Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-08-07
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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

    August 1 to August 15, 2022

    Monday, August 1

    +DORMITION FAST (through August 14)

    Sunday, August 7

    8th Sunday of Matthew

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    Tuesday, August 9


    Wednesday, August 10


    7:30PM Summer Book Discussion

    Friday, August 12


    Sunday, August 14

    9th Sunday of Matthew

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    4:00PM VESPERS at St. Mary's GOC

    Monday, August 15


  • Ministries Calendar

    August 14 to August 14, 2022

    Sunday, August 14

    Camp Sunday

    10:45AM College Student Blessing & Scholarship Award Presentation


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

By the cross, O Lord, you destroyed death; to the thief you opened paradise. The myrrhbearers' sorrow you transformed into joy, and you sent your apostles forth to proclaim that you had risen from the dead, Christ our God, bestowing on all the world your great mercy.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Grave Tone

When you were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, you showed disciples your glory as far as they could bear. So now, for us sinners also, let this same eternal light shine forth through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Giver of light, glory to you.

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 Grave Tone

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing your disciples as much of your glory as they could bear, so that when they see you crucified they will know that you suffer freely, and they will tell all the world that you are truly the radiance of the Father.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17

Brethren, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22

At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.




Paul Werger, Bill Clemons


Rita Kanavati

Fellowship Hour

Thank you to Chris & Emily Christoforides for hosting this Sunday.

40-Day Blessing Today!

Sophia Pachito and baby Alexi.

Summer Book Discussion

Please join us on Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30 pm for our next Summer Book Discussion session. Please read chapters 9 and 10 for this session. We are reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. Visit the church bookstore or order on Amazon to get your copy.

Wednesday, August 10⋅7:30 – 8:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 893 9743 7819; Passcode: 891752; or dial +1 312 626 6799.

Help with Kollyva

We are looking for someone to help with making kollyva for an upcoming Memorial on August 14. Please contact Fr. Perry if you are able to make a tray.

Loaves & Fishes Update

Our August Loaves & Fishes saw a record turnout in both volunteer participation and the number of meals served. We served 266 meals of the 290 we prepared. Thanks to all the volunteers, especially those who joined us for the first time- and our new young friends from Wisconsin! Our next meal date will be Monday, October 3- save the date.

Thank you, Volunteers!

We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers for organizing and planning the Greek Summer Festival! We appreciate the tireless work of our volunteers in supporting the mission of St. George.

Camp and Graduate Sunday - August 14

Mark your calendar for August 14, when we hear from all of our campers that participated in Summer camp and celebrate our high school and college graduates. After Liturgy, we will invite all who participated in summer camp this year to share a little about their experiences and what camp means to them.

Following, we will invite high school and college graduates to the Solea to share their plans for the future, and those heading off to college and university will receive a blessing for a fruitful new school year. If you have any questions, please email

OCF Outreach

Parents and college students: if you know any students attending the University of St. Thomas or the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul who would be interested in joining an OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship), please send their contact information to We will be contacting the students later this summer. 

Prayers in the Holy Altar

Please submit the names (first names only) of those you would like to pray for in the Holy Altar during Liturgy as well as during the Paraklesis services. Prayer cards are available at the candle stand.

Calling All Ninjas!

St. George Youth & Family takes on the challenge of the Ninja Obstacle Academy! Join us on August 18 from 12:00 - 2:30 for training, games, and an obstacle course. Lunch will be provided :) Meet at: 7615 Golden Triangle Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Ready for the challenge? RSVP to

Twin Cities YAL Boat Cruise August 18

Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited aboard the Magnolia Blossom on Thursday evening, August 18, to dance the night away as we cruise down the Mississippi River! General admission tickets: $65 (Available July 19-August 1); Last call tickets: $75 (Available August 2-14). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the YAL Cruise site or

Intro to Orthodox Christianity - Fall 2022

Our MEOCCA catechism course, Intro to Orthodox Christianity, will begin on Tuesday, September 13, from 7-9 pm. Catechism is open to all; people interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity, inquirers, catechumens, and current Orthodox Christians as well! The course is an excellent opportunity to deepen our knowledge of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in-person or online via Zoom. Register online at Learn more at Feel free to join us for an individual session as well!

Engaging Orthodoxy - An Advanced Catechism Course  

This course will offer a pragmatic engagement of the Orthodox Christian tradition to help the students deepen both their understanding and their practice of the faith. Completion of the MEOCCA Introduction to Orthodox Christianity Course is a prerequisite for enrollment in the advanced course. The course will be 6 sessions scheduled every other week on Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, starting September 20. Classes will address topics such as scriptures, liturgy, feasts, prayer, iconography, and saints. Register here: For more information, please contact our Assistant Coordinator, Dr. Ann Woods, at or (651) 222-6220. This course has been made possible by a grant from our Metropolis of Chicago Mustard Seed Fund.

Please sign up! Text Message Reminders for Youth & Family Events!

