Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 408.605.0621
  • Street Address:

  • 9th and Lincoln

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 5808

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Weekend services: the weekend schedule is fixed for most of the year. The services take place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, at All Saints Church, lower level, 9th and Lincoln.

Saturdays: 5:00pm Vespers

Sundays:   8:30am Matins

                   9:45am Liturgy

Week-day services: during the week we may celebrate the major feast days of the Church either in Carmel or in Salinas. Please check the calendar! The schedule pattern is:

Wednesdays:  6:00pm Paraklesis

Eve of feasts: 6:00pm Vespers

Feast days:    8:30am Matins

                       9:45am Liturgy

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services

Note: our services are posted on Zoom unless specified otherwise.    

Saturday, October 1
    5:00pm  Vespers

Sunday, October 2
    8:30am  Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy, Lunch, Fellowship
    12:00pm  Catechism Class
Monday, October 3
    9:00am  ONLINE: Church University - Prayer, Bible, Reflections
    7:00pm  4DX Wrap up Part 1
Tuesday, October 4
    9:00am  ONLINE: Church University - Prayer, Bible, Reflections
    4:00pm  IHELP - Ladies
    7:00pm  4DX Wrap up Part 2
Wednesday, October 5
    9:00am  ONLINE: Church University - Prayer, Bible, Reflections
    6:00pm  Paraklesis to the Theotokos
    8:00pm  Book Forum: The Archbishop
Thursday, October 6  Thomas the Apostle
    9:00am  ONLINE: Church University - Prayer, Bible, Reflections

Friday, October 7
    9:00am  ONLINE: Church University - Prayer, Bible, Reflections
    8:00pm  Orthodoxy 101: Journey to Fullness
Saturday, October 8
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, October 9
    8:30am  Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy, Lunch, Fellowship
    12:00pm  Catechism Class 


Special Services

The Memorial Service this Sunday will be for the servants of God, Christanthi Georgalos (1 year) and Joan Ioannou-Fong (40 days). May their memory be eternal!

News & Events


A ministry lead by Thimi Saites

Thank you all so much for your hard work during our 36th Annual Greek Festival. In all the time that I have been chairman this has been the least stressful festival, and the most fun. I believe we had the most volunteers that we have had in quite a while and that made everything run so smooth. Thank you again all those from the St John community, their family and friends, and the volunteers from the DLI and local high schools. Without you, none of this would have been possible.



A Ministry led by Father Ion

The Catechism Class is invites you will join our catechumens after lunch/fellowship:

  • Topic: The Heart
  • Presenter: Father Ion
  • Location: Saint Nektarios Chapel
  • Resources (text and audio):

Please pray for our catechumens.


LADIES I-HELP THIS TUESDAY needs two servants

A Ministry lead by Despina Hatton and sponsored by our Stewardship

We are blessed to offer dinner and hospitality to the ladies on Tuesday October 4, 4:00-6pm. Please sign up if you would like to take this opportunity to serve.



Sign Up!


A Ministry led by Kathy Shaw

The Archbishop: A Novel (Treasures of Orthodoxy Book 1) by [Hieromonk Tihon, Savatie Bastovoi]Join the Book Forum at a new date and time: We next meet on 
Wednesday evening, October 5 at 8:00pm.  
Please prepare with Ch. 10-13.

We continue reading The Archbishop, A Novel , by  by Hieromonk Tihon (Savatie Bastovoi). Please order your copy as soon as possible. Click here for Amazon orders.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: A Christian Orthodox Classic.
If God exists, then why does He allow such endlessly mundane earthly suffering?
   Set in Imperial Russia, 1900: Resigned, hopeless, and fighting a Church he no longer believes in, Father Paul’s crisis of faith and despair in the seeming futility of his chosen vocation opens up the  powerful and emotionally engaging story of The Archbishop. Rather than abandoning his parish in search of the truth, Father Paul’s quest is a simple one: to find the true essence of Christianity.

 Adult Education, Community


A ministry led by Angela Wagoner

JOURNEY TO FULLNESS: An Introduction to the Fullness of the Original Christian Faith

The Journey to Fullness presentations and small groups discussions will meet via Zoom on FRIDAY October 7 from 8:00pm.



A Ministry Lead by Despina Hatton

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, 9:00 -10:30am. Our next turn is on

October 11

Location: St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
1475 La Salle Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

Sign up HERE


Sign Up!


A ministry led by Father Ion

The Church University has gone through some changes. We now gather Monday-Friday from 9am for PRAYER, BIBLE AND REFLECTIONS. This is also an opportunity to connect, to embrace and to be embraced. Check the online schedule.

