, and worthy indeed of hymns and lauds? Wouldest thou learn, that thou mayest know, that this is no time for tears? For it is a very great mystery of the Wisdom of God. As if leaving her dwelling, the soul goes forth, speeding on her way to her own Lord, and dost thou mourn? Why then, thou shouldst do this on the birth of a child: for this in fact is also a birth, and a better than that.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on Acts 9, 4th Century

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century


In Other News

Summer Church Visits

Traveling this summer? Please send in ( photos of you/your family in front of/at the Orthodox Churches that you visit! Please include in your submission the name of the church and the city/state/country. Photos submitted by August 10 will be published in the Sept-October Glad Tidings.

Metropolis of Chicago 2021 Impact Report

The Metropolis of Chicago recently announced the publication of its 2021 Annual Impact Report, “Bearing Fruit for Generations to Come." The purpose of the report is to provide data and information related to the financial performance, ministry building, and community outreach of the Metropolis on an annual basis. View the full report:

Blood Drive Results

The May 4 Red Cross Blood Drive hosted at St. George by the Lexington-Hamline Community Council was a success! The goal was to collect 30 units, and 40 were collected. Additional numbers: Donors Scheduled: 39; Deferred/QNS: 1/0; Walk-ins: 3; No Shows: 6; First time donors: 3; Over 120 lives will be impacted!

YAL Spring Retreat

The Twin Cities Y.A.L. invites young adults to the  2022 spring retreat May 20-22! Our theme is balance. Steve Wehr is our speaker and will lead us in some great discussions!  Please contact with questions. The link to registration is See attached flyer for further details.  Connect with us! Facebook & Instagram If you have any questions, comments, or event ideas, please email us at twincitiesyal@gmail.comTwin Cities Young Adult League is for 18 to 35 year-olds, married or single.

Orthodox Daily Prayer App

Faithtree Resources, an Orthodox non-profit, is introducing a free daily Orthodox prayer app for your phone. Download it and give it a try…then share it with everyone you know. What could be better than praying for our world?  Praying together with 1000’s of other Orthodox Christians!  Download app for Androids: Download app for Apple:

Support for those in Need

Please contact Fr. Perry or our Ladies Philoptochos if you or someone you know is in need (food, clothing, shelter, etc.). Our Ladies Philoptochos, Missions & Benevolence, Discretionary support, FOCUS MN, etc. are here to help.

Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat - November 10-13

This retreat will take place in Bolivar, PA. For more information and to register:

Greek Night - June 3

Minneapolis AHEPA is selling tickets to their District Convention Greek Night on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Hilton Hotel on 494 & France Avenue in Bloomington. Contact: Elaine Koutsoukos

Greek Festival Scheduled for July 29-30, 2022

Thank you to Phyllis Kapetanakis for serving as our 2022 festival chairperson! Sub-committee chairs include Dino Contolatis- Food; Jon Kennedy- Operations; George Mastrogiorgis- Communications; Anastasia Mastrogiorgis, Irene Loudas, & Nanette Gomez- Baking; Emilio Kapetanakis- Beverage; Angela Mortari- Entertainment; Stella Hofrenning- Bazaar; Steve Arsenault- Church tours; Yodahe Gamada & Tom Lampros- Staffing. Please contact Phyllis or one of our chairs to get involved.

Festival Lawn Signs 

If you have lawn signs from previous festivals in your house or garage, please return them to the fellowship hall at church; thank you!

Save the Date – September 18

Please support the Lyn Olson Medical Crisis Program by attending their annual gala on September 18, 2022, from 3:30-6pm at the Korluka Equestrian Farm in Stillwater, MN. Enjoy great food, horses, yard games, silent auction, music and more.

Announcing 2022 Roselawn Program Prices

Advance planning can give you and your family peace of mind and is also cost-effective. Annual cost increases are typically at least 2% and have risen over 27% since 2013. The St. George Roselawn Cemetery Program continues to offer lots at Roselawn in Roseville for a 15% discount off list prices. All revenue from lots supports our church and its ministries. These lots are in the St. George section, adjacent to the “Greek” section, and easily identifiable by the monument/altar table. Contact the church office for more information.

2022 Discounted Prices for Parishioners:

$6,715 = Monument Lot (2 Graves)

$4,670 = Flat Lot (2 Graves)

$2,995 = Flat Lot (1 Grave, Limited Availability)

(These prices reflect a 15% off Roselawn Retail Price)

This continues to be one of those great opportunities where you can support the church, save some money and create a legacy for your family all at the same time. Lots for both monument and marker stones are still available. Please follow Roselawn regulations for the care and beautification of your lots.


