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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-11-29
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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (727) 937-3540
  • Fax:
  • (727) 937-1739
  • Street Address:

  • 36 North Pinellas Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • Mailing Address:

  • 17 East Tarpon Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sundays / Κυριακή
7:45am - Matins / Όρθρος
9:00am - Divine Liturgy (Greek) / Θεία Λειτουργία / (English) / Θεία Λειτουργία

Wednesdays / Τετάρτη
6:00pm - Paraklesis to Theotokos / Παράκληση στη Θεοτόκο

Saturdays / Σάββατο
6:00pm - Great Vespers / Μέγας Εσπερινός


Past Bulletins


Dean's Message

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We Need Help

When we are young children it is easy for us to acknowledge we need our parents. One of the realities of growing up into adults is learning that we no longer need our parents for everything, and eventually realizing standing on our own. We start families and we enjoy professional carriers. Every now and then we encounter a situation for which we need help. Whether it be a health issue, a legal issue, or any number of personal relationship issues, as adults we appreciate that there are just some things we can’t do alone. We need help. Occasionally there are times when our family and friends, or even doctors, cannot help us. We need more than the world can offer. At those times, we turn to God. We come to His Church, get on our knees and ask God, begging Him for help. 

If we’re honest with ourselves, most often we wait until the very last moment to come to God for help. We refuse to acknowledge that we need help. Sometimes we even walk away from God when His answer to our prayers doesn’t fit into the mold we expected. This was the case when a rich man asked Christ what he needed to do to live forever. Ultimately, Christ said, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow Me.” (Luke 18.22) This was too much for the rich man to bear. Instead of following Christ, the rich man walked away.

Realizing the total sacrifice that was required to follow Christ, the crowd asked, “Who then can be saved? But He said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’” (Luke 18.26-27) There will always be a time when we need God’s help. We can’t do everything on our own, we can’t save ourselves! Whether it is financial, health, relationships, or any other struggle we encounter, we need help. We need God.

As we continue our journey toward Christmas, during the Nativity Fast, I invite you to spend the remaining weeks in prayer, fasting, reading the Holy Scriptures, attend Church services, and even schedule a confession. God knows we need help, and He gave us the Church to help us. Allowing the Church to help in our struggles is a gift from God. The life of the Church helps us to remember that we can’t do it alone, but that it isn’t impossible when we follow Christ and His Church.

 

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Message from Fr Simeon

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Somethings must be said about this Saturday's Epistle and Gospel. Saturday's Epistle, from Apostle Paul to the Galatians, warns us against about receiving, accepting or presenting a false version of the Gospel. Saturday's Gospel, from Apostle Luke, rejoices though for the one who has received the correct Gospel as if they were young children or babes. How can we, through our behavior, preach a false Gospel? By not following the commandments of Christ. How then can we preach or live the Gospel correctly? By immersing ourselves fully in Christ.

If we participate constantly in the Sacraments then we will be healed and transformed so that we become like Christ. As the hymn during the Sacrament of Baptism states, "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ..." (Galatians 3:27). If we Sacramentally continue to live a life of repentance, then we will preserve our spiritual baptism garment incorrupt. In this way we will acquire the Mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), where we will unceasingly say, with each heartbeat, the words, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!" Only then will we have fully embraced the Gospel in our hearts, "... that which has been hidden from the wise and understanding..." Only then can we truly preach the Gospel authentically, through our behavior, as Christians.

The only way to do this, is to approach the Sacraments, specifically Holy Confession & Holy Communion, with open hearts like young children or babes (Luke 10:21). The only path to becoming good, or rather becoming Christlike is by giving Christ a place to lay his head on the manger of our hearts. For this reason, it is not possible to do anything good without Christ (John 15:5). In Holy Confession, we wash clean the Stables of our heart. In Holy Communion we receive Christ. As we pass through Thanksgiving and prepare for Christmas, let us give gratefully give Christ a gift of a place, in our hearts, to lay His head (Luke 9:58). What other gift can we give Him, other than ourselves? And to Christ, we owe everything. If we do this, if we give Christ a Home in our Hearts by constant participation in the Sacraments combined with genuine repentance, we will become very warm and loving like Him, since we will carry Him with us all the days of our lives.

May Apostle Paul and Apostle Luke continue to pray for us always!

In Christ,

Fr. Simeon Pardalis
FrSimeon@StNicholasTarpon.org 

 

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Saints and Feasts

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November 29

13th Sunday of Luke


Allsaint
November 29

Phaedrus the Martyr


Allsaint
November 29

Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

Saint Paramonus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Decius, in the year 250. A ruler named Aquilinus, seeking relief from a bodily malady, visited a certain therapeutic hot spring. He brought with him captive Christians from Nicomedia, and commanded them to offer sacrifice in the temple of Isis. When they refused, he had them all slaughtered, to the number of 370. Saint Paramonus, beholding their murder, boldly cried out against such an act of ungodliness. When Aquilinus heard this, he sent men to take the Saint. Some smote him with spears, others pierced his tongue and body with sharp reeds, until he died.