My the Lord bless our readers who lead us in prayer:

  • Monday - Thimi
  • Tuesday - Mikael
  • Wednesday - Kathy
  • Thursday - Mary
  • Friday - Christina and Socrates

Worship and Education


A ministry lead by Matt Taylor

We thank God for those who take the opportunity to serve Him. Among them are our readers - as noticed during our last few Sunday services. Here they are:

Matt,   Oleg,    Nate,    Hussam,   Jacob

Please contact Matt directly if you would like to serve in this ministry.



A ministry led by Angelina Taylor 

 Thank you for your effort and participation in bringing a dish to share for our fellowship coffee hour. In addition to Father's great homilies, our fellowship hour is special, unique and provides an opportunity for us to come together to enjoy each other's company, with as little stress as possible, in the preparation process. As always if you cannot participate when it is your week, kindly let Angelina know so she can make other arrangements. 

October 2
   Parish Council: Mary Kanalakis
   Greeter: 1st Sunday - Marina & Miriam Ibrahim
   Fellowship Gratitude Meal: GOLD TEAM – Thank you to Thimi, Temia, Marissa, Ita, and Angelina

October 9
   Parish Council: Dr. Michael Bachik
   Greeter: 2nd Sunday - Rania Zavitsanos, Anne Zavitsanos,  
   Fellowship Gratitude Meal: PINK TEAM - Thank you to Rania, Mark, Nadia, Mary, and Presbytera Ana



Most of our services and some ministry meetings are available online.
Witness remotely:
  1. Zoom with video here.
  2. By phone dial - add the following string to your address book: 16699006833,,9475885646#,,,,*871732#
Liturgical texts at Ages Initiatives here. Select the date and the service of interest. Then, choose pdf if you want to print, or DCS for viewing on the screen (which also has a night mode).
Lighting Candles remotely is possible through our Light a Candle website. Click this link: Light a Candle


The Audio/Video Ministry is led by Hussam Ibrahim

  • Daily services, reflections and homilies video.
  • Sunday homilies video and archives prior to June 1, 2020 audio.
  • Sunday homilies audio.

Organization and Leadership 



Stewardship News


Save the Date!!

Stewardship Appreciation Dinner

Saturday, October 29, 2022
for the entire family. 

Our annual event has become very popular. It is a time to celebrate our many blessings, recognize parishioners that have inspired us in being good stewards of our time, talent and treasure, and enjoy a special time of fellowship. 

More details to be provided. Just reserve this date on your calendar. you won't want to miss it. 


A Ministry Led by Mary Kanalakis

Fall is in the air! We are quickly approaching the final quarter of 2022. The year has gone by so fast! Don't forget to take a look at your pledge and where you are with your Stewardship giving right now.  You can check through your account in Breeze here: BREEZE LOGIN.  

If you don't have a Breeze account, contact Mary K.

Many thanks to our 2022 Stewards. 52 families or individuals who are now stewards. It is such a blessing for these families to lead us on the path to becoming a tithing parish.

Our pledged total so far is $146,256, or almost 90% of our budget goal which is $165,000. We are close to our Stewardship Goal. We all agreed to at our Parish Assembly that we could make this goal! It is all our responsibility so we can meet our ministry goals.

It is not too late to complete a 2022 pledge card and you can make adjustments to your pledge by completing a new card. This can be done ONLINE! Just Click: I WANT TO SIGN UP NOW! Let’s finish this year on budget! Thank you.

Living the Gospel


Prayer Requests

Lord, Bless, strengthen, and guard, by Your grace, all those who, with love for humankind and a spirit of sacrifice, care for the sick in their homes or in hospitals.

We pray for the servants of God:

"Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on your servant (first name)."

   The Anton family, Paul Pronoites, Ed Phong and Connie Stauffer - after losing their beloved mother and spouses.

   Oleg Golovan, his family in Ukraine and all those suffering there.

   Tom Maheras - for good health.

   Olga Drumev - for health, recovery, and endurance. 

   Sophie Britton - for strength and recovery.

   Eleni Saites - for patience and endurance.

For those who are in prisons: Constantine and Sergei.

In case of emergency, Father Ion is available for home visits. Please call him directly at 408.605.0621 if you would like to schedule one.


Saints and Feasts

October 02

2nd Sunday of Luke

October 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.

October 06

Thomas the Apostle of the 12

The name Thomas means, "twin." He was one of the Twelve, a Galilean by birth. Sophroneus (not the famous Patriarch of Jerusalem [7th Century, celebrated March 11], but a friend of Jerome's), quoted also by Jerome, says that Saint Thomas preached to the Parthians, Pesians, Medes, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and neighbouring nations. According to Heracleon, the Apostle died a natural death; according to other accounts, he was martyred at Meliapur His tomb was known by Saint John Chrysostom to be at Edessa in Syria, to which city his holy relics may have been translated from India in the fourth century.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, [Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened. That very day] two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find His body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."