Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-05-23
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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


  • Upcoming Events

    May 23 to May 30, 2021

    Sunday, May 23

    Sunday of the Paralytic

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    Wednesday, May 26


    4th Wednesday after Pascha - Mid-Pentecost

    Friday, May 28


    Saturday, May 29

    5:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, May 30

    Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Youth & Family - St. Eleni & the Vasiliko (basil)


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.

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.



Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη!

Greeters: Yodahe Gamada & Richard Kanavati 

Fellowship Hour: Thank you to Dean Natto & Joanna Tzenis for hosting this Sunday.

Graduate in Your Family?

Please send us info (email about your high school, college, or university graduate(s) no later than Wednesday, May 26, so we can honor them in a special bulletin insert on May 30. Please provide school, diploma, special awards/achievements, and future plans.

Saint Eleni & the Vasiliko (basil) 

Join your St. George youth friends at church Sunday, May 30th right after the Divine Liturgy. We will be outside (weather permitting), with a light picnic lunch on the lawn followed by a St. Eleni Voyage Hunt and special planting of the Vasiliko. Be ready to have some fun- and maybe get a little dirty too!

Teen Loaves and Fishes Month!

Inviting all Teenagers- June is Teen Loaves and Fishes Month! Sign up here: to be part of the St. George All-Teen crew to serve at Loaves and Fishes on Monday, June 7th from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm. Fr. Perry & Anastasia will be leading. You will prepare take-out containers with the St. George meal while wearing masks and physical distancing. Our volunteer number is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your spot and get additional details. Carpool from church at 4:15 PM or meet us directly at St. Matthews (15 Winifred St W, St Paul, MN 55107).

Pitsavas Scholarship Essay Contest

Stay tuned for details about the topics and guidelines for this year's scholarship essay contest open to high school seniors and college undergraduates for the 2021-22 academic year.

May-June Glad Tidings

Watch your mailboxes for the latest issue of Glad Tidings. To view, click


Wisdom of the Fathers

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

Great is the profit of the divine Scriptures, and all-sufficient is the aid which comes from them ... For the divine oracles are a treasury of all manner of medicines, so that whether it be needful to quench pride, to lull desire to sleep, to tread under foot the love of money, ... from them one may find abundant resource.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 5, 4th Century


In Other News

5k Run for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

Run with Fr. Perry! If you are a runner and would like to participate, please contact Fr. Perry. We would like to get a small group to participate.

Join OCMC on Sunday, June 20 at St. Mary’s GOC for Pan-Orthodox Vespers at 4 pm followed by laps around Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun), dinner, and presentation. Register online at: ($25 donation). See flyer in the inserts section.

Dance Practice Resumes

Time to dust off the dancing shoes! The Greek Dancers of Minnesota are resuming practice starting Sunday, May 23 from 7-8 pm at St. George GOC in the hall. Masks are required. New this year: a youth division will be coached by Marisa Mortari. New members welcome!  For more info, please contact Marisa or Angela Mortari at 651-730-1652.

Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund

We are thankful to Mr. James Nickitas, of blessed memory, for having the vision to set up this scholarship fund. The fund has been integral in providing the opportunity for many of our St. George youth to attend Summer Camp. Contributions to the fund are welcome to ensure that it will effectively support our St. George youth for years to come! If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to St. George GOC and note "Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund" on the check. PayPal contributions ( are also welcome. Again, please note "Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund" on the transaction.

Volunteer for the Greek Festival

Click here to sign up for our Greek Fest volunteer email list.

Sermons on YouTube Channel

Click the following link to view past sermons: 

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.

Metropolis Worship & Engagement Survey

As part of its strategic goals, the Metropolis of Chicago invites all the faithful (whether active or inactive in parish life) to complete a 10-minute survey at by Friday, May 28 (deadline extended). The purpose is for the Metropolis to understand and clarify how people of all ages define meaningful worship and engagement and hope to implement practices that will enhance our collective worship experience. All responses are anonymous.


Saints and Feasts

May 23

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 23

Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas




St. Mary's Summer Camp Is Back!


Camp registration ends Tuesday, May 25th! To register for camp, go to your Family Profile.  

*The first 15 campers from St. George to sign-up will receive a full-ride scholarship! Contact Fr. Perry at or text (651) 706-9672) to receive the payment code.*

Financial aid scholarships will continue to be available as well. Register here and use the code provided by Fr. Perry. For registration questions, email

Summer Camp 2021 will be held at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN from July 3rd- July 10th. Camp is open to youth entering grades 3-12 this fall.

  • Session 1: Younger Camper Session July 3-6th
  • Session 2: Older Camper Session July 7-10th


Metropolis of Chicago News

Update on Parish COVID-19 Safety Measures


With the latest developments in the effort to end the pandemic, effective immediately, subject to orders and directives of applicable state or local authorities, all parishes of our Holy Metropolis may cease requiring fully vaccinated people to use facemasks and observe social distancing. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing a facemask over the nose and mouth and observing social distancing.

Archdiocese News

Time Out for Marriage: Remembering Past Wrongs


In this week's "Time Out for Marriage," Pres. Kerry Pappas talks about the importance of staying in the moment during conflict and not bringing up past wrongs.

Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis


Mari & Despina interview Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis, a clergy couple who have been married for almost 8 years with 2 children (their youngest was born just weeks after this podcast was recorded). Fr. Kosmas & Anna discuss the joys of being seen by their children, the struggle with the loss of freedom in parenting, and how structuring/scheduling each week is important for marital connection.



Our 2021 Archdiocesan Stewardship theme comes from Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, "…the greatest of these is love" (13:13). We are excited for 2021 and continuing the challenge of fulfilling our mission at St. George, especially through developing the gift of love.

2021 Stewardship Goal

$89,431 of $250,000 (through April)


Please consider submitting a 2021 pledge card and becoming active in our 2021 program today! Pledge cards are available on the candle stand. Please contact the office to have one sent to you, or print one from a pdf by clicking here. Pledge cards can be filled out and emailed digitally to or mailed to the church office. We thank you for supporting the ministries of our parish!

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 is 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. Finally, we hope you will join us in our hall upstairs after service this morning for fellowship and refreshments.