Saints and Feasts

May 15

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

May 15

Pachomius the Great

Saint Pachomius was born of pagan parents in the Upper Thebaid of Egypt. He was conscripted into the Roman army at an early age. While quartered with the other soldiers in the prison in Thebes, Pachomius was astonished at the kindness shown them by the local Christians, who relieved their distress by bringing them food and drink. Upon inquiring who they were, he believed in Christ and vowed that once delivered from the army, he would serve Him all the days of his life. Released from military service, about the year 313, he was baptized, and became a disciple of the hermit Palamon, under whose exacting guidance he increased in virtue and grace, and reached such a height of holiness that "because of the purity of his heart," says his biographer, "he was, as it were, seeing the invisible God as in a mirror." His renown spread far, and so many came to him to be his disciples that he founded nine monasteries in all, filled with many thousands of monks, to whom he gave a rule of life, which became the pattern for all communal monasticism after him. While Saint Anthony the Great is the father of hermits, Saint Pachomius is the founder of the cenobitic life in Egypt; because Pachomius had founded a way of monasticism accessible to so many, Anthony said that he "walks the way of the Apostles." Saint Pachomius fell asleep in the Lord before his contemporaries Anthony and Athanasius the Great, in the year 346. His name in Coptic, Pachom, means "eagle."

May 15

Achillius the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Larissa

Saint Achillius was one of the 318 God-bearing Fathers who were present at the First Ecumenical Council; after returning to Larissa he cast down many pagan temples, delivered many from the demons, and raised up churches to the glory of God. He reposed about the middle of the fourth century.






Our 2022 theme is, "…Our Church Our Spiritual Home." In the words of Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, " the Church we live eternal life starting from now. We do not simply await the life to come, but we experience and enjoy it from the present. The Kingdom of God, according to the Fathers, is not life beyond the grave but communion with God...

2022 Stewardship Goal

Stewardship Goal

$104,597 of $260,000 (through April)



Pledges Received

As of May 6, 95 families have pledged a total of $162,382.

Make Your Stewardship Pledge Online

Thank you for your continued support! Make your 2022 pledge by visiting Please make sure to note any updates to your contact information as we prepare to publish our new pictorial directory. Please make special note of any information you would like unlisted/omitted from the directory.

Welcome Visitors!

Thank you for joining us in worship. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian or this is your first visit to an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us! Although Holy Communion is offered only to baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians, all are invited to receive the Antidoron (blessed bread) at the end of the service. The Antidoron and fellowship hour are reminiscent of the Agape Feast that followed worship in the early Church. One does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek, to be an Orthodox Christian and member of our parish. All people, of any background, are welcome to join the Orthodox Church. For those interested in learning more about the Christian Faith or becoming a member of our church, please contact Fr. Perry after services or at or (651) 222-6220.

You may also sign our Guest Book with your preferred contact and we will follow up. We hope you will join us in our hall upstairs after service this morning for fellowship and refreshments.


St. Mary's Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration & Fee Information

Summer Camp will be at Camp Wapogasset, July 2-8, 2022! Registration is approaching fast and will begin on: Bright Tuesday, April 26 (at 10:00am, C.D.T.)!

Registration Fee Schedule: 

  • Early Bird Discount: $485.00, from April 26th through May 10th
  • Standard Registration Fee:  $505.00, from May 11th through May 26th

Scholarships are available from St. George for financial support through the Nickitas Scholarship Fund. We are also working on a subsidy for St. George youth. More info soon.

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The 2022 Summer Camp Scholarship Essay Contest is open to our entire Pan-Orthodox Community entering grades 6-12. Two Camp scholarship rebate coupons will be awarded in memory of Presvytera Mary Coniaris and James H. Zubulake. Camp registration fees will be rebated to two contest winners following Summer Camp. Please click this link for all the information:


Do you have a child with Special Needs?  Do you know of another Orthodox family who has a child with Special Needs that might be wondering if  Summer Camp is a possibility this year?  While our Summer Church Camp is not a “Special Needs Camp” we love our children with Special Needs and wish to work ahead of time with parents to accommodate those children that we are able, through our Special Needs Process. 

With Camp Registration approaching we would like to remind you that St. Mary’s Camp has an official Special Needs Process in place for all potential new campers AND returning campers with special needs who may not be fully independent in their camp functioning. Examples of campers who may require special needs accommodations include those with health or physical impairments, intellectual/cognitive functioning impairments, communication/language impairments, vision/hearing impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and mental health difficulties (e.g. severe anxiety, depression, ADHD). If you are unsure about the need for accommodations, please consult the following documents:

Ideally, we prefer a full year for this process as we need extra time to evaluate and determine what accommodations might be necessary for our campers with special needs.  Once official registration begins it becomes increasingly difficult to respond to new requests for consideration, and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity for consideration in 2022. Please help us, help you, by starting the process NOW and submitting the Special Needs Information / Consideration Form to Georgi Speliopoulos.  Georgi’s address is on the form. If you have questions about this process or the need to participate in the process (i.e. Do dietary restrictions require special needs accommodations?), please contact Georgi Speliopoulos (612) 483-9292. 


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