Saint Philumenus' contest in martyrdom took place during the reign of Aurelian, in the year 270. Coming from Lycaonia, he was conveying a load of wheat into Galatia when he was denounced as a Christian to Felix, Governor of Ancyra. Nails were driven into his hands, feet, and head, and he was commanded to run. While running in the road, he fell and gave up his holy soul into the hands of God.


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Cathedral Listings

Memorials

Saturday - November 28

Irene Koutelas - 6 months

Fotini Fmolios - 38 years

 

Sunday - November 29

Macaria Zoumis - 3 years

Constantinos Lecourezos - 11 years

 

ST NICHOLAS CATHEDRAL REOPENS FOR PRAYER TUESDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

                            

 All ministries wishing to sign up and host the Coffee Hour, please contact Chris Palaidis at 727-808-3895, once the hall reopens.

 

St. Nicholas Kitchen will continue preparing the Monday meals from 7:30 – 11:00 am. The meals will be delivered to the new Hope Center at the Sheppard center where the meals will be given to those in need by their and our volunteers. We will still need volunteers, food and monetary donations. Meals will be served from 11:00 – 12:00 pm. For further information, please call Chris Palaidis at (727) 808-3895.  

 

MAKE AN OFFERING OF OIL - Following the ancient tradition of the Temple as commanded by God, Orthodox Christians bring an offering of olive oil to be continually burned in the Church lamps, serving as a reminder of the presence of the Light of God. We invite anyone to make an offering of oil to the Church along with the names of loved ones & friends who are alive in the Lord, or alive with us on Earth, so that we may pray for you, your family and friends.

 

  *THE DEADLINE IS MONDAY 5PM FOR ALL BULLETIN INFORMATION*

                        

 Memorial & Artoklasia Service Planning 

If you are in need of a Memorial or are contemplating having an Artoklasia Service, call our Parish Office at (727) 937-3540 to make arrangements.

Kollyva (μνημόσυνα) for memorials can be ordered through:


Antonia Korfias (727) 937-8785

Evangelia Stavropoulos (727) 937-5649

Contact info for these preparers is provided as a service to parishioners and does not imply endorsement.

40 Day Prayer List

Theodore, Anastasia, Antonia, Dean, Kyriaki, Dennis, Braden, David, Kathy, John, Gerasimos, Katerina, Pantelis, Laura, Vera, Evangelia, Mike, Kalliope

 

 A Prayer for Healing

"Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal me, Your servant, from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ.  Grant me patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health.  Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed.  I pray that You heal me as Your servant and grant me the gift of complete health.  For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen."

To add a loved one to this list, or to keep one from being taken off after 40 days, please contact our Administrative Assistant on Mondays by 5:00pm. (denise@stnicholastarpon.org / (727) 937-3540 ext 102)
 
Our Priests are Here for YOU
If you, or a loved one, would like to request a priestly visit due to illness or extenuating circumstances, please call Father Athanasios (727) 741-0139.
If you are in spiritual need, Father Athanasios wants to make himself available to you and asks you to please call/text or email him directly rather than through social media.
 

On Duty Council Members 

 

2020 St. Nicholas Parish Council Pangari Rotation Schedule:

 

As of Saturday 10/31/20, our new Saturday rotation begins on Saturday, 11/28/2020 through Saturday. (See schedule below)


As of Sunday, 11/1/20, all PC members are on duty every Sunday from Sunday, 11/29/20, if not listed to work on the preceding Saturday.

 

 

Saturday, 11/28/20

John Stamas

Johnny Billiris

Michael Kouremetis

Tony Zaronias

 

 

 

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Mode

From on high You descended, Most Merciful; for us You condescended to a threeday burial to set us free from the passions. O Lord, our Resurrection and our Life, glory to You!
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 3rd Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν Προαιώνιον Λόγον, ἐν Σπηλαίῳ ἔρχεται, ἀποτεκεῖν ἀπορρήτως. Χόρευε ἡ οἰκουμένη ἀκουτισθεῖσα, δόξασον μετὰ Ἀγγέλων καὶ τῶν Ποιμένων, βουληθέντα ἐποφθῆναι, παιδίον νέον, τὸν πρὸ αἰώνων Θεόν.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

13th Sunday of Luke
Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 4:1-7

Ἀδελφοί, παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγώ, ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ, ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἧς ἐκλήθητε, μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης καὶ πρᾳότητος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ, σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ τῆς εἰρήνης. Ἓν σῶμα καὶ ἓν πνεῦμα, καθὼς καὶ ἐκλήθητε ἐν μιᾷ ἐλπίδι τῆς κλήσεως ὑμῶν· εἷς κύριος, μία πίστις, ἓν βάπτισμα, εἷς θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ πάντων, ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων, καὶ διὰ πάντων, καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν ἡμῖν. Ἑνὶ δὲ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ.


Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

13th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:18-27

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄρχων λέγων· διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ποιήσας ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω; εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός. τὰς ἐντολὰς οἶδας· μὴ μοιχεύσῃς, μὴ φονεύσῃς, μὴ κλέψῃς, μὴ ψευδομαρτυρήσῃς, τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα σου. ὁ δὲ εἶπε· ταῦτα πάντα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου. ἀκούσας δὲ ταῦτα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἔτι ἕν σοι λείπει· πάντα ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ διάδος πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι. ὁ δὲ ἀκούσας ταῦτα περίλυπος ἐγένετο· ἦν γὰρ πλούσιος σφόδρα. ἰδὼν δὲ αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς περίλυπον γενόμενον εἶπε· πῶς δυσκόλως οἱ τὰ χρήματα ἔχοντες εἰσελεύσονται εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ! εὐκοπώτερον γάρ ἐστι κάμηλον διὰ τρυμαλιᾶς ῥαφίδος εἰσελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν. εἶπον δὲ οἱ ἀκούσαντες· καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· τὰ ἀδύνατα παρὰ ἀνθρώποις δυνατὰ παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ ἐστιν.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when ye assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Epistle to the Ephesians Ch. 13, 2nd century

It is only when in the darkness of this world we discern that Christ has already "filled all things with Himself" that these things, whatever they may be, are revealed and given to us full of meaning and beauty. A Christian is one who, wherever he looks, finds Christ and rejoices in Him.
Fr. Alexander Schmemann
For the Life of the World, p. 113, 20th century

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A Moment with Our Ministries

Stewardship Ministry

Stewardship 2018 One day, a person complained to their priest that the Church and Christianity is one continual “give, give, give.” To which the priest replied, “Thank you very much for the finest definition of Christianity I have ever heard. You’re right, Christianity is all about a constant “give, give, give.”

God giving His only Son to the world to show His unconditional love. His Son Jesus giving His life on the cross to forgive our sins and destroy death. Then our Lord’s disciples giving all they had to make sure God’s Good News of love was preached to all people everywhere. They not only gave away their homes and businesses, but even gave up their lives as martyrs in gratitude to God!

If you are not a Steward this year, we invite you
to have the opportunity to participate!

Visit www.stnicholastarpon.org/give to start today.


Philoptochos (A Friend of the Poor) Ministry

Philoptochos Circle Logo

 

ST NICHOLAS PHILOPTOCHOS

 Hours of Operation
Mon: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tues-Thurs: 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon
18 Hibiscus Street (located directly behind St Nicholas Cathedral) 

National Philoptochos Mission Statement
To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund-raising efforts. 

 

If you would like to make a difference, learn from others and create relationships that will last a lifetime please send your name, e-mail. phone number and address to:

St Nicholas Philoptochos
PO Box 2043
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Annual Membership Fee of $35.00 assists Philoptochos to continue serving the poor.


Community Center Event Hosting

St. Nicholas Community Center & Conference Hall's 18,000 sq ft, commercial kitchens, full-service bar area, professional stage & audio/visual equipment and comfortable seating make it a perfect venue for hosting your next event. 

For booking information, or to arrange a venue tour, please visit our new venue website or call the Parish Offices at (727) 937-3540. 


Letters of good standing, transcripts

Are you participating in a sacrament and need to prove you are an active member of St Nicholas Cathedral? Do you need a copy of your baptismal information? Letters of good sacramental & financial standing are provided following a meeting with the Dean of the Cathedral; please plan your appointment with Fr Athanasios well in advance in order to meet all deadlines prior to the scheduled sacrament. If you need a baptism or marriage transcript, please allow an extra 2-3 weeks for signature verification from our Metropolis.


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Master Calendar

  • St Nicholas Master Calendar

    November 29 to December 7, 2020

    Sunday, November 29

    13th Sunday of Luke

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    Monday, November 30

    Andrew the First- Called Apostle

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    4:30PM Greek Folk Dance Ministry

    Tuesday, December 1

    Nahum the Prophet

    5:00PM Virtual Greek School

    6:00PM Virtual Evening Prayers

    7:00PM Preschool Board Meeting

    Wednesday, December 2

    Habakkuk the Prophet

    12:00PM Funeral: Hristos Antoniou

    2:00PM Funeral

    6:00PM Paraklesis to the Theotokos

    7:00PM Jr GOYA

    7:00PM Men’s Virtual Book Club

    Thursday, December 3

    The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah)

    10:00AM Women's Virtual Book Club

    2:00PM Funeral

    5:00PM Virtual Greek School

    6:30PM Choir Virtual Meeting

    6:30PM Great Vespers

    Friday, December 4

    Barbara the Great Martyr

    6:00PM Virtual Evening Prayers

    Saturday, December 5

    Sabbas the Sanctified

    8:00AM Orthros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, December 6

    10th Sunday of Luke

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    6:00PM Virtual Evening Prayers

    Monday, December 7

    Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

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