We have some AWESOME Youth & Family events coming up, and you don't want to miss out. Join our text message system Remind to stay up to date with all of our communications. Join by clicking


Wisdom of the Fathers

And another thing too we learn, the self-restraint of the disciples which they practised in necessary things, and how little they accounted of food.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

For being twelve, they had five loaves only and two fishes; so secondary to them were the things of the body: so did they cling to the things spiritual only. And not even that little did they hold fast, but gave up even it when asked.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century


In Other News

FOCUS Minnesota Annual Fundraiser August 18

Summer's here, and it will soon be time for our annual get-together. It's food, drink, music, fundraising, and a report back about all the wonderful things FOCUS Minnesota has been able to accomplish because of your support. Save the evening of Thursday, August 18th, 2022. It's guaranteed you will be uplifted and encouraged to hear about the work we are doing together for those in need. RSVP: 

Remote “Introduction to Orthodoxy” Classes at Hellenic College Starting August 29  

Registration is now open and will close on August 22. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The course is open to students and learners from around the globe. Please join us for this 3-credit, college-level course taught by Rev. Dr. Demetrios Tonias. Applicants must provide their most recent academic transcript and one letter of recommendation.
This three-credit undergraduate course costs $2,850 plus a remote access fee of $50. Generous scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. If you wish to request scholarship information, indicate this on the course application. This class may be audited as well for a reduced fee. Apply at

Rochester Greek Fest, August 26-29

Saints Kosmas and Damianos Greek Orthodox Church, 703 West Center Street, Rochester: The Original Greek Festival in Rochester, MN, is an annual event that has taken place during the last weekend in August since 1963! Due to several reasons, we are excited to announce a repeat of our DRIVE-THRU ONLY SERVICE but with a LARGER MENU!!!

Save the Date: Taste of Greece, in Minneapolis, Sept 9-11

Taste of Greece at St. Mary’s GOC in Minneapolis, September 9-11.

GEKAS Scholarships Announced

The St Paul AHEPA chapter wishes to announce the initial list of college students that will receive a GEKAS grant/scholarship for the school year 2022-2023:
1. Dinah Lampros, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (Junior)
2. Nicholas Petanitis University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (Sophomore)
3. Sophia Selliris, University of Wisconsin, River Falls (Senior)
4. Mark Simon, Minneapolis Community Technical College, Minneapolis, MN (Sophomore)
5. Sho Kato, St John’s University, Collegeville, MN (Freshman)
6. Rachel Tukua, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Sophomore)

Friends and Supporters of FOCUS Minnesota, WE NEED YOU!

Our staff is tiny, and volunteers are at the very center of how we manage and operate all of our programs. During the summer we are always looking to cover vacations and time away, for whatever reason, and it's a great opportunity for a short-term commitment. We also always have a need for help throughout the year.

(Graphic: Volunteer)We could increase our programming by extending our hours or add another day if we had the volunteers to make it happen. Volunteering at FOCUS isn't a forever commitment. Offering us your time for 6-8 weeks during the summer would be a blessing. Joining one of our core volunteer teams also means you are free to miss whenever you need, to attend to everything else in your life! Visit our Help Helper page to see what's available.

Here's a quick summary: 
•    Help in Clothing Closet - Monday through Thursday, help clients shop or sort our donations.
•    Help with our Food Shelf - the 3rd Saturday of the month.
•    Help on Sunday Nights - various duties around offering a hot meal to visitors, indoors and at our front door.
•    Anytime during the week or month - a shopper or gopher to help us bring in supplies and water. 
•    If a Saturday would work for you, once a month we'd like to start a Saturday Clothes Closet.
•    And don't forget our "Back Burner List!" This allows us to call you whenever we might have a need, sometimes on short notice, with the understanding that you'll decline the opportunity if it doesn't work. But you may be able to jump in!

Curious enough to find out more? Please call Vera Proctor for more information - 651-222-0712 or

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. 

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.

Save the Date – September 18

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


The mission of the Lyn Olson Medical Crisis Program is to help pay medical bills, overdue mortgage/rent, and utility bills due to loss of income as a result of a medical crisis. We still have more grants to give this year. Do you or someone you know need financial assistance due to a medical crisis? Go to to learn the criteria for receiving a grant.

Latest Issue of Glad Tidings 

To view the July-August 2022 Glad Tidings:

Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat - November 10-13

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

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.



Family Camp 2022

Family Camp 2022 - PRAYER!

Join us October 7-9 at beautiful Camp Courage near Annandale, MN, to take a break from the world and spend time with Orthodox Families from around the Twin Cities. We are excited to announce that Fr. Andrew Jaye and David Benson will share unique perspectives on a topic that could benefit us all…young and old! Registration will open on August 16 with an “early bird” special worth checking out! For more information on speakers and answers to questions about Family Camp, go to Family Camp is a great way to introduce young campers to the idea of camping and a great chance to reacquaint campers with summer camp friends. Programming is available for children 4 and older. For those of us who attend, it is an annual highlight… come see why!


Archdiocese News

Oxford Press Publishes Groundbreaking Book on the Bible in Orthodox Christianity


Boston— A groundbreaking new text with a foreword by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has been published by Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, the Archbishop Demetrios Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Saints and Feasts

August 07

Dometios the Martyr of Persia & 2 Disciples

This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.




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

$132,407 of $260,000 (through June)



Pledges Received

As of July 7, 101 families have pledged a total of $166,183.

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.

We hope you will join us in our hall upstairs after service this morning for fellowship and refreshments.

Please Note

St. George GOC broadcasts its worship services live on the internet. Your presence in the church is subject to audio and video recording